Newsletter for games through 8-12-18

COMMENTARY

Not to speak with unnecessary hyperbole, but the AL West is the best race in any real or fantasy baseball league ever…four teams are within 1 game of first place…and the team in the division with the best record last week was the Rangers…the Rangers are in the ultimate spoiler position…the Angels have more wins in 1-run games than any other AL team…Braves lead the NL with 23…Going into the week the Rays were the hottest ASFBL team over the last 30 games…then they went 5-1…their record over the last 30 is now 25-5 …only other team with more than 20 is the Nationals…Rays, Yankees, and Bosox were a combined 14-5…thank goodness for the rest of us they have to play intra-divisional games…Cardinals were perfect in the NL and were the only NL central team with a winning record…the Cubs and Brewers going to the wire 1.5 games apart, and both were 3-3 last week…Arizona had the only 5-1 NL week and put some distance in the NL west, where 4 of 5 teams had winning weeks…Nationals are 17-3 in interleague games….Two of the top-4 WOR teams are from the NL West…three of the top-7 WOR teams are from the NL East…and any WOR discussion generally starts or ends with Baltimore…Chris Sale struck out 38 batters in two starts last week…there are 5 AL teams within 1 game of the second wildcard spot…The Yankees and Bosox have the exact same record over the last 10 games…and the last 20….and the last 30….

FEATS AND FAILURES

Francisco Lindor of CLE hit 3 home runs against MIN on 8/6/2018
Evan Longoria of SFG struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/6/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 20 strikeouts against TOR on 8/7/2018
Richard Urena of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/7/2018
Curtis Granderson of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/7/2018
Luis Severino of MIL had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 8/7/2018
Jacob Nix of SDP struck out 4 times against MIL on 8/7/2018
Rich Hill of LAD had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 8/7/2018
Joc Pederson of LAD had 6 RBI against OAK on 8/7/2018
Zack Godley of ARI had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 8/8/2018
Jack Flaherty of STL had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 8/8/2018
Mike Zunino of MIA struck out 4 times against STL on 8/8/2018
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 8/8/2018
Cody Bellinger of LAD had 5 hits against OAK on 8/8/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against CHC on 8/10/2018
James Paxton of SEA had 10 strikeouts against HOU on 8/10/2018
Khris Davis of OAK struck out 4 times against LAA on 8/10/2018
Patrick Corbin of ARI had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 8/11/2018
Mike Clevinger of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 8/11/2018
LAD and COL played 13.5 innings on 8/11/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 18 strikeouts against BAL on 8/12/2018
Tyler Anderson of NYY had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 8/12/2018
Kevin Kiermaier of TBR struck out 4 times against TOR on 8/12/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 15 strikeouts against CWS on 8/12/2018
Andrelton Simmons of LAA robbed 3 hits against OAK on 8/12/2018

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Newsletter for games through 8-5-18

TECHNICAL TIDBITS

There are some new stats pages this week, but if you visit the old standings or new team fantasy stats hold down shift and refresh the page…style sheets get cached and that’s how you load in the new ones.  The standings page now also shows the wildcards.

Team stats musings: There are 3 different ways to look at your team’s fantasy performance, and I can’t figure out which one is best.  You can look at the current active roster, but that won’t include things like guys currently on the DL, players you’ve traded but logged a bunch of time for you, etc.  You can look at the entire roster, including the inactive guys, which will include guys on the DL and players demoted for bad performance, but wouldn’t capture guys you’ve traded.  Or you can just look the stats in the games, which will include both traded and demoted guys, but is that really what you want to know?  “Geez, we had really good pitching (before I traded deGrom)”…anyway, all 3 options are now there, and I’ll let you decide what is most meaningful to you.  Actual (not fantasy) stats appear on the power ratings pages.

I think I’ve worked out the glitches on the lineups and rotation checkers, but let me know if you see anything weird.

