Newsletter for games through 4-24-16

TECH NOTES: I’m still seeing that “database in use” error and continue to work on a solution, however, I’m mostly able to close the page I’m on and log in again and things work out.  I know it’s annoying, but that should be a reasonable workaround if you get stuck.

NO HITTER!!! Drew Smyly of the Rays threw a no-hitter against Boston on 4/19/2016, striking out 11 in the process.   It is not entirely surprising, since his actual WHIP (.73) is awfully similar to Jake Arrieta (.73), who of course had an actual no-hitter.  Please refrain from allegations that the digital Smyly is using PEDs….

COMMENTARY: Holy Eric Forslund!  In his second week in the league he rolled a 6-1 record with the Chisox and seems to have the ship moving in the right direction….and we could officially name this Tim Walsh Week since he was tied for the best record on the week, has the Twins in first place, has the best record in the AL, and is in first place in wins-over-reality…Philly posted the best record in the NL east; the Nats are mimicking the success of the actual team…hard to improve on a 14-4 start, but Andy has his club .5 ahead of the actual crew…and, incidentally, the best record in the ASFBL…Rick Wynne has the Cubs atop the NL central, keeping pace with the real Chicagoans…Arizona raced to a 6-1 record (congrats to newcomer Mike Milos), best in the NL this week, and put some heat on the Dodgers…Padres still hold the best WOR in that division…Baltimore and Tampa are tied in the AL east, and Jaime Richardson has the Rays +2.5 to make them competitive…Tony Bernacchi’s Bosox had the best record in the division to bounce back from a slow start…The AL west is the tightest division, with only 3 games separating first from last…and no team is worse than a half game behind reality…Symonds’ Mariners gained the most this week…Goldschmidt had 5 homers and 16 RBI on the week…the Mets’ won Asdrubal Cabrera hit over .500…Drew Smyly of the Rays tossed 18 scoreless innings…Darren O’Day of the Orioles struck out 17…in 7 and 2/3rds innings…Eduardo Nunez of the Twins stole 4 bases on the week…Arizona had 3 players hit .400 and better…and none of them was Goldschmidt….

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jason Hammel of CHC had 12 strikeouts against STL on 4/18/2016
Eduardo Escobar of MIN struck out 4 times against MIL on 4/18/2016
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 12 strikeouts against PHI on 4/18/2016
Travis d’Arnaud of NYM struck out 4 times against PHI on 4/18/2016
Michael Taylor of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/18/2016
Sean O’Sullivan of BOS had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 4/19/2016
Adam Lind of SEA robbed 3 hits against CLE on 4/19/2016
Vincent Velasquez of PHI had 15 strikeouts against NYM on 4/19/2016
Gerrit Cole of PIT had 13 strikeouts against SDP on 4/20/2016
Adam Rosales of SDP struck out 4 times against PIT on 4/20/2016
Kenta Maeda of LAD had 14 strikeouts against ATL on 4/20/2016
Marwin Gonzalez of HOU struck out 4 times against TEX on 4/20/2016
Edinson Volquez of KCR had 11 strikeouts against DET on 4/20/2016
Justin Upton of DET robbed 3 hits against KCR on 4/20/2016
Nick Castellanos of DET struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/20/2016
Tommy La Stella of CHC had 5 hits against STL on 4/20/2016
Paulo Orlando of KCR struck out 4 times against DET on 4/21/2016
Aaron Nola of PHI had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 4/22/2016
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against PHI on 4/22/2016
Jonathan Villar of MIL robbed 3 hits against PHI on 4/23/2016
Drew Pomeranz of SDP had 15 strikeouts against STL on 4/23/2016
Stephen Piscotty of STL robbed 3 hits against SDP on 4/23/2016
Brian McCann of HOU struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/24/2016

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OPENING DAY, 2016!!!!

