Monthly Archives: May 2013

Newsletter for games through 5/26/2013

COMMENTARY:  Adam Symonds’ Mariners nudged into a tie for first in the AL West thanks to a 4-2 week and were the only team in the division to post a winning record….They are also +7 WOR, 3rd in the ASFBL…Tim Matsuoka’s Rockies did  one better in the NL west, putting 2 games on the Giants and moving into sole possession of first place…Every division leader had a winning week last week…despite that the Reds and Nationals each gained ground with 5-1 records…16 ASFBL teams are within 5 games of first…the Braves have the largest lead at 7 games…3 AL West teams are within 1 game of first…The last-place team, Houston, is +4 WOR…tough division…Congrats to the Dodgers and Chisox, who are each scuffling but put together winning weeks…Hugh Brown’s Jays continue to impress, a mere 1.5 games out of first and +8.5  WOR…In the NL central the 3 division leaders are all negative WOR, while the Cubs and Brewers are each in positive territory…Jeanine’s +5.5 WOR is 4th in the ASFBL…Yan Gomes of Cleveland had 5 ASFBL HR for Steve Skrovan last week…Mike Trout stole 5 bases for Raphael’s Reds…Josh Donaldson hit .536 for Weerts’ Athletics…Alex Cobb pitched 18 shutout innings for the Rays…

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE SCREEN:  27 more lineups turned in this week.  Do you know how your backup AAA catcher rates defensively?  Leo Leckie probably does…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jose Bautista of TOR had 6 RBI against TBR on 5/20/2013
Chris Stewart of NYY struck out 4 times against BAL on 5/20/2013
Raul Ibanez of OAK struck out 4 times against TEX on 5/22/2013
Mark Reynolds of CLE struck out 4 times against DET on 5/22/2013
Welington Castillo of CHC struck out 4 times against PIT on 5/22/2013
Adam Dunn of CWS struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/22/2013
A.J. Burnett of PIT had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 5/23/2013
Anthony Rizzo of CHC struck out 4 times against PIT on 5/23/2013
Lance Lynn of STL had 12 strikeouts against LAD on 5/24/2013
Matt Carpenter of STL struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/24/2013
Albert Pujols of LAA had 6 RBI against KCR on 5/25/2013
Miguel Cabrera of DET had 6 RBI against MIN on 5/26/2013
Homer Bailey of LAA had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 5/26/2013
Kendrys Morales of SEA had 6 RBI against TEX on 5/26/2013
Kendrys Morales of SEA had 5 hits against TEX on 5/26/2013

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Newsletter for games through 5-19

COMMENTS:  Boston posted a winning week and jumped 3 spots in the standings; with the 5th-place team only 6.5 back it’s still anybody’s division…including Hugh’s Blue Jays, who went 5-0…Skrovan’s Tribe posted the best record in the AL central to gain a game and a half back on the Tigers…..the actual Angels have won 3 in a row for the first time all year, but Achten’s counterpart went 7-0 for the best record in the league…and puts him in 3rd place in the overall WOR standings…nobody in the NL East had a winning record last week…and Atlanta still holds the largest lead of any NL division….4 of 5 NL West teams are within 3 games of first…Jeremy Moore’s Cardinals went 6-1, best in the NL, and are creeping out in front of the division…The ACTUAL ERA of the Diamondback pitching staff is 3.30….Cleveland is 3rd in the overall power rankings, tops in the AL, and they haven’t made a trade yet…It finally happened: The Washington bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score…their season total is now 1…the Cardinal season total is 3…sparking heated dispute on the 4th floor of the College Park building at Cal. State Fullerton, the ASFBL Cubs took 2 of 3 from the Mets….but we beat ’em 18-6 in the one victory….congrats to Jeanine, who is +4.5 WOR.

