2019 WEEK 17 QUICK HITTERS

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Rumor is this guy’s pretty fleet of foot (QUICK), he wears #17, so uhhh yep….

 

 

OH YEAAAA FEELIN goooood here at the blog. Not so good that I actually want to write out a Week Review but good enough to write out a QUICK HITTAZ. Which honestly will likely offend the people that tried to HIJACK this blog even more. I suspect SOME PEOPLE find Quick Hitters offensive because of its brevity and to those people I say:

“Brevity is the brother of brilliance” — George Steinbrenner, allegedly, like at least once…

I also say fuck you, write a review yourself then you illiterate bastards. ON TO Week 17 Quick Hitters…

 

BUT FIRST, an important note on the tie-breaking procedures that will undoubtedly affect that whole Backyard Bracket thing that’s gonna start in another week….

 

Head to Head playoff tiebreakers:

  1. Head to Head
  2. Wins
  3. Division Record
  4. Total Season Stats
  5. Record Last 9 Games
  6. Longest Win Streak
  7. Most 10+ category win weeks
  8. Coin flip

More than 2 team tiebreakers:

  1. Head to Head (requires a complete sweep by one team)
  2. Wins
  3. Division Record
  4. Record Last 9 Games
  5. Longest Win Streak
  6. Most 10+ Category Win Weeks
  7. Coin Flip

 

What does all of that mean for The Backyard Bracket this year?! FUCK IF I KNOW, I thought about writing up detailed scenarios but that already seems really hard. Please refer to Mike’s crudely written charts as a starter course:

 

 

 

 

WEEK 17 QUICK RESULTS: 

 

Kings (10-7) over Leviations (6-11) — 10-1-3

MVP:  Noah Syndergaard (14 Ks, 2 QS, 1 W, 0.63 ERA)

lvp:  Justin Upton (0-10)

 

Banana Slugs (6-10-1) over X-Rayz (6-8-3) — 8-4-2

MVP:  Vlad Guererro Jr. (3 HRs, 11 RBIs, .536 OBP)

          lvp:  Mallex Smith (2-22, 3 SBs, .167 OBP)

 

Isotopes (8-9) over Renegades (7-9-1) — 8-4-2    

MVP:  Nolan Arenado (6 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, .385 OBP)

          lvp:  Victor Robles (1-16, 2 Rs, .286 OBP)

 

Bears (7-9-1) over Fishing Club (8-8-1) — 8-6-0

MVP:  Austin Meadows (1 3B, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, .350 OBP)

          lvp:  Kris Bryant (LVPOTW)

 

BBOTW:  BackdoorSliderz (16 and ONE) over Bad Dudes (6-8-3) — 11-2-1

MVP:  Walker Buehler (MVPOTW)

   lvp:  Wilson Contreras (3-16, 1 R, 1 RBI, .188 OBP)

 

 

WEEK 17 QUICK NOTES:

 

  • The Kings wrapped up the #2 seed in Week 17, and those fux in Lacey have had the #1 seed wrapped up since like early June, so we have our top two all set for the #BackyardBracket. #s 3 through 6 will be an ABSOLUTE MESS, but that mess will have sorted itself out by this time next week (hopefully).

 

  • The Isotopes stopped the bleeding in Week 17 with a much-needed win (previously had lost 4 in a row, previous to this previously had won 7 in a row, previous to the previous to the previous previously had lost their first 5 to start 2019) over the Renegade Force. With the victory they now find themselves poised to grab the #3 seed or the 4 or the 5 or the 6 or the 7.

 

  • The Bears lead the league in runs scored for the second week in a row, perhaps coinciding with Jose Altuve having two working legs perhaps coinciding with the team trolling their owner for declaring they couldn’t win out. They still might not win out, but probably need a W combined with a Renegade Force L to make the playoffs. They’ve already won though, when you really think about it.

 

  • The Banana Slugs managed to stave off formal elimination in Week 17 with a victory over the X-Rayz, both teams would be out if the playoffs started today (I think? I know for da Slugs) but THEY DON’T, so that’s fortunate for them and for the league as a whole. Need to sort this mess out.

 

  • UNFORTUNATELY that means there is one team that has been eliminated from #BYB contention and that team is the Lakehurst Leviathans, a blog favorite. Regardless of coming up short of their goal in the 2019 season the Leviathans can hold their heads hight for TWO (2) reasons:  1- They have more wins this season than their first two seasons combined, in a particularly brutal year within the Backyard. and 2- They called out ESPN in a tweet which netted us a potential free trial on Fantrax, or maybe it inspires ESPN to get their shit together, or maybe some combo of the two. Hats off to the 2019 Lakehurst Leviathans, look forward to seeing what they can do in 2020 (should the league exist, @Brian ;)).

 

 

 

 

WEEK 17 QUICK AWARDS / JROLLS

 

 

 

 

MVP OF THE WEEK: 

 

 

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WALKER BUEHLER (partly cuz he was last time so it saves me from finding a new GIF)

9 IP, 1 ER, 15 Ks, 1 QS, 1 W, 1 CG, 1.00 ERA

 

 

 

 

 

LVP OF THE WEEK:

 

 

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KRIS BRYANT (partly so I could use this GIF…)

13/20, 2 Rs, .150 OBP

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 17 JROLLS:    

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  • Javier Baez (ECK, 1)  [8/24, 5 Rs, 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs, .360 OBP]

 

  • Trevor Story (BBS, 3)  [6/22, 6 Rs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 1 SB, .385 OBP]

 

 

UPDATED JROLLs REPORT (through Week 17):

 

1.)  Adalberto Mondesi (LL)  –  4

2.)  Trevor Story (BBS)  –  3

3.)  Whit Merrifield (BBS)  –  3

4.)  Elvis Andrus (ECK/RRF)  –  2

5.)  Christian Yelich (ECK)  –  2

6.)  Fernando Tatis, Jr. (LTBS)  –  2

7.)  Ahmed Rosario (OGFC)  –  2

8.)  Francisco Lindor (ECK)  –  2

9.)  Trea Turner (OGFC)  –  2

10.)  Kolten Wong (PBX)  –  1

11.)  Cody Bellinger (LTBS)  –  1

12.)  Ender Inciarte (BBS)  –  1

13.)   Ronald Acuna, Jr.  (LTBS)  –  1

14.)  Byron Buxton (RCBD)  –  1

15.)   Kelvin Gutierrez (PBX)  –  1 

16.)   Ronny Rodriguez (RRF)  –  1

17.)  Javier Baez (ECK)  –  1

18.)  Mookie Betts (OGFC)  –  1

19.)   Jonathan Villar (IBB)  –  1

20.)  David Dahl (RCBD)  –  1

21.)  Trey Mancini (LL)  –  1

22.)  Yasiel Puig (BBS)  –  1

23.)  Juan Soto (LTBS)  –  1

24.)  Jose Ramirez (PBX)  –  1

25.)  Oscar Mercado (RRF)  –  1

26.)  Freddy Galvis (AI)  –  1

27.)  Starling Marte (LL)  –  1

28.)  Marcus Semien (IBB)  –  1

29.)  Keston Hiura (LTBS)  –  1

30.)  Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. (PBX)  –  1

31.)  Austin Meadows (OGFC @ z time)  –  1

32.)  Adam Eaton (LL)  –  1

 

 

Thank you for tuning in to Week 17 QUICK HITTERS

 

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2019 WEEK 17 QUICK HITTERS

2019 Week 16 Review: “Return of Rollins, Return of Key Cat, Exposing of Doch As Fraud” Edition

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Amazing that he was able to celebrate like this and still had the time to leg out a decisive double…

 

 

 

OUR LONG BACKYARDONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER. A few weeks ago the Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz were some sort of undefeated unstoppable juggernaut (likely influenced by some wholly unsustainable BABIPs but I digress), their heel of an asshole of an owner had taken over the blog with promises of timely content and copious wrestling references, and things looked bleaked folks. Fast forward a few weeks and there has been very little content (FRAUD), and the BackdoorSliderz have finally tasted defeat in the 2019 Backyard season (FRAUD), and now I have returned to write about it in longform while also restoring Jimmy Rollins to his rightful JROLL throne. If you’re threatening an undefeated season culminating in a second straight championship we are forced to take you seriously because that THREATENS the 3PO greatest team of all time narrative. And that allows you a little leeway within the blogosphere. But now you’re just some fraud that’s got a first round bye that’s got to HOPE AND PRAY their team’s insanely good fortunes aren’t running out all at once at the worst possible time. Better to be .450 BABIPing in August and not April, folks. To be fair they also have insanely good players BUT you also have to yanno, HOPE AND PRAY those guys don’t slump or get injured. I see vulnerability in the Lacey’s beady little eyes…..

Oh yea there’s also some other matchups that happened, the X-Rayz finally bulk reliever’d their way to the Ks record, etc. etc. etc. all will be covered BUT FIRST…..

 

 

 

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For you, His Dochness…..

 

 

 

 

 

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East Coast Kings Perhaps Permanently Pummel Playoff Plans Pertaining Towards The Barnegat Banana Slugs (Probably?)  –  12-2-0

 

MVP:  Nelson Cruz  –  Honestly I forgot the Kings even HAD Nelson Cruz (been kinda outta the review game for a minute) but LOVE IT LOVE HIM love the energy, he’s my second favorite Old Man Masher in baseball (see opening GIF for #1).  12/29, 10 Rs, 1 2B, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs, .485 OBP     

 

LVP:  Yasiel Puig    Yasiel just didn’t contribute much stuff this week, and that’s about as much analysis as I intend to give here. On the Yasiel front.  4/21, 4 Rs, 2 2Bs, .292 OBP        

 

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JROLLs:  Francisco Lindor (2, ECK)

 

 

 

 

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HRs. The poor Banana Slugs likely mashed as hard as they’ve mashed all season (7th in HRs) but it still wasn’t enough against a locked in Kings squad, and they lost the HRs cat 25-17. That means 8 more runs for the Kings (the won Rs 60-48), at least 8 more and obviously more than 8 more RBIs for the Kings (they won RBIs 70-57), perhaps a slight OBP bump (the won OBP .363 to .357). Put it all together and you have two teams that had impressive offenses in Week 16 but yanno, one was more impressive. And so that one….won.

 

 

Assorted Musings Should I Feel Like Musin’:  Haven’t talked pitching in a Kings matchup so let’s do that, shout out to a weirdly dominant streamed Steven Matz CG shutout for the Kings. Also shout out to the fact that mayyybe just maybe Trevor Bauer isn’t the super-established ace Trevor Bauer likely thinks he is. I consider him a super-established whiny little bitch, however…

 

What’s Next (Week 17):  ECF v. LL (9-7 v. 6-10)

                   
   RRF @ AI (7-8-1 @ 7-9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pacific Beach X-Rayz Rack Up A Shit Ton Of Strikeouts, Also Do Other Things Well In Big Beatdown of Astoria Isotopes  –  10-1-3

 

MVP:  Jose Ramirez  –  JOSE RAMIREZ SIGHTING. The X-Rayz have turned around an ugly start to the season but Jose has mostly been an afterthought even during said turnaround. That is up until July; 9 HRs in a month that has seen the X-Rayz go 3-0. If J-Ram keeps it going into the #BackyardBracket this team can make noise folks.  12/30, 7 Rs, 3 2Bs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs, .441 OBP     

 

LVP:  Mike Moustakas    More like Mike MOSTSUCKASS, AMIRITE? I hate that I’m dignifying that bad name joke, and also this was a real toss up between Mike and Khris (2/22, 2 RBIs), but ultimately we are going with Moustakas and with that shitty name joke and that is just how things are.  1/15, 1 R, .182 OBP    

 

 

 

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Strikeouts. In a week where the X-Rayz set a new and rather tough to top record in the Ks department, I guess I have to go with Ks here. Ever the Innovator Odom has really taken a shine to this whole “bulk reliever” craze because of course he has, but it’s worth noting the EFFECTS here. The ‘Topes rocked a 9.513 K per 9 in Week 16, better than the X-Rayz 9.217, but WHAT’S THAT MATTER when the latter team tosses 116.2 innings to your 84.2, THIRTY TWO MORE INNINGS THROWN on the Pacific Beach side. And that’s how you set a Ks record and win the cat 119-89, and that’s how you grab 11 wins, and usually there’s a risk of ERA ruin but the ‘Topes managed to suck more (X-Rayz won ERA 4.71 to 5.53), and that’s how you get your doors relatively blown off (also only hitting like 6 HRs doesn’t help) and get leapfrogged in the Backyard Bracket Standings.

 

 

Assorted Musings Should I Feel Like Musin’:  Eight bulk relievers used by the X-Rayz in Week 16, not sure what his usual is but SEEMS LIKE A LOT… ‘Topes were league-worst in Wk 16 in Runs, HRs, RBIs and I guess that’s just what happens when Khris Davis is slumping HARD… Also a real rollercoaster of a season for Astoria, whom started out 0-5 then won 7 in a row and have now lost 4 in a row…

 

What’s Next (Week 17):  PBX v. BBS (6-7-3 v. 5-10-1)

                   
   AI v. RRF (7-9 v. 7-8-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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River City Bad Dudes Best A Super Invested Definitely Started Twelve Pitchers* Rojo’s Renegade Force Squad  –  9-4-1

*one was an opener but beggars can’t be choosers

 

MVP:  Miguel Sano  –  Miguel Sano is a fat turd (whoever had “turd” twice in Blog Bingo gets a prize) who strikes out too much and is probably a piece of shit, BUT he’s mashing taters this season and mashed some taters in Week 16 and I guess that’sa ll the MVP of the week part cares about. Nice tie-in to the River City Mashers hidden in this paragraph, FAN SERVICE for longtime Backyard fans. The Doch Blog never delivered this sort of stuff, or any sort of stuff really. A totally Weak and Low Energy blogger. ANYWHO YEA MIGUEL SANO.   9/27, 6 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, .379 OBP     

 

LVP:  Masahiro Tanaka    I mean, FOR FUCKS SAKE Masahiro. You get LVP of the Week cuz I’m not sure I’ve seen that many runs given up in quite some time. And it was against the Red Sawks so SHAME ON HIM.  3.1 IP, 12 ER, 4 Ks, 32.40 ERA    ***LVP OF THE WEEK***     

 

 

 

 

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Holds. You lost AT YOUR OWN GAME ROJO. The Bad Dudes won Holds 4-1 and that isn’t necessarily why they won the MATCHUP (the .342 to .311 OBP disparity probably more damning) but it IS necessarily all I want to talk about here cuz this matchup bores me.

