Newsletter for games through 5-20-2012

RARITY: Josh Willingham of MIN hit for the cycle against MIL on 5/18/2012

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The “adjust down” function seems to be giving pitchers too much benefit on the strikeouts…I’ll be looking into that and seeing if there’s an error with the formula or the code, and if so, it should be fixed by next week…all team batting averages are within .01 of their actual figures…

RACES: The NL is getting tighter…Florida and Wasinghton remained locked at the top of the East, and the Braves crept a game closer…The Reds went 6-1 and the Cardinals tripped, closing the gap to 2 games…The Giants and Dodgers each went 6-1…The net NL west WOR is +10….Every AL division leader had a winning record….Boston and Detroit each had big weeks, looking to break out of the middle of the pack…Baltimore is the only division leader with a negative WOR, and that’s only 1 game…The Cleveland fantasy team ERA is .74 above their real counterpart, positioning them for a significantly adjustment down.

FEATS AND FAILURES:Shane Victorino and Ryan Braun each stole 5 bases last week…Albert Pujols of Anaheim hit .280 last week, a number Mike Scioscia would gladly take…Felipe Paulino pitching 19 shutout innings last week…

Wilson Betemit of BAL struck out 5 times against NYY on 5/15/2012
Jonathan Lucroy of MIL had 5 hits against NYM on 5/15/2012
Felipe Paulino of KCR had 15 strikeouts against TEX on 5/15/2012
Andrew McCutchen of BOS had 5 hits against TBR on 5/16/2012
Sean Rodriguez of TBR had 5 hits against BOS on 5/16/2012
Zack Greinke of MIL had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 5/16/2012
Chris Young of ARI had 6 RBI against COL on 5/16/2012
Charles Leesman of CWS had 12 strikeouts against LAA on 5/17/2012
Cliff Pennington of OAK robbed 3 hits against SFG on 5/18/2012
Carlos Santana of CLE had 5 hits against MIA on 5/19/2012
Doug Fister of DET had 19 strikeouts against PIT on 5/19/2012

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