APOCRYPHAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: In addition to this missive I also edit the Senate Forum at Cal. State Fullerton, a turgid yet rabid publication dedicated to topics like state budgeting, general education requirement changes, and any other matter of academic trivium….it’s also where, for the first 3 hours of its existence, I had posted last week’s ASFBL newsletter…The Mets activated Stephen Tarpley last week who made his first MLB appearance and faced the required 3 batters…and thanks to Rick Wynne’s dog Fenway, who has recorded the same number of MLB innings/outs as Mr. Tarpley…seriously, best wishes to Fenway…I just love any infinity sign in the record books…shout out to ASFBL newcomer Josh Mitchell, who this week will be presenting his honor’s thesis at CSUF…the topic is “modern-day moneyball” and he ran 400 simulations using 4 different management strategies…that’s doing college right…the main conclusion was that home-grown approaches seem to do the best…develop those minor leagues…
RARITIES: Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) threw a no-hitter! against Pittsburgh on the 18th, striking out 17 batters along the way. Of course, Madison Bumgarner might have done that if they’d have let him go all 9….as an even more rare feats David Peralta (Arizona) hit for the cycle on April 22….
COMMENTS: The weekly records are off a tick because they are designed for a 7-day week, but Steve Clemmons’ Marlins are killing it…tied with the Dodgers for the best NL record…Chris Zewiske’s Brewers are also on fire…8-2 over the last 10…and dead even with the actual club…I don’t even know what to say to John Weerts because I have no idea how the actual Oakland club has won 13 of 14…when I last checked the box score 7 of the hitters had batting averages below .250…3 were under .200…how do those stats add up to a win streak?….filing this under the “it’s a long season” category…the SD/LA rivalry is causing a bit of stir out here in LA…and both Rick Wynne’s Dodgers and Al Benedek’s Padres are ahead of the actual club…it’s a race to watch…top 2 WOR spots in the NL go to the aforementioned Marlins and Danny Wildes’ Braves…and I know in my heart Andy Somers is going to have the Nationals firing on all cylinders before this is over…Steve Leslie’s Bosox lead the AL East, but the Jays, Yankees, and Orioles all have plus-WOR records…keeping the pressure up…4 of 5 teams in the AL central are plus-WOR…Mike Mendoza’s Royals and Leo’s Chisox set the pace with 5 wins each…hats off to Greg Achten who has the Angels on top the the AL west and a game and a half ahead of the actual Angels…and from his in-game text messages you’d think the Angels were in last place…teams named after sock colors are first (Boston, .276) and second (Chicago, .269) in real batting average…best actual HR percentages go to the Yankees and Tigers….best control as measured by lowest walk percentages are the Twins and Rays…one more tip of the cap to Greg Acthen…the Angels have the lowest actual ERA of any ASFBL team…pretty impressive to be in first place while sitting on that stat….
FEATS AND FAILURES:
Gerrit Cole (New York (NYY)) struck out 11 batters (on 4/16/2021 against Tampa Bay) Tyler Naquin (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 4/16/2021 against Cleveland) Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 4/16/2021 against Cleveland) Sandy Alcantara (Miami) struck out 11 batters (on 4/16/2021 against San Francisco) Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee) struck out 14 batters (on 4/16/2021 against Pittsburgh) Gary Sanchez (New York (NYY)) struck out 4 times (on 4/17/2021 against Tampa Bay) Shane Bieber (Cleveland) struck out 13 batters (on 4/17/2021 against Cincinnati) Freddy Peralta (Milwaukee) struck out 11 batters (on 4/17/2021 against Pittsburgh) Andrew Heaney (Anaheim) struck out 12 batters (on 4/17/2021 against Minnesota) Yonathan Daza (Colorado) had 5 hits (on 4/18/2021 against New York (NYM)) Niko Goodrum (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 4/18/2021 against Oakland) Ian Kennedy (Texas) struck out 13 batters (on 4/19/2021 against Anaheim) Luke Raley (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 4/20/2021 against Seattle) Luis Robert (Chicago (CWS)) hit for the cycle! (on 4/20/2021 against Cleveland) Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 4/20/2021 against San Francisco) Alex Dickerson (San Francisco) struck out 4 times (on 4/21/2021 against Philadelphia) Trevor Story (Houston) had 5 hits (on 4/21/2021 against Colorado) Max Scherzer (Washington) struck out 12 batters (on 4/21/2021 against St. Louis) JosÃ© Iglesias (Anaheim) struck out 4 times (on 4/21/2021 against Texas) Carlos Rodon (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 12 batters (on 4/21/2021 against Cleveland) Gerrit Cole (New York (NYY)) struck out 13 batters (on 4/21/2021 against Atlanta) Jacob deGrom (New York (NYM)) struck out 11 batters (on 4/21/2021 against Chicago (CC)) Josh Rojas (Arizona) hit 7 RBI (on 4/22/2021 against Cincinnati) Shohei Ohtani (Anaheim) hit 6 RBI (on 4/22/2021 against Houston) Dustin May (Los Angeles) struck out 11 batters (on 4/22/2021 against San Diego) Javier Baez (Chicago (CC)) struck out 4 times (on 4/23/2021 against Milwaukee) Wyatt Mathisen (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 4/23/2021 against Atlanta) Kyle Tucker (Houston) hit 7 RBI (on 4/23/2021 against Anaheim) Willie Calhoun (Texas) had 5 hits (on 4/23/2021 against Chicago (CWS)) Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 4/23/2021 against Colorado) Trevor Rogers (Miami) struck out 11 batters (on 4/23/2021 against San Francisco) Sheldon Neuse (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 4/23/2021 against San Diego) Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) struck out 13 batters (on 4/24/2021 against Chicago (CC)) Gary Sanchez (New York (NYY)) struck out 4 times (on 4/24/2021 against Cleveland) Nick Maton (Philadelphia) had 5 hits (on 4/24/2021 against Colorado) Niko Goodrum (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 4/25/2021 against Kansas City) Danny Duffy (Kansas City) struck out 12 batters (on 4/25/2021 against Detroit) Xander Bogaerts (Boston) had 6 hits (on 4/25/2021 against Seattle) Rafael Devers (Boston) hit 6 RBI (on 4/25/2021 against Seattle) Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia) hit 6 RBI (on 4/25/2021 against Colorado) Chad Wallach (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 4/25/2021 against San Francisco)