Results for games through 4-28-2019

LIFE AND LEAGUE RE-ARRANGEMENTS: Welcome Leo as the newest Angelino, and he now lives a stone’s throw from Dodger Stadium in Pasadena…we’ll shortly have a new manager for the Tigers, due to an early owner departure…new owner announced soon (before the weekend, I hope).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers and the Braves are setting themselves into a class apart; both lead their divisions, they are the only two teams with winning percentages above .700, they are both in positive-WOR territory.  Yet, the Phillies trail the Bravos by only 3 and the Padres are only 4 back, and its reasonable to assume that the front-runners will probably cool off at some point…in the NL Central the Cards and Cubs are in a dead tie and four teams are within 4.5 games…Seattle is the class of the AL, and is the only DH-using club with a win percentage north of .600…The Rays have cooled a bit but still lead the AL East, where four clubs are within 2.5 of first…Cleveland and Minnesota are having an early-season dogfight and are separated by only a half game…everyone in the AL West is within 1 game of the actual club, except for Oakland who is +2.5…Atlanta and Washington are 1-2 in the NL East and 1-2 in the league-wide WOR standings…Houston and Texas were each 6-1 last week, tied for best in the league…Tampa Bay has the best actual ERA, and it’s a full run better than second-place…but Houston has a real-bullpen ERA of 1.89…but they’re only 2-3 in 1-run games…Atlanta is 10-1…the Dodgers are 13-3…the most impressive thing about that is the number of 1-run games they’ve been in…TWELVE trades this week…almost more than the rest of the year combined…Oakland and the Dodgers led the way…Chris Bassitt of Oakland struck out 33 in 17 innings last week…Angles got 2 quality starts out of Felix Pena…Moncada of the Chisox hit .524…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Lucas Duda of KCR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/21/2019
Spencer Turnbull of DET had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 4/21/2019
Kyle Schwarber of LAA struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/21/2019
Eric Lauer of SDP struck out 4 times against CIN on 4/21/2019
Matt Adams of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/21/2019
Carlos Carrasco of BOS had 10 strikeouts against DET on 4/22/2019
Brandon Dixon of DET struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/22/2019
Jerad Eickhoff of PHI had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 4/22/2019
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 13 strikeouts against TEX on 4/22/2019
Jeff Mathis of TEX struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/22/2019
Zack Greinke of ARI had 11 strikeouts against PIT on 4/23/2019
Jakob Junis of KCR had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 4/23/2019
Brandon Lowe of TBR struck out 4 times against KCR on 4/23/2019
Jose Quintana of CHC had 10 strikeouts against LAD on 4/23/2019
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 12 strikeouts against MIA on 4/24/2019
Caleb Smith of MIA had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 4/24/2019
Jack Flaherty of STL had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 4/24/2019
Daniel Mengde of OAK had 11 strikeouts against TEX on 4/24/2019
Matt Adams of WAS struck out 5 times against COL on 4/24/2019
Joey Votto of CIN struck out 4 times against ATL on 4/25/2019
David Bote of CHC struck out 4 times against LAD on 4/25/2019
Pablo Lopez of MIA had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 4/25/2019
Elvis Andrus of TEX had 5 hits against SEA on 4/25/2019
Danny Santana of TEX had 7 hits against SEA on 4/25/2019
Corey Kluber of HOU had 13 strikeouts against CLE on 4/26/2019
Mike Soroka of ATL had 16 strikeouts against COL on 4/26/2019
Ryan McMahon of COL struck out 4 times against ATL on 4/26/2019
Garrett Hampson of COL struck out 4 times against ATL on 4/26/2019
Spencer Turnbull of DET had 15 strikeouts against CWS on 4/26/2019
Brandon Woodruff of MIL had 12 strikeouts against NYM on 4/26/2019
James Paxton of NYY had 11 strikeouts against SFG on 4/26/2019
Brandon Crawford of SFG struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/26/2019
Brandon Belt of SFG struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/26/2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu of LAD had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 4/26/2019
Jason Martin of PIT struck out 4 times against LAD on 4/26/2019
Freddie Freeman of ATL hit 3 home runs against COL on 4/27/2019
Nicholas Castellanos of DET had 6 RBI against CWS on 4/27/2019
Orlando Arcia of MIL struck out 4 times against NYM on 4/27/2019
Luke Voit of NYY hit 3 home runs against SFG on 4/27/2019
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 4/27/2019
Christian Walker of ARI struck out 4 times against CHC on 4/28/2019
Luis Castillo of CIN had 10 strikeouts against STL on 4/28/2019
David Price of CLE had 11 strikeouts against HOU on 4/28/2019
Carlos Rodon of CWS had 12 strikeouts against DET on 4/28/2019
Casey Coleman of NYM had 11 strikeouts against MIL on 4/28/2019
Chris Bassitt of OAK had 20 strikeouts against TOR on 4/28/2019
Cody Bellinger of LAD hit for the cycle against PIT on 4/28/2019
Stephen Strasburg of WAS had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 4/28/2019
Wil Myers of SDP struck out 4 times against WAS on 4/28/2019
Marco Gonzales of SEA had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 4/28/2019
Danny Santana of TEX struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/28/2019

