Newsletter for games through 7-10-2022

KARMA

The summer schedule is such that Greg Achten and I go one Angels game a year in July every season, and we almost always make a trade. The players involved in that trade almost always immediately get injured, demoted, deported, detained, or dismissed. I give you last year’s DeGrom-for-Trout trade, which basically put DeGrom on the DL and insured Trout would never return from the injury. You could basically fund your retirement by taking out insurance policies on the guys we trade. But this year that got amped up with a different owner — Jim Casey and I only talked about trading Pena and Alvarez, and both players ran face-first into each other within 24 hours…on the other end of the specturm, three weeks ago Josh Clark and I swapped Dominic Smith for Albert Pujols when both guys were hitting below .200…since then Pujols has hit .286 with 2 homers and Smith has an OPS of .710 for the month of July with 5 doubles…change of fantasy scenery really helped the actual performance of both players…

TRADE TALLIES

Last week I wondered aloud whether this season was our most active trading one of all time…and Leo, naturally, produced a set of records that spoke to the question. I’ll repost his thoughts here: “We’ve tied last year’s total trades this week! Last year’s total WAS the second most total trades in recent history (2015-2021), but it’ll be eclipsed this year next week. Will the 2022 season rival the record 166 total trades of 2015? Will the individual record of 35 total trades be eclipsed as well? Stay tuned”

2021 – Gordon Leckie 34 trades, 129 total trades

2020 – Adam Symonds 5 trades, 23 total trades

2019 – Leo Leckie 28 trades, 124 total trades

2018 – Leo Leckie 29 trades, 115 total trades

2017 – Leo Leckie 35 trades, 110 total trades

2016 – Gordon Leckie / Leo Leckie 22 trades, 80 total trades

2015 – Leo Leckie 35 trades, 166 total trades

COMMENTARY

Remember the trade deadlines is AUGUST 2...big individual performance of the week was Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia) who hit for the cycle on 7/10/2022 against St. Louis…the Braves ran a 6-1 week into a dead tie for first in the NL East…ASFBL Diamondback Jose Altuve had 7 RBI against the Giants on the 5th, but only hit one homer…Pirates had the best week in the AL Central and gained ground on everyone at 5-1…Padres went 5-1 but nobody could keep up with the Dodgers and their 7-0 week…they’ll face a better Angels team this week than the actual club…the consensus seems to be that the AL East is the best division in MLB and in the ASFBL four of five teams have winning records, and the Orioles went 5-2 this week…Jays gained ground on Boston…Rays had the best week in the division at 5-1…top of the AL central remains strong with the Chisox moving the most this week…Twins and Indians are both in positive-WOR territory…Astros matched the Dodger perfect week this cycle, and even at +10 WOR the Angels are 10 games back…Texas is +7 WOR and tied for second…Vogelbach of Pittsburgh hit .500 last week…Jose Ruiz of the Chisox gave 8 shutout relief innings and stranded all 3 runners he inherited…enjoy the All-Star break!

FEATS AND FAILURES

Max Scherzer (New York (NYM)) struck out 12 batters (on 7/4/2022 against Cincinnati) 
Ali Sanchez (St. Louis) struck out 4 times (on 7/4/2022 against Atlanta) 
David Peralta (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 7/4/2022 against Colorado) 
Randy Arozarena (Tampa Bay) struck out 4 times (on 7/5/2022 against Boston) 
Jose Altuve (Arizona) hit 7 RBI (on 7/5/2022 against San Francisco) 
George Springer (Toronto) struck out 4 times (on 7/5/2022 against Oakland) 
Jeimer Candelario (Detroit) struck out 5 times (on 7/7/2022 against Chicago (CWS)) 
Eric Haase (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 7/7/2022 against Chicago (CWS)) 
Ian Happ (Chicago (CC)) struck out 4 times (on 7/7/2022 against Los Angeles) 
Luke Voit (San Diego) struck out 4 times (on 7/8/2022 against San Francisco) 
Raimel Tapia (Toronto)  had 5 hits (on 7/8/2022 against Seattle) 
Spencer Strider (Atlanta) struck out 11 batters (on 7/9/2022 against Washington) 
Max Scherzer (New York (NYM)) struck out 13 batters (on 7/9/2022 against Miami) 
Shohei Ohtani (Anaheim) stole 3 bases (on 7/10/2022 against Baltimore) 
Shane McClanahan (Tampa Bay) struck out 12 batters (on 7/10/2022 against Cincinnati) 

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