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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congratulations

Cincinnati sweeps LA to win back-to-back World Series titles.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

LCS Preview

AL LCS

#5 Cincinnati Redlegs vs. #2 Boston Tea Partiers (predicted by 1 owner in the poll)

Top 10 - Cincinnati #2, Boston #6

Road to the LCS - Cincinnati defeated Jacksonville 3-1 and Montreal 3-2. Boston defeated St. Louis 3-2.

Regular Season - Series split 5-5, with Boston at a +2 run differential.

Probable Match-ups

- Game 1 - T.J. Perez (8-5) vs. Victor Sierra (15-6)
- Game 2 - Philip Colin (23-7) vs. Julio Lopez (17-6)
- Game 3 - Richard Aoki (13-10) vs. Alexi Terrero (13-9)
- Game 4 - TBD
- Game 5 - TBD
- Game 6 - TBD
- Game 7 - TBD

Prediction - A repeat of last season, but with Boston putting up a better fight. Cincinnati in 6.

NL LCS

#4 Cleveland Wahoos VS. #3 Los Angeles Hollywoods (predicted by 1 owner in the poll)

Top 10 - Cleveland #7, Los Angeles #5

Road to the LCS - Cleveland defeated Montgomery in 5 and Buffalo in 4. Los Angeles defeated Hartford in 5 and Houston in 5.

Regular Season - Series split 5-5, with Los Angeles +4 run differential.

Probable Match-ups
- Game 1 - Derrek Peters (19-8) vs. Victor Merrick (18-7)
- Game 2 - Esmailyn Cueto (16-6) vs. Louis Melville (11-16)
- Game 3 - Cristobal Molina (15-6) vs. Miguel Vazquez (10-12)
- Game 4 - TBD
- Game 5 - TBD
- Game 6 - TBD
- Game 7 - TBD

Prediction - LA ends Cleveland's run, winning in 5. Their pitching is just too much.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Playoff preview- round 2

So the blog was 2-2 in round one. Let's see if we can do any better in the next round.

AL

#1 Montreal vs. #5 Cincinnati
Top 10- Montreal #1 / Cincinnati #2
Regular Season- Series split 5-5 with an amazing 0 run differential
Prediction- This is the premier series of the second round and it really could go either way. It will go the distance, but one look at the player awards page and I have to go with Montreal.

#2 Boston vs. #5 St. Louis
Top 10 - Boston #6 / St. Louis NR
Regular Season- Boston took 6 of 10 with a run differential of + 4.
Prediction- St. Louis easily dispatched Boston's rival Philadelphia to prevent the AL East and North from taking all 4 second round spots. I can't see them beating Boston, however, who might be the best bet to advance out of the AL. Boston in 4.

NL

#1 Buffalo vs. #4 Cleveland
Top 10 - Buffalo #3 / Cleveland #7
Regular Season- Split 10 games with Buffalo at a +1 run differential
Prediction- Buffalo's form as of late leaves much to be desired, and Cleveland continues to confound the blog. I'm going out on a limb, Cleveland in 5.

#2 Houston vs. #3 Los Angeles
Top 10 - Houston #4 / Los Angeles #5
Regular Season - Houston owned LA, winning 7 of 10. Oddly enough, LA had the edge in run differential at +2.
Prediction - LA has long been a blog favorite and this might be the year. However, Houston has been steadily improving all season. Houston in 5.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playoff Preview

The blog predicts -

AL

Round One

#4 Jacksonville TIMUCUANS vs. #5 Cincinnati Redlegs

Top 10 - Jacksonville NR, Cincinnati #2
Regular Season - Cincinnati took 7 of 10 games, but the aggregate score has them only +4 in run differential.
Prediction - Cincy in 4, the Redlegs pitching too much for Jax.

#3 St. Louis Crdinals vs. #6 Philadelphia Bacharach Giants
Top 10 - St. Louis NR, Philly #10
Regular Season - Philly took 6 out of 10, with an aggregate run differential of -2.
Prediction - Philly in 3. Vincente, Wheat, and Ramsey too much.

NL

Round One

#4 Cleveland Wahoos vs. #5 Montgomery Burns
Top 10 - Cleveland #7, Montgomery #8
Regular Season - Cleveland took 6 of 10, with an aggregate run differential of +8
Prediction - I'm going with Montgomery in 5, Daly too much for Cleveland.

#3 Los Angeles Hollywoods vs. #6 Hartford Whalers
Top 10 - LA #5, Hartford #9
Regular Season - L.A split 5-5 with aggregate run differntial +5
Prediction - LA in 5, Inge the difference in a close one

Final Standings

1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (120-42) prev #1 - Surprise, surprise! What a team and what a season. The Garde led the league in wins, expected win percentage, and run differential. They finished 1st in Pitching and Fielding, and were 3rd in Batting. The only cause for concern is an 18-18 record vs. the Top 10. Run differential +536

2. Cincinnati Redlegs (106-56) prev #3. The Redlegs finish at the #2 spot after a very good week. They were 2nd to Montreal in wins, expected win percentage, and run differential. They finished 2nd in Batting, 6th in Pitching, and 11th in Fielding. They were also 18-18 vs the Top 10. Run differential +323

3. Buffalo Bisons (100-62)prev #2 - The Bisons finish with an awful week and just barely hold on to the top NL spot. For the season, they had the best record in the NL, 2nd best exp. %, and best run differential. They were the 5th ranked Batting unit, and 9th in both Pitching and Fielding. They were 27-23 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +213

4. Houston Hangovers (99-63) prev #6 - The Hangovers continue their slow and steady climb that ends as the 4th ranked team. They were 2nd in the NL in Wins, exp. win percentage, and 3rd in run differential. The finished the season 4th in Pitching and 10th in both Batting and Fielding. They were 32-24 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +209

5. Los Angeles Hollywoods (98-64) prev #7 - The Hollywoods finish the season on a tear and amazingly end up just shy of the top ranked NL team. They led the NL in expected win percentage and were 2nd in run differential. They finsihed the season 2nd in Pitching, 13th in Batting, and 8th in Fielding. The only thing preventing them from a higher ranking is that they were 24-32 vs Top 10 teams. Run differential +210

6. Boston Tea Partiers (100-62) prev #9 - The 3rd best AL team is now 6th on the list after a very good week. They finished the season as the 9th best Batting unit, 8th best Pitching one, and 3rd best Fielding. They were 20-13 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +186

7. Cleveland Wahoos (97-65) prev #4 - The Wahoos finish well and fall in place as the 4th best NL team. They finish with tied with Houston for the 2nd best exp. win %, tied with L.A. for the 2nd best run differential, and 3 games back of Buffalo for the best record. They had the 8th best batting unit, 5th best pitching, and 13th best fielding. They were 24-26 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +210


8. Montgomery Burns (99-63) prev #5 - Montgomery settles in as the 5th best NL team. They had a good week and finished only 1 game back for the best record in the NL. They had the 6th best batting unit, 10th best pitching, and 2nd best fielding. They were 26-32 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +183

9. Hartford Whalers (92-70) prev #9 - The Whalers slide to the back of the NL Top 10 pack with a losing record for the week. They own the 7th best Batting unit, 14th best Pitching, and 16th best Fielding. They were 25-25 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +139

10. Philadelphia Bacharach Giants (90-72) prev NR - Philly sneaks in as the 4th ranked AL team. They had a very good week and finished as the 15th Batting, 16th Pitching, and 17th Fielding unit. They were 15-18 vs. the Top 10. Run differential +90

11. Jacksonville
12. St. Louis

Monday, December 6, 2010

Week 7 Rankings

What a finish it is going to be in the NL. There is a clear leader in Buffalo, but after that it is anyone's guess. I will track the records of the NL teams on the list vs. each other as we head to the playoffs.

