Newsletter for games of 8-22-2010

You gotta take your hat off to Washington, leading the NL East and +14 WOR.  To make things more interesting, the Braves posted a 6-1 week and moved to within 3 games….Milwaukee and Colorado, each in the thick of a divisional hunt, posted perfect weeks…The Cubs remain +5 WOR, and Jeanine Congalton did NOT retire this week…Tampa Bay and New York each refused to give ground in the AL East, and Minnesota crept closer in the AL Central…Seattle has the largest divisional lead, but went 1-5 last week; it will be fun to see if Oakland can mount a challenge…Billy Wagner and Matt Belisle had 10 and 11 strikeouts, respectively, last week, which would have been good for anyone, but they each did it pitching out of the pen and with fewer than 7 IP…Adding to the flames being thrown by the Braves, Mike Minor struck out 15 Cubs on 8/22…Eric Young and Jim Thome each had 6 RBI games…Two guys better known for their bats than their gloves robbed 3 hits in a single game last week: Albert Pujols against SEA on 8/21, and Derek Jeter (ASFBL SF) agsint the Cardinals a day earlier..Pete Orr of Washington did all he could to help the Atlanta K parade, striking out 5 times against them on 8/18…Jose Guillen and Duda Lucas each had 11 RBI last week, Guillen still for KC.

Only 22 lineups came in last week, which is higher than our historical average for this time of the year but a little lower than we’ve been getting so far…Half the fun of baseball is being the spoiler…Look for a massive expansion of low-IP and low-AB guys who can have a September impact when the call-ups happen..

We follow the MLB waiver trade deadline, so any waiver trades must be completed by next week’s deadline.  Remember that any team can block a trade by claiming the players off of waivers, and that waiver trades must be submitted to me by email.

Thanks to all for a great season so far – 5 of the 6 divisional races are closer than 5 and 1/2 games, and nobody is in the clear yet!

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