2018 MIDSEASON AWARDS: JK JUST PICTURES OF NALA EDITION

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So in lieu of Midseason Awards this particular season (and to be honest in lieu of uhhh, at a MINIMUM ūüėČ probably the next month’s worth of possible blog bullshit outta me, CONSIDER ME ON HIATUS), just gonna post a couple pictures of Nala who passed away on Thursday and was my whole entire heart.¬† RIP Nala Bear.

 

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2018 MIDSEASON AWARDS: JK JUST PICTURES OF NALA EDITION

2018 Week 9 Review: “Halfway Home But Yea Don’t Worry About It” Edition

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AND WITH THAT, we are halfway home. We had a nice Sunday night showdown in our BBOTW that culminated in the Slugs getting SALTED BROCKED to a second loss, we also had the perennial BCS participants falling to a worst-start-ever record. We had all of these things. See those and other things below.……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rojo‚Äôs Renegade Force Hold On To The Night And Hold On To The Memories Of Defeating The Mission Valley X*Rayz In Week 9, Despite Losing Holds¬† ‚Äst 7-6-1

 

MVP:¬†¬†Chris Taylor¬† ‚Äst¬†Fantasy is a cruel mistress so the guy that did the most damage against the X*Rayz is the guy on the roster the X*Rayz have publicly pined for most. That is sometimes the way it goes sometimes.¬†¬†8/25, 6 Rs, 1 2B, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, .379 OBP¬† ¬† ¬†

LVP:¬†¬†Delino DeShields¬†¬†‚Äst Delino this HURTS ME to do this to you, but you have been bad sir. Very bad not good at all.¬†¬†1/25, 1 R, .200 OBP¬† ¬† ¬†***LVP OF THE WEEK***¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬†

 

RRF Hitter Of Note:  Whoa Nellyyyyy, that was lame but nice to see Nelson Cruz back in the good graces of the Week Review (11/27, 2 Rs, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, .433 OBP).

RRF Pitcher Of Note:  Corey Kluber, still good (6 IP, 0 ER, 10 Ks, 1 QS, 1 W, 0.00 ERA).

 

X*Rayz Hitter Of Note:¬†¬†Marcel Ozuna¬†goes 1-7 for the X*Rayz, gets traded to their opponent for peanuts towards the end of the week, and then proceeds to hit a HR on their bench and then a grand slam not on their bench cuz he’s spiteful (1/7, 1 R, .333 OBP).

X*Rayz Pitcher Of Note:  BLAKE SNELL HAS ARRIVED and as a casual Rays/X*Rayz supporter I say about goddamned time (11.2 IP, 0 ER, 19 Ks, 1 QS, 1 W, 0.00 ERA).

 

Week 10:  RRF v. MW (5-4 v. 1-8)

                  X*Rayz @ Warriors (4-5 @ 6-3)

 

 

 

 

 

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Bell Road Babadooks Wake The Fuck Up For A Week, Send River City Bad Dudes To Third Straight L¬† ‚Äst 8-2-4

 

MVP:¬†¬†Edwin Encarnacion¬† ‚Äst¬†A real fucking DASTARDLY act by Edwin to steal this one out from under Nimmo’s feet but yea, Eazy E is heating up with the average air temp as per usual. We entered Sunday ever so slightly close on the R and HR cats and Edwin helped see to it that was no longer too much of an issue and that, as they say, was that. Dare I say this one’s gonna grab MVP of the week.¬†¬†11/27, 9 Rs, 2 2Bs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, .448 OBP¬† ¬† ¬†***MVP OF THE WEEK***¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

LVP:¬†¬†Jose Abreu¬†¬†‚Äst I mean not the UGLIEST LVP I have ever seen but a slap in the face after I made sure to name drop Jose in the Power Rankings. A slap in the face that I will not forget.¬†¬†4/24, 2 Rs, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, .208 OBP¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

 

Babadooks Hitter Of Note:  But yea also Brandon Nimmo was giving that CASUAL MET FAN of a Bad Dudes owner the biz all week as well (9/32, 6 Rs, 3 2Bs, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 SBs, .410 OBP).

