Newsletter for games through 8-23-2015

COMMENTARY:  Miami picked up 3.5 games in the NL East and is now only 4 back…the NL central has become a dogfight; St. Louis gained 2 games and is now only a half game behind the Reds…Colorado went 5-1 but only gained a half game on the Giants, who still have a comfortable lead…congrats to Arizona (6-1) and Milwaukee (4-2), who had great weeks…Milwaukee may have been the most important team in the NL East this week; they swept the Nationals and lost 2 of 3 to Miami…Arizona took 3 of 4 from the Reds, greatly contributing to the St. Louis cause…all games matter…Colorado, Cincinnati, and San Francisco are within 3 games of the WOR championship…the AL East is less a race than a seesaw contest; this week’s big gainer was the Yankees at 6-1 (Toronto and Baltimore combined to go 3-9), with Boston stepping up at 5-2…top three teams in the division are separated by 2 games…Tigers gained 2 more games in the AL central and are now only 3.5 back…the Chisox rampaged through the AL West and went 6-1…Houston and Oakland each had 5 wins; the Mariners held to first by playing .500…those Phillies are dangerous; they scored 8 runs twice last week and never fewer than 4…Goldschmidt and Harper — both still on their original teams — are in a dead tie for the batting title, each hitting .331…Dee Gordon is .329 with about 80 more AB than either…and Gordon has 50 stolen bases…Billy Hamilton leads the ASFBL with 70…Those guys are also 1-2 in the actual majors…Greinke leads the ASFBL and the MLB in ERA…Arizona fielders have robbed 224 hits, tops in the league…Baltimore has only 74 bad plays or errors, lowest in the league…In the “different styles” category, the Dodgers are tied with Boston for the most walks received at 471, while Colorado has the fewest at 275…and the Dodgers also lead the ASFBL in HR at 176…five divisions have races that are 4 games or closer…AL wildcard has 4 teams that are within 1 game of the 2 playoff spots…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Wilmer Flores of BOS had 6 RBI against CLE on 8/17/2015
Edwin Encarnacion of TOR had 5 hits against PHI on 8/18/2015
Sonny Gray of OAK had 12 strikeouts against LAD on 8/18/2015
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 16 strikeouts against OAK on 8/18/2015
Matt Harvey of NYM had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 8/18/2015
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against NYM on 8/18/2015
J.D. Martinez of DET had 6 RBI against CHC on 8/19/2015
Alejandro De Aza of BAL struck out 4 times against NYM on 8/19/2015
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against COL on 8/19/2015
Lonnie Chisenhall of MIA robbed 3 hits against PHI on 8/20/2015
Josh Tomlin of CLE had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 8/21/2015
James Shields of BOS had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 8/21/2015
Ender Inciarte of ARI robbed 3 hits against CIN on 8/21/2015
Josh Donaldson of TOR had 6 RBI against LAA on 8/22/2015
Chris Sale of BOS had 16 strikeouts against KCR on 8/22/2015
Jose Abreu of KCR struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/22/2015
Michael Conforto of CWS had 6 RBI against SEA on 8/22/2015
Luis Severino of NYY had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 8/22/2015
J.D. Martinez of DET struck out 4 times against TEX on 8/22/2015
Brandon Crawford of SFG hit 3 home runs against PIT on 8/23/2015
Brandon Crawford of SFG had 6 RBI against PIT on 8/23/2015
Matt Harvey of NYM had 14 strikeouts against COL on 8/23/2015

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Newsletter for games through 8-16-2015

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: Apologies for the site down time today; the IT folk “upgraded” the server without telling me — which is standard procedures — and then it broke — which is also standard procedure.  Should be good to go now, and sorry for the hassles.

BIG SERIES: The Giants and Dodgers took on the cream of the NL east; the Dodgers swept and the Giants took 3 of 4…the Yankees took 2 of 3 from Toronto…Detroit swept KC in three…Seattle (leading the AL west) took 2 of 3 from Baltimore (leading the AL East)…

