Newsletter for games through 7/7/2013

COMMENTS: Three teams — Weerts’ Athletics, Wynne’s Braves, and Benedek’s Rays — posted perfect weeks…Moore’s Cardinals inched forward in the NL central, but the big news in the NL was that Casey’s Giants moved 3.5 games in one week to take the lead in the West…Arizona and the Dodgers combined to go 10-3…the top 4 teams in the AL East went 22-4…Symonds’ Mariners went 5-1 but lost ground to the A’s….is it worse to go 5-1 and lose ground, or to go 6-0 and only gain half a game?…Symonds’ masterful managing and the resurgence of the actual Marlins moved the Mariners into first in WOR…Gerety’s Padres and Benedek’s Chisox are two of only eight teams +5 WOR or better…Congalton’s Cub bullpen still leads the ASFBL in inherited runners scoring…Bernacchi’s Bosox pitchers lead the league in strikeouts…Gordon Leckie’s Tigers are a close second…ageless Raul Ibanez hit 5 HR and had 12 RBI, both tops in the league last week…let’s check that guy for a time turner…Hanely Ramirez hit .607…Stephen Fife struck out 15 in 15 and 1/3 innings…bummer he landed on the DL this week…I felt no such sense of loss when Shawn Marcum was disabled…Brewer fielders have taken away 157 hits so far…Twin fielders have only allowed 53 runners on base via error or difficult plays not made…Here’s a scary thought:  Mariner pitchers are due to adjust down a half run as a team…

KEEP IT UP: 28 lineups this week!

Carlos Gomez of MIL struck out 4 times against WAS on 7/1/2013
Madison Bumgarner of MIA had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 7/2/2013
Brandon Phillips of CIN struck out 4 times against SFG on 7/2/2013
Adam LaRoche of BAL struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/2/2013
Stephen Fife of LAD had 11 strikeouts against COL on 7/2/2013
Torii Hunter of DET had 5 hits against TOR on 7/3/2013
Chris Sale of BOS had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 7/3/2013
Jarrod Saltalamacchia of BOS struck out 4 times against SDP on 7/3/2013
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against COL on 7/3/2013
David Price of TBR had 14 strikeouts against HOU on 7/3/2013
Mike Napoli of OAK struck out 4 times against CHC on 7/3/2013
Cliff Lee of SFG had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 7/4/2013
David Ortiz of BOS had 7 RBI against SDP on 7/4/2013
Ivan Nova of NYY had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 7/6/2013
Adam Jones of BAL struck out 4 times against NYY on 7/6/2013
Carlos Quentin of SDP had 5 hits against WAS on 7/6/2013
Ryan Roberts of TBR robbed 3 hits against CWS on 7/6/2013
Jeff Samardzija of CHC had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 7/7/2013

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