Finally, remember that the 150% use cap has been dialed back to its normal 135%, which combined with all those make-up double-headers going on and the impending roster expansion should give many teams a lot of flexibility.

ANTI-MIDAS TOUCH

With the sage wisdom of Bill James, Billy Beane, and Nuke LaLouche I revamped my team, seeking to trade pitching for hitting and fill holes at third and in the outfield.  I was quite proud of my ability to hold on to Steve Matz, the most reliable Met starter on the season who’s jersey didn’t being with an upside-down letter “p,” and Fiers, who I’d snagged earlier in the year.  I was eager to track the actual stats of my newly acquired core — Mahle (arguably Reds ace), Maeda (arguably Dodger #3) and Tropeano (Angel pitchers aren’t really numbered) plus Matz and Fiers.  Their real-life performance in the week after I’d acquired them was 22 ER in 13.33 IP, with an ERA  north of 14.  Fiers actually pitched well — for 2 innings before he left with a line drive off of his shin.  Maeda started a 14-0 loss and Matz started the 25-4 debacle that was (a) the worst loss in Met history, and (b) finished by converted pitcher Jose Reyes.

But the hitting?  Newly-acquired outfielder Matt Kemp went 1-14 for an adjusted average of .000.  In fairness, he was playing through a horrible Dodger team slump where they couldn’t score at all.  Except for one 14-0 victory…during which Kemp was benched.  My newly-acquired third baseman was Matt Reynolds, who I had falsely assumed to be sitting out due to some mysterious day-to-day injury and not general badness.  He’s had all of 2 (that’s two, deuce, pair of aces) at-bats he’s had since I acquired him,

But there was a huge upside to the Reynolds acquisition!  In his two at-bats Reynolds has ONE home run!  The pitcher?  Jose Reyes.

MLB teams should pay me not to acquire their players for my fantasy team.

KARMA?

The ongoing debate about whether Harper or Trout is better took an ASFBL twist when Andy and Greg traded the players for each other…and each was promptly injured.  Harper took a pitch off the knee and Trout injured his hand sliding — feet first — into third.  There are trades that make both teams better, there are trades that make both teams worse, and there are trades that leave both players injured.

THIS WEEK

The Cubs ran the table at 6-0, but only gained a half game since the Brewers were 6-1…the NL central race is still closer than 2 games….Braves (6-1) and Phillies (5-1) refused to concede the NL East to the Nationals, although Andy’s team went 4-2…Arizona inched forward in the NL West…Minsky’s Rays are convincing me I need to add a page that traces how hot a team has been over 20 or 30 games…but over the last 6 they were 5-1, best record in the AL…The Cleveland-Minnesota fight in the AL central went to the Indians this week…nobody in the AL west can break out, and Oakland and Seattle each gained on Houston as the Angels refused to go away…Nationals lead the ASFBL in runs scored by 65 when you look at the fantasy runs scored on the entire roster, but the Rockies have the highest total in their actual games…Yankees are second in that category and are all of 3 runs ahead of Boston…Houston has played the best defense, with fielders robbing a net of 119 hits….nobody has stolen more bases than the Brewers, who lead Cleveland by 10…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Cesar Hernandez of PHI struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/30/2018
Jorge Alfaro of PHI had 7 RBI against BOS on 7/30/2018
Ronald Guzman of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 7/30/2018
HOU and SEA played 15.5 innings on 7/30/2018
Chase Anderson of MIL had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 7/30/2018
Noah Syndergaard of BAL had 11 strikeouts against NYY on 7/31/2018
Kyle Schwarber of CHC had 7 RBI against PIT on 7/31/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 7/31/2018
Sean Newcomb of ATL had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 7/31/2018
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 13 strikeouts against MIN on 8/1/2018
Nathan Eovaldi of TBR had 14 strikeouts against LAA on 8/2/2018
Justin Upton of LAA struck out 4 times against TBR on 8/2/2018
ATL and NYM played 14.5 innings on 8/2/2018
Trevor Clifton of TEX had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 8/2/2018
Todd Frazier of CIN robbed 3 hits against WAS on 8/3/2018
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 8/3/2018
Zack Godley of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 8/3/2018
Fernando Rodriguez Jr. of BOS had 12 strikeouts against NYY on 8/4/2018
Cesar Hernandez of PHI robbed 3 hits against MIA on 8/4/2018
Gio Gonzalez of LAA had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 8/4/2018
Jesus Aguilar of MIL struck out 4 times against COL on 8/4/2018
Christian Yelich of MIL had 5 hits against COL on 8/4/2018
COL and MIL played 16.5 innings on 8/4/2018
Zack Greinke of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 8/4/2018
Gerrit Cole of HOU robbed 3 hits against LAD on 8/4/2018

