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Saturday, May 16, 2009

News and Notes from Around the League

Rather than an overview, this week we’ll take a look at two teams, one doing better than expected, the second worse. The surprise challenger is Little Chi Chi, sitting on the rail and ready to surge past the BCL into 2nd place. The surprise arises in that – let’s face it – half the league members have underwear older than Matty. He’s a child. He’s still proud of having pubic hair. He needs at least another decade of experience before he should even think about cashing a check. Yet here he is, strong in third, ready to make a move on second.

Why? How??? Let’s look at his team.

Lineup Free Agents Team Stats Trades Contract Info

Stats for Players While Active

Name

Pos

AB

H

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

R

AVG

Betancourt, Yuniesky (SEA)

SS

118

30

.254

1

12

2

7

.254

Chavez, Endy (SEA)

OF

106

29

.274

1

8

6

11

.274

Damon, Johnny (NYY)

OF

134

42

.313

9

26

3

27

.313

Dye, Jermaine (CHA)

OF

117

33

.282

8

19

0

19

.282

Figgins, Chone (LAA)

3B

128

33

.258

0

7

15

23

.258

Jacobs, Mike (KAN)

1B

115

31

.270

8

22

0

14

.270

Kendrick, Howie (LAA)

2B

120

28

.233

3

17

5

18

.233

Napoli, Mike (LAA)

C

94

30

.319

6

17

2

15

.319

Pena, Carlos (TAM)

1B

133

34

.256

13

33

0

25

.256

Totals


1065

290

.272

49

161

33

159

.272

Name

Pos

W

L

IP

S

W

K

ERA

W PCT

Braden, Dallas (OAK)

P

3

4

42.0

0

3

27

2.79

0.429

Carmona, Fausto (CLE)

P

2

4

47.3

0

2

27

5.70

0.333

Cruz, Juan (KAN)

P

2

0

16.7

1

2

12

1.62

1.000

Fuentes, Brian (LAA)

P

0

2

12.7

9

0

16

4.97

0.000

Greinke, Zack (KAN)

P

7

1

60.0

0

7

65

0.60

0.875

Guthrie, Jeremy (BAL)

P

3

3

46.7

0

3

29

5.21

0.500

Nathan, Joe (MIN)

P

1

1

14.7

6

1

15

3.07

0.500

Sabathia, C.C. (NYY)

P

3

3

56.0

0

3

37

3.70

0.500

Totals


21

18

296.0

16

21

228

3.41

0.538

Damon is tracking ahead of even the most optimistic projections. Pena apparently isn’t a fluke when it comes to long ball. Napoli is also going deep – and batting over .300. Kendrick and Figgins have BA’s that won’t linger low forever. On the hitting side, The Kid has some surprises but also more upside than makes me comfortable. Same on pitching. Greinke is finally the pitcher people back in the day thought he would be. Kudos to his shrink, who is probably also his chemist. I thought Braden was a blunder: apparently not. Fuentes is definitely going to be a disappointment – with 40 saves. And *Sabbathia has not yet begun to pitch.* I came to point out that Baby Cheech is swaying on a tightrope, and the only way to go is down. But it turns out he on a ladder that could lead to the stars. My prediction: 2-1 this year when the leaves turn to gold, there will be gold in Matt’s pocket.

Now, let’s look at Marfa, who I thought would be in the 40’s with the season a quarter gone, perfectly situated as A-Rod begins to pound.

Stats for Players While Active

Name

Pos

AB

H

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

R

AVG

Aviles, Mike (KAN)

SS

108

21

.194

1

8

1

9

.194

Barajas, Rod (TOR)

C

108

33

.306

3

22

0

13

.306

Davis, Chris (TEX)

1B

121

29

.240

10

21

0

21

.240

Gomez, Carlos (MIN)

OF

58

12

.207

0

2

3

10

.207

Lopez, Jose (SEA)

2B

137

33

.241

3

19

0

17

.241

Ordonez, Magglio (DET)

OF

124

32

.258

2

16

0

16

.258

Quentin, Carlos (CHA)

OF

118

27

.229

8

18

1

19

.229

Rodriguez, Alex (NYY)

3B

22

3

.136

1

4

0

1

.136

Thome, Jim (CHA)

DH

91

21

.231

6

18

0

18

.231

Totals


887

211

.238

34

128

5

124

.238

Name

Pos

W

L

IP

S

W

K

ERA

W PCT

Blackburn, Nick (MIN)

P

2

2

41.7

0

2

19

4.32

0.500

Floyd, Gavin (CHA)

P

2

3

39.3

0

2

31

7.32

0.400

Harrison, Matt (TEX)

P

4

2

44.7

0

4

24

4.23

0.667

Lester, Jon (BOS)