Babadooks Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†Kenley Jansen¬†still ain’t really Kenley but I at least want to note a slight improvement in results, not outta the woods though folks¬†(4.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks, 3 Saves, 2.08 ERA).

 

Bad Dudes Hitter Of Note:  Andrew McCutchen with a MEH kinda JROLL, might have been significant or something if the Bad Dudes won or something (8/24, 2 Rs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 SB, .346 OBP).

Bad Dudes Pitcher Of Note:¬† The Bad Dudes may have “won” ERA and Ks and stuff but most of their mains sucked (just less than mine overall),¬†Carlos Carrasco sucked the worst (3.2 IP, 6 ER, 2 Ks, 14.73 ERA).

 

Week 10:  Babadooks v. Slugs (5-4 v. 7-2, BBOTW cuz I was mean to him in the chat) 

                   Bad Dudes v. OGTFC (3-6 v. 4-5)

 

 

 

 

 

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OceanGate Trout Fishing Club Flop Around And Past The Q-Tip City Morning Wood¬† ‚Äď ¬†7-4-3

 

MVP:¬†¬†Brian Dozier¬† ‚Äst¬†Brian Dozier is one of those guys I’ve always wanted to acquire since back in the CLIFF days and never really got around to it and now I am sure I will get him when he is like 34. And actually, even typing that sentence out terrified me because now I fear a flood of bad trade offers from the OGTFC headed my way. But hopefully his FINE Week 9 will prevent that from happening.¬†¬†10/31, 9 Rs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, .417 OBP

LVP:¬†¬†Brandon Belt¬†¬†‚Äst Brandon Belt has been damn near the best Boner but now he has ABANDONED THEM in their time of need, and also abandoned his appendix.¬†¬†3/14, 2 Rs, .267 OBP¬† ¬† ¬†

 

OGTFC Hitter Of Note:  Mike Trout, also still good ALSO JROLL (9/28, 4 Rs, 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 1 SB, .367 OBP).

OGTFC Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†Justin Verlander¬†has a 0.72 WHIP right now and THAT, my friends……that is pretty disgusting (12.2 IP, 3 ER, 11 Ks, 2 QS, 1 W, 2.13 ERA).

 

Morning Wood Hitter Of Note:  JD Martinez remains a bright spot in an otherwise dark season in Q-Tip City (7/25, 4 Rs, 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB .357 OBP).

Morning Wood Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†OH but also¬†Mike Foltynewicz BREAKIN’ OUT, see things are looking up already chin up you guys¬†(9 IP, 0 ER, 11 Ks,¬†1 QS, 1 CG, 1 W, 0.00 ERA).

 

Week 10:  OGTFC @ Bad Dudes (4-5 v. 3-6)

                   MW @ RRD (1-8 @ 5-4)

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden State Warriors Give It To The Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz¬† ‚Äst 9-4-1

 

MVP:¬†¬†Andrew Benintendi¬† ‚Äst¬†I hate crediting Red Sawks, PARTICULARLY youthful Red Sawks (I would be fine giving¬†Pedroia an MVP at this point), so here is Andrew Benintendi he is pretty solid he had a JROLL¬†his hair is pretty feathery fuck him.¬†¬†11/29, 7 Rs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB, .438 OBP¬† ¬† ¬†

LVP:¬† Travis Shaw¬†¬†‚Äst Travis Shaw is by most accounts, or at least by my account, better than he rightfully should be. But he was not that in Week 9, in Week 9 he was more in line with what I expect out of him. Could be the ex-Red Sawk thing.¬†¬†3/20, 1 R, .292 OBP

 

Warriors Hitter Of Note:  Francisco Lindor just casually putting up .500 OBP weeks, and I will never forgive the scouting community for sending mixed messages about his bat (11/25, 5 Rs, 3 2Bs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 1 SB, .500 OBP).

