Monthly Archives: April 2018

Newsletter for games through 4-22-18


NO HITTER!  Junior Guerra of the Brewers threw threw his gem against the Reds on 4/17/2018…struck out 15 in the process…Lorenzo Cain’s error was the only thing between him and a perfect game…he himself saved a hit with a great defensive play to preserve the no-hitter…You know what’s more rare than an a no-hitter?  HITTING FOR THE CYCLE: which Javier Baez of the Cubs did against COL on 4/21/2018…took him 6 AB to do it…he added 4 RBI for good measure…It just wasn’t going to get better than ending a week on Jackie Robinson day…but that was last week…I should have found a way to indicate that every player on every digital team was wearing 42…Atlanta has held it’s lead in the AL East, but the Royals — under the management of Judd Choate — have climbed to first in the WOR at +6…he’s shaking off the rust of his 12-year hiatus rather well…St. Louis leads the NL central and is +2.5 WOR…Dbacks lead the west but San Diego has the best WOR in the division…it is almost statistically impossible for any team to match the actual Bosox start, but Tony Bernacchi faces the added pressure of New York and Baltimore posting postive-WOR figures…but you can’t do better than first place, which he’s doing…Oakland is out-performing the actual club in the AL West…Greg Achten’s Angels are a half-game closer to the Astros than are Arte Moreno’s…there are eight trades in the league so far and Hugh Brown of the Rockies has been involved in half of them…Three NL teams are playing better than .700…nobody in the AL is…Drew Ferguson of the Astros leads the ASFBL in grounding into double plays with 6…much of the credit for that surely goes to Jose Altuve…harder to hit into a double play if nobody is on base…Carlos Gomez of the Rays leads the league by having struck out 40 times…that will probably improve when his average climbs above it’s current .149…JD Martinez of the Bosox has whiffed 33 times but his hitting .292 wiht 7 HR…it is no surprise to see Mike Trout tied for the league lead with 21 runs scored…it’s a little more unusual that he’s tied with Joe Mauer of the Twins…Guerra’s totals on the week included 18 shutout innings …only allowed 4 hits…logged 30 strikeouts…Ryu of the Dodgers struck out 27 in only 14 and 2/3rds…


Still items to add on the features list, like games back and weekly records on the standings and a few other things…one owner still had an issue with lineups; when in doubt do the adding and dropping first and the sorting second; if you hit real snags do the add and drop, exit the lineups page and return, and then do sorting…my apologies for the headaches; I do hope the website conversion will prove to be worth it…already seem to have eliminated those site-wide hangups we were having with the old system.


Rafael Devers of BOS struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/16/2018
Luis Severino of NYY had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 4/16/2018
Nolan Arenado of HOU had 5 hits against SEA on 4/16/2018
Wilmer Difo of WAS struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/16/2018
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 14 strikeouts against SDP on 4/16/2018
Patrick Corbin of ARI had 12 strikeouts against SFG on 4/17/2018
Drew Weeks of COL had 8 RBI against PIT on 4/17/2018
Gio Gonzalez of WAS had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 4/17/2018
Trevor Cahill of OAK had 13 strikeouts against CWS on 4/17/2018
Michael Brantley of CLE had 5 hits against MIN on 4/17/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 11 strikeouts against LAA on 4/18/2018
Sean Manaea of OAK had 14 strikeouts against CWS on 4/18/2018
Gerrit Cole of HOU had 15 strikeouts against SEA on 4/18/2018
Albert Almora of CHC struck out 4 times against STL on 4/18/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 14 strikeouts against NYM on 4/18/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 14 strikeouts against SEA on 4/19/2018
J.D. Martinez of BOS hit 3 home runs against LAA on 4/19/2018
J.D. Martinez of BOS had 7 RBI against LAA on 4/19/2018
Reynaldo Lopez of CWS had 12 strikeouts against HOU on 4/20/2018
Lewis Brinson of MIA struck out 4 times against MIL on 4/20/2018
Matt Chapman of OAK robbed 3 hits against BOS on 4/20/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 16 strikeouts against MIN on 4/21/2018
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 13 strikeouts against WAS on 4/21/2018
Carlos Correa of HOU had 8 RBI against CWS on 4/21/2018
Junior Guerra of MIL had 15 strikeouts against MIA on 4/22/2018
Charlie Morton of HOU had 12 strikeouts against CWS on 4/22/2018
Edwin Encarnacion of CLE struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/22/2018
Giancarlo Stanton of NYY struck out 4 times against TOR on 4/22/2018
Yadier Molina of STL hit 3 home runs against CIN on 4/22/2018


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Newsletter for Games Through 4-15


