Sunday, July 22, 2018

Handicapping the Stretch Run

Here are the current rankings of all teams...


Here are my predictions at how the season will play out...

Seed 1 - Sidewinders. They may be 3 games in back of the Warpigs right now, but that's misleading. The Pigs don't have many games left, and the Snakes have a bunch. Actually, the Stanley boys have a better winning percentage. The kicker is their remaining schedule. The Snakes have 24 games left with the Goofs & Mavs. But even when they're playing the more competitive teams, that bullpen is just too good. They've won the last two league titles; here comes the three-peat. Expect the Snakes to end the season with 109 wins and the #1 seed.

Seed 2 - Weevils. Here's my surprise pick. With their starting pitching, home run hitters, and (especially) remaining schedule, the Weevils will win 104, nabbing the #2 seed, and forcing the Inmates to play a first round series.

Seed 3 - Inmates. The LDMFs are on the outside looking in right now, but they have already played most of the playoff-contending teams. They have 24 games left with the Nads, Wahoos, and Goofs. They do have some tough series remaining, too, but this is a really good team. Their bullpen is maybe better than the Sidewinders' (but not as deep), and they score a ton of runs. The Inmates will end the regular season with 103 wins and the #3 seed. I can hear it now, "We have our first ever 100-win season, and we still have to play the first round."

Seed 4 - Warpigs. Their season is nearly complete, but some important games remain against the Buckeyes and DVs. This might be another 100-win season for the Pigs, but expect 99.

Seed 5 - Buckeyes. The Buckeyes have a pretty tough schedule remaining, including 21 with the four teams above and 15 with two teams fighting for a playoff spot. In fact, those 36 games are all they have left. They'll win 95. A first round Buckeye/Warpig matchup would be fun, though, right?

Seed 6 - Picking the team that gets to knock off the Inmates in the first round is especially difficult this year. There are 5 teams jostling for the spot as we head down the stretch. Some have favorable schedules on their side. Some have better pitching. Some have better hitting. But the #6 seed in the playoffs will be... the Tweeners. They'll have to hold their own (so to speak) in their 20 games with the Snakes and Rhinos, and they'll really need to take advantage of their 20 with the Nads and Mavs, but I have the Tweeners winning 90, pissing off the Rhinos, DVs, Fungoes, and Drillers. Later, they get to piss off the Inmates.

Picking 10th - Rhinos. The Rhinos do have 27 left with the Wahoos, Nads, and Mavs, but he also has 27 left with the Snakes, Tweeners, and Inmates. It's been an impressive season for a team with no relievers and only 138 catcher ABs, but my algorithm has them coming up short, winning 89.

Picking 9th - DVs. If the season ended today, the DVs would be in the playoffs. Unfortunately, it doesn't end today, and of their 34 remaining games, the DVs face the Weevils, Warpigs, Fungoes, and Buckeyes for 27 of them. 88 wins.

Picking 7th and 8th - Fungoes and Drillers. 86 wins each. The important series for the Fungoes will be the 10 with the Buckeyes, but they also have 12 with the Inmates/DVs. The Fungoes do have 14 with the Nads, but it may not be enough. The Drillers have a great remaining schedule with 20 against the Wahoos and Nads, but he also has 10 with the Inmates.

As you can see, the race for the 6th seed will be a fun one to watch, with every series being important. Any one of these 5 teams could make it to the post season, but it would take something wild for two of them to get in.

Picking 6th - FFTs. My safest prediction: they will end the season with 83 wins.

Picking 5th - Killer Bees. Their once promising season has fallen on hard times, peaking with their 0-4 against the Tweeners at the end of the Nashville weekend. As the Drillers often do, the Bees have waited too late to start tanking for draft position. They'll come close to winning half their games, but fall short by 6-7 games.

Picking 4th - Mavs. They could still pick 3rd. It depends more on the Nads than it does the Mavs.

Picking 3rd - Nads. For the integrity of the league, Nadman, please play your games against all the above teams via NetPlay (if not in person). You've got a decent team - you shut me out 3 times. Make these other guys earn it.