 

 

Assorted Musings Should I Feel Like Musin’:  Renegade Force perhaps making league history as the first team to knowingly (I think) start an “opener,” THIS LEAGUE JUST GETS WACKIER AND WACKIER…

 

What’s Next (Week 17):  RCBD @ LTBS (6-7-3 @ 15-1) *BBOTW*

                   
   RRF @ AI (7-8-1 @ 7-9)

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakehurst Leviations Continue DREAM SEASON, Notch Sixth Win At Ocean Gate Fishing Club’s Expense  –  9-5-0

 

MVP:  Didi Gregorius  –  Both Didi and JD Martinez did real work in Week 16 (pretend Judge is JD in the GIF above) but Didi did slightly better work and fuck the sawks and so on and so forth.  11/26, 5 Rs, 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, .448 OBP     

 

LVP:  Francisco Mejia    On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mejia did the very opposite of work and contributed nothing but a few base hits and no wonder this goddamned owner always harrasses me about Gary Sanchez.  4/16, .294 OBP    

 

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JROLLs:  Trea Turner (2, OGFC) ; Adam Eaton (1, LL)

 

 

 

 

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Triples. This matchup was tiiiiiiiight all over the place man, but it’s always an unfortunate circumstance when your team musters more than one three-bagger and still loses the cat. And that was the case here so lets highlight Heroy sadness, two triples (AND ONE JROLL) out of the OGFC and they get bested by a Leviathans team that put up four despite the absence of Adalberto. Tough break kiddo. Other tough breaks include 1 “point” losses in SBs, QS, and Holds but this paragraph was about the triples so we are gonna STICK TO THE TRIPLES.

 

 

Assorted Musings Should I Feel Like Musin’:  The Leviathans had 69 RBIs (nice.)… ALSO, with this victory the Leviathans have more wins in Year 3 than they had in Years 1 and 2 COMBINED (double nice.)(#TrustTheProcess)…

 

What’s Next (Week 17):  LL @ ECK (6-10 @ 9-7)

                   
   OGFC v. IBB (8-7-1 v. 6-9-1)

 

 

 

 

 

2019 WEEK 16 BACKYARD BATTLE OF THE WEEK, SPONSORED BY THE 1985 CHICAGO BEARS’ WEEK 13 DEFEAT

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https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/bears/ct-85-bears-dolphins-oral-history-spt-1129-20151128-story.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Island Beach Bears Accomplish Everything They Needed To In 2019 Season, Slay The Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz Beast Fucking Finally (they are now allowed to go win the championship or whatever I guess*)  –  7-6-1

*jkjk we root against any and all back-to-back chamPEEN challengers ’round here, fuck them I want ’em bounced in Round 2..

 

 

MVP:  Edwin Encarnacion  –  Were there better performers in Week 16 both on the Bears and on other teams? I mean yea PROBABLY (definitely). But this was another performance in a long line of CLUTCH PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES (as far as I’m concerned I just won the playoffs) wherein Encarnacion, win or loss, gave us a heroic effort. In this case we needed doubles and he HEROICALLY contributed FIVE, 45% of his total heading into Week 16. Good. Man.  11/32, 6 Rs, 5 2Bs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, .400 OBP     ***MVP OF THE WEEK/PROBABLY YEAR***    

 

LVP:  Alex Bregman    Bad week outta Breggy and a quiet week outta a few other ButtSliderz Starz in Week 16, it’s almost like that’s how baseball is supposed to work as opposed to having EVERYTHING GO YOUR WAY ALL YEAR LONG. Suck it, turds.  1/17, 3 Rs, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .238 OBP          

 

 

 

Bears Hitter Of Note:  Jonathan Villar heard rumors of other owners BALKING at requested returns (probably justifiably so) when those owners came asking about himand so he went out and had himself a week on them basepaths (10/33, 9 Rs, 1 2B, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 SBs, .361 OBP).

Bears Pitcher Of Note:  When you trade away all of your other good pitchers you’re left with one good pitcher and then that good pitcher likely ends up your pitcher “of note” in these winning situations, and his name is Mike Clevinger (14 IP, 4 ER, 14 Ks, 2 QS, 2 Ws, 2.57 ERA).

 

BackdoorSliderz Hitter Of Note:  Lets all point at Cody Bellinger and laugh because he DIDN’T absolutely bludgeon me in Week 16 and perhaps he isn’t Barry Bonds, which would be nice for me and my trade psyche (he’s still really good and young and I regret that trade and that trade only)(I’ll still trade any mothafucka)(4/18, 4 Rs, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, .333 OBP).

BackdoorSliderz Pitcher Of Note:  And just for FAIR and BALANCED reporting of the FACTS I’ll not do the thing where I try and single out a bad performance here… Robbie Ray had double digit Ks in back-to-back starts so good for him, STILL LOST LOSER (12 IP, 5 ER, 21 Ks, 2 QS, 1 W, 3.75 ERA).

 

BBOTW BREAKDOWN

 

How many words does one owe history? When will enough be written about our triumphs in WWII, about the moon landing, about the moments that DEFINED civilization? Can enough words ever be written? I posit that they cannot, which is why this blog will fail regardless of how long I write about one of the greatest regular season victories (if not THE greatest) in Backyard history (and I intend to write a buncha words and they won’t even be particularly interesting but THE WORD COUNT, oh the word count). Sure teams have gone on some runs, won some games in a row, even won some championships in a row 😉 . But has there ever been a team that remained undefeated this late into one of our regular seasons? No seriously I am asking. And IF SO, could that team have possibly been helmed by a more despicable owner than the one that currently presides over the Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz? This one I can answer myself:  no, for that would be impossible.

Comeuppance has been a long time coming for this team, a talented unit to be fair but one that also has been hashtag BLESSED with some lucky bounces in its day. I think they beat the Banana Slugs in a week when they had like a .270-something OBP, I think Fernando Tatis Jr. and Keston Hiura have had UNSUSTAINABLE BABIPs to begin their respective careers, I think this had to happen the way it happened. At the hands of your fearless, really at this point less-than-part-time, blogger (and perhaps part-time lover) because only HE would then chronicle the great moment in glorious detail. And only HE, thanks to his own human failings, would be able to perfectly set up a Sunday Night Scenario that quite frankly I didn’t see enough applause for the in chat. Edwin Encarnacion is a BACKYARD TREASURE and he deserves your respect. Perhaps no player is more synonymous with their respective franchise, and obviously no player more perfectly epitomizes the GLORY DAYZ of back-to-back-to-back championships for this (once proud, now multiple times renamed) franchise, and now he has basically delivered a fourth championship. Feels like I’ve won the championship this season. You’re all free to keep playing and do the whole “Backyard Bracket” thing but yanno…..whatever.

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There was a time when I planned to break down each day of this HISTORIC VICTORY FOR THE ISLAND BEACH BEARS, but holy shit that sounds exhausting and its difficult enough to piece together the play-by-play just from Sunday. So yea with that caveat in place lets now get fucking pumped up and lets fucking LETS BREAK DOWN THIS HISTORIC MATCHUP’S HISTORIC SUNDAY, SHALL WE?! FUCK YEA LETS:

DAY 7 (Sunday, 7.28.19 Anno Domini)

The Island Beach Bears enter day 7 of their battle WEARY and sensing defeat. Things were lookin’ kinda solid with the BackdoorSliderz offense scuffling, and then Saturday they uhh unscuffled. Categories as of Sunday AM were as follows (not because I think anyone wants to read this shit, but because I want to pump up this word count to up the obnoxious):

Runs – Bears lead 53 to 38

Doubles – Sliderz lead 14 to 12

Triples – Bears lead 2 to 0

HRs – Bears lead 11 to 9

RBIs – Sliderz lead 44 to 37

OBP – Sliderz comfortably ahead just take my word for it

SBs – Bears lead 7 to 4

 

Ks – Bears lead 80 to 69 (nice.)

QS – Bears lead 9 to 5

CGs – Bears haven’t had one all goddamned year, surprised the ButtSliderz didn’t grab one but yea this ended up 0-0

Ws – Tied 6 to 6

Saves – Sliderz lead 4 to 1

Holds – Bears lead 5 to 1

ERA – Sliderz lead like 2 something to 3 something

 

BEARS LEADING 7-5-2

This lead, this lead is a mirage and the Bears know it. For what you DON’T see up there, though certainly I had the room to note it, is the Bears have maxed out their starts by Sunday AM (and amassed a measly 80 Ks doing so) while the BackdoorSliderz would be trotting out four arms for the final day:  Kyle Gibson, Robbie Ray, Walker Buehler, and AARON NOLA. The last arm is of obvious added significance, it’s an arm that already logged a start for the Bears earlier in the week and an arm they then traded away because dynasty is boring make some trades you pussies. It is also an arm that what was SUPPOSED TO BE starting only once in Week 16, was sort of important to me to avoid facing my sweet sweet Aaron in 2019. Alas he ended up getting bumped up to Sunday, and Lacey ownership did what Lacey ownership does best:  paid lip service to sitting him as some sort of courtesy or signaling of their high moral fiber but MERELY A SIGNAL, they were never gonna sit him WERE THEY (Bears ownership wouldn’t have wanted that, but also was drinking at the time of the initial message so didn’t really offer that opinion clearly one way or the other, so could Doch have even KNOWN what I wanted? Has he ever known what anyone else ever wanted? Has he failed to please everyone in his life?)?! ANYWHOM, ultimately Nola got the nod and that was the right move I wouldn’t have wanted a bullet left in the chamber.

SO, and stay with me now, what we have at this point is the Bears BASICALLY expecting Ks and Ws to go to Lacey, with a possibility of them going 4-4 in QS and tying that up as well….. things seemed bleak to say the least. As I alluded, the BackdoorSliderz had already used a 16 run/4 double/5 HR/15 RBI/.460 OBP Saturday to overtake OBP and generally signal the end times for the Bears upset chances. Or so we thought :))))))))))))))) It would require a good amount of good Lacey pitchers pitching poorly for the Bears to retake the ERA lead, and we had already done everything in our power to try and grab more Ks or more Ws or whatever by signing a buncha shitty SP-eligible relievers and treating it like BCS Sunday. And so at this point Bears ownership was on the beach not paying much mind to these sorts of longshot hypotheticals, is what I’m saying.

FAST FORWARD to late afternoon and suddenly the BackdoorSliderz pitching staff has managed to blow the ERA lead by pitching jusssttttt poorly enough, suddenly the Bears are told they’re clinging to a 7-6-1 advantage, and even more suddenly they must reckon with all of those fucking random SP relievers they brought in to try and grab additional pitching stats. Pretty quickly it was assumed by Bears ownership, QUITE CORRECTLY (because they’re actually super smart and stuff), that those shitty relievers were shitty for a reason and so they would fuck said Bears and return said ERA lead and the overall lead with it probably upon their first opportunity…. almost instantaneously Colin McHugh did just that. Around the same time just GENERAL LIFE LIVING, the sort of thing Rojo has tried to tell us all about from high atop the mountains, prevents Bears ownership (me) from subbing out a resting Nicholas Castellanos for a not-resting Hunter Renfroe. By the time of this realization the DEFINITELY EXPECTED Luis Perdomo earned runs have also crossed the plate and we’ve officially written off ERA (evidently we shouldn’t have we only lost 3.90 to 3.86, I would have been haunted by Josh Tomlin if things broke poorly), now turning the attention to catching the evil LTBS RBIs and/or 2Bs while also defending a slim lead in HRs.

This is gripping stuff, one would imagine, if both owners were both scowling MLBTV and furiously refreshing computer screens to follow along. And in fact for the sake of this blog post we are going to say that Doch definitely was doing precisely that, in some sad little Lacey cave like the ones people used to pretend Bin Laden was hiding in. There’s some parallels there. At some point we know the LTBS closed the HR gap to one (thanks to Soto or Conforto or Santana or one of those fucks, but this isn’t their story) and at some other point we now know Marcus Semien and Danny Santana have homered to give the #DongsCat it’s final margin of victory for the Bears. Small margin, small total overall but it’s not the size that counts. So ALL GOOD ON THE HRs, hooray for the good guys. RBIs inched close (another size pun in here somewhere), some thanks due to Travis D’Arnaud for contributing 7 RBIs for the IBB while only bequeathing 2 RBIs for the LTBS (he’s filled in admirably for Gary Sanchez), but ultimately despite our best efforts bad things sometimes happen to good people and good things sometimes happen to bad people (see Doch’s 2018 season) and so we couldn’t close the gap there. And by “best efforts” I mean we couldn’t close the gap because Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam on the fucking bench, with plenty of space for him in our not-being-used RF slot.

SO RBIs weren’t working out and its down to doubles to slay the beast. Ozzie Albies knocked the lone Sunday double for Lacey, the very excellent Danny Santana and Jonathan Villar and Travis D’Arnaud chipped in their own two-baggers for Island Beach (left out a “two-bagger” joke about Dorothy here), and by the time the dust had settled we arrived at a very unsatisfying 6-6-2 tie heading into Sunday Night Sawks-Yanks. This could not stand, however….

SUNDAY NIGHT SAWKS-YANKS (7.28.19 Anno Domini)

The Yankee-loathing Lacey outfit has no participants in the Sunday night game, the Bears have ❤ Edwin Encarnacion ❤ and Aaron Hicks. The Bears need one double or 4 RBIs to finally hand the BackdoorSliderz a much-needed loss in 2019, and the presence of Edwin in this equation has them quietly CONFIDENT….. so confident they are not watching the game one bit, and are going to Mellow Mushroom. I think I’m back from Mellow by the time Edwin evidently smokes a single in the top of the 5th…..

….that moves Hicks to 3rd and no farther, so yea running out of innings but WE ARE FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE. STILL. I think at this point I’m “watching a documentary” on PFAS, Edwin would not betray this organization.

In the 7th inning, we get what we need and by “we” I mean THE LEAGUE AS A WHOLE needed:

 

Encarnación doubled to left center, Hicks to third.
PITCH TYPE MPH
Double Slider 82

 

Print that out and smoke it folks, I’m giving you PITCH TYPE and everything here. I will also note the double was hit off of Bad Dudes RELIEVER PHENOM EXTRAORDINAIRE Darwinzon Hernandez.

 

Bears win 7-6-1

Bears win self-proclaimed “last week they give a shit about winning”

Undefeated season for the ButtSliderz is off the table, which is a bit of a relief I think we can all agree

Bears now have to keep giving a shit until formally eliminated from playoffs (TAKE NOTE ROJO), which isn’t a relief per se but is still FINE ITS FINE we can pay attention to a fantasy baseball league while still existing in the world (TAKE NOTE LOBMAN, OR MAYBE ROJO, I am forgetting the gripes at this point)….

The league is saved and you’re all fucking welcome

Look I know this one was a bit of a coin flip in several spots and we just have easily could have allowed the LTBS to escape with yet another win and they’re still the current favorites (though clearly I think we’ve exposed some kinks in the armor, not gonna tell anyone what they are it’s a big secret) for that OTHER champeenship still to be awarded. I know all these things. But I also know that this shit needed to end and so Edwin ended it, and so nobody ever ask me if he was available to trade for ever again. Notta one of youz. ANYWAYZ Week 17 has the Bears still in the bracket hunt weirdly enough, so they’re gonna head to Ocean Gate and try and beat those jackasses. And if they don’t at least they beat this jackass. This jackass and his ButtSliderz take on the River City Bad Dudes in our Backyard Battle Of The Week.

 

What’s Next (Week 17):  IBB @ OGFC (6-9-1 @ 8-7-1)

                   
LTBS v. RCBD (16-1 v. 6-7-3) *BBOTW*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for edwin encarnacion GIF

 

Had to get one more in ^ 

 

2019 Week 16 Review: “Return of Rollins, Return of Key Cat, Exposing of Doch As Fraud” Edition

July Power Rankings

June is in the books and it is time to do the monthly power rankings for the start of July.  To take a more objective approach, I tried to quantify the category rankings to help with the Power Rankings.  I did this by simply adding up a team’s rank in all the categories and dividing by the number of categories to find what I am going to call a team’s rating, just so I don’t use the word ranking 600 times in this blog entry.  I did this new rating system through the categories for offensive, pitching, and overall.  Obviously, the lower number rating the better, since every team would want to be first in every category.  This is by no means a perfect system, but if teams are close in record, their overall rating will be looked at to give a more objective approach to how they are ranked in the Power Rankings.  All stats for the rating system were done as of the afternoon of Monday, July 1, so week 14 stats will not be counted toward the rating system.

#1 Lacey Township Backdoor Sliderz 13-0

Runs (1), 2Bs (6), 3Bs (t-6), HRs (2), RBIs (3), SBs (3), OBP (1)        

Ks (2), QS (3), CG (1), WINS (3), SVs (3), Hs (t-6), ERA (2)                 

Offensive Rating 3.14 (1st)

Pitching Rating 2.85 (1st)

Overall rating 3.00 (1st)

Well the reigning champion Backdoor Sliderz remain undefeated and have clinch the number 1 seed for the playoffs before the all-star break.  As you can see by the category ratings, this is no fluke.  This is a complete, well balanced team that is rated first in offense and first in pitching in the league.  Their team has been known to devastate opponents to the point that they need to call out of work.  There’s a lot of young talent on this roster that should help them compete and make people call out of work for years to come, that is if they don’t break the league this season.  They already have 4 players with over 20 HRs (Bellinger, Freeman, Bregman, Acuna).  Albies and Domingo Santana are 2 other young hitters having themselves real nice seasons.  Santana has over 60 RBIs. 

We already saw what some of the young prospects they have can do last year in Soto, Albies, and Acuna, now we are seeing what Tatis Jr. and to a smaller sample size Keston Hiura can do.  Tatis Jr. looks legit if you ask me, which makes me love the Altuve trade for him and Bellinger even more.  A trade that caught Dochney some flak last year from most, not all though.

The pitchers don’t quite have as much youth as the hitters on Dochney’s Diaper Dandies.  They are led by the ageless wonder Justin Verlander as well as veterans like Greinke and deGrom.  Walker Buehler is the young gun of the group who is putting together a nice season with his 3.43 ERA and 104 Ks in 97 IP.  Robbie Ray is very serviceable because of his K rate but not quite as heralded as the rest because of his inconsistencies and inability to go deep into games.  I am sure everyone around the league would take a guy with 129 Ks in 98.2 IP. 

Relievers look solid for the Sliderz.  Osuna, Holland, and Colome all have firm control over their closer roles while putting up good numbers.  D Backs and White Sox need to hang around those Wild Card spots long enough for Holland and Colome not to get traded into setup roles at this year’s MLB deadline though, which is a lot to ask for.

#2 Ocean Gate Fishing Club 6-6-1

Runs (4), 2Bs (3), 3Bs (2), HRs (5), RBIs (6), SBs (4), OBP (2)            

Ks (4), QS (2), CG (t-4), WINS (6), SVs (2), Hs (9), ERA (1)                 

Offensive Rating 3.71 (3rd)

Pitching Rating 4 (3rd)

Overall Rating 3.86 (2nd)

The Fishing Club currently sit tied for 4th place in the standings but they make it to number 2 in the Power Rankings.  This is the first team that gets bumped up in the Power Rankings based on their ratings from the new imperfect system that was just created.  They are only a half game out of 2nd place anyway so it’s not a huge leap.  They have the 3rd rated offense and the 3rd rated pitching, but overall, they are the second rated team.  We all know what their core of can do.  I am talking about Trout, Betts, Rizzo, and Bryant, who is having himself a nice little come back campaign.  They also have some young players who are breaking out in a big way like Josh Bell, who has 25 HRs, 77 RBI, and 65 Runs as of July 2.  Austin Meadows is also enjoying himself a nice little breakout season as well, although he has been plummeting down to Earth over his last 30 days with 0 HRs and .267 OBP over that span.  Heroy may have missed his chance to trade Meadows at this point, especially now that I am blasting his last 30 on the blog.  The rookies are looking solid.  Senzel is doing just fine in his first taste of the big leagues, while Yordan Alvarez and Eloy Jimenez look like they will be legit power threats for a long time in this league.  Eloy

The pitching was a question mark heading into the season for Ocean Gate, but they have been phenomenal.  Luis Castillo has bounced back in a big way with a 2.56 ERA and 115 Ks in 98.1 IP.  We all knew Gerrit Cole was a stud, he has 161 Ks in 109.2 IP.  Tyler Glasnow was looking like another breakout star before being going down with a forearm injury.  Heroy probably won’t get him back before the end of the Backyard season, but I guess there’s still hope. 

His bullpen is solid with Iglesias, Vazquez, and Hader.  Hader hates to give up hits to minorities so he decides to strike them all out instead with his.  He is probably the best reliever in all of baseball and has a ridiculous 16.8 K/9.  Iglesias and Vazquez are prime trade candidates if the Reds and Pirates fall out of that Wild Card Contention, so the Fishing Club better be rooting for the Pirates and Reds to stay relevant in July.

#3 East Coast Kings 7-6

Runs (3), 2Bs (4), 3Bs (3), HRs (3), RBIs (5), SBs (2), OBP (3)

Ks (7), QS (4), CG (t-4), WINS (2), SVs (6), Hs (10), ERA (5)               

Offensive Rating 3.28 (2nd)

Pitching Rating 5.43 (6th)

Overall Rating 4.36 (4th)

R Mac has put together a nice a little squad for himself.  When I first came into this league, he was a pitching first team, but now he has a lot of young stud hitters while his pitching staff is more than formidable.  Let’s get Yelich talk out of the way since he is challenging Trout as best baseball player on the planet currently. Yelich only has 30 HRs, 65 Runs, 66 RBIs, 18 SBs, and a .428 OBP this season so far.  Still has a week to pad those stats prior to the all-star break.  He just traded for Rhys Hoskins in what I thought was a great move for R Mac.  Sold high on Ketel Marte in that move, good job.  Gleyber Torres is a stud buried down at the bottom of the Yankees stacked lineup but that’s ok because there’s still plenty of run producing opportunities down there.  Javier Baez continues to carry over his success from last year.  Yoan Moncada is finally playing up to his potential as well.  Saying finally seems harsh when he’s only 24 years old, but that’s what he gets for signing a huge contract at 19.

On the pitching side of things, the Kings look great on paper.  They have Paxton, Kershaw, Berrios Strasburg, and Syndergaard.  Paxton and Syndergaard have been mildly disappointing though, especially Thor for me personally being a Mets fan.  You can throw 99 all you want but when you leave it down the middle, big leaguers are going to catch up on it.  If the pitching stays healthy and clicks like they are supposed to, this will be a very dangerous team come playoff time.  Let’s not forget 2-way player Brendan McKay just getting called up by the Rays ready to contribute minors eligible innings and at bats for the Kings. 

In the bullpen, Doolittle and Hand are good options that I do not think stand to much a risk to be traded.  Kimbrel finally signed with the Cubs and that is great place for him to be and R Mac could not be happier after enduring those 2 long months of dead space on his roster.

#4 Astoria Isotopes 7-6

Runs (5), 2Bs (5), 3Bs (1), HRs (6), RBIs (7), SBs (9), OBP (4)            

Ks (5), QS (5), CG (3), WINS (8), SVs (8), Hs (t-1), ERA (7)                

Offensive rating 5.29 (6th)

Pitching Rating 5.29 (5th)

Overall Rating 5.29 (5th)

The IsoDOPES just had their impressive 7 game win streak snapped by the top team in the league and fell to 4th in the Power Rankings despite being tied for 2nd in the standings and just getting Judge back from injury.  T might have a legitimate gripe with the blog for his 4th place ranking, especially considering they were just in the championship game like I don’t know, 10 months ago.  But screw it, I have the rankings power now, and I am putting too much stock in my nowhere near perfect rating system, a system in which T is rated 5th in offense, pitching, and overall.  So, don’t @ me with your gripes bro, if anything you’re overrated in the power rankings.

The Topes have some good hitting.  Mike Moustakas, who I have a personal bias against I guess because I don’t think he is that good, has an Isotopes leading 23 HRs before the all-star break.  Those 23 HRs make me look real silly for making my previous statement.  Arenado and Blackmon have been a dynamic 1-2 punch as the Colorado edition of the Isotopes.  Each have 20 HRs, and OBPs north of .380.  DJ LaMahieu may be the hottest hitter in all of baseball currently, he has over 60 runs and RBIs before the all-star break.  He is another player I once doubted and questioned how he would hit away from Coors Field.  I am eating my words once again on that one.  Matt Olson has 16 HRs while missing the first like 6 weeks of the season or something like that, which is impressive.  This team’s offense is just going to get deadlier as they are just getting Judge back. 

Pitching is just so-so on paper for the Topes.  Chris Sale is a stud, I don’t feel like talking about him.  Mike Minor is a revelation this season with his 2.40 ERA and 110 Ks in 112.2 IP.  They have the ever-valuable SP eligible pitchers picking up saves for them in Sergio Romo and Ian Kennedy.  Both of which could be traded and out of closers roles by the end of the month though, because the teams they play for stink. 

#5 Rojo’s Renegade Force 6-6-1

Runs (7), 2Bs (10), 3Bs (10), HRs (4), RBIs (4), SBs (6), OBP (6)       

Ks (10), QS (t-6), CG (t-4), WINS (10), SVs (10), Hs (t-1), ERA (3)    

Offensive Rating 6.71 (7th)

Pitching Rating 6.29 (7th)

Overall Rating 6.5 (t-7th)

Dodgers pitcher Ryu firing out a fastball

Rojo Rojo Rojo.  Fan favorite of the league.  Winner of the superlative “most likely to not start 12 in a week.”  I probably should have given him a lower rank for his lack of commitment, but I was more impressed that he sits in a playoff spot even with that lack of commitment.  He doesn’t exactly go by the Rays Ways philosophy that Odom does, but he does go by the full line changes and I do not need a closer philosophy.  Don’t leave the league Rojo!!! You’re the only non asshole out of your group of friends, don’t leave me with all these other losers next year.

Let’s start off by talking about another player I have openly ripped in the chat or blog before.  Eric Hosmer has a Force leading 60 RBI this season.  That just upsets me, because I guess I have a personal bias for no good reason against the guy because I always say he stinks and I guess I was wrong, again.  Rafael Devers having himself a fine season in Boston.  Joey Gallo is not shocking anyone with his 20 HRs, but he has a .426 OBP!!!!!! Goldschmidt has been slightly disappointing, while Chavis has been a rookie sensation.  Also, Springer is a stud, but we knew that.  And Shohei shoheiing us that he is valuable even when he is not being a 2-way player.

On the pitching side of things, Ryu has been a boss (1.83 ERA, 94 Ks, 103 IP, 13 QS, 9 Ws).  Bumgarner looking to have a Verlander like resurgence if he could get traded to a contender by the end of the month.  But I know Bummy has a weird no trade list that I do not feel like looking up right now but recall there being some contenders on that list.  Maybe just a ploy to get them to commit long term to Bummy before trading for him.  Let’s not forget about fan favorite Charlie Morton, who has been unstoppable for Tampa this year (100 IP, 120 Ks, 2.43 ERA).

#6 Barnegat Banana Slugs 5-7-1

Runs (10), 2Bs (9), 3Bs (6), HRs (10), RBIs (9), SBs (8), OBP (8)       

Ks (3), QS (1), CG (t-4), WINS (7), SVs (7), Hs (5), ERA (4)                 

Offensive Rating 8.57 (10th)

Pitching Rating 4.43 (4th)

Overall Rating 6.5 (t-7th)

The Slugs currently are tied for 6th place with the Island Beach Bears.  I have no idea who would win the tie breaker if the season ended today, but we have a few weeks until we need to worry about that junk, if we need to worry about it by then.  This Slugs team is built on their pitching.  They are rated 4th currently, and sport quite an impressive rotation.  Simply put Max Scherzer is the best pitcher in the game and he is doing it again this year.  He owns a 2.43 ERA to go along with 170 Ks in 122.1 IP, 15 QS, and 8 Ws.  Yeah…. Um, he’s good.  The pitching doesn’t end with Scherzer, Trevor Bauer has 134 Ks while Patrick Corbin and Jon Gray each have 111.  Rookie sensation Chris Paddack looks very legit and being sent down to the minors for those few weeks might have been the best thing to happen for the Slugs if he avoids being shut down for the Backyard playoffs.  Oh yeah, there’s this other guy named Severino sitting on the IL for the Slugs.  Unfortunately, he may not be healed in time to make in a difference this year in the Backyard.  Also, Kirby Yates has 27 saves for the Padres, that’s good for most in the league by the way. 

The Slugs offense is a work in progress.  They are 10th in the category ratings, which basically equates to them being hot garbage (if you put stock in the irrelevant ratings that is).  Not ideal, but there’s potential here.  Luke Voit and Eddie Rosario both just landed on the IL, fortunately it doesn’t appear to be serious for either player.  Story, Eugenio Suarez and Jorge Polanco are all having good years as well.  Puig’s 17 HRs and 13 SBs are pretty good despite a .289 OBP and only 35 runs scored (this is considered having a monster season if you have a team with a shitty offense like the Slugs do).  Vlad Jr. has big time potential and we certainly haven’t seen him anywhere near his best. 

#7 Island Beach Bears 5-7-1

Runs (6), 2Bs (8), 3Bs (9), HRs (7), RBIs (8), SBs (7), OBP (9)            

Ks (8), QS (10), CG (10), WINS (5), SVs (4), Hs (3), ERA (10)             

Offensive Rating 7.71 (9th)

Pitching Rating 7.14 (9th)

Overall Rating 7.43 (9th)

As previously stated, the Island Bears are currently tied with the Slugs for the final playoff spot.  They rated 9th in all 3 of the categories.  Gary Sanchez is the best fantasy catcher in baseball with his 23 HRs.  Altuve has been banged up a bit and disappointing in general during his Bears tenure, but who knows, he could be healthy and back to his MVP like form any day now.  Edwin Encarnacion is another ageless wonder as he just keeps hitting bombs everywhere he goes and is now part of a modern-day Murderer’s Row.  Max Muncy and Dan Vogelbach have been having very good years as both have 20 HRs so far.  Possibly their good play and three mashers with first base eligibility is why the Bears traded Hoskins for Ketel Marte. 

Aaron Nola is the Bears best pitcher and set a pretty high bar for himself last year.  So, his 4.22 ERA this year is disappointing to say the least.  He still has 110 Ks in 96 IP, and he will be fine over the long run.  After Nola the Bears staff gets a little dicey.  Domingo German was amid a breakout season before getting injured.  Started pitching like dogshit in his last 3 starts before landing on the IL, but the Bears are hoping he gets back to his form in the first 10 starts when he comes back this week.

#8 Lakehurst Leviathans 5-8

Runs (9), 2Bs (7), 3Bs (5), HRs (9), RBIs (10), SBs (5), OBP (7)          Offensive Rating 7.49 (8th)

Ks (9), QS (8), CG (t-8), WINS (9), SVs (9), Hs (4), ERA (9)                 

Offensive Rating 7.49 (8th)

Pitching Rating 8 (10th)

Overall 7.71 (10th)

Shane’s 5 wins so far is the same amount of wins Shane had in his first 2 seasons in the league.  In fact, Shane’s squad is sitting a half game out of the final playoff spot with 5 weeks left in the Backyard season.  A playoff birth is very attainable for the fan favorite Leviathans.  He is rated 10th overall in the category ratings, but that rating is probably meaningless anyway. 

My main man Carlos Santana having a hell of a season back in Cleveland (55 Runs, 18 HRs, 50 RBI, .411 OBP).  Adalberto Mondesi is leading the league in SBs with 27 and 3Bs with 8.  Grandal is one of the few catchers worth rostering and has 18 HRs this year with a .379 OBP. 

Pitching hasn’t gone quite according to plan for the Leviathans.  Soroka has been a stud with a 2.13 ERA and 9 Wins for the Braves, but his 67 Ks in 84.2 IP is unimpressive.  Jack Flaherty’s 94 Ks in 85.1 IP is impressive, but his 6 QS and 4.75 ERA is not.  Matthew Boyd having a great year for Shane’s favorite team and I feel his 129 Ks is slightly out of nowhere.  His 11.4 K/9 is a dramatic increase from his career 8.4 K/9 and he’s not sacrificing control with a 1.8 BB/9 on the year. 

#9 Pacific Beach X-Rays 3-7-3

Runs (8), 2Bs (1), 3Bs (4), HRs (8), RBIs (3), SBs (1), OBP (10)         

Ks (1), QS (t-6), CG (2), WINS (1), SVs (1), Hs (8), ERA (6)                 

Offensive Rating 5 (5th)

Pitching Rating 3.57 (2nd)

Overall Rating 4.28 (3rd)

Another team that has been struck by some bad luck this season.  The category ratings justify the Rays Ways philosophy that Odom has implemented as they are the 3rd overall rated team in the league, even though their record has them tied for last.  They throw bulkers at you on a regular basis, constantly get to the 100 K mark during a week and have tied the Ks record twice this year.  The saves and stolen bases are there, just like every year for the Rays, but now their RBI numbers are way up to 3rd in the league.  6th in ERA is not bad either considering he’ll throw any bulker at you seemingly going against any team.

Tough to talk about individuals on a team that has literally made 1243 moves so far this year.  Lourdes Gurriel Jr and Austin Riley each look like they’re sticking around, and each have 14 HRs in under 200 at bats this season.  Jose Ramirez is supposed to be their best player but has struggled a whole lot this season, at least he has 18 SBs.  Speaking of steals, I know Odom is happy about rostering Mallex Smith these days and his 21 SBs. 

The pitching side of things is tough to track as well for the X-Rays.  They love to stream their bulkers, especially their Tampa Bay Rays bulkers.  Outside of the bulkers, Snell has taken a step back, but still has an insane 117 Ks in 85 IP.  Lucas Giolito has been a stud this season for the White Sox with his 115 Ks in 96 IP with a 2.72 ERA and 11 wins.  They also grab a lot of saves out of Chapman, Greene, and even Edwin Diaz.  Diaz is now a Met though so naturally his ERA has gone up 2 runs.

#10 River City Bad Dudes 3-7-3

Runs (2), 2Bs (2), 3Bs (8), HRs (1), RBIs (1), SBs (10), OBP (5)         

Ks (6), QS (9), CG (t-8), WINS (4), SVs (t-5), Hs (t-6), ERA (8)           

Offensive Rating 4.14 (4th)

Pitching Rating 6.57 (8th)

Overall 5.36 (6th)

This is a very unfair ranking for the Bad Dudes, the category ratings say he’s much better than last in the league.  Lobman and Odom should both probably be in the top 6 and not the bottom like they currently sit in the standings. Lobman has been struck with a lot of bad luck this year if you ask me.  His lineup has a ton of power and run producing evidenced by his recent record setting 28 HR and 87 RBI week, but he was only rated the 4th best offense because it does lack some speed.  This lineup boasts the likes of Pete Alonso, Manny Machado, and Matt Chapman who all have at least 20 HRs.  Bryce Harper and Willson Contreras are both good players, although it could be said Harper, the former prodigy and MVP has been disappointing this season.  All this is forgetting to mention that Giancarlo Stanton only has 31 at bats this season.  In a Stanton related note, I heard Stanton just signed a sponsorship deal with Herr’s to name a potato chip after him…. AJ Pollock has a deal with Lay’s.

The pitching is where this team seems to fall apart.  Alex Reyes is currently wasting a roster spot with his 53 career IP currently sitting in the minors.  Brandon Woodruff is really the only pitcher of note for this team with his 3.79 ERA and 120 Ks in 102 IP.  The Bad Dudes have a few prospect pitchers who can not make it to the majors soon enough for Lobman. 

July Power Rankings

Week 13 Recap

Dedicated to Tyler Skaggs after his untimely passing.

Week 13 is in the books and we saw one impressive winning streak end to an even more impressive winning streak.  We already have the first seed for the playoffs clinched and we’re not even at the all-star break.  This clinching of the first seed means nothing, because all that matters is just getting into the playoffs, record doesn’t matter once in the playoffs. 

We also saw 2 teams flirt with breaking the Ks record, the HR beaten, and RBI record getting demolished, albeit in a losing effort.  Most of the matchups ended up not being that close except for 2. 

Unfortunately, there are no Jerichos to report this week either.  This is sad news because of the newly found interest in the distinction with the name change which everyone around the league seems to agree is a much better name.

East Coast Kings silence Rojo’s Renegade Force 8-2-4

MVP

Nelson Cruz 5 Runs 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 10 RBI, .500 OBP

In an interesting strategic decision, Rojo decided it would be best to only make 7 out of 12 starts this week.  Bold strategy Cotton!  The move did not pay off as this matchup wasn’t particularly close, I am sure Rojo had numerous empty lineup spots as well if he only started 7 pitchers this week.  48 Ks might be an all-time low, but I don’t feel like fact checking that.  One must start questioning how long Rojo is going to stick around the Backyard or if he is just too cool for us losers.

R Mac won the battle of the chat mutes with relative ease this week.  He himself only made 11 starts, but that was still 4 more than the other Ryan in the league.  Nelson Cruz had a big week on his way to matchup MVP honors.  I guess I’ll make mention of Rafael Devers’ 7 2Bs this week, because that is impressive whether his GM was paying attention to him or not.

Next week

RRF (6-6-1) v IBB (5-7-1)

ECK (7-6) v RAYS (3-7-3)

Pacific Beach X-Rays bulk their way to victory against Ocean Gate Fishing Club 9-3-2

MVP

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 7 Runs, 1 2B, 5 HRs, 8 RBI, .462 OBP

Lourdy Lourd, Gurriel had himself a week with his 7 Runs, 5 HRs, and 8 RBI.  He gets the MVP of the matchup despite The X-Rays tying the Ks record this week.  He got a lot of Ks from a lot of guys including like 16 or something from Snell, but his other stats weren’t the most impressive considering he had 1 so-so start out of his 2 this week.  Kevin Newman was another big bat for the Rays chipping in 3 HRs and 7 RBIs.  X-Rays may be tied for last, but do not mistake them for an easy win.  The no light days and bulking philosophy makes this team very dangerous.  They may have suffered from a bit of bad luck this season as well when you look at where they rank on the year in all the categories, but we’ll expand on that more in the July Power Rankings.

Greg’s team is pretty good in their own right.  He got big strike out performances from pitchers Bieber (17 Ks), Cole (13 Ks), and Fried (14 Ks), but unfortunately, he was playing the guy who seems to get 100 Ks every week.  The Fishing Club disappointed on offense this week which is a shame considering some of those guys they have.  They look to bounce back against the Isotopes in the extended Week 14.

Next Week

RAYS (3-7-3) v ECK (7-6)

OGFC (6-6-1) v TOPES (7-6)

Barnegat Banana Slugs out pitch the slugging Bad Dudes 7-6-1


***MVP OF THE WEEK***

Max Scherzer 16 IP, 24 Ks, 2 QS, 2 W, 1.29 ERA

87 RBI for the now last place Bad Dudes.  This shattered the previous RBI record which was established in the BD era, so who really cares about that old record anyway.  His 28 HRs were also an all-time Backyard record.  All this was done with Stanton landing back on the IL.  And you can forget about the 60/60 club, Lobman just established 60/80 club.  Most impressive part about these records is how Lobman still didn’t win the matchup.  He’s still a loser, even with his 62 Runs, 28 HRs, 87 RBI, and .388 OBP.  Lobman only has a few more weeks to trade for some pitching.  He may be sitting in last place currently, but he is by no means out of this playoff race. 

Breaking News.  Mad Max is pretty good.  24 K week is no joke no matter how many starts you have.  He was simply dominant and helped bring the Slugs to 1 K away from tying the all time K record with Odom’s Rays this week.  Trevor Bauer also pitched in 12 Ks over 6.2 innings.  This matchup was a classic pitching vs hitting battle and pitching won.  All the other team had to do was win 1 category on their weak side and the Slugs were able to win doubles.  Luke Voit only hitter of note for the Slugs as he chipped in 5 2Bs.

Next Week

BBS (5-7-1) v LTBS (13-0)

RCBD (3-7-3) v LAKE (5-8)

Island Beach Bears beat Lakehurst Leviathans 7-2-5

MVP
Max Muncy 4 Runs, 1 2B, 3 HRs, 12 RBI, .367 OBP

Well this was an ugly matchup looking at the surface stats, so much so that I really do not want to spend to much time on it.  Bears won the category of ERA for the week with a hideous 5.65 ERA to Shane’s 6.00.  Max Muncy was good, 12 RBI weeks are very impressive.  To the Bears credit, 51 RBIs is pretty good, but .317 OBP is not.  The only teams that both these teams would have beat beside each other was probably the 7 start Renegades.

Next Week

IBB (5-7-1) v RRF (6-6-1)

LAKE (5-8) v RCBD (3-7-3)

***MATCHUP OF THE WEEK REVIEW***

Lacey Township Backdoor Sliderz stay undefeated with Sunday night magic to beat Astoria Isotopes 7-5-2

MVP

Ronald Acuna Jr 11 Runs, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 2 RBI, 4 SBs, .469 OBP

The matchup of the week did not fail to deliver.  The rematch from last year’s championship came down to the wire as Dochney was able to lean on the Baby Braves stirring up Sunday night magic in order to capture a victory.  It was Acuna’s home run that solidified the win for the REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED BACKYARD CHAMPION OF THE WOOOOOOOOORLD, SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEAAAAAN DOCHNEY! (imagine Paul Heyman delivering that).  T’s winning streak ended at 7 while Dochney’s streak is now at 18 dating back to last season.  Dochney has clinched the top seed and it’s not even the ASB.

Dochney did everything he could do to lose this matchup by having empty lineup spots on full days with players sitting in their respected MLB lineup.  Missed out on a DeGrom QS because I was sleeping at the wheel and left him on the bench.  But the Sliderz were able to produce just enough while I was on auto pilot.  Pitching was awful for the Backdoor Sliderz.  Seems like they just have not been that sharp over the last few weeks, which is not a good sign going into an 18-start week against the Slugs.

T had a tough loss in this one as he lost a Sunday lead to Dochney’s squad down in Lacey.  T was so emotionally crippled and traumatized from #DochWeek that he had to take off work Monday.  Can anybody get LaMahieu out right now btw?  He was dominant once again with 8 Runs, 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, .654 OBP.  Charlie Blackmon is also back folks as he had himself one hell of a week as well (11 Runs, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, .452 OBP). 

Next Week

LTBS (13-0) v BBS (5-7-1)

TOPES (7-6) v OGFC (6-6-1)

A LOOK AHEAD

Next week will be the extended 2-week matchup because of the all-star break.  Each team will be able to start 18 pitchers.  The biggest storyline will be how many starts will Rojo throw out there? 

***Matchup of the week in week 14 East Coast Kings (7-6) vs Pacific Beach X-Rays (3-7-3)***

This is a shocking turn of events as I stated that Dochney will be getting every matchup of the week until his streak ends, but it was decided that R Mac and Odom getting it this week.  Odom is fighting to keep his playoff hopes alive as he goes against a formidable foe in R Mac.  Odom is sitting tied for last, but I do not believe his team is a last place team when looking at his stats compared to the rest of the league.  He may be victim to some bad luck according to the new rating system that means nothing that was just created by Dochney.  This will be expanded upon further in the July Power Rankings

Week 13 Recap

WEEK 12 REVIEW

Week 12 is in the book folks.  There were some tight matchups that went down to the wire.  A few teams stayed hot; one team in particular stayed undefeated.  Five players were added to the ever popular and fan favorite List of Jericho. 

Island Beach Bears are out pitched and lose to the Barnegat Banana Slugs 6-5-2

MVP

Yasiel Puig 5 runs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs, .393 OBP

These teams are tied for 7th place with each having a record of 4-7-1, only a half game behind Shane’s Leviathans for the 6th and final playoff spot who sit at 5-7.  It was the pitching that led the Slugs to victory as they dominated the pitching categories 5-0-2.  Of course, this means they lost the hitting categories 1-5-1, only winning steals in a close 5-4 battle.

Gary Sanchez continues to mash as he had 3 HRs and 9 RBI on the week and now has 23 home runs on the year for the Bears.  That Yankees lineup going to be fun to watch as they are starting to get healthy.  The Bears pitching continues to struggle on the season, their team ERA was 5.45 this week.  The Bears are ranked 10th in team ERA and QS on the season.  Doesn’t help when Aaron Nola is pitching a gem from the bench on

Yasiel Puig recorded a Jericho on his way to earning the MVP of the matchup.  His 2 steals proved to be the most important of his stats recorded this week.  Steals were the only offensive category that the Slugs narrowly won this week.  It was all they needed though, because the Bears pitching is just not very good.  Strong pitching performances this week from Lance Lynn (15 Ks in 2 starts), Max Scherzer (10 Ks), and Patrick Corbin (8 Ks) for the slugs.  Shout out to Adam Ottavino and his 3 holds for the Slugs who won the holds category 3-2. 

JERICHOs

Puig – BBS

NEXT WEEK

BBS (4-7-1) v RCBD (3-6-3)

IBB (4-7-1) v LAKE (5-7)

Isotopes stay hot by beating off the Bad Dudes 7-6-1

MVP

DJ LeMahieu 10 Runs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB, .519 OBP

Another closely contested Backyard matchup.  There’s a new DJ taking over the infield in the Bronx.  LaMahieu had himself a damn good week with 10 runs and 10 RBI and OBP over .500.  He also had himself the only triple of the matchup.  He was only a double short of the prestigious Jericho, that every hitter so desires to get every week.  This was the 7th straight victory for the Isotopes who now sit in second place after starting the season 0-5.  Ian Kennedy had 2 saves with SP eligibility. Kennedy is over 30 and a former Yankee, this is the only reason why T knows his name.

The Bad Dudes offense is pretty good.  51 runs and 54 RBIs for the week.  Peter Alonso continues to rake .548 OBP, 7 runs, 8 RBIs, 4 HRs, 3 2Bs. Chapman, Mazara, and Machado all had big weeks on their own.  This offense is just getting Stanton back too, who will find his groove and start crushing home runs soon enough.  Maybe they should think of trading a bat for a pitcher, I know I’d be willing to take Alonso off his hands.  6.25 team ERA for the Bad Dudes this week.  Their best pitcher on the season has been Brandon Woodruff (114 Ks in 94.1 IP, 7 QS, 9 Ws, 4.01 ERA).  Pretty solid year for Woodruff I will admit, but they need some more weapons out there.  Shout out to Alex Reyes sitting at 53 IP in his career.  Alex just left a AAA start with pectoral discomfort this week (cue the San Andreas “ah shit, here we go again” meme).  He has been struggling in the minors this year anyway, but it would sure be nice for that guy to stay healthy.

NEXT WEEK

RCBD (3-6-3) v BBS (4-7-1)

TOPES (7-5) v LTBD (12-0) ***Matchup of the Week***

Ocean Gate Fishing Club dominate the East Coast Kings 10-2-2

***MVP OF THE WEEK***

Mike Trout 7 Runs, 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB, .559 OBP

It appears Greg doesn’t love R Mac anymore after this week (or whatever Greg’s name was for a couple of those weeks).  This one wasn’t even close.  The Fishing Club’s staff was excellent with 9 QS, 2.42 ERA, 6 Saves, 4 Holds.  Cole Hamels, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber strong weeks, while Castillo racked up 13 Ks in an otherwise mediocre 2 start week.  Trout was just a monster as he shows us why he is the best baseball player on the planet.  Heroy got good performances from other spots on the offense as well.  Alvarez had 3 HR and 8 RBI, while Betts was a 2B away from a Jericho.  Amed Rosario was motivated by my words last week and showed he has a pulse (.458 OBP, 4 runs, 3 2Bs, 2 RBI, 3 SB).  Get your trade offers in while you have a chance folks!

Berrios was impressive in a 2-start week for the Kings 15 IP, 13 Ks, 2 QS.  Christian Yelich is keeping up with his usual insanity and hit another 3 dingers this week bringing his season total 29.  Yeah, he’s pretty good too and in contention for this whole best baseball player on the planet thing (63 Runs, 29 HRs, 63 RBIs, 17 SB, .435 OBP).  The Kings are looking to bounce back this week against the Renegades.

NEXT WEEK

OGFC (6-5-1) v RAYS (2-7-3)

ECK (6-6) v RRF (6-5-1)

Lakehurst Leviathans beat Rojo’s Renegade Force 9-3-2

MVP

Carlos Santana 7 Runs, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 1 SB .500 OBP

The Leviathans pull out their 5th victory on the season, which is the total they had in their first 2 seasons combined.  Nice little turn around going on here for Shane as they currently sit in the 6th and final playoff spot.  The groin injury to Mondesi hurts this squad a bit, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious, hopefully he is back out there recording Jericho’s soon.  Carlos Santana is a stud while wearing an Indians uniform.  One of the more underrated players around the league had himself quite a week with 7 Runs, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 1 SB .500 OBP.  He is having a great season so far for a Cleveland team that is suddenly hot in June (Santana has 53 Runs, 14 2Bs, 1 3B, 17 HRs, 47 RBIs, 3 SB, .417 OBP).  Sticking with the Indians theme, Oscar Mercado had a nice little Jericho as well for Lakehurst this week.

Overall this matchup was a little underwhelming when comparing to the other scores around the league.  Rojo and his Gades are sitting in the 4th playoff spot currently.  Elvis Andrus chipped in a Jericho.  Rojo will look to bounce back next week in a tough matchup against the East Coast Kings.

JERICHOs

LAKE – Oscar Mercado

RRF – Elvis Andrus

NEXT WEEK

LAKE (5-7) v IBB (4-7-1)

RRF (6-5-1) v ECK (6-6)

***MATCHUP OF THE WEEK REVIEW***

Backdoor Sliderz hold off X-Rays 7-6-1 to stay undefeated

MVP

Walker Buehler CG, 2 ER, 16 Ks, 1 W

The matchup of the week lived up to its hype as it came down to the wire Sunday night.  Dochney fell 1 RBI short of the elusive 60/60 club for the second straight week.  With the X-Rays needing a steal Sunday night, Yadier Molina took second base for a defensive indifference in the 9th while Cards were trailing.  If that had been ruled a steal this matchup would have ended in a tie.  There were plenty of storylines going on in this close matchup.  These were the only 2 teams to reach the 100 K mark this week.  Odom’s squad finished first or second around the league in the categories of runs, 2Bs, steals, Ks, wins, and saves.  X-Rays probably would have won against any other team this week. 

With steals up for grabs going into Sunday, that underdog team in Lacey streamed the long time X-Rays cornerstone and former Backyard champion Billy Hamilton.  Billy would go on to have 2 SBs Sunday, helping to keep the category tied at 10 which was critical for the win for those underdog champion good guys residing in Forked River.  Domingo Santana and Freddie Freeman had themselves a big week, each with 10 RBIs and OBP north of .440.  Buehler was absolutely dominant in his 16 K complete game, which avoided extra innings with a Matt Beaty walk off.  Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of their pitcher tossing a 9-inning gem without getting a CG…. Nobody!  Verlander and DeGrom brought it in their 2 start weeks with Verlander having 17 Ks and DeGrom 19.  Big time Jericho for Childish Bambino (4 Runs, 2 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs, .500 OBP).

X-Rays put up one hell of a fight.  As stated before, he probably would have won any other matchup. #NoLightDays was in full effect, attacking you with bulk pitchers seemingly every day.  Felix Pena was especially effective in this role having 10 Ks for the week without eating up a start for the X-Rays.  X-Rays also got a good performance out of Zach Plesac in a 2-start week (2 QS, 8 Ks, 2 Wins, 1.29 ERA).  Jose Ramirez showing signs a life, picking up a Jericho this week.  It feels like the Indians have been all over this recap, right?  Mallex Smith continues to hit since his call up, 8 Runs and 3 SBs this week.

JERICHOs

Juan Soto – LTBS

Jose Ramirez – RAYS

NEXT WEEK

LTBS (12-0) v TOPES (7-5) ***MATCHUP OF THE WEEK***

RAYS (2-7-3) v OGFC (6-5-1)

A LOOK AHEAD

The first and second place teams square off in week 13.  A rematch from last years championship.  Topes are riding a 7-game winning streak while the Backdoor Sliderz are 12 and 0 to start the year and have won 17 straight going back to last season.  T will be looking to get his vengeance by handing Dochney his first loss on the season.  Oh, and Dochney secures the first-place seed with a win this week.  I am going to make up this stat and say this would be the earliest the 1 seed has ever been clinched in the Backyard.  I have no evidence to back this claim up but let’s roll with it anyway.

Oh yea, there are 4 other matchups that I’m sure have some implications too.  The playoff picture may begin to take shape this week.  Rays looking to remain alive in a must win against Heroy’s Fishing Club.  Shane, the current 6th seed, facing off against Sean’s Bears who sit in 7th.  Bad Dudes vs Slugs will be interesting as they both are looking at the playoffs from the outside for the first time in the AD era of the Backyard.  And the battle of the chat mutes with R Mac and Rojo squaring off.  Who will break the silence first!? 

WEEK 12 REVIEW

Week 11 Review

WEEK 11 RECAP BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NEW AND IMPROVED BLOG ADMINISTRATION!!!

 

 

Week 11 is in the books and the Backyard Blog is getting a much-needed facelift.  It is about time the people get what they want.  For weeks people have been complaining about lazy writing and the journalistic integrity of the blog with all the biased writing that has been going on.  By popular demand, our last blog editor has been fired and replaced by a reputable journalist who has experience in providing the type of writing this blog has been lacking. 

Before we get to the Week 11 recap, we must address another issue with the blog.  Many people around the league have been complaining about the name of the weekly recognition that goes to a hitter who fills every stat category.  This has been called the J-Roll for years, but everyone knows that this name was just not any good for this recognition.  This has been especially true considering the on-field issues that Jimmy Rollins has had, those issues mainly consist of him playing for the Phillies and being guilty by association of being half the double play tandem with Chase Utley for so many years.  This blog holds itself in more respect now and will not be associated with a man who would make slides so dirty that they end a man’s career like Utley has in the past.  Sorry Jimmy, I am sure you are a nice enough guy, but the prestigious stat filler recognition has a black eye because of your association with a guy like Utley.

So, without further ado.…. I present to you……

 

 

The Jericho

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We are breaking down the walls here at the blog, so drink it in maaaaaaaaan.  You know what happens to people who do not like the new name for those who get a run, RBI, double, triple, home run, and steal throughout the week?  You know what happens to those who are not down with Jericho?  THEY MAKE THE LIST!

Jericho is the perfect namesake for the new prestigious recognition.  The Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla has accomplished so much in his life and is a role model to all.  Jericho is recognized by many as the G.O.A.T.  He was the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion, held the WCW World Championship twice, the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the Intercontinental Championship a record nine times, he’s a Tag Team Champion, United States Champion, WCW Cruiserweight Champion and World Television Champion.  He is the man of 1,004 holds, a Triple Crown Champion and Grand Slam Champion.  The Alpha has authored New York Times Bestseller books as well as have roles in legendary films such as MacGruber.  He has had success wherever he goes including the music industry with his band Fozzy, who’s song Judas has reached as high as 7th on the US hard rock charts.  This man truly is a jack of all trades and is the new gold standard of filling the stat sheet in a given week in the Backyard.

 

The Backyard is Jericho!

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Now that we have the long overdue renaming to the Jericho out of the way, let’s get down to recapping Week 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pacific Beach X-Rays and River City Bad Dudes are kissing their sisters with another tie this week at a score of 6-6-2

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Doch Thoughts

This is the second time these teams have tied each other this season.  This may a Backyard first, certainly the first time it has happened in the AD era.  Pretty solid weeks all around from both teams except for ERAs.  Odom had yet another 100 plus k week on the back of his bulkers.  He throws a lot of volume out there with his no light day’s mentality.  Sometimes ERA will suffer but no denying he racks up the counting stats.  Also, Mallex Smith (2 home runs this week) is a power hitter now, maybe the greatest power hitter of our generation, only time will tell.

Shout out to my man David Dahl as he racked up a Jericho for the Bad Dudes (7 Runs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB, .452 OBP) 

 

MVP

Scott Kingery (XYZ) – 7 runs, 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, .542 OBP

MVP of this matchup could have easily gone to Manny Machado for the Bad Dudes (11 runs, 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, .500 OBP).  Those 11 runs are impressive, but the Bad Dudes lost the run category 63-56.  Losing that category plus losing the home run category by 1 dinger while Kingery had 1 more home run than Machado this week solidifies the MVP of the matchup for Kingery.  Kingery sure is making the best of his time in centerfield for the Phillies with Herrera being out having his off-field issues.  He was a stolen base shy of getting the ever-prestigious Jericho.  Kingery will probably be dropped by Odom the next game he doesn’t start if he is still even on this team by the time of this writing.  Who can keep up with Odom’s roster and his Rays Ways philosophy?  A philosophy that is built on riding hot players and they picked a good time to ride with Kingery. 

 

LVP

Ewin Diaz (XYZ) – 3 IP, 4 ER, 2 Ks, 1 SV, 12.00 ERA

There were players with much higher ERAs on both teams, but Edwin is LVP this week because Odom lost the saves category by 1 and Diaz blew a save for the Mets on Thursday.  If that save isn’t blown, Odom wins the matchup instead of the tie.  There might be people more deserving of the LVP award, but I am also a little bitter about that blown save myself. Edwin, get it together, because old man Cano stinks and you’re the prize of that trade.

 

Jericho’s

Dahl (RCBD)

 

Next week

XYZ (2-6-3) vs LTBS (11-0) *****MATCHUP OF THE WEEK*****

RCBD (3-5-3) vs T (6-5)

 

 

 

The Banana Slugs (3-7-1) outlast the Lakehurst Leviathans (4-7) 7-5-2

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Doch Thoughts

This was a close matchup with about 8 categories that could have easily swung in the opposite direction.  Runs were separated by 1, RBI by 2, Steals by 1, and tied in doubles.  I’m sure there was some Sunday anxieties being expressed in the chat that I may have missed.  Brian was able to hold on though with his pitching leading the way winning the pitching categories 5-1-1.  Some of the offensive categories really came down to the wire.  

 

MVP

Trevor Bauer (BBS) – 16.2 IP, 1 ER, 14 Ks, 2 QS, 1 CG, 1 W, 0.54 ERA

This was one hell of a 2-start week for Trevor Bauer that the previous blog administrator may have ignored because of personal biases against Bauer.  The Sunday CG shutout against the Tigers was a major factor in the victory for the Slugs this week, which is why he gets the MVP over guys like Scherzer, Story, or even the surprise Jericho from Trey Mancini

 

LVP

Leviathans Pitching Staff – they stunk

6.78 ERA is not very good for the week.  That team down in Barnegat are known for their pitching over their hitting but they were not completely lights out this week when compared to their standards.  Slugs only had a 4.50 ERA, which is very beatable in a given week, but they still won the pitching categories 5-1-1.  Credit to the Slugs for their 90 Ks which will always be solid, but the Leviathans pitching needed to show up more and steal a category or 2 here to give themselves a chance.  I’ll highlight the Sunday stream of Ariel Jurado who gave up 7 runs against the Reds in 3 innings without recording a single K.  

 

Jericho’s

Trey Mancini (LAKE)

 

Next Week

BBS (3-7-1) vs BEARS (4-6-1)

LAKE (4-7) vs RRF (6-4-1)

 

 

 

Astoria Isotopes pitch slap Island Beach Bears 10-2-2

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Doch Thoughts

At one point on Sunday I am pretty sure I saw the Bears being shut out.  This matchup was by far the most lopsided of the week.  Isotopes stay the second hottest team in the league with their 6th straight victory after their 0-5 start.  T told that Island Beach sweathog to keep the noise down while he took his robe off to show all the ladies what a real man is supposed to look like.  I wish I could think of more Rick Rude quotes for T at this time, but that is going to have to do for now.  Win again next week and you get some more Rick Rude love T. 

 

MVP of the Week*****

Charlie Blackmon (T) – 12 runs, 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, .568 OBP

Chuck was scorching hot this week and was a steal away from the Jericho.  I’ll say he led the Topes to victory, but in all reality, T could have left Blackmon’s spot in his lineup open all week and still would have won with ease.  Only runs would have flipped in the Bears favor without Blackmon in the lineup, while triples and home runs would have been tied.  That just shows how much the Topes dominated the Bears this week.  Shout out to the resurgent Hunter Pence as well.  Don’t feel like going back and listing his stats but trust me when I say he was good this week and fantasy relevant again.  Early leader for comeback player of the year.

 

LVP

Joc Pederson (IBB) – 0/15, 1 BB, .063 OBP

Ummmmm yea, ugly week for Joc.  At least he made a nice catch, I think that was this week anyway but could have been last week.  ‘Nuff said, moving on.

 

Next Week

T (6-5) vs RCBD (3-5-3)

BEARS (4-6-1) vs BBS (3-7-1)

 

 

 

Rojo’s Renegade Force with the clean victory over Ocean Gate Fishing Club 6-3-5

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Doch Thoughts

The Renegade Force did not have to cheat to earn this victory.  They also started 12 pitchers this week which is a nice change of pace for this squad.  The Renegade force were led by their hitting as they received 4 out of their 6 category wins from the hitters on the squad.  There were 3 Jericho’s in this matchup between Ohtani, Trea Turner, and Mookie Betts.  I wonder if the Fishing Club watched the season finale of Wicked Tuna last night.  If he didn’t, let’s just say I will be more then disappointed and be requesting he change his name yet again, because it stinks and Wicked Tuna rocks.  The Fishing Club did get a combined 8 home runs out of the trio of rookies Alvarez, Senzel, and Jimenez.  Something to watch out for moving forward as these guys all look legit.  Brendan Rodgers on the other hand can’t buy any consistent playing time out in Colorado.

 

MVP

Eric Hosmer (RRF) – 5 runs, 3 2Bs, 12 RBIs, .400 OBP

Did Eric Freaking Hosmer just have 12 RBI this week?  I was about to give this honor to Ohtani for his Jericho, or to one of the 3 pitchers Rojo had that had themselves nice little 2 start weeks.  But Hosmer gets it because a 12 RBI week is impressive for anyone.  I’ll tell you guys what that was the quietest 12 RBI week I have ever seen.  The San Diego first baseman only had 3 extra base hits and none of them left the yard.  It was well documented in the chat the scoring that was going on in the San Diego and Colorado series, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised.  Hosmer is a man who I thought got overpaid by San Diego and a guy I thought should be bouncing around the waiver wire in fantasy circuits, but perhaps ROJO knows something I don’t.  Either way, there is no denying his 12 RBIs were huge in the contest that was neck and neck in that category. 1 2

 

LVP

Austin Meadows (OGFC) – 2/21, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 1 3B, .174 OBP

Not a good week for a guy who has been on the block for the Fishing Club.  This Fishing Club narrowly lost out in runs and RBI this week and could have used anything from Meadows.  This award could have also gone to Amed Rosario, who Heroy still insists is good and worth a roster spot when just about every Mets fan in the league (only 2 at this point) disagrees with that assessment.  Nobody wants Rosario to be good more than me, but I am afraid he just isn’t.  The Fishing Club offense is still very good even with the blackhole known as Rosario in the lineup every day.  Oh, and uh yea back to LVP Meadows, you’ll bounce back I’m sure, no doubt you’re better than Rosario.

 

Jericho’s

Ohtani (RRF)

Betts (OGFC)

Turner (OGFC)

 

Next Week

OGFC (5-5-1) vs ECK (6-5)

RRF (6-4-1) vs LAKE (4-7)

 

 

 

Fan favorite underdogs from Lacey put up another gritty win against the East Coast Kings 8-4-2

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Doch Thoughts

The good guys of the league from Lacey keep on trucking as they were able to overcome adversity once again for another victory, improving their record to 11-0.  This makes 16 straight victories dating back to the infamous ROJO tie late last season.  The man behind the team in Lacey does everything right and should be looked at as a role model to the rest of the league.  A league that should aspire to be more like him when they grow up, even though he is the youngest member of the Backyard.  He is charitable, humble, charismatic, handsome, and overall just a terrific guy.  Women want him and men want to be him.  The chat could not be happier that such an outstanding person keeps pulling out victories in the Backyard.  But there’s more to life then the Backyard, and the chat wishes nothing but the best in life to that handsome devil down in Lacey.  He deserves it for his hard work and dedication day in and day out.

Oh, yea there was a matchup here…. Huge performance by Ketel Marte and his 5-homer week for the Kings.  Marte now has like 20 home runs or some shit which doesn’t seem right.  Freeman keeps raking, Bellinger keeps hitting homers, Tatis Jr had a Jericho and Verlander keeps defying father time.  Backdoor Sliderz were 2 RBIs away from the 60/60 club this week.  The Kings were also impressive with their 64 runs, but fell a little short this week.

 

MVP

Ozzie Albies (LTBS) – 7 Runs, 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB, .452 OBP

This one almost went to Tatis Jr with his 3 3Bs while picking up a Jericho, but the RBIs separated Albies from Tatis this week.  Albies was a 3-bagger shy of a Jericho himself, which is often the stat that eludes the Jericho hopefuls out there.  The Braves are one of the hottest teams in baseball currently, which is good for the Backdoor Sliderz who roster about a third of their lineup. 

 

LVP

David Price (ECK) – 1.1 IP, 6 ER, 2 Ks, 40.50 ERA

Not a good start at home against Texas for Price.  Paxton was also disappointing for the Kings this week, but nothing looks uglier than an ERA north of 40!  Price still is pitching well this year with his 71 Ks and 3.52 ERA even after his horrific start.  He’ll bounce back, if his elbow doesn’t flare up again, which seems to happen every year.

 

Jericho’s

Tatis Jr (LTBS)

 

Next Week

LTBS (11-0) vs XYZ (2-6-3) ****MATCHUP OF THE WEEK*****

Dochney’s matchups will stay matchup of the week until he is beaten.

ECK (6-5) vs OGFC (5-5-1)

 

 

 

And that’s all folks.  Thanks for tuning in to check out the highly anticipated debut of the new blog administration.  Unlike the old guard, we will be taking notes and suggestions from fans out there to continue improving the blog for everyone to enjoy.  Hope you have enjoyed your read and good luck in your matchups. 

Week 11 Review

2019 Week 10 Quick Hitters

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YEA I DON’T really have much to say here. My team continues to be bad, there’s that OTHER TEAM that continues to be good, uhhhh everyone that won in 10 did so fairly breezily. Yea that’s all I got. It is called Quick Hitters people. ON TO Week 10 Quick Hitters…

 

 

 

WEEK 10 QUICK RESULTS: 

 

BackdoorSliderz (TEN AND OH) 11-3-0 over Fishing Club (5-4-1)

Renegade Force (5-4-1) 10-2-2 over Banana Slugs (2-7-1)

X-Rayz (2-6-2) 10-3-1 over Bears (4-5-1)    

Kings (6-4) 9-1-4 over Bad Dudes (3-5-2)

Isotopes (5-5) 11-2-1 over Leviathans (4-6)

 

 

WEEK 10 QUICK NOTES:

 

  • Pretty much alllll massacres in Week 10. The Kings were the only winners not to take double digit cats, and they weren’t exactly engaged in a nailbiter (9-4-1).

 

  • A NEW ALL-TIME RECORD for two-baggers set by the Fishing Club (32), but even with that fortune those schmucks couldn’t defeat that team that’s also defeated everyone else in the league thus far. A team The Blog officially Does Not Respect.

 

  • In other record news the X-Rayz tied the all-time Wins record whilst CLOBBERING me and my Bears. So that’s somethin’ to note. Shout out to Adrian Sampson for his 7 K CG, partly cuz I was told to and partly cuz he’s weirdly good all of a sudden? news, being halfway through the season also means our evil defending champeen

 

  • And SINCE I’m shouting out records shout out to the Banana Slugs for a truly abysmal offensive showing, a (possibly all time but possibly not but definitely in my eyes) record low .254 OBP. Gross stuff.

 

  • Also the ‘Topes have now won 5 straight after losing their first five so that’s uhhh QUITE THE TURNAROUND. There’s possibly another team with a stronger win streak but who really gives a fuck, about that…..or about ANYTHING, when you really think about it.

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10 QUICK AWARDS / JROLLS

 

 

 

 

MVP OF THE WEEK: 

 

 

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WALKER BUEHLER

15 IP, 1 ER, 20 Ks, 2 QS, 2 Ws, 0.60 ERA

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10 LVP OF THE WEEK: 

 

 

TPham
Going with Pham but TAKE YOUR PICK really……

 

 

TOMMY PHAM

1/14, .188 OBP

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10 JROLLS:    

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  • Francisco Lindor (ECK, 1)  [8/24, 7 Rs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 1 SB, .385 OBP]

 

 

UPDATED JROLLs REPORT:

 

1.)  Adalberto Mondesi (LL)  –  3

2.)  Trevor Story (BBS)  –  2

3.)  Whit Merrifield (BBS)  –  2

4.)  Ronny Rodriguez (RRF)  –  1

5.)  Kelvin Gutierrez (PBX)  –  1

6.)  Fernando Tatis, Jr. (LTBS)  –  1

7.)  Ronald Acuna, Jr.  (LTBS)  –  1

8.)  Elvis Andrus (ECK)  –  1

9.)  Jonathan Villar (IBB)  –  1

10.)  Kolten Wong (PBX)  –  1

11.)  Cody Bellinger (LTBS)  –  1

12.)  Ender Inciarte (BBS)  –  1

13.)  Ahmed Rosario (OGFC)  –  1

14.)  Byron Buxton (RCBD)  –  1

15.)  Christian Yelich (ECK)  –  1

16.)  Francisco Lindor (ECK, 1)

 

 

 

Thank you for tuning in to Week 10 QUICK HITTERS

 

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2019 Week 10 Quick Hitters

2019 POWER RANKINGS: JUNE EDITION (NOW WITH MIDSEASON AWARDS CUZ I AM LAZY!)

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I used this for May and lost like the entire month but WHATEVS….

 

 

AND LO, I have more to write this week. And so I shall write it right now. And it shall be right. We gotta get to the June Power Rankings but ALSO I should get some Mid-Season Awards in here but ALSO I don’t feel like predicting which owner will die before the season ends (Doch) or which team will win the championship (maybe Doch’s) or whom has the hottest relative (definite not Doch) and all that shit. Awards shall be all business because I am a mature, non-pretentious, adult man. Let’s do those real quick:

(All stats through 06/03/19 I think….)

 

FIRST HALF ROY:  Pete Alonso (RCBD)  –  56/213, 34 Rs, 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 19 HRs, 44 RBIs, .335 OBP

honorable mention:  Chris Paddack (BBS)

 

FIRST HALF ROLAIDS RELIEVER OF THE YEAR:  Kirby Yates (BBS)  –  26 IP, 3 ER, 45 Ks, 22 Saves (0 BS), 1.04 ERA

honorable mention:  Roberto Osuna (LTBS)

 

FIRST HALF IMMODIUM BEDSHITTER RELIEVER OF THE YEAR:  Craig Kimbrel (ECK)  –  HE’S JUST SITTIN’ THERE…

honorable mention:  Pedro Strop (RCBD/PBX/AI/RCBD/LL)

 

FIRST HALF LVP (Pitcher):  Mike Foltyniewicz (LL)  –  38.1 IP, 26 ER, 32 Ks, 2 QS, 1 W, 6.10 ERA

honorable mention:  Corey Kluber (RRF)

 

FIRST HALF MVP (Pitcher):  Justin Verlander (LTBS)  –  87.1 IP, 22 ER, 103 Ks, 11 QS, 9 Ws, 2.27 ERA

honorable mention:  Hyun-Jin Ryu (IBB/RRF)

 

FIRST HALF LVP (Hitter):  Rougned Odor (RCBD/FA)  –  27/163, 22 Rs, 6 2Bs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 4 SBs, .232 OBP     🙂

honorable mention:  Jose Ramirez (PBX)

 

FIRST HALF MVP (Hitter):  Cody Bellinger (LTBS)  –  79/210, 50 Rs, 13 2Bs, 1 3B, 20 HRs, 52 RBIs, 7 SBs, .462 OBP

honorable mention:  Christian Yelich (ECK), Adalberto Mondesi (LL)

 

 

AND LO, there’s your MIDSEASON AWARDSThey are a better effort than last season because last season’s MIDSEASON AWARDS was just a bunch of pictures of a dead dog so at least I’ve improved since then. We must always strive to be a bit better than our last shitty attempt at something. Write that down. And ON TO THE JULY POWER RANKINGS:

 

NEW FEATURES ALERT:  Shall be noting Top Hitter First Half MVP and Top Pitcher First Half LVP (never mind ESPN kinda kills LVP with no active stats #TeamFantrax) for each squad, one for Hitters and Pitchers which is generous of me because I don’t want to stare at your fucking teams for too long I have other things to stare at (projected starters because half my bats sit against lefties). AGAIN shall be withholding my unnecessary commentary for the teams I currently deem outta the top 6 and thus undeserving of said commentary. Deal with it dog.gif…

 

 

 

#1  –  Lacey Township BackdoorSliderz (9-0)

So I s’pose they’ve won a couple more coin flips since I last called them lucky fucks for winning a few coin flips, and by THAT I mean they’ve mostly rolled through ever since. Let’s see the numbers:  Runs 1st, Doubles 6th, Triples 9th, HRs 2nd, RBIs 2nd, SBs 5th, OBP 1st, Strikeouts 2nd, QS 2nd, CG t-1st, Wins 1st, Saves 3rd, Holds t-8th, ERA 1st, MOVES 3rd. PRETTY DOMINANT GODDAMN LINE THERE (through 9 weeks), one that certainly backs up the flawless record and one that can be thrown in Doch’s face whenever he creeps into your DMs talkin’ all sorts of “always room for improvement” nonsense. There isn’t much room for improvement here, on either side. The staff is anchored by Verlander but getting great #s from Greinke and deGromBuehler is rounding into form, Osuna probably did that shit but all three closers (Holland, Colome) have sub-1 ERAs and double digit Saves (lets just round up with Holland, the passage of time is an illusion). So all of this is unfortunate. The offense discussion can basically begin and end with Cody Bellinger so THAT is what I am going to do. This league wasn’t around for Bonds so the only thing that compares to this was Bryce Harper‘s bonkers 2015 season, whom’s first 2.5 months were sorta similar actually (18 HRs, 42 Rs, 43 RBIs) but still cannot….quite….compare…..to….this:  50 Rs, 13 2Bs, 1 3B, 20 HRs, 52 RBIs, 7 SBs, .462 OBP. The most dominant first 9 weeks The Backyard has ever seen I’m quite certain. WHO WOULDA THUNK IT.

So yea this team is CLEARLY the team to beat, don’t feel like I need to point that out but here we are once again. Fuck them, though.

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Cody Bellinger (79/210, 50 Rs, 13 2Bs, 1 3B, 20 HRs, 52 RBIs, 7 SBs, .462 OBP, 1 JROLL)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Justin Verlander (87.1 IP, 22 ER, 103 Ks, 11 QS, 9 Ws, 2.27 ERA)

 

 

#2  –  Ocean Gate Fishing Club (5-3-1)

Well well well…..IF IT ISN’T, the team I’ve claimed should re-brand as the “LessWithMores”….yanno doing a little bit. At least enough of a little bit to claim the 2nd bye if the BYBracket broke today. Show me the rankings:  Runs 7th, Doubles 2nd, Triples t-4th, HRs 5th, RBIs 6th, SBs 4th, OBP 2nd, Strikeouts 4th, QS t-3rd, CG t-3rd, Wins 6th, Saves 2nd, Holds t-8th, ERA 2nd, MOVES 10th. The offense is weirdly low in Runs and middle of the pack in most other things, I say weirdly because they STILL carry the two best fantasy hitters on the planet (maybe two of the three now, see above) in Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Even rosier, their dynamic Cubs duo (Rizzo/Bryant) is back to actually being pretty goddamned dynamic after a few up and down campaigns. Josh Bell and Austin Meadows are all of a sudden both awesome and YANNO WHAT now I am mad at these underachievers once again let’s switch to pitching. Pitching is in many ways what sets this team apart from previous Fishing Clubs, as they now have a BUNCHA legit young arms (Glasnow RIP for now but also Luis Castillo, Shane Bieber, Max Fried, Griffin Canning) to pair with Gerrit Cole and a mildly resurgent Cole Hamels and a perhaps even more resurgent Kyle Hendricks. If this team makes some noise this season (and they can start by stopping this ButtSliderz win streak) the resurgent pitching will be behind it, methinks.

I still don’t know how this franchise hasn’t won multiple championships, would require some sort of blog DEEP DIVE, and maybe one day I get to that (very very unlikely) but for now yanno….there’s worse teams to bet on this season (the Banana Slugs).

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Mike Trout (57/188, 43 Rs, 14 2Bs, 14 HRs, 37 RBIs, 7 SBs, .468 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Gerrit Cole (77.2 IP, 34 ER, 116 Ks, 9 QS, 5 Ws, 3.94 ERA)

 

 

#3  – East Coast Kings (5-4)

APROPOS that I just kinda sorta gushed about a pitching staff for the #2 in the rankings (get it? cuz Greg is a piece of shit) and we now arrive on the team that spent years YEARRRS I TELL YOU as the gold standard pitching staff in the Backyard. Almost to a fault. Well this year they’ve fallen off that a bit, father time being undefeated and all. Well here’s the #s:  Runs 6th, Doubles t-4th, Triples t-6th, HRs 3rd, RBIs 3rd, SBs 2nd, OBP 2nd, Strikeouts 7th, QS t-3rd, CG t-3rd, Wins 5th, Saves 7th, Holds 9th, ERA 4th, MOVES 8th. Hey good thing Yelich is out here absolutely raking huh? Cuz the pitching, while still good, ain’t what it once was. But the hitting has been pretttttttty special, lead by the NL MVP in a world where Cody Bellinger doesn’t exist and by weirdly excellent middle infielders (Gleyber Torres, Ketel Marte, Javier Baez but a lil more expected outta him). Much like the Ravens at the height of the Joe Flacco offense, THE SCRIPT HAS FLIPPED and now hitting is carrying the pitching (really bad reference that offense was terrible). Which isn’t to say that pitching has been TERRIBLE, just perhaps not tops in the leage no mo’. Kershaw Paxton & Price (the world’s sorest law firm) are still good when healthy, Stephen Strasburg has been good in general and THUS FAR healthy. But Darvish is toast, Carrasco was unlucky and now has mono or something, Syndergaard has been a bit unlucky but also a bit worse than he’s ever been (HE IS HARVEYING). Mix that all together with a LAZY bullpen that’s carried by Brad Hand and you have a pitching staff that is vulnerable, which is a shame because the offense doesn’t appear to be.

All in all the East Coast Kings display a balance most teams can merely dream about, so don’t let some negativity over pitcher health make you think I don’t think this team can win it all cuz I do think that so you shouldn’t think I don’t think that I don’t want you thinking that I think that you think that I don’t think they can. I believe in this team more often than not, even when they miss the playoffs and win like 5 games so….yea.

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Christian Yelich (60/192, 46 Rs, 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 22 HRs, 49 RBIs, 12 SBs, .425 OBP,  1 JROLL)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Stephen Strasburg (79 IP, 28 ER, 98 Ks, 8 QS, 5 Ws, 3.19 ERA)

 

 

#4  –  River City Bad Dudes (4-4-1)

WHAT can I really say about the Dudes this time? They’re always in it, their offense has been great despite some great players being injured, blah blee blah blee blee blew. STATS ME:  Runs 2nd, Doubles 1st, Triples 8th, HRs 1st, RBIs 1st, SBs 10th, OBP 7th, Strikeouts 6th, QS 5th, CG t-5th, Wins 3rd, Saves 6th, Holds 7th, ERA 7th, MOVES 2nd. So yea just LOOK at that offense. Actually look at everything. Actually there’s a case they should probably have more wins but they don’t and fuck Mike. All those bombs and RBIs are coming with a hurt Stanton and a hurt Pollock (if these are shocking to Dudes ownership that says more about them than anything, though) and also a bit of a ho-hum campaign from Manny MachadoBut Pete Alonso ain’t hurt and Matt Chapman ain’t hurt and Xander Bogaerts is having a helluva year and Bryce Harper hasn’t been ho-hum okay he’s actually been a little bit ho-hum. The pitching rankings are actually most impressive here because I don’t find a single pitcher of theirs impressive. Won’t even talk about them. Marcus Stroman is trash.

ALL IN ALL there is some nice numbers in River City and they probably find a way to make it into the playoffs and after that WHOM KNOWS, like all of these teams on this list it’s more about how everyone is playing in August than how everyone played in May. Also it looks like there will be no Banana Slugs for them to knock out, so that may be a motivational problem.

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Pete Alonso (56/213, 34 Rs, 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 19 HRs, 44 RBIs, .335 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Marcus Stroman (76 IP, 24 ER, 59 Ks, 8 QS, 3 Ws, 2.84 ERA)

 

 

#5- Rojo’s Renegade Force (4-4-1) 

This is one of my FAVORITE rosters in all the Backyard, partly because #FORCE ownership declared in pre-season they would trade their roster for any other roster in the leauge. And now look at em, ACTUALLY KINDA GOOD! Here take a look see:  Runs 3rd, Doubles 10th, Triples 10th, HRs 4th, RBIs 5th, SBs 8th, OBP 4th, Strikeouts 10th, QS t-7th, CG t-5th, Wins t-9th, Saves 9th, Holds 3rd, ERA 3rd, MOVES 7th. Weirdly low energy stuff on the doubles and triples markets but everything else looks fairly lovely to this guy, fair reader. Marcell Ozuna has been downright great and Gallo and Springer were great and are now injured and I believe they can be great again. And Devers just seems to benefit from being a Red Sawk and Goldy should be better and they’re FINALLY getting something out of Victor Robles (i traded him to Rojo 9 seasons ago). KEWT lil offense. And KEWT that they have Hyun-Jin Ryu out there dominating and Charlie Morton being very serviceable and are working through it a bit despite a rough year from Corey Kluber and a seemingly aging Bumgarner and meh TanakaAlright the pitching may actually be a problem. But AT LEAST they have SP-eligible Diego Castillo out there getting Saves, THE RRF ARE NOT LAST IN THE LEAGUE IN SAVES NOR ARE THEY FIRST IN THE LEAGUE IN HOLDS.

THE RRF ARE NOT LAST IN THE LEAGUE IN SAVES NOR ARE THEY FIRST IN THE LEAGUE IN HOLDS. This isn’t a typo I just wanted to hit on that point again. Apart from that though, the pitching could ultimately end up being a problem. Also fuck this guy for taking my childhood home away?

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Marcell Ozuna (53/216, 42 Rs, 12 2Bs, 16 HRs, 51 RBIs, 4 SBs, .324 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Hyun-Jin Ryu (73 IP, 12 ER, 69 Ks, 9 QS, 1 CG, 8 Ws, 1.48 ERA)

 

 

#6  –  Astoria Isotopes (4-5)

UGH, these PIECES OF SHIT that sort of prevented me from writing about the Lakehurst Leviathans because I had this weird code about trying to accurately nail down Power Rankings and also this new weird rule to prevent me having to write 5000 word opuses about your stupid little teams and their stupid little rosters. The 2018 FIRST LOSERS were well on their way to an epic run at the once-fabled BCS curse and now they’ve won 4 in a row and I just don’t know. Their numbers, please:  Runs 5th, Doubles 7th, Triples 1st, HRs 7th, RBIs 9th, SBs 9th, OBP 6th, Strikeouts 5th, QS 9th, CG t-5th, Wins 7th, Saves 8th, Holds 2nd, ERA 8th, MOVES 5th.   So Nolan Arenado is obviously someone that is very good that can anchor an offense (not BELLINGER GOOD, but good) so obviously that helps. What also helps is fucking Eduardo Escobar consistently begging me to give him MVP o’ the week honors. Eddy Escobar, forreal. So that’s good and fine, and Khris Davis will ultimately be good and fine, and they’ll be getting Blackmon back soon after a quick lil DL sting and Aaron Judge back soon and he has missed FOREVER. So those are important pieces that could dictate a matchup or two in the ‘Topes future. Also important will be Chris Sale continuing to shake off an awful April, German Marquez uhhh idk avoiding pitching at home somehow? Zach Wheeler finding dat positive regression would also be nice for Astoria, as would Wade Miley avoiding the LIKELY SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE REGRESSION. It will likely be somewhat significant. But idk I’ve seen like Ervin Santana and Jason Vargas avoid it for long stretches so idk mannnnn. Also the ‘Topes were smart enough to be the team that finally picked up Ryan Pressly setup man extraordinaire so that is good. Also the ‘Topes currently have two SP eligible relievers (Gant & Romo) in their RP slots while they await Robertson & Betances returns like fucking puds. So that is bad.

I could see this team coming out the gates now and losing another 5 in a row and I could also see them winning another 4 in a row. Definitely one or the other though. so WHO KNOWS.  

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Nolan Arenado (80/232, 47 Rs, 16 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB, .395 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  German Marquez (85.1 IP, 33 ER, 83 Ks, 6 QS, 1 CG, 6 Ws, 3.48 ERA)

 

 

#7  –  Lakehurst Leviathans (4-5) 

Runs 8th, Doubles t-4th, Triples 3rd, HRs 10th, RBIs 10th, SBs 3rd, OBP 5th, Strikeouts 9th, QS 6th, CG t-5th, Wins 8th, Saves 10th, Holds 4th, ERA 9th, MOVES 4th. 

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Adalberto Mondesi (67/235, 35 Rs, 14 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 6 HRs, 42 RBIs, 21 SBs, .322 OBP, 3 JROLLs)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Matt Boyd (77.2 IP, 26 ER, 97 Ks, 9 QS, 5 Ws, 3.01 ERA)

 

 

#8  –  Pacific Beach X-Rayz (1-6-2) 

Runs 10th, Doubles 3rd, Triples t-4th, HRs 9th, RBIs 4th, SBs 1st, OBP 10th, Strikeouts 1st, QS t-7th, CGs 1st, Wins t-3rd, Saves 1st, Holds 6th, ERA 6th, MOVES 1st. 

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Austin Riley (22/67, 12 Rs, 2 2Bs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs, .366 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Blake Snell (61.2 IP, 21 ER, 83 Ks, 7 QS, 3 Ws, 3.06 ERA)

 

 

#9  –  Island Beach Bears (4-4-1) 

Runs 4th, Doubles 8th, Triples 6th, HRs 6th, RBIs 8th, SBs 6th, OBP 9th, Strikeouts 8th, QS 10th, CG 10th, Wins 2nd, Saves 4th, Holds 1st, ERA 10th, MOVES 5th.

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Rhys Hoskins (59/212, 33 Rs, 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 1 SB, .402 OBP)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Domingo German (64 IP, 26 ER, 71 Ks, 5 QS, 9 Ws, 3.66 ERA)

 

 

#10-  Barnegat Banana Slugs (2-6-1)

Runs 9th, Doubles 9th, Triples 2nd, HRs 8th, RBIs 7th, SBs 7th, OBP 7th, Strikeouts 3rd, QS 1st, CG t-5th, Wins t-9th, Saves 5th, Holds 5th, ERA 5th, MOVES 8th. 

First Half Team MVP (Hitter):  Trevor Story (68/232, 53 Rs, 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 15 HRs, 42 RBIs, 10 SBs, .360 OBP, 2 JROLLs)

First Half Team MVP (Pitcher):  Max Scherzer (85.1 IP, 29 ER, 117 Ks, 10 QS, 3 Ws, 3.06 ERA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Power Rankings/Midseason Awards, Finito. Clearly the Midseason Awards peaked like two years ago, clearly I do not care.

2019 POWER RANKINGS: JUNE EDITION (NOW WITH MIDSEASON AWARDS CUZ I AM LAZY!)

2019 Week 9 QUICK HITTERS

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He’s a quick hitter and he wears #9 DO YOU GET IT

 

 

YANNO WHAT like all things in this blog I’ve just been slapping shit together and I’ve decided I am far too busy to be writing long Week Reviews, so THE WEEK REVIEW IS DEAD. Long live the Week Review. It’s a shame I only got like one or two weeks in with those adorable little cat key pictures but here we are.

ANYWAYZ welcome to WEEKLY QUICK HITTERS, where I quickly(ish) recap the week that was and also try and find speedy players with uniform #s corresponding to the week that….was. One for one in that department. Week 9 in the books, month of MAY also in the books, so there will be a June Power Rankings at some point this week and possibly a brief midseason awards baked into THAT but yanno… I’m not gonna live my life on these deadlines mannnnn *angrily strums acoustic guitar*   Also the JROLL bobblehead has been recovered so expect that to be awarded to the team rostering the 2019 JROLL AWARD winner… again at this point these things, and my entire existence, are mostly about tracking those increasingly elusive (but a little less so this week) JROLLs…..

 

 

WEEK 9 QUICK RESULTS: 

 

Bears (4-4-1) 7-6-1 over Kings (5-4)

X-Rayz (1-6-2) 9-4-1 over Leviathans (4-5)

Bad Dudes (3-4-2) 6-6-2  TIE  Fishing Club (5-3-1)    

Isotopes (4-5) 6-3-5 over Banana Slugs (2-6-1)

BackdoorSliderz (9-0) 9-4-1 over Renegade Force (4-4-1)

 

 

WEEK 9 QUICK NOTES:

 

  • Officially halfway through the Backyard regular season, so why not have a quick gander at the #BackyardBracket IF IT STARTED TODAY:  #1 BackdoorSliderz & #2 Ocean Gate Fishing Club would have your two byes, #4 Rojo’s Renegade Force would host #5 Island Beach Bears, and #3 East Coast Kings would host the SIXTH SEED LAKEHURST LEVIATHANS.

 

  • That’s right, if the season ended today Shane would be in the playoffs folks. Granted that’s based off victories over the ‘Topes and ‘Dudes and granted they all currently have the same win percentage and granted they all have to play again, still a real accomplishment for an owner that was typically all but Gone Fishin’ by now.

 

  • In sadder news, being halfway through the season also means our evil defending champeen has now gone one turn through ye ole’ schedule unscatched. Not UNPRECEDENTED per se (Ryan’s squad last year won 10 in a row, league historians may recall a certain dynasty that won 14 straight then tied in the last week of the regular season then steamrolled through the playoffs on the way to their 3rd straight championship, etc. etc. etc.) BUT perhaps a record for most wins to start a season, who fucking knows. Sounds about right. Will just make it sweeter when they DON’T win back-to-back championships AMIRITE?! (*Groupme pulling at collar emoji*)

 

  • In other intriguing news the Astoria Isotopes have come ROARING BACK after an 0-5 start, could also be some sort of historical bullshit should they make the Bracket I DON’T KNOW MAN I haven’t been in the league since inception. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. But the Astoria Isotopes have won 4 straight after starting 0-5 and so that, is of note, I guess.

 

  • Also the Pacific Beach X-Rayz won their first matchup of 2019. Congrats to the Pacific Beach X-Rayz and their delightful ownership group (one individual).

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9 QUICK AWARDS / JROLLs

 

 

 

 

MVP OF THE WEEK: 

 

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LUCAS GIOLITO

15.1 IP, 3 ER, 19 Ks, 2 QS, 2 Ws, 1.76 ERA

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9 LVP OF THE WEEK: 

 

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JAVIER BAEZ

2/20, .182 OBP

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9 JROLLS:    

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  • Christian Yelich (ECK, 1)
  • Ahmed Rosario (OGFC, 1)
  • Byron Buxton (RCBD, 1)
  • Trevor Story (BBS, 2)
  • Adalberto Mondesi (LL, 3)

 

 

And your HALFWAY HOME JROLLs REPORT:

 

1.)  Adalberto Mondesi (LL)  –  3

2.)  Trevor Story (BBS)  –  2

3.)  Whit Merrifield (BBS)  –  2

4.)  Ronny Rodriguez (RRF)  –  1

5.)  Kelvin Gutierrez (PBX)  –  1

6.)  Fernando Tatis, Jr. (LTBS)  –  1

7.)  Ronald Acuna, Jr.  (LTBS)  –  1

8.)  Elvis Andrus (ECK)  –  1

9.)  Jonathan Villar (IBB)  –  1

10.)  Kolten Wong (PBX)  –  1

11.)  Cody Bellinger (LTBS)  –  1

12.)  Ender Inciarte (BBS)  –  1

13.)  Ahmed Rosario (OGFC)  –  1

14.)  Byron Buxton (RCBD)  –  1

15.)  Christian Yelich (ECK)  –  1

 

 

 

Thank you for tuning in to Week 9 QUICK HITTERS

 

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2019 Week 9 QUICK HITTERS

2019 Week 8 Review: “JK JUST QUICK NOTES” EDITION

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Because if ESPN can do it, so can I

 

LIKE I SAID there may be some sort of more review-y review type format for Weeks 7-9 woven into June Power Rankings but in the mean time just want to keep the basic league results available. Call it QUICK NOTES call it BASIC RESULTS don’t even read it, I don’t give a shit. Just don’t want to lose track of the JROLLtbh…

 

 

WEEK 8 VERY BASIC RESULTS: 

 

OGFC (5-3) over IBB (3-4-1)

BBS (2-5-1) over PBX (0-6-2)

ECK (5-3) over LL (4-4)

LTBS (8-0) over RCBD (3-4-1)

‘Topes (3-5) over ‘Gades (4-3-1)

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 8 MVP OF THE WEEK: 

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8/13, 8 Rs, 3 2Bs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB, .600 OBP

 

 

 

 

WEEK 8 LVP OF THE WEEK: 

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2/18, 1 R, .111 OBP

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 8 JROLLS:    

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NONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Week 8 Review: “JK JUST QUICK NOTES” EDITION