The Minneapolis Ravens have sailed to the top of the weekly team power rankings at the end of Week 6 of the regular season, as they settled into a groove atop the LL West standings with a 24-14 (.632) record.
Montreal Metros and Denver Danger were snapping at their heels, with both teams leading their divisions.
The Ravens owe their climb 3-0 series sweep over the Ohio Oxen, putting them on a four-game winning streak after denying the Louisville Sluggers a sweep in a close-scoring four-game set to open the week. The Ravens had a day off yesterday, then close out their home stand with a four game series against Detroit starting tonight.
Ravens CF Gabel Reyes was named Lake League Player of the Week for his 10-for-23 effort at the plate, along with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs scored. He has hit safely in every game since June 11, so far making an 11-game streak.
Over the in American Eagle League, the week’s top player honors went to John Webster, the RF for the surging Denver Danger. Webster hit .636 with a pair of homers and 6 RBIs, and has pushed his season totals to .368 with an OBP of .440, and 13 home runs and 32 RBIs. Webster has been part of a very dangerous outfield core that includes Glen Reese and Danny Bucio, who have combined for 45 RBIs so far this year.
Denver has been a surprisingly strong team this season, after floundering last year under former GM Troy Olsen, and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Starting ace, 37-year-old Rich Ojeda has been on fire, going 2-0 in 10 starts with an enviable 13.8 K/9 and a 2.51 ERA. Despite his years, the power-throwing lefty is still bringing the heat and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down after 15 years in the majors, which is great news for the Danger, who have him under contract until 2021.
SETBACKS FOR NOMADS, ADMIRALS HURLERS
Sometime-starter RHP Jake Robertson of the Toronto Nomads is finding a return to full health difficult. The 25-year-old has been day-to-day since suffering an ankle sprain on June 19 in a 6-3 loss to Boston. He has been kept out of the lineup while he heals, but not put on the DL. It was learned today that he may need an additional 5 days to recover.
Meanwhile, St. Pete’s Admirals starter RHP Chris Zerkle has also been troubled by ankle problems, suffered on the same day as Robertson’s. Like Jake ‘The Snake’, Zerkle’s injury led to an early departure in a game, this one a close 6-5 loss to Norfolk. Zerkle is also day-to-day and is expected to need another 4 days to recover fully.