COMMENTS: Welcome aboard, John Kvach!  He’s entered exactly one lineup and has the Padres +3 WOR to lead the league…long-timer Tm Walsh accomplished the same feat with the Twins…Jamie Richardson, also in an inaugural run, was just behind a 2.5 with the Rays…Andy Somers was an impressive 11-1, and it’s probably even harder to improve on the 9-2 start of the actual Nationals…there’s nothing better in the early weeks than extra-inning games for the real team; the relievers pile up innings…for the same reason, there’s nothing worse than extra-inning fantasy games early on, since you burn at-bats and innings out of your starters and bullpen…Gordon Leckie’s 9-3 start with the Tigers is best in the AL…every member of the AL west is even or better in WOR….Chuck Ballingall has the Dodgers +2 WOR and atop the NL west…Trevor Story only had 2 fantasy HR, but is due to seriously adjust up…Dan Murphy hit .491 for the Nationals, tops in the league…Chris Davis already has 9 HR….Logan Kensing of Detroit managed 4 wins in relief…Joe Ross of Washington started the year with 27 scoreless innings…his actual ERA is all of .61…Tiajuan Walker of Seattle pitched 16 and 2/3rds innings without issuing a walk….

TECHNICAL NOTES: We WILL have AAA players next week, although they may have standard defense ratings until the baseball-reference website gets the defensive stats up…if you have a microsoft email account (ending in msn.com or hotmail.com) it’s blocking the league emails; I’m working on it, but let me know if you find a solution.

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Aaron Sanchez of TOR had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 4/3/2016
Ian Kennedy of KCR had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 4/3/2016
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 15 strikeouts against KCR on 4/3/2016
Yoenis Cespedes of NYM struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/3/2016
Adrian Gonzalez of LAD had 8 RBI against SDP on 4/4/2016
Russell Martin of TOR struck out 4 times against TBR on 4/4/2016
Jose Bautista of TOR struck out 4 times against TBR on 4/4/2016
Rajai Davis of CLE struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/4/2016
Domingo Santana of MIL struck out 4 times against SFG on 4/6/2016
Jay Bruce of CIN hit 3 home runs against PHI on 4/6/2016
David Peralta of ARI struck out 4 times against COL on 4/6/2016
Mark Canha of OAK struck out 4 times against CWS on 4/6/2016
Danny Salazar of CLE had 14 strikeouts against BOS on 4/7/2016
Chase Utley of LAD had 5 hits against SFG on 4/7/2016
Aaron Sanchez of TOR had 13 strikeouts against BOS on 4/8/2016
Hanley Ramirez of BOS struck out 4 times against TOR on 4/8/2016
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 16 strikeouts against PHI on 4/8/2016
Ian Kennedy of KCR had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 4/8/2016
Byron Buxton of MIN struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/8/2016
Daniel Murphy of WAS hit for the cycle against MIA on 4/9/2016
Corey Dickerson of TBR had 6 RBI against BAL on 4/9/2016
Trevor Story of COL struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/9/2016
Vincent Velasquez of PHI had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 4/9/2016
Colby Rasmus of HOU robbed 3 hits against MIL on 4/9/2016
David Price of BOS had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 4/9/2016
Yordano Ventura of KCR had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 4/9/2016
Nick Castellanos of DET struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/9/2016
Jake Odorizzi of TBR had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 4/10/2016
Felix Hernandez of SEA had 12 strikeouts against OAK on 4/10/2016
Jose Quintana of CWS had 11 strikeouts against CLE on 4/10/2016
Brad Brach of BAL had 12 strikeouts against BOS on 4/11/2016
Carlos Rodon of CWS had 12 strikeouts against MIN on 4/11/2016
Paulo Orlando of KCR struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/11/2016
Marcus Semien of OAK robbed 3 hits against LAA on 4/11/2016
Maikel Franco of PHI struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/12/2016
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 4/12/2016
Drew Smyly of TBR had 11 strikeouts against CLE on 4/12/2016
Danny Salazar of CLE had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 4/13/2016
Juan Uribe of CLE struck out 4 times against TBR on 4/13/2016
Hank Conger of TBR robbed 3 hits against CLE on 4/13/2016
Brandon Crawford of SFG had 6 RBI against COL on 4/13/2016
Jerad Eickhoff of PHI had 13 strikeouts against SDP on 4/13/2016
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 16 strikeouts against MIA on 4/13/2016
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 10 strikeouts against ATL on 4/13/2016
Ian Kennedy of KCR had 13 strikeouts against HOU on 4/13/2016
Tyler White of HOU struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/13/2016
Luis Severino of NYY had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 4/14/2016
Vincent Velasquez of PHI had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 4/14/2016
Jake Arrieta of CHC had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 4/14/2016
Anthony Rizzo of CHC hit 3 home runs against CIN on 4/14/2016
Anthony Rizzo of CHC had 7 RBI against CIN on 4/14/2016
Gio Gonzalez of WAS had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/14/2016
Gio Gonzalez of WAS robbed 3 hits against ATL on 4/14/2016
Kenta Maeda of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 4/15/2016
Jean Segura of ARI had 6 RBI against SDP on 4/15/2016
Zack Cozart of CIN had 6 hits against STL on 4/15/2016
Chase Anderson of MIL had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 4/15/2016
Marlon Byrd of CLE struck out 5 times against NYM on 4/16/2016
Asdrubal Cabrera of NYM robbed 3 hits against CLE on 4/16/2016
Felix Hernandez of SEA had 12 strikeouts against NYY on 4/16/2016
Clay Buchholz of BOS had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 4/16/2016
Jose Bautista of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/16/2016
Garrett Richards of LAA had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 4/16/2016
Colby Rasmus of HOU struck out 4 times against DET on 4/16/2016
Joe Kelly of BOS had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 4/17/2016
Nathan Eovaldi of HOU had 13 strikeouts against DET on 4/17/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 13 strikeouts against ATL on 4/17/2016