DON’T BLINK: 29 lineups turned in this week.  Thanks to everyone for keeping the league so active…and I’m increasingly worrying that if I’m not paying attention to my roster, someone else is…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

J.D. Martinez of HOU hit 3 home runs against DET on 5/14/2013
Ian Desmond of WAS struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/14/2013
Nick Swisher of CLE had 5 hits against PHI on 5/15/2013
Shelby Miller of STL had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 5/17/2013
C.J. Wilson of LAA had 13 strikeouts against CWS on 5/17/2013
Ryan Zimmerman of WAS struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/17/2013
Mike Aviles of CLE had 6 RBI against SEA on 5/18/2013
Jordany Valdespin of NYM hit 3 home runs against CHC on 5/18/2013
Jordany Valdespin of NYM had 8 RBI against CHC on 5/18/2013
Adam Jones of BAL had 6 RBI against TBR on 5/18/2013
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against TBR on 5/18/2013
Chris Johnson of ATL struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/18/2013
Evan Gattis of ATL struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/19/2013
P.J. Walters of BAL had 13 strikeouts against TBR on 5/19/2013

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Newsletter for games through 5-12-2013

COMMENTS:  Rick’s Braves rode a 7-0 week right into first place in the NL East…no other ASFBL team had more than 4 wins…he gained 3 games on the entire league…Jeanine has the ASFBL Cubs at .500, +3.5 over the real Wriglites…Congrats to Tim’s Twins; after a couple of trades, they posted a winning week…29 teams entered lineups this week; the Cardinals entered their lineup on Friday but still gained ground in the NL central…Leo has the Marlins +7 WOR….Don’t lose sight of Danny’s Pirates, who lead the ASFBL with a team ERA of 2.84….Detroit is 2.86….Washington’s bullpen still hasn’t allowed an inherited runner to score….the league average is over 20%….The actual Rockies were shut down offensively last week, but Tim’s club leads the ASFBL in runs by 9….The Rangers have only allowed 18 balls to squirt through as errors or difficult plays not made….Twin fielders have robbed 63 hits…Boston’s Ellsbury leads the ASFBL with 13 stolen bases…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 14 strikeouts against ARI on 5/6/2013
Adrian Gonzalez of LAD hit 3 home runs against ARI on 5/6/2013
Adrian Gonzalez of LAD had 6 RBI against ARI on 5/6/2013
Shelby Miller of STL had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 5/7/2013
Carlos Corporan of HOU struck out 4 times against LAA on 5/7/2013
Welington Castillo of CHC struck out 4 times against STL on 5/8/2013
Allen Craig of STL struck out 4 times against CHC on 5/8/2013
Matt Harvey of NYM had 15 strikeouts against CWS on 5/8/2013
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against KCR on 5/9/2013
Yunel Escobar of TBR had 6 RBI against TOR on 5/9/2013
Matt Moore of TBR had 15 strikeouts against SDP on 5/10/2013
Will Venable of SDP struck out 4 times against TBR on 5/10/2013
Adam Wainwright of STL had 12 strikeouts against COL on 5/11/2013
Jordan Pacheco of COL struck out 4 times against STL on 5/11/2013
Kelly Johnson of TBR struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/11/2013
Jake Peavy of CWS had 13 strikeouts against LAA on 5/11/2013
Jose Lobaton of TBR struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/12/2013
Shelby Miller of STL had 10 strikeouts against COL on 5/12/2013

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Newsletter for games through 5-5-2013

COMMENTARY: Kudos to Jim’s Giants and Gordon’s Tigers, who posted the best records in their league this week…three teams in the AL central had 5 wins or more this week..three teams in the AL West are within a half game of first…Hugh Brown’s +7 WOR with the Jays is truly impressive…Miami, the Cubs, and Seattle are also making the bad starts of the real teams work for them…Rick Wynne’s Braves have the top power ranking in the league…The Washington bullpen has yet to allow an inherited runner to score…Clay Bucholtz turned in 18 scoreless innings this week…28 lineups turned in…9 trades this week, with “Trader” Steve Leslie leading the way with 3…John Weerts’ Oakland club leads the ASFBL in both batting average AND walks…The Milwaukee defense has robbed 61 hits so far, tops in the league.

