Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Pitching: Sabathia is huge - in more ways than one. Following him are E.Jackson and Garza. Big drop off. Bullpen is Heath Bell and Soria. Both are good, but that's all there is.
Lineup: Easily the strength of the team. Where to begin... Votto, Tulo, Hanley, Braun, A-Rod. The second tier includes F.Gutierrez, Kemp, Yadier, Ethier, Polanco, and Infante. The Rhinos have an embarrassment of riches offensively. Defensively, Yadier, Tulo, and Gutierrez are 1's up the middle. Braun's 4 in LF won't hurt too much, but is necessary to get Hanley in at DH while Tulo mans SS.
Draft: The Rhinos won't be able to help themselves too much here, having only two picks in the first 50 (15, 31).
Needs: Pitching, pitching, pitching.
Best case scenario: 90-95 wins and another trip to the World Series.
Worst case scenario: 80-85 wins if they aren't able to add enough pitching, but don't bet on it.
Pitching: Cliff Lee, Liriano, de la Rosa are three pretty good lefties. Lackey would be #4, and he's not as good. The bullpen is really bare, with only Thornton and Moylan.
Lineup: As usual, the offense revolves around Pujols. This year, like last year, they revolve around him from a great distance. There are a couple of interesting pieces: C.Santana, D.Young, Rasmus, Soto... but that's about it.
Draft: Four picks in the top 50 (3, 19, 37, 47) and then another at pick 51.
Needs: 3b, RF, plus lots and lots of bullpen.
Best case scenario: 85-90 wins and a chance to challenge the Rhinos for the BUD title.
Worst case scenario: 75-85 wins and a sucky draft pick in 2012.
Pitching: Hamels and 3-4 other guys. Nolasco and Baker... Tommy Hunter, maybe. The pen isn't any deeper with Marmol, Mujica, and Frasor.
Lineup: The problem isn't the cards, it's the number of at bats those cards have. Youkilis, Morneau, Pedroia, Rollins... they all suffered injuries last year. Austin Jackson was a nice find in CF. Johnny Damon can still help out, but that's about it. Olivo and Aramis Ramirez won't scare anyone. Ditto Hafner and Soriano. The outfield defense has a cf-1, but the rest of them are all 4's and 5's.
Draft: Here's where the Wahoos will re-tool and possibly challenge the Rhinos. They have SEVEN picks in the first 50 (7, 12, 23, 28, 35, 39, 46).
Needs: Pitching, corner outfielders, catcher, and infield at bats.
Best case scenario: 85 wins.
Worst case scenario: 85 losses.
Pitching: Guthrie and Lewis are pitchable. Zito and Pineiro aren't terrible as the 3-4 guys. A deep bullpen will help. Clippard, McClellan, Adams, Franklin, and Broxton means the Goofs can take other things while everyone else is fighting over relievers.
Lineup: Shin-Soo Choo has become an elite player. Unfortunately for the Goofs, he's about it. Thome is gonna be scary at DH, but for a limited number of at bats. Phillips and A.Ramirez give the Goofs 1's at 2b/ss. Torii Hunter is still above average in cf. Hunter Pence isn't bad, but if Thome is the DH, there's no place for him to play.
Draft: Three picks in the top 50 (6, 22, 38).
Needs: LF, C, starting pitching.
Best case scenario: 80-85 wins.
Worst case scenario: 85-90 losses.
Pitching: Carpenter and Lilly are an excellent 1-2. Dice-K and Pelfrey are a big drop off after that. The bullpen consists of Gurrier, Oliver, and Wheeler.
Lineup: The core of the offense is Barton (1b), Werth (rf), and Prado (2b/3b). After that... yikes! Alex Rios... Jorge Posada... Yunel Escobar... Hidecki Matsui... It's not great. But there are three reasons why it doesn't matter: The park makes most games end up 1-0 anyway, the Buckeyes are artful drafters, and there's a league rule that says the Buckeyes must win the MFD.
Draft: The Buckeye draft genius will have to come through again, but it doesn't help that they only have 2 picks in the first 50 (14, 30).
Needs: C, 2b/3b, cf, starting pitching, bullpen.
Best case scenario: No one makes better use of the draft than the Buckeyes. Even when the prospects for the upcoming season look dour (which is every year lately), the Buckeyes win 90-100 games and get a first round bye. Same thing this year.
