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Newsletter for games through 6-16-2019

COMMENTARY

Greetings from Dallas, a 4-day roadstand for the ASFBL this week…I have developed a new appreciation for the hardships encountered by those who must wait until 6pm to see the start of baseball when it is clearly meant to come on at 4pm…big news this week was the no-hitter from Mike Shawaryn of Boston against the Orioles on 6/14/2019, striking out 17 along the way…you’d be likely to think “well, that’s just the Orioles” but Mark Chen has them +6 WOR…no thanks to the Bosox, who swept the series in Baltimore…Shawaryn has had a pretty solid 3.72 ERA in AAA this year, but is .90 in his 10 innings in Boston to far…the Nats, Mets, and Marlins were all 4-2 this week, which would suggest that they were making gains on the Braves…an errant suggestion, since the Braves went 6-1…Oakland, Houston and Texas are all now separated by a single game…Houston gained a half game this week and Texas lost one, which is a lot of movement in a division that tight….The Indians had their second straight winning week but Minnesota finally caught it’s stride at 5-1…the Brewers picked up a little ground on a very strong Cub team…Miami and the Angels are scrapping, but each is at-or-over .500 over the last 20 games…Bellinger and Sanchez are tied with 28 ASFBL HR…Cesar Puello is hitting .484 in 64 AB…Top 3 BB guys are Harper, Trout, and Yelich…Indians won the Battle of Ohio, sweeping the Reds this week…my time here in Texas is supposed to be spent on the high school national speech and debate championship, which bills itself as the largest academic competition of any sort in North America…I think of it as the Nuke LaLouche of computer programming tasks; there will be some spectacular moments but the only sure thing is regular meltdowns and crises…so far, I’ve stranded all the inherited runners…I now beg everyone reading this to find some wood and knock on it for me…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Willson Contreras of CHC struck out 4 times against COL on 6/10/2019
Jason Heyward of CHC struck out 4 times against COL on 6/10/2019
Pete Alonso of NYM had 5 hits against NYY on 6/10/2019
Nick Ahmed of ARI had 5 hits against PHI on 6/11/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 6/11/2019
Yasiel Puig of CIN struck out 4 times against CLE on 6/11/2019
Mallex Smith of SEA struck out 4 times against MIN on 6/11/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 14 strikeouts against CWS on 6/11/2019
Aaron Nola of PHI had 10 strikeouts against ARI on 6/12/2019
CHC and COL played 14.5 innings on 6/12/2019
Brandon Belt of SFG hit 3 home runs against SDP on 6/12/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 12 strikeouts against SEA on 6/12/2019
STL and MIA played 13.5 innings on 6/12/2019
Justin Verlander of BOS had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 6/12/2019
Rich Hill of LAD had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 6/13/2019
Kyle Gibson of MIN had 14 strikeouts against SEA on 6/13/2019
Lucas Giolito of BOS had 12 strikeouts against TEX on 6/13/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 16 strikeouts against CHC on 6/14/2019
David Bote of CHC struck out 4 times against LAD on 6/14/2019
Ildemaro Vargas of KCR struck out 4 times against MIN on 6/14/2019
Brett Gardner of NYY had 6 RBI against CWS on 6/15/2019
Didi Gregorius of NYY struck out 4 times against CWS on 6/15/2019
Mike Fiers of OAK had 10 strikeouts against SEA on 6/15/2019
Dylan Bundy of SEA had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 6/15/2019
Jose Berrios of MIN had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 6/16/2019
Eric Thames of OAK struck out 4 times against SEA on 6/16/2019
Chris Sale of HOU had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 6/16/2019
Freddy Galvis of TOR struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/16/2019

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Newsletter for games through 6-9-19

