February 1, 2019




Two thirds of the season is done. The pennant races aren't razor thin margins but no one has run away. All three divisions have serious contenders... In-season trading window was a non-event. One total trade.


engine2 PRINCE DIVISION: Curtis has extended their lead to seven games in January with 17 wins. Virginia holds down 2nd place, won 11 last month and is seven back of the Engines. Ohio has fallen to 15 out of first after also winning 11 last month. In fourth and under 500 and 31 out of first we find Tennessee. The Titans had just 8 wins in January. Liverpool is five back of them after winning 9 games last month. In the basement, only 2 behind Liverpool, is Great Lakes who also picked up 9 wins last month... Curtis is 12-3 in series play at home and 10-5 on the road. Virginia is 10-5 home and 11-4 away. Great Lakes has won only three series at home of their 15. The Warriors lost all four road series in January so still just 2 series wins


orange CARAY DIVISION: Syracuse has moved into the top spot with tidy 17 win month. Bloomington now in second four behind only picked up 11 wins. In third we have Rochester, fourteen behind the Mitts after winning 16 games last month, including a nice 9-3 road mark. In fourth is Wayside now 25 out of first. The Pioneers won 12 last month. In fifth is Iron City and stayed 11 back of Wayside after also winning 12. Just a game back is Buffalo in last place. The Blizzard won 9 in January... In series play Syracuse is still undefeated at home posting a 15-0 and has won 10 road matches. Bloomington pretty good too with 13 home wins. Buffalo only three home series wins. On the road Iron City has won on five of them.


racersHAMILTON DIVISION: Southern picked up 18 wins last month and stretched their lead out to 9 games. Leland won 16 to keep the Racers from running away. Philadelphia holding down third some 22 out of first after their 10 win January. Still just a couple behind them is Oviedo who also won 10 last month. In fifth is Reedley now six back of the Orcas. They won 11 last month. In the cellar is Welland, still four back of Reedley after winning 11 in January... In series matches, Southern has 13-2 home mark with Leland close at 12-3. On the road Southern is best at 11-4. Welland is 4-11 at home and Reedley the same on the road.


WILDCARD: The Mitts lead this race by 7 games over Leland with Virginia a pair back of the Giants. Rochester is fourth here and five games out of the dance and Ohio is right on their behind only three back. It gets into double figures out of the playoffs behind those two. Philly, Wayside & Oviedo from 11-13 behind Virginia. Not much to talk about after that.


TEAM STATS: Curtis now the best we have in batting average, just a little better than Virginia and Southern. Liverpool struggling to stay over 200... We have Southern and Rochester over 200 homers. Bloomington and Curtis almost there. Oviedo barely over 100... Curtis & Virginia with over 1500 runners on base. Buffalo and Liverpool still in the 1100s... Southern just nine from having 500 extra base hits. Welland just a bit over 300... Curtis & Virginia over 1100 hits. Liverpool not over 800 yet... Tennessee has topped 100 steals and Liverpool only 26 of 45 tries at it... Great Lakes with a league best 380+ walks. Buffalo about 130 behind them... Leland has only hit into 54 double plays while Virginia has into over 100... Some sensational glove work going on in Syracuse who have barely topped 20 errors. We have three teams with over 70... Syracuse the best in pitching with a team ERA under three. Great Lakes almost in the sixes... Liverpool leads everyone with 21 Complete Games. Four team have none... Syracuse & Mitts have over 10 shutouts. Wayside just one... Leland pitchers have allowed under 130 dingers and Rochester has given up 180+... Orange under 200 walks allowed and Welland has handed out over 400... Virginia and Bloomington over 1100 k's while the Mashers still under 800.



PLAYER HITTING STATS: Joey Votto (Cur) is one of twelve hitting over 300, of three with OBP over 400, of nine with SLG over 600, of six with OPS over 1000. Besides all that the Canadian is on the RBI list, HR list along with top five in hits, and league leading walk stat. Quite a season. Daniel Murphy (Reed) has now slipped under 400 but hitting 391 ain't bad. His OPS of 1128 is pretty decent too. Giancarlo Stanton (Syr) leads us in Slugging, RBI and big flies with over 50. Charlie Blackmon (Cur) has built up a large lead in triples along with one the best averages in the league. Billy Hamilton (Ree) and Dee Gordon (Way) are both over 50 steals and way ahead of the rest. Not so good stuff sees Joey Gallo (Sth) & Trevor Story (GrL) both over 140 whiffs and heading for the dreaded 200 mark. Edwin Encarnacion (Wel) is holding onto his claim of the very worst hitter in the league.



PLAYER PITCHING STATS: Relief work sometimes doesn't get noticed so lets hi-lite Pat Neshek (Sth). He's on top of the save list with 34 and is sporting a very cool 0.64 ERA which comes from just 3 runs allowed in 42+ innings. Two of those via HR. Corey Kluber (Syr) continues to lead the ERA board and is joined by his teammate Max Scherzer with ERA under 2.00. The pair also are one-two in wins, K/BB ratio and WHIP. Nice combo to have at the front of your staff. We have five other hurlers with ERA's in the two's. Luis Severino (Blo) heads up that group. James Paxton (Blo) heads the battle for third place in wins with not only the seven showing on the list chasing him but there are seven more with 10 wins. Robbie Ray (GrL) still has a pretty large edge as our top K man as he racks up 12.1 per 9ip.



AND THEN THERE'S THIS: It's Adam Frazier (Way) is the answer when someone asked who is hitting over 400. He's 4 for 9 which is 444. His teammate Daniel Robertson is the answer to who is looking for a hit. He's oh for 4. which is just a little worse than another teammate Nicky Delmonico's 1 for 17. Some really bad hitting going on in Wayside... Daniel Murphy (Ree) is #1 in extra base hits with 54/1/27 totaling 82. Nicky Delmonico has none with 17 at bats... There are five guys with 5 caught stealing including Mike Zunino (Syr) who has yet to steal a base. Trea Turner (Phi) has never been caught after 34 steals... Tyler Flowers (Sth) has been drilled 17 times in 216 pa's. Daniel Murphy (Ree) has never been hit after his 493 pa's... Dee Gordon (Way) has 7 sac flies and Adeiny Hechavarria (Lel) has 4 sacs... Eric Hosmer (Vir) has hit into 20 double plays. Never happened to Manuel Margot (Blo) after 95 at bats... Asdrubal Cabrera (Lel) either needs a new glove or A glove. He's made 31 errors which 10 more than anyone else... Zach McAllister (Lel) has a 6-0 WL record. Thirty-one others with 1000 WL%. Daniel Stumpf (Ree) is 0-7... Dellin Betances (Ovi) has the best ERA in the league with 0.38 after 24 innings. Vince Velasquez (Liv) after 22.3ip has an 8.87 ERA... AJ Griffin (Liv) has 14 complete games. Bart Colon (Ree) is next with 8... Chris Archer (Ovi) has given up 36 dingers in 143 innings and 24 starts. Mike Minor (Syr) has 0 after 38.7ip... Robert Gsellman (GrL) has walked 73 guys in 129 innings... There are four guys with 2 shutouts... There are 26 position players and 24 pitchers still looking to get into a game.


*** See STAT page for all of the hitting and pitching top 10s along with complete team stats.