Man is it good to have baseball back. Week One of the 2020 Hum Babe season gave us everything we needed to jump back into the swing of things – close games, blow outs, surprise upsets and more. While the Preseason Power Rankings proved to be fairly accurate in most cases, a couple teams are making strong cases early that they can win it all in 2020.
Team of the Week – San Francisco Studs
San Francisco Studs scored the high point total of the week with 255, beating the Brooklyn Bridegrooms by over 102 points. Luis Castillo (28.25), Patrick Corbin (22.67) and Chris Paddack (19.75) carried the Studs’ pitching staff while the hot bats of Matt Olson (20.5), David Fletcher (18) and Yoan Moncada (18.5) added onto the effort. Unfortunately, the Studs saw Mike Moustakas (16) fall victim to COVID-19 after his hot start and Eloy Jimenez (13) was taken out of Sunday’s game early with an undisclosed injury. The Studs take on the defending champs, Pablo and the Secret Weapons, in Week 2.
Surprise of the Week – El Paso Border Patrol
The El Paso Border Patrol ranked dead last in the Preseason Power Rankings but managed to take down the fourth ranked team, Jackal Attack, by a score of 179.58 to 164.42. Led by Kyle Hendricks’s (33.5) complete game one-hitter, and Trevor Bauer’s (32.42) thirteen strikeouts, El Paso overcame the strong Jackal efforts from Sonny Gray (29) and Tyler Chatwood (27). This win is huge for the Border Patrol as they stare down an even tougher opponent in Week 2, the LeBronto Blue James, who put up 254.58 points in Week 1.
By far the toughest of the 2019 Hum Babe Season, the Northeast Division saw all four of it’s teams play well enough to be in the playoff picture, but neither the LeBronto Blue James nor Morning Wood were able to claim the Division Title. Now as the only two teams returning to the Northeast Division, they both have a fresh dose of optimism that they can wear that crown this season. While Morning Wood wasn’t able to keep up with the Blue James’ impressive point total of 254.58, with 160.33 points, they would have beaten seven other teams in the league during Week 1. Due to the shortened season, LeBronto and Morning Wood won’t meet again in regular season play, but with the expanded playoff format it’s very possible they could meet when it matters most, September. Will one of these teams will top the Northeast Division in 2020 or will the defending league champs, Pablo and the Secret Weapons, spoil both of their aspirations?