Picking 2nd - Wahoos. The Wahoos are so bad, they don't have to tank. The 2-15 Nashville weekend had nothing to do with tanking and everything to do with giving up double digit runs in every home game. But they can score some themselves too, and that will cost him in his close matchup with the Goofs.

Picking 1st - Goofs. I trust somebody will tell him how he did.

The only thing that would disappoint me (other than the Pigs falling apart down the stretch, of course) would be any of the remaining games being done via CM. There are too many teams fighting for byes and playoff spots for that to happen. Make every effort you can to get together before giving up.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Weevils 4, Drillers 3

Weevils win 4 of 7 to finish season series.

game 8: 6-3 Weevils on 2 Matt Olson HR
game 9: 9-1 Drillers
game 10: 6-2 Drillers
game 11: 6-5 Weevils on 8 strong IP from Scherzer
game 12: 10-5 Weevils
game 13: 12-3 Weevils
game 14:  12-5 Drillers

Friday, July 20, 2018

Weevils 5, Buckeyes 2

Weevils take 5 of 7 vs Buckeyes in 7 NetPlay games at Weevils

4/11 Buckeyes 16 Weevils 2
4/12 Weevils 5 Buckeyes 2
4/13 Weevils 4 Buckeyes 3

7/16 Buckeyes 6 Weevils 2
7/17 Weevils 5 Buckeyes 3
7/18 Weevils 14 Buckeyes 5
7/19 Weevils 8 Buckeyes 5

FFTs and Buckeyes Trade 2-for-2

The FFTs stayed busy on the trade wire, sending Paul DeJong and Evan Longoria to the Buckeyes for Justin Turner and Brad Peacock.

Updated Roster Page

The Rosters page on the website has been updated to show the 2019 Draft Picks you own. They are listed below your roster. Also, beside your team name at the top is a number in parenthesis. That shows the number of reserves you own.

Please email me if you see any errors.

Manny on the Move

The FFTs and Weevils pulled off the first big deal of the summer. The FFTs sent to the Weevils the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks of the Warpigs and his own 2nd rounder to the Weevils for new Dodger Manny Machado.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

DVs 4, Inmates 0

DVs 4 – Inmates 0 (via netplay)

DVs 10 – Inmates 5 (Trump Towers): Both teams hit four homers, but all the Inmate taters were solo shots; all the DV taters had men on. DVs out-hit the Inmates 12-11, but the game was never close.

DVs 5 – LDMF 0 (Trump Towers): Pouting because of their lack of clutch hitting in the series opener, the LDMF put away their bats and sucked. Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings, while Stanton and MooseTacos both hit two-run homers.

DVs 12 – Inmates 6 (Baptist Bowl): For the third straight game the DVs jumped out to a lead in the 1st, but the Inmates managed to gain a 5-1 lead after four. Then all shit hit the fan. Both teams had thirteen hits; both teams had two homers. That’s where the similarity ended. Once again, both Inmate homers were solo shots (Altuve, Rosario), while both of Bogaerts’ taters had men on. The Inmates hit into four double-plays; the DVs none. Bradley came in to keep the deficit to one run, but got torched for five runs in 1/3 of an inning. Shitfuck.

DVs 10 – Inmates 5 (Baptist Bowl): Inciarte and Santana hit solo homers for the Inmates, while Stanton (slammer), Castillo and Owings tatered with men on. The Inmates outhit the DVs 13-10, but couldn’t score. Bradley came in once again to keep the game close and once again was torched, this time for four runs in 1/3 inning. For the series, Bradley allowed nine runs (eight earned) on six hits, two homers and two walks, in 2/3 inning. Stellar 108.00 ERA.

