Monthly Archives: July 2012

Newsletter for games through 7/22/2012

COMMENTS: I don’t know that I’ve seen Rick Wynne have an ofer, but I guess it happens to us all.  The Angels took advantage…Arizona and Cleveland got to it this week, and they have plenty of time left…St. Louis is ahead by a nose in the NL central….the Reds were 4-3 but still lost ground…The Padres and Mariners each posted winning weeks, each in the basement of their divisions, and each in positive WOR…Adam Dunn has only 21 ASFBL HR; look for him to break out…Adrian Gonzales of the ASFBL Chisox hit .593 last week….gotta run, trying out a new piece of internet software elsewhere and staying 2 steps ahead of the tsunami…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jason Kipnis of WAS robbed 3 hits against MIA on 7/16/2012
Aaron Hill of ARI had 5 hits against CIN on 7/16/2012
Andres Torres of NYM robbed 3 hits against WAS on 7/17/2012
Seth Smith of KCR robbed 3 hits against SEA on 7/17/2012
Ben Sheets of ATL had 12 strikeouts against SFG on 7/18/2012
Roger Bernadina of SEA stole 4 bases against TBR on 7/20/2012
Nick Swisher of SEA struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/20/2012
Michael Fiers of MIL had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 7/21/2012
Brett Tomko of CIN had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 7/21/2012
Brooks Conrad of MIL struck out 4 times against CIN on 7/21/2012
Brooks Conrad of MIL struck out 4 times against CIN on 7/22/2012
Wade Davis of TBR had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 7/22/2012
Roger Bernadina of SEA struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/22/2012

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Newsletter for games through 7-15-2012

NAME GAMES:  Best food preparation outfield: Fryer-Cook-Baker (Eric, Aaron, and Jeff).  All aquatic outfield: Bass, Carp, Trout.  Vasectomy outfield: Blanks, Below, Belt (Kyle, Duane, Brandon).  Relational outfield: Friend, Brothers, Cousins (Justin, Rex, Scott).

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Maybe it’s just the Angel partisan in me, but I notice that Bryce Harper (ASFBL .287, 8 HR) is no Mike Trout (ASFBL .333, 10HR)…Trout is due to adjust up…

COMMENTS: The Dodgers, Pirates, and Nationals all had prefect records over the short week in the NL…Only Boston pulled it off in the AL…The Cardinals moved into a tie with the Reds on top of the NL central…The Angels 53 wins would lead 3 other divisions, but they’re still chasing Texas in the AL west…Toni Bernacchi traded for both Melky Cabrera and Andrew McCutchen, who are #1 and #2 in ASFBL batting average, respectively…add in Konerko and Braun, and 25% of the top 12 hitters on the Boston roster…Oakland and Anaheim both lead Texas in the power rankings…the Braves had another winning week…the Twins and Rockies continue to post impressive WOR performances…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Kendrys Morales of LAA struck out 4 times against NYY on 7/13/2012
Chris Sale of CWS had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 7/13/2012
Chris Tillman of BAL had 10 strikeouts against DET on 7/14/2012
Melky Cabrera of BOS had 5 hits against TBR on 7/14/2012
Andrew McCutchen of BOS had 6 RBI against TBR on 7/14/2012
Ryan Braun of BOS had 5 hits against TBR on 7/14/2012
Michael Fiers of MIL had 12 strikeouts against PIT on 7/15/2012

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Newsletter for games through 7-8-2012

If you’re like me, these next 2 days are the longest 48 hours of the year…I can make it from November to April, but am receiving no addiction treatments in the middle of July….I’m sure you’ll all be joining me to watch the California College All Stars game on ESPN 3 tonight (isn’t that just the Cal State Fullerton baseball team?)…

WOW!  In the same week…

Jordan Zimmermann of WAS threw a no-hitter against SFG on 7/5/2012

Yovani Gallardo of MIL threw a no-hitter against MIA on 7/2/2012

Melky Cabrera of MIL hit for the cycle against HOU on 7/8/2012

…I think this is the first time in ASFBL history that we’ve ever had 2 no-hitters in the same week, and I’m SURE that it’s the first time we’ve had 2 no-hitters AND a player hit for the cycle in the same week!

SHORT WEEK:  Lineups will be due next Tuesday as normal, with a stat upload on Monday, but we’ll only play the Fri-Monday series.  It is a chance to reset your starting rotation, if you have a inclination to do so.