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Newsletter for games through 7-29-18

TRADE FRENZY

The actual MLB had 32 trades in the week leading up to the deadline; we beat them by 3 at 35.  They had 83 players change hands, and we clobberd them with 122.  The only number they beat us on was teams involved in a trade, 28 to 20…then again, we don’t have fan bases we have to make moves to appease…and Andy Somers of the Nats had a whopping 14 trades the last week, which is basically one trade for every 2 roster spots…Houston, Texas, Mets, Tigers, and Rockies all had 5 trades or more…we don’t keep records on this stuff, but as Rick Wynne pointed out that really was a lot of stuff happening really fast…

NOTES

The only Met starter I haven’t traded is Steve Matz, who started Monday’s 25-4 drubbing…I have now had friends from Boston to Anaheim that have gotten in touch to share that joy with me…and at the end of all that trading, Andy apparently knew what he was doing because he had the only 7-0 record on the week…combined record of the other 5 most active trading teams was 16-15…if you get a moment, check out his new starting lineup…also improved clubhouse chemistry by shipping out Harper…Arizona gained ground in the NL west, and the Reds made some noise in the NL central…the Reds traded for Met pitching that didn’t give up 7 runs in less than an inning, and did get a win out of deGrom’s start…in the other league and at the opposite end of the trade activity spectrum from the Nationals, Boston largely stood pat but posted the best AL record at 5-2…the entire AL East was .500 or better…the entire AL central was .500 or worse…Jose Ramirez of Cleveland leads the ASFBL with 38 HR…JD Martinez only has 32 HR but has 20 more RBI…in a very Trout-like way, Mike is second in both categories but has more HR than Martinez and more RBI than Ramirez…hats off to Alan Minsky, who has 5 actual starting pitchers…the actual Tampa Bay Rays were listing zero on their official MLB depth chart page…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 7/23/2018
Yairo Munoz of STL struck out 4 times against CIN on 7/23/2018
Tim Beckham of BAL struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/24/2018
Manuel Margot of SDP robbed 3 hits against NYM on 7/24/2018
Jacob deGrom of CIN had 10 strikeouts against STL on 7/25/2018
Adam Frazier of PIT had 6 RBI against CLE on 7/25/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 7/25/2018
Brian Goodwin of WAS struck out 4 times against MIL on 7/25/2018
Matt Hall of DET had 13 strikeouts against KCR on 7/25/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 7/25/2018
Tyler Skaggs of LAA had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 7/25/2018
Addison Russell of CHC struck out 5 times against ARI on 7/26/2018
Ben Zobrist of CHC had 5 hits against ARI on 7/26/2018
WAS and MIA played 15.5 innings on 7/26/2018
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 7/26/2018
Franklin Barreto of OAK struck out 4 times against TEX on 7/26/2018
German Marquez of BAL had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 7/27/2018
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 15 strikeouts against DET on 7/27/2018
Ross Stripling of LAD had 12 strikeouts against ATL on 7/27/2018
Carlos Rodon of CWS had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 7/27/2018
Gerardo Parra of TOR struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/27/2018
Kyle Freeland of COL had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 7/27/2018
Joe Musgrove of PIT had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 7/28/2018
Nathan Eovaldi of TBR had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 7/28/2018
Brian Dozier of LAD struck out 4 times against ATL on 7/28/2018
Robbie Grossman of MIN struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/28/2018
Charlie Morton of HOU had 12 strikeouts against TEX on 7/28/2018
Robbie Ray of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 7/28/2018
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/29/2018
Matt Carpenter of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 7/29/2018
Mike Fiers of NYM had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 7/29/2018
Curtis Granderson of TOR struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/29/2018
Jesus Aguilar of MIL struck out 4 times against SFG on 7/29/2018

