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Newsletter for games through 7-7-19

REMINDERS:

The trade deadline this year is July 31; since that’s one day AFTER our July 30 lineups we’ll actually enforce that deadline rather than extend another 6 days.¬† You should get the results on July 31 and have until midnight to complete trades.

The all-star break gives you an excellent opportunity to reset your rotation, so you might want to give that a gander in next week’s lineups.

And thanks to all of you who wished me a happy Bobby Bonilla Day.

COMMENTS:

Miami rode a 5-1 week to make a jump in the standings and push my Mets into last place…I was so mad at my manger I threw a chair at myself…congrats to Rob Perkins for the great week….Reds and Cards made a strong push in the NL central with 4-2 records, but the Cubs¬†still gained ground at 5-1…Dodgers are cruising but the DBacks pushed ahead of the Padres and into second in the NL west, which could be important in the 5-team wildcard logjam…they’ve been quietly churning away all year but Alan’s Rays had the best record in the league and pulled within 1.5 games of Boston in the AL East…the big question is whether Tony can keep the Bosox engine running over capacity at +9.5 WOR for the rest of the season…everything moved by inches in the AL central, but the Twins finished the first half with an impressive 7.5 game lead as the Indians picked up a little ground this week…Texas and Oakland made noise in the AL west, and are chasing the Astros…Anaheim is going to be the spoiler in that division, and the key to who wins it might be the best divisional record, and if the Angels fare a little better than they’ve been doing the wins they take away from the top of the division could determine the champ…Texas and Oakland are both currently closer to the top of the division than the last wildcard spot…Colin Moran of Pittsburgh hit .522 in the MLB last week an .645 in the ASFBL…team-mate Adam Frazier was .600/.563…those were the top 2 weekly batting averages in the ASFBL…they were a combined 8-10 in the 18-7 win on the 7th against Milwaukee…even Kenta Maeda was 3-4 in that game…my attempt to play Steve Matz as the DH against the Yankees — on the grounds he’s my 8th best hitter — were foiled by the games being played at Citi field…however, and consistent with my thinking, he was a better hitter (1-1, 1 run scored) than pitcher (4IP, 3ER, took the loss) in the game he started against the cross-town rivals…In other pitcher/batter news, Jordan Yamamoto of Miami accounted for 17 strikeouts against Washingon on July 2d; 13 as a pitcher, 4 as a hitter…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jay Bruce of BAL hit 3 home runs against TBR on 7/1/2019
Jay Bruce of BAL had 6 RBI against TBR on 7/1/2019
Chance Sisco of BAL struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/1/2019
John Means of KCR had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 7/1/2019
Alex Young of ARI had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 7/2/2019
Charlie Morton of TBR had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 7/2/2019
Mike Minor of BOS had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 7/2/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 15 strikeouts against MIA on 7/2/2019
Zack Greinke of ARI had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 7/3/2019
ARI and LAD played 13.5 innings on 7/3/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 7/3/2019
Rick Porcello of CWS had 10 strikeouts against DET on 7/3/2019
Mookie Betts of CWS had 6 RBI against DET on 7/3/2019
Leury Garcia of BOS struck out 4 times against TOR on 7/4/2019
Anthony Rendon of WAS had 5 hits against MIA on 7/4/2019
Garrett Cooper of MIA struck out 4 times against WAS on 7/4/2019
Jacob deGrom of OAK had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 7/5/2019
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 7/5/2019
Joey Gallo of TEX struck out 4 times against MIN on 7/6/2019
Rougned Odor of HOU struck out 4 times against LAA on 7/7/2019
Mike Minor of BOS had 14 strikeouts against DET on 7/7/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 7/7/2019
Jordan Yamamoto of MIA had 16 strikeouts against ATL on 7/7/2019
Adam Frazier of PIT had 5 hits against MIL on 7/7/2019
Charlie Morton of TBR had 12 strikeouts against NYY on 7/7/2019
Aaron Nola of PHI had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 7/7/2019
Dexter Fowler of STL had 6 RBI against SFG on 7/7/2019