Warriors Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†In a week where the Warriors shipped out¬†Dylan Bundy they quickly grabbed his possible replacement in my old friend¬†Vince Velasquez, a SIMILARLY SUSPECT hurler I don’t trust either of ’em¬†(12 IP, 3 ER, 15 Ks, 1 QS, 1 W, 2.25 ERA).

 

BackdoorSliderz Hitter Of Note:  Nice little week out of Teoscar Hernandez, a guy who both intrigues me and worries me as a potential trade target (cuz maybe he is just Dominican Randal Grichuk)(6/19, 2 Rs, 1 2B, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, .350 OBP).

BackdoorSliderz Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†Poor¬†Jacob deGrom, pitchin’ lights out over his last three starts but the Mets can’t buy him a W¬†(14 IP, 2 ER, 21 Ks, 2 QS, 1.29 ERA).

 

Week 10:  Warriors v. X*Rayz (6-3 v. 4-5)

                   Sliderz @ Isotopes (3-6 @ 7-2)

                 

 

 

 

 

2018 WEEK 9 BACKYARD BATTLE OF THE WEEK, SPONSORED BY BROCK FARMS

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Astoria Isotopes Take Down The Barnegat Banana Slugs As Was The Will Of The Fantasy Gods¬† ‚Äst 6-5-3

 

MVP:¬†¬†Nolan Arenado and/or Brock Holt¬† ‚Äst¬†I am not ACTUALLY gonna give it to Brock Holt you see, it was indeed his dagger of a triple late Sunday night that did the Slugs in but REALLY they did themselves in when they debated baseball’s win rules. Or when they debated baseball’s save rules. Or when they got TOO BIG FOR THEIR MAY BRITCHES. But anyways Nolan Arenado is having a typically excellent season, just no longer for me ūüė¶ .¬†¬†9/26, 8 Rs, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, .414 OBP

LVP:¬†¬†Charlie Morton¬†¬†‚Äst YOU BLEW IT ON SUNDAY NIGHT CHARLIE. Nice Ks though.¬†¬†11.1 IP, 9 ER, 17 Ks, 1 QS, 7.15 ERA¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

 

Isotopes Hitter Of Note:¬†¬†Mean¬†Jean Segura, the Isotopes had 5 triples for the second week in a row and Segura didn’t have any either week so really this sentence doesn’t tie into him at all¬†(9/23, 7 Rs, 3 2Bs, 3 SBs, .429 OBP).

Isotopes Pitcher Of Note:  And Gio Gonzalez just CONTINUES to do this to me despite me INSISTING nay DEMANDING he cuts the shit before he makes the All Star game or something (14.2 IP, 3 ER, 12 Ks, 2 QS, 1 W, 1.84 ERA).

 

Banana Slugs Hitter Of Note:¬†¬†Eddie Rosario¬†SURELY would have grabbed that MVP if Salt didn’t let the Slugs down SHIT I just realized I missed a pun opportunity here (13/30, 6 Rs, 1 2B, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB, .528 OBP).

Banana Slugs Pitcher Of Note:¬†¬†Ohhhh¬†Michael Wacha, your penchant for taking no-hitters into the 9th is a tragic one and also I think you are the same pitcher from last year NOT BUYIN’ YOU¬†(14.2 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks, 2 QS, 2 Ws, 0.61 ERA).

 

BBOTW BREAKDOWN

 