NAME GAMES: There are 16 different 2-letter acronyms that major league players use in lieu of first names.  See if you can match the last names to this 2-digit list: JC, DJ, JP, AJ, JA, JJ, BJ, RJ, JB, JR, LJ, JJ, DJ, JD, TJ.  Trivia: Who is lone player to use an acronym but not use a “J”?

COMMENTARY: The Atlanta trade strategy may be working’ they were 6-1 last week, best in the NL…The Reds claimed the top spot in the NL central, thanks to picking up 2 games on the Cards this week…the lead is 1…The Yankees just never go away; -7 WOR but a 5-1 record this week (best in the division) and only 4.5 back with half a season to go…Look out for the Twins; 6-1 record was the best in the division, and they’re in striking distance…The Angels trail Texas by 7 games in the west…coincidentally, the Texas WOR figure is 7 games…Seattle posted a winning record…The Mets and Cubs each had a shutout last week…on the other hand, they were each against each other…Philly is +5 WOR, and might gain even more ground if the real team can’t get it together….Toronto moved to within a half game in the AL East; congrats to Hugh for doing a great job in a brutal division….and congrats to Tony, for hanging on to first…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Trevor Plouffe of MIN hit 3 home runs against DET on 7/2/2012
Bryan LaHair of CHC struck out 4 times against ATL on 7/2/2012
Felix Hernandez of NYY had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 7/2/2012
Derek Jeter of NYY had 6 hits against TBR on 7/2/2012
Yovani Gallardo of MIL had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 7/2/2012
Michael Cuddyer of COL had 7 RBI against STL on 7/3/2012
Dexter Fowler of COL had 5 hits against STL on 7/3/2012
Miguel Montero of ARI struck out 4 times against SDP on 7/3/2012
Matt Cain of BOS had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 7/4/2012
Ivan Nova of SEA had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 7/4/2012
Xavier Avery of BAL struck out 4 times against SEA on 7/4/2012
Randy Ruiz of ARI had 6 RBI against SDP on 7/4/2012
Michael McKenry of PIT struck out 4 times against HOU on 7/5/2012
Jon Jay of STL struck out 4 times against COL on 7/5/2012
Wilin Rosario of COL struck out 4 times against WAS on 7/7/2012
Melky Cabrera of MIL had 5 hits against HOU on 7/8/2012

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Newsletter for games through 7-1-2012

COMMENTARY:  In the NL, Milwaukee picked up 2 games in the central and asserted themselves in the race…The Giants are acting like they might run away with the west; the Dodgers are +2 WOR but 5 games back…The ASFBL Phillies aren’t getting the bad press for being suddenly old, and they still have time to pose a challenge to the Nationals…In the AL, the Royals posted the best record in the league at 5-1; Oakland was only a half game behind at 5-2…In the actual AL east, all 5 teams are .500 or better; in the ASFBL, the Jays, Orioles, and Bosox are all doing better than their actual counterparts…Baltimore hitters lead the ASFBL with 121 HR…The Marlins lead the ASFBL with 80 stolen bases…National pitchers have allowed a league-low 54 HR, and the bullpen has allowed only 10% of inherited runners to score, best in the league…Minnesota pitchers have allowed only 169 walks, the best in the league, and really amazing when you consider that no other team has fewer than 200.

28 lineups submitted this week!

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Carlos Pena of TBR struck out 4 times against KCR on 6/25/2012
Casey Kotchman of CLE had 5 hits against NYY on 6/26/2012
Miguel Montero of ARI hit 3 home runs against ATL on 6/26/2012
Carlos Quentin of WAS hit 3 home runs against COL on 6/26/2012
Carlos Quentin of WAS had 8 RBI against COL on 6/26/2012
Carlos Quentin of WAS had 5 hits against COL on 6/26/2012
Derek Norris of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 6/26/2012
Brandon Inge of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 6/27/2012
R.A. Dickey of LAA had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 6/27/2012
Jonathon Niese of NYM had 11 strikeouts against LAD on 6/28/2012
Garrett Jones of PIT struck out 4 times against STL on 6/30/2012
Adam Jones of BAL hit 3 home runs against CLE on 6/30/2012
Carlos Gonzalez of COL had 5 hits against SDP on 7/1/2012
Chad Bell of TEX had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 7/1/2012

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