Top 10 NL teams vs each other for the week:

Buffalo: 2-1
Cleveland: 7-3
Montgomery: 4-5
Houston: 5-5
LA: 5-3
Hartford: 4-10


1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (101-37) prev #1 - Ho-hum, another amzing week and top spot for our favorite French-Canadians. They were an amazing 19-2 on the week and are now 35-5 in their last 40 games. They swept Boston, Santa Cruz, and San Antonio. Run differential +448

2. Buffalo Bisons (90-48) prev #3 - Buffalo rebounded from a poor week to go 16-5 and regain the #2 spot. They were 16-5 of the week and have won eight straight after taking 2 of 3 from Houston. Run differential +243

3. Cincinnati Redlegs (91-49) prev #2. The Redlegs swap places with Buffalo after a good 12-9 week. They lost 2 of 3 to both Durham and Philadelphia, and have no hope of winning their division. Run differential +214

4. Cleveland Wahoos (84-54) prev #6 - The Wahoos had another solid week and continue to prove the doubters wrong. Their 13-8 campaign included a 7-3 record against Hartford and Montgomery. They could be in much better shape had it not been for a sweep at the hands of Honolulu. Run differential +186

5. Montgomery Burns (84-54) prev #8 - Montgomery is the big mover this week, even after going 12-9. They were 4-5 against Cleveland and Hartford and won 2 of 3 against Honolulu. Run differential +165

6. Houston Hangovers (83-55) prev #7 - The Hangovers continue their slow and steady climb that should put the rest on the NL on notice. They were 13-8 for the week, including 5-5 against LA and Buffalo. Run differential +156

7. Los Angeles Hollywoods (80-58) prev #9 - The Hollywoods had a nice week, going 13-8. They swept Hartford, but lost 2 of 3 vs Houston. In all, they were 5-3 vs the top NL teams. Run differential +146

8. Hartford Whalers (81-57) prev #5 - The Whalers had the worst record of the group, going a dismal 8-13 for the period. They were 4-10 vs. Houston, Cleveland, Montgomery, and LA. They still have 7 games vs. top teams to they could slide further. Run differential +146

9. Boston Tea Partiers (83-55) prev #7 - The 3rd best AL team is 9th on the list. They were 11-10 on the week, including a sweep at the hands of Montreal. They are, however, in no danger of missing the playoffs, and should have the #2 seed wrapped up. Run differential +137

10. Santa Cruz Border Patrol (77-61) prev +10 - The Patrol solidify themselves on the Top 10 with a very good 13-8 week. They are now tied with St. Louis for the division lead, but still have Philadelphia and Cincinnati on the schedule. Run differential +129

Just Missed - Philadelphia, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Dover

Friday, December 3, 2010

Franchise Standings

The blog typically discusses only the ML squads, so the question remains who has the best franchise when all levels are considered? Thanks to rbjb, we now have data that can answer that question.


Top Win % All Levels

1. Boston .663
2. Houston .622
3. Jacksonville .597
4. Honolulu .574
5. Hartford .572
6. Los Angeles .568
7. Pittsburgh .560
8. Montreal .558
9. Santa Cruz .551
10. Cincinnati .532

Top Expected Win % All Levels

1. Boston .664
2. Houston .657
3. Honolulu .587
3. Jacksonville .581
4. Los Angeles .565
5. Hartford .563
6. Montreal .563
7. Santa Cruz .558
8. Pittsburgh .549
9. Cleveland .542
10. Cincinnati .538

Top Overacheivers All Levels (Win % - Exp Win %)
1. Salem .046
2. Chicago .026
3. St. Louis .019
4. Scottsdale .017
5. Jacksonville .016
6. Louisville .016
7. New Britain .013
8. Pittsburgh .011
9. New Orleans .011
10. Hartford .010

Top Underacheivers All levels (Exp Win % - Win %)
1. Houston .036
2. Cleveland .028
3. San Antonio .023
4. Durham .022
5. Baltimore .020
6. Honolulu .013
7. Philadelphia .013
8. Arizona .011
9. El Paso .010
10. Oklahoma City .009

Top Run Differential (+)
1. Boston 1278
2. Houston 1227
3. Honolulu 673
4. Jacksonville 688
5. Los Angeles 517
6. Hartford 461
7. Montreal 498
8. Santa Cruz 453
9. Pittsburgh 422
10. Cleveland 316

Wins
1. Boston 540
2. Houston 535
3. Honolulu 478
4. Jacksonville 473
5. Los Angeles 460
6. Hartford 458
7. Montreal 458
8. Santa Cruz 454
9. Pittsburgh 447
10. Cleveland 441

There you have it. Clearly, Boston runs the best franchise, at least for this season. The blog will now request of Boston that they post here their minor league philosophy for all to enjoy and implement.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reese Passes Sir Charles for the All-time HR Lead

Eddie Reese today passed Charles Lawrence for the all-time Home Run Record. He now has 722 and shows no signs of hanging up the cleats. He is also closing in on the all-time RBI record, and needs just 48 to become the leader in that category.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Maddie's Top ML Position Players - SS

The rankings will continue until morale improves. Here are the Top SS's in the Majors:

1. Ahmad Bell, Montreal - 112.17 OVL, 77.62 OFF, 34.55 DEF
2. Yank Sodowsky, Dover - 112.13 OVL, 75.74 OFF, 36.39 DEF
3. Wesley Graves, Montgomery - 111.83 OVL, 77.29 OFF, 34.54 DEF
4. Andy Carr, Cincinnati - 111.02 OVL, 71.63 OFF, 39.39 DEF
5. Rube Swann, Los Angeles - 110.92 OVL, 74.96 OFF, 35.96 DEF
6. Derek Burgess, Norfolk - 109.42 OVL, 70.42 OFF, 39.00 DEF
7. Richard Lee, Los Angeles - 109.29 OVL, 73.17 OFF, 36.12 DEF
8. Rafael Soriano, Cleveland - 107.37 OVL, 71.20 OFF, 36.17 DEF
9.Keith Lanning, Philadelphia - 106.76 OVL, 69.84 OFF, 36.92 DEF
10. Tony Tapies, Cleveland - 106.13 OVL, 69.19 OFF, 36.94 DEF

Top 5 Offense - Bell, Graves, Sodowsky, Swann, Lee
Top 5 Defense - Carr, Burgess, Tapies, Lanning, Sodowsky

Sodowsky only one on both, Soriano only one on neither

Votes: Bell 5, Swann 2, Sodowski 1, Graves 1

Week 6 Rankings

1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (82-35) prev #1 - Again the top team, and this is truly an amazing team. They owned the best record for the week, the best exp win %, the best record, and the best run differential. The only negative is a recent series with Cincy where they lost 3 of 4, so they might be vulnerble in a playoff series with the Redlegs. Run differential +365

2. Cincinnati Redlegs (79-38) prev #2 - The Redlegs finally relinquish the best record in the league, going 12-8 on the week. They lost 3 of 4 to Boston but have won their last 6. A three game series at season's end with Montral looms. Run differential +188

3. Buffalo Bisons (74-43) prev #3 - Buffalo is just barely hanging on to this spot after a dismal 10-10 week. They lost 8 of 9 during a stretch against LA, Hartford, and Dover, but have seemed to right the ship. An 11 game gauntlet at the end of the season against Houston, Hartford, and Cleveland will tell us what this team is made of. Run differential +203

4. Cleveland Wahoos (71-46) prev #6 - The Wahoos continue their climb to the top with an outstanding 16-4 week (matching Montreal for the best record for the period). So what worries the blog? Losing 3 of 4 to Houston. They play Houston, Hartford, and Montgomery in 14 of their next 28 games, so this could be as high as they get. Run differential +184

5. Hartford Whalers (73-44) prev #5 - The Whalers' follow an average 9-9 week with a very good 13-7 one. They took 2 of 3 from Buffalo and have split 2 games with Houston. They have some tough games left, and 12 of their next 15 are against L.A., Houston, Montgomery, and Cleveland. Run Differential +153

6. Boston Tea Partiers (72-45) prev #7 - The Tea Partiers have firmly established themselves as the 3rd best AL team. They had a very good 14-6 week, taking 3 of 4 at Cincinnati. They have a relatively difficult schedule left, including playing Montreal 6 times. Run differential +131

7. Houston Hangovers (70-47) prev #8 - The Hangovers rebound from a 9-9 week, going 13-7. They are 6-3 in their last 9 games vs. LA, Hartford, and Cleveland. 5 of their next 8 are vs Hartfors and Buffalo. Run differential +144

8. Montgomery Burns (72-45) prev #4, preseason NR - Montgomery has resorted to their average ways, going 11-9 on the week. They split with Houston ans LA and were swept by Buffalo. 6 of their next 11 are against Cleveland and Hartford. Run differential + 138

9. Los Angeles Hollywoods (67-50)prev #10 - The Hollywoods move up one spot after an extremely difficult stretch against Houston, Montgomery, and Buffalo. They went 5-5, holding their own against some of the top teams in the NL. Run differential +97

