Two more weeks to make trades…from the email chatter it sounds like there’s plenty of interest….five more trades last week, including fashion icon Joe Kelly, slugger (and presumably descendant of winemakers) Joey Gallo, and closer (and probable descendant of an undertaker) Kendall Graveman….deadline is August 3.
Shoulda kept me
Elvis Andrus (Oakland) hit for the cycle on 7/9/2021 against Texas…don’t pin this on Ben Brockreide, but I’m sure the fantasy karma was building up in Elvis’ favor…his D&D “revenge” setting was at 20…and now that I’ve got a script that will check no-hitters for me, I’m going to have to write one to track cycles…
I try to contain myself from commenting on actual games, but if you’ll indulge me this observation about the Nationals: They allowed 47 runs in the 4 games around the all-star break, and then scored 26 runs in the next 2 games including an 18-run outburst…right in the middle they lost 3-1 to the Giants, and every other game had 10 runs or more by at least one team…ASFBL Nats went 3-0…so did both the Dodgers and Giants...those teams square off head to head to start next week…Jays and Rays both went 3-0, and were the only AL teams to do it…they also rank 1 and 2 in the AL East…Angels nudged a game up on the Astros in the airtight AL West…Miami gained a game on the Atlanta team and is now within a half game of first…five AL teams are within 2.5 games of a wildcard spot…best ASFBL offense this year so far is the Dodgers, at 484 runs, with the Astros right behind at 480…Oakland is 7th, which is a little encouraging since the actual team is 13th…don’t know if this is boring or a victory for simulation accuracy, but the top 3 scoring teams in MLB and the Dodgers, Astros, and Chisox, and the top 3 scoring teams in ASFBL are exactly the same…Jays lead the ASFBL with 146 homers…Texas is 3rd with 134….Indians have the best team defense, and have robbed 32 hits over the first half…Reds are second…the big statistical issue in MLB is that strikeouts are way up, and the Brewers and Chisox lead the ASFBL, with an identical 993 Ks so far…Dodgers have the best team WHIP (1.06) and the bullpen has allowed a measly 6 of 94 inherited runners to score…but the Cubs have the best bullpen ERA at 2.61…the Brewers have the most shutouts in the league with 10….although Shohei Ohtani leads the MLB in homers, Tatis Jr. has him in the ASFBL…but if you count the homers Ohtani has allowed as a pitcher they’re tied…
Big things in short weeks
Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 7/5/2021 against Kansas City) Adam Engel (Chicago (CWS)) hit 6 RBI (on 7/7/2021 against Minnesota) Elias Diaz (Colorado) hit 6 RBI (on 7/7/2021 against Arizona) Taylor Trammell (Seattle) struck out 4 times (on 7/8/2021 against New York (NYY)) Hunter Dozier (Kansas City) struck out 4 times (on 7/8/2021 against Cleveland) Zack Short (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 7/8/2021 against Minnesota) Austin Meadows (Tampa Bay) hit 3 homers (on 7/9/2021 against Toronto) Elvis Andrus (Oakland) hit for the cycle! (on 7/9/2021 against Texas) Carlos Rodon (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 16 batters (on 7/10/2021 against Baltimore) Jazz Chisholm (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 7/10/2021 against Atlanta) Lance Lynn (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 11 batters (on 7/16/2021 against Houston) Joey Gallo (St. Louis) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2021 against San Francisco) Patrick Wisdom (Chicago (CC)) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2021 against Arizona) Cody Bohanek (New York (NYM)) struck out 4 times (on 7/17/2021 against Pittsburgh) Ryan McMahon (Colorado) struck out 4 times (on 7/17/2021 against Los Angeles) Patrick Sandoval (Anaheim) struck out 11 batters (on 7/17/2021 against Seattle) Jordan Montgomery (New York (NYY)) struck out 11 batters (on 7/18/2021 against Boston)