So I evidently set up the timezone on the Microsoft Azure server as being about 5 hours ahead of California time, which as near as I can tell is somewhere in the Atlantic ocean…you’d figure that would be a natural advantage for the Mariners…or Rays…or Marlins…Marlins and Rays were both in positive WOR (wins over reality) territory, so I guess the advantage goes to the sea creatures…Big news of the week was Danny Wildes and his Atlanta Braves, who finished first in the league at 4.5 games ahead of the real team and are first in the NL East…I’ll add games back to the standings by next week but for now I’m glad not to have to confront how far behind I am after a single week….Jeremy Moore’s  Cardinals were just as impressive, at +4 WOR and in first in the NL Central…and Al Benedek has the Padres in first in the NL West…that warms the heart of every baseball fan with any love for a small market team…AJ Minter of Atlanta pitched 11 innings, recorded 11 strikeouts, in 11 games, and registered 11 saves…that’s my vote for player of the week…another feature that I don’t have up and running yet…he was born on 9/2, which of course adds to 11…In the AL, Boston, Minnesota, and Anaheim are in first place, just like they are in reality….KC, Oakland, and Baltimore are each 3 games ahead of their actual teams…Alan Minsky finished +2 WOR in his first week in the ASFBL…so he’s on track to finish 48 games ahead of the actual Rays….which would be a league record…and may be possible, the way the Rays are playing…Matt Chapman, an actual and fantasy Oakland Athletic, and more importantly former CSUF Titan, leads the ASFBL with 10 homers…the Athletic’s have shoulder patches with pictures of elephants, which is true to his CSUF roots…JP Crawford of the Phillies leads the league in sacrifices with 6…since he’s hitting .147, that’s really finding a way to help your team out…no fantasy player has walked more than Mookie Betts, who has watched his way to first base 24 times…he’s only scored 9 times….Jameson Taillon of the Pirates started the season with 27 scoreless innings…Keynan Middelton of the Angles has tied Rick Porcello for the ASFBL lead in wins with 4….but Middleton is a reliever…no ASFBL games were won or lost because one team had more than 6 trips to the mound….that’s an improvement over MLB…and the fantasy Trevor Bauer made no complaints about shorter warmup times…Thanks to all of you for being so patient this first week, and generally for being so cool…I’m really looking forward to this year!

Technical notes

Per our vote last year, we’ll merge the stats of guys with low MLB AB or low IP totals with thier AAA stats, starting next week.  Also, next week that stats will start adjusting….and remember that we have an over-use cap of 150%, so anyone under 150% of their real AB or IP won’t be adjusted down due to over-use…and remember that it’s a long season…and as a random aside, when I first ran this thing in 1991 on an x286 computer, the games took 90 seconds…they were down to under a second last year…now I am running them on a desktop but saving to the server, and that takes 30 seconds….All waivers for week 1 were erased, and everyone starts with 2 free waivers…from here on out, if you move a guy off of the active fantasy roster you have to either waive or protect him, and remember that if you have a guy on the DL you have to move him off the active roster to get the free waiver…

Feats and Failures

Ildemaro Vargas of ARI had 5 hits against SFG on 9/25/2017
Matt Chapman of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 9/26/2017
Domingo Santana of MIL had 6 RBI against CIN on 9/26/2017
Addison Russell of CHC struck out 4 times against STL on 9/26/2017
Javier Baez of CHC struck out 4 times against STL on 9/26/2017
Randal Grichuk of STL struck out 4 times against CHC on 9/26/2017
CHC and STL played 16.5 innings on 9/26/2017
Sal Romano of CIN had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 9/27/2017
Cliff Pennington of LAA struck out 4 times against CWS on 9/27/2017
Logan Morrison of TBR struck out 4 times against BAL on 9/29/2017
Corey Dickerson of TBR had 5 hits against BAL on 9/29/2017
Kris Bryant of CHC robbed 3 hits against CIN on 9/29/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 13 strikeouts against HOU on 9/30/2017
Mike Morse of SFG struck out 4 times against SDP on 9/30/2017
Rafael Lopez of TOR struck out 4 times against NYY on 10/1/2017
Madison Bumgarner of COL had 11 strikeouts against LAD on 10/1/2017
Justin Verlander of DET had 11 strikeouts against NYY on 10/3/2017
Corey Kluber of COL had 11 strikeouts against MIL on 10/7/2017
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 10/23/2017
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 10/24/2017
Kenta Maeda of BAL had 11 strikeouts against HOU on 10/26/2017
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 12 strikeouts against ARI on 10/27/2017
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 11/6/2017
Max Scherzer of WAS had 13 strikeouts against BAL on 11/8/2017

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Quick “Dry Run” update — the majority of lineups weren’t updated by owners, which is not a big deal (nobody really needed to do the dry run), but setting them correctly plus the normal range of first-day hiccups meant that it took me longer to set up the dry run than usual. I did manage to get some games pushed through the system (everything seemed to work well), but then had to delete them all to do this morning’s updates.

WHICH BRINGS US TO THIS MORNING! Break out your digital bunting, today is opening day! Not a single owner will be prevented from entering lineups due to weather!

Quick reminders:

1) The only 4 links you really need to click are for team settings (you’ll get the defaults if you skip it), rosters, lineups, and the “set rotation” link.  Working on a dashboard that shows when everything is good to go, but in the meantime just make sure you have everything set correctly on the rosters, lineups, and rotation links.

2) All waivers from the first week will be cleared for next week, so you can add and drop at will and just waive the players. Then I’ll delete all the waivers. This is easier than coding the program to skip the waivers but only for the first week. Starting next week everyone will get 2 free waivers.

3) No matter who you are, how much experience you have, or what your karmic status is in the number of lives lived or karma points in the current one, your catching situation is better than mine. Freaking Plawecki is on the DL.

4) Lineup deadline is tomorrow nigh, April 17 at midnight. So enter your lineups and then do your taxes 🙂 Results will be posted Wednesday AM. Changes made after midnight will be accepted as a courtesy, but we make no promise that your lineup at midnight won’t be the one used for the games.

5) I may be making random coding changes during the day; let me know if you hit access problems.

Good luck to all this week! May all your hitters swing the bat like Ohtani and may all your pitchers throw the ball like, well, Ohtani.

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Quick announcement — opening day

Real quick — Opening day will in a week. Stats uploaded on Monday the 16th, lineups due on Tuesday the 17th, games played through Sunday the 15th.

We’ll do a dry run the weekend before to work out the preseason kinks.  With luck, I’ll have stuff uploaded by Friday, but maybe not till Saturday.


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