DVs 3, Drillers 2

Game 1 – Blackmon hits 3 run homer in the 7th off Richard Bleier, driving his ERA from 1.05 to 2.15. DVs rally in the 9th on a Adam Jones home run, but Knebel holds on for the 6-5 Driller win
Game 2 – DVs get the home run bats going as Stanton hits his 60th and Moustakas hits 2 in an 11-7 DV win
Game 3 – DVs win 5-3 on a Devers walk off in the bottom of the 10th
Game 4 – DVs use their bats as mitts and commit 4 errors in handing the Drillers a 7-1 win
Game 5 – Stanton hits his 61st in the 4th inning, and with first base open later in the game, HAL IBB’s him, setting up a Moustakas 3 run bomb as the DVs win 8-2.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Inmates 5, Buckeyes 5


Inmates 5 – Buckeyes 5 (via netplay)

THE KURSE OF KIERMAEIR

Very evenly played series, though the Buckeyes cheated by allowing Kiermaier to play even after he was declared “assassinated” by the umpires.

Inmates 2 – Buckeyes 1 (Baptist Bowl): A pitcher’s duel. Rizzo hit a solo homer in the 1st, and Inciarte scored on a groundout by Rosario to end the scoring for the game. Wood earned the win; Green picked up the save.

Buckeyes 6 – Inmates 5 (Baptist Bowl): A see-saw game that came down to the last of the 9th. With two outs and Altuve on second, Rizzo missed a 1-14 homer chance to end the game. Parker picked up the win.

Buckeyes 6 – Inmates 4 (14 innings – Baptist Bowl): Kiermaier hit two taters on HR 1/something else 2-20 and drove in five runs, including the eventual game-winning two-run jack in the 14th. The Inmates sent the game into extra-innings in the 9th when Inciarte squeezed home a run with the bases loaded to tie things at 4-4 (never mind the LDMF showed up and couldn’t score any more). Hernandez picked up the win; Kiermaier was tarred and feathered by the Baptist Bowl Choralaires, while everyone else tried to figure out what in hell HAL was doing.

Inmates 5 – Buckeyes 3 (BuckeyeDome): Kiermaier hit ANOTHER homer, and was then HBP-plus-fatality. Nonetheless, Clevenger tossed a no-hitter into the 7th and the Beakless Chicken Gang held on for the win.

Buckeyes 5 – Inmates 2 (BuckeyeDome): Manaea pitched a complete game six-hitter, but three of the hits are still orbiting the earth. Cespedes tatered for the Good Guys to account for both Inmate runs. Cruz, Kinsler, and Turner supplied the Buckeyes’ power.

Inmates 6 – Buckeyes 3 (Baptist Bowl): A five-run Inmate 1st was enough for the victory, despite the Buckeyes’ refusing to quit. A rarity: Rizzo was HBP three times.

Inmates 3 – Buckeyes 2 (Baptist Bowl): Despite HAL’s relationship with Kiermaier (who homered still again), the pitching staffs showed off in another duel. Clevinger earned the win while Green picked up another save.

Buckeyes 8 – Inmates 4 (BuckeyeDome): Allen Wood allowed three homers, including a grand salami by Justin Turner, and the Buckeyes broke out their hitting shoes to club the Inmates. Rosario and Martinez homered for the BCG, but it wasn’t enough.

Buckeyes 8 – Inmates 4 (BuckeyeDome): Enrique Hernandez (!?) jacked two taters and the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Santana earned the win; Manaea took the loss.

Inmates 6 – Buckeyes 2 (BuckeyeDome): Four Inmates homered and Gray pitched into the 7th to lead the Inmates. With the split of ten games, both the Inmates and Buckeyes decided that they’d rather not play each other in the playoffs.

Nashville Weekend

Don't order "Damn Hot"

Warpigs 5, Bees 2

Nashville weekend games...

At The Beehive

Gm1 - Warpigs win 13-2. Corey Seager and D.J. Lemahieu both had 3 hits, with D.J. driving in 5. Christian Yelich homered for the Pigs.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 4-2. Beltre continued his tirade against the Mullen brothers, hitting homers in the 7th and 8th innings. The go ahead runs scored on a pinch hit, clutch single by Jose Pirela.

At The BallPork

Gm3 - Bees win 11-8. The Bees led 10-1 in the 4th, and the Pigs emptied the bench. The Bees had to then hang on as the Pigs came back to make a game of it, leaving the bases loaded in the 9th. Adam Wainwright went 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI for the Pigs.

Gm4 - Warpigs win 5-2. Seager and Judge homered for the home team.