 

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Newsletter for games through 7-22-18

TRADING DEADLINE! 

July 31, which means that any trades must be completed by the time of your next lineup.  Also a pretty good week to check the email — if you’re on gmail, your “forums” tab might be where all the ASFBL trade offers are.

MINOR LEAGUE PROMOTIONS:

Had a request or two about how this works — the info is under the rules link on the wordpress page, but I’m posting it here too:

“As of 2018:  As soon as a AAA player is called up in real life and accumulates 10 Major League innings pitched or 25 at-bats, those Major League stats replace minor league stats. Upon promotion of any sort any accrued ASFBL fantasy stats to that point will be reset (and the accrued minor league stats would be irrelevant to subsequent performances).

Until 10IP/25AB, a sliding scale will average AAA and MLB stats. For batters, the actual AB is divided by 25 to create an adjustment percentage, and the final stats are a weighted average based on the adjustment percentage for MLB stats. For example, if a guy has 13 real AB, the adjustment percentage is 13/25 = 52%. His stats will be 52% MLB and 48% AAA, so if he’s hitting .200 in MLB and .293 in AAA the average is (.200 * .52) + (.293 * .48) = .244. For pitchers, the calculations are the same but with IP replacing AB and 10 as the divisor rather than 25.”

TOTALLY VALID COMPARISON OF THE WEEK

I compared the first 15 owners to appear alphabetically (Achten through Leckie) to the last 15 alphabetically (Leckie through Zewiskie).  The result: The back end of the alphabet leads 51.3% to 48.7%.  Those higher in the alphabet always had their names called last at school and probably got to the front of most lines least often, and I feel this has created a grittier, more competitive oeuvre for those lower in the alphabet.  Can it be mere coincidence that Weerts, Wildes, Wynne, Yee and Zewiske ALL have winning records?  And that without “Boston” Bernacchi the entire letter B would be wallowing in failure?  And what of the middle of the alphabet?  Why, the entire extended family Leckie is 4 games over .500, or 1.3 Games Per Leckie (GPL).  The middle of the alphabet is thus within a game of the absolute middle…At least in the first half of the 2018 ASFBL season, it appears the last shall be first and the first shall be last…

COMMENTARY:

Holy Tampa Bay, Batman…they followed up their 7-0 first-half finish with a 3-0 second-half start…and are, in fact on a 13-0 run…perhaps they have found momentum through the basic economic principles espoused by Hyman Minsky:  “Success breeds a disregard of the possibility of failure.“…Twins and Mariners also had perfect starts in the AL…Only the Dodgers did it in the NL…although the Cubs went 3-1 and picked up 2.5 games on the Brewers…the actual Orioles continue to tank and Mark Chen continues to impress…Horak has the Chisox +10 WOR…the Nationals gained a game in airtight NL East, which is actually a pretty big deal given how close the division is…no NL team leads its division by more than 3.5…no AL division-leader has a positive WOR; no NL division-leader has a negative one…Cory Spagenburg of the Padres hit .545 in the games leading into the break, tops in the ASFBL…also had 8 walks…that put him on base in 20 of 30 plate appearances…Jason Kipnis had 4 RBI in only 6 AB last week…Josh Bell of Pitt hit .636 in the short week…and if you go 7-11 you should celebrate with a Slurpee…the New York Met who made the players of the week page was AAA superstar Jeff McNeil, who went 2-11…that makes you one of the better Mets…I swear that half the trades made in the past 2 weeks start with the word “Seattle”…

Good luck to everyone in the last week of trading!