SELDOM IS IT that I actually pay enough attention on a Sunday to be able to give a decent recap of the EVENTS of the BBOTW but on this particular Sunday, I dunno I paid a little bit of attention plus the NBA Finals kept me awake so I got the insights. So basically the Slugs and the ‘Topes had an epic battle for first place in the land allllll week,¬† one that culminated in a Sunday brouhaha. The ‘Topes had a pretty sizable advantage in the offensive cats earlier in the week that DISAPPEARED with a big Saturday out of Barnegat (9 Rs, 9 2Bs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs) coupled with a wee Saturday outta Astoria (3 Rs, 2 2Bs, 1 RBI). so STAGE SET for Sunday. Eventually you are getting down to it and you got your couple pitching cats up for grabs right (with the Slugs also with a chance to grab HRs or some shit), Michael Wacha THREATENS a critical CG in a no hit bid but loses it in the 9th. Ouch #1 for the Banana Slugs. Ouch #1 for the Isotopes comes via an¬†Eddie Rosario 3 HR day (thus leading to the HR closeness), the last of the HRs also giving the Banana Slugs a W and a¬†6-5¬†edge in that cat. Ouch #2 for the Banana Slugs arrives when the Padres RALLY to grab¬†Tyson Ross a W, thusly knotting Ws at 6-6. Also around this time is likely Ouch #3 for Barnegat, a Chaz Roe¬†hold that TIES the holds cat @ 2-2 and gives the Isotopes a¬†6-5-3 advantage overall. So then yea SUNDAY NIGHT GAME and it is coming down to¬†Charlie Morton versus those pesky Sawks, if Charlie can QS/W the Slugs take the W and first place overall and if he just gets one they end up with a tie and first place overall. But what they really end up with is Charlie LABORING to get into the 5th, a win looking less and less likely but a QS still very much on the table. But NO the Fantasy Gods were reading Brian’s horrific musings on wins rules and combined that with his horrific understanding of saves rules to decide no, no this cannot stand. Morton unravels in the 5th culminating in a¬†Brock Holt 2 RBI triple while Brian’s satellite feed is down. A rare act of mercy from merciless gods. ‘Topes win, ‘Topes in first via H2H tiebreaker.

In Week 10 Astoria looks to KEEP ROLLIN’ when they host the Lacey contingent, neither of these teams have a multiple game streak to speak of. The Banana Slugs, meanwhile, will hope to regroup at the expense of the Babadooks. The Babadooks have won 3 straight but only the last win had any sort of impressiveness to it, really, when ya look at ’em. THAT ONE is your¬†BBOTW¬†because I really lead the charge on the ribbing on the wins thing and now surely Brian has vengeance in his heart.

Week 10:  Isotopes v. Sliderz (7-2 v. 3-6)

                 Slugs @ Babadooks (7-2 @ 5-4, BBOTW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 Week 9 Review: “Halfway Home But Yea Don’t Worry About It” Edition

2018 Power Rankings: June Edition

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SHIT that is a classy image. Really hoping they made a classy July image as well. We will find out in July. ANYWHO once again I write up Power Rankings for no real reason, none really at all. Just to keep this blog on life support a bit longer I suppose. Let’s see how these things look‚Ķ..

(All stats through June 1st or 2nd or something….)

 

 

1- Barnegat Banana Slugs (7-1)

Ahhh the age old question, is it better to pitch excellent or hit excellently in the Backyard? I am not even going to pretend like I am about to pull up some historical numbers on this, but the fact is the Banana Slugs have had an excellent pitching staff while the 2nd ranked team has out-hit them in just about every category (save for steals). We aren’t talking about the second team yet so let us check the numbers for the Slugs: ¬†Runs 6th, Doubles 10th, Triples 10th, HRs 9th, RBIs 10th, SBs 2nd, OBP 9th, Strikeouts 2nd, QS 1st, CG 2nd, Wins 1st, Saves 6th, Holds 8th, ERA 1st, MOVES 8th.¬†First thing you might notice here NOT A GREAT OFFENSE for the Slugs, I believe for the second year in a row they’ve been lagging in the power department and Josh Donaldson‘s inability to stay healthy can’t help there. Great work on the base stealing for this unit however, largely thanks to¬†Ender Inciarte¬†and¬†Whit Merrifield. Second thing you should notice though is REALLY FINE PITCHING, and that continues to be lead by¬†Scherzer and¬†Severino and¬†Morton and¬†Corbin and¬†Bauer and even a little bit¬†Michael Wacha sadly. ALSO,¬†Seranthony Dominguez is a beast so there’s that. So the Slugs continue to do very well with the pitching staff, and if you’re a fan of theirs you hope everybody is still healthy in August and if you are not a fan of theirs you note that pitchers get hurt a lot (everyone likely falls into this latter category). ALSO NOTE the Slugs are currently in a battle with our 2nd ranked team in Week 9, if they lose they’ll have the same record and this ranking looks murkier.¬†leader of the dong pack has been¬†Charlie Blackmon¬†but¬†Aaron Judge, Khris Davis,¬†and even¬†Mike Moustakas¬†and if you can fucking believe it¬†Paul DeJong¬†have been socking dingers for the outfit from Astoria.¬†Nolan Arenado¬†has barely gotten warmed up and has barely needed to. You‚Äôve also got¬†Chris Sale¬†being his typical self and¬†Gio Gonzalez¬†STILL insisting on being good and now even¬†JA Happ¬†has come on board and gotten into the act, the act of being old and good and on the Astoria Isotopes.¬†Add all that up and you have the current top team in the land. Darkest timeline.