At The Beehive

Gm5 - Warpigs win 8-7. J.T. Realmuto went 3-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. Christian Yelich added 3 hits and a home run of his own.

Gm6 - Bees win 10-7. A 4-run 8th by the Bees broke open the game. The two teams combined for 29 hits. Both Yelich and Seager went 3-4 with homers for the Pigs.

Gm7 - Warpigs win 8-6. Jose Pirela had 3 hits in 5 at bats, including a homer, and drove in 5 runs. Beltre homered, scoring 3 and driving in 3.

For the weekend, Adrian Beltre played in 24 of the 25 Warpig games, hitting .407 (35/86), scoring 22 runs and driving in 28. He had 4 doubles and 8 home runs.

Warpigs 3, Sidewinders 2

Nashville weekend games...

At the Snake Pit

Gm1 - Warpigs win 8-0. Danny Duffy and Carl Edwards combined to 1-hit the Snakes. Duffy lost his no-hitter with two outs in the 8th inning on a single by Jed Lowrie. The Pigs scored 5 runs in the 1st, capped by a grand slam by Christian Yelich.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 7-6. The Pigs overcame a 6-2 deficit with unearned runs in the 7th and 8th, both on errors by that SOB Jed Lowrie, who was paying the price for messing up the no-hitter yesterday.

Gm3 - Sidewinders win 4-3. It was the Snakes' turn to come from behind, scoring 2 in the 7th to tie the game, and then getting the walk-off winner in the 9th by Justin Upton. Beltre, who loves playing the Sidewinders, homered for the 2nd straight game.

At The BallPork

Gm4 - Sidewinders win 5-3. A 3-run 6th broke the 2-2 tie and made a loser of deGrom.

Gm5 - Warpigs win 9-1. Rich Hill went the distance, allowing 4 hits. An 8th inning homer kept the Snakes from being shut out. Tommy Pham and Aaron Judge both hit 3-run homers.

Layla and the Wahoos

No food for you!

Warpigs 3, Wahoos 0

Nashville weekend games...

At The Reservation

Gm1 - Warpigs win 10-8. The Wahoos' Nick Williams hit a grand slam in the 1st inning, and the Pigs' Greg Bird answered with a granny in the 2nd inning. Both teams were off to the races, with no one wanting to take the bump. The hitting star was the little-used Greg Bird, who took advantage of the Wahoo ballpark (and the Wahoo pitching) to go 3-4 with 2 homers and a double. He drove in 7.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 11-0. Due to all the extra innings, Adam Wainwright was told he might have to go 9 innings regardless of the situation. He responded with a complete game, 2-hit shutout. AT THE RESERVATION! Adrian Beltre went 3-4 with a HR. Seager and Realmuto both stayed hot with two hits each, and the amazing Greg Bird hit another homer into the short porch in right.

Gm3 - Warpigs win 16-5. The hitting stars for the Pigs were many, as the Pigs scored 16 runs on 20 hits. Judge hit four consecutive RBI doubles, getting 7 RBI. Tim Beckham, making a rare start at SS, had 4 hits (including a homer) and scored 4 runs. Jose Pirela went 3-3, and Beltre went 3-4 with RBI singles in this first three at bats. Oh, and Greg Bird, who went 2-5, hit his 4th homer in 3 games (his only 3 games of the weekend).

Warpigs 5, Fungoes 5

Nashville weekend games...

At The BallPork

Gm1 - Fungoes win 7-6 in 12 innings. The extra inning games are piling up.Corey Seager went 3-5 with a homer, Joe Mauer had 3 hits, and Tommy Pham drove in 3 in the loss.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 6-1. Beltre, who had quite a weekend, hit a 3-run homer. J.T. Realmuto lit up Kershaw with a double and two triples. Luis Severino went 6 strong innings for the win.

Gm3 - Fungoes win 5-3. The Pigs scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning, and then shut down. Dan Straily was too much for the Pigs today.

At WTF Field

Gm4 - Fungoes win 5-4 in 11 innings. Sheesh. D.J. Lemahieu's error in the 11th led to the winning run. It was his 3rd error in 4 games. The boy ain't focused. Seager homered again for the Pigs.

