Newsletter for games through 6-10-18

APOLOGIA

I am about to enter a hell week of 16-hour days, and have prepared for it with a series of 12-hour days.  Think of it like the Yankees playing a night game, traveling, and then playing a double-header, but without baseball.  I mention this not to complain (too much) but to let you know if I become incommunicado what the likely reason is.  Also, I forgot to click the waiver update button last week and tried to make the changes manually.  If you see issues, let me know.

WAYBACK MACHINE

In the second installment of reality-imitating-fantasy, there I was in 1992 trying to code without the internet and figure out how to do pitcher fatigue.  I started APBA-style with innings, but it became clear that was too blunt an object and that sometimes pitchers who generally made it 7 strong would crap out in the 3rd.  So I turned to pitch counts, which weren’t published anyway, and spent 2 weeks copying them out of the USA Today box scores to come up with some averages (18 pitchers per inning) I could convert to an average number of pitches.  It turned out that good pitchers could get past 100-110 pitches pretty regularly, although there were games where Nolan Ryan would do something absurd like throw 144 pitches.  Now, of course, pitch counts are sacrosanct and published everywhere…

NOMENCLATIVE ABSURDITIES

The Reds lead the league in letters per name at 12.4…only 3 teams average more than 12 combined letters in a players’ name…Chisox have the shortest average at 11.2…The Dodgers have the largest number of total vowels at 404 but the Angels are right behind at 403…both were 4-2 this week…Eugenio Suarez has an especially impressive vowel-to-consonant ratio…

THIS WEEK

It belonged to the Reds, with the best NL record at 5-1…and pushed them to +3 WOR….8 NL teams finished the week within 3.5 games of first…Padres hang on the best WOR…nobody in the top 3 spots of any division gained or lost more than 1.5 games…the AL took the average to new middles, with all clubs but one running between 2-4 and 4-2…the Yankees, Twins, and Angels got toeholds to inch forward a little bit…Baltimore still dominates the league-wide WOR…only one trade this week but 27 rosters submitted…JD Martinez is on an active 20-game hitting streak….don’t know what your facebook feed is like, but if you can sent some positive wishes to Rick Wynne’s Dad, who had some hospital time this 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
Andrew McCutchen of SFG robbed 3 hits against ARI on 6/4/2018
Ross Stripling of LAD had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 6/5/2018
Christian Bergman of NYY had 14 strikeouts against TOR on 6/5/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 16 strikeouts against BAL on 6/5/2018
Corey Kluber of CLE had 11 strikeouts against MIL on 6/5/2018
Mark Canha of OAK struck out 4 times against TEX on 6/5/2018
Mike Zunino of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/5/2018
J.T. Realmuto of MIA robbed 3 hits against STL on 6/5/2018
Jabari Blash of LAA struck out 4 times against KCR on 6/5/2018
Jay Bruce of BAL robbed 3 hits against NYM on 6/6/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 12 strikeouts against MIL on 6/6/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 12 strikeouts against DET on 6/6/2018
Frankie Montas of OAK had 11 strikeouts against TEX on 6/6/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 6/7/2018
Ryon Healy of SEA struck out 4 times against TBR on 6/7/2018
Gerrit Cole of HOU had 15 strikeouts against TEX on 6/7/2018
KCR and OAK played 16.5 innings on 6/7/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 6/8/2018
Austin Jackson of SFG struck out 4 times against WAS on 6/8/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 15 strikeouts against TEX on 6/8/2018
Daniel Castro of TEX struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/8/2018
John Lamb of DET had 12 strikeouts against CLE on 6/9/2018
Francisco Lindor of CLE struck out 4 times against DET on 6/9/2018
Jose Ramirez of CLE hit 3 home runs against DET on 6/9/2018
Aaron Nola of PHI had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 6/10/2018
Ji-Man Choi of MIL struck out 4 times against PHI on 6/10/2018
Ross Stripling of LAD had 13 strikeouts against ATL on 6/10/2018
ATL and LAD played 13.5 innings on 6/10/2018

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