PROPS: If you are interested in ASFBL newcomer Josh Mitchell’s honor thesis on franchise building strategies analyzed through computer simulations, the link is here. It checks in at a pretty tight 11 minutes, or roughly the amount of time it takes A Mike Trout home run to land. It’s pretty good work and he had to overcome some pretty lame advising to finish, so congrats to Josh! Josh has also pulled off 2 trades so far… And, in case your email inbox looks like mine and you missed it, Leo Leckie has compiled a list of trades by owner…three new trades this week…
MUSINGS: Yesterday the Mets and Cardinals were scheduled and both Jacob deGrom and Blake Hicks came up with injuries…the game was rained out and nobody ever took the field…baseball is a dangerous tame.
COMMENTS: This is our first week on the regular 7-day schedule…four of five teams in the AL East had winning records last week…the Mark Yee’s Yankees went an impressive 6-1, no doubt bolstered by all the digital fans who bought tickets just to boo the Astros…but nobody booed Jim Casey and the Astros had a winning week themselves…Mike’s Royals and Leo’s Chisox are lockstep at the top of the AL central…and the division is super-competitive, with four of five teams 2.5 games ahead of the actual club, or even more…John’s Oakland club put together a winning week, and Greg’s Angels keep out-performing the real bunch and hung onto first for another week…the Angels have the only plus-WOR record in the division…I don’t know that’s I’ve seen this before, but on a per-division basis the AL central is ahead of the actual clubs, the AL west is generally behind them, and the AL east is almost dead even…the actual Dodgers are crashing, but not Rick Wynne’s group…as always, Rick’s club is constantly tweaked and upgraded…his bullpen has allowed only 2 of 27 inherited runners to score…Rob’s Pirates had the only winning week in the NL central…don’t overlook Al’s Padres in the west; the real team thinks they have a shot and Al’s club is taking the same approach…they were 4-1 this week…Danny Wildes‘ Braves are a sleeper in the NL; they’re +3 WOR, strong overall, and are ready to pounce if the Steve Clemmons’ fish falter…Ranger pitchers have issued the lowest percentage of actual walks…Angels actual batting average is .270, tops in the ASFBL…Mark Chen’s Orioles have only allowed 5 of 39 inherited runners to score…Philly and Dodger pitchers have left the fewest runners for others to deal with at 27…league high is 62
FEATS AND FAILURES
Gerrit Cole (New York (NYY)) struck out 12 batters (on 4/26/2021 against Baltimore) Tyler Glasnow (Tampa Bay) struck out 14 batters (on 4/26/2021 against Oakland) Ty France (Seattle) struck out 4 times (on 4/26/2021 against Houston) Lance McCullers Jr. (Houston) struck out 12 batters (on 4/26/2021 against Seattle) Kevin Gausman (San Francisco) struck out 12 batters (on 4/26/2021 against Colorado) Brandon Lowe (Tampa Bay) struck out 4 times (on 4/27/2021 against Oakland) Eli White (Texas) struck out 4 times (on 4/27/2021 against Anaheim) Adam Duvall (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 4/28/2021 against Milwaukee) Alec Bohm (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 4/29/2021 against St. Louis) Javier Baez (Chicago (CC)) hit 6 RBI (on 4/29/2021 against Atlanta) Julio Urias (Los Angeles) struck out 12 batters (on 4/29/2021 against Milwaukee) Nick Heath (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 4/29/2021 against Colorado) Nick Heath (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 4/30/2021 against Colorado) Gerrit Cole (New York (NYY)) struck out 15 batters (on 5/1/2021 against Detroit) Freddy Galvis (Baltimore) hit for the cycle! (on 5/1/2021 against Oakland) Nick Maton (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 5/1/2021 against New York (NYM)) Jacob Nottingham (Milwaukee) struck out 4 times (on 5/2/2021 against Los Angeles) Sam Hilliard (Colorado) struck out 4 times (on 5/2/2021 against Arizona) Jacob deGrom (New York (NYM)) struck out 18 batters (on 5/2/2021 against Philadelphia) Jacob deGrom (New York (NYM)) threw a no-hitter! (on 5/2/2021 against Philadelphia) Pete Alonso (New York (NYM)) struck out 4 times (on 5/2/2021 against Philadelphia)