Monthly Archives: April 2017

Newsletter for games through 4/23/2017

FOR THE RECORD: Chuck Ballingall points out that the Dodgers didn’t just play in the 24-inning game, they played in a 14-inning game last week too…Johnny Mac suggested the rumor that the code will soon have runner’s starting on second base during extra inning games….it’s that or the Bug Selig All-Star game tie…or maybe we just leave it the way it is…

FULL SALE AHEAD: Chris Sale struck out 21 on April 19…Devon Travis broke up the no-hitter with the only opposition base-knock…the only Bosock not to get a hit in the game was #9 hitter Dustin Pedroia…at least he wasn’t beaned…

TECH UPDATE: If the “file in use” error persists this week we’ll switch to a new web host…let me know if it happens to you…and for the record, the problem was not (a) a permissions error (b) a web configuration file conflict (c) that we’d been hacked, or (d) a connection left open due to sloppy coding, all of which were the help line suggestions.  By process of elimination, I blame the designated hitter rule.  Maybe instant replay.

COMMENTS: After a considerable digital rain delay the action was fast and furious…Tampa Bay cooled off some with a 3-4 week but still hung onto the top spot in the AL East…they are still a solid +3 WOR…Minnesota made a big move in the central by going 5-2, and is now +3.5 WOR….Josh Clark and his Royals still hold the top spot…and the best WOR in the AL…the Suzuiki (CSUF alum)-for-Butera trade might have been bigger than it apppeared…everyone in the AL West is within 2 games of .500 and the Mariners, Astros, and A’s are all tied for first at 10-10…Houston went 5-2 to be the big mover in the division….Philly tied for the best record in the NL East at 4-2 and Atlanta is +2 WOR…don’t think my Mets will be playing .737 all year…tip of the cap to Chris Zewiske, who has the Brewers in first place and with the best WOR in the NL central…Giants have the only positive WOR in the NL West, but the DBacks and Rockies had really good weeks…Padres have come back to earth a little bit but, with no trades, are holding at an even WOR….Royals have a team ERA of 2.83…that’s a run a game lower than 13 other teams…boy, does Kurt Suzuki make a difference in his handling of the pitching staff…Pittsburg is tops in the NL at 3.13…Five teams have bullpens that have yet to allow an inherited runner to score…Angels have had the most opportunities, stranding 19 baserunners…Thames was a fantasy Met 5 years ago…DBacks and Cubs have each had 9 saves and are tied for the league lead…Baltimore and Washington lead the power ratings in their leagues, so expect upward movement from them in the near future…Baltimore has the best actual ERA….Brewers have the most actual HR…Tampa Bay has the best actual fielding…Freddie Freedman of Atlanta was 11-22 last week…Pittsburgh has 2 of the 6 most accurate pitchers; Rivera and Taillon each have only 1 walk in more than 19 inningss…

FEATS AND FAILURES;

Miguel Gonzalez of CWS had 16 strikeouts against NYY on 4/17/2017
Wil Myers of SDP hit 3 home runs against ATL on 4/17/2017
Wil Myers of SDP had 6 RBI against ATL on 4/17/2017
Michael Wacha of STL had 14 strikeouts against PIT on 4/17/2017
Josh Bell of PIT had 7 RBI against STL on 4/18/2017
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 4/18/2017
Max Scherzer of WAS had 12 strikeouts against ATL on 4/18/2017
Ervin Santana of MIN had 11 strikeouts against CLE on 4/18/2017
Byron Buxton of MIN struck out 4 times against CLE on 4/18/2017
CLE and MIN played 13.5 innings on 4/18/2017
Luis Severino of NYY had 12 strikeouts against CWS on 4/18/2017
Robert Gsellman of NYM had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 4/19/2017
Wade Miley of CIN had 13 strikeouts against BAL on 4/19/2017
Manny Machado of BAL struck out 4 times against CIN on 4/19/2017
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against CIN on 4/19/2017
Jonathan Schoop of BAL struck out 5 times against CIN on 4/19/2017
Zack Cozart of CIN struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/19/2017
BAL and CIN played 16.5 innings on 4/19/2017
Corey Kluber of CLE had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 4/19/2017
Brandon Guyer of CLE had 6 RBI against MIN on 4/19/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 21 strikeouts against TOR on 4/19/2017
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 12 strikeouts against PHI on 4/20/2017
Michael Saunders of PHI struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/20/2017
Kole Calhoun of LAA struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/20/2017
Zack Greinke of ARI had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 4/20/2017
Jason Vargas of KCR had 17 strikeouts against TEX on 4/20/2017
Carlos Martinez of STL had 11 strikeouts against MIL on 4/20/2017
Jonathan Villar of MIL struck out 4 times against STL on 4/20/2017
STL and MIL played 14.5 innings on 4/20/2017
Trevor Cahill of SDP had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/21/2017
J.T. Riddle of MIA struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/21/2017
Lance Lynn of STL had 15 strikeouts against MIL on 4/21/2017
Francisco Liriano of TOR had 10 strikeouts against LAA on 4/21/2017
Cameron Rupp of PHI struck out 4 times against ATL on 4/21/2017
Eduardo Rodriguez of BOS had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 4/21/2017
Marco Estrada of COL had 12 strikeouts against SFG on 4/21/2017
Trevor Story of SFG struck out 4 times against COL on 4/21/2017
Avisail Garcia of CWS had 5 hits against CLE on 4/22/2017
Michael Wacha of STL had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 4/22/2017
Yoenis Cespedes of NYM hit 3 home runs against WAS on 4/22/2017
Corey Seager of LAD had 6 RBI against ARI on 4/22/2017
Hector Santiago of MIN had 10 strikeouts against DET on 4/22/2017
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 4/23/2017
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 4/23/2017
Yu Darvish of TEX had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 4/23/2017

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Opening Day!