Worst case scenario: Umm... worst case? Winning the MFD and not getting a first round bye? With this staff, this lineup, and no early picks... how are they picked to win the division? Keep reading.
Pitching: J.Santana, Billingsley, Floyd, and B.Anderson are the options for the rotation. Won't be good enough to match the Buckeyes. The bullpen is a little better with C.Perez, Joba, Fuentes, Francisco, and Perry.
Lineup: There's some good stuff here. CarGo (LF), Beltre (3b), K.Johnson (2b), and Ryan Howard will occupy the middle of the order, and they'll produce. In a rush to corner the market on Ryan Howard backups, the Inmates traded for both Derek Lee and Carlos Pena. With Dunn gone, one of them may end up at DH. Pennington at SS and Adam Jones in cf are not much more than warm bodies. Jones even lost his cf-1 and dropped to cf-3. The good news is we all get to hear FUCK-U-DOME over and over this year. The FFTs should be fined for trading that guy to the Inmates.
Draft: Three picks in the top 50 (4, 20, 36).
Needs: C, starting pitching, RF, DH.
Best case scenario: 81-81, but they will outscore and outhomer their opponents.
Worst case scenario: 90-95 losses and a top 5 pick in 2012.
Pitching: Pretty decent rotation: Cain, Gallardo, Hughes, and C.Buchholz. The pen, however, is pretty much just Street.
Lineup: The outfield is DeJesus (LF), C.Young (CF), and Heyward/J.Upton (RF). That's a good, young, group. The DH is Billy Butler, who is probably the best hitter on the team. The infield is suspect, though. Kendrick, Hardy, Headley, and Uribe make up this group. None had especially good years in 2010. And as far as I can tell, there is no one to catch.
Draft: Four picks in the first 50 including #1 overall (1, 17, 33, 49).
Needs: C, 1b, bullpen.
Best case scenario: 80-90 losses.
Worst case scenario: 90-100 losses.
Pitching: Arroyo, Dempster, CJ Wilson, R.Wells, Pettitte are the rotation hopefuls. Saito, B.Lyon, Marshall, and R.Ramirez will make up the bullpen.
Lineup: The top hitters are Adrian Gonzalez, Uggla, JD Drew, and Willingham. Aybar is the ss, Montero/Pierzynski are behind the plate, McGeehee/Mora/J.Lopez will battle for the 3b position. Defensively, other than 1b and rf, there isn't much.
Draft: Three picks in the top 50 (8, 24, 40).
Needs: Pretty much everything. CF, LF (so Willingham can DH), 2b (so that Uggla can DH), starting pitching, bullpen.
Best case scenario: 90-100 losses.
Worst case scenario: 90-100 losses.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
4. Killer Bees
Pitching: Greinke and Josh Johnson give the Zaps two #1 starters. Scherzer and W.Rodriguez fill out an excellent rotation. The pen is already deep with O'Day, Downs, Kuo, League, and Aardsma.
Lineup: In the biggest trade of the offseason, the Zaps sent AL MVP Josh Hamilton to the FFTs for AL MVP runner up Miguel Cabrera. I think AL MVP 4th place finisher Jose Bautista might have been the main reason for this deal. Having Bautista and Hamilton as your two biggest bats would have caused headaches for RHP, but vs LHP would have caused headaches for the Zapper. Cabrera gives them more balance. Surrounding Bautista and Cabrera will be the likes of Crawford, Fielder, McCutchen, and Utley. Ryan Raburn will help somewhere (RF?). Utley and Crawford are the only 1's, but there are no defensive problems anywhere.
Draft: The Zaps are loaded here, too, with two first rounders and 4 picks in the top 50 (2, 16, 32, 48).
Needs: Catcher, maybe RF.
Best case scenario: 110 wins and back to back titles.
Worst case scenario: Hard to imagine this team not doing well. I guess worst case is losing in the playoffs.
Pitching: A rotation of Ubaldo, Danks, Lester, and Sanchez, despite leaning slightly to the left, will cause opponents plenty of problems. But the more impressive part of this staff is the bullpen. Breslow, Feliz, Betancourt, and Soriano are outstanding.