10. Santa Cruz Border Patrol (64-53) prev NR - The Patrol enter the rankings on the back of a strong 14-6 week. They have lost their last 3, however, and are in danger of being swept by Boston. 8 of their next 25 games are against Cincinnati, Montreal, and Boston. Run differential +98

Dropped - Honolulu
Just Missed - Jacksonville, St. Louis, Honolulu, Dover

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maddies' Rankings - Top 10 2B's

The series continues. Hate mail may be sent to me via TC. Without further ado,

1. John Baek, Houston - 110.20 OVL, 81.17 OFF, 29.03 DEF
2. Allen Nichols, Buffalo - 108.18 OVL, 80.35 OFF, 27.83 DEF
3. Orlando Maduro, Honolulu - 107.83 OVL, 73.93 OFF, 33.86 DEF (NOTE: pre-injury ratings)
4. Billy Ray Simpkins, Jacksonville - 106.14 OVL, 71.91 OFF, 34.23 DEF
5. Pat Regan, Dover - 106.08, 72.99 OFF, 33.03 DEF
6. Ernie McKnight, Salem - 105.80 OVL, 76.70 OFF, 29.10 DEF
7. Kelly Hinch, Chicago - 104.84 OVL, 70.32 OFF, 34.52 DEF
8. J.C. Drew, Louisville - 104.14 OVL, 75.76 OFF, 32.27 DEF
9. Terry Buford, Montreal - 103.24 OVL, 75.18 OFF, 28.06 DEF
10. Angel Siqueiros, Cincinnati - 102.94 OVL, 74.50 OFF, 28.44 DEF

Top 5 OFF - Baek, Nichols, Mcknight, Drew, Buford
Top 5 DEF - Hinch, Simpkins, Maduro, Regan, Drew

Drew only 2B on both lists, Siqueiros only 2B not on either.

Votes: Baek 4, Nichols 3, Drew 3, Simpkins 1, Buford 1

Monday, November 22, 2010

Week 5 Rankings - All-Star Break

Here's how they stand at the halfway point, and where they were predicted pre-season -

Interesting notes:

- The top 3 teams in the rankings are also the top 3 in batting.
- The top 3 are ranked in the top 5 in at least 2 categories
- 9 of the top 13 fielding teams are on the list
- 8 of the top 13 batting teams are on the list
- 10 of the top 13 pitching teams are on the list


1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (66-31) prev #1, preseason #2 - Again the top team. They gained one win on Cincy and are running away with the exp. % and run differential lead. They were 13-5 for the week, includng 10 our of their last 11. They are 2 gtames in on a 4game series with Cincy, and currently are 1-1. They have the best run producing outfit, are the 4th best in ERA, and have the 8th best fielding percentage. Run differential an ML best +299


2. Cincinnati Redlegs (67-30) prev #2, preseason #1 - The Redlegs continue to own the best record in the league, and they continue to stay at the top of the rankings. They stay at this spot on the strength of a 12-5 week, including 10 of their last 12. They own the third best run producing and run allowing squads, and the 12th best error avoidance team. Run differential +165

3. Buffalo Bisons (64-33) prev #3, preseason #3 - Buffalo is still a deserving #2, only behind Cincinnati in wins, but by 3 games. They are the best team in the NL, and it might not be close. They still own the best NL record, best exp%, and best run differential. They were 11-7 on the week, including a split with LA. They are the #2 batting team, #12 pitching team, and #5 fielding team. Run differential +178

4. Montgomery Burns (61-36) prev #5, preseason NR - Montgomery has stopped their slide and gained one spot in the rankings. They were 11-7 on the week, winning 2 of 3 vs LA. They are currently 1-1 in a 4 game set vs. rival Houston. They own the 5th best batting unit, 9th best pitching, and 10th best fielding. Run differential +120

5. Hartford Whalers (60-37) prev #4, preseason #7 - The Whalers' climb is halted with an average 9-9 week, and I now have the excuse to put them behind Montgomery. They offset sweeps of Houston and LA with a sweep at the hands of Dover. They are 8th in runs produced, 13th in runs given up, and 13th in errors avoided. Their run differential and exp % should see them drop a couple of spots in the coming weeks. Run differential +105

6. Cleveland Wahoos (55-42) prev NR, preseason NR - The Wahoos climb to #6 with a bullit, winning 13 out of 18 games. They swept Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Honolulu. They are 11th in batting, 2nd in pitching, and 17th in fielding. They are 2nd in the NL in both exp win % and run differential, so they should continue to climb. Run differential +126

7. Boston Tea Partiers (58-39) prev #8, preseason #4 - The Tea Partiers switch places with Houston as both traditional powers continue to have average seasons, at least for them. Boston has lost 5 of their last 8 after a sweep of hapless Salem. They are top 10 in all categories - 6th in batting,and 8th in both pitching and fielding, so they should be able to climb some more spots. Run differential +118

8. Houston Hangovers (57-40) prev #7, preseason #6 - The Hangovers are still having a difficult time living up to their reputation, going 9-9 on the week and dropping one spot. They lost 4 of 5 to team ranked higher than them (Hartford, Montgomery). They are 7th in both pitching and batting and 12th in fielding, so it would be a mistake to write them off. Run differential +124

9. Honolulu Tropics (53-44) prev NR, preseason NR - The Tropics come in one spot ahead of their biggest rivals on the strenght of a 11-7 week. They were 3-3 vs. Buffalo and Cleveland, and have won their last 7 games. They own the 21st ranked baating unit, but make up for it with both the #1 pitching and #1 fielding units. Run differential +77

10. Los Angeles Hollywoods (54-43)prev #7, preseason #5 - The Hollywoods limp into the #10 spot after a dismal 7-11 campaign. They were 3-7 vs. higher ranked teams including Hartford, Buffalo, and Montgomery. They have the 19th best batting unit, 6th best pitching squad, and 7th best fieling team. Run diffetrential +75


Dropped -
Just Missed - Jacksonville, St. Louis

Friday, November 19, 2010

Maddie's Top ML Position Players - 1B

Since 1B is really an offensive position, I will rank based upon offensive ratings. Additionally, a 2B listed as a 1B will rate higher due to his defensive ratings, so offensive rating will be a better barometer for 1B.

1. Henry Wise, Montreal - 84.32 OFF
2. Kory Catalanotto, Santa Cruz - 84.00 OFF
3. Ken Daly, Montgomery - 81.27
4. Dwight Humphries, Cincinnati, 80.58 OFF
5. Brant Balfour, Houston, 80.06 OFF
6. Brendan Watson, Hartford, 76.38
7. Steven Starr, New Britain, 75.59 OFF
8. Alfredo Nieves, Santa Cruz, 75.56 OFF
9. Carlos Pena, San Antonio, 75.35 OFF
10. Cozy Spradlin, Cleveland - 75.13, OFF

Votes - Daly 5, Wise 4, Nieves 1, Watson 1, Balfour 1, Catalanotto 1

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Maddie's Top ML Position Players - C

The first in a look at the controversial player rating system known as Maddie's Team Management. The ratings take into account offense, defense, and health/stamina ratings, and produce a rating for overall, offense, and defense. It also projects if the player is all-star, ML+, ML-, or AAAA. These numbers are based on PROJECTED ratings. Catchers are up first -

Catchers -

1. Willie Stanley, Dover - 112.59 OVL, 85.76 OFF, 26.83 DEF, All-Star
2. Clinton Clifton, Montreal - 103.27 OVL, 79.37 OFF, 23.90 DEF, All-Star
3.Orlando Santiago, Boston - 100.47 OVL, 65.34 OFF, 35.13 DEF, All-Star
4. Felipe Cruz, Cincinnati - 99.64 OVL, 66.61 OFF, 33.03 DEF, ML+
5. Felipe Mantalban, Cincinnati - 99.54 OVL, 69.77 OFF, 29.77 DEF , ML+
6. Hawk Hardtke, St. Louis - 98.59 OVL, 75.09 OFF, 23.50 DEF, ML+
7. J.B. Ryan, Houston - 97.40 OVL, 73.50 OFF, 23.90 DEF, ML+
8. Graham Costello, Hartford - 96.95 OVL, 69.95 OFF, 27.30 DEF, ML+
9. Tuck Winn, Durham - 96.65 OVL, 66.95 OFF, 29.70 DEF, ML+
10. Ramon Irabu, St. Louis - 95.95 OVL, 76.88 OFF, 19.06 DEF, ML+

Clinton Clifton runs away in the poll with 11 out of 14 votes as best Catcher in the game. The Hawk got 1, and 2 voted "other".

