Newsletter for games through 8-12-18

COMMENTARY

Not to speak with unnecessary hyperbole, but the AL West is the best race in any real or fantasy baseball league ever…four teams are within 1 game of first place…and the team in the division with the best record last week was the Rangers…the Rangers are in the ultimate spoiler position…the Angels have more wins in 1-run games than any other AL team…Braves lead the NL with 23…Going into the week the Rays were the hottest ASFBL team over the last 30 games…then they went 5-1…their record over the last 30 is now 25-5 …only other team with more than 20 is the Nationals…Rays, Yankees, and Bosox were a combined 14-5…thank goodness for the rest of us they have to play intra-divisional games…Cardinals were perfect in the NL and were the only NL central team with a winning record…the Cubs and Brewers going to the wire 1.5 games apart, and both were 3-3 last week…Arizona had the only 5-1 NL week and put some distance in the NL west, where 4 of 5 teams had winning weeks…Nationals are 17-3 in interleague games….Two of the top-4 WOR teams are from the NL West…three of the top-7 WOR teams are from the NL East…and any WOR discussion generally starts or ends with Baltimore…Chris Sale struck out 38 batters in two starts last week…there are 5 AL teams within 1 game of the second wildcard spot…The Yankees and Bosox have the exact same record over the last 10 games…and the last 20….and the last 30….

FEATS AND FAILURES

Francisco Lindor of CLE hit 3 home runs against MIN on 8/6/2018
Evan Longoria of SFG struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/6/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 20 strikeouts against TOR on 8/7/2018
Richard Urena of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/7/2018
Curtis Granderson of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/7/2018
Luis Severino of MIL had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 8/7/2018
Jacob Nix of SDP struck out 4 times against MIL on 8/7/2018
Rich Hill of LAD had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 8/7/2018
Joc Pederson of LAD had 6 RBI against OAK on 8/7/2018
Zack Godley of ARI had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 8/8/2018
Jack Flaherty of STL had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 8/8/2018
Mike Zunino of MIA struck out 4 times against STL on 8/8/2018
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 8/8/2018
Cody Bellinger of LAD had 5 hits against OAK on 8/8/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against CHC on 8/10/2018
James Paxton of SEA had 10 strikeouts against HOU on 8/10/2018
Khris Davis of OAK struck out 4 times against LAA on 8/10/2018
Patrick Corbin of ARI had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 8/11/2018
Mike Clevinger of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 8/11/2018
LAD and COL played 13.5 innings on 8/11/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 18 strikeouts against BAL on 8/12/2018
Tyler Anderson of NYY had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 8/12/2018
Kevin Kiermaier of TBR struck out 4 times against TOR on 8/12/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 15 strikeouts against CWS on 8/12/2018
Andrelton Simmons of LAA robbed 3 hits against OAK on 8/12/2018

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