Lineup: For all the moaning and complaining the Snakeman does, you'd think the cupboard here was bare. I guess that's what continually getting thumped in the post season will do to an already fragile psyche. But the truth is, this team is still one of the best in the league. Mauer is still the best catcher in baseball, and David Wright is one of the top guys at 3b. Markakis and Bruce have only one problem: they both play only RF, meaning one will have to take his RF-1 to DH. The Snakes can have an all-1 outfield - and still have another OF-1 sitting on the bench! They have FOUR guys who are RF-1! Seems excessive to me. The legitimate problem, of course, is the infield. Bartlett wasn't great, but at least he didn't suck as bad as Aaron Hill. And NOBODY on this team plays 1b. Really, there is nothing there but a little Smoak.
Draft: Only 1 pick in the top 50 (44). Okay, so maybe the whining has some merit.
Needs: 2b, 1b.
Best case scenario: 90-95 wins and a first round exit - again.
Worst case scenario: The Snakes don't usually take a year off to rebuild, and the pitching staff alone will keep them in the hunt. Worst case... 81-81 and no post season, meaning he stays home and flicks his bean there.
Pitching: Stocked. Felix, Wainwright, Braden, Bumgarner, D.Hudson. Wow. The pen is good, too, with Gregerson, Romo, F.Rodriguez, and the ancient Arthur Rhodes.
Lineup: Well... maybe pitching will be enough to win. Swisher at 1b, Hart in RF, and VMart at C isn't a bad nucleus. The acquisition of Vernon Wells helps vs RHP, but it means sitting down Victorino's cf-1 unless Wells is the DH. Loney hits RHP a little, but he only plays 1b. Zobrist, who plays almost everywhere, will probably spend most of his time at 2b. B.Roberts is not bad, but he's limited on at bats. Reynolds hit a ton of homers at 3b, but was under the Mendoza line. Brendan Ryan is interesting. He got the surprising ss-1, but 223/279/294 will be hard to play. I guess Rajai Davis(?) is the left fielder. Even the ubiquitous Zobrist doesn't play LF.
Draft: Three picks in the top 50 (10, 26, 42).
Needs: Offense. LF, SS, 3b. A catcher who can throw.
Best case scenario: The 10th pick in the 2012 Draft.
Worst case scenario: The 10th pick in the 2012 Draft.
Pitching: Already has a 5-man rotation in place (T.Hudson, Verlander, Hanson, Kennedy, and Cueto). The pen isn't as good as the other teams in the AWD, but it isn't bad (Duensing, Valverde, A.Bailey).
Lineup: Cano is one of the best players in baseball. The rest of the Bee infield (Teixeira, Castro, Rolen) is pretty good too. And the DH spot, which will probably be some combination of Dunn, Morales, and Weeks is fine. Ramon Hernandez can't catch every day, but his card will be adequate. The problem is in the outfield. Here are the options: Podsednik, Juan Rivera, Cameron, Schumaker, Francoeur, Hawpe. Like the picture of the BeeBoy walking up the stairs in his thong, it ain't a pretty sight.
Draft: Three picks in the first 50 (9, 25, 41).
Needs: Outfield, outfield, a backup catcher, and outfield. A new laptop to replace the Pig one he destroyed last summer. And some bullpen, of course.
Best case scenario: 80-85 wins.
Worst case scenario: 70-75 wins.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Pitching: The FFTs have a really good 1-2-3 with Weaver, Oswalt, and Kuroda. There are a few guys fighting it out for the 4th spot, but the limited-inning Strasburg is the key to the FFT's post season rotation. Mariano is still the anchor in the pen, with assistance from Thatcher and Camp.
Lineup: The FFTs can field an all-1 outfield (Hamilton, Bourn, and Ichiro), but the infield defense won't have anyone better than a 3. The offense is solid and will revolve around Hamilton, Carlos Ruiz, Ichiro, Furcal, M.Young, and the Chipper/Manny DH platoon.
Draft: No first round pick, but 3 picks in the first 50 (18, 34, 50). Not great, but not the DVs either.
Needs: Bullpen, first base, and defensive replacements in the infield.
Best case scenario: 90-95 wins and a trip to the World Series.
Worst case scenario: A good pitching staff and middle of the order should keep it from ever getting too ugly. Worst case is probably 81-81 and no playoffs, but that would take a lot of things going wrong.
