Monthly Archives: August 2013

Newsletter for games through 8-25-13

26 lineups this week…it’s weird even to say that that’s fewer than we have been getting…still well above our historical average…

As the more astutue have figured out, the results were posted earlier today.  Apologies for the lateness of the newsletter.

COMMENTS:  The Tigers, Bosox, and DRays combined to go 18-0…the Tiger mark proved their best-record-in-the-league is no fluke, and the Bosox-DRays charge reaffirmed that the AL East is a bloodbath…Bosox moved into positive WOR territory…The Bosox are now in a dead tie with the Jays for first…Treffer’s Texans crept ever closer to Symonds in the AL West…and the Angels had the best record in the division…Houston is +8 WOR….The bottom 3 teams in the NL West all had winning records…the top 2 did not…The Cards gained ground in the NL central….Adam Dunn leads the ASFBL with 43 HR….Chris Davis has 39….Miguel Cabrera is 20 points ahead of Yadir Molina in the batting average race…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

David Price of TBR had 13 strikeouts against BAL on 8/19/2013
Andrew McCutchen of TEX had 6 RBI against HOU on 8/19/2013
Andrew McCutchen of TEX had 5 hits against HOU on 8/19/2013
Brian Moran of SEA had 12 strikeouts against OAK on 8/19/2013
Max Scherzer of DET had 12 strikeouts against MIN on 8/20/2013
Jose Fernandez of SEA had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 8/21/2013
Grant Green of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 8/21/2013
Yu Darvish of PIT had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 8/21/2013
Will Venable of SDP struck out 4 times against PIT on 8/21/2013
Mauro Gomez of TOR struck out 4 times against NYY on 8/21/2013
Anibal Sanchez of DET had 16 strikeouts against MIN on 8/21/2013
Wilkin Ramirez of MIN struck out 4 times against DET on 8/21/2013
Derek Holland of TEX had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 8/21/2013
Lyle Overbay of COL struck out 4 times against PHI on 8/22/2013
Paul Goldschmidt of ARI had 8 RBI against PHI on 8/23/2013
Matthew Joyce of TBR had 7 RBI against NYY on 8/23/2013
Jonathan Lucroy of MIL had 5 hits against CIN on 8/23/2013
Felix Pie of PIT struck out 4 times against SFG on 8/24/2013

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Newsletter for games through 8-18-13

27 lineups this week, including 2 from people I know to be traveling in Europe.  Incredible!

COMMENTARY:  The big story in MLB is the rise of Dodgers, and that’s the big story in the ASFBL this week: Chuck’s Dodgers went 5-1 and are putting heat on Casey’s Giants…Kudos to the Reds and DBacks, who are bucking against difficult WOR circumstances but who each had 5 wins this week…Skrovan’s Indians went 5-1, at a time when the real club is scuffling, but that was only second-best in the division to the Tigers’ 6-1 mark….although the Tribe sights might be on the wildcard, given that the Tigers have the best record in all of ASFBL…Rick Wynne’s +1 WOR keeps his lifetime record of never having a negative-WOR year in tact…the AL East bloodbath remains in tact, with the Orioles picking up a half game….that’s big movement in that division…Houston had 4 wins this week and is +8 WOR…3 of the last-place ASFBL clubs have positive WOR numbers…four second-place teams have negative WOR…As the actual Brewers fade, Chris’ team continues to impress, posting 4 wins this week….Khristopher Davis had 6 HR and 14 RBI for the Brewers this week….Brandon Belt hit .538 for Kansas City….the Brewers lead the ASFBL with 134 stolen bases….the Reds have drawn more walks than anyone with 447…the Tigers have 446…Washington leads the ASFBL in HR with 158, but is 12th in runs scored….the actual, innings-weighted ERA for fantasy Giant pitching is 2.87…the Dodgers are now #1 in the ASFBL power rankings….

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Alfonso Soriano of SFG had 5 hits against WAS on 8/13/2013
Alex Cobb of TBR had 12 strikeouts against SEA on 8/13/2013
Joey Votto of CIN had 5 hits against CHC on 8/13/2013
Manny Machado of CIN struck out 4 times against CHC on 8/13/2013
Raul Ibanez of OAK hit 3 home runs against HOU on 8/13/2013
Junior Lake of CHC struck out 4 times against CIN on 8/14/2013
Sean Rodriguez of TBR robbed 3 hits against SEA on 8/14/2013
Brandon Moss of OAK struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/14/2013
Norichika Aoki of MIL robbed 3 hits against CIN on 8/15/2013
Brayan Pena of DET had 5 hits against KCR on 8/16/2013
Brock Huntzinger of BOS had 11 strikeouts against NYY on 8/16/2013
Adam Dunn of CWS had 6 RBI against MIN on 8/16/2013
Jean Segura of MIL robbed 3 hits against CIN on 8/16/2013
Asdrubal Cabrera of CLE struck out 6 times against OAK on 8/16/2013
Josh Hamilton of LAA struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/16/2013
Sonny Gray of OAK had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 8/17/2013
Marco Scutaro of SFG had 5 hits against MIA on 8/18/2013
Ryan Roberts of TBR struck out 4 times against TOR on 8/18/2013
Chris Sale of BOS had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 8/18/2013

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Newsletter for games through 8-11-2103

TWO CYCLES IN ONE WEEK!  A LITERAL BICYCLE!