 

 

2-  Astoria Isotopes (6-2)

The Isotopes fail to hold onto the top ranking for a second month in a row, perhaps partly because I didn’t want to give them the top ranking for the second month in a row but ALSO partly because yanno they have one more loss than the team above. And I am being a slave to the records somewhat for some reason. THE NUMBERS:¬†¬†Runs 1st, Doubles 3rd, Triples t-1st, HRs 2nd, RBIs 1st, SBs 7th, OBP 2nd, Strikeouts 5th, QS t-9th, CGs t-6th, Wins t-5th, Saves 9th, Holds 3rd, ERA 7th, MOVES 5th. The ‘Topes are no longer top dog with the HRs but they are a close second and still have¬†Charlie Blackmon,¬†Aaron Judge, Khris Davis,¬†Nolan Arenado,¬†THEY ARE FINE on the hitting side do not worry about them. Pitching-wise you’re lead by¬†Chris Sale¬†and¬†Dallas Keuchel and riding goddamned¬†Gio Gonzalez¬†and¬†Tyson Ross. The ‘Topes very much have enough on that side of the ball, and remain a the premiere offense, and if I wait another day or so here maybe they are tied for best record and then have a better case at #1 overall. Which is why these rankings cannot wait a day.

 

 

3-  Garden State Warriors (5-3)

The Garden State Warriors dusted off after a 2-0 start became a 2-2 start and now they are 5-3 and looking like a team poised to be 6-3 and looking generally dangerous. Let’s see if the general numbers back up my general feelings there:¬†¬†Runs 7th, Doubles 4th, Triples t-1st, HRs 5th, RBIs 3rd, SBs 3rd, OBP 5th, Strikeouts 1st, QS 3rd, CGs 1st, Wins t-8th, Saves 2nd, Holds 8th, ERA 3rd, MOVES t-9th.¬†OH YES ABSOLUTELY, these numbers actually were way better than I even expected as the Warriors have some sneaky balance across the board here. Clayton Kershaw¬†may be dead and that is really sad if that is the case, and¬†Noah Syndergaard¬†and¬†Yu Darvish are on the DL and¬†Strasburg just had some forearm cramps but NEVERTHELESS the Warriors persist. If they’re getting all their pitcher DL stints out of the way now and still winning that is good, and also¬†Gleyber Torres is good and so is every goddamn other middle infielder on this team, they are all extremely good. And Austin Meadows looks legit and so do the Warriors, pitcher injury bug be damned.