Monday, November 15, 2010

Week 4 Rankings (Top 8)

This week I take a different approach in my rankings. Each team is compared to the one immediately below/

1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (53-26) prev #3 - So how does a team that isn't even in first place in their own division take the top overall spot? Well, they ARE the best team, and it is onlt a matter of time before they pass their rivals (and #2 on the list) for the top spot in their division. They have the best exp. % in the ML at .717, the best run differential in the ML at +204, and are only 2 wins behind Cincy. They are scoring 7 runs per game, almost a full run more than Cincy, and have the superior fielding unit. They are close in runs allowed, with Montreal allowing only .08 more runs per game. But, they are still just 1-2 vs #2.

2. Cincinnati Redlegs (55-25) prev #1 - The Redlegs own the best record in the league, and they continue to stay at the top of the rankings. Amazingly, they have the same run differential and expected win percentage as the #3 team. They also are very similair in the squad rankings with not much between them. So why #2 and not Buffalo? Well, I'll admit, it is just easier to compare Cincy to Montreal, and Buffalo to Hartford. Accordingly.......

3. Buffalo Bisons (53-26) prev #4 - Buffalo is a deserving #2, and even could be a co-#2. They are the best team in the NL, and it might not be close. They own the best NL record, best exp%, and best run differential. So why else are they better than Hartford? They took 3 of 4 early in the season and have the better batting and fielding units.

4. Hartford Whalers (51-28) prev #5 - The Whalers continue their climb and complete a Top 4 from only two divisions. So why are they better than Montgomery? They aren't. Montgomery has a better exp. % and run differential, and they are rated higher in every category. But it is hard to put Montgomery ahead of Hartford when they are 0-3 vs. them and also only 9-13 in their last 22 games.

5. Montgomery Burns (50-29) prev #2 - Montgomery is sliding, but they should be able to stop te bleeding and regain their rightful spot at #4. I any event, they are superior to Houston, even though they have lost 2 of 3 to them. They have a better exp. win % and run differential, and also have better batting and pitching stats.

6. Houston Hangovers (48-31) prev #7 - The Hangovers are having a difficult time living up to their reputation. They are 5 games back in teh race for best NL record, and are only the 4th best team in the NL. They are better than Los Angeles, however. They have one more win, a better exp. %, a better run differential, and better fielding and batting units. They are also 2-1 against the Hollywoods.

7. Los Angeles Hollywoods (47-32)prev #6 - The Hollywoods check in as the 5th best NL team. They are better than Boston and this is why. They have the same record, but LA has the better exp win % and run differential, as well as having allowed almost .5/run per game. It is difficult to compare a NL team to an AL team, but I am sticking to this ranking, at least for this week.


8. Boston Tea Partiers (47-32) prev #8 - The Tea Partiers stay right where they were last week. There is a large drop-off after them ,which is why the rankings stop at 8 this week (that and I only wrote down info for the top 8 before not being able to complete it on Monday). Anyway, thety are a solid, if not spectacular, version of the perrenial power and should stay on the list for the remainder of the season.


Dropped - Honolulu, Santa Cruz

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cincinnati/Montreal vs. Houston/Montgomery

AL powerhouses #1 Cincinnati and #3 Montreal are currently taking on NL heavyweights #7 Houston and #2 Montgomery in a 12 game round robin. These teams comprise more than half of the top seven in the most recent rankings, including the top three teams. They also have the World Series winner and runner-up from last season.

Series tied 5-5, Montreal and Hourston leading with 3 wins

Cincinnati - 2-3
Montreal - 3-2
Montgomery - 2-3
Houston - 3-2

Game 1 - Cincinnati 4 - Houston 1 - Jesus Pineda knocks in 2 and beats Dave Darr - AL 1-0

Game 2 - Montgomery 10 - Montreal 9 - Montreal blows a 2 run lead in the 10th, Alex Pan knocks in 3, including the winning run. - Series tied 1-1

Game 3 - Houston 10 - Cincinnati 7 - Dutch Velarde goes 4-5 as Philip Colin gives up 13 hits. NL leads 2-1

Game 4 - Montreal 3 - Montgomery 0 - Jeff Woods throws a shutout as the Garde even the series for the AL. Series tied 2-2

Game 5 - Houston 11 - Cincinnati 8 - Louie Delgado knocks in 7. NL leads 3-2

Game 6 - Montreal 8 - Montgomery 1 - Fritz Lynch gives up 1 run is seven innings. Series tied 3-3

Game 7 - Montreal 8 - Houston 0 - Heinie Conigliaro throws a 4 hit shutout. AL leads 4-3

Game 8 - Montgomery 4 - Cincinnati 3 - Ken Daly collects 4 hits, knocks in 2. Series tied 4-4

Game 9 - Cincinnati 8 - Montgomery 6 - Angel Siqueiros knocks in 3. AL leads 5-4

Game 10 - Houston 8 - Montreal 3 - Dave Darr goes 8 solid innings for the win. Series tied 5-5

Game 11 - Cincinnati 11 - Montgomery 10 - Redlegs score 2 in the 9th to finish their series. AL leads 6-5

Game 12 - Montreal 4 - Houston 0 - Montreal clinches it for the AL, has best record. AL wins 7-5

Monday, November 8, 2010

Week 3 Power Rankings

1. Cincinnati Redlegs (44-18) prev #6 - The Redlegs have gone from #10 to #1 in just two weeks. They won an amazing 18 of 21 games, with previous #1 Santa Cruz being the victim in 6 out of 7 games. Last week I had said that we would know more about Cincy and Santa Cruz after the week, and we now know that Cincinnati is the better team. They are #1 in pitching, #4 in batting, and top 10 in fielding. They own the best exp. win %. Run differential +124

2. Montgomery Burns (42-20) prev #5 - The Burns had a great week to continue their ascent, which leaves them one spot from the top and the best team in the NL. They are clearly the best team in the NL - leading in wins, exp. win %, and run differential. They won 8 of 9 from Top 10 teams Buffalo, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. They, like Cincinnati, are Top 10 in all three categories. Run differential +123

3. Montreal Garde Imperiale (40-22) prev #2 - The Garde drop a spot at really no fault of their own, winning 14 of 21 games. They are responsible for St. Louis exiting the rankings, sweeping them in four. They own the top batting unit, a top 5 fieliding unit, and an above average pitching squad. Run differential +137 is best in the ML.

4. Buffalo Bisons (41-21) prev #4 - The Bisons stay where they were with another strong week, winning 15 out of 21. They have won 15 out of their last 17 vs. teams not named Montgomery. Their average pitching staff is being carried by top 5 batting and fielding units. Run differential + 111

5. Hartford Whalers (39-23) prev NR - The Whalers re-enter the rankings with a bang - winning 16 0f 21 games, including sweeps of Honolulu, El Paso, and Cleveland. They own a Top 5 pitching staff, which is currently making up for average batting and fielding units. Run Differential +80

6. Los Angeles Hollywoods (36-26)prev #10 - The Hollywoods continue to improve, moving up 4 spots to number 6. They were 12-9, with 7 wins at the expense of Norfolk. They are a top 5 pitching squad, with only average fielding and batting. Run differential +66

7. Houston Hangovers (37-25) prev #3 - The Hangovers had a rough week that sees them continue their slide from the top. They had a losing 10-11 record for the week, with losses in 7 of their last 8 contests. They have the second best pitching staff, an average fielding unit, and below average batting team. Run differential +60

8. Boston Tea Partiers (36-26) prev NR - The Tea Partiers enter the ranking largely due to other teams being unable to stay on the list. They were a pedestrian 11-10 on the week, and 6-6 in their last 12 games. They are Top 5 in batting, and abover average in the other categories so look for this team to rise. Run differential +58

9. Honolulu Tropics (34-28) prev NR - The Tropics were 11-10 on the week, with 6 of those losses against Hartford and Montgomery. They are Top 3 in both Pitching and Fielding, and below average in Batting. Run differential +53

10. Santa Cruz Border Patrol (26-15) prev #1 - The Rollercoasters barely avoid becoming the first team ever to go from unranked to #1 to unranked. They won only 7 of 21, with a sweep of Oklahoma City as the only positive. Their pitching is largelt to blame, going from 5th to 17th. Run differential +55


Dropped off:
Cleveland
St. Louis
New Britain

Also receiving votes:
Oklahoma City
Cleveland
St. Louis

Monday, November 1, 2010

Week 2 Power Rankings - Moving Week

Week 2 is usually when the top teams start to make their move, and we should start to see the best teams rise to the top. Some interesting notes:

