Newsletter for games through 5-1-2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  I haven’t seen the “file busy” error for a while and nobody has told me that they are seeing it, so I’m crossing my fingers that it’s been fixed.  Let me know if you see it again.  And a special thanks to Ben and Hugh, who both took it upon themselves to proactively remove their suspended players from their rosters.

COMMENTARY:  Tony Bernacchi’s Bosox, who got of to a really slow start in our 2-week opening run, have really turned it on.  They had a league-best 6-1 mark and moved to within 2 games of first…not that Baltimore was slacking off with it’s 5-2 mark…I notice that my bad karma seems to be dragging down my compatriots in the NL East, where not one team has a positive WOR figure….and nobody in the NL West has a negative one…The Cards put together the best record in the NL central, are now +3 WOR, and lurk as a challenge to the Cubs, who otherwise threaten to run away with the division….they now hold the best mark in the ASFBL…The Giants made noise with the best NL West record at 5-1…Four of the 5 teams in that division had winning records….The Twins held only a .500 record but Tim’s version of the Minnesotans is still +8 WOR, twice as high as second place (Dodgers at +4)….Forslund’s Chisox went 5-2 to creep within 1 game, and the crazy situation is that all 5 teams in the division are within 2.5 games of first place….the entire division could literally be inverted in a single weeks’ worth of games…John Weerts’ A’s are holding first place, largely by virtue of the +3 WOR…In case you missed the email, Rick Wynne’s observation from last week is worth reading: “Jake Arrieta had a perfect game going with 2 outs in the 10th inning !! Then Jay Bruce hit a walk-off HR for Cincy ! It was the 2nd loss on the week in extra innings for the Cubbies, both coming on a walk-off HR, the other being a 17 inning loss to the Cards when Greg Garcia left the yard. It was Garcia who sent the game into extra innings with a 7th inning RBI hit.”

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Nick Castellanos of DET had 5 hits against OAK on 4/25/2016
Jose Iglesias of DET robbed 3 hits against OAK on 4/25/2016
Kenta Maeda of LAD had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 4/25/2016
Andrew McCutchen of HOU struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/25/2016
Chris Sale of CWS had 13 strikeouts against TOR on 4/25/2016
Rick Porcello of BOS had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/25/2016
Rich Hill of OAK had 11 strikeouts against DET on 4/26/2016
Khris Davis of OAK struck out 4 times against DET on 4/26/2016
Felix Hernandez of SEA had 11 strikeouts against HOU on 4/26/2016
Dexter Fowler of CHC had 6 RBI against MIL on 4/27/2016
Aaron Nola of PHI had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 4/27/2016
Cesar Vargas of SDP had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 4/27/2016
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 4/27/2016
Nathan Eovaldi of HOU had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 4/27/2016
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 4/27/2016
Justin Nicolino of MIA robbed 3 hits against LAD on 4/27/2016
Steven Wright of BOS had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/28/2016
Cesar Hernandez of PHI struck out 4 times against WAS on 4/28/2016
Rick Porcello of BOS had 14 strikeouts against NYY on 4/30/2016
George Springer of HOU struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/30/2016
Chris Archer of TBR had 14 strikeouts against TOR on 5/1/2016
Yoenis Cespedes of NYM had 6 RBI against SFG on 5/1/2016
Giancarlo Stanton of MIA hit 3 home runs against MIL on 5/1/2016
Giancarlo Stanton of MIA had 8 RBI against MIL on 5/1/2016
Martin Prado of MIA had 5 hits against MIL on 5/1/2016
Carlos Correa of HOU struck out 4 times against OAK on 5/1/2016

 

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