Newsletter for games through 5-15-16

CYCLE: Charlie Blackmon of the Astros hit for the cycle against the Indians on May 9…took 5 at-bats to get the 4 hits, but got one of each!

COMMENTARY: 3 trades this week, led by Leo and the Rockies, to follow Josh Clark’s 3 trades last week made by the Royals….lots of chatter, and it seems like the trade floodgates are likely to open soon…NL news was San Franciso, who went 5-2, picked up 3 games in the standings, and launched into first…Rockies put up a 4-2 mark and are one of 4 teams within 2 games of first…Cubs ran the table, but the Cards won’t go away and also posted a winning record…NL East went nuts with 4 teams winning more than they lost, but Andy Somers still managed to gain ground in the division…Boston is roaring…best record in the AL and extended their lead…Baltimore continues to hang tight…Yankees refuse to give up, and won 4 of 7 this week….4 games separate first from last in the AL central, and the Royals had the best week of the bunch and only winning record in the division….Twins continue to hold their WOR lead….The Mariners might trade Felix just because they don’t need him; they had another big week and threaten to run away with the division….in May….monster game of the week goes to Mark Trumbo, who had 3 homers and 8 RBI against the Twins on May 9…May 9 was apparently a good day for hitters…Freddie Freeman had 3 HR and 6 RBI on the 11th…No word on whether Danny Wildes will fire the virtual Freddy Gonzalez yet…the only crime the virtual Rougned Odor committed on May 15 was robbing 3 hits; no electronic assaults…Scherzer had 14 strikeouts against Detroit on the 10th, 6 short of the record…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jonathan Schoop of BAL had 5 hits against MIN on 5/9/2016
Steven Souza of TBR struck out 4 times against SEA on 5/9/2016
Julio Urias of LAD had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 5/10/2016
Jake Arrieta of CHC had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 5/10/2016
Delino DeShields of TEX struck out 4 times against CWS on 5/10/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 5/10/2016
Xander Bogaerts of BOS had 5 hits against OAK on 5/11/2016
Gerrit Cole of PIT had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 5/11/2016
Jon Lester of CHC had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 5/11/2016
Adam Rosales of SDP struck out 4 times against CHC on 5/11/2016
Tyler Duffey of MIN had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 5/11/2016
Byung-ho Park of MIN hit 3 home runs against BAL on 5/11/2016
Aaron Hicks of NYY robbed 3 hits against KCR on 5/12/2016
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 5/12/2016
Matt Holliday of STL robbed 3 hits against LAD on 5/13/2016
Stephen Piscotty of STL struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/13/2016
Jung Ho Kang of PIT hit 3 home runs against CHC on 5/13/2016
Brian McCann of HOU struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/13/2016
Justin Verlander of DET had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 5/13/2016
J.T. Realmuto of MIA had 5 hits against WAS on 5/13/2016
Darwin Barney of TOR had 6 hits against TEX on 5/14/2016
Michael Saunders of TOR had 6 RBI against TEX on 5/14/2016
Ryan Flaherty of BAL robbed 3 hits against DET on 5/14/2016
Martin Prado of MIA robbed 3 hits against WAS on 5/14/2016
Julio Urias of LAD had 13 strikeouts against STL on 5/15/2016
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/15/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 5/15/2016
Danny Espinosa of WAS robbed 3 hits against MIA on 5/15/2016
Jacoby Ellsbury of NYY robbed 3 hits against CWS on 5/15/2016
Rougned Odor of TEX robbed 3 hits against TOR on 5/15/2016

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Newsletter for games through 5-10-16

COMMENTARY: 27 lineups submitted last week!  Thanks to all for making my life easy….Arizona made the big run, posting at 6-0 record and moving into first in the NL west….the DBacks are also second in WOR…congrats to Mike Milos….San Francisco also went 5-2 to get a little upward lift in the NL west…the Nationals went 5-2 in the East and held on to first place…the Cardinals kept the pressure on the Cubs by going 5-2 and picking up a game in the central…the Cubs and Reds also had winning weeks…Boston went 5-1 to move into first and post the best record in the AL East…Toronto was also 5-2…the Twins had a tough week but are still in first in WOR…Cleveland had the best week in the AL Central and moved into a half game of first….which they would have managed had not the Chisox had a strong 4-2 week…Seattle went 6-1 to vault themselves in the AL west…the Astros were also 4-3, and the top 4 teams in the division are +11 WOR…Oakland is in 3rd with +5 WOR…exactly .001 separate Aledymas Diaz (Cards) and Martin Prado (Miami) atop the ASFBL batting average leader board…Rajai Davis of Cleveland has 11 stolen bases to lead all speedsters…Kevin Siegrist of the Cardinals has stranded all 13 inherited runners, tops in the league…Tyler Clippard and Hector Rondon are tied with 10 saves each….