- 2 of the top 5 were not ranked last week, including the #1 team
- 6 of the Top 10 were not ranked last week
- 3 of the top 4 teams lead a category (field,pit,bat)
- 8 of the top 10 are top 5 in at least one category
- there are 5 teams tied for the second best record in the Majors
- 3 of the top 8 are from the AL North

1. Santa Cruz Border Patrol (26-15) prev NR - The Border Patrol, unranked last week, move to the top spot by taking out their anger on Durham - winning 6 of 7. They also won every series and tied for the top week at 15-5. They own the best exp win percentage and run differential. They are 2nd in batting, 5th in pitching, and above average in fielding. Run differential +89

2. Montreal Garde Imperiale (26-15) prev #4 - The Garde move up 3 spots thanks to a 13-7 week with sweeps of Baltimore and San Antonio. They did lose a series to Philly, so don't count out the B. Giants yet. They own the #1 batting unit, the #5 fielding unit, and an above average pitching squad. Run differential +78

3. Houston Hangovers (27-14) prev #1 - The Hangovers still own the best record in the Majors, with a strong 12-8 week. They won series vs. San Diego, LA, and Dover, but were 2-3 vs. Honolulu. They have the best pitching staff, a top 10 fielding unit, and an above average batting team. Run differential +59

4. Buffalo Bisons (26-15) prev #2 - The Bisons had a 12-8 week, with sereis wins vs. Louisville, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. They split with Honolulu and remain a game back of Houston for best record in the NL. They have the #1 Fielding unit, the #3 batting unit, and an above average pitching staff. Run differential + 71

5. Montgomery Burns (26-15) prev NR - The Burns had a very good week, matching the best record of any team for the period, although 6 of their wins were against Kansas City. They are 4th in fielding, 6th in batting, and above average in pitching. Run differential +55

6. Cincinnati Redlegs (26-15) prev #10 - The Redlegs move up 6 spots on the strength of a 14-6 week, with a sweep of Boston. 7 of their next 15 are vs. #1 Santa Cruz so we should know much more about these two teams then. They are #2 in pitching, above average in fielding, and just below average in batting. Run differential +42

7. Cleveland Wahoos (23-18) prev NR - The NL North leaders debut at #7 off of a 13-7 week, sweeping Norfolk and Hartford. They own the #4 batting team, #10 pitching, and slightly above average fielding unit. Their next 15 games are against teams with a winning record. Run Differential +61

8. New Britain Red Coats (23-18) prev NR - The Redcoats make an appearance as the third member in the Top 10 from the AL North. They had a tremendous 14-6 week, with series wins vs. Philly, Salem, OKC, and Boston. Their #4 pitching unit is carrying a an average fielding and pitching squad. Run differential +44

9. St. Louis Cardinals (24-17) prev NR - The 2nd place AL West team enters the Top 10off of a 12-8 week. The won series vs. Durham, Jacksonville, and New Orleans, but were swept by Salt Lake. They have the #7 pitching staff, which is propping up an average batting and below average fielding unit. Run differential +31

10. Los Angeles Hollywoods (24-17)prev NR - El Paso, Pittsburgh, and Dover were all series losers vs. a 14-6 for the week LA. They have also won 10 of their last 13 games. They are top 13 in all three categories. Run differential +30

Dropped off of the list (record for the week)-

#3 Honolulu (11-9)
#5 Oklahoma City (9-11)
#6 Boston (10-10)
#7 New Orleans (10-10)
#8 Durham (5-15)
#9 Hartford (9-11)

Just missed, in order -

Honolulu
Boston
Hartford

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is BABIP?

Thanks to kylepeak for compiling the data and coming up with the idea for the post -

BABIP, or batting average on balls in play, is a way to measure the relative luck of any given team vs. the rest of the league. In other words, a high BABIP relative to the league average would be difficult to maintain throughout the season and, thus, might be described as being lucky.

It is traditionally used to spot unusual seasons by pitchers, but may also be used in other ways, such as determinig hitting units that are getting lucky. BABIP is calculated as follows: (hits minus home runs) divided by (at bats minus strike outs minus home runs plus sacrifice flies). For our league, we have an average BABIP of .300. The Top 10 BABIP teams are as follows (stats as of the 10/25 PM Cycle):

1. Los Angeles (.337)
2. Montgomery (.336)
3. Chicago (.330)
4. New Orleans (.328)
5. El Paso (.326)
6. Honolulu (.325)
7. Pittsburgh (.323)
8. Salt Lake City (.322)
9. Cleveland (.319)
10. New Britain (.317)

The Bottom 10 BABIP are as follows:

1. Philadelphia (.232)
2. Montreal (.251)
3. Kansas City (.271)
4. Dover (.273)
5. San Antonio (.274)
6. Norfolk (.280)
7. Boston (.285)
8. Oklahoma City (.286)
9. Baltimore (.289)
10. Scottsdale (.290)

However, this does not tell the whole story. Obviously, some players are more adept at hiting a ball in play than others. So, let's add team batting average to find the teams that are truly getting lucky:

1. Salt Lake City .0477(BABIP of .3217 minus Team Batting Average of .2740)
2. New Britain .0441
3. Montgomery .0406
4. Pittsburgh .0404
5. Baltimore .0402

And the ones that are truly unlucky:

1. Montreal .0088
2. Santa Cruz .0131
3. Boston .0157
4. Buffalo .0158
5. Dover .0160

OK, but what does uit mean? If teams were stocks, it would be wise to buy Montreal, Santa Cruz, etc. and sell SLC, New Britain, etc. It will be difficult for both groups to maintain, and they will likely both move towards the mean.

Monday, October 25, 2010

AAA Call-up contenders

Every year teams call up top AAA talent in the second month of the season. Here are some to look for -

Chicago SS Quinton Trammell

Cincinnati SP Bubbles Judd

Houston RF Donnie Minor

LA SS Carson Hardy

LA RF Magglio Armas

Montgomery SS Al Vazquez

New Orleans 3B Alex Montana

Norfolk 2B Mack Shields

Norfolk 3B Enrique Vincente

Salem 1B Burt Norton

Week One Power Rankings

1. Houston Hangovers (15-6) - The Hangovers own the best record in the Majors. They have won 12 of their last 13 after begining the season by losing 3 of 4 vs. El Paso. They have the best pitching staff, #8 hitting unit, and an average fielding squad. They lead the league in exp. win % at .708. Run Differential +43

2. Buffalo Bisons (14-7) - The Bisons began the season by taking 3 of 4 from NL power Hartford. They also swept Norfolk and Louisville. The Bisons are ranked first in both fielding and batting, but are below average in pitching. Thet have a solid expected win percentage of .638. Run Differential +35

3. Hololulu Tropics (13-8) - The Tropics finish off a 1-2-3 sweep for the NL. They have won 8of their last 9, sweeping Pitttsburgh in the process. They are top 10 in both pitching and batting, and just above average in fielding. They have an exp. win % of .632. Run Differential +28

4. Montreal Garde Imperiale (13-8) - The Garde are the top ranked AL team, despite some of the numbers that we have come to expect from the perrenial power. They lost 2 of 3 vs rival Cincinnati, but rebounded with series wins vs. OKC, SLC, St. Louis, and New Orleans. They are #8 in pitching, #2 in fielding, and only just above average in batting. They have an exp win % of .583. Run Differential +17

5. Oklahoma City Falcons(14-7) - The Falcons make their rankings debut as the 2nd ranked AL squad. They have won 10 of their last 12, including a sweep of Philadelphia. They have the #3 pitching staff, but the other units are below average. They will need to improve in these areas to remain in the Top 10. Run Differential +18

6. Boston Tea Partiers (14-7) The AL East leaders have won every series and look to be back on top of a very competitive division. Their Top 5 pitching staff is carrying below average fielding and batting units. Their exp win % is only .563, which is why they aren't higher on the list. Run Differential +13

7. New Orleans Causeway Cajuns (13-8) The Cajuns make their debut two spots behind division leaders Oklahoma City. They do have a gripe, however, taking 2 of 3 from the Falcons and sweeping Cincinnati. Their exp win % and run differential are skewed by a 24-3 thumping of Salem. They are #3 in batting, #7 in fielding, but must improve their below average pitching staff. Run Differential +27

8. Durham Tar Heels (13-8) The Tar Heels make their debut as the #2 team in the AL East. They have won series vs. Salem, San Antonio, and Philadelphia, winning 11 of their last 15 games. They are the only team in the top 10 with top 10 pitching, batting, and fielding rankings. Their exp win % of .608 is tied for second best in the AL. Run Differential +23

9. Hartford Whalers (14-7) The NL powerhouse debuts towards the bottom of the top 10, a place with which they are not accustomed. A 2-16 record in Spring Training carried over into the regular season as they started losing 3 of 4 to Buffalo. They have rebounded strongly and have only lost 4 games since. Expect them to climb these rankings quickly. Run Differential +13

10. Cincinnati Redlegs (12-9) The Top 10 would not be complete without the inclusion of the World Series Champ. They did win 2 of 3 from Montreal, but are only 7-7 since. They own a Top 5 pitching staff, but need to improve average batting and fielding. Run Differential +17

Just Missed -

Santa Cruz
El Paso
Montgomery

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pre-season Power Rankings

Here's the first in the blog's weekly rankings that come out every Monday. I take many factors into consideration - record, record for the week, expected win %, run differential, and fielding, pitching, and batting rankings. This week, I will look at last season's performance and off-season moves. Here we go, in reverse order....