Gm5 - Warpigs win 4-1. Danny Duffy mowed down the Fungoes, and Beltre went 3-3 with 2 RBI, but made 2 errors.

Gm6 - Fungoes win 4-3 in 11 innings. The Pigs played their 14th extra inning game of the year (for a whopping 65 extra innings). Beltre stayed hot, though, getting two doubles and two RBI.

At The BallPork

Gm7 - Warpigs win 5-2. Jacob deGrom gave up a HR to lead off the game and was immediately tossed for arguing balls and strikes. Three Pig relievers came on to pitch 3 innings apiece in the win. Aaron Judge hit a 2-run single in the 1st, and Seager did the same in the 2nd. Neither team scored after the 2nd inning.

Gm8 - Warpigs win 1-0. Tommy Pham led off the bottom of the 1st with a homer, and Severino outdueled Kershaw again. Severino and 5 relievers combined to hold the Fungi to 2 hits.

At WTF Field

Gm9 - Warpigs win 7-2. Beltre and Seager continued to lead the way - both homering to back the pitching of a much calmer deGrom.

Gm10 - Fungoes win 6-5. Mike Trout had 3 hits including the walk off double in the 9th.

Tweeners 4, Bees 0

Tweeners sweep 4 game April homestand vs. Bees by scores of 2-1, 9-8, 9-3, and 6-1.  Starters earning wins were Anderson, Ray, Montgomery, and Snell.  Losses were charged to Nelson, Sabathia, Wacha, and Verlander.  Petit picked up a couple of saves.  Offensive star for he Bees was former Tweener Avisail Garcia, who hit .375 and drove in 8 runs, but as a team the Bees hit only .217 with an ERA of 7.31.  A nice team effort from the Tweeners, hitting .313 with a 3.25 ERA.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Warpigs 5, Goofs 0

Pigs finish off the Goofs, going 9-1 for the season with the Disney gang. Both parks are 0/0,0/0, so offense was difficult to come by.

Game 1 - Pigs win 3-2. The Pigs scored 2 in the 7th to untie the game, and then held off the Goofs in the 9th. Jon Jay went 3-3.

Game 2 - Pigs win 6-0. Danny Duffy threw a 6-hit shutout. Adrian Beltre went 3-4 with a 2-run double (just missed the Grand Slam - and then the runner from first was thrown out at the plate.)

Game 3 - Pigs win 3-2. All five runs came via home run this game. Christian Yelich led off the game with a solo shot. In the 5th inning, Nomar Mazara and Adeiny Hechevarria homered for the Goofs. Joe Mauer hit a 2-run shot in the 6th.

Game 4 - Pigs win 3-1. Adam Wainwright went the distance, scattering 6 hits. Corey Seager hit a 2-run double.

Game 5 - Pigs win 3-1. Duffy and two relievers held the Goofs to 4 hits.

Hero Page Updates

I have added the careers of Johnny Damon, Carlos Delgado, Juan Gonzalez, and Mark Grace to the Batting Heroes page. All were very worthy of addition. Damon even made it into the top 5 in two career categories: Stolen Bases and Triples (where he is #2 overall).

The pages now include 45 hitters and 50 pitchers. I have a list of "next up" possibilities for the pitchers but none for the hitters. Suggestions are encouraged.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Inmates 6, Warpigs 4


Inmates 6 – Warpigs 4 (cards and dice)

Pigs 7 – Inmates 2 (Baptist Bowl): A five-spot in the 5th (including a pair of homers) gave the Pigs all they needed in a game that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Porcine Pack continually squandered scoring opportunities and probably should have scored fifteen. The LDMF showed up and had their buttocks pummeled.

Corey Seager and J.T. Realmuto had the Pig homers. Wainwright got the win. Pigs left 14 men on base; the Inmates only reached base 7 times.

Pigs 4 – Inmates 3 (15 innings – Baptist Bowl): A Santana homer in the Inmate 7th was the last of the scoring for both teams, allowing the Pigs to show off their propensity for playing extra-inning games. AJ Ramos allowed a tater to some nameless bastard in the 15th to give the Porkers a lead, and then the LDMF made another appearance in the bottom of the inning when the Inmates put two on but couldn’t score.

