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IFB Week 4 Recap and Week 5 Preview

History was made in the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League this week, as for the first time in two seasons, a team pulled off a victory with a sweep of all the stat categories.  That means 12 wins, no losses, and no ties.  The feat was performed by the Muse Academy Muses in their match-up against Quincy Dirtbags.  It also automatically makes it the largest victory over a team in the history of the league.  Here’s a quick list of the top 5 largest margins of victory in the league’s history (ed. note: Word Press is weird about lists, so assume that #2 & #3 and #4 & #5 are tied):

  1. 12-0-0; Muse Academy Muses over Quincy Dirtbags (Week 4, 2011)
  2. 11-0-1; Ferris Indians over Bushwackers (Week 2, 2010)
  3. 11-0-1; All Balls No Strikes over Bambinos (Week 10, 2010)
  4. 11-1-0; BooBooCubs over Triple Crown (Week 19, 2010)
  5. 11-1-0; Sparland Hilltoppers over Ferris Indians (Week 19, 2010)

So with that history in mind, let’s look back on a Week 4 that broke a record or two, and turned the league upside-down:

Here’s a look at the Week 4 results:

  • Bad News Bears defeats FernandoVinasGoatee, 7-4
  • South Side Cubs Fan defeats Quiet TheRiot, 9-2
  • All Balls No Strikes defeats Good Wood Gang, 7-4
  • Muse Academy Muses defeats Quincy Dirtbags, 12-0
  • Boo Boo Cubs defeats The Chosen People, 8-3
  • Most Daring defeats SouthSideSluggers, 9-3
  • Triple Crown defeats Funky Cold Molina, 6-5
  • PujolsalwaysCardinal defeats NIU Huskies, 8-4

Because of the Muse Academy Muses 12-0-0 victory, they have joined the new club to acknowledge the achievement.  They have joined the ‘IFB Diamond Dozen Club’, and will immortalize those teams that gain 12 wins in a match-up in a season.

And now a look at the standings:

A lot of flip-flopping occurred in the standings.  The Muse Academy Muses rode their perfect week to jump all the way to 6th overall, from 13th.  But the Muses were only able to gain 1 game in the division race.  Overall, they turned around a 2-10-0 week quickly.

Quiet TheRiot took a tumble, going from a half-game out from the league’s best record after Week 3, to tied for 8th place and the final playoff spot, after going 2-9-1 in Week 4.  Other notable moves include Most Daring riding 9-3-0 record to take the top wild card spot, jumping from 8th to 5th.  South Side Cubs Fan used a 9-2-1 week to vault into a tie for the best record in the league.

Division-wise; South Side Cubs Fan still holds the league in the Reagan Division with a 30-17-1 record, 4.5 games over the Muse Academy Muses.  BooBooCubs took the lead in the Lincoln, and holds a 2 game lead over Most Daring.  All Balls No Strikes keeps the lead in the Obama Division over Bad News Bears with a 4.5 game lead.  And PujolsalwaysCardinal leads Funky Cold Molina in the Grant Division, now with a 4 game lead increase to 5.5 games, and the biggest division lead of the 4.

To wrap up the standings, here’s a look at the best divisions right now, after Week 4:

  1. Grant Division – 98-88-6 (.526)
  2. Lincoln Division – 90-90-12 (.500)
  3. Obama Division – 91-95-6 (.490)
  4. Reagan Division – 90-96-6 (.484)

No change in the order of best divisions, but the race most certainly tied up.  Last week, the gap between the percentages was .563 and .434.

And now a look at the weekly awards:

  • Bugs Bunny Best Record – Muse Academy Muses (12-0-0)
  • The Simpsons Runs Leader – Muse Academy Muses (43)
  • Josie and the Pussycats Hits Leader – Muse Academy Muses (69)
  • Homer Simpson Home Runs Leader – Most Daring (16)
  • Fat Albert RBI Leader – Most Daring (49)
  • Speedy Gonzalez Stolen Base Leader – Muse Academy Muses/All Balls No Strikes (8)
  • Heather Average Leader – Muse Academy Muses (.299)
  • Rainbow Dash Wins Leader – Most Daring (5)
  • Timmy Turner Losses Leader – BooBooCubs/Good Wood Gang (0)
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Saves Leader – Triple Crown (7)
  • Herbert Walks Leader – Muse Academy Muses (10)
  • Wile E. Coyote Strikeout Leader – The Chosen People (59)
  • Peppermint Patty ERA Leader – Most Daring (2.57)

The stats show the two teams who dominated the week, with Muse Academy Muses picking up 6 awards and Most Daring picking up 4.  With those two teams in mind, here’s a look at the match-ups in a beast of a Week 5 schedule, which may be the best week the league has ever seen:

  • FernandoVinasGoatee (15-30-3) vs. Quiet TheRiot (23-21-4)
  • South Side Cubs Fan (30-17-1) vs. BooBooCubs (28-16-4)
  • Good Wood Gang (19-27-2) vs. Quincy Dirtbags (12-34-2)
  • Muse Academy Muses (26-22-0) vs. Most Daring (27-19-2)
  • Triple Crown (15-30-3) vs. The Chosen People (21-23-1)
  • Bad News Bears (25-21-2) vs. Funky Cold Molina (24-23-1)
  • NIU Huskies (21-27-0) vs. SouthSideSluggers (23-24-1)
  • All Balls No Strikes (30-17-1) vs. PujolsalwaysCardinal (30-18-0)

For the first time ever in the league, TWO match-ups are declared the Match-up of the Week.  Both match-ups feature teams with combined winning percentage of .630.  Both match-ups, for the first time ever, have all four division leaders playing each other.  The Match-ups of the Week have very high chances of shaping division and overall races for the rest of the season.  Therefore, the Matchups of the Week will feature Reagan Division leader South Side Cubs Fan against Lincoln Division leader BooBooCubs, and Obama Division leader All Balls No Strikes against Grant Division leader PujolsalwaysCardinal.

Those two match-ups are not the only intriguing ones in Week 5.  The top two wild-card teams at the moment; Most Daring and the Muse Academy Muses, will square off.  Both teams are coming off impressive victories in Week 4, going a combined 21-3-0.  Both teams are also looking to close gaps in their respective divisions, the Lincoln and the Reagan.  In another match-up, the Bad News Bears look to stay or improve on their current 7th-seed, against a Funky Cold Molina game, just a half-game out of the wild card.

Good luck to everyone in what could be a great Week 5!

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