Newsletter for games through 8-19-2018

10 TEAMS, NO HITS

Edwin Jackson, the most-traveled player in MLB history, threw and ASFBL no-hitter last week…the game mattered quite a bit; it was for the Cubs against division rival Milwaukee…he did surrender 2 walks and 1 error (his own)…Chase Andeson only gave up 1 run in the loss…Asdrubal Cabrera of DET hit for the cycle against MIN on 8/16/2018…

RACES

The AL West Dogfight remains air tight; Oakland picked up half a game, Seattle dropped one…four teams still separated by 2 games…All Tampa Bay does is win; another 5-1 week…24-6 over the last 30…best MLB mark during that time is 22-8 (Oakland)…They are still 9.5 back of Boston and 4.5 behind the Yankees, but this should be a really fun end of the season if they can stay hot…LA and Arizona were collectively 11-1 in the sprint in the NL west…that was good news for Arizona, who’s up by 8…still wouldn’t want to play the Dodgers in the NLWCS…Arizona is 17-3 over their last 20…the Brewers nudged forward by a game and a half in the NL central and lead the Cubs by 3…the teams have identical records over the past 30 games…The Braves made a move on the Nationals (who did not dump their best players last week), and the lead is now half a game…

SPOILERS

Pittsburgh is scuffling but are owed a dinner by the Brewers after taking 3 of 4 from the Cubs this week…the Chisox helped their own cause in the WOR standings by getting a sweep of the Tigers…and the Royals in turn helped the Tigers by taking the series against the Chisox…Baltimore gave the rest of the AL central hope by sweeping the Indians…Toronto helped out the Bosox by taking a series against the Yankees….Pirates, Chisox, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Royals are not at the top of the standings but all had winning weeks, which just goes to show that all your games make a difference no matter where you are in the standings…

POWERHOUSES

There are some surprises and good stories when you look at who has accumulated the most talent, based on the real stats of players currently on the active roster…Cards have the best ERA for starters (2.98; Cleveland is second at 3.23)…Yankees have the best bullpen at 2.39 (Arizona is second)….Nobody has more strikeouts per inning than the Astros…Nobody gives out fewer walks that Cleveland (6.1 per 100 PA) or Philadelphia (6.9)…best WHIP also goes to Houston (1.11), but St. Louis is second and has the best ERA overall…Bosox have the best team batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage….Cardinals have the most real HR (227; Yankees lead MLB with 202)…Brewers have the most stolen bases (93, Cleveland leads MLB with an even 100)…Nationals lead the ASFBL in runs scored in fantasy play (658, and that’s lower than the MLB leader Boston with 684)…

HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS

I was clearly trying to make myself feel better when I called Tyler Mahle the Reds “ace” — he’s been demoted to AAA.  I called Kenta Maeda a #3 starter, and he’s been demoted to the bullpen…but the guys I traded away (Wheeler, deGrom) have been lights out…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Jack Flaherty of STL had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 8/13/2018
Jorge Bonifacio of KCR had 5 hits against TOR on 8/13/2018
Derek Dietrich of SEA struck out 4 times against OAK on 8/13/2018
Maikel Franco of PHI struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/14/2018
BOS and PHI played 14.5 innings on 8/14/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 12 strikeouts against NYY on 8/14/2018
Curt Casali of TBR had 5 hits against NYY on 8/14/2018
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 8/14/2018
A.J. Pollock of ARI had 6 RBI against TEX on 8/14/2018
Clay Buchholz of KCR had 13 strikeouts against TOR on 8/14/2018
Josh Phegley of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 8/15/2018
Mitch Haniger of SEA struck out 4 times against OAK on 8/15/2018
Jacob deGrom of CIN had 12 strikeouts against CLE on 8/15/2018
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 12 strikeouts against SFG on 8/15/2018
Ryne Stanek of TBR had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 8/16/2018
Dee Gordon of NYY struck out 4 times against TBR on 8/16/2018
Willy Adames of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 8/16/2018
Nick Williams of PHI had 6 RBI against NYM on 8/16/2018
Carlos Rodon of CWS had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 8/17/2018
Patrick Corbin of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 8/17/2018
Franmil Reyes of SDP struck out 4 times against ARI on 8/17/2018
Corey Kluber of CLE had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 8/18/2018
Jack Flaherty of STL had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 8/18/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 12 strikeouts against BOS on 8/19/2018
Mallex Smith of TBR struck out 5 times against BOS on 8/19/2018
Mike Foltynewicz of ATL had 10 strikeouts against COL on 8/19/2018
Steven Souza of ARI struck out 4 times against SDP on 8/19/2018
Walker Buehler of LAD had 10 strikeouts against SEA on 8/19/2018

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