COMMENTARY: Miami took advantage of an off week by the Nationals to gain 2 games; 7.5 is a ways to go, but they could make a race out of it…congrats to the Phils, who won 3 games this week…Cincinnati swept the Dodgers and would have gone 7-0 had not the Padres beat them 1-0 in 10, with Jake Odorizzi going to the distance….San Fran gained another game in the west, and tops the league with 83 wins…only two other teams have as many as 70…Dbacks went 5-1 and are within 1.5 of the actual team…Baltimore tacked another 2 games onto the lead; Tampa had the best record in the division at 4-1…Detroit only picked up a half game in the AL central but are now only 5.5 back and look like a real threat…the Indians went 4-2 and moved into positive WOR territory….Seattle had the only winning record in the AL west and moved in front by 2…Cardinals have the best real ERA in the ASFBL….Royals have the top real batting average…Toronto has the most real HR…toughest ASFBL bullpen is Miami, who has allowed only 10% of inherited runners to score…Baltimore is not only in first, their team ERA is due to adjust down .20…Toronto is due to go down .26….Dave Ortiz had 5 HR and 12 RBI for Seattle…Pollock stole 3 bases for Arizona…Boagerts hit .438 for Colorado…Grienke allowed 1 run in 17 innings for the Dodgers…

FEATS AND FAILURES;

Jake Odorizzi of SDP had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 8/10/2015
Anthony DeSclafani of CIN struck out 4 times against SDP on 8/10/2015
David Peralta of ARI had 5 hits against PHI on 8/10/2015
Carl Crawford of LAD had 5 hits against WAS on 8/11/2015
Jace Peterson of OAK robbed 3 hits against TOR on 8/11/2015
Jake Odorizzi of SDP had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 8/10/2015
Anthony DeSclafani of CIN struck out 4 times against SDP on 8/10/2015
David Peralta of ARI had 5 hits against PHI on 8/10/2015
Carl Crawford of LAD had 5 hits against WAS on 8/11/2015
Jace Peterson of OAK robbed 3 hits against TOR on 8/11/2015
David Peralta of ARI had 6 RBI against PHI on 8/12/2015
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 8/12/2015
Josh Hamilton of TEX had 6 RBI against MIN on 8/13/2015
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 8/13/2015
Francisco Lindor of CLE had 5 hits against MIN on 8/14/2015
Elian Herrera of ATL hit 3 home runs against ARI on 8/14/2015
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against OAK on 8/15/2015
J.J. Hardy of BAL struck out 4 times against OAK on 8/15/2015
Zack Greinke of LAD had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 8/15/2015
A.J. Pollock of ARI had 5 hits against ATL on 8/15/2015
Travis d’Arnaud of NYM hit 3 home runs against PIT on 8/15/2015
Neil Walker of PIT had 6 RBI against NYM on 8/15/2015
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 8/16/2015
Adeiny Hechavarria of MIA robbed 3 hits against STL on 8/16/2015
Brandon Guyer of TBR robbed 3 hits against TEX on 8/16/2015

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Newsletter for games through 8-9-15

Three divisions had lead changes this week…

COMMENTARY: The Rockies ran the table to go 6-0 last week…they gained on the Giants despite a 5-2 week by San Francisco, who still holds a double-digit lead…but the Rocks did push their way into the 1st wildcard spot…The Cardinals gained a game on the Reds, forcing a dead tie in the NL central…the Padres posted an impressive 5-2 record, winning the games they had to win…Miami went 5-2 but the Nationals held reasonably well at 4-3, and as long as they keep posting winning weeks the Nats are a division front-runner…the AL east is a serious dogfight; Hugh Brown’s Blue Jays went 7-0 to launch themselves into first place, although both the Orioles and Yankees are within 2 games, and Boston also had a 4-2 week…the Royals inched out a little farther in the central, gaining 2 more games on the week…Houston turned a 5-2 week into first place and the Angels went 4-2 to stay within 6 games…if you’re a hitter, do what you can to get traded out of the NL West; the Giants lead the ASFBL in team ERA with 2.73, which is all of .01 ahead of the Rockies at 2.74…and if you pitch, stay out of the AL east, where the Blue Jays are first in the ASFBL in runs scores and the Yankees are 4th…Boston is 7th…Shin-Soo Choo of Miami had 10 RBI last week; Bryce Harper had 11 for the Nationals….Adonis Garcia hit 4 HR for Atlanta…Edison Volquez pitched 17.33 shutout innings for Anaheim…Lance Lynne had 18 strikeouts for the Cardinals in 14.33 innings last week…Dee Gordon stole 7 bases last week for Miami…

POST-TRADE DEADLINE REGRETS:  According to my old email, on May 13 Leo made me this offer: “Carlos Gonzalez and Colome for Gee and your choice of an everyday outfielder.”  I turned him down.  Carlos Gonzales now has 26 homers.  Gee has a 5.60 ERA in AAA.  Note to self: Take all the offers Leo makes to you….

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Kole Calhoun of NYM struck out 5 times against MIA on 8/3/2015
Noah Syndergaard of MIL had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 8/4/2015
Lance Lynn of STL had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 8/4/2015
Alex Rodriguez of NYY hit 3 home runs against BOS on 8/4/2015
Alex Rodriguez of NYY had 6 RBI against BOS on 8/4/2015
Hector Santiago of LAA had 11 strikeouts against CLE on 8/5/2015
Scott Kazmir of COL had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 8/7/2015
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 12 strikeouts against ATL on 8/7/2015
Cameron Rupp of PHI struck out 4 times against SDP on 8/8/2015
Danny Salazar of CLE had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 8/8/2015
Noah Syndergaard of MIL had 11 strikeouts against STL on 8/9/2015

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Newsletter for games through 8-2-2015

TRADE FRENZY: Since last week there were a total of 31 trades involving 109 players…Burke Badenhop, Chris Sale, Reymond Fuentes, and Everett Teaford were all traded twice…both Colby and Corey Rasmus were traded….six players named “Matt” were traded (Boyd, Cain, Garza, McBride, Sczuzr and Thornton)…so were both Brian Bogusevic and Brian Broderick (say that 4 times fast)…and some big-name pitchers (Cole, Sale, Syndergaard, Lincecum, Kazmir)…

COMMENTARY: Nobody in the NL had more than 4 wins…in the wildcard dogfight the Cardinals gained precious ground and the Rockies lurk a single game behind the Dodgers…Colorado would lead 2 other divisions…Reds and the Cardinals were each 4-3 and are still separated by only a game in the NL central…Milwaukee pulled off 2 big moves and went 4-3…They are also +4 WOR…Philadelphia went 4-2, mirroring the actual club’s unexpected winning run…Best record of the week went to the Yankees who ran the table in a 7-game schedule to rush into first…Boston pulled off 2 of the last 3 trades last night and went 5-2…Baltimore and Toronto are each within 4…Royals and Detroit locked up at 4-3 atop the AL central…Oakland and Anaheim each had winning weeks and are each 5 back; the AL West is a 4-team race…mistaking a baseball game for a marathon, the Royals and Indians played 20 innings on 7/29….Cleveland won it with a HR by Preston Tucker, probably on 7/30…on the 30th Houston missed an extra point and dropped to Anaheim 14-13…the score the day before was 1-0…Kershaw leads the ASFBL in strikeouts; he’s 5 ahead of Scherzer in 30 fewer innings…with the trade dust settling, the power rankings put the Nationals and Cardinals tied at the top of the league….Washington hits better, the Cardinals pitch better…Baltimore is the top-rated team in the AL East…Giants lead the ASFBL with a team ERA of 2.70…Toronto and the Giants are tied with 478 runs scored…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Andrew McCutchen of SFG robbed 3 hits against MIL on 7/27/2015
Scott Kazmir of COL had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 7/27/2015
Tyler Flowers of KCR struck out 4 times against CLE on 7/28/2015
Sonny Gray of OAK had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 7/28/2015
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 12 strikeouts against OAK on 7/28/2015
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 14 strikeouts against WAS on 7/28/2015
Jung Ho Kang of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 7/28/2015
Michael Brantley of CLE robbed 4 hits against KCR on 7/29/2015
Jose Ramirez of CLE robbed 3 hits against KCR on 7/29/2015
Alcides Escobar of KCR robbed 3 hits against CLE on 7/29/2015
Mike Zunino of SEA struck out 4 times against ARI on 7/29/2015
Jhonny Peralta of STL struck out 4 times against COL on 7/30/2015
Miguel Rojas of CHC robbed 3 hits against MIL on 7/30/2015
Felix Hernandez of WAS had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 7/31/2015
James Shields of BOS had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 8/1/2015
Scott Kazmir of COL had 12 strikeouts against STL on 8/1/2015
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 8/2/2015
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 16 strikeouts against LAA on 8/2/2015
Brock Holt of LAA struck out 4 times against LAD on 8/2/2015
Danny Salazar of CLE had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 8/2/2015

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Newsletter for games through 7-26-2015

TRADE DEADLINE:  Is the lineup deadline for next week.

PERFECT GAME!  Buddy Baumann of KCR threw a no-hitter against PIT on 7/20/2015….his real ERA is 3.43 and his real WHIP is 1, but it all came together in one game for him…add him to the list with Phillip Humber and Dallas Braden of “guys you didn’t think could ever do it, but have a perfect game.”  Josh Clark has been doing something to store up good karma…congrats to him and his Royals!

COMMENTARY: Best week went to the Arizona Dbacks at 6-1, pushing Rob Perkins’ team into positive WOR territory…a big reason was AJ Pollock, who hit .536…the opponents were Milwaukee and Miami, both positive-WOR teams…Cardinals didn’t lose a game and are now 1 back…Cubs went 4-2 and have a solid lock on 3rd…Washington gained ground in the NL East…NL West is a collective +23 WOR…AL East has Baltimore, Toronto, and the Yankees all within 2 games of each other…Yanks are in 3rd but had the best week in division…Detroit and KC both had winning weeks, with Detroit picking up an extra win, thus half a game, and moving to within 4…Seattle had the only winning week in the AL west and crept to 1.5 ahead of Houston…Anaheim is still within striking distance…Cincinnati and San Francisco look like the monsters of the NL (although I count 6 teams with a chance to take the league championship)…the Giants have the better overall record but the Reds are 2 games ahead in WOR…Jim Casey’s Giants have done it with something like 26 trades; Ralpahel Malveaux of the Reds has made only 3…the Top 6 batting average leaders are all in the NL; 2 of them play for AL teams in real life…Billy Hamilton of the Reds leads the ASFBL in stolen bases, 15 ahead of Jose Altuve…The Reds have 3 of the top 15 RBI guys….the Nationals are the only other team with 2…Cleveland moved into positive WOR territory this week…AJ Burnett (an ASFBL Giant) has tied Max Scherzer with 17 wins…Zack Grienke has a 1.70 ERA, best in the league…only 20 pitchers have an ERA under 3.00….three of them pitch for the Cubs….two pitch for Colorado…David Ortiz hit 5 HR…so did Derrick Deitrick of Miami….Jose Bautista hit only .217 last week, but had 9 RBI on 2 HR…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Zack Godley of ARI had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 7/21/2015
Randal Grichuk of STL had 6 RBI against CWS on 7/21/2015
Ryan Buchter of LAD had 10 strikeouts against ATL on 7/22/2015
Carlos Martinez of STL had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 7/22/2015
A.J. Pollock of ARI had 5 hits against MIL on 7/23/2015
Pedro Alvarez of BOS struck out 4 times against HOU on 7/23/2015
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 7/23/2015
Ender Inciarte of ARI robbed 3 hits against MIL on 7/24/2015
Jason Pridie of OAK robbed 3 hits against SFG on 7/24/2015
David Ortiz of SEA hit 3 home runs against TOR on 7/24/2015
David Ortiz of SEA had 7 RBI against TOR on 7/24/2015
Greg Garcia of STL struck out 4 times against ATL on 7/25/2015
Ervin Santana of MIN had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 7/26/2015

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Newsletter for games through 7-19-2015

TRADE DEADLINE:  Only 2 more weeks to work out deals; no trades after the August 4 lineup deadline.

COMMENTARY:  Each league had 3 series sweeps; in the NL the victors were all in the east, while the AL more judciously spread them out between the Yankees, Chisox, and Angels…The Yankees swept the Mariners, and Houston took advantage and picked up 2 games to make it a 1-game race…Steve Horak’s Chicago team did it’s work against the division-leading Royals, making it a pretty impressive start to the second half….Roughned Odor hit .818 in the short week…I don’t think I’ve ever seen an average that high on the players of the week page…three other players hit better than .600….Jake Arrieta of the Cubs pitched 8 and 1/3rd scoreless innings, probably the best start of the short week…28 teams turned in lineups, taking advantage of the opportunity to reset the rotation…Atlanta has the longest average player name at 12.15….Christian Betancourt leads the league with 20 letters, tied with Jarrod Saltalamacchia….nobody has more vowels than Emilio Bonifacio…or fewer than Tony Zych (“y” doesn’t count)…Boston is the most vowelriffic team, with 38% of all the letters in player names being either a, e, i, o or u….Jon Jay has the shortest name in the league, and after him there are 21 players who only have 7 letters in their name…there have been 17 trades this year where neither player has made any contribution to their new team (although in some cases that’s because they were immediately re-traded)…the Yankees are the only team who have two players with double-digit saves (Betances and Miller)…Chapman leads the ASFBL with 30 saves; only 9 other players have more than half of that…I think that makes Chapman a better bullpen than 21 other teams…Detroit (Hamels and Price) and the Cubs (Arreita and Hammel) are the only two teams with 2 players in the top-13 for innings pitched; the key is apparently having one pticher with the phoneme “Ham” in their name…Grienke has the lowest WHIP in the league…Smardzija and Scherzer have the fewest walks per inning….Cruz, Harper, and Texieria all have 38 homers…Harper has 19 more RBI than Cruz and 20 more than Texieria….19 teams are within 10 games of first…

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Newsletter for games through 7-12-15

METS MUSINGS: Thanks to Josh Clark, who sympathetically pointed out that Met pitchers are hitting better than Met bench players this year…it did make the evil side of my brain ponder whether I could add a function to have pitchers pinch-hit for position players….and Kirk Nieuenhuis, who apparently reads the ASFBL blog, found serious motivation in the words and — for those who missed it — hit 3 homers in last Sunday’s game….he had 4 hits on the season going in…finally, I sent Matt Kemp to Rick Wynne on the theory that he’s not that good, he has to hit in Petco, and he’s apparently dating Khloe Kardashian….as usual, Rick is 2 steps ahead of me; in the 5 games since he’s hitting .429 with 2 HR….

TRADE DEADLINE: Will be the lineup deadline on August 4.

COMMENTARY: Four NL teams went 5-1 last week, none more impressive than the Cubs who had only rivalry games, playing the Cardinals and Chisox…and Jeanine had to use 2 computers on 3 wonky internet connections to get her lineup in this week…the Rockies continue to pound away with another 5-1 week and a +10.5 WOR mark, and couldn’t gain on the Giants who were also 5-1…The Dodgers would lead 4 divisions but are 8.5 behind the Giants….this is a great year so far, even by Rick Wynne standards…the Padres were 4-2 this week; the losing team scored exactly 2 runs in every game, except for the game the Pads won 2-0…Seattle was the only 5-win team in the AL…Minnesota had a winning week against the East-leading Orioles and powerhouse Tigers…Tampa and Toronto took advantage of the opening in the AL East…Cleveland posted a second-consecutive winning week…the A’s scratched their way into 3rd place…The Reds and Giants are each leading their divisions, have the top 2 records in the league, and are 1 and 2 in the WOR standings, separated by all of a half game…Toronto leads the ASFBL with 422 runs scored, and nobody else has cracked 400…Dodgers have the most HR with 132…Detroit has the best team batting average at .288…Dodgers and Giants are 1 and 2 in team ERA, separated by .01…the Miami bullpen has allowed only 5 of 60 inherited runners to score…Cleveland pitchers have 846 strikeouts; next closest is 714….Cubs’ and Mets’ pitchers are tied for fewest walks allowed…Josh Donaldson had 11 RBI last week…Brandon Belt hit .458….Cleveland pitchers with the first name Cody and a last name that started with “A” (Allen and Anderson) combined for 24 scoreless innings (only allowed 4 hits)…I’m re-naming my son Cody Asfbl…enjoy the All-Star break! Only 24 more hours of baseball-free time for those of you showing withdrawal symptoms…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 7/6/2015
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 7/6/2015
Kyle Gibson of MIN had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 7/7/2015
Tyson Ross of SDP had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 7/8/2015
Johnny Cueto of CIN had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 7/8/2015
Aramis Ramirez of MIL robbed 3 hits against LAD on 7/10/2015
Michael Taylor of PIT struck out 4 times against STL on 7/10/2015
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 7/11/2015
J.J. Hardy of BAL robbed 3 hits against WAS on 7/11/2015
DJ LeMahieu of CWS had 5 hits against CHC on 7/11/2015
Jake Odorizzi of TBR had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 7/11/2015
Jay Jackson of SDP had 13 strikeouts against TEX on 7/12/2015
Delino DeShields of TEX struck out 4 times against SDP on 7/12/2015
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 7/12/2015
Joey Butler of TBR struck out 5 times against HOU on 7/12/2015

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