Newsletter for games through 9-20-20

ON MOURNING

Just taking a moment to reflect on life, baseball, and everything. A few of us have posted on email how this baseball season seems…distant? Hollow? I was struck that as I was reading those emails yesterday the LA Times re-posted on ESPN a column on almost exactly the same topic (headline in the same section today: “Why can’t the Angels win?”) but it was based on the players’ perspective. My own thought, which is slightly more hopeful, is that it definitely feels different but I still put the day games on the tablet next to my computer so I can follow along…I like opening the baseball app on my phone to take my mind off whatever misery is playing across the evening news on my TV. Baseball is still something I enjoy following and thinking about. Anyway, Andy is right, and both the 2020 MLB and ASFBL seasons are best thought of as experiments, but I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for sticking with it and giving me a much-needed distraction in a crazy time.

COMMENTS AND UPDATES

As a coding note, the feedback you all sent me did help me find a bug in the longevity calculations…basically, in some situations it vaulted guys (who weren’t) into max-starter pitch count limits…fix will appear next week…Mike Mendoza has the best win percentage of any newcomer, and a very impressive +10 WOR…that’s first place in the ASFBL…Gary and Pat also have positive-WOR figures in their first year in the league….Steve’s Miami club was 4-2 on the week and is .500 in a very competitive division…St. Louis actually has the best record in the NL central over the last 30 games…The Dodgers keep rolling, and Rick is back to +3 WOR with one week to go…Danny’s Braves are the juggernaut to challenge the Dodgers; they’ve got the second-best record in the ASFBL and their current win percentage is Danny’s all-time best…the Padres and Phillies have also been strong over the last 30…the Yankees continue to charge in AL East and the Rays put together another winning week…they’re 1.5 behind Toronto, but they gained 2 games last week…Baltimore and their +7 WOR continue to hold the top of the division…The top 4 teams in the AL central are all within 2 games of their actual team performance…Leo’s holding the top spot with the Chisox, Tim gained the most ground this week with the Twins, and returning champ Steve has the best WOR in the group…the AL west is absolutely fascinating; the second-place team will make the playoffs and will almost certainly do so with a losing record …Greg’s Angels and John’s A’s are locked up for the second spot…Angels finish against the Padres and Dodgers, A’s finish with the Dodgers and Mariners…and hats off to both, since it would have been easy to mail it in for both of them…the second AL wildcard spot has 27 wins right now, and five teams have 23 wins or more…those teams gotta run the table, but two teams in the AL had 5 wins last week…quick summary of the NL wildcard situation: literally every team is not only in the running but within 2 games of the second spot…breaking out my tiebreaker abacus right now…near this old monopoly game…the ouija board…old TI 99 computer…you know what? I’m just gonna use the ouija board….

FEATS AND FAILURES

Tyler Stephenson (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 9/14/2020 against Pittsburgh)
Nick Tropeano (Pittsburgh) struck out 15 batters (on 9/14/2020 against Cincinnati)
Giancarlo Stanton (Washington) struck out 4 times (on 9/15/2020 against Tampa Bay)
Alex Avila (Minnesota) struck out 4 times (on 9/15/2020 against Chicago (CWS))
Dansby Swanson (Atlanta) struck out 5 times (on 9/16/2020 against Baltimore)
Chance Sisco (Baltimore) struck out 4 times (on 9/16/2020 against Atlanta)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta) struck out 4 times (on 9/16/2020 against Baltimore)
Ian Anderson (Atlanta) struck out 11 batters (on 9/16/2020 against Baltimore)
Wilson Ramos (New York (NYM)) struck out 4 times (on 9/16/2020 against Philadelphia)
Aaron Nola (Philadelphia) struck out 11 batters (on 9/16/2020 against New York (NYM))
Dane Dunning (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 11 batters (on 9/16/2020 against Minnesota)
Anthony Bemboom (Anaheim) struck out 4 times (on 9/16/2020 against Arizona)
Kenta Maeda (Minnesota) struck out 11 batters (on 9/17/2020 against Chicago (CWS))
Gio Gonzalez (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 11 batters (on 9/17/2020 against Minnesota)
Tyler Glasnow (Tampa Bay) struck out 11 batters (on 9/17/2020 against Baltimore)
Cameron Maybin (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 9/17/2020 against Cleveland)
Mike Clevinger (Houston) struck out 11 batters (on 9/17/2020 against Texas)
Yoan Moncada (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 4 times (on 9/18/2020 against Cincinnati)
Tyler Stephenson (Cincinnati) struck out 5 times (on 9/18/2020 against Chicago (CWS))
Jake Cave (Minnesota) struck out 4 times (on 9/18/2020 against Chicago (CC))
Jared Walsh (Anaheim) struck out 4 times (on 9/18/2020 against Texas)
Kevin Gausman (San Francisco) struck out 12 batters (on 9/18/2020 against Oakland)
Zach Plesac (Cleveland) struck out 11 batters (on 9/19/2020 against Detroit)
Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) struck out 16 batters (on 9/19/2020 against Kansas City)
Justin Turner (Los Angeles) had 5 hits (on 9/19/2020 against Colorado)
Rafael Devers (Chicago (CC)) struck out 4 times (on 9/19/2020 against Minnesota)
Jose Berrios (Minnesota) struck out 11 batters (on 9/19/2020 against Chicago (CC))
Eric Hosmer (San Diego) had 5 hits (on 9/19/2020 against Seattle)
DJ Stewart (Baltimore) struck out 4 times (on 9/20/2020 against Tampa Bay)
Luis Castillo (Cincinnati) struck out 13 batters (on 9/20/2020 against Chicago (CWS))
Maikel Franco (New York (NYY)) hit 8 RBI (on 9/20/2020 against Boston)
Kyle Lewis (Seattle) struck out 4 times (on 9/20/2020 against San Diego

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