Rank. Team Name (record last season, postseason result, season 17 final regular season ranking)

10. Santa Cruz Border Patrol (93-69, NL West Champ, NR) - Lost 3B Dwight Duncan, but signed slugger Tomas Lee. Anchored by Sp's Phil Pride and Timothy Crawford, teh Patrol should be in the hunt for a World Series. Prediction - AL West Champ

9. El Paso Vaqueros - (88-74, 3rd in NL South, NR) - The former Sun Kings look to be making a move in Season 18. They have added multiple free agents, including veteran SP's Chad Clarke and Jonathan Eiland. This looks like it might be the year for the Vaqueros. Prediction - NL Wild Card

8. Philadelphia Bacharach Giants - (95-67, NL East Champ, #7) - The Giants nee Cangrejeros lost ace J.R. Beckett to free agency, plugging his former roster spot with Joaquin Santos. Regardless, they still remain one the top candidates to keep Cincinnati from repeating. Prediction - AL Wild Card

7. Hartford Whalers - (95-67, NL East Champ, #5) - Lost Cy Douglas, but added William Patrick and slugger Tim Wilson. Might be better than last season, but a slip is quite possible. Prediction - NL Wild Card

6. Houston Hangovers - (111-51, NL South Champ and WS Runner-up, #1) - No one has lost as much in the off-season as the Hangovers. Wesley Graves, Esteban Owen, and Jacob Hunter all chose to, as LeBron says, take their talents elsewhere. The did promote stud SP's Geraldo Mendez and Willis Floyd, so to take them lightly might be a mistake. Prediction - NL South Champ

5. Los Angeles Hollywoods - (94-68, NL East Champ, #8) - The Hollywoods return their core, with the exception of Omar Flores. They will more than make up for it with the expected promotions of Carson Hardy and Magglio Armas. Prediction - NL West Champ

4. Boston Tea Partiers - (95-67, lost in LCS to Cincy,#4) - Perrenial power Bur, I mean Wash, no I mean Boston returns another strong squad. They lose a little in Juan Johnson, but should still compete for a playoff spot. Prediction - AL East Champ, lose in LCS.

3. Buffalo Bisons - (91-71, NL East Runner-up lost to LA in Division Play-In, #9) - The new top dog in the NL made some positive moves in the off-season, re-signing Francis Herzog and trading for Del Owen. They also extended ace Cory Clark. Should Have an excellent season. Prediction - NL East Champ, WS runner-up

2. Montreal Garde Imperiale - (106-56, lost in the DCS to Cincy, #3) - The Garde fell victim to eventual champ Cincy in a hard fought DCS. They traded for slugger Henry Wise in the offseason and setup specialist Jiggs Hodges that more than makeup for the losses of Tomas Gabriel and Sam Garland. Prediction - Al North Runner-up, hard-luck DCS loss to Cincinnati

1. Cincinnati Redlegs - (107-55 in Season 17, World Series Champs, #2) - The Redlegs return their entire roster virtually intact. Stud CF Jonathan Gload and veteran ace Richard Aoki will aim to lead the Redlegs to a repeat, with rival Montreal breathing down their neck. Prediction - AL North Champ, World Series Champ

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Blog's Hall of Fame Ballot

Please remember to vote - here is my ballot:

1. Rob Branson Appeared in 7 of the first 10 all-star games and won 3 Cy Young awards in a 6 year span, both in the AL and NL. Career ERA of 3.09 and a WHIP of 1.18 in the steroid era.

2. Karl Greenberg Appeared in 4 of the first 6 all-star games and won 3 Cy Youngs and 2 World Series. Career shortened by elbow issues.

3. Del Hamelin This nine time all-star is the best offensive Catcher of all time. He appeared in 9 ML all-star games and won 5 silver sluggers. He has over 1000 runs, 1000 rbi's, and 350 homers.

4. Juan Beltre This DH is the career leader in batting average and appeared on 3 all-star teams. He is also the owner of the two highest batting averages in a single season - batting .450 in season 7 and .412 in Season 8.

5. Jorge Ortiz Appeared in 6 straight all-star games, winning the AL MVP in Season 1. Top 3 in career OPS.

The "All-Available" Team

SP1 - Cliff Bennett
SP2 - Jorge Hernandez
SP3 - Pedro Morales
SP4 - Yamid Lopez
SP5 - Monte Sheldon
Mop - Walt Jensen
LRA - Harold Bolick
LRB - Clarence Dupler
SuA - Paul Whitman
SuB - Casey Zimmerman
SuB - Heinie Bailey
Cl - Enrique Balboa

C - Diego Mercado
1B - Mendy Mulder
2B - Royce Aven
3B - Ismael Polanco
SS - Sammy Carter
LF - Juan Alvarez
CF - Brian Klingenbeck
RF - Damaso Aguilera
DH - Luis Fernandez

BENCH 1 (speed) - James Koch
BENCH 2 (glove) - Josh Wolf
BENCH 3 (bat) - Otis Cashman
BENCH 4 - Eli Gonzales

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How They Do It - 25 Man Rosters

Here's a look at the Season 17 make-up of the Top 5 teams.

Burlington (now Boston) - Burlington made a commitment in Season 17 to sign Type A Free Agents for cheap. Juan Johnson and Angel Bonilla were two such players, and combined for over 1000 at bats. Their top 13 players, as defined by most at bats, were acquired as follows: seven via trade, two via free agency, two via waivers, and two via the draft. The pitching staff is not much different, with the top 12, as defined by innings pitched and appearances, acquired as follows: six via trade, three via free agency, one via the draft, one via IFA, and one from the Rule V.

Totals: 13 trade, 5 FA, 3 Draft, 2 Waivers, 1 IFA, 1 Rule V

Cincinnati - The World Champions avoided Free Agency like the plague - only 1 of their top 23 was acquired via free agency. They relied primarily on trades, but were alos heavy on amateur draft picks, including stud CF Jonathan Gload. Their top 13 position players were acquired as follows: seven via trade, three via the draft, 2 via IFA, and one from the Rule V. Their Top 10 pitchers were acquired as follows: five via trade, three via the draft, one free agent, and one Rule V.

Totals: 12 trade, 6 draft, 2 IFA, 2 Rule V, and 1 FA

Hartford - The NL Pennant Runner-up Hartford took completely different approaches to pitching and position players, but mainly focused on the amateur draft. For position players, like slugging 1B Brendan Watson, they focused on the draft and trades. For pitchers, they looked to FA and trades. Their Top 13 position players were acquired as follows: five via trade, five via the draft, one off of waivers, one from ths Rule V, and one via Free Agency. For pitchers, it was six via free agency, three from the draft, two from trades, and one off of the waiver wire.

Totals: 8 draft, 7 trade, 7 FA, 2 waiver wire, and 1 Rule V

Houston - The NL Champs took a similair approach to Cincy, having as many guys on teh team acquired via FA (1), as guys claimed off of the waiver wire. They are also more reliant on IFA's than any other teamon this list - having four on their roster of 25. For position players, the breakdown is six via trade, four via the draft, and two IFA's. For pitchers, it's seven via the trade, two IFAs, two via the draft, one from waivers, and one FA.

