Newsletter for games through 5-29-2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saves now appear on the team pages, and this time they’re accurate.  Thanks to the sharp eyes of Mark Chen, I dug into the code and discovered that if a guy pitched 3 innings and ended a game he got credited with a save even if his team didn’t win.  In a way, I guess it’s accurate to say he preserved the loss, but I thought it better to stick to the MLB rule.  They have been cleaned up and any erroneously awards saves have been deleted…the number of lineups submitted this week was down slightly, which I take to mean that the number of good Memorial Day barbecues attended was up.

FEAT OF THE WEEK:  This has got to be a league record, it would be an MLB record: Jose Fernandez of MIA had 22 strikeouts against TBR on 5/25/2016…took 122 pitches, and after he was lifted 2 of his inherited runners scored, but the Marlins still won 5-2.

COMMENTARY: The Cubs continue to roll, posting the best record in the NL central, but still can’t shake the Cards who lurk only 3.5 back and won 4 games themselves…Cards are +6 WOR…The Marlins made a big move in the NL East, going 5-2….in the West, the top (Giants) and bottom (Padres) each went 4-2, and each are now -1 WOR…Bosox rolled the only perfect record on the week and turned their 6 wins into a 4-game lead in the AL East…about a year and half ago Steve Skrovan and I were battling it out for last place in the WOR standings; this week both teams lead the division…the White Sox, Royals, and Tigers all stand only 2.5 back…no other division has a second-place team closer than 3.5…thanks to Andy Somers for his kind words about my Mets, but this is the last week with David Wright and a decent portion of the early start has been luck…Houston and Texas each won 5 games in the AL west…Seattle still has a comfortable lead, but it’s early….Boston leads the league in strikeouts (473) and the bullpen has allowed only 8% of inherited runners to score…Philly still leads the league at 6%…Baltimore still leads the league with 92 homers…the Giants lead with 241 walks…the Braves have the best defense so far, having robbed 59 hits…Arizona and Cleveland are tied for the stolen base lead with 41…Ben Zobrist hit .625 for the Cubs last week….Will Myers of the Padres hit 5 HR…Marte Starling of Pittsburgh stole 3 bases and knocked in 6 runs…


Khris Davis of OAK had 6 RBI against SEA on 5/23/2016
Alex Wood of LAD had 14 strikeouts against CIN on 5/23/2016
Steven Souza of TBR struck out 4 times against MIA on 5/23/2016
Adam Rosales of SDP struck out 4 times against SFG on 5/24/2016
Neil Walker of NYM had 6 RBI against WAS on 5/24/2016
Matt Wisler of ATL had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 5/24/2016
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against ATL on 5/24/2016
Justin Upton of CIN struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/24/2016
Matt Wieters of BAL had 5 hits against HOU on 5/24/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 22 strikeouts against TBR on 5/25/2016
Nathan Eovaldi of HOU had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 5/25/2016
CC Sabathia of NYY had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 5/26/2016
Matt Wieters of BAL struck out 4 times against HOU on 5/26/2016
Michael Taylor of WAS robbed 3 hits against STL on 5/27/2016
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 13 strikeouts against COL on 5/27/2016
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against CLE on 5/27/2016
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 11 strikeouts against STL on 5/28/2016
Steven Souza of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 5/28/2016
Anthony Gose of COL struck out 4 times against SFG on 5/28/2016
Avisail Garcia of CWS struck out 4 times against KCR on 5/28/2016
Marco Estrada of TOR had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 5/28/2016
Vance Worley of BAL had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 5/28/2016
Nick Ahmed of ARI robbed 3 hits against SDP on 5/29/2016
Tommy Joseph of PHI robbed 4 hits against CHC on 5/29/2016
Joe Mauer of MIN had 5 hits against SEA on 5/29/2016
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 5/29/2016
Joc Pederson of LAD struck out 4 times against NYM on 5/29/2016



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