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Carlos Pena of HOU struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/29/2013
Michael Young of PHI struck out 4 times against CLE on 4/30/2013
Clay Buchholz of BOS had 15 strikeouts against TOR on 4/30/2013
Rajai Davis of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/30/2013
Russell Martin of PIT hit 3 home runs against MIL on 4/30/2013
Brendan Harris of LAA struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/30/2013
Nolan Arenado of COL had 6 RBI against LAD on 4/30/2013
Chris Carter of HOU struck out 4 times against NYY on 5/1/2013
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 14 strikeouts against COL on 5/1/2013
Madison Bumgarner of MIA had 13 strikeouts against PHI on 5/2/2013
Aaron Hicks of MIN robbed 3 hits against CLE on 5/3/2013
A.J. Burnett of PIT had 13 strikeouts against WAS on 5/3/2013
Matt Harvey of NYM had 13 strikeouts against ATL on 5/3/2013
Robinson Chirinos of TEX had 6 RBI against BOS on 5/3/2013
Jake Westbrook of STL had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 5/3/2013
Yadier Molina of STL had 5 hits against MIL on 5/4/2013
Justin Verlander of DET had 15 strikeouts against HOU on 5/4/2013
Tim Lincecum of PHI had 15 strikeouts against MIA on 5/5/2013
Clay Buchholz of BOS had 11 strikeouts against TEX on 5/5/2013
Mitch Moreland of TEX struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/5/2013
Chris Carter of HOU struck out 4 times against DET on 5/5/2013

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Newsletter for games through 4/28/2013

BORING ANNOUNCEMENTS: If you were eligibile for the additional free waiver, it should be credited on your current roster page.

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION: 28 lineups were submitted this week!

COMMENTARY:  In case you though Leo was going to sit on his hands and be content with the bottom-feeding Marlins, take note that he was 5-1 last week and now leads the league with a +6 WOR…Hugh Brown’s Toronto clubs is +5…The BernaccSox matched the Jays’ 5-2 week, and the teams tied for the best AL record…Skrovan’s Tribe are the only AL central team with a +WOR…The Pittsburg team ERA of 2.65 leads the league…The Yankee’s 139 runs lead the ASFBL, 8 more than Tim Matsuoka’s Rockies…Four Box hit better than .400 last week (Carp, Napoli, Ortiz, Pedroia)…Dexter Fowler of Colorado hit 8 HR….Yes, 8…Check out his game on 4/24…Raph Malveaux may owe a raise to Tony Cingrani, who struck out 19 in 9 innings last week….Jeremy Guthrie was the workhorse of the week, pitching 16.33 innings for Gordon Stables’ Royals.

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Chris Parmelee of MIN robbed 3 hits against MIA on 4/22/2013
Chris Carter of HOU struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/23/2013
Andrew Cashner of SDP had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 4/23/2013
Paul Goldschmidt of ARI robbed 3 hits against SFG on 4/23/2013
Dexter Fowler of COL hit 3 home runs against ATL on 4/24/2013
Dexter Fowler of COL had 10 RBI against ATL on 4/24/2013
Dexter Fowler of COL hit for the cycle against ATL on 4/24/2013
Dexter Fowler of COL had 5 hits against ATL on 4/24/2013
Mike Napoli of BOS struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/24/2013
Jayson Nix of NYY struck out 4 times against TBR on 4/24/2013
Yuniesky Betancourt of MIL had 5 hits against SDP on 4/24/2013
Ryan Dempster of BOS had 13 strikeouts against HOU on 4/25/2013
Tony Cingrani of CIN had 19 strikeouts against WAS on 4/26/2013
Alex Cobb of TBR had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 4/26/2013
B.J. Upton of PHI struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/27/2013
Madison Bumgarner of MIA had 14 strikeouts against CHC on 4/27/2013
Anthony Rizzo of CHC struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/27/2013
Andrew Carraway of SEA had 14 strikeouts against LAA on 4/27/2013
Carlos Beltran of STL had 6 RBI against PIT on 4/28/2013
Jordan Schafer of ATL struck out 4 times against DET on 4/28/2013

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