 

 

 

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Newsletter for games through 7-15-18

UNSCIENTIFIC COMPARISON OF THE WEEK

I have often wondered how crucial variables like astrological sign or shoe size relate to ASFBL performance, so I marked all the owners I personally know to be fathers and compared them to the unprocreated to see if there was a difference….it didn’t go well for the Dads, who have a collective ASFBL record of 48.5%…it’s therefore 51.5% if you are playing without the benefit of children in your life…the former group, however, undoubtedly has more Happy Father’s Day memorabilia…

INTO THE BREAK…

It is the rare week when the ASFBL and MLB results match up perfectly, thanks to the All-Star hiatus…so I thought I’d look at the hottest and coldest teams and see how they compare…Boston (17-3) and Oakland (15-5) are the hottest actual teams over the last 20 games…both had winning weeks going into the ASFBL break with Oakland having the better week at 5-2…the actual Royals are really scuffling at 4-16 going into the ASG…the ASFBL Royals similarly struggled, but Judd had them +5 WOR….and the actual Rays have been hot but have recently cooled off to 13-7 over the last 20…but Alan’s club roared into the break with the only 7-0 record in the league…nobody in the AL East had a losing week…only the A’s had a winning week in the AL west…the Chisox took advantage of a Cleveland stumble and went 4-1 to pick up 3.5 games this week and pull within 6…they are also the only team other than Baltimore who is in positive WOR territory to the tune of 2 digits…there is no doubt that the hottest divisional race is going to be the AL West, with the top 4 teams all withing 4 games of first place..of that group, only Greg Achten’s Angels have a positive WOR…the closest race, however, is in the NL East where the Andy’s Nationals and Danny’s Braves are within a half game of each other…and the Nats are tied with Al’s Padres for the best WOR in the NL…Mark Chen’s Orioles finish the first half as indisputably the team to be in WOR, a lead that might get larger depending on what the actual Orioles do with their shortstop…hats off to Tony and his Bosox, who finished the first half as the top team in the league and the only team winning more than 60% of the time…Oakland put up 24 runs in their July 10 game…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Mike Fiers of NYM had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 7/9/2018
Adrian Beltre of TEX struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/9/2018
Marcus Semien of OAK had 6 RBI against HOU on 7/10/2018
Marcus Semien of OAK had 5 hits against HOU on 7/10/2018
Stephen Piscotty of OAK hit 3 home runs against HOU on 7/10/2018
Stephen Piscotty of OAK had 5 hits against HOU on 7/10/2018
Chris Archer of SEA had 10 strikeouts against LAA on 7/10/2018
Andrew Suarez of SFG had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 7/10/2018
Jose Berrios of MIN had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 7/11/2018
Lorenzo Cain of MIL had 5 hits against MIA on 7/11/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 7/11/2018
Vince Velasquez of PHI had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 7/11/2018
Shin-Soo Choo of TEX struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/11/2018
Nolan Arenado of HOU struck out 6 times against OAK on 7/12/2018
OAK and HOU played 16.5 innings on 7/12/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 14 strikeouts against TOR on 7/12/2018
Curtis Granderson of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/12/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 13 strikeouts against NYY on 7/13/2018
Mitch Moreland of BOS struck out 4 times against TOR on 7/13/2018
Gerrit Cole of HOU had 10 strikeouts against DET on 7/13/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 10 strikeouts against MIN on 7/13/2018
Jedd Gyorko of STL robbed 3 hits against CIN on 7/13/2018
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 7/13/2018
Jesus Aguilar of MIL had 6 RBI against PIT on 7/14/2018
Phil Ervin of CIN struck out 4 times against STL on 7/14/2018
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 7/14/2018
SEA and COL played 13.5 innings on 7/14/2018
Mike Clevinger of CLE had 11 strikeouts against NYY on 7/15/2018
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 12 strikeouts against ARI on 7/15/2018
Jameson Taillon of PIT had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 7/15/2018