 

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Results for games through 4-21-19

NOTES: We are back to the old sim , so the “watch” function is not going to work for a while.  Players of the week are also wonky.  I’ll keep you posted on debugging.  Our Tigers owner has withdrawn, so that team will be lite-managed to keep the lineups solid until we can find a replacement.  We hope to have one by next week, but if you know of someone who’d like to take over the team, let us know!

COMMENTARY: Washington raced out to a 6-0 week, but still finds itself 3 back of the Braves…the Mets had a perfect week, unmarred by a single win…Philly also posted a winning week…Cardinals were the class of the NL central at 5-1, half a game over the Pirates at 4-1…Dodgers were 6-1 last week and are 9-1 over their last 10…Padres are hanging tough at 2d place and the Rockies have the best WOR in the division…the Rays still hold the top spot in the AL East but the banged-up Yankees had the best record in the division…Mark Chen gave me permission to poke fun at the horrible season the Orioles are having and then promptly went 4-3…the Twins are +1 WOR and atop the AL Central…Indians, Chisox, and Royals are all in position WOR territory…Seattle is in first and is an astounding 10-1 in the division…Oakland is +3 WOR…Dodgers have the top WOR mark but the Cubs are only a game back…Heyward and Contreras each have 12 HR, and are tied for 2d in the ASFBL…Cody Bellinger is hitting .438 to lead the league…Socrates Brito has an unexamined swing that is not worth taking, and is scraping the bottom at .063…Chris Davis hasn’t seen ASFBL action yet…the Seattle team average is .288, but Minnesota is right behind at .285…Seattle has scored a stunning 43 more runs than anyone else…Cleveland pitchers have allowed the fewest hits…Toronto has a better team ERA…Twin pitching has allowed the fewest HR…Dodgers are 11-1 in 1-run games…Atlanta is 7-1…no AL team has more than 5 1-run game wins…three trades since Sunday, and Cleveland and Boston show no signs of slowing down…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Kolten Wong of STL had 5 hits against MIL on 4/15/2019
Billy McKinney of TOR struck out 4 times against MIN on 4/15/2019
Tyler Naquin of CLE struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/15/2019
Jose Quintana of CHC had 13 strikeouts against MIA on 4/16/2019
Anthony Rizzo of CHC had 6 hits against MIA on 4/16/2019
Spencer Turnbull of DET had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 4/16/2019
Jordan Lyles of PIT had 13 strikeouts against DET on 4/16/2019
Niko Goodrum of DET struck out 4 times against PIT on 4/16/2019
Christian Walker of ARI hit 3 home runs against ATL on 4/17/2019
Caleb Smith of MIA had 12 strikeouts against CHC on 4/17/2019
Guillermo Heredia of TBR struck out 4 times against BAL on 4/18/2019
BAL and TBR played 14.5 innings on 4/18/2019
Daniel Norris of DET had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 4/18/2019
Brandon Drury of TOR struck out 4 times against MIN on 4/18/2019
Max Muncy of LAD struck out 4 times against MIL on 4/18/2019
Julio Urias of LAD had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 4/19/2019
Daniel Mengde of OAK had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 4/19/2019
Lou Trivino of OAK had 10 strikeouts against TOR on 4/19/2019
Socrates Brito of TOR struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/19/2019
Rowdy Tellez of TOR struck out 4 times against OAK on 4/19/2019
TOR and OAK played 13.5 innings on 4/19/2019
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 15 strikeouts against ATL on 4/19/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL hit 3 home runs against NYM on 4/19/2019
Paul Goldschmidt of STL had 6 RBI against NYM on 4/19/2019
Joe Musgrove of PIT had 13 strikeouts against SFG on 4/19/2019
SFG and PIT played 15.5 innings on 4/19/2019
Pablo Lopez of MIA had 10 strikeouts against WAS on 4/19/2019
Ji-Man Choi of TBR struck out 4 times against BOS on 4/19/2019
Jeremy Hellickson of WAS had 10 strikeouts against MIA on 4/20/2019
Matt Adams of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/20/2019
Jameson Taillon of PIT had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 4/20/2019
Jon Gray of COL had 10 strikeouts against PHI on 4/20/2019
Zack Godley of ARI had 10 strikeouts against CHC on 4/20/2019
Lucas Duda of KCR struck out 4 times against NYY on 4/21/2019
Spencer Turnbull of DET had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 4/21/2019
Kyle Schwarber of LAA struck out 4 times against SEA on 4/21/2019
Eric Lauer of SDP struck out 4 times against CIN on 4/21/2019
Matt Adams of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 4/21/2019