 

 

4-¬†Rojo’s Renegade Force (4-4)

TYPICAL RENEGADE FORCE FASHION, take a 3-1 start and then up and go 1-3 immediately after to negate it. I am too frustrated with this team, as a fan, to possibly write any more up top here. Show the numbers:  Runs 5th, Doubles 2nd, Triples t-4th, HRs t-3rd, RBIs 4th, SBs 10th, OBP 7th, Strikeouts t-9th, QS t-3rd, CGs t-4th, Wins 2nd, Saves 10th, Holds 1st, ERA 8th, MOVES 3rd. So I mean still solid numbers, but demonstrating some of the slippage that would correspond with the record slippage perhaps? Perhaps. At least they have holds all to themselves once again. CONCERNING (mildly) = Paul Goldschmidt, ENCOURAGING = Scooter Gennett. CONCERNING = Injuries to Ryu and Cueto and ineffectiveness off and on from Tanaka (although perhaps not much new there), ENCOURAGING = Kluber still being Kluber and Bumgarner returning Tuesday and Ohtani actually looking pretty goddamned excellent. This is a glass half full or glass half empty franchise through and through.

 

 

5-  Mission Valley X*Rayz (4-4) 

Just as I dig into the PRs (NOT Puerto Ricans how dare you) the X*Rayz start shifting into their wackiest shift yets, with a zaney rotation of a real cast of characters. It wasn’t always this way but is this way now, let’s see how the guys now plus the guys before are faring:¬†¬†Runs 9th, Doubles 9th, Triples t-4th, HRs 10th, RBIs 8th, SBs 1st, OBP 8th, Strikeouts 7th, QS 5th, CGs t-6th, Wins 4th, Saves 1st, Holds 10th, ERA 4th, MOVES 1st.¬†SO the typical speed is there, but with a not excellent OBP the runs have not been the way they were last season. SEASON IS YOUNG however, or at least merely halfway, so¬†Billy Hamilton¬†has time to learn how to get on base so they maybe start hitting him 9th. And the weird thing is this team is getting EXCELLENT OBP performances out of¬†Nicholas Castellanos, Andrelton Simmons,¬†and Odubel Herrera¬†¬†as well as the typical overall excellence of¬†Jose Ramirez. SO I wouldn’t be surprised if the Runs numbers among others trend up with a core of good OBP performers. Pitching staff is a whole other thing, maybe¬†Dylan Bundy gets it together and maybe¬†Archer and¬†Happ maintain or improve while¬†Newcomb Snell and¬†Mikolas avoid heavy regression. And maybe these things happen a different way, who knows.

 

 

6-  River City Bad Dudes (3-5) 

The River City Bad Dudes potentialllyyyyyyyyy starting at a REAL situation. A situation they haven’t stared at in any recent first half that I can remember. But first that requires me to close out a week and that hasn’t at all happened yet so that is all I want to say for now. The Bad Dudes bullet points:¬† Runs 8th, Doubles 5th, Triples t-4th, HRs 1st, RBIs 2nd, SBs 8th, OBP 5th, Strikeouts 8th, QS t-6th, CGs 3rd, Wins 3rd, Saves 3rd, Holds 6th, ERA 10th, MOVES 2nd.¬†First in HRs 2nd in RBIs but EIGHTH in runs doesn’t really add up, and being last in ERA isn’t a great spot to find yourself in. But of course I will never consider this team truly in trouble until it is eliminated from the season,¬†Bryce Harper¬†and¬†Manny Machado¬†remain and Wilson Contreras¬†and¬†Jose Abreu are having fine seasons and¬†Giancarlo PROBABLY improves. Improving the pitching may take some maneuvering from this owner but he’s a pretty skilled maneuverer, which he shall need to be cuz yea nobody looks great on this particular staff. But also fuck him save any improvements until Week 10.

 

 

7-  Oceangate Trout Fishing Club (3-5)

Theseeee turds again, “rebounding” from a 1-3 start to go like 2-2 or whatever. LOOK OUT FOLKS. K the numbers:¬†¬†Runs 2nd, Doubles 6th, Triples 3rd, HRs 7th, RBIs 9th, SBs 4th, OBP 1st, Strikeouts 3rd, QS 2nd, CGs t-4th, Wins 10th, Saves 5th, Holds 5th, ERA 6th, MOVES 6th.¬†¬†So the OGTFC been a bit unlucky with the pitching Ws and a bit unlucky with the¬†Corey Seager injury (and¬†Mookie Betts recently landing on the DL) but also fuck them they still have¬†Mike Trout¬†and¬†Kris Bryant so boo fucking hoo. They also have Justin Verlander and¬†Gerrit Cole pitching disgustingly well and¬†Josh Hader being the best reliever in baseball so yea SAVE YOUR TEARS AMERICA. This team is always a threat but also always a threat to somehow underperform, everyone else lumped into this .500-ish playoff race should be hoping for the latter.