P

2

4

47.0

0

2

54

6.51

0.333

Lyon, Brandon (DET)

P

1

3

15.7

0

1

5

6.89

0.250

Papelbon, Jonathan (BOS)

P

0

0

16.0

9

0

19

1.13

0.000

Sonnanstine, Andy (TAM)

P

1

4

34.7

0

1

21

7.27

0.200

Wilson, C.J. (TEX)

P

2

2

15.3

1

2

10

4.11

0.500

Totals


14

20

254.3

10

14

183

5.52

0.412

Well, damn. What you notice first is that at .238, his team BA won’t stay there forever, and with those hits will come runs, ribs and homers. But again: *damn*. That’s a deep hole. Quentin disappoints, Gomez disappoints, Maggs DISAPPOINTS. On the pitching side, Brad’s mysterious Harrison pick (and what website shared that secret) looks prescient, but Lester puzzles more than Harrison amazes. I read some articles saying Lester was the ace of the Bosox staff and a Cy Young darkhorse. Even Papelbon has blown a couple saves. Brad says he’s not even going to pay attention till August 1. Let’s hope we won’t have to sneak into his house and burn all his calendars. This is a huge deficit.


And here are the standings for the last 11 days.


Standings from 5/4/2009 thru 5/5/2009

NameAvgHRRRBISBERAKSWW PCTTotal
Little Chi Chi 8.0 8.0 4.0 9.0 6.0 9.0 7.5 9.0 8.0 7.0 75.5
T. S. Intellectual 7.0 1.5 9.0 3.0 9.0 6.0 4.0 3.0 9.0 8.5 60.0
The Stinking Badgers 2.0 6.0 1.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 3.0 3.0 5.5 8.5 52.5
Giant Steps 9.0 3.5 5.0 7.0 2.0 4.0 5.5 3.0 5.5 5.0 49.5
The FunGhouls 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.5 2.0 5.0 9.0 7.0 2.0 2.0 48.5
The Depositions 4.0 3.5 7.0 1.0 6.0 7.0 2.0 3.0 5.5 5.0 44.0
The Money Shot 6.0 6.0 3.0 4.5 2.0 3.0 7.5 7.0 2.0 2.0 43.0
A Cancer on the League 3.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 42.0
Marfa Dogs 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 4.0 2.0 5.5 7.0 5.5 5.0 35.0

Sunday, May 03, 2009

News and Notes from Around the League

The results from the last week:

Standings from 4/26/2009 thru 5/3/2009 (including game stats through 5/3/2009)
Name Avg HR R RBI SB ERA K S W W PCT Total
T. S. Intellectual
9.0 6.5 9.0 6.5 9.0 9.0 7.0 6.0 8.5 8.0 78.5
Little Chi Chi
2.0 6.5 6.0 4.5 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 4.5 3.0 57.5
A Cancer on the League
5.0 9.0 8.0 8.5 7.0 2.0 2.0 4.5 6.5 4.0 56.5
The Stinking Badgers
1.0 1.0 2.5 3.0 6.0 8.0 9.0 2.0 8.5 6.0 47.0
The Depositions
8.0 8.0 7.0 4.5 5.0 1.0 1.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 44.5
The Money Shot
6.0 3.5 2.5 1.5 4.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 4.5 5.0 43.0
The FunGhouls
4.0 3.5 4.5 8.5 2.5 3.0 5.0 2.0 2.5 7.0 42.5
Giant Steps
7.0 3.5 4.5 6.5 2.5 6.0 6.0 2.0 2.5 2.0 42.5
Marfa Dogs
3.0 3.5 1.0 1.5 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 6.5 9.0 38.0


Russ had a slow week, but he’s still in front; Kevin Slowey is 4-0 with a 5-plus ERA (oh that’s not right)… Little Chi Chi is closing fast on the backs of Pena and Greinke, and Sabbathia has not yet begun to fight and Upton has not yet begun to hit, so he’s feeling good…. If A-Rod is back in a week, will it pick up Marfa’s lagging fortunes? Even the experts disagree, but at the end of the year his team won’t be hitting .233 so put down those clubs and torches… Tola gets six SBs in one game from Crawford; Scutaro and Inge make a mockery of prediction and projection … Don’t count Paulie out, no not yet. Mauer homers first AB back, with E.Santana, Dice-K and Wang waiting in the wings (it’s a long year)… Bob is keeping close without Lackey; so who in the hell is Frank Francisco? … Peter is convinced that Liriano can only get better while Halliday really may win 25; but that Lowrie pick won’t take its teeth out of his ass… How much do Vlad and Big Papi have left in the tank? Kevin wonders. Meanwhile, K-Zook and Cano go nuts…The BCL has four A’s, and none of them are worth a damn; he says, “More smoke! More mirrors!”

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