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Newsletter for games through 6-30

COMMENTS

In this week’s bigger than baseball moment, Tyler Skaggs’ passing has hit some fans here near Anaheim pretty hard…the memorial in the front of Anaheim stadium is really becoming something…anyway, it convinces me that the number of good people out there who really want the best for each other is much larger than the number of haters…RIP #45…shifting gears back to on-the-field stuff, in case you missed this tidbit of reality the Mets demoted four pitchers today….about half their bullpen…the Boston/Yankees series in London used 30 pitchers…after throwing an ASFBL no-hitter with some pretty good numbers, Mike Shawaryn went to the UK and gave up 8 earned runs in an inning and a third…in the actual Baltimore/Cleveland series last week, the lowly Orioles beat the Tribe in back-to-back 13-0 drubbings, before themselves being shut out 2-0…in the ASFBL, Cleveland twice scored 13 runs against the Orioles…13 must be somebody’s lucky number…the 3 hottest MLB teams over the last 30 games are the Dodgers (21-9), the Braves (20-10), and the Nats (20-10)…the ASFBL teams have been hot as well, with 20, 19, and 17 wins over the last 30…nobody in the AL had more than 4 wins last week; those honors went to the Indians and the Rangers…the Rangers are within 1 game of the actual club over the last 30 (17 wins vs. 18 for the MLB equivalent)…Brewers had the best record in the NL central and are creeping to within one game of the actual club…but the Cubs are +8 WOR and the ASFBL team to beat in that division right now…Al Benedek’s Padres had a 4-1 week, are +3 WOR, and are creeping forward in the NL West…tough position to be in the same division as the Dodgers, who lead the league in about everything…they are one of five NL teams within 2.5 games of the wildcard spots…Yankees are 8 games back of their real club, but are 18-12 over their last 30…Atlanta, Chicago, and Minnesota are all in first and are not resting on their laurels as all made trades this week…Rays are staying competitive in the AL East and are +3 WOR…there is no indication that Alan Minsky is considering spending half the baseball season in Canada…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Josh Donaldson of ATL struck out 4 times against CHC on 6/24/2019
Phil Ervin of CIN struck out 4 times against LAA on 6/25/2019
Jon Gray of COL had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 6/25/2019
David Price of CLE had 10 strikeouts against KCR on 6/25/2019
Jacob deGrom of OAK had 11 strikeouts against STL on 6/25/2019
Fernando Tatis Jr. of SDP struck out 4 times against BAL on 6/25/2019
Tommy Milone of SEA had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 6/25/2019
Noe Ramirez of LAA had 10 strikeouts against CIN on 6/26/2019
Curt Casali of CIN struck out 4 times against LAA on 6/26/2019
C.J. Cron of MIN had 6 RBI against TBR on 6/26/2019
Lance Lynn of TEX had 12 strikeouts against DET on 6/26/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 6/26/2019
Aaron Nola of PHI had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 6/27/2019
Jesse Chavez of TEX had 11 strikeouts against DET on 6/27/2019
Adbert Alzolay of CHC had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 6/28/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 6/28/2019
Yoan Moncada of CWS had 6 RBI against MIN on 6/28/2019
SEA and HOU played 13.5 innings on 6/28/2019
Josh Donaldson of ATL struck out 4 times against NYM on 6/29/2019
Alex Gordon of KCR struck out 4 times against TOR on 6/29/2019
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of TOR had 5 hits against KCR on 6/29/2019
KCR and TOR played 17.5 innings on 6/29/2019
Renato Nunez of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/29/2019
Logan Allen of SDP had 10 strikeouts against STL on 6/29/2019
Shane Bieber of CLE had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 6/30/2019
Ross Stripling of KCR had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 6/30/2019
Hunter Dozier of KCR struck out 4 times against TOR on 6/30/2019
Freddy Peralta of MIL had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 6/30/2019

 

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