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Newsletter for games through 7-8-2018

COMMENTARY

Arizona, Miami, and the Cubs had the big weeks in the NL….for the Cubs, it brought them closer to the Brewers, for the DBacks, it gave them some distance in the NL West, and it pushed Miami out to +4 WOR….In fact, in the NL East the bottom 3 teams all had winning records and the top 2 had losing records, but in both the NL Central and West only the and DBacks had winning records….Bosox and Yankees continue to set the pace in the AL East, with the Bosox gaining a game…Indians held on to the AL central at dead-even-WOR, but the Twins had the best week in the division….Seattle and Texas were a combined 11-1 in the West…Texas had an especially good run on the week, posting the only perfect 6-0 record and moving Ben Brockreide to a +3 WOR…Houston continues to hold the divisional lead, with the Angels, Mariners, and A’s all within 5 games…Cleveland actually has the largest divisional lead at 9 games…going into the All-Star break, 12 teams are within 5 games of first place…Boston has the best record in the league…Baltimore and the Chisox are really turning it on in the WOR category…the tightest race is the NL East, where Washington leads the Braves by a half game…don’t know if you saw Judd Choate’s post, but he offered this going into the week: “The fantasy Royals have six games this week – against four all-star starters. And, in three of those games, I’m starting a minor league pitcher who has never pitched in the majors (fantasy or real life)”….he finished 2-4, not bad considering….beat Clevinger and Carrasco of the Indians…with Fillmyr and Staumont…Grichuk had 17 RBI this week…the Mets as a team scored 17 runs…10 of them came in one 4-homer game…Starlin Marte of the Pirates was 10 for 10 in stolen bases…Houston has 3 pitchers in the top 10 for wins…Kimbrel, Devenski, and Treinen are tied with 23 saves…in the Anthony Young Memorial Award category, Danny Duffy has 14 losses…Judge and Stanton are tied for 3rd with 115 strikeouts…they also combined for 31 HR…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Chris Sale of BOS had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 7/2/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 7/2/2018
Randal Grichuk of COL hit 4 home runs against SFG on 7/2/2018
Randal Grichuk of COL had 10 RBI against SFG on 7/2/2018
Randal Grichuk of COL had 5 hits against SFG on 7/2/2018
ATL and NYY played 15.5 innings on 7/3/2018
J.D. Martinez of BOS struck out 4 times against WAS on 7/4/2018
JT Riddle of MIA had 6 RBI against TBR on 7/4/2018
JT Riddle of MIA had 5 hits against TBR on 7/4/2018
Edwin Encarnacion of CLE struck out 4 times against KCR on 7/4/2018
Lucas Duda of KCR had 5 hits against CLE on 7/4/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 7/6/2018
Andrew Benintendi of BOS hit for the cycle against KCR on 7/6/2018
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 11 strikeouts against STL on 7/7/2018
Rogelio Armenteros of HOU had 12 strikeouts against CWS on 7/7/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 17 strikeouts against KCR on 7/7/2018
Dustin Fowler of OAK struck out 4 times against CLE on 7/8/2018
Kevin Plawecki of NYM struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/8/2018
Ryon Healy of TEX had 7 RBI against DET on 7/8/2018
Tim Beckham of BAL struck out 4 times against MIN on 7/8/2018
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against MIN on 7/8/2018
Evan Gattis of BAL struck out 4 times against MIN on 7/8/2018
Miguel Sano of MIN struck out 4 times against BAL on 7/8/2018
BAL and MIN played 20.5 innings on 7/8/2018

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Newsletter for games through 7-1-2018

