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Robbie Unsell is attempting to become the first player to lead the circuit in batting average and earned-run average since Simon Pole achieved this feat in 2005 (credit: Project COBB Photography)
Richmond’s fleet-footed shortstop Robbie Unsell is streaking away in this category with 29 runs scored to date (he also leads in triples, with a total of four). His nearest challengers are Mustangs team-mates Alberto Rodriguez (24) and Victor Aizpurua (23). Alan Bloomfield’s modern record of 51 runs scored in a season looks safe for another year.
Croydon’s Alex von Rosenbach and the Arrows’ Rich Chesterton are jointly pacing the circuit in this category, with 26 hits (von Rosenbach’s seven doubles are also a league best at this stage). These two players are closely followed by the Southern Nationals’ Edwin Alcantara (25). It is unlikely that Lee Mayfield’s modern single-season record of 48 hits is going to be challenged.
Nationals sluggers Edwin Alcantara and Maikel Azcuy are one clear of the chasing pack with four bombs apiece. Azcuy is attempting to defend a title that he won outright last year and had a share of back in 2007.
Robbie Unsell has drawn a walk on a league-leading 20 occasions so far, but close behind him are Luke Foley (18) and Steve Simmons (17), both of the Essex Arrows. All three will be eyeing up Jeff McDonald’s modern record of 27 walks in a season.
Victor Aizpurua’s circuit-best 26 steals give him a chance of preventing Robbie Unsell’s attempt at three straight stolen-base crowns. Unsell currently has 20 to his name, although this does not include his six steals on Sunday, which are yet to be incorporated in the official stats. Lee Mayfield’s modern single-season record of 34 is under threat.
In this category, Edwin Alcantara’s total of 22 puts him two ahead of Alex von Rosenbach and a further RBI clear of a group of three more sluggers.
The three players who are best positioned for a run at the batting average crown are Robbie Unsell (.463), Edwin Alcantara (.455), and Richard Chesterton (.441). A trio of players have plus-.700 slugging averages: Edwin Alcantara (.782), Robbie Unsell (.780), and Maikel Azcuy (.750).
The Richmond Flames’ Michael Osborn, a 14-year NBL veteran, will be difficult to catch in the wins category, as his seven to date (including one from Sunday yet to be added to the official stats) put him two clear of his nearest rivals, team-mate Robbie Unsell and the Mustangs’ Gary Davison.
In what is a tightly unfolding race, Matt Gilbert (52) of the Essex Arrows leads this category by eight over team-mate Rich Chesterton and by 10 over Michael Osborn (once his three from Sunday are added to his official total).
Robbie Unsell is the clear leader in the earned-run average category with a figure of 0.61, but he will need to accumulate more innings on the mound in order to meet the minimum playing time requirements come the end of the season. He also has a comfortable lead in WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), with a value of 0.91, and a marginal advantage in strike-outs per 9 innings, heading Rich Chesterton by 11.22 to 11.21.
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