 

 

8- Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz (3-5) 

The lads down in Lacey are hoping to once again dance in the Backyard’s postseason dance, and SURE that is still possible like I said everyone is kinda .500ish (apologies to those that aren’t) but the BackdoorSliderz are very much in that mix of shit and having some uneven showings. Let’s see if the numbers could possibly illustrate “uneven showings” whatever that means:¬† Runs 3rd, Doubles 1st, Triples t-7th, HRs 6th, RBIs 5th, SBs 7th, OBP 3rd, Strikeouts 6th, QS t-6th, CGs t-6rd, Wins t-8th, Saves 8th, Holds 2nd, ERA 2nd, MOVES 7th.¬†I mean I would say it KINDA¬†represents uneven, some uneven stuff in there but also some mostly middle of the pack type stuff things could trend either direction anything is possible the possibilities are beautiful. The BackdoorSliderz offense continues to go the way of its Braves and baby Braves, yes their PRECIOUS¬†Ronald Acuna¬†is up (currently injured) and¬†Freddie Freeman is great and¬†Ozzie Albies SOMEHOW EVEN GREATER.¬†Jose Altuve¬†and¬†Travis Shaw and¬†Alex Bregman¬†all quite good, the rest of the offense UNEVEN. Pitching staff appears to be a work in progress but a work with the potential to be PRETTY GOOD, Jacob deGrom¬†has been great as has been yet another rookie stud in¬†Walker Buehler and now¬†Joe Musgrove and¬†Ross Stripling might also be good?! Time will tell there, but there’s potential in the¬†BackdoorSliderz. No potential in Dochney though fuck that guy.

 

 

9- Bell Road Babadooks (4-4)  

IF IT ISN’T THESE UNDERPERFORMING PIECES OF SHIT ONCE AGAIN. The amusing part is we are both underperforming and overperforming, as once I unveil these numbers many folks might be asking how we are sitting at .500 rather than a few below. I would argue something about GRIT and knowing how to get just enough right in a matchup and something something something it would all be largely bullshit. NUMBERS UNVEILED:¬† Runs 10th, Doubles 6th, Triples t-7th, HRs 8th, RBIs 7th, SBs 9th, OBP 10th, Strikeouts 4th, QS t-9th, CGs t-6th,¬†Wins t-5th, Saves 4th, Holds 7th, ERA 9th, MOVES 4th.¬†YEP there we are, with Cody Bellinger¬†Joey Votto¬†I DUNNO IT FEELS LIKE EVERYBODY kinda underperforming,¬†Rhys Hoskins both underperforming and fouling balls off his own face. The nicest thing I can say about this team is it has¬†Brandon Nimmo and¬†Edwin Encarnacion is known for heating up once summer rolls around. So we got…..that. Also¬†Mike Clevinger has been very good and¬†Aaron Nola is very good. But yes this team is worse than several of the teams with better records, at least through the first half of the season (to both).

 

 

10-  Q-Tip City Morning Wood (1-7)

Goddammit Shane, I reallllly wanted to keep the Bonerz outta 10th place once again because they probably have numbers that don’t deserve this but the MAIN number is the 1 win. Only having 1 win is bad. Other numbers include:¬†¬†Runs 4th, Doubles 8th, Triples 7th, HRs t-3rd, RBIs 6th, SBs 5th, OBP 4th,¬†Strikeouts 10th, QS 8th, CGs t-6th, Wins t-5th, Saves 7th, Holds 9th, ERA 5th, MOVES t-9th. Still some pretty solid numbers mixed in here but AS ALWAYS the Morning Wood knowing how to do alllll the right things if “the right things” means losing the matchup. Didi Gregorius¬†cooled down fucking immensely, Brandon Belt just burst his appendix or some shit,¬†an absolute monster these days,¬†Lorenzo Cain¬†Mitch Haniger¬†JD Martinez remain very good this year but FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES IT SERVE.¬†Jack Flaherty and¬†Mike Foltynewicz are killing it I will give them credit, on the pitching side of things, but yea. Welcome home, AM Bonerz.