Ian Desmond of WAS hit for the cycle against PHI on 8/11/2013

Stephen Drew of STL hit for the cycle against LAD on 8/7/2013

COMMENTS: Detroit was the big winner this week, posting the best record in either league and adding to their runaway lead in the AL central…the NL wildcard race is developing into quite a showdown between the Nats, Pirates, and Brewers…the Dodgers, Rockies, and Reds could also be contenders, and nobody is as far as 10 games back in the NL west…Toronto, Baltimore, and Boston are turning the AL East race into something epic…Texas inched forward on Seattle in the AL West…the Brewers, Astros, Chisox, and Cubs are all making the most of mediocre actual clubs, and making serious noise in the WOR standings…Every division leader has a postive-WOR number, and 3 are in double-digits…Every NL central team had a winning record…KC was 4-3; that’s a dangerous team with spoiler written all over it…Donnie Murphy of the Cubs had 6 HR last week…he’s got 4 in 28 actual AB…Miguel Cabrera hit .519….Don’t know if you saw this actual stat in action, but the Dodger broadcast reported in last night’s game that Matt Harvey had more walks allowed in that game than he’d had in the previous 5 combined….turns out the number was 2…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Mike Carp of CLE struck out 4 times against DET on 8/5/2013
Jayson Werth of WAS had 5 hits against ATL on 8/5/2013
Chris Davis of BAL robbed 3 hits against SDP on 8/6/2013
Stephen Drew of STL had 5 hits against LAD on 8/7/2013
Adrian Beltre of TEX had 6 RBI against LAA on 8/7/2013
Mitch Moreland of TEX struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/9/2013
Madison Bumgarner of BOS had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 8/9/2013
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 8/10/2013
Chris Johnson of ATL struck out 4 times against MIA on 8/10/2013
Josh Reddick of ATL robbed 3 hits against MIA on 8/10/2013
Oswaldo Arcia of MIN struck out 4 times against CWS on 8/11/2013
Brock Huntzinger of BOS had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 8/11/2013
Victor Martinez of DET had 6 RBI against NYY on 8/11/2013

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Newsletter for games through 8-4-2013

29 lineups this week!

First full week after the break…Toronto is clearly the story of the week; they are a half game out in the AL East and put together the only winning record in the division….3 teams are within 3 games of first place out there…only Seattle, Detroit, and Cleveland in the AL also had winning records….both other AL division leaders gained ground…San Francisco and Atlanta came out of the trading deadline solidifying leads….Pittsburgh won’t let the Cards run away with the division, and Cincy posted a winning week…The Brewers are +10 WOR….25 ASFBL teams have ERAs under 4.00…Adam Dunn had 5 HR last week…and had 11 walks…Stephen Drew had 12 RBI…Kimbrel retired 10 batters on the week and had 7 strikeouts….Kole Calhoun hit .520 for the Angels…The Indians lead the league in walks allowed, although they aren’t that far ahead of Boston…the Bosox pitchers, however, lead the league in strikeouts…Rick Porcello likes the Twin uniform and turned in a quality start for Tim this week…21 trades came in over the past 2 days…

FEATS and FAILURES:

Colby Rasmus of TOR robbed 3 hits against OAK on 7/29/2013
Joey Votto of CIN struck out 4 times against SDP on 7/29/2013
Asdrubal Cabrera of CLE struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/30/2013
Max Scherzer of DET had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 7/30/2013
Carlos Gonzalez of WAS struck out 4 times against DET on 7/30/2013
Francisco Liriano of PIT had 12 strikeouts against STL on 7/31/2013
Oswaldo Arcia of MIN struck out 4 times against KCR on 7/31/2013
Juan Francisco of SFG struck out 4 times against PHI on 8/1/2013
Chris Johnson of ATL had 5 hits against COL on 8/1/2013
Tony Cingrani of CIN had 15 strikeouts against STL on 8/2/2013
Ivan Nova of CWS had 11 strikeouts against DET on 8/3/2013
James Loney of TBR robbed 3 hits against SFG on 8/3/2013
Jean Segura of MIL robbed 3 hits against WAS on 8/3/2013
Alex Rodriguez of CWS struck out 4 times against DET on 8/4/2013
David Price of TBR had 13 strikeouts against SFG on 8/4/2013
Juan Francisco of SFG struck out 4 times against TBR on 8/4/2013
Chris Carter of HOU struck out 4 times against MIN on 8/4/2013

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