If the Buckeye managed this team: 120 wins easy.
If the Head Inmate managed this team: Hamilton goes back to drugs, Strasburg never steps on a mound again, and the team loses 90 games (despite outscoring and outhomering their opponents).
Pitching: Lincecum's post season for SF was as good as it gets, but he had a below average (for him) regular season. He, Haren, and Niemann give the Drillers a quality rotation. Even better is the bullpen, with B.Wilson, B.Sanches, and Burnett.
Lineup: One can get Driller-envy looking at 3b (Longoria) and catcher (Posey and Hanigan). And Konerko is an excellent bat at either 1b or DH. It drops off some from there. Vladimir had a fine year, and Murphy, Ludwick, and Jeter are capable producers, but none are great and there are big holes to fill in CF and 2b.
Draft: 3 picks in the top 50 (13, 29, 45).
Needs: 2b, cf, and maybe a 4th starting pitcher who is better than the choices currently on the team.
Best case scenario: 90-95 wins and a first round appearance - maybe even a trip to the second round.
Worst case scenario: The Drillers could take the route of playing for 2012, draft some kids, and lose 90 games. Having Lincecum, Posey, and Longoria puts them in a position where a lot of teams would be happy to trade teams straight up, but the Drillers might be a year away.
If the Buckeye managed this team: 110 wins with Wilson getting 85 saves.
If the Head Inmate managed this team: Ludwick plays CF, Vlad plays RF, and the team goes 82-80 to get the 9th pick in the draft (despite outscoring and outhomering their opponents).
Pitching: Halladay, Cahill, and Latos are as good a 1-2-3 as almost anybody. Bard and Madsen are decent relievers.
Lineup: Fairly solid lineup with Holliday, Kinsler, McCann. Good defense too. Fowler got the cf-1. Andrus got the ss-1. Mags didn't get a 4. Just too many holes to fill.
Draft: And here's the problem. Still suffering the effects of the Halladay acquisition, the DVs have only one pick in the first 50 (21). After that, it's pick 53. Once again the Propeller Head is forced to sit back and belch while watching the other teams in his division get stronger thr0ugh the draft.
Needs: If Holliday is the DH, then there's a hole in LF. Alvarez is a great prospect at 3b, but he's not there yet. Helton at 1b is looking old. And like everybody, bullpen is needed.
Best case scenario: 85-90 wins and a first round "flickin the bean" exit.
Worst case scenario: Too good to play their way to a top 3 draft pick next year, but they could find a way to lose a couple more than they win.
If the Buckeye managed this team: 100 walks for Helton. 100 steals for Andrus. 100 wins for the DVs.
If the Head Inmate managed this team: Halladay walks out during Spring Training and takes a job campaigning for Sarah Palin. Never pitches again. Still, the team wins 80 games (despite outscoring and outhomering their opponents).
Pitching: Down years by Papelbon and... well, just about everybody except Price and Kershaw.
Lineup: Speedy and dangerous at the top (Gardner and Span) and powerful in the middle (Zimmerman and Cruz). That's about it. Wieters is a nice guy to have at catcher, but he's a year or so away from being elite, and by then Berkman and the O-dog will be replacing Mitch Williams in the studio at MLB-TV.
Draft: If the Fungoes are to repeat as NERDD champs, this is where it will happen. They have two 1st round picks and four in the first 50 (5, 11, 27, 43). And the Fungo is one of the best drafters in the league, so anything is possible.
Needs: SS (the Fungoes' dogs were even seen taking groundballs there recently), DH, starting pitching, and relief pitching. Berkman's days at 1b are numbered as well.
Best case scenario: 85-90 wins if they have a great draft.
Worst case scenario: If the Fungoes decide to draft kids to make WTF the place to be in 2012, this team could lose 100.
If the Buckeye managed this team: Price goes 42-3, Kershaw goes 41-4. Then they start every game of the post season, completing them all. Fungoes win! Fungoes win!
If the Head Inmate managed this team: RIP Price and Kershaw. Team wins only 60 games (despite outscoring and outhomering their opponents).
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Warpigs cut:
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Congratulations to the 2010 NASOMA Champion Zaps
Rhinos win game 2, 6-5 in 11 innings. Buckeyes thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth on a 1-15 chance.......ouch!