LIGHTNING STRIKING TWICE!

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros threw a no-hitter against the Royals on 4/8/2017…liking the idea, Jason Vargas of the Royals followed suit against Oakland on 4/10/2017…Vargas had 15 strikeouts…an error by Salvador Perez prevented a perfect game…

OBSERVATIONS, TRENDS AND TREATS:

Dust off the digital bunting, the ASFBL season is underway…Tampa Bay is the big news in the AL, finishing +4 WOR to lead the league in that stat….KC and Texas each checked in at +2…Anaheim managed to hang on to first longer than the actual club, also on the strength of a +1 WOR…as you might expect this early in the year, the Rays, Royals, and Angels are all leading their division with a positive WOR…Cubs are really doing it in the NL with +3…newcomer Joel Rollins bested the actual Padres by 1 in his first week in the league…the AL central balances its collective WOR to a perfect zero, and I think that’s the only division where that’s true…The Angles have scored the most runs, and by a lot…They have 72 and only two other teams have more than 60…Minnesota is squeezed in the middle of the pack in that category, having scored 49 runs, one behind Texas and one ahead of Baltimore…but Texas and Baltimore have 23 and 24 homers respectively, and the Twinks have a mere 6…best in that regard may be the Bosox, who have only 9 homers but are 7th in the league in scoring….Cubs are doing it with pitching; they’re 26th in runs scored…but lead the league in stolen bases…Reds are second with 10…Rockie fielders have robbed 30 hits already, tops in the league…on the Cub theme, they have more saves than anyone in the league…in related news, they also have Ardolis Chapman…Chsae Headley of the the Yanks leads the league with a .431 average and is almost 50 points ahead of second place…Khris Davis (a CSUF alum) had 9 homers in the ASFBL…his power is due to cool off, but he’s also hitting 40 points below his actual average and projects to hit .440 next week…he has as many or more homers than 7 other teams…my Mets did well out of the gate, but I think that was mostly because the actual club had some extra-inning games to buy the bullpen some breathing room and because Cespedes spread out his homers more in the fantasy realm…it’s early, but it will be fun to watch Rick and Leo compete in the NL west…early returns put Wynne up by a half game…Thank for everyone…if you have any nose for the unusual, check out the Minnesota/KC game on April 6….all 24 innings of it….and they only matched the duel of the Padres and Dodgers on April 23, which also had a 21st inning stretch…

Thanks to all for a really fun first week, and I appreciate your patience with the opening-day hurdles.

FEATS AND FAILURES:

