Newsletter for games through 5-19-19

MUSINGS

My daily newspaper listed the Tigers as 1-8 over their last 10 games…not sure that was a misprint…the Orioles lost to the Yankees 28-1 on the 5-13…only one Yankee had more than 1 HR…I’m not sure I’ve scored 28 runs in the month of May…and sure, Straily gave up 17 runs, but only 15 were earned…Atlanta gained 4.5 games in the NL East in one week, potentially suffering altitude-gain sickness, but landing themselves 5 games in first…thanks largely to the actual Mets tanking against Florida over the weekend, every NL East team is now in positive-WOR territory…in ways only slightly less dramatic that Atlanta, the Cubs combined a 4-2 week with a Cardinal stumble to gain distance in the NL central…with the Dodgers running the table at 5-0, the closest NL race is 5 games…and while the closest NL race is 5 games, there are 4 teams in the AL west that are separated by 2 games or fewer…Kansas City had the best AL week and only perfect record in the league for a team with 6 or more games…Twins were 5-2 but lost a little ground…Cleveland is starting to turn it around and after taking on some water put together a 4-2 week…Boston gained ground on Tampa and is 6.5 WOR…Christian Yelich leads both the ASFBL and MLB in homers…Jay Bruce, of ASFBL Baltimore, is in the top-5 with 19 ASFBL homers…all the more impressive considering his .175 average…every other player in the top-50 for homers has at least made it to the Mendoza line…or, as Met fans think of it, the “Brandon Nimmo” line…Cole Hamels and Jose Quintana are 1-2 in ASFBL wins, and both are still fantasy Cubs…14 ASFBL pitchers have 6 wins or more, and 6 are in the NL east…the ASFBL Reds have coaxed 86 innings out of Luis Castillo so far…since Adam Symonds and I swapped Marco Gonzales for Zack Wheeler each pitcher has had 3 starts and each has seen their ERA go up by a run…they must not like their new digital clubhouses….5 more trades this week with 14 players changing hands…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Gleyber Torres of NYY had 5 hits against BAL on 5/13/2019
Eduardo Rodriguez of PIT had 10 strikeouts against ARI on 5/13/2019
David Peralta of ARI struck out 4 times against PIT on 5/13/2019
John Means of BAL had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 5/14/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 5/14/2019
Chase Anderson of MIL had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 5/14/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 5/14/2019
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 5/14/2019
Robbie Ray of ARI had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 5/14/2019
Whit Merrifield of KCR struck out 4 times against TEX on 5/14/2019
Christian Walker of ARI struck out 6 times against PIT on 5/15/2019
PIT and ARI played 17.5 innings on 5/15/2019
Rich Hill of LAD had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 5/15/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 5/16/2019
Cole Hamels of CHC had 16 strikeouts against CIN on 5/16/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 13 strikeouts against PHI on 5/16/2019
Mike Soroka of ATL had 13 strikeouts against STL on 5/16/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL struck out 4 times against ATL on 5/16/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 5/17/2019
Kris Bryant of CHC struck out 4 times against WAS on 5/17/2019
Khris Davis of NYM had 6 RBI against MIA on 5/17/2019
Brian Anderson of MIA struck out 4 times against NYM on 5/17/2019
Jordan Lyles of PIT had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 5/17/2019
Chris Paddack of SDP had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 5/17/2019
C.J. Cron of MIN struck out 5 times against SEA on 5/18/2019
MIN and SEA played 19.5 innings on 5/18/2019
Matt Olson of OAK had 6 RBI against DET on 5/18/2019
Matt Strahm of SDP had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 5/18/2019
Marcell Ozuna of STL hit 3 home runs against TEX on 5/18/2019
Marcell Ozuna of STL had 6 RBI against TEX on 5/18/2019
Gio Gonzalez of NYY had 13 strikeouts against TBR on 5/18/2019
Lucas Giolito of CWS had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 5/18/2019
Leury Garcia of CWS struck out 4 times against TOR on 5/18/2019
Jose Quintana of CHC had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/19/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 5/19/2019
HOU and BOS played 14.5 innings on 5/19/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 13 strikeouts against LAD on 5/19/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 5/19/2019
OAK and DET played 14.5 innings on 5/19/2019

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