Newsletter for games through 9-4-22

COMMENTARY

So the actual Mets took 2 of 3 from a really good Dodger team and then proceeded to bonk against a scuffling group of Nationals…my ASFBL Mets took 2 of 3 from a better-than-really-good Dodgers team and then proceeded to have Andy Somers’ Nationals make it clear that they were not going to roll over and took 2 of 3 from the Mets…I’ve gotta write a less realistic simulation…reality, meanwhile, was having no bearing on Danny Wildes’ Braves who ran the table and have had about a 10-game turnaround in under a month…the Mets have a winning record over the last 30 games but the Braves are 23-7….meanwhile, the Cardinals and Brewers went a combined 11-2 and are now locked in a dead tie in the NL Central…Toronto and the Yankees had matching 6-1 records allowing the Jays to hold a 2.5 game lead…Minnesota went 3-3 while the Guardians slid at 1-5 to drop 1.5 back…that’s 3 divisions where first and second are separated by a total of 4 games…Seattle and Texas were each 5-1…the Mariners got some long-languishing pitchers back in the action…man, just don’t sleep on Baltimore, who went 4-2 and are 20-10 over the last 30…and kudos to the Phillies who were also 5-1 and 19-11 over the last 30…Anaheim took 2 of 3 from Astros, which isn’t exactly being a spoiler for a team with a 10.5 game lead in September, but is definitely a point-of-pride series that Arte Moreno would envy…Texas finished the week 20 games over the actual club, and is becoming a clear frontrunner in the WOR standings…TWO NO-HITTERS ON THE SAME DAY…Zac Gallen of the Rockies did it against Cincinnati, and Adam Wainwright Yankees did it against Tampa Bay, and both on September 4…and while two no-hitters on one day is amazing, there were actually 3 on the week…Sonny Gray (San Diego) no-hit the Giants on August 31…in none of those 3 games did the winning team score more than 4 runs…Gallen’s gem was a perfect game…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Parker Bugg (Miami) struck out 11 batters (on 8/30/2022 against Tampa Bay) 
Randal Grichuk (Oakland) struck out 5 times (on 8/30/2022 against Washington) 
J.T. Realmuto (Toronto) struck out 4 times (on 8/30/2022 against Chicago (CC)) 
Jacob deGrom (New York (NYM)) struck out 13 batters (on 8/30/2022 against Los Angeles) 
C.J. Cron (Colorado) struck out 4 times (on 8/30/2022 against Atlanta) 
Edmundo Sosa (St. Louis) struck out 4 times (on 8/31/2022 against Cincinnati) 
Jonathan Aranda (Tampa Bay)  had 5 hits (on 8/31/2022 against Miami) 
Dylan Cease (Colorado) struck out 17 batters (on 8/31/2022 against Atlanta) 
Salvador Perez (Kansas City)  had 5 hits (on 9/1/2022 against Chicago (CWS)) 
Salvador Perez (Kansas City)  hit for the cycle! (on 9/1/2022 against Chicago (CWS)) 
Shohei Ohtani (New York (NYM)) struck out 11 batters (on 9/1/2022 against Los Angeles) 
James Outman (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 9/1/2022 against New York (NYM)) 
Seiya Suzuki (Baltimore)  had 5 hits (on 9/1/2022 against Cleveland) 
Daulton Varsho (Baltimore) hit 6 RBI (on 9/1/2022 against Cleveland) 
Luis Garcia (Detroit) struck out 11 batters (on 9/2/2022 against Kansas City) 
Kyle Schwarber (Washington) struck out 4 times (on 9/2/2022 against New York (NYM)) 
TJ Friedl (Cincinnati)  had 5 hits (on 9/3/2022 against Colorado) 
TJ Friedl (Cincinnati)  hit for the cycle! (on 9/3/2022 against Colorado) 
Chris Okey (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 9/3/2022 against Colorado) 
Aaron Judge (St. Louis) hit 3 homers (on 9/3/2022 against Chicago (CC)) 
Yu Chang (Cleveland) struck out 4 times (on 9/4/2022 against Seattle) 
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