James Paxton of SEA had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 4/3/2017
Nelson Cruz of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/3/2017
Corey Seager of LAD struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/3/2017
Yasiel Puig of LAD had 5 hits against SDP on 4/3/2017
Ryan Schimpf of SDP struck out 4 times against LAD on 4/3/2017
SDP and LAD played 24.5 innings on 4/3/2017
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against COL on 4/3/2017
COL and MIL played 17.5 innings on 4/3/2017
Gio Gonzalez of WAS had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/3/2017
Robinson Cano of SEA robbed 3 hits against HOU on 4/4/2017
Tyler Chatwood of COL had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 4/5/2017
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 4/5/2017
Tim Beckham of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/5/2017
James Paxton of SEA had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 4/3/2017
Nelson Cruz of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/3/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 4/3/2017
Corey Seager of LAD struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/3/2017
Yasiel Puig of LAD had 5 hits against SDP on 4/3/2017
Ryan Schimpf of SDP struck out 4 times against LAD on 4/3/2017
SDP and LAD played 24.5 innings on 4/3/2017
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against COL on 4/3/2017
COL and MIL played 17.5 innings on 4/3/2017
Gio Gonzalez of WAS had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/3/2017
Robinson Cano of SEA robbed 3 hits against HOU on 4/4/2017
Tyler Chatwood of COL had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 4/5/2017
Tim Beckham of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/5/2017
James Paxton of SEA had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 4/3/2017
Nelson Cruz of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/3/2017
Corey Seager of LAD struck out 4 times against SDP on 4/3/2017
Yasiel Puig of LAD had 5 hits against SDP on 4/3/2017
Ryan Schimpf of SDP struck out 4 times against LAD on 4/3/2017
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against COL on 4/3/2017
COL and MIL played 17.5 innings on 4/3/2017
Gio Gonzalez of WAS had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/3/2017
Robinson Cano of SEA robbed 3 hits against HOU on 4/4/2017
Tyler Chatwood of COL had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 4/5/2017
Tim Beckham of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/5/2017
Tyler Moore of MIA struck out 4 times against WAS on 4/5/2017
Lorenzo Cain of KCR had 7 hits against MIN on 4/6/2017
Alcides Escobar of KCR had 5 hits against MIN on 4/6/2017
Byron Buxton of MIN struck out 5 times against KCR on 4/6/2017
Rajai Davis of OAK robbed 3 hits against LAA on 4/6/2017
Ichiro Suzuki of MIA struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/7/2017
Jacoby Ellsbury of NYY had 6 hits against BAL on 4/7/2017
Kyle Schwarber of NYY struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/7/2017
Max Scherzer of WAS struck out 4 times against PHI on 4/7/2017
Carlos Gonzalez of COL robbed 3 hits against LAD on 4/7/2017
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 12 strikeouts against COL on 4/8/2017
Kyle Schwarber of NYY struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/8/2017
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/8/2017
Julio Teheran of ATL had 12 strikeouts against PIT on 4/8/2017
Jameson Taillon of PIT had 18 strikeouts against ATL on 4/8/2017
Tyler Flowers of ATL struck out 5 times against PIT on 4/8/2017
Adam Frazier of PIT struck out 4 times against ATL on 4/8/2017
ATL and PIT played 15.5 innings on 4/8/2017
Ervin Santana of MIN had 15 strikeouts against CWS on 4/8/2017
Matt Davidson of CWS struck out 4 times against MIN on 4/8/2017
Robbie Grossman of MIN struck out 4 times against CWS on 4/8/2017
Brian Dozier of MIN struck out 4 times against CWS on 4/8/2017
MIN and CWS played 16.5 innings on 4/8/2017
James Paxton of SEA had 12 strikeouts against LAA on 4/8/2017
Alcides Escobar of KCR robbed 3 hits against HOU on 4/9/2017
Brandon Moss of KCR struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/9/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 13 strikeouts against DET on 4/9/2017
Justin Upton of DET struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/9/2017
Logan Morrison of TBR struck out 4 times against TOR on 4/9/2017
LAD and CHC played 14.5 innings on 4/10/2017
Jason Vargas of KCR had 15 strikeouts against OAK on 4/10/2017
Jed Lowrie of OAK struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/10/2017
Michael Pineda of NYY had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 4/10/2017
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 15 strikeouts against PHI on 4/10/2017
Jerad Eickhoff of PHI had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 4/10/2017
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/11/2017
Chris Young of BOS struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/11/2017
BAL and BOS played 14.5 innings on 4/11/2017
Byron Buxton of MIN struck out 4 times against DET on 4/11/2017
Jason Castro of MIN struck out 4 times against DET on 4/11/2017
R.A. Dickey of ATL had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 4/11/2017
Ian Kennedy of KCR had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 4/12/2017
Jesse Hahn of OAK had 14 strikeouts against KCR on 4/12/2017
Bartolo Colon of ATL struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/12/2017
Chris Devenski of HOU had 15 strikeouts against SEA on 4/12/2017
Nelson Cruz of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 4/12/2017
Chase Anderson of MIL had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 4/12/2017
Max Scherzer of WAS had 15 strikeouts against STL on 4/12/2017
Hector Santiago of MIN had 13 strikeouts against DET on 4/12/2017
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against TOR on 4/13/2017
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 14 strikeouts against MIA on 4/13/2017
Ichiro Suzuki of MIA struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/13/2017
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 14 strikeouts against CWS on 4/13/2017
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 4/13/2017
Ervin Santana of MIN had 10 strikeouts against DET on 4/13/2017
Brad Miller of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/13/2017
Julio Teheran of ATL had 13 strikeouts against SDP on 4/14/2017
Salvador Perez of KCR hit 3 home runs against LAA on 4/14/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 15 strikeouts against TBR on 4/14/2017
Adam Duvall of HOU struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/14/2017
Mike Leake of STL had 17 strikeouts against NYY on 4/14/2017
Jameson Taillon of PIT had 13 strikeouts against CHC on 4/14/2017
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 14 strikeouts against MIA on 4/15/2017
LAA and KCR played 14.5 innings on 4/15/2017
Logan Forsythe of LAD struck out 4 times against ARI on 4/16/2017
Evan Longoria of TBR struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/16/2017
Scott Feldman of BAL had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 4/16/2017

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(Almost) opening day!

I think I’ve cracked the code for the new download formats, and we’re ready for a dry run. The purpose is for new folks to get a chance to test the system out, and returning veterans to find any leaks that have sprung over the winter months. I’ll update stuff tomorrow morning and you’ll have until Friday night to make changes. We’ll run the fake games on Saturday and do any debugging on Sunday.

Then we’ll erase all the results and roster changes and go live Monday; stats should go up relatively early in the day and the first lineup will be due next Tuesday, the 17th. More info to come on Monday.

Thanks to everyone for their patience so far; I’ll be able to get better turnaround on the emails once I’m not also working on the code. Our one-day spring training begins tomorrow!

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