CLEVELAND IN 7: After going up 2-1 and then down 3-2, the teams took to extremes and Cleveland won a slugfest 15-10 before taking the clincher 2-1. Kipnis provided all the offense with a 2-run shot and Allen pitched a 2-inning save. Steve Skrovan advances in his first ever playoff series!
Mark Chen has been in the league since 2004 and immediately made an impact by finishing +17 and then +20 WOR. He has guided Baltimore in every campaign and made the playoffs each of the last 4 years. He’s really got a great attitude and awesome sense of humor.
SEATTLE SNEAKS PAST BOSTON: In the second 7-game series decided by 1 run in the last game, Seattle went up 3 games to 2 before David Price logged a 5-2 win. The Mariners scored and won on 2 unearned runs in the 7th after having gone down 2-0. In his last ever ASFBL game, David Ortiz went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice RBI. He had 2 homers in the series. Returning champ Adam Symonds moved one round closer to defending his title.
Tony B is one of the truly awesome people on the planet, quick with a joke, thoughtful, and always thinking of others. One of his better seasons was 2012 when he finished +28 WOR, and after two down years with the Sox he got them back into the playoffs and just as far as the real club. Enjoyed this season with him and really looking forward to having him back next year.
METS GET LUCKY: It took 7 games to decide the co-commisioner cup, with Colorado actually going up 3-1 in the series following a definitive 13-0 pounding of Logan Verrett. But the Mets managed to hang in there and win a pair before clinching behind Seth Lugo; ironically, Carlos Gonzalez had 4 RBI in that final game. On my quest for the first World Series title ever in a game I program, I’ve inched a step closer.
Leo is the heart and soul of the ASFBL, a level head, heckuva baseball fan, and one of my oldest, dearest friends. He joined the league in 1994, which I think was the last time he finished behind in WOR with a -2.5. By 1995 he was +29 (first in the league that year) and by 1996 was in the playoffs. Since taking over Colorado 2 years ago he’s been at least +20 WOR every year and every year in the playoffs. Great season, my man.
THE CURSE CONTINUES: Jeremy Moore typed the phrase “BillyGoatBillyGoatBillyGoat” with every confirmation email he sent and the tact worked. After the teams combined to score only 13 runs in the first 3 games, culminating in a 11-inning, 1-0 Cub win, the teams scored 29 in the next 2 games. In the final game, the Reyes and Siegrist combined for a shutout and Matt Adams provided all the offense with a 2-run HR. After making it to the DCS last year, Jeremy advances to the LCS for the first time ever!
I’m not gonna even try to come up with accolades for Rick Wynne. Since joining in our second season in 1994 he’s won the World Series 3 times and been the runner-up 3 times. He has never — I’ll repeat that figure — *never* finished in negative WOR. He is the all-time ASFBL leader in wins, the all-time leader in winning percentage for owner with more than 1 season, and the all-time WOR leader by 135. Holy Cow. 22 seasons. Well done, Mr. Wynne.
NOTABLE DCS PERFORMANCES:
Tom Murphy of SEA hit 3 home runs against BOS on 10/17/2016
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 6 times against CLE on 10/19/2016
CLE and BAL played 17.5 innings on 10/19/2016
Tom Murphy of SEA had 6 RBI against BOS on 10/21/2016
Edgar Olmos of BAL had 14 strikeouts against CLE on 10/23/2016
Armando Rivero of CHC had 14 strikeouts against STL on 10/16/2016
Trey Mancini of BAL hit 3 home runs against CLE on 10/19/2016
DJ LeMahieu of COL had 5 hits against NYM on 10/19/2016
CHC and STL played 14.5 innings on 10/21/2016
STL and CHC played 13.5 innings on 10/19/2016
LCS is next; Mets host Cards and Cleveland travels to Seattle. Please enter the lineups by Thursday night and send me a quick confirmation when you’ve done so. If everyone has their lineups in by tomorrow, we can run them a little earlier.