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 5/2/2016
Adam Duvall of CIN struck out 4 times against SFG on 5/2/2016
Nathan Eovaldi of HOU had 10 strikeouts against MIN on 5/2/2016
David Wright of NYM struck out 4 times against ATL on 5/3/2016
Yunel Escobar of LAA had 7 RBI against MIL on 5/3/2016
Steven Wright of BOS had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 5/4/2016
David Peralta of ARI robbed 3 hits against MIA on 5/4/2016
Byung-ho Park of MIN hit 3 home runs against HOU on 5/4/2016
Jeremy Hazelbaker of STL struck out 4 times against PHI on 5/5/2016
Carlos Santana of CLE had 6 RBI against DET on 5/5/2016
Jake Arrieta of CHC had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/5/2016
Jon Lester of CHC had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/6/2016
Kris Bryant of CHC struck out 4 times against WAS on 5/6/2016
Kevin Gausman of BAL had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 5/6/2016
Josh Reddick of OAK robbed 3 hits against BAL on 5/6/2016
Tim Adleman of CIN had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 5/6/2016
Max Muncy of OAK had 6 RBI against BAL on 5/7/2016
James Paxton of SEA had 10 strikeouts against HOU on 5/7/2016
Corey Kluber of CLE had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 5/8/2016
Mark Reynolds of COL had 5 hits against SFG on 5/8/2016

 

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Newsletter for games through 5-1-2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  I haven’t seen the “file busy” error for a while and nobody has told me that they are seeing it, so I’m crossing my fingers that it’s been fixed.  Let me know if you see it again.  And a special thanks to Ben and Hugh, who both took it upon themselves to proactively remove their suspended players from their rosters.

COMMENTARY:  Tony Bernacchi’s Bosox, who got of to a really slow start in our 2-week opening run, have really turned it on.  They had a league-best 6-1 mark and moved to within 2 games of first…not that Baltimore was slacking off with it’s 5-2 mark…I notice that my bad karma seems to be dragging down my compatriots in the NL East, where not one team has a positive WOR figure….and nobody in the NL West has a negative one…The Cards put together the best record in the NL central, are now +3 WOR, and lurk as a challenge to the Cubs, who otherwise threaten to run away with the division….they now hold the best mark in the ASFBL…The Giants made noise with the best NL West record at 5-1…Four of the 5 teams in that division had winning records….The Twins held only a .500 record but Tim’s version of the Minnesotans is still +8 WOR, twice as high as second place (Dodgers at +4)….Forslund’s Chisox went 5-2 to creep within 1 game, and the crazy situation is that all 5 teams in the division are within 2.5 games of first place….the entire division could literally be inverted in a single weeks’ worth of games…John Weerts’ A’s are holding first place, largely by virtue of the +3 WOR…In case you missed the email, Rick Wynne’s observation from last week is worth reading: “Jake Arrieta had a perfect game going with 2 outs in the 10th inning !! Then Jay Bruce hit a walk-off HR for Cincy ! It was the 2nd loss on the week in extra innings for the Cubbies, both coming on a walk-off HR, the other being a 17 inning loss to the Cards when Greg Garcia left the yard. It was Garcia who sent the game into extra innings with a 7th inning RBI hit.”

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Nick Castellanos of DET had 5 hits against OAK on 4/25/2016
Jose Iglesias of DET robbed 3 hits against OAK on 4/25/2016
Kenta Maeda of LAD had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 4/25/2016
Andrew McCutchen of HOU struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/25/2016
Chris Sale of CWS had 13 strikeouts against TOR on 4/25/2016
Rick Porcello of BOS had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/25/2016
Rich Hill of OAK had 11 strikeouts against DET on 4/26/2016
Khris Davis of OAK struck out 4 times against DET on 4/26/2016
Felix Hernandez of SEA had 11 strikeouts against HOU on 4/26/2016
Dexter Fowler of CHC had 6 RBI against MIL on 4/27/2016
Aaron Nola of PHI had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 4/27/2016
Cesar Vargas of SDP had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 4/27/2016
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 4/27/2016
Nathan Eovaldi of HOU had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 4/27/2016
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 4/27/2016
Justin Nicolino of MIA robbed 3 hits against LAD on 4/27/2016
Steven Wright of BOS had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/28/2016
Cesar Hernandez of PHI struck out 4 times against WAS on 4/28/2016
Rick Porcello of BOS had 14 strikeouts against NYY on 4/30/2016
George Springer of HOU struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/30/2016
Chris Archer of TBR had 14 strikeouts against TOR on 5/1/2016
Yoenis Cespedes of NYM had 6 RBI against SFG on 5/1/2016
Giancarlo Stanton of MIA hit 3 home runs against MIL on 5/1/2016
Giancarlo Stanton of MIA had 8 RBI against MIL on 5/1/2016
Martin Prado of MIA had 5 hits against MIL on 5/1/2016
Carlos Correa of HOU struck out 4 times against OAK on 5/1/2016

 

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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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