Newsletter for games through 6-11-2017

ERRATA: Mark Chen points out that I said his Orioles went 5-1 last week, but it turns out they were 3-4….the error will drop my adjusted fielding percentage…

COMMENTARY:  The Nationals and DBacks are tied for the league lead with a .677 winning percentage…nobody else is above .600…along with the Yankees, both teams ran the table this week…Philly added to their league-leading WOR…Oakland and Seattle each made moves on Houston in the AL West, but they’re still 3.5 up…this is astounding, but Yankee pitchers allowed 5 runs in 6 games last week….including 27 consecutive shutout innings to end the week, all complete-game shutouts…wow….they out-scored opponents 42-5….even after the Yankees’ huge run, the Bosox and Orioles are within 2 games of them…Indians made huge moves this week, moving Chisenhall, Carassco, and Kluber…they held to first and produced a winning week, but the Chisox and Tigers each gained half a game…Dodger-Oriole 3-for-1 was also an aggressive move….the newly-acquired Bundy gave the Dodgers 8 innings in his first start with the new team, but lost 2-1 to Max Scherzer…Cards and Pirates each had winning weeks….the last-place team in the AL central is closer to first place than the second-place team in the NL West…in the “reality isn’t being realistic” category, you might have missed Roberto Perez smacking a homer against the Dodgers yesterday….Perez was hitting .147 with no homers on the year, and the pitcher was Clayton Kershaw….finally, at the exact moment I was cheering the glorious, honest, brave and pure Cal. State Fullerton Titans into the College World Series against the hated and vile Long Beach dirtbags, I had on the Angel game to watch Chris Devenski face Danny Espinoza….Devenski played for Fullerton and Espinoza for Long Beach…Fullerton won both contests….finally, as a true sign of greatness, and for those of you who don’t know him, Chuck Ballingall is the debate coach at Damien High School…the wikipedia page for the school just listed the policy debate team ahead of alumni Mark McGwire…I could be wrong, but I think Chuck was teaching at Damien when McGwire attended there…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Renato Nunez of OAK struck out 4 times against TOR on 6/5/2017
Jeff Samardzija of SFG had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 6/5/2017
Sean Newcomb of ATL had 13 strikeouts against PHI on 6/6/2017
Leury Garcia of CWS struck out 4 times against TBR on 6/7/2017
MIN and SEA played 16.5 innings on 6/7/2017
Caleb Smith of NYY had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 6/7/2017
Andrew Knapp of PHI struck out 4 times against ATL on 6/8/2017
Chris Carter of NYY struck out 4 times against BOS on 6/8/2017
Zack Godley of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 6/8/2017
Carlos Martinez of STL had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 6/8/2017
Eugenio Suarez of CIN struck out 4 times against STL on 6/8/2017
J.A. Happ of TOR had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 6/9/2017
Mitch Haniger of SEA robbed 3 hits against TOR on 6/9/2017
Michael Conforto of SEA struck out 4 times against TOR on 6/9/2017
Kole Calhoun of LAA struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/9/2017
German Marquez of SEA had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 6/10/2017
Robbie Ray of ARI had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 6/10/2017
Khris Davis of OAK had 5 hits against TBR on 6/10/2017
Buck Farmer of COL had 11 strikeouts against CHC on 6/11/2017
Alcides Escobar of KCR struck out 4 times against SDP on 6/11/2017
Sean Newcomb of ATL had 15 strikeouts against NYM on 6/11/2017
Lucas Duda of NYM struck out 4 times against ATL on 6/11/2017
Zack Greinke of ARI had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 6/11/2017
Marwin Gonzalez of HOU struck out 4 times against LAA on 6/11/2017
Matt Wieters of WAS struck out 4 times against TEX on 6/11/2017
TOR and SEA played 14.5 innings on 6/11/2017

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