HAPPY JOSH CLARK’S BIRTHDAY!  An event so monumental that our nation’s founders had the foresight to declare independence from England on the same day…He celebrated with a winning week that pushed his Marlins out of last place, a spot now occupied by my Mets…although I’m tied for the third-best WOR in the NL…the Nationals made the big push of the week in the division, claiming a 5-1 finish and moving to within a half game of the Braves…The Cubs went 6-1 to push the Brewers, who themselves had 4 wins on the week…a big reason was Jose Ramirez, who carried them with 6 HR…the DBacks went 6-1 to assert control in the NL west….big news in the AL is that the Indians had the only perfect record (6-0), the only winning record in their division, the only winning week in their division, and now own the biggest lead of any first-place team…Seattle went 5-2 in the west and although they are 6.5 back are within striking distance as we close in on the break…and although they are in 4th place in the west have a winning record and are closer to first than the second-place team in the AL central…Aaron Hicks hit .519 for them and stole 4 bases…the Nationals would be leading 4 other divisions….Tony Bernacchi is looking serious about holding on to the AL East…Davis and Lowrie each hit better than .400 for the Oakland club last week, which posted a winning record…Eugenio Suarez of the Reds had 15 RBI last week…Jesse Winker of Detroit knocked in 8 runs last week…also drew 8 walks…Eight trades last week, and few of them seemed like roster dumps…nobody threw more fantasy innings last week than Mike Foltynewicz, who struck out 28 in 18 innings…but Freddy Peralta of the Brewers struck out 19, and did it in only 16 innings…

I think this means we have had more cycles than no-hitters this year, while the former is supposed to be the less common occurrence, but Johan Camargo of the Braves still had a pretty special day against the Reds on 6/27/2018….

FEATS AND FAILURES

Jed Lowrie of OAK had 5 hits against DET on 6/25/2018
Shawn Armstrong of SEA had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 6/25/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 13 strikeouts against PIT on 6/25/2018
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 6/25/2018
Mike Zunino of SEA struck out 4 times against BAL on 6/26/2018
Jabari Blash of LAA struck out 4 times against BOS on 6/26/2018
Eugenio Suarez of CIN hit 3 home runs against ATL on 6/26/2018
Eugenio Suarez of CIN had 6 RBI against ATL on 6/26/2018
Freddy Peralta of MIL had 16 strikeouts against KCR on 6/26/2018
Josh Reddick of HOU robbed 3 hits against TOR on 6/26/2018
Jake Marisnick of HOU had 6 RBI against TOR on 6/26/2018
Adam Plutko of CLE had 11 strikeouts against STL on 6/26/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 15 strikeouts against LAA on 6/27/2018
Jabari Blash of LAA struck out 4 times against BOS on 6/27/2018
Starling Marte of PIT struck out 4 times against NYM on 6/27/2018
Kevin Gausman of BAL had 10 strikeouts against SEA on 6/28/2018
Tom Murphy of COL struck out 4 times against SFG on 6/28/2018
Edwin Jackson of WAS had 14 strikeouts against PHI on 6/28/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 6/28/2018
Albert Almora of CHC had 5 hits against MIN on 6/29/2018
Tyler Anderson of NYY had 11 strikeouts against BOS on 6/29/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 6/29/2018
Luis Severino of MIL had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 6/29/2018
Jesus Aguilar of MIL had 6 RBI against CIN on 6/29/2018
Shane Bieber of CLE had 12 strikeouts against OAK on 6/30/2018
Matthew Boyd of CIN struck out 4 times against MIL on 6/30/2018
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 16 strikeouts against STL on 6/30/2018
Joe Musgrove of PIT had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 6/30/2018
Cory Spangenberg of SDP struck out 4 times against PIT on 6/30/2018
Tyler Skaggs of LAA had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 7/1/2018
Freddy Peralta of MIL had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 7/1/2018
Corey Kluber of CLE had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 7/1/2018

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