Newsletter for games through 7-17-22

RULES CHANGES

Well, tweaks really. The penalty for a shortstop playing second base will be be dropped from 10 points to 5. When a player is promoted to MLB and has a ton of AAA stats but very very MLB appearances the averaging will happen as it always has but the real AB/IP totals will be set to the MLB actuals, not the average of their MLB and AAA appearances. That’s more a bug fix than a rules change, but I thought I’d point it out. Other changes will happen in the off-season.

COMMENTARY

Atlanta vaulted into first place in the NL East with a 5-2 record on the last week before the All-Star break…the Mets pine hopefully for the return of Alvarez and deGrom, making the digital team doctor the MVP…Philles — many of whom needed to go, but not all of them, nor was Adam’s email missive a mafia-style threat — responded to the shake-up with a 5-1 record…Cardinals did the same trick in the NL central, displacing the Brewers on the last day before the break…Cubs sit at +10.5 WOR…3-2 is a slow week for the Dodgers, but a winning record is a winning record, and the Rockies held to second with a best-in-division 5-2 mark…Mark Druyos is gutting out his inaugural campaign with a mediocre Arizona club he inherited from the actual ownership, but he’s +1 WOR and was 4-2 this week…Mark Yee’s facebook feed is filled up with sports memorabilia acqusitions, and he’s bought himself some karma: The Yankees were 5-1 this week, and he’s got the best divisional record over the last 10 and 20 games….Mark Chen has the fantasy Orioles doing what the actual club is, and they are 18-12 over the last 30 games, 1 game behind Texas for best in the AL…Minnesota finished strong and surged with a 6-0 record to take frontrunner status in the AL central…Chisox lurk in second at +1.5 WOR and Steve Skrovan had a tough week but stays active in the league and has a way of getting the Clevelanders to improve down the stretch…the AL West has some darned impressive WOR figures, and that’s good news for Houston who is coasting with the second-largest divisional lead, but Anaheim, Texas, and Oakland are all in strong WOR territory and could pounce if the Astros stumble…Did you all see All-Star, HR derby first round winner, and ASFBL Met Albert Pujols during the break? I’m as surprised as anyone, and he had a real shot to win the second round two…old guys rule…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Jack Suwinski (Pittsburgh) struck out 4 times (on 7/11/2022 against Miami) 
José Abreu (Chicago (CWS))  had 5 hits (on 7/11/2022 against Cleveland) 
Tim Anderson (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 4 times (on 7/11/2022 against Cleveland) 
Corey Seager (Texas) hit 3 homers (on 7/11/2022 against Oakland) 
Eric Haase (Detroit)  had 6 hits (on 7/11/2022 against Kansas City) 
Jordan Luplow (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 7/11/2022 against San Francisco) 
Paul Goldschmidt (New York (NYY)) struck out 4 times (on 7/12/2022 against Cincinnati) 
Julio Rodriguez (Seattle) hit 6 RBI (on 7/12/2022 against Washington) 
Yadiel Hernández (Washington) struck out 4 times (on 7/12/2022 against Seattle) 
Gerrit Cole (New York (NYM)) struck out 14 batters (on 7/12/2022 against Atlanta) 
Tim Beckham (Minnesota) hit 6 RBI (on 7/12/2022 against Milwaukee) 
Jon Gray (Texas) struck out 11 batters (on 7/13/2022 against Oakland) 
Taylor Ward (Anaheim) struck out 4 times (on 7/13/2022 against Houston) 
Jonathan India (Cincinnati)  had 5 hits (on 7/14/2022 against New York (NYY)) 
Dansby Swanson (Atlanta) struck out 4 times (on 7/14/2022 against Washington) 
Aaron Judge (St. Louis) struck out 4 times (on 7/14/2022 against Los Angeles) 
David Bote (Chicago (CC)) struck out 4 times (on 7/15/2022 against New York (NYM)) 
Brian Keller (Boston) struck out 11 batters (on 7/15/2022 against New York (NYY)) 
Oneil Cruz (Pittsburgh) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2022 against Colorado) 
Sergio Alcantara (Atlanta) hit 7 RBI (on 7/16/2022 against Washington) 
Nolan Jones (Cleveland)  had 5 hits (on 7/16/2022 against Detroit) 
Jesus Sanchez (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2022 against Philadelphia) 
Bryan De La Cruz (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2022 against Philadelphia) 
Jason Vosler (San Francisco) struck out 4 times (on 7/16/2022 against Milwaukee) 

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