Totals: 13 trade, 6 draft, 4 IFA, 1 FA, 1 waiver wire

Montreal - The perennial power is, by a longshot, the most dependant upon trades. Seventeen of their twenty five top players were acquired in this way. On the position side, their were eight by trade, three form the draft, one free agent, and one Rule V. On the pitching side, they had nine acquired via trade, and thre in free agency.

Totals: 17 trade, 4 FA, 3 draft, 1 Rule V.


Here are the grand totals for all teams, with the percentage of the total in ().

Position players - 33 trade (52%), 17 draft (27%), 4 free agents (6%), 4 IFA (6%), 3 Rule V (4.5%), 3 waivers (4.5%).

Pitchers - 29 trade (49%), 14 free agent (24%), 9 draft (15%), 3 IFA (5%), 2 Rule V (3.5%), 2 Waiver Wire (3.5%).

So what does it all mean?

1. Obviously, trading is the key to having a successful squad. Over 50% of the total players on the top five teams were acquired through the trade market. This would lead the blog to believe that advance scouting should be an important part of any teams budget.

2. Free Agency is not the cure for position players. Only 4 of the 64 players were acquired in free agency, only one more than both the Rule V and Waiver Wire.

3. Free Agency is more important for pitchers than position players. While only 6% of rosters were made up of free agent position players, 24% were made up of pitchers.

4. Do not ignore the Rule V and waiver wire. Four of the five teams had at least one player on the roster acquired through the Rule V draft. Three of the top five had at lease one player acquired on the waiver wire.

5. IFA is overrated. IFA's made up less than 6% of the rosters of the Top 5 teams, barely beating out Rule V and Waiver Wire. It is much easier to trade for someone else's IFA than find your own.

6. The amateur draft should not be ignored. There were more players from the amatuer draft than IFA and FA combined.

7. If you go into Free Agency, go late, and go big. If you sign one type A, you might as well sign multiple type A's. Sign them late and cheap, a la Burlington.

Conclusion - Trade often, trade well.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Owner Profile - neilg of the Montgomery Burns

neilg is one of the original members of the 1530 World, now in its 18th seaoson. He is 1524-1230, for a win percentage of .553. He has two division titles and nine wild card appearances. His sole World Series appearance was in Season 15. Here is more about neilg.

Age: Newly 40

Hometown: Cincinnati OH

First Name: Surprisingly enough - Neil

Number of teams: I currently have 3, but am probably going to cut down to 2

Team Philosophy: In most circumstances, the goal is to win at the big league level every year. I have paid far less attention to the draft than I should while overpaying for free agents - and sonmehow, Houston still finishes ahead of me every year.

Best Move made in the game: The best move that I have made has been to resist the urge to accept one of the loaded offers that I receive every season for Ken Daly.

Worst move made in the game: The worst move that I make occurs every year when i don't spend the necessary time ranking players for the amateur draft. I always check out the results like a little kid running downstairs on Christmas morning... only to find that once again all Santa brought me was socks and underwear.

Why you picked the city and team name: My brother lives in Montgomery and I tried to think of the most humerous team names I could. I shudder every time I imagine what our real team logo has to look like.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Baltimore Goes for Broke

Baltimore signed today two former Cy Young winners - 31 year old righty and three time winner J.R. Beckett, and 29 year old righty and one time winner Jacob Hunter. Beckett is 164-46 with an ERA of 2.99 in 10 ML seasons. Hunter is 78-18 with a 2.45 ERA in 7 ML seasons.

This 184 million dollar spending orgy catapults Baltimore into relevancy and puts more heat on an already stressed AL East.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How They Do It - Arbitration

The next is a series that looks at the top 5 teams from last season. Here's how they handle arbitration -

It is not a secret that an accepted philosophy is top trade ML players as they reach arbitration or just before their third season of arbitration. This keeps payroll down and allows for an owner to continue the cycle of winning.

Last season, Bulington/Boston used this strategy with Bingo O'Donnell and Bernie Pena. Cincinnati used it with Pepper Griffin, Houston with Junior Tavarez, and Montreal with Keith Roosevelt. Hartford did not employ this strategy.

It is also not a secret that if you take a guy to arbitration three times, he will most likely leave and not sign with you as a Free Agent. Their is much more value in trading a guy in the second season of arbitration instead of letting him walk in FA. It will be very rare to have a top team let this happen.

Friday, October 1, 2010

How They Do It - Coach Hiring

The second in a series that looks at the Top 5 teams from last season and how it appears they approached the game. If you read my first post, you know that the better teams spend less on coaching.

The Top 5 spent an average of 9.8 million on all coaches.

WS Champ Cincinnati retained 6 of 7 coached from the previous season. He spent 7.9 million on the ML squad, and promoted his AAA BC to ML Bench coach at the minimum cost of 600k.

WS Runner-up Houston had a similair strategy. They retained 6 of 7 coaches and spent 6.9 mllion on ML coaches. They also saved money by signing a AAA Pitching coach to the ML role.

Montreal took a different route, only retaining 3 of 7 ML coaches. They did, however, manage to keep the cost down by hiring AAA guys for ML roles, with a total of 7.9 million spent on ML coaches.

Hartford retained 5 of 7 ML coached from the previous year. They spent more than other on the ML squad at 8.6 million, largely due to the fact that he did not promote a minor league guy from within.

Burlington/Boston is a good model for coaching efficiency. They signed a AA hitting coach to the ML role, promoted their AAA BC to the ML role for the minimum, signed a HiA pitching coach to the ML role, and a AA Pitching coach to the bullpen. Other coaches were kept from the previous year. In total, they only spent 5 million on ML coaches.

While I do not suggest following these specific rules as gospel as all situations are different, there are some good guidelines followed by these teams.

1. Promote from within if you have a good coach in the minors that can fill an ML role for the minimum. This is a relatively new option from WIS, take advantage of it. Go to admin>coaching staff>rehire to see what your options are prior to setting your budget.

2. Offer ML roles to minor league coaches, no matter what their level. If you have a HiA pitching coach on the open market that is looking for a AA job, offer him the ML role. They would have to meet a ratings threshold, but they will almost always take an ML job over an extremely high paying minor league one. Previous ML coaches on the open market will always be more expenseive, but not necessarily as good.

3. Your coaching budget should be dependant upon how many ML positions that you will need to fill on the open market. However, it is rare that you will need more than 12 million to hire a quality staff.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Movin'

Burlington > Boston
Atlanta > Wichita > Baltimore
San Juan > Philadelphia
Tampa > El Paso
Florida > Louisville
Columbus > Salt Lake City

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Records Within Reach

Position Players

At Bats
Juan Johnson - 309 behind Charles Lawrence

Hits
Juan Johnson - 140 behind Charles Lawrence
Rogers Torrealba - 187 behind Charles Lawrence

Home Runs
Eddie Reese - 22 behind Charles Lawrence

RBI's
Eddie Reese - 135 behind Charles Lawrence

Stolen Bases
Mateo Lopez - 54 behind Chris Graham

Pitchers

Shutouts
Cory Clark - 1 behind Stephen Schourek

K's
Fred Sparks - 130 behind Stephen Schourek

Wild Pitches
Fred Sparks - 4 behind Arlie rhodes

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How They Do It

Here's the first part of a series that examines the Top 5 teams from last season - Cincinnati, Houston, Montreal, Hartford, and Burlington. First up - budgeting.

For the Top 5 teams, here are the averages -

Player - 77 million (+6 million relative to league average)
Prospect - 10.4 million (-6.6 million)
Coach - 9.8 million (-2.2 million)
Coll Scout - 15 million (+1 million)
H.S. Scout - 15.4 million (+.4 million)
International Scout - 6.8 million (-4.2 million)
Advance Scout - 17.6 million (+1.6 million)
Training - 17.2 million (+2.2 million)
Medical - 15.8 million (+1.8 million)

Budgeting for each team should vary every year based upon eact teams needs, or even WIS changing the rules. For instance, coach budgets should be lower now as you can promote minor league coached to ML spots for the minimum.

Relative to the world, these 5 teams spent more on players, advance scouts, training, and medical. They spent less on prospects, coaches, and international scouting. They spent roughly the same on College and High School scouting.

So what can be learned? Houston and Montreal spent nothing, or the minimum, on international scouting and prospects. They did not plan on building their teams through IFA's and budgeted accordingly. These savings allowed MON and HOU increase payroll, training, and medical. These are also teams that are in "win now" mode, so it makes sense that they sacrificed a category (or two). This is a specific strategy but might not be for everyone. Hartford, for the most part, also used this strategy.

