Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Season 38 Wrap Up - Syracuse takes the crown!

Syracuse Sycamores (NL)
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Syracuse is your Season 38 champion!

The Season 38 World Series has concluded, and in a battle of underdogs, NL #4 seed Syracuse defeated AL #6 seed Chicago in thrilling 7 game battle to take the crown. Ray Fick broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 9th with a walk off 2-run homer to bring the World Series trophy to Syracuse. Syracuse went through the entire NL East gauntlet to get to the World Series, taking out Scranton in the Play-In Round, Atlanta in the Divisional Round and Chicago in the NLCS.  Syracuse had a well balanced attacked throughout the playoffs, posting a solid .776 team OPS and 3.70 team ERA.  This is hatton98's first Cobb championship, congratulations!   It was a great run by grissom97's Chicago squad this postseason as well, nearly pulling of the World Series win as the #6 seed, knocking off three teams with 99 or more wins on their way to the Series, including defending champ Richmond. It's great to see so many new teams in the championship mix, as we have our 3rd consecutive season with an owner winning their first Cobb championship.  

Now for a recap of this season's major award winners!

American League - Alejandro Trevino, Richmond - .323 AVG 42 HR 129 RBI 35 SB
Trevino put together another spectacular season for the AL's top regular season team, earning himself a second consecutive MVP trophy.  He also repeated as an All-Star starter and a Silver Slugger award winner.  The 28 year-old is clearly one of Cobb's most talented players and in the middle of his prime, is likely to continue to compete for more awards in seasons to come.

National League - Vic Guillen, San Francisco - .333 AVG 56 HR 142 RBI
Guillen's most impressive power numbers earned him a 2nd MVP win in Season 38, as he was also the Season 36 NL MVP winner.  Oddly enough, his Home Run and RBI totals are his lowest out of the past three seasons.   It's clear Guillen is one of the most feared hitters in Cobb, and will go down as an all-time great.  Guillen was also an All-Star starter and won a Silver Slugger award in Season 38.

American League - Ryouta Irabu, Richmond - 20-5 2,92 ERA 239 K
Irabu completed the Awards sweep for Richmond for the 2nd straight season, as he goes back-to-back as AL Cy Young winner as well.  Irabu posted a career high in strikeouts, and reached the 20 win mark for the 2nd time.  He also made the All-Star team and won a Gold Glove award.  That's a lot of hardware going to Richmond, and it's scary for the rest of the AL that both players are still in their prime.

National League - Brent Gibson, San Jose - 22-9 2.70 ERA 205 K
Our only first time winner this year, Gibson was the anchor of the San Jose staff this season, tossing a hefty 281 innings while sporting impressive numbers throughout.  The 29 year-old righty lead the playoff push for San Jose that fell a couple of games short.   The Cy Young award win is a nice consolation prize, nonetheless.  Gibson also made the All-Star team this season, and will look to get San Jose over the playoff hump next season.

That's it for the Season 38 recap, see you back for Season 39 after a hopefully quick rollover!