COMMENTARY: The Cubs and Padres each posted a 5-1 week to lead the NL…Cardinals took on water but still lead the central by 4 games, and have the only positive WOR in the division…Braves and Phillies finish the week in a dead tie in the NL East….which is a gain for Philly…Al Benedek’s Padres also lead the NL in WOR…Seattle was the only AL team to go 5-1…but everyone in the West is chasing John Weerts’ A’s, the only team in the division with a positive WOR…The Orioles lead everyone with a +8.5 WOR and the Chisox, Tigers, and Royals are all ahead of the actual clubs in the AL central…the Rays were 4-3 but I think lost ground to the actual club, who is on a hot streak…Jose Ramirez has 20 HR to lead everyone…Trout has 19…Bryce Harper has walked 52 times, also a league lead…Andrelton Simmons leads the league with 72 hits, but there are 6 players with over 100 AB who have a better batting average…Mookie Betts is hitting .350 with 177 AB…Adam Ottavino has the lowest ERA for any player with more than 30 IP at 1.17…he pitches for Colorado…Justin Verlander has an ERA of 1.49 in over 96 innings….Brad Hand of the Padres pitched 5 scoreless innings and stranded all 4 runners he inherited…Josh Hader of the Brewers struck out 16 in 6 innings…Jose Abreu hit an ungodly .538 for the Chisox last week…Teoscar Hernandez hit 5 HR last week, which I think led the ASFBL, but Evan Longoria had more RBI with 12…10 trades last week….we have yet to have a single trade that has included a free waiver so far…only 4 teams have exactly the same record as the real club…which might be high, considering all the rainouts…11 teams, or about at third of the league, is within 1 game of the actual club…28 lineups submitted last week…thank you…new owner Alan Minsky has some serious baseball chops I’d like to share; he’s written two books on baseball and this article on Barry Bonds…Alan’s notes: “1. I wrote the piece in sections, but the editor chose to eliminate the section breaks (without changing the language); so if you notice some abrupt shifts in the article, that’s where the section breaks were. 2. There were loads of comments when it was originally published, but those all disappeared when Truthdig re-designed their website about a year ago.” … and in “reality is unrealistic,” you might have noted that Sergio Romo had appeared in 588 games without a single start, and then started two games on back-to-back days (I saw it unfold in real time, but this link is also courtesy of Alan Minsky)
TECHNICAL TRIBBLES: Something is resetting the “feats and failures” file; I’ll try to figure that out this week…I DO have a list of suggestions; keep them coming…as a general timeline, I’m swamped on another project until about June 23, but my plan is to do the last major changes between then and the end of July…there is a chance some of the games recorded correctly but didn’t save all the individual stats, so please let me know if you see something funny in the box scores…the minimum fee Microsoft charges for Azure is higher than I had anticipated (and not documented anywhere); might be looking for a new web host if that ends up not being a huge headache….