RANDOM REFLECTIONS

Thanks for the many and unexpected birthday wishes…I don’t know how so many of the ASFBLers figured out the anniversary of my trip around the sun, but it was a really nice surprise and much appreciated…with the signings of Kimbrel and Keuchel, the winter free agent season has finally ended…in June…clear sign of climate change, in my opinion…the second-place Brewers would really have put some heat on the first-place Cubs with their 6-0 record…had the Cubs not also gone 6–0….only one team in the NL East had a winning record…that would be the Phillies, picking up a little ground on Atlanta…they hold the top wild card spot in the NL right now…and Andy is hanging tough keeping the Nats +3 WOR, but Danny has really got the Braves firing on all cylinders…their +8.5 WOR is best in the NL…best WOR in the AL is Boston at +9.5, which almost isn’t fair since the actual club is pretty good…Leo has the Royals +9 and they are still in 4th place in the AL central…which is the division where the Indians had the best week at 5-1…Steve Horak’s Chisox are +1 WOR and in striking distance of the Twins…Alan’s DRays had the best record in the division, are +1 WOR over a really good actual club, and are only a game back of the white hot Bosox…I haven’t even been paying attention to how he’s setting his rotation, but it’s gotta be a challenge with all those openers being used…the AL west is totally nuts; Houston is below the actual club but had the best week in the division at 6-1 but is still in 3rd place….all of 1 game back…Oakland holds the division lead on the strength of 37 wins but is .03 percentage-points behind Texas who is negative half a game behind them…math I would worry about except that it will all resolve when all 162 games are played…the Dodgers look like the class of the NL West, although Rick’s team finally looked human and the Padres and Giants had the best weeks in the division…the actual WHIP of the current Bosox ASFBL pitchers is .99, best in the league as one might expect, and something any actual GM would kill for…KC has 52 actual stolen bases, also tops in the league…and finally, although Steve Skrovan didn’t know last Monday was my birthday, he gifted Leo and I field-level seats for Thursday’s Dodger game against the Cubs…I think we can all agree that it’s fair and reasonable that he get 43 free waivers, first priority for all waiver claims this week, and his pick of any two players from the Bosox or Dodgers…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Wade Miley of HOU had 10 strikeouts against SEA on 6/3/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 10 strikeouts against ARI on 6/4/2019
Tom Murphy of SEA struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/5/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 6/5/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 6/5/2019
Socrates Brito of TOR struck out 4 times against NYY on 6/5/2019
Julio Teheran of ATL had 13 strikeouts against PIT on 6/6/2019
Lucas Sims of CIN had 12 strikeouts against STL on 6/6/2019
Matthew Boyd of DET had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 6/6/2019
Rougned Odor of HOU struck out 4 times against BAL on 6/7/2019
Joey Votto of CIN had 5 hits against PHI on 6/7/2019
Kyle Gibson of MIN had 11 strikeouts against DET on 6/7/2019
Jesse Chavez of TEX had 16 strikeouts against OAK on 6/7/2019
Justin Verlander of BOS had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 6/7/2019
Charlie Morton of TBR had 13 strikeouts against BOS on 6/7/2019
Hunter Renfroe of SDP struck out 4 times against WAS on 6/7/2019
Austin Riley of ATL struck out 4 times against MIA on 6/8/2019
Curt Casali of CIN struck out 4 times against PHI on 6/8/2019
Nick Ramirez of DET had 11 strikeouts against MIN on 6/8/2019
Adbert Alzolay of CHC had 10 strikeouts against STL on 6/8/2019
Lucas Giolito of BOS had 14 strikeouts against TBR on 6/8/2019
Ji-Man Choi of TBR struck out 4 times against BOS on 6/8/2019
Robbie Ray of ARI had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 6/9/2019
Peter Lambert of COL had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 6/9/2019
Nolan Arenado of COL had 7 RBI against NYM on 6/9/2019
Nolan Arenado of COL had 5 hits against NYM on 6/9/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 6/9/2019
Stephen Vogt of SFG struck out 4 times against LAD on 6/9/2019
Orlando Arcia of MIL robbed 3 hits against PIT on 6/9/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 6/9/2019

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Newsletter for games through 6-2-2019

COMMENTS

Ben Brockreide leads the league in trades, which by itself signals a highly involved owners, but he’s also +1.5 WOR, which means that he’s been making good trades…Greg Achten’s Anaheim team got hot was the real team got hot and he went 6-1 this week…the Yankees went 6-1 and made up ground in the AL East…and Hugh Brown’s Colorado team went 6-1…only to lose ground to the Dodgers, who went 7-0…Steve Horak’s Chisox turned in the only winning week in the AL central at 5-2, picking up 2.5 games on Minnesota in the process…Danny Wildes’ Braves had the only winning week in the Al East, and extended their division lead to double-digits…no second-place team in any NL division is closer than 7.5, but there are 7 teams within 2.5 games of the last wildcard spot…the top two home-running hitters in the NL both have 25 homers each…and both are Dodgers…Jay Bruce has 23, and has done much to account for the Oriole +6 WOR figure…of the top 8 walk leaders, Bryce Harper is the only one with under 200 AB…he also has the most walks…Will Harris of the Padres has stranded all 14 inherited runners…Brian Shaw of the Rockies leads all ASFBL pitchers in appearances, with 30…Max Scherzer struck out 25 guys in only 16 innings last week…Curt Casali of the Reds hit .591 in 22 AB last week…the Reds went 5-1…the Braves beat the Tigers 15-4 on 6/2, which is a pretty wide margin, but the most amazing thing was that Austin Riley had 8 RBI…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Jared Walsh of LAA struck out 4 times against OAK on 5/27/2019
David Bote of CHC struck out 4 times against HOU on 5/27/2019
Xander Bogaerts of CLE had 5 hits against BOS on 5/27/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 13 strikeouts against MIA on 5/27/2019
Blake Snell of TBR had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 5/27/2019
Andrew Heaney of LAA had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 5/28/2019
Eric Thames of OAK struck out 4 times against LAA on 5/28/2019
Justin Verlander of BOS had 13 strikeouts against CLE on 5/28/2019
Rich Hill of LAD had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 5/28/2019
James Paxton of NYY had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 5/28/2019
Gary Sanchez of NYY hit 3 home runs against SDP on 5/28/2019
Josh Donaldson of ATL struck out 4 times against WAS on 5/28/2019
Jack Flaherty of STL had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 5/29/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL had 6 RBI against PHI on 5/29/2019
Robbie Ray of ARI had 11 strikeouts against COL on 5/30/2019
Aaron Nola of PHI had 10 strikeouts against STL on 5/30/2019
Griffin Canning of LAA had 12 strikeouts against SEA on 5/31/2019
Albert Almora of CHC hit 3 home runs against STL on 5/31/2019
Albert Almora of CHC had 7 RBI against STL on 5/31/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 12 strikeouts against CWS on 5/31/2019
Tim Anderson of CWS hit 3 home runs against CLE on 5/31/2019
Eric Thames of OAK struck out 5 times against HOU on 5/31/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 5/31/2019
Ehire Adrianza of MIN had 5 hits against TBR on 5/31/2019
Walker Buehler of LAD had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 5/31/2019
Russell Martin of LAD struck out 4 times against PHI on 5/31/2019
Tanner Roark of CIN had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/31/2019
Josh Bell of BOS had 5 hits against NYY on 6/1/2019
Daniel PonceDeLeon of STL had 11 strikeouts against CHC on 6/1/2019
Paul DeJong of STL had 6 RBI against CHC on 6/1/2019
David Price of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 6/1/2019
Matthew Boyd of DET had 13 strikeouts against ATL on 6/1/2019
Trevor Richards of MIA had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 6/1/2019
Merrill Kelly of ARI had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 6/1/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 6/1/2019
Ronald Guzman of BOS struck out 4 times against NYY on 6/2/2019
Lucas Giolito of CWS had 16 strikeouts against CLE on 6/2/2019
Alex Bregman of CLE struck out 4 times against CWS on 6/2/2019
CLE and CWS played 13.5 innings on 6/2/2019
Jesse Chavez of TEX had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 6/2/2019
Miguel Sano of MIN had 6 RBI against TBR on 6/2/2019
Rich Hill of LAD had 12 strikeouts against PHI on 6/2/2019

 

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Newsletter for games through 5-26-2019

COMMENTS

You know that inspirational thing that happened to the actual Mets where they got swept by the Marlins but then the team stood behind their manager and they swept the Nationals in 4 straight games?  That didn’t happen in the ASFBL…Andy took 3 of 4 in the series…and then newcomer Sara Sanchez won 2 of 3 with her Detroit team…Miami, meanwhile, swept Detroit…the actual A’s are on a torrid streak, and John Weerts’ has his team 2 games better than them…and in first place…Baltimore is obvious scuffling through the season, but the ASFBL Orioles split their series with the Yankees…only two Yankees losses of the week…the actual Twins are in first and so is Tim Walsh…the real team is really playing well, and Tim turned in a 5-1 week…his three trades haven’t exactly been blockbusters, but he’s been steadily involved and apparently pushing the right buttons…Yanks, Rays, and Bosox combined to go 17-3 last week… the top of that division is brutal…Tampa Bay ran the table…the red footwear moved into first place in the WOR standings…Houston had a rough week and is now 2.5 games out of first…and in fourth place…anyone could win that division….Danny Wildes is crushing it with Atlanta…he’s made the playoffs with them 3 of the past 4 years and is +7.5 WOR right now, and solidly in first place…he also had two AL East titles in 2009 and 2011….with the Phillies….Dodgers have the best ASFBL record….KC has the best WOR record for a team without a real winning record…that does reduce the number of trade pieces you’ve got to maneuver with…got to see the Mets/Ddogers game with Leo last night, first time we’ve seen each other face-to-face in at least 5 years…he’s a great guy and we had a blast…even if we ended up spending the first inning in the upper deck by accident when our tickets were in the lower reserved….were also there with a guy named Chuck, who introduced me to Alan Minsky…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Andrew Heaney of LAA had 13 strikeouts against MIN on 5/20/2019
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 15 strikeouts against BAL on 5/20/2019
Patrick Corbin of WAS had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 5/20/2019
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 5/21/2019
Ji-Man Choi of TBR struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/21/2019
Edwin Encarnacion of SEA struck out 4 times against TEX on 5/21/2019
Austin Riley of ATL struck out 4 times against SFG on 5/22/2019
Freddy Galvis of TOR struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/22/2019
Brad Peacock of HOU had 14 strikeouts against CWS on 5/22/2019
Charlie Tilson of CWS struck out 4 times against HOU on 5/22/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 13 strikeouts against CIN on 5/22/2019
Mitch Moreland of PIT hit 3 home runs against COL on 5/22/2019
Justin Turner of LAD robbed 3 hits against TBR on 5/22/2019
Anthony Rendon of WAS had 5 hits against NYM on 5/22/2019
WAS and NYM played 15.5 innings on 5/22/2019
Justin Verlander of BOS had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 5/23/2019
Lucas Giolito of CWS had 10 strikeouts against HOU on 5/23/2019
CWS and HOU played 13.5 innings on 5/23/2019
Jeimer Candelario of DET struck out 4 times against MIA on 5/23/2019
Gary Sanchez of NYY struck out 4 times against BAL on 5/23/2019
Jack Flaherty of STL had 10 strikeouts against ATL on 5/24/2019
Charlie Culberson of ATL struck out 4 times against STL on 5/24/2019
German Marquez of COL had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 5/24/2019
Joc Pederson of LAD had 6 RBI against PIT on 5/24/2019
Caleb Smith of MIA had 11 strikeouts against WAS on 5/24/2019
Brian Mundell of COL struck out 4 times against BAL on 5/25/2019
Kyle Gibson of MIN had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 5/25/2019
Patrick Corbin of WAS had 11 strikeouts against MIA on 5/25/2019
Jorge Alfaro of MIA struck out 4 times against WAS on 5/25/2019
Chase Anderson of MIL had 12 strikeouts against PHI on 5/25/2019
Justin Smoak of TOR struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/25/2019
Jared Walsh of LAA struck out 4 times against TEX on 5/25/2019
Alex Avila of ARI struck out 4 times against SFG on 5/26/2019
Sean Gilmartin of BAL had 10 strikeouts against COL on 5/26/2019
Joc Pederson of LAD had 6 RBI against PIT on 5/26/2019
Jon Lester of LAA had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 5/26/2019
Luis Rengifo of LAA struck out 5 times against TEX on 5/26/2019

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Newsletter for games through 5-19-19

MUSINGS

My daily newspaper listed the Tigers as 1-8 over their last 10 games…not sure that was a misprint…the Orioles lost to the Yankees 28-1 on the 5-13…only one Yankee had more than 1 HR…I’m not sure I’ve scored 28 runs in the month of May…and sure, Straily gave up 17 runs, but only 15 were earned…Atlanta gained 4.5 games in the NL East in one week, potentially suffering altitude-gain sickness, but landing themselves 5 games in first…thanks largely to the actual Mets tanking against Florida over the weekend, every NL East team is now in positive-WOR territory…in ways only slightly less dramatic that Atlanta, the Cubs combined a 4-2 week with a Cardinal stumble to gain distance in the NL central…with the Dodgers running the table at 5-0, the closest NL race is 5 games…and while the closest NL race is 5 games, there are 4 teams in the AL west that are separated by 2 games or fewer…Kansas City had the best AL week and only perfect record in the league for a team with 6 or more games…Twins were 5-2 but lost a little ground…Cleveland is starting to turn it around and after taking on some water put together a 4-2 week…Boston gained ground on Tampa and is 6.5 WOR…Christian Yelich leads both the ASFBL and MLB in homers…Jay Bruce, of ASFBL Baltimore, is in the top-5 with 19 ASFBL homers…all the more impressive considering his .175 average…every other player in the top-50 for homers has at least made it to the Mendoza line…or, as Met fans think of it, the “Brandon Nimmo” line…Cole Hamels and Jose Quintana are 1-2 in ASFBL wins, and both are still fantasy Cubs…14 ASFBL pitchers have 6 wins or more, and 6 are in the NL east…the ASFBL Reds have coaxed 86 innings out of Luis Castillo so far…since Adam Symonds and I swapped Marco Gonzales for Zack Wheeler each pitcher has had 3 starts and each has seen their ERA go up by a run…they must not like their new digital clubhouses….5 more trades this week with 14 players changing hands…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Gleyber Torres of NYY had 5 hits against BAL on 5/13/2019
Eduardo Rodriguez of PIT had 10 strikeouts against ARI on 5/13/2019
David Peralta of ARI struck out 4 times against PIT on 5/13/2019
John Means of BAL had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 5/14/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 5/14/2019
Chase Anderson of MIL had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 5/14/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 5/14/2019
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 5/14/2019
Robbie Ray of ARI had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 5/14/2019
Whit Merrifield of KCR struck out 4 times against TEX on 5/14/2019
Christian Walker of ARI struck out 6 times against PIT on 5/15/2019
PIT and ARI played 17.5 innings on 5/15/2019
Rich Hill of LAD had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 5/15/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 5/16/2019
Cole Hamels of CHC had 16 strikeouts against CIN on 5/16/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 13 strikeouts against PHI on 5/16/2019
Mike Soroka of ATL had 13 strikeouts against STL on 5/16/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL struck out 4 times against ATL on 5/16/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 5/17/2019
Kris Bryant of CHC struck out 4 times against WAS on 5/17/2019
Khris Davis of NYM had 6 RBI against MIA on 5/17/2019
Brian Anderson of MIA struck out 4 times against NYM on 5/17/2019
Jordan Lyles of PIT had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 5/17/2019
Chris Paddack of SDP had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 5/17/2019
C.J. Cron of MIN struck out 5 times against SEA on 5/18/2019
MIN and SEA played 19.5 innings on 5/18/2019
Matt Olson of OAK had 6 RBI against DET on 5/18/2019
Matt Strahm of SDP had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 5/18/2019
Marcell Ozuna of STL hit 3 home runs against TEX on 5/18/2019
Marcell Ozuna of STL had 6 RBI against TEX on 5/18/2019
Gio Gonzalez of NYY had 13 strikeouts against TBR on 5/18/2019
Lucas Giolito of CWS had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 5/18/2019
Leury Garcia of CWS struck out 4 times against TOR on 5/18/2019
Jose Quintana of CHC had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/19/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 5/19/2019
HOU and BOS played 14.5 innings on 5/19/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 13 strikeouts against LAD on 5/19/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 5/19/2019
OAK and DET played 14.5 innings on 5/19/2019

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Newsletter for games through 5-12-2019

WEEKLY WINNERS and WHATNOTS

Nobody ran the table in the NL but the Phils were 5-1…the Bosox had the best AL mark with a perfect 6-0, and are now a half game up on the Rays…and the Rays were 5-1…Rockies and Reds each had hot weeks, and kept themselves in contention…and the Chisox had a strong 6-1 week in an anyone-could-win-it AL central…11 trades this week, with Oakland leading the charge…Dbacks have the most actual HR, by a fair bit…Brewers lead the ASFBL…even though the Brewers lead the ASFBL in homers there are 7 teams that have scored more runs…Boston leads in actual OPS….The actual collective ERA of the guys in the Tampa Bay bullpen is 1.75…next closest is 2.63 (NYY)…8 teams have actual bullpen ERAs under 3.00…strangest collection is the Brewers, who have the 3rd-best actual bullpen ERA, and a starting rotation with an ERA of 5.32…best actual batter walk percentage belongs to the Cubs…Baltimore hitters lead the ASFBL in….at-bats…Cleveland pitchers lead the ASFBL in WHIP…Chris Davis has yet to bat for the ASFBL Orioles this year…or pitch…Cody Bellinger is only hitting .398 in the ASFBL…so he’s due to adjust up…Chisox are under .500 overall but 13-6 in their division…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Mike Soroka of ATL had 15 strikeouts against LAD on 5/6/2019
Jason Castro of KCR hit 3 home runs against HOU on 5/6/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 15 strikeouts against TOR on 5/6/2019
Chris Paddack of SDP had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 5/6/2019
Michael Conforto of NYM robbed 3 hits against SDP on 5/6/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 13 strikeouts against WAS on 5/6/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 5/7/2019
Carlos Carrasco of BOS had 13 strikeouts against BAL on 5/7/2019
Jacob deGrom of OAK had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 5/7/2019
Jordan Lyles of PIT had 11 strikeouts against TEX on 5/7/2019
Zack Greinke of ARI had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 5/8/2019
Shane Bieber of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 5/8/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 5/8/2019
Jerad Eickhoff of PHI had 12 strikeouts against STL on 5/8/2019
Mike Tauchman of NYY struck out 4 times against SEA on 5/8/2019
Jon Lester of LAA had 17 strikeouts against DET on 5/9/2019
Jefry Rodriguez of CLE had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 5/9/2019
Adam Jones of ARI had 5 hits against ATL on 5/10/2019
Lucas Giolito of CWS had 15 strikeouts against TOR on 5/10/2019
Gerrit Cole of CLE had 11 strikeouts against OAK on 5/10/2019
Caleb Smith of MIA had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 5/10/2019
Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 5/10/2019
Eric Hosmer of SDP had 5 hits against COL on 5/10/2019
Justin Verlander of BOS had 13 strikeouts against SEA on 5/10/2019
Yusei Kikuchi of SEA had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 5/10/2019
Mike Soroka of ATL had 14 strikeouts against ARI on 5/11/2019
Luke Weaver of ARI had 10 strikeouts against ATL on 5/11/2019
Spencer Turnbull of DET had 12 strikeouts against MIN on 5/11/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 11 strikeouts against DET on 5/11/2019
Brandon Dixon of DET struck out 4 times against MIN on 5/11/2019
DET and MIN played 13.5 innings on 5/11/2019
Charlie Morton of TBR had 10 strikeouts against NYY on 5/11/2019
Marcell Ozuna of STL struck out 4 times against PIT on 5/11/2019
Alcides Escobar of CWS had 5 hits against TOR on 5/12/2019
Jacob deGrom of OAK had 11 strikeouts against CLE on 5/12/2019
Matthew Boyd of DET had 10 strikeouts against MIN on 5/12/2019
Bryce Harper of PHI struck out 4 times against KCR on 5/12/2019
Chris Paddack of SDP had 13 strikeouts against COL on 5/12/2019
Carlos Carrasco of BOS had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 5/12/2019
Zack Wheeler of SEA had 11 strikeouts against BOS on 5/12/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 5/12/2019

 

 

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Results for games through 5-5-19

COMINGS AND GOINGS:

Leo has already made the email introduction; let me welcome via newsletter Sara Sanchez, new owner of the Tigers.  Sara and I are fellow Utah escapees and she is the author of the “Bleed Cub Blue” podcast, which is an impressive professional credential  in my eyes…Leo has recently relocated, and he and I have plans to see the Mets play the Dodgers later this month…which is notable only because, although he and I have both been in the league since 1994, and he’s been helping run it since at leas 1995, it will be the first time we’ve seen a major league game together…

IMITATING FIERS:

Mike Soroka of ATL threw a no-hitter against SDP on 5/1/2019!  And even with that, his ASFBL ERA is still higher than his real ERA…

COMMENTS:

Philly went a perfect 5-0 and is now just 2 back of Atlanta, who themselves collected 5 wins…as did the Brewers…The NL East is collectively 12.5 games better than their real teams…the Mets are the only team dragging that number downward…only the Reds and Dodgers have positive wins-over-reality numbers in the other NL divisions…ESPN ran a “why the Cubs/Cardinals rivalry matters again” story this week…the teams are tied in the ASFBL NL central…the Padres are matched dead even with the actual club, which is pretty good, and they’d be closer to first if the Dodgers weren’t 4 games better than the real club…defending ASFBL champ Tony Bernacchi had a 6-1 week, is +2.5 WOR, and pulled with a half-game of Alan Minsky’s Rays…KC was also 6-1, is within 3 games of first, and +4 WOR…Minnesota and Cleveland top the division…top 4 teams in the AL west combined to go 17-5…Texas has won 9 of it’s last 10…Seattle still tops the AL with the best record, even as Adam is re-vamping his lineup…after the Phillies, the Brewers have the best NL record over the last 10 games…three players had 3 home runs in a game last week…Chisox are the only team other than the Mariners with 20 stolen bases so far…Boston has a .277 team average, inches ahead of the Royals at .274…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Austin Barnes of LAD hit 3 home runs against SFG on 4/29/2019
Austin Barnes of LAD had 6 RBI against SFG on 4/29/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL hit 3 home runs against WAS on 4/29/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL had 7 RBI against WAS on 4/29/2019
Charlie Morton of TBR had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 4/29/2019
Carlos Santana of CLE robbed 3 hits against MIA on 4/30/2019
Mike Minor of TEX had 13 strikeouts against PIT on 4/30/2019
Tyler Skaggs of LAA had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 4/30/2019
TOR and LAA played 13.5 innings on 4/30/2019
Pablo Lopez of MIA had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 5/1/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 10 strikeouts against COL on 5/1/2019
Matthew Boyd of DET had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 5/1/2019
Zach Eflin of PHI had 11 strikeouts against DET on 5/1/2019
Jake Odorizzi of MIN had 10 strikeouts against HOU on 5/1/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 5/1/2019
Frankie Montas of OAK had 10 strikeouts against BOS on 5/1/2019
Mike Soroka of ATL had 16 strikeouts against SDP on 5/1/2019
Kyle Schwarber of LAA struck out 4 times against TOR on 5/1/2019
David Fletcher of LAA robbed 3 hits against TOR on 5/1/2019
Carlos Carrasco of BOS had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 5/2/2019
Anthony DeSclafani of CIN had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 5/2/2019
Noah Syndergaard of NYM had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 5/2/2019
Jon Lester of LAA had 14 strikeouts against TOR on 5/2/2019
TOR and LAA played 14.5 innings on 5/2/2019
Yoan Moncada of CWS struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/3/2019
Pete Alonso of NYM hit 3 home runs against MIL on 5/3/2019
Pete Alonso of NYM had 7 RBI against MIL on 5/3/2019
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 5/3/2019
Tyler Glasnow of TBR had 12 strikeouts against BAL on 5/3/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 11 strikeouts against PHI on 5/3/2019
Jerad Eickhoff of PHI had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 5/3/2019
David Peralta of ARI struck out 4 times against COL on 5/4/2019
ARI and COL played 13.5 innings on 5/4/2019
Ryan O’Hearn of KCR struck out 4 times against DET on 5/4/2019
CC Sabathia of NYY had 10 strikeouts against MIN on 5/4/2019
Jonathan Schoop of MIN struck out 4 times against NYY on 5/4/2019
Zach Davies of MIL had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 5/4/2019
Jack Flaherty of STL had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 5/4/2019
Ariel Jurado of TEX had 17 strikeouts against TOR on 5/4/2019
Raimel Tapia of COL hit for the cycle against ARI on 5/5/2019
Guillermo Heredia of TBR struck out 4 times against BAL on 5/5/2019
Mike Minor of TEX had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 5/5/2019

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