Tommy Pham hit the winning homer. Raisel Iglesias was the hero, going 4 innings of shutout relief. Carl Edwards got the win and Adam Warren the save. Pigs are 9-2 now in extra inning games. Six of those eleven games have gone 15 innings or longer.

Inmates 4 – Pigs 2 (Baptist Bowl): Still another show of offensive ineptitude, which came to an end when Santana hit a two-out three-run walk-off spud off of Doolittle to finally allow the Beakless Chicken to do the Eye-Gouge.

Jacob deGrom went 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and no walks while striking out 10. I have no idea why I pulled him for the 9th.

Inmates 7 – Pigs 5 (Ballpork): After going 0-for the first three games of the series, Altuve exploded for a pair of doubles, a homer and five ribbies to lead the Beakless Chicken Gang.

Adrian Beltre and Aaron Judge homered for the good guys.

Inmates 3 – Pigs 1 (Ballpork): Quintana and a pair of relievers held the Porcine Wonders to only four hits, while Altuve continued his unconsciousness with three RBI singles.

I hate to correct the HEAD INMATE, but the final score of this game was 2-1. Little Mr. Altuve did have three singles, but only two of them scored runs. Judge homered for the only Pig run.

Pigs 4 – Inmates 3 (Baptist Bowl): Yet another close game, with the PigPen totally shutting down the Beakless Bastards. The home teams continually had problems throughout the day, as only one game out of ten was won by the hosts.

Beltre and Christian Yelich went back-to-back with homers in the 3rd inning. The deciding run scored in the 8th when Judge led off with a triple and Seager came thru with a 2-out single to put the Pigs ahead.

Pigs 16 – Inmates 3 (Baptist Bowl): Nothing close here, as the Pigs jumped out to a 15-0 lead before the LDMF got their first hit. One thing of interest (since the game sucked for the home faithful): the Pigs managed all of their runs despite K’ing fifteen times and hitting into a DP.

The one and only fun game of the whole day... The Pigs scored 4 in the 1st, 5 in the 2nd, and 6 in the 4th to jump to a quick 15-0 lead. The Pigs had 16 hits and 8 walks to counter those 15 Ks. Jake Lamb was 4-4 with 2 walks. He scored 3 and drove in 4. Tommy Pham homered and doubled before taking an early exit from the game.

Inmates 4 – Pigs 1 (Ballpork): Manaea out-dueled Severino for an Inmate win. Castro homered for the winners.

The Inmates cheat.

Inmates 2 – Pigs 1 (Ballpork): In a bizarre twist, both managers pulled their starting pitchers (Salazar and Odorizzi) at the end of the 5th inning despite both tossing one-hit shutouts. An unearned run capped the Inmate 7th, which turned out to be the winning run. The LDMF managed only four hits in the win.

It's pretty sad when, faced with a 2-1 deficit in the 9th, with runners at 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, you're forced to bring Adam Wainwright in to pinch hit.

Inmates 5 – Pigs 3 (Ballpork): Cespedes hit a grand-slam in the 3rd and the Inmates held on to take the series finale. Starting in the 4th, the Pigs changed pitchers every inning to shut down the Inmates on no hits and two walks. Each of the six relievers also recorded a single strikeout.

Well, that's almost accurate. Actually the last 2 of the 6 relievers, who each threw exactly one inning, had 2 strikeouts each. But yeah, deGrom's uncharacteristic bad start signaled an opportunity to get him some rest, so the bullpen worked the rest of the game as if it were an All Star game, going one inning each - and not allowing a hit in the process. The Pigs made the Inmates sweat a little with a 3-run 8th that saw 6 consecutive hitters reach base - and all that happened off of Bradley and Green. But it was too little, too late. 

Understanding that this will sound a LOT like the HEAD INMATE, the Pigs outscored the Inmates (44-38) and out hit them (87-69). We even out walked them (45-28). The Inmates did have more homers, but it was only a 10-9 difference. Alas, we just couldn't get the right hits at the right time, and lost the series.