Buckeyes win game 3, 10-0.
Rhinos score three in the bottom of the eighth to win game 4, 4-2.
Buckeyes win game 5, 5-2 in eleven innings to force a game 6!
The Rhinos win Game 6, 7-5 to advance to their first ever World Series. The Rhinos, in BOTH rounds, were outscored for the series, but won.
win game two, 4-3.
Zaps win with 3 in the eleventh, 4-1 to even up the series 2-2. Greinke goes the distance for the win.
Zaps win game 7, 3-1.
win Game 2 3-2 over Fungoes. Drillers now lead series 2-0.
Fungoes take game 3 1-0 as Feldman and 4 relievers shut down Drillers/ Zimmerman with a 5th inning RBI single to score Figgins for only run of game. Drillers lead the series 2 games to 1.
win Game 4 9-6. Drillers lead series 3-1.
win Game 5 4-1 and advance to play the .
win Game 2 over Rhinos 8-4. Series tied 1-1.
Rhinos take game 3 by the score of 3-2. Rhinos lead series 2 games to 1. Snakes miss on a triple 1-6 flyout in the 9th off Sabathia.
take Game 4 7-1. Series tied at 2-2.
win Game 5 4-2 now lead the series 3 games to 2.
Rhinos win Game 6 by the score of 6-4. Series tied 3 games each. On to Game 7.
Rhinos win Game 7 by the score of 8-6 to advance to the second round against the Buckeyes.
The Zaps traded Josh Hamilton to the FFTs for Miguel Cabrera.
The Buckeyes traded a reserve pick to the Zaps for Jorge Posada.
The Inmates traded Rafael Betancourt to the Sidewinders for Derrek Lee.
The Inmates traded Bengie Molina and Randy Wolf to the Zaps for Marco Scutaro.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
As always, if I have made any errors, let me know.
5. DVs (picked owned by Fungoes)
6. SuperGoofs (based on head to head vs Wahoos)
8. Nads (based on head to head vs Bees)
9. Killer Bees
10. Tweeners (of course)
11.-16. - Playoff teams - TBD
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
From the Chief...
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
From Colonel Rhino...
Tweeners win in an 18 inning affair by a score of 3 to 2. smashed a bases-empty 'big-fly' and the Rhinos went down without a fight in the bottom of the 18th. Running out of relievers the Rhinos pitched Gonzalez for 8 innings; despite the HR in the 18th Gonzalez only gave up 3 hits and 2 walks.
Felix Hernandez tossed a and designated hitter Mark Reynolds lofted one into the 'cheap seats' beating the Rhinos 4 to 3. The Tweeners took the lead for good in the eighth by scoring 3 off the Rhinos vaunted bull pen.
Pablo Sandoval slammed a homerun and had 3 RBI and pitched a complete game beating the Rhinos 4 to 3.
The score was knotted at 4 after nine innings. The Rhinos were victorious in the 10th inning. After smashed a bases-empty homerun, resulting in an exciting win for the Rhinos and a raucous post-game celebration by the home town fans.
Brendan Ryan hit 2 triples and had 4 RBI as the Rhinos took a 15 to 4 beating. Adam Wainwright picked up the win pitching 7 2/3 innings.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The Fungoes win the NERDD with the Drillers coming in second. The Drillers will be the second wild card in the playoffs.
From our girl in Tulsa...
In a series reminiscent of previous year’s titanic struggles, the DVs and waged an epic series that took the entire 7 games to decide. (Not really – I couldn’t get these piece of crap games done fast enough!).
Drillers take 4 of 7- here’s a breakdown:
1 – Drillers win 12-4. Haren K’s 10, Longoria collects 3 hits and Drillers punish their former teammate (and now former DV) .