 

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Dry run update

Just sent this out via email, and I’m posting it here just in case.  Please email me if you see this message here but it never arrived in your email…

I’m getting excited for the start of the season! We’re experiencing some spring kinks with the new server. Stuff to know:

1) If you hit a login error, check that you are using the new link (http://www.asfbl.net/login.aspx) or just follow the link from the asfbl homepage (https://asfblblog.wordpress.com/).

2) If you see a “mac state” error just log in again…it means something weird has happened to the godaddy server.

3) If you see any other error, please send me the error if you can. You can either do a screenshot or just cut and paste everything on your web page.

If you haven’t tried logging in yet (about half of you look like you have), it’s probably worth doing over the weekend.

Jon

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World Series Results / Season Wrap

4-GAME SHOCKER: I don’t think anyone would have predicted a 4-game Mariners’ sweep….but the pitching of Carrasco, Quintana, and Iwakuma kept the mighty Giant bats quiet for for the first 3 games, limiting them to 1 run apiece….the Giants got to Gio Gonzales in the 4th game but scored 6 off of Verlander to take the series…Carlos Beltran had 3 hits in the deciding game.

I’ve burned out my superlatives for Rick Wynne at the end of last season, but let’s just say he’s never had a negative WOR, he hasn’t had a losing season since taking on a truly dismal Pirate team in 1995, is a three-time champion, and this is his 6th World Series appearance.  And, he’s always the first to notice anomalies in the game and the most gracious about pointing them out.  This completes his 22nd ASFBL season, and he posted a personal-best regular season record this year.  Amongst his other accomplishments, that’s saying something.

It’s hard to believe this is true, but this is Adam Symonds’ first World Series ring, and in fact was his first LCS appearance….this is the 7th time he’s placed in the top-5 WOR spots since 2008, but all that pales to the fact that this year, he’s the champ.  Congrats!

That’s a season  wrap — thanks again to all of you for making this a really enjoyable experience…having fun watching all those Mets I traded away on route to my -14 WOR prove what a dunderhead I was…and wondering why they keep pitching to Murphy.  Leo will be in touch with the prize winners, and I’ll see you all again in Spring Training!

