Newsletter for games through 8/26/2018

RACES

Atlanta and Washington are now in a dead tie in the NL East, thanks to Atlanta picking up a half game by going 6-1 to the Nationals’ 5-1..Brewers gained 2 games to get a 5-game cushion in the NL central…Dodgers made a 1.5 game move in the west, and are sitting 6.5 back…Oakland and Houston broke away from the pack in the AL west; the A’s had a stunning 7-0 week (best in the league) to move a half game in front of Houston, who themselves were 5-1…Yankees crept closer in the AL East, and the Bosox lead is only 3 games…Tampa Bay had *another* winning week, and might just challenge for the wildcard spot…with the actual Nationals tanking, Andy might have a shot at Mark’s Balitmore team for the top WOR spot…

OF NOTE

The Reds continued their winning ways and are scuffling on the year but are 17-13 over the last 30…they could be a factor down the stretch…Rockies righted the ship and put toegether a winning week…The Chisox were a sold 5-1, and combining that with a tough week for Cleveland they are at least within a horizon view of the AL central…they did all their damange in the division…and owe a debt of gratitude to Judd’s Royals, who took 3 from Cleveland…the Padres are a very solid +8 WOR…

FACTOIDS

The Cubs have the best fielding, having saved a net of 122 hits over the course of the season…Tampa Bay has the best bullpen ERA at 2.53, and a starter ERA of 4.08…of course, with Tampa it’s kind of hard to tell the difference….Oakland, Anaheim, and the Yankees are all tied for the lowest percentage of inherited runners to score with 15%….Nations have the best overall WHIP at 1.20…Houston is a not-so distant second at 1.21…Boston is third…Houston also leads the ASFBL in strikeouts, with its collection of fireballers logging 1,353 in 1,345 inning…but they are also 3rd-worst in HR allowed…CSUF alum Khris Dvais leads the ASFBL with 42 HR…Jean Segua of Seatlle has grounded into 19 double plays…that’s truly a stat you can’t attain without the help of your teammates…

FEATS AND FAILURES

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
Chris Taylor of LAD struck out 4 times against STL on 8/20/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 8/21/2018
Fernando Rodriguez Jr. of BOS had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 8/21/2018
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against MIA on 8/21/2018
Kenta Maeda of NYM had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 8/21/2018
SDP and COL played 13.5 innings on 8/21/2018
David Fletcher of LAA robbed 3 hits against ARI on 8/21/2018
LAA and ARI played 13.5 innings on 8/21/2018
Yadier Molina of STL struck out 4 times against LAD on 8/21/2018
David Freese of PIT had 5 hits against ATL on 8/22/2018
Zack Wheeler of WAS had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 8/22/2018
Kyle Freeland of COL had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 8/22/2018
Aaron Nola of PHI had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 8/24/2018
Justin Smoak of TOR struck out 4 times against PHI on 8/24/2018
Blake Snell of TBR had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 8/24/2018
Tyler Saladino of CWS struck out 4 times against DET on 8/24/2018
Gerrit Cole of HOU had 10 strikeouts against LAA on 8/24/2018
Jacob deGrom of CIN had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 8/25/2018
Shin-Soo Choo of TEX struck out 5 times against SFG on 8/25/2018
TEX and SFG played 13.5 innings on 8/25/2018
Andrew Benintendi of BOS struck out 4 times against TBR on 8/25/2018
Alex Wood of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 8/25/2018
Tyler White of SDP struck out 4 times against LAD on 8/25/2018
Ronald Acuna of ATL had 6 RBI against MIA on 8/26/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 8/26/2018
Khris Davis of OAK had 6 RBI against MIN on 8/26/2018

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