2 – DVs win 2-1 behind Cahill and 5 relievers that hold the Drillers to 6 hits
3 – DVs utilize the resurgent Derek Lowe to a 1-0 shoutout. DVs only have 3 hits off of former Polish Olympian Mark Rzepczynsk-ksnyzcpezR, but one of them is Ian Kinsler’s 36th home run. Kinsler remarked after the game: “This is better than winning the World Series with the Rangers in 2010”
4- Drillers win 7-4 as the Drillers hammer Roy Halladay for 6 runs in 4 IP. Jeter goes 3 for 3 and the Driller LaRoche has 2 HRs (the DV LaRoche has none)
5 – DVs hammer for 9 runs in 5 IP and win 9-4. Cahill completes his rookie season with another win to move his final record to 6-12
6 – Drillers prevail 2-0 as they only get to see Aaron Cook for 1 batter as the DVs quickly go to the bullpen while banishing Cook to detail Halladay’s car in the player’s parking lot for the remainder of the game. Hamell (Jason, not Dorothy), Wilson and Hoffman combine to limit the DVs to 5 hits
7 – Drillers continue their mastery with a 1-0 shutout. Mark Rzepczynsk-ksnyzcpezR (with his mother and potato farming father in the stands to see him play in person for the first time) combines with Wilson and Hoffman on a 4 hitter. hits a home run for the game’s only run. Todd Helton makes the final out in the DV season – (perhaps the last ever in a DV uniform?).
DVs end 72-90 – going 9-22 over the last month plus. Interesting that the team hit .252, but did not have anyone hit under .200.
Good luck to all in the playoffs – Stanton, Castro, Hellickson and Wallace look forward to their first post season appearances next fall.<<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>>
Sunday, October 24, 2010
5/6 - Inmates won 15-3
5/7 - Inmates won 6-2
5/8 - Inmates won 2-1
7/30 - Inmates won 4-3
7/31 - Inmates won 5-2
8/1 - Nads won 2-0 (the game was 0-0 with 2 outs in the top of the 9th when McLouth and Uggla homered back to back)
8/2 - Inmates won 3-1
From the GunFo...
tripled. followed and he popped a two-run clout over the fence. Evan Longoria then doubled. Ryan Ludwick was up next and he drew a walk.
was next to the plate, but was promptly struck out. Jacoby Ellsbury joined his teammates in the uprising and banged out a single.
Ellsbury took second on the throw. Nick Johnson followed, but he was set down on strikes. The Fungoes were retired without difficulty in the 9th.
1st inning, cleared the fences for a two-run home run in the 3rd inning and doubled which was good for two runs in the 4th inning.
victim, unable to help out. This was a game of many highs and lows for the home town fans, as the lead kept changing - 5 times in all.
charged with the loss. He was knocked around by DEREK, allowing 11 hits and 2 walks in 4 and 2/3 innings.
inning, laced a one-base hit resulting in a run in the 5th inning and blasted a two-run home run in the 6th inning. The Fungoes had 15 hits for the game while the Drillers had 7.
9/12 - Wahoos 7, Warpigs 3 - Ricky Nolasco went 7 for the win. The Pigs hit 3 solo homers.
9/13 gm 1 of DH - Warpigs 9, Wahoos 8 - Albert Pujols hit a 2-out, 3-run homer in the top of the 9th. The Wahoos turned a triple play in the 4th inning, their second this year - both against the Pigs.
9/13 gm 2 of DH - Wahoos 5, Warpigs 2 - Johnny Damon pinch hit a 3-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.
9/14 - Wahoos 3, Warpigs 2 - Albert Pujols hit 2 solo home runs, but that was the only offense allowed by Scott Baker, who went the distance. Mike Pelfrey went all the way for the Pigs, but was the hard luck loser. The Warpigs turned a triple play in the first inning.
The series ends the season for the Warpigs, who finish 69-93. In 24 years in NASOMA, the Warpigs have never ended a season with between 70 and 89 wins. Every year the win total has been in either the 60s, the 90s, or the 100s.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
From the Driller Dude...
Drillers go 6-1 at home vs DVs.
5/9 Haren vs Cook – Haren gets the win behind a couple of walks, an error and a sac bunt in a 2-1 game at the Mud Pit.
5/10 Lincecum vs Lowe – Drillers out hit the DVs 8 to 4 yet can’t score a single run in a 1-0 loss.
5-11 Niemann vs Cahill - Drillers score 5 un-earned runs to slither away with this one 6-5.
8/4 Haren vs Latos – Seth Smith hit a 2-run HR (1-3) in the third and another 2-run tater in the 5th (1-19). Haren calle dit a day in the 6th as things got out of hand. Drillers win 10-2.