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Newsletter for the LCS

Both series go 7 games!

NATIONAL LEAGUE: The Giants took the first two games by a collective score of 15-4 before the Nationals won three straight…the first 2 National wins were 1-run games before three pitchers combined for a 3-0 shutout…the won despite being out-hit 11-3…Strasburg and Bumganer then locked up in a 2-1 affair, with the Giants Scoring 2 in the top of the 9th off of Strasburg and Watson…Osich gave a run back in the bottom of the 9th but held on…the decisive 7th game was a slugfest…Below gave up 8 in only 2 innings, but the Giants pieced together 10 runs off of Scherzer and the Giant bullpen turned in 7 scoreless innings to seal the deal.

Andy has been a force in the league since his arrival in 2010…he’s made the playoffs every single year….finished +34 WOR in 2011…and won back to back championships in 2013 and 2014….and every email I get from him is pleasant and moves the league forward….great competitor, and a good guy to boot.  Great season, Andy!

AMERICAN LEAGUE: After four games, the Royals led the series 3-1, including a 16-7 drubbing in game 1 and a convincing 7-2 mark in game 4….Seattle powered back 8-5 in game 5 and won a 1-0 nail-biter in game 6….Quintana out-dueled Patton…Zych pitched 2 innings for the save…Carlos Beltran knocked in Franklin Gutierrez for the only run…KC took an early 1-0 lead in the first of the game 7, Seattle jumped out 3-1 by the 5th, and by the 7th the game went to Zych and Madson, who locked everything down for the last 2 innings…Beltran added a 2-run knock, but it was Brad Miller, batting 9th, with the decisive RBI in the 5th.

Josh Clark literally saved the league by stepping in to do lineup management in the pre-internet days of 2001…he has stood up to take some teams nobody else wanted (the 94-loss ’03 Indians, 93 loss ’03 Pirates), and always looks to make both teams better in his deals….this is his first playoff appearance, he won his first series, and he took the team with the best AL record to the limit.

ASFBL WORLD SERIES, 2015

After all the dust has settled, the team with the best NL record is matched up against the team with the best AL record…I’ll ask Rick and Adam to enter their lineups by tomorrow night, and we’ll run the games Thursday.

Personal note: It’s my own fault for trading both Tejada and Flores, but I spent most of my year wondering why the Mets didn’t have any AAA shortstops, and I ended up starting some guy named Matt Reynolds who looked more like a random PCL middle infielder than a shortstop prospect.  I now take some relief in noting that I wasn’t missing anything, and the Mets have Mr. Reynolds backing up the ailing Wilmer Flores…if he gets in the game, he’ll be only the second major league player in history to appear in the playoffs without every having appeared in a MLB regular-season game.

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DCS Updates:

From Rick Wynne:

(1) In Game 3, with the chance to send the Cards out to a 3 games to none lead, Wainwright had a perfect game going into the 10th before issuing a one-out walk to Cutch. After getting Belt out, Kemp broke up his no-hitter with an RBI double to break the scoreless tie. Then after Wainwright was lifted, Refsnyder, who had 3 of the Giants 8 hits in the 1st two games, hit a 2-run HR. The game was not over at that point though, as Blackburn allowed two baserunners with one out in the bottom of the 10th to put the tying run at the plate twice but Osich got out of the jam with 6 pitches.

(2) In Game 6, Refsnyder was again the hero as the Giants were down to their last 3 outs down 1-0 after 8 and the Cards, already up 3 games to 2. Belt got to Jaime Garcia with a double and Refsnyder tied the game with an RBI single. Then in the 11th, Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR (his 3rd HR of the series) to extend the series to a 7th game.

(3) In Game 7, Kemp and Refsnyder again teamed up with late inning heroics. Cleanup hitter Kemp led off the 10th inning of a scoreless game with a single off Garcia which caused his exit from the mound. Reliever Socolovich then gave up a double to Refsnyder which provided not only the GWRBI but the series winning RBI.