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WORLD SERIES RESULTS 2018

After playing dueling 7-game LCS series, the teams did not disappoint and played a full set of 7 for the championship.  After having been held to 3 runs in 18 innings of the first two games, the Dodger bats broke out for 12 runs in game three.  Boston took game 4 with a walk-off run in the 9th after coming back from a 6-2 deficit…undeterred, Rick Wynne’s team scored 19 runs in the next two games to event the series before the Bosox took the decisive game by an 8-3 counts, with Steven Wright pitching 8 scoreless innings and JD Martinez capping off a great season by knocking out 2 homers and knocking in 4 runs…Benintendi and Martinez each hit .379 on identical 11-for-29 performances…Turner led the way for the Dodgers by hitting .357.

You gotta feel great for Tony Bernacchi, who’s been through some stuff lately.  Now in his 18th ASFBL season, Tony has twice made it to the ASFBL World Series but this is his first year to win the whole bag of marbles…he led the Bosox to 106 wins and the series back in 2011, eerily prescient of this season, and as fate would have it he skippered the Dodgers for his first 2 years in the league.  You can’t do better than first, and it couldn’t have happened to a better and more deserving guy.

And it means more when you can do it against a guy like Rick Wynne, who leads ASFBL in everything…best lifetime win percentage for anyone with more than one season…17 straight seasons of playoffs or WOR awards…the year that broke the streak was one where he still had 91 wins…*never* had a negative WOR season…four championships…and one of the truly great guys you can know inside or outside a fantasy league.

That’s a season wrap, guys.  Thanks for all the fun and we’ll see you next spring!

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October 10: LCS results

BOSTON IN SEVEN: In a word, epic.  Boston had to score at least 8 runs in each of their 4 wins to outdistance the Astros…Houston was up 1-0 and almost went up 2 when Boston squeaked out a 9-8, extra-inning win in game 2…Houston won the only pitcher’s duel in game 5 to go up 3-2 with Josh James beating Chris Sale…Boston evened the series at 3 each in Houston on the strength of dueling 3-RBI games from Martinez and Moreland…they clinched the series by getting 8 runs off of Verlander and sealing the deal 8-5…Jim Casey has had an incredible ASFBL career, going back to 1995…he’s had Houston in the playoffs 2 of the last 4 years and also got them to the LCS in 2017…He made it to the World Series in 2010 and won the whole shebang in 2011, in the middle of three consecutive 100-win seasons….he was the 2000 WOR champ with the Cubs…and is always a league stalwart, one of the first guys to get it going in spring training, and always a pleasure to chat with.  Great year, Jim!

DODGERS IN SEVEN: After taking a 13-3 drubbing in game 1, the Brewers proved they were not going down easily by holding the Dodgers to 2 runs over the next 18 innings and winning 6-1 and 4-1… the momentum turn came in game 4, when the Dodgers squeaked out a must-win, 2-1, extra-inning victory…they went up 3-2 by winning game 5 before Milwaukee evened the deal at 3-3…in the decisive game 7, Ryu beat Chacin on the back of Max Muncy’s 3-run homer, while Ryu himself added all the insurance with a 2-run double on route to a 5-2 victory…Chris Zewiske just got into the playoffs in back-to-back years and 2018 is his best finish ever!…2018 was his sixth positive-WOR finish in the past seven years…he’s had 10 winning seasons since his entry into the league in 2001…you keep getting better and better, Chris, and you’re making the NL central one tough place to play!  See you next fall!

By virtue of his strong finish, Rick hosts Tony in the ASFBL World Series!  Hope to finish it up this weekend!

 

 

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DCS results!

DODGERS OUTLAST NATIONALS:  Andy’s club got down two on the road but put up a stern 7-3 showing in game 3…but the Dodger bats were just too much in game 4 and Ryu closed out the series with 8 strong innings…Mercado, Hernandez, Muncy, Taylor, and Grandal all hit 2 homers a piece and all hit better than .300.  Can’t say enough good things about Andy, who is always the first to put sportsmanship ahead of winning, is a pleasure to trade with, and has shown some grace through some difficult personal times.  He’s made the playoffs every year he’s been in the league, and he’s won the championship 3 of the past 4 season.  He’s never had a losing season, and it took some pretty big WOR years to be able to say that.  Thanks for a great season, Andy, and here’s hoping you have a blissful winter!

BOSTON OVER THE RAYS: The Minsky Magic was almost in full effect; having dropped the first 2 games Tampa won the next 2 at home to even the series…but Sale out-dueled Snell in game 5 and, much as they are doing tonight in MLB against the Yankees, the Bosox bats just unleashed and put up double-digit totals in the 6th and final game.  Like Andy, Alan has been in the playoffs every year he’s been in the league, although in his cast it’s just one.  But Somers won 85 games his first year and Alan won 91 with his upstart, small-market club.  Alan is a great Dad, a great guy to catch a ballgame with, and guy with some national media chops.  It’s been great having him in this year, and I’m hoping he ends up with enough free time to come back.

HOUSTON OVER CLEVELAND: The actual Indians got swept; Skrovan’s ASFBL group stole a game from the Astros for a better showing.  The final game was epic….after pushing the game into 11 innings, the Indian bullpen collapsed and gave up 4 runs in the top of the inning.  Undaunted, the offense pushed a tiring Tony Sipp to the wire and hammered a homer off of Matt Strahm to come within a run of keeping it alive before finally succumbing.  Steve has had the Indians since 2012 and has made the playoffs three years running…he kissed the ALCS in 2016 and finished up-2 WOR in his first season.  He’s a guy committed to making the world a better place, he made it in stand-up and TV, and he’s the kind of guy I’d love hanging out with even if he didn’t invite me to share the owner’s box seats at Anaheim once a year.  See you in the spring, Steve!

MILWAUKEE OVER ATLANTA: After a brief stupidity delay (I mucked up the games so badly I had to re-run them from scratch), the Braves made a real series of it.  The high-leverage games was game 4, where the teams dueled scoreless through 11 and 1/2 innings…Christian Yelich won it with a a walk-off homer off of starter Anibel Sanchez, who was still in the game having thrown only 101 pitches before the final one.  Danny has been in the league since 2006 and managed four different teams; he’s taken Atlanta to the playoffs for the first time but finished in positive WOR territory for the third time in four years…and did so in the really competitive NL East where 3 teams had really strong WOR finishes…this is his 5th playoff appearance overall.  He just changed jobs this week, and was very stand-up about my stammering into the playoffs.  Look forward to having you back next year!

LCS: I’ll have the playoffs set up tomorrow and we’ll try to run the games by Wednesday.  Dodgers host the Brewers, Bosox host the Astros.

Congrats to Tony, Rick, Chris, and Jim!

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Wildcard Results

AMERICAN LEAGUE

After a tight pitching duel that Tampa took 3-1 in the opener, the Yankees used their bats to even the series in a 7-4 game 2 victory.  Ray pitching held the Yanks to 5 runs in the next 18 innings to take the series in 4 games.  Congrats to first-year owner Alan Minsky on making AND advancing in the playoffs!

Mark Yee took his Yankees to their 3rd playoff appearance in the last 5 years, and this is his 8th playoff appearance overall, which includes the 1996 league championship.  Since 2008 he’s taken the Bosox, Yankees, and Cardinals to postseason play.  He took Texas to 110 wins in 1993 and when the actual team crashes a year later he finished +11 WOR with the same bunch.  If you’ve seen his facebook feed, its easy to tell he’s a good guy with a big heart, and one of my highlights of this season is when he put my in touch with his niece for a consult on a debate competition.  He’s been a staple in the league since the inaugural 1992 season and has managed almost 4,000 ASFBL games.  Another great year, Mark!

NATIONAL LEAGUE

The Dbacks showed some constant offense by scoring 3 runs in every game, but didn’t get the pitching to slow down the National bats.  The best effort came in the decisive game 3, but Wieters and Abreu went deep and had just enough to hold off a furious 3-run 9th by the Dbacks to take the game 4-3 and sweep the series.

Ben is a key part of the Leckie Family Dynasty in the ASFBL and, having been in the league for 5 years, just finished his 4th playoff appearance.  This is his first foray outside of the NL East and his fifth year in five when he’s finished in positive WOR territory.  It’s been fun watching him work his lineups and he undoubtedly has the best pedigree in the league.  See you next year, Ben!

DCS MATCHUPS

Boston hosts the Rays and Cleveland travels to Houston in the AL.  Dodgers are at home against the Nats and Milwaukee has the home-field vs. Atlanta.

 

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Newsletter for games through 9-30: Regular season is over!

NL PLAYOFF RACES

The big news was in the NL West, where the white-hot Dodgers finished on a 19-1 pace, including a perfect 6-0 final week, to win the division by 5…but they got a major assist from the Padres, who went 5-1, including a 2-1 series win over the DBacks…Dodgers finished as the only triple-digit winner in the ASFBL this year…the Brewers coasted to a comfortable 12-game divisional win in the central, but didn’t sit on their laurels as they finished 8-2…Playing on the road, the Braves took 2 of 3 from the Mets and swept the Phils to take the NL East by a game…the spoiler team was the Rockies, who gave a huge assist by taking a series from the Nats….and the Bravos did it with more in-division wins than any other team but Arizona…

That sets up the Nationals hosting the DBacks in the NL wildcard…a special shout-out goes to the Cubs, who finished in the 3rd spot…

AL PLAYOFF RACES

Tony’s Bosox held serve with the best record in the league and the AL East crown…it’s no surprise that Cleveland claimed the AL central, ending on a winning note…The Chisox finished strong at 5-1…the big race was in the west, where the Mariners finished with a furious 5-1 as Houston stumbled at 2-5, but still had enough in the tank to finish up by 2…

That means that the AL East has 3 teams in the playoffs as the Rays host the Yankees…I owe credit to John Weerts for noticing this, but the Rays are the lone AL team to enter the playoffs with a positive WOR, while all 5 NL playoff teams are head of the actual clubs…great entry into the league by Alan Minsky…congrats to Adam of the Mariners and Greg of the Angels for just missing out on the final playoff spots.

One more special round of congrats goes the Orioles, who finished +31 in WOR, almost doubling the second-highest finisher,

RANDOM: If anyone on the east coast can prove that they watched the end of the San Diego vs. Arizona game on Sept 28 — two eliminated teams that played 15 innings over 5 hours, ending at 3am EST — I’ll give them 10 free waivers to start the year.

HOMER TIME: There are 10 former CSUF Titans in the MLB playoffs, including Kris Davis.  Sure, he’s leading MLB in homers, but the stat nerd in me is far more impressed by this: He’s hit exactly .247 for four years in a row.  That’s got to be a record, right?  And maybe one that will never be broken.  The odds against any other player ever hitting .247 for four consecutive years where they qualified for batting title have to be astronomical…and I am equally impressed by Terrance Gore; when I heard he had more career stolen bases than plate appearances I thought it must be like 3 and 2, but he’s played in 5 consecutive season and has 27 stolen bases (19 plate appearances)…I’m almost more impressed that he has 63 games and only 19 plate appearances…

PLAYOFF PROTOCOL: I’ll have the wild card schedule set up by tomorrow and will ask the Nats, DBacks, Rays, and Yankees to enter their lineups by Friday morning.  We play a best-of-3 wildcard series, and the winner gets the top seed (Boston in the AL, Dodgers in the NL).  Houston hosts Cleveland in the ALDS while the Brewers travel to Atlanta in the NL.  Remember that regular season use stats are now frozen, so that while players continue to adjust they cannot become more (or less) overused than they are right now.

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