8/5 Lincecum vs Lowe – Drillers break a one - one tie in the 5th to take a 3-1 lead on three SBs, two PBs, with walks to Pierre and Ellsbury. Drillers win 5-1.
8/6 Niemann vs Kazmir – You didn’t just start a lefty against me! Drillers win 6-3.
8/7 Rzepczynski vs Cahill - Drillers take game seven at home 5-1.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
From the Fugnose...
Fungoes and Mavs got five in today with the Fungi winning 3 of 5. Here are the high (low?) lights:
Fungoes break open a close game in the 7th with a seven spot! Gallardo takes the loss while Price picks up the win. Three inning save for Feldman.
Mavs get to Wakefield for 6 in the first. Hard to believe but Wakefield goes the distance losing 13-1. Hochevar picks up the win. Chris Davis enjoyed a big evening at the plate. He slapped a base-hit in the
1st inning and emptied the bases with a Grand Slam homerun in the 8th inning.
TAD finished with 16 hits while DEREK ended up with 4.
Fungoes win game three 8-2. Bergeson picks up the Win for the Fungi and Okajima earns the three-inning save. The loss goes to Marquis. Fungoes simply wore out the Mav pitching staff, scoring in 6 different innings.
Yovani Gallardo and Tim Wakefield locked horns in a pitcher's duel
with Gallardo and the MAVS coming out on top of the FUNGOES 2 to
Mav's came up with 2 runs in the 4th inning when they had 3 base hits. They
would hold up as the winning runs. After the 4th inning, neither team was
able to score.
Jose Valverde earned the save.
Designated hitter Ryan Zimmerman homered and had 4 RBI at What the Fuck Field where
the WTF FUNGOES beat the MAVS by the score of 8 to 6.
Zimmerman made sure the WTF fans enjoyed themselves. He doubled scoring two
baserunners in the 3rd inning and smashed a two-run homer in the 7th inning.
Fungoes banged out 9 hits on the night.
David Price allowed 5 runs in 7 innings, and picked up the victory.
Jonathan Papelbon earned the save. Robinson Tejeda was the loser
Fungoes record now stands at 83-60.
I still remember where I was: sitting on the floor in front of our tv in Kettering, Ohio. Every day at school I was surrounded by Reds fans, but I liked Yaz and the Sox.
Makes me feel old.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Rhinos 2, VuvuZuckers 3
Rhinos 3, Sidewinders 7
Two biggest news flashes: Jair Jurrjens threw a no-hitter for the Bees, allowing only 3 walks in the 6-0 victory over the Rhinos.
The Snakes and VuvuZelas tied for the AWD title with records of 97-65. Per NASOMA tie-breaker rules, the Sidewinders and Vuvus will play a 1-game playoff to determine which team wins the division (and gets a bye in the first round), and which team has to turn around and play on the road the next day as a wild card. The home team for the 1-game playoff will be determined by a roll of the 20-sided die by the Commissioner.
Game details from Colonel Rhino...
Rhinos go 3-2 vs Bees
Jose - Bees take 3 of 5 at the Hive. Attached are the .html files. Somehow I must have deleted the game files and subsets for our series. I had a discrepancy in my record/stats within the game and in my spreadsheet (which I update periodically). In trying to find the errors, I think I deleted a few files by accident. Sorry, but I guess you will have to manually enter these stats.
(Editor's note: The above is NASOMAspeak for "Blow me. That's what you get for taking so long to play these games. Oh, and I have great calves.")
From Colonel Rhino...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Congratulations to the Sidewinders for winning the extra reserve pick. Final standings of the contest will be posted on the website as soon as all games today are completed, but the Snakes have clinched thanks to the Braves' win over the Phillies and the Rockies' loss in St. Louis.
Here are the games to watch:
Phillies at Braves - If the Braves win, the Pigs are eliminated.
Yankees at Red Sox & Rays at Royals - Rhinos have the Rays; Snakes and Pigs have the Yankees.
Padres at Giants - Padres have put up a valiant effort to hang on; can they do it for one more day? The Snakes hope not.
Rockies (suck) at Cardinals - You watch, the Braves will win early and knock the Pigs out of this race, and then the Rockies will finally win another game just to tease the Piggies.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
The 5 teams getting a demerit:
The Buckeyes finish their regular season with 95 wins.