(4) About Refsnyder: He was not originally going to be a part of my trade with the Yanks. Mark had offered me Stephen Drew as part of that package which I accepted. He then had to revise the offer because he had forgotten that he had placed Drew on waivers. I wasn’t excited about the change as I was looking forward to the power of Drew at a position that had little power at the time. But I reluctantly accepted Refsnyder as the replacement. As late as mid September, Refsnyder was hitting .167 and was unusable for me. Then he became part of a platoon with Ackley for the real Yanks and had a great last couple of weeks.

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DCS results

Seattle over Baltimore — The Orioles took at 2-1 series lead at home behind a 3-2 victory that had homers by Schoop and Pearche…but Seattle ran the next 3 — all of them 1-game victories…they were trailing 2-0 going into the 9th before Beltran and Seager knocked in 3 runs off of Darren O’Day…Mark Lowe closed it out for the save.

Mark Chen has been sending me hysterical email for the last 6 weeks, and has really brought an awesome sense of humor and fun to the game…He’s a Baltimore loyalist and has held the team every year since 2002…This is his 3rd consecutive playoff appearance and 7th overall…his best year may have been ’05 when he had 94 wins and +20 WOR.

Kansas City takes Toronto in 4: After a 10-7 opening affair, both teams settled down and the Jays were held to 1 run over 18 innings…not going quietly, they saved their best play for the elimination game and took a 3-0 lead before KC scratched 4 runs over the last 6 innings to earn the sweep…Mike Trout was 3-3 in the clincher game and Trevor Gott got the win.

This is Hugh Brown’s 5 playoff appearance since entering the league in ’06…he’s managed both Arizona and the Blue Jays…he finished 2nd in WOR as recently as 2013…He’s only had 1 losing year…and he won the division with the most drama the year, making his way with 6 well-considered trades.  He’s a good baseball guy and I’m glad to have him in the league.

Washington over Cincinnati in 6: After trading wins in 2 low-scoring affairs, the bats erupted and Washington won game 3 12-1 before Cincinnati took game 4 13-10….Washington took the lead with a 9-3 slugfest victory before the series was finally clinched 5-4…The Reds took a 3-0 lead but the Nationals scored 5 runs in the 6th and 7th on HR from Marte and Desmond…it was kind of heartwarming to see Cecil get the save.

The very first trade these teams had this year was with each other…Raphael Malveax has been in the league since 2005 and has taken the Reds every single year…This is his 5th playoff appearance in those 10 years and he’s finished in positive WOR territory 8 times, winning 98 games in 2012 and making it to the LCS…he made only 4 trades on the year, but wasn’t shy about shipping big names as he sent out both Votto and Frazier…in a decade I’ve never heart him issue a complaint, and his teams are always competitive.

SERIES OF THE WEEKGiants hang on by the tips of their fingernails: St. Louis got off to a 2-0 lead by holding the mighty Giant bats to 1 run in 18 innings…both starters were still in a scoreless tie in the 10th inning of game 3 before Refsnyder settled things with a homer, for only the second score the Giants had had in over 27 innings…the bats opened up in game 4 and the Giants tied the series while scoring 9 runs…Cardinal bats returned the favor and scored 8 to tie the series at 3….Verlander and Garcia squared off and each allowed 1 run in 9 innings…Refsnyder was again the hero, knocking in all 3 Giant runs.  Doesn’t get much more fun than having the whole series come down to extra innings in a game 7.

Jeremy Moore’s time in the league goes all the way back to 1998 and this is his 8th different team…and has stepped up more than once to take on a team other owners weren’t exactly clamoring for…he did his damage this year without making a single trade…his 93 wins this year are second only to his 95 in 2013…and managed to take the 112-win Giants to the very limit this year.

NEXT UP:

Royals at the Mariners, Nationals at the Giants.  The file with the scheduled games on it has been posted; we and hope to get the lineups in by later that day so we can run the games Tuesday morning.  I’ll ask the remaining owners to email me when their lineups are in.  Remember that you need to click the modify rotation link and that the schedule will only appear on the rotation page.

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