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December 1, 2018

 

NEWS

 

As you know David McGee has joined us and taken over the Jordan team. David says, "I'm 66 years old, married for 30 years, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, been playing APBA off and on since I was 11, was a member of TABL back years ago and after the kids grew up I have immersed myself back into APBA leagues. I am a Cardinal fan but that does not drive my trade activity. I love the trading aspect of the game, am a stickler for details and deadlines, work for a publisher, live in the South outside of Nashville but am not a redneck nor do I love Country music, am a Nashville Predators hockey fan, wife is the real fan in the household, that’s about it off the top of my head." Welcome aboard David. I hope your Titans have a long stay & you have fun in our league.

 

This year we've had four teams use more than 25 players in a series against one team. I don't understand the problem. We can't have a real major league scheduled where teams travel about the country playing a team at home, then couple of others and then hitting the road sometimes playing one of those same teams at their place. We do it for ease of scheduling, playing one at their place, then immediately thereafter at home. Depending on how many games are scheduled, you begin play at home with the 6th or 4th or 5th game of that away/home against that team playing the SAME 25 guys... We've had another series where the manager didn't pay attention to instructions and used inactive players... Several times I've spotting a home team with no extra innings games reporting more than the possible 27 or 45 innings pitched by his own team. It's pretty easy to correct ALL of these mistakes by reading instructions, taking the time to look at what you are doing and just in general paying attention to what you are doing.

 

sox PRINCE DIVISION: Virginia leading the way after posting an impressive 14-7 both home and away. The Sox have a league best 6-1 WL in road series results. Curtis is 2.5 back with 12-4 home record in November but struggling on the road with a 4-7. In third we Ohio 7 back of Virginia. They were 13-8h/9-12a last month. Tennessee begins it's time in 4th, 15.5 out of first and were 7-8 at home with a 7-19 away last month. They've only won 1 road series this year. Liverpool and Great Lakes are tied for fifth, 20 out of first. The Warriors were 6-10h/3-13a, which results in just one road series win this year and the Mashers were 7-9h/7-9a.

 

su CARAY DIVISION: Syracuse on top after an awesome 14-2 home last month and 9-7 away. The Orange have won all 7 home series this year and Bloomington has done the same. They're in second 2.5 back after going 12-4h/6-7a last month. In third is Rochester some 11 games out of first and they were 10-6h/11-5 away last month. Right behind them 13 out is Wayside who were 9-7h/9-7 in November. Fifth place is Buffalo, 21 out of first, after their 6-10h/6-10a month. In the cellar is Iron City 25 behind Syracuse after their 5-11h/3-13a month. They are one of three teams with just a single road series win.

 

racersHAMILTON DIVISION: Southern still on top with a stellar 12-4 record at home but just 6-7 away last month. Leland trails them by 2.5 and they went 10-6h/9-7a in November. In third is Oviedo, 8.5 back of Racers after an 8-8h/8-8a month. In fourth is Philadelphia just two behind the Orcas. They went 8-8h/8-8a last month. Welland has fifth now 13.5 back and they went 7-9h/8-8a last month. Reedley in the basement, now 16.5 out of first. They went 5-11h/4-12a in November and have lost all 7 home series' this year.

 

TEAM STATS: Bloomington & Syracuse pitching records are mighty good. Both in the 2's in ERA. Great Lakes, not so good. Liverpool has more than twice as many complete games as any other team. Eight teams have none. Virginia staff is only team with over 600 k's. Great Lakes staff prefers contact when they find the strike zone. The Mashers have handed out the most free passes. Syracuse has less than have their total. We've had 50 shutouts but Curtis or Great Lakes haven't done any...... Curtis and Virginia showing the way with bats. The Engines have the league best team average and the Sox almost as good. Liverpool is struggling to stay over 200. Rochester well over 100 in bombs leads all of us. Tennessee bats not doing very well reaching the fences. Southern has 256 extra base hits while Liverpool has yet to reach 150. Virginia racking up runs better than the rest. Liverpool not even over 200 runs scored. Virginia is the only team having put over 800 runners on base. They have had 857. Guess who has the least? Yep, it's Liverpool who are the only team with less than 600.

 

murphgPLAYER HITTING STATS: Daniel Murphy (Ree) is still hitting over 400 with over 60 games in the books. He's also the league leader in OBP, hits and doubles plus he's second in SLG, OPS and RBI. It's not a runaway MVP race because Giancarlo Stanton (Syr) hits bombs. He's hit a ridiculous 36 homers so far which a pace of about 100 for the year. He's also over 80 ribbies which looks like over 200 by end of year. That's not mentioning that he's also hitting over 300... A long way from Daniel Murphy's batting average is Ryan Braun (Way) who stands as the worst hitter in the league. Charlie Blackmon (Cur) is having a good year too. He's got more triples than anyone else, 2nd in average and hits, third in OBP, fifth in RBI... Nice battle going on for the stolen base title. Dee Gordon (Way) leading the way in twenties and Trea Turner (Phi) is just one back of him. Billy Hamilton (Ree) is also in the twenties... Anthony Rendon (Vir) is tops in walks... Adam Duvall (Liv) looks like he's going to whiff well over 200 times this year.

 

klubPLAYER PITCHING STATS: Corey Kluber and his teammate Max Scherzer (Syr) are the only two with an ERA under 2.00. Klubot has a league best WHIP, one of the best in K/BB ratio and also has won more than anyone, in fact he is undefeated with a 12-0 record. Max Scherzer is 2nd to Kluber in ERA, Wins and WHIP. Robbie Ray (Blo) as expected, one of the best in getting k's but he's being challenged by the one and only K-maester, Nick Pivetta (GrL). To say that Tyson Ross (Iro) is struggling a bit is the nice way of commenting about his league worst ERA. Whew! Nobody loses better than Tim Adleman (Liv) as he hits double digits. Archie Bradley (Blo) is on top of the Save chart.

 

minorAND THEN THERE'S THIS: Adam Frazier (Way) is also hitting 400. Exactly that after 5 at bats. Mike Trout (Iro) is 385 after 52 at bats. Nicky Delmonico (Way) is 0 for 5... Joey Votto (Cur) has scored 63 runs... Francisco Lindor (Way) has been caught stealing 4 times in 8 tries. Trea Turner (Phi) is a perfect 26 for 26... Carlos Gomez (Wel) has been drilled 16 times... Mitch Moreland (Phi) has 4 sac flies... Eric Hosmer (Vir) has picked up a league leading 11 GiDP's... Albert Almora (Ree) has never done that after 139 plate appearances... Asdrubal Cabrera (Lel) is our current Dr Stoneglove. He's made 18 errors... Daniel Murphy has 53 extra base hits (32/1/20). Raimel Tapia (Phi) has none with 43 PA's.... As noted before Corey Kluber (Syr) has a 12-0 WL record. Zach McAllister (Lel) is 6-0. Matt Andriese (Iro) is 0-6... Mike Minor (Syr) has a 0.00 ERA after 24.7ip. Danny Salazar (Wel) has a bloated 14.40 ERA after 10ip... Tim Adleman (Liv) has given up 22 homers in 100 innings. Mike Minor (Syr) has none after 24.7ip... A.J. Griffin (Liv) has 12 complete games... Robert Gsellman (GrL) still working at finding the strike zone with 58 walks in 84.0ip... There are three pitchers with two shutouts... Yusmeiro Petit (Lel) has been in 41 games. There are 40 hitters and 61 pitchers still in minor leagues or something.

 

 

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

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