From the Buckeyes...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
From the Chief...
Wahoos win game 1, 6-3, behind the 3 hits and homer from Hafner. Alexei Ramirez had 3 hits for the Goofs. Game 2 was all Goofs, 11-2, though 6 of those runs came in the ninth. Only Jim Thome didn't have at least one hit for the Goofs. The Wahoos pitching was a mess, with no one getting in 3 innings of works. Wahoos hang on to win Game 3, 8-6, despite having to wiggle out of trouble in the 9th. Thome was the big part of the offense for the Goofs this time. He had 3 hits. Aramis Ramirez drove in 4 for the Wahoos. The top 4 guys in the Wahoos lineup had 9 hits in their Game 4, 4-2, victory. Jesse Carlson worked 2.2 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Goofs had 5 runs after 2 innings and didn't need any more to win Game 5, 5-2. Ricky Nolasco struck out 10 in a 7-4 win in Game 6. Wahoos win Game 7, 4-2, as Dustin Pedroia scored all 4 runs. He had 2 of the team's 5 hits.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
From Ducky the Duckeye...
From Bucky the Buckeye...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
From the WhatTheFungo?..
Fungoes sweep the three at WTF and split the four game set in DV land. Games three and four at DV land were worth the price of admittance. Both games were 10-7 wins with the DVs getting the walkoff three run blast to win the finale.
@ The Diamond Mines
7/30 - Fungoes win 6-4
7/31 - DVs win 4-0
8/1 - Fungoes win 10-7
8/2 - DVs win 10-7
@ WTF Field
9/15 - Fungoes win 2-1
9/16 - Fungoes win 7-6
9/17 - Fungoes win 7-3
From the Chief...
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The only difference between the picks of the Pigs and Rhinos is the Yankee/Ray selection. The Snakes (who have the Yankees) are helped by the Giants and their lead over the Rockies, but they have fallen back a little due to the recent failures of the Braves.
I have been updating the standings as close to daily as possible.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Naturally, these three teams have a lot of the same picks (Rangers, Twins, Cardinals), but it's the other three races that make it interesting. In the AL East, the Snakes and Pigs have the Yankees, but the Rhinos have the Rays. And after the Yankees were swept by the Rangers, the Rays are right on their tail. In the NL East, the Phillies (Pigs and Rhinos) are battling with the Braves (Snakes). And out west, the Rockies (Pigs and Rhinos) are two wins behind the Giants (Snakes).
The Drillers had been in the hunt but faltered with the Dodgers. They are now 9 wins behind the Snakes and need a Dodger miracle run to get back into this race.
In the case of a tie, the tie-breakers are also close. The question was the difference in number of wins between the Yankees and the Nationals. Right now, the Yankees have 27 more wins. The Snakes (37), the Warpigs (31), and the Rhinos (21) are all close.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
From the Buckeye...
Monday, September 06, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
There was no report of whether he was allowed to use the ladies' tees or how he did on the hole with the windmill.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
He hit #400 tonight. Third youngest ever.
As he heads toward the end of his 10th ML season, here are some numbers...
This will be his 10th straight season with .300 BA, 30 HR, and 100 RBI - all to start a career. He's never NOT accomplished this.
Rookie of the Year.
A World Series title.
A batting title.
A HR title.
3 MVP Awards.
4 Runs scored titles.
A Gold Glove.
9 time All Star.
Roberto Clemente Award.
5 Silver Sluggers.
More walks than strikeouts in every season except his rookie year.
In the same number of seasons, he has actually struck out less than Ichiro AND hit for a higher BA.
And I'm just cherry-picking here, but in his first nine seasons, these are the WORST seasonal stats he's had:
Games: 143 (2006)
AB: 524 (2008)
Runs: 99 (2007)
Doubles: 33 (2006)
Homers: 32 (2007)
RBI: 103 (2007)
Walks: 69 (2001)
BA: .314 (2002)
OBP: .394 (2002 - his only year under .400)
SLG: .561 (2002)
OPS: .955 (2002 - one of only two years under 1.000)
I contend that we are watching the greatest right handed hitter to ever play the game.
And yes, I know it's too early to judge his career, but even at (almost) ten seasons, his numbers put him right there in the discussion with the likes of Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Honus Wagner, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Frank Thomas.
From the Chief...