Newsletter for games through 5-8-22

ROSTER UPDATE

The league has moved from rosters of 28 to rosters of 26…and we’ll do that next week. If you don’t want to waive anyone, you might consider trading some of your mutual problems or burning the free waivers.

NEWSLETTER UPDATE

As I briefly announced on email, I posted the fantasy baseball newsletter of last week on the CSU Fullerton Academic Senate website. Five of our 30 players noticed that and let me know…not one member of the 80-person Senate body seemed to notice…or they just kept quiet to so they could get more posts like that one…in my heart I want to believe that they read the thing and were impressed with Josh Mitchell and Josh Clark

COMMENTARY

Shout out to the Diamondbacks and Reds, two teams struggling with real teams that are on the rough side this year…they both went 5-1 (best in the NL) and postured to make WOR moves….you know the NL west is a bloodbath when Rick Wynne is in 4th place…and has a .653 winning percentage…here’s betting he doesn’t finish the year 2 games under the actual club…and kudos to the Giants and Rockies who are first and second in the division and both in plus-WOR territory…Padres round out that division with a quality team…Braves are in second and Nationals are at the bottom of the NL east, but they’re the only teams in the division that aren’t tugging around negative-WOR marks…Cardinals lead the central and are +1.5 WOR, but the Cubs are dangerous in 3rd place with the best WOR in the NL (5.5)….Brewers lurk at second place with a stacked club…A 6-1 week vaulted the Rays into first place in the AL East…Boston is +4 WOR…the Yankees are the most fun ASFBL team to watch…they are competing against a really good actual club in the WOR race and have almost complete roster turnover…this was a tough week but don’t count them out…the Twins are the class of the actual AL central and lead the ASFBL, but the Guardians are +1.5 WOR and are only 2 games back…saving the best for last, the Angels went a perfect 7-0, have the best overall ASFBL record, and are 2 games up on a red-hot actual Anaheim club…and that division is nuts, as the only ASFBL division where every team is even-or-positive in the wins over reality, and hot as the Angels are they have lost ground to the Mariners who are +3 WOR to improve on the Angels +2….Houston lurks at second…Texas had winning week, is in plus WOR territory, and only 2 games out of a wildcard spot…just to gush a bit, the league has stabilized so that we only have 2 or so new owners a year, just about everyone submits a lineup every week, and trade activity stays constant…8 more trades this week…Cubs moving Suzuki was a big move (his OPS is +143 and there’s a ton of buzz around him) and that was the second trade of the week…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Zac Gallen (Arizona) struck out 14 batters (on 5/2/2022 against Miami) 
Jeimer Candelario (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 5/3/2022 against Pittsburgh) 
Derek Hill (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 5/3/2022 against Pittsburgh) 
Zach Logue (Oakland) struck out 11 batters (on 5/3/2022 against Tampa Bay) 
Corey Kluber (Tampa Bay) struck out 11 batters (on 5/4/2022 against Oakland) 
Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) struck out 11 batters (on 5/4/2022 against Cincinnati) 
Teoscar Hernandez (Toronto) struck out 4 times (on 5/5/2022 against Cleveland) 
Kyle Schwarber (Philadelphia) hit 3 homers (on 5/5/2022 against New York (NYM)) 
Ha-Seong Kim (San Diego) struck out 4 times (on 5/5/2022 against Miami) 
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles) struck out 11 batters (on 5/6/2022 against Chicago (CC)) 
Sean Murphy (Oakland) struck out 4 times (on 5/7/2022 against Minnesota) 
Omar Narvaez (Milwaukee) struck out 4 times (on 5/7/2022 against Atlanta) 
Kyle Wright (Atlanta) struck out 11 batters (on 5/7/2022 against Milwaukee) 
Eric Lauer (Milwaukee) struck out 14 batters (on 5/7/2022 against Atlanta) 
Taylor Ward (Anaheim) struck out 4 times (on 5/8/2022 against Washington)

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