Cincinnati used a similair strategy, but not as drastic. They also had a low internation scout budget, but not as low as the other two. The were more similair to Houston, but spent more on prospects and less on college/hs scouting.

Burlington had the highest payroll of the Top 5 at 82 million. Their strategy was fairly simple, they signed a bunch of Type A Free Agents so had no need for college/hs scouting. They believe in IFA's, however, and used these savings to keep the IFA budget high. They also had a high advance scout, indicating that trading for prospects was of interest.

One thing in common for all of the Top 5 - they were also smart on coaches. The Top 5 teams comprised 5 of the lowest 12 spending teams. But this is not for everyone - if your ML coaches are all leaving and you don't have anyone to promote from within, then you will need to spend more here. This is not so much of a stategy as the new normal - there is no reason to spend more than 12 million on coaches.

Another interesting note, all 5 teams were moderate on player payroll. Not too high, and not too low.

For comparisons sake, here is how the bottom 5 returning teams spent their allotment

Player - 66.2 million (-4.2 million relative to league average)
Prospect - 18.2 million (+1.2 million)
Coach - 14.4 million (+2.2 million)
Coll Scout - 14.4 million (+.4 million)
H.S. Scout - 14.2 million (-.8 million)
International Scout - 11.6 million (+.6 million)
Advance Scout - 15.8 million (-.2 million)
Training - 13 million (-2 million)
Medical - 11.8 million (-2.2 million)

It seems that the extra money spent on coaches here meant sacrificed money on training and medical. It makes sense that rebuilding teams spend money on prospect budget, but it is surprising that their scouting does not reflect their rebuilding. These teams seem to be undecided on their direction.

So what can be learned? Don't spend money on coaches if you can promote from within. Figure out what you are - if you are a contender, consider sacrificing intl or amateur draft categories. If you are rebuilding, then max out your scouting and intl budgets. In any event, it seems that the better teams spend more on training and medical. They also spend more on advance scouting to maximize trade knowledge. IFA's require a major investment - 20 million prospect budget, 20 million IFA scouting, and a player payroll transfer is required for the best of them. If you can't commit to that, then there is no need to max out at the cost of lower training and medical.

Rollover Complete

Only 1 spot to fill.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pre-season predictions / Final Standings

In the AL, the blog called 3 of 4 division winners correctly, and both wild cards correctly, missing on New Orleans/Jacksonville. In the NL, the blog called 5 of 6 playoff spots correctly, missing on Chicago/Cleveland. In all, the blog nailed 10 of 12 playoff spots.


12. Montgomery Burns

Then - Any team with MVP Ken Daly must make this list. Would be higher on this list with a better pitching staff and more help at the AAA level. Prediction: NL Wild Card

Now - Won the NL Wild Card and finished #10 on the final power rankings. Good Call

11. Cleveland Wahoos

Then - Very little change to the Season 16 Division Champ. Louis Spense and Rafael Soriano return to lead a potent offense, while Derrek Peters and Junior Ozuna anchor a solid pitching staff. Prediction:NL Wild Card

Now - Won the NL North and was in and out of teh Top 10 all year. Good Call

10. Jacksonville TIMUACANS

Then - A risky pick, but some solid offseason moves will take this squad from worst to first in a very even AL South. Newly acquired Bill Reed and Ramon Chen add to an already solid pitching staff, while 2B Royce Aven leads an offense in need of another star. Prediction: AL South Champion

Now - A risky pick indeed. Never lived up to the high expectations, finishing 78-84, but only 3 games out of first place. Bad Call

9. Chicago Panthers

Then - Chicago was active in the off season and made some very good free agent moves. Benji Neill and Kelly Hinch anchor an offense that could use one more big bat. FA Cesar Almanzar will anchor a rotation that could surprise Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Prediction: NL North Champion

Now - Finished 4 games behind Cleveland for the NL North crown. Never appeared in the Top 10, although they did win 10 more games than last year. Bad Call, but not by much.

8. Buffalo Bisons

Then - Outfielders Robert Stern and Pepper Griffin were acquired in a trade that adds some pop to a line-up led by Francis Herzog and Allen Nichols. Veteran pitchers Joe Raymond and Flip Bones were added to the pitching staff anchored by 4 time all star Cory Clark. Prediction: NL East Champion

Now - Finished the season as the final Wild Card, 4 games back of Hartford. Also finished #9 in the final power rankings. Good Call

7. Santa Cruz Border Patrol

Then - A revolt from the pitching staff sent the Colrado team south to the friendlier confines of Vaniglia Stadium, where Phil Pride and Timothy Crawford will excel. This blog predicts a Cy Young for Phil Pride. Prediction: AL West Champion

Now - Won the AL West and finished just outside of the Top 10 after spending much of the season on it. Good Call


6. Monreal Garde Imperiale

Then - Montreal lost Acquino, Ortiz, and Glover, but will most miss the big bat of the recently traded Steven Starr. Iglesias, Forrester, Woods, Lynch, and Conigliaro make up the league's best rotation, while Melfi, Gagne, Gabriel, and Saez lead an outstanding bullpen. Dupler, Roosevelt, Clifton, and Bufurd headline one of the AL's most potent offense. Prediction: AL Wild Card

Now - Won the AL Wild Card and finished #3 in the final power rankings. Good Call

5. Cincinnati Redlegs

Then - Cincy will pose a major threat to the reign of Montreal this season, and this blog predicts that this will be the season that they finally break through. A stong pitching staff could be bolstered by the mid-season promotions of AAA stars Brant Riggan and Bubbles Judd. Jonathon Gload should win his first of many MVP's while protected by off-season acquisition Jesus Pineda. Prediction: AL North Champion

Now - Won the AL North and finished #2 in the power rankings. Good Call

4. Houston Hangovers

Then - NL pennant winner Houston will be strong as usual, and returns its squad relatively in tact. It boasts one of the league's best pitching staffs anchored by soon to be 200 game winner Dave Darr, and one of the most balanced offenses lead by former MVP Esteban Owen. Prediction: NL South Champion /NL Pennant Runner-Up

Now - Won the NL South, but remains to be seeen if they fall in playoffs. #1 in teh final power rankings. Good Call

3. Burlington Coat Factory

Then - One of the most successful clubs in 1530 history, the Factory underwent some major changes in the offseason. They lost All-Star Bernie Pena, but didn't have a spot for him in the rotation anyway. Their offense should be much improved with the signing of 2B Juan Johnson from rival Durham, and the absolute theft of CF Angel Bonilla. Prediction: AL Wild-card / AL Pennant Runner-Up

Now - Finished the as the Wild Card and #4 in the final power rankings. Good Call

2. San Juan Cangrejeros

Then - have long lived in the shadow of the Durham/Burlington domination of the AL East was active on the trade market and added Cy Young winner J.R. Beckett, Bullpen Ace Adam tucker, and All-Star Sandy Ramsey. San Juan also promoted some high-quality AAA talent and might be the team to beat in a very tough AL East. Prediction: AL East Champion / AL Pennant Winner / World Series Runner-Up

Now - Won the AL East and finished #7 in the power rankings. Good call on the AL East, but bad on ranking.

1. Los Angeles Hollywoods

Then - The Hollywoods have been built into a contender and this is the year that they should finally dethrone Houston. Victor Merrick and Leonardo Inge lead a strong pitching staff and Lee, Sabel, and Morales should be joined by SS's Rube Swann and Carson Hardy to make LA into one of the best fielding/hitting combnations in the league. Prediction: NL West Champion/NL Pennant Winner/World Series Champion

Now - Surged in the second half to claim the NL West and the #8 spot in the power rankings. Good call on the standings, but certainly overrated.

Win Records

We had 7 franchises with record seasons.
Cincinnati and San Juan set franchise records for wins with 107 and 95 respectively.
Durham, Arizona, Columbus, San Diego, and Kansas City set franchise records for losses with 85, 70, 56, 47, and 39 wins respectively.

End of Regular Season Power Rankings

1. Houston Hangovers (last week #1) (111-51) - 10-4 for the the final stretch, the Hangovers finish the season as #1. They have the most wins, best exp. win %, and best run differentisl. They finsihed with the #1 batting staff, #3 pitching staff, and #7 fielding unit. +368 run differential

2. Cincinnati Redlegs (last week #3) (107-55) A 9-5 fisinsh gets the Redlegs the AL north crown and the highest ranking for an AL team. They finsihed with the best exp % on the AL side. Top 7 in all three categories. Run differential of +201

3. Montreal Garