These two emails were so good I thought I needed to post them on the site to archive them.
From Chuck Ballingall:
“The Dodgers went into the week .5 games back for the 2nd Wild Card. 2 Dodgers losses and 2 Cardinals wins left us 2.5 back with 5 games left. Then we won 3 and the Cards lost 2 (plus an off day), and we were tied with 2 games left. Just as he did in real life, Kershaw started the next to last game and won; instead of clinching home field in the Wild Card, though, it just left both teams tied going into the final game. With both the Dodgers-Padres and Cardinals-Braves starting at the same time, the Cardinals were very happy after just a few minutes, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first while the Padres also jumped out to a 3-0 lead in LA. After 4 innings, the Cardinals were 11 runs to the good, leading 4-0 themselves while the Padres were leading 7-0 against 12 game winner Brett Anderson. An exciting end to a fun season… does Clayton Kershaw deserve to win the ASFBL NL Cy Young given that he struck out nearly 100 more batters than the next highest finisher, and, unlike in real life, managed to win 20 games?? I think he does.”
From Andy Somers:
“I rested Bryce Harper this week an an attempt to clinch a triple crown in the NL. Comfortably leading in HR and RBI categories, Harper entered the week .0035 points ahead of Dee Gordon in batting average. Not needing to pad the HR and RBI numbers, I elected to sit him comparing the BA projections/adjustments between him and Gordon, and figured that he almost certainly would fall behind Gordon if both played in all 6 of their games.
Harper came in sporadically during the week, going 0-for-4 off the bench mostly as a pinch hitter. Gordon’s average dropped through the week, as was predicted, until he sat at 0.3313 at the end of 10/2 with 2 games to go. Harper stood at 0.3376, better than 6 points ahead in average. It would seem the batting title (of both leagues), and the NL Triple Crown was in the bag. However, with pride to play for it would seem, Gordon goes 3-for-5 in the next to last game, and 4-for-5 in the final game, to pull his average to 0.3368. Harper, meanwhile goes 0-for-1 in each of the last two games, pulling his average to 0.3364, to give away the Triple Crown and batting title by .0004.
Of final drama, the race came down to, literally, the final AB for both players. Harper in the final game pinch hit in the eventh inning and was struck out by Matt Harvey. Had he not appeared, he would have won the batting title by about .0002 and NL triple crown, even with Gordon’s final day performance of an incredible 4-for-5. Gordon has Matt Harvey to thank for the strikeout of Mr. Harper!”
I want to congratulate Ben Leckie on a great season and pennant race that had me looking over my shoulder the entirety of September. I watched a double digit lead evaporate and am lucky to have pulled out the division and great 14 WOR! Great season!