 

 

 

 

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Thus concludes the June Power Rankings. In conclusion, this is the conclusion.

2018 Power Rankings: June Edition

2018 TRADE REVIEWS: EQUALLY UNINSPIRING MAY EDITION

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Don’t let my adorable friend above fool you, these trades are mostly meh. WHICH I GET. Season is young, deadline is not near, everyone is mostly .500 except for the few that aren’t. I get it. But I will be DAMNED if I cover these in much detail at all. Let’s get to it….

Note for these belated “reviews”:¬† all stats are current-ish, so not necessarily reflective of the numbers at time of trade, but still who really gives a shit….

 

DATE / TRADE CURRENT NUMBERS / MLB COMPS NOTES / WINNER
Thu, May 31
11:14 PM

 

GSW traded Dylan Bundy, Bal SP to XYZ (for MacKenzie Gore, SD SP)

Bundy:  3-7, 68.2 IP (12 starts), 4.46 ERA (4.74 FIP), 83 Ks (10.88 K/9), 7 QS 1 CG

Gore:  8 IP and 9 ER and 10 Ks across 3 A ball starts.

MLB Comp:  Cole Hamels

GSW traded¬†Dylan Bundy, Bal SP to XY4.46 ERA Z Bundy has games where he looks unhittable (7 QS hint at that), other times he gets rocked. Worth the gamble sure, but Gore’s eventual upside likely surpasses Bundy’s. /¬†WARRIORS
Thu, May 31
8:19 PM

 

RRF traded Jordan Hicks, StL SP (and waiver claim spot) to XYZ
XYZ traded Marcell Ozuna, StL LF to RRF

Hicks:  2-1, 29 IP, 2.48 ERA (4.19 FIP), 16 Ks (4.97 K/9), 5 Holds

MLB Comp:  Mauricio Cabrera

Ozuna:  .320 OBP, 6 2Bs, 4 HRs, 21 Rs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs

Hicks THROWS REAL FAST but that is about all he does, doesn’t get many swings and misses and walks more than he strikes out. Ozuna can rebound, this is better than dropping him but yea. /¬†RRF
Tue, May 15
8:40 PM

 

RCBD traded Marcus Stroman*, Tor SP to LTBS
LTBS traded David Dahl*, Col CF to RCBD

Stroman:  0-5, 37.1 IP (7 starts), 7.71 ERA (4.60 FIP), 32 Ks (7.21 K/9), 1 QS

Dahl:  .309 OBP, 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 8 Rs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs

RCBD traded Marcus Stroman*, Tor SP to LTBS
LTBS traded David Dahl*, Col CF to RCBD
Hindsight has been unkind to this trade, cuz AT THE TIME I would applaud the Dudes giving up a pitcher I have always found to be mediocre for a potential 5 cat stud. Now that “stud” is out like 8 weeks and on waivers and starting to appear like he will always be out like 8 weeks. /¬†Bad Dudes
Tue, May 8
11:37 PM

 

XYZ traded A.J. Puk, Oak SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Brad Boxberger, Ari RP to XYZ

Puk:  He had TJ surgery in early April.

MLB Comp:  Andrew Miller

Boxberger:  1-2, 20 IP, 1.80 ERA (3.08 FIP), 27 Ks (12.15 K/9), 13 Saves

I do not have much faith in AJ Puk future starting pitcher, but future impact reliever might be plausible. MIGHT. Boxberger is helping out now though. / X*Rayz

 

 

2018 TRADE REVIEWS: EQUALLY UNINSPIRING MAY EDITION