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January 1, 2018

 

NEWS

 

apbacardA brand new year on the calendar and that means we've hit our halfway mark on schedule. Good work guys! A couple of weeks from now the APBA card set goes on sale. Except for the exact placement of 14* and the like we already know what is coming.

 

The wild card hunt which is now on the Standings web page.

 

Remember that at the end of this month, from 29th thru the 31st is our in-season trade window. In case you forgot the limitations they are stated on the Constitution web page in the Trades section. A note on the posting of those deals. I will be in Lancaster for the RCMBA draft for those exact three days meaning your roster pages will not be updated until late on the 31st.

 

fulmerMichael Fulmer (Cur) with our 2nd no-hitter of the year vs Rochester. The other included some bullpen work.

 

Prince Division: Great Lakes broke the tie with Virginia and moved out to a 5 game lead. The Mashers, in December, were 11-1 at home to go along with their 8-4 away record. Virginia was also 8-4 away but stumbled to a 6-6 home record to fall 5 back. Ohio was 8-4 both home and away last month which puts them 10 back of the Sox and five up on Curtis. The Engines were a very good 9-3 home & away last month. Cincinnati was 8-4 at home but 4-8 on the road and fell into 5th, two back of Curtis. At the bottom is Jamestown who were 6-6 at home but 4-8 away and are 13 back of Cinci and 35 out of first..... Caray Division: Syracuse extended their lead to 8 games after an excellent 10-2 home December mark to cover for the dismal 6-6 away record. The Orange have extended their lead to 8 on Buffalo. The Blizzard were 7-5 at home and 5-7 away last month. Wayside is in a heated battle for third place, 12 back of Buffalo after their 5-7 home/4-8 away mark. Just two back of them in fourth is Iron City who posted a 6-6 home and 3-9 road December. Only one behind them and three back of Wayside, is Rochester. The Parrots were 7-5 at home but an awful 2-10 on the road last month. Sitting in 6th, 38 games out of first and 15 behind Rochester is Bloomington. The Mitts only won 4 games all month..... Hamilton Division: Southern is on cruise control 14 games in front. The Racers were only 6-6 at home but 8-4 on the road in December. It's a dead heat for 2nd/3rd with Reedley & Welland tied. The B'grooms were an outstanding 10-2 at home last month to go with their 5-7 away mark. Welland was a solid 8-4 home/6-6 road. In 4th place Philadelphia is 7 back of Reedley/Welland after their 5-7/5-7 record. Trailing them by 5 is Oviedo. The Orcas were 6-6 home and 4-8 away last month. In the basement is Leland. The Giants are 41 behind Southern and 15 from getting into 5th. They were 3-9/3-10 last month..... Wildcard: Virginia hold the top slot with a pretty sizeable 8 game lead on Buffalo. The Blizzard have just a two game edge on a trio battling for the third spot. Reedley, Ohio & Welland are the three. Only five behind that group is Curtis and only seven out of a playoff ticket is Philly and Cincy.

 

Team stats: ..... Buffalo & Southern lead the team hitting chart with team +270 averages and Leland is battling to stay over 200. Syracuse and Great Lakes are the only two with over 150 big flies which is something pretty foreign to Iron City hitters. Buffalo is really collecting a lot of doubles and Ohio is legging out a bundle of triples. Reedley hitters are very good at taking walks with over 300 and Leland has yet to top 200. Reedley is also really good at stealing with over 100. The Mashers meanwhile have little interest in stealing with all those HR hitters. Rochester has run their HBP total up to 1. Buffalo may be good at getting hits and doubles but they are also very good at killing rallies with +80 GiDP's. Wayside hasn't even reached half of that total. Virginia glove work is leaving a lot to be desired with over 60 errors. Syracuse & Southern are still under 30 in that category..... Great Lakes continues to dominate the pitching chart with a stellar 2.83 team ERA and 11 shutouts. There are only four other teams with team ERA's in the threes. At the other end we find Leland trying to stay under 6.00. Bloomington our best at giving the bullpen guys a day off which has yet to happen at Syracuse, Reedley or Oviedo. Jamestown & Leland hurlers are serving up lots of fat pitches with over 130 homers allowed. Southern, Iron City & Welland are still under 100. The Jethawks are having a bit of troubles finding the strike zone which is not a problem at Southern. Virginia is our only team with over 800 whiffs but Southern has the best K/9 ratio..... You can see more team stats on STATS web page.

 

freddiejulio Player stats: Freddie Freeman (Sth) is having one heck of a season. He's 2nd in batting, OBP & tied for 1st in slugging plus he tops the RBI list. Daniel Murphy (Ree) continues to confound pitchers at a +350 clip via a league best 124 hits. Mike Trout (Ree) is a little under 300 in average but his OBP is the best we have at 423. Nelson Cruz (Way) is tied with Freeman in slugging and 2nd to him in ribbies and is number in Homers. We have 17 players with 20 or more homers. Kris Bryant (Ohi) along with Murphy and David Ortiz (Buf) have the most doubles. Tyler Naquin (Ohi) is the best at legging out triples with 12. Mike Trout (Ree) has a pretty sizeable lead in drawing walks. It's pretty easy to see that Billy Hamilton (Ree) is a step above anyone else in stealing. Todd Frazier (Ohi) would just as soon the season we move onto 2018 very soon. That's an ugly batting average..... Chris Sale (Iro) has an ERA almost in the ones. Although we have six others in the 2's, none of them are remotely close to his 2.05. Has that translated into wins? No. He has a 7-6 WL. Julio Teheran (Sth) is 13-2 and that is the league leader in wins. Michael Pineda (Jam)leads the other pitcher triple crown mark with 170 k's. Completing 9 of his 17 starts is certainly helping. Zach Britton (GrL) tops the saves board. It's Max Scherzer (Syr) on top of WHIP, just a razor thin lead over Rick Porcello (GrL). Wade Miley's (Lel) 2-13 WL record is the very worst in the league and his ERA is pretty bad too but Chad Bettis (Wel) has a very nasty 7.77 ERA. Nobody is worse. See if your guys are on these lists on our STATS web page.

 

mannycole And there's this: Angel Pagan (Cin) is a perfect 1 for 1 in hitting. His teammate, Eugenio Suarez (Cin) remains at 4/49 (082). Maybe he's benched. Denard Span (Ree) and Enrique Hernandez (Blo) are 000 after going 0 for 1 at the very bottom... He's 1 for 1. Andres Blanco (Buf) is 2 for 3... Tyler Naquin (Ohi) has 22 doubles, 12 triples, 21 bombs for 55 extra base hits. Dee Gordon (Way) has none after 15 at bats... Tommy Pham (Vir) has yet to collect an RBI after 44 at bats but he has struckout 20 times... Marwin Gonzalez (Syr) apparently likes to hit. He has 0 walks after 85 at bats... Miguel Sano (Blo) has whiffed 133 times after 316 at bats. Joe Panik (Cur) hasn't whiffed yet after 16 at bats... Jay Werth (Roc) has been thrown out all 5 times he tried to steal. Billy Hamilton 0 times during his 55 steal attempts... Derek Dietrich (Phi) has been hit 14 times. Jean Segura (Sth) 13 times... We have four players with 14 GiDP's. All of them are around 330 at bats. Cabrera (Buf), Arenado (GrL), Martinez (Phi), Scoop (Cur). Brandon Belt (GrL) has yet to that after 309 at bats... Hard to believe but Manny Machado (Vir) leads the league in errors with 21. Brad Miller (Cin) isn't far behind with 19... There are 33 position players yet to appear in a game...Luis Avilan (Ree) 0.00 ERA after 8.0ip while Areil Miranda (Cur) has a 20.77 which comes after 4.3ip... Ivan Nova (Way) has an 8-0 WL and head a list of 26 pitchers at 1000. There are 30 winless pitchers and the best loser is Sean Manaea (Blo) who is 0-8... Mike Pineda (Jam) has a league best 9 complete games to go along topping the whiff list at 170. To go along with that big Mike has a league leading 63 walks... Tyler Duffey (Lel) has been taken deep 31 times in 122.0ip. Tony Watson (Iro) hasn't given up a dinger in 30.7ip... Gerrit Cole (Way) has tossed 9.3 innings and given up 22 hits plus 6 walks for a league best and impressive 3.00 WHIP... Carl Edwards (Blo) is number one in k/9 with 14.7 after 25 of them in 15.3 innings... There's 24 pitchers who haven't been in a game.

 

IMPORTANT DATES


THAT WAS THEN

 

2018 Hall of Fame Ballot

ruthblank hof1A blank plaque near Babe Ruth's waits for your vote and this blank BBWAA ballot needs 10 votes

 

Here is my ballot: