Newsletter for games through 6-3-18

RAREST FEAT OF ALL: 

David Fletcher of the Angels hit for the cycle against Toronto on 5/22/2018!  At least, it’s more rare than a no-hitter…and probably seems less rare considering Nicholas Castellanos of DET did the same thing this week on 6-3…and, of course, when you have 2 in the same time period, that makes it a bi-cycle…

COMMENTARY:

I don’t get the Yankee scheduling gripes about playing 3 games in 30 hours…the ASFBL Yankees play 7 games in like 10 minutes every week and they’re fine…Mark Chen sent me a note about the actual Met/Oriole series, noting that each team was carrying a massive losing streak…the playing like Seaver was pitching against Palmer and by a 2-1 margin only the Mets kept their streak alive…Every team in the NL East is at or above .500 WOR…it’s the only division where that’s true and it was greatly aided by the actual Met 2-8 slide…Rick Wynne’s Dodgers were the class of the ASFBL this week, posting a league-best 6-1 mark…in face, DBacks, Giants, Padres and Dodgers all had winning weeks in the NL west…Chris Zewiske’s Brewers had the best record in the division to move into first place…Alan Minsky’s Tampa Bay club had the best mark in the AL East….Tony’s Bosox still hold the best record in the league…Detroit still leads the AL central with the only over-.500 record, but the Indians and Twins each inched forward…John Weerts’ Oakland club remains the story of the AL west, but 4 of the 5 teams are over .500….no other division has more than 3…only 2 trades this week, but 26 lineups were submitted…JD Martinez of the Bosox has the longest hitting streak in the league so far, 20 games and ending on 5/13…Erik Gonzalez of Cleveland has the longest active streak at 17…Brandon Morrow of the Cubs leads pitchers in the longest scoreless inning streak at 19, and it’s currently active…Jeremy Jeffress of the Yanks is current at 17….although they are second in their division, Astros have the best run differential in the league at +91…Washington is in 3rd place in their division but 3rd in ASFBL run differential at +49…Boston and the Yanks are the other 2 teams in the top 4…of the 38 trades so far this year, the biggest one in terms of ASFBL productivity might be this one: New York (NYY) David Robertson and Luis Severino to Milwaukee for Jeremy Jeffress, and Brent Suter…all those players have been productive….I’ve got a rough index of post-trade productivity, and according to that the biggest winners so far are Seattle with their 10 trades and Milwuakee with their 2…Angels are 4th with their 4 trades….average return-per-trade really favors Milwuakee, but Arizona has made 1 trade that worked out well…look for the interleague stuff next week…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Matt Kemp of LAD struck out 4 times against COL on 6/3/2018
Denard Span of TBR robbed 3 hits against SEA on 6/3/2018
Eric Hosmer of SDP robbed 3 hits against CIN on 6/3/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 14 strikeouts against BOS on 6/3/2018

Xander Bogaerts of BOS struck out 4 times against ATL on 5/26/2018
Brandon Belt of SFG hit 3 home runs against CHC on 5/26/2018
Brett Gardner of COL struck out 4 times against CIN on 5/27/2018
CIN and COL played 14.5 innings on 5/27/2018
Mike Zunino of SEA struck out 4 times against MIN on 5/27/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 19 strikeouts against BAL on 5/28/2018
Sean Newcomb of ATL had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 5/28/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 17 strikeouts against OAK on 5/28/2018
Wade LeBlanc of SEA had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 5/28/2018
Alex Bregman of COL had 6 RBI against SFG on 5/28/2018
Joe Musgrove of PIT had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 5/29/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 11 strikeouts against NYY on 5/29/2018
Didi Gregorius of NYY struck out 4 times against HOU on 5/29/2018
Garrett Richards of LAA had 10 strikeouts against DET on 5/29/2018
Whit Merrifield of KCR had 5 hits against MIN on 5/29/2018
Jose Mujica of TBR had 13 strikeouts against OAK on 5/29/2018
Jed Lowrie of OAK struck out 4 times against TBR on 5/29/2018
Robinson Chirinos of TEX struck out 4 times against SEA on 5/29/2018
Corey Kluber of CLE had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 5/30/2018
Michael Wacha of STL had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 5/30/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 5/30/2018
Ozzie Albies of ATL struck out 4 times against NYM on 5/30/2018
C.J. Cron of TBR robbed 3 hits against OAK on 5/30/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 12 strikeouts against MIN on 5/31/2018
Jonathan Schoop of BAL struck out 4 times against NYY on 6/2/2018
Ozzie Albies of ATL struck out 4 times against WAS on 6/2/2018
Joey Gallo of TEX struck out 4 times against LAA on 6/2/2018
Dereck Rodriguez of SFG had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 6/2/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 6/2/2018
Mitch Haniger of SEA struck out 4 times against TBR on 6/2/2018
Nicholas Castellanos of DET had 5 hits against TOR on 6/3/2018

 

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