Newsletter for games through 6-17-2018

COMMENTARY

Footsteps….Nationals quietly moved into second place in the NL East; best record in the divisions…Cubs roared to a 5-1 mark…that included a 3-game series with the division-leading Brewers…DBacks climbed back into first in the NL West…Bosox actually inched forward in the AL East…up by 5 over the Yankees…Cleveland and Chisox inched forward in the air-tight AL central…Anaheim had a huge 5-1 push to displace Oakland in the AL west, where those two teams and the Astros are all 1 game apart….Miami, Texas, Colorado, and Cincinnati are all scrapping but all had winning records…Rockies were huge at 5-1…5 trades this week, and the Atlanta A.J. Minter and Julio Teheran to Texas for Cole Hamels was the most eyebrow-raising deal…Trever Bauer struck out 25 guys in 17 innings last week…Zack Duke stranded all 5 inherited runners…Mike Trout hit .538 last week….pretty accurate….Cal State Fullerton alum and ASFBL Brave Kurt Suzuki hit .520…the former is more likely to last than the latter…Daniel Descalso of the DBacks clubbed 5 homers…and had all of 6 RBI….Trevor Story had 14 RBI with his more modest 3 homers…Nelson Cruz knocked in 14 with only 2…only 6 pitchers have double-digit wins…two are Brewers, two are Indians…Among the leaders, Brent Suter of the Yanks has the most wins (8) with the highest ERA (4.10)…Nobody has inherited more runners than Tony Watson of the Giants with 29…you can’t accomplish that without the help of your starters…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Pablo Sandoval of SFG had 6 RBI against MIA on 6/11/2018
Luis Severino of MIL had 13 strikeouts against CHC on 6/11/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 6/11/2018
Yan Gomes of CLE had 6 RBI against CWS on 6/11/2018
Trevor Story of COL had 6 RBI against PHI on 6/12/2018
Adeiny Hechavarria of TBR had 5 hits against TOR on 6/12/2018
Nelson Cruz of TBR had 8 RBI against TOR on 6/12/2018
Jose Pirela of SDP robbed 3 hits against STL on 6/12/2018
Nick Kingham of PIT had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 6/12/2018
Chad Pinder of OAK had 6 RBI against HOU on 6/12/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 16 strikeouts against NYY on 6/13/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 14 strikeouts against OAK on 6/13/2018
Matt Olson of OAK struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/13/2018
Dylan Covey of CWS had 13 strikeouts against CLE on 6/14/2018
Yan Gomes of CLE struck out 4 times against CWS on 6/14/2018
Drew Smith of NYM had 12 strikeouts against ARI on 6/14/2018
Billy Hamilton of CIN struck out 4 times against PIT on 6/15/2018
Jacob deGrom of NYM had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 6/15/2018
Aaron Hicks of SEA robbed 3 hits against BOS on 6/15/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 14 strikeouts against MIN on 6/16/2018
Ozzie Albies of ATL struck out 4 times against SDP on 6/17/2018
Charlie Culberson of ATL struck out 4 times against SDP on 6/17/2018
Austin Riley of ATL struck out 5 times against SDP on 6/17/2018
Cory Spangenberg of SDP struck out 5 times against ATL on 6/17/2018
SDP and ATL played 17.5 innings on 6/17/2018
Aaron Judge of NYY struck out 4 times against TBR on 6/17/2018
Kevan Smith of CWS had 5 hits against DET on 6/17/2018
DET and CWS played 15.5 innings on 6/17/2018
Nomar Mazara of TEX hit 3 home runs against COL on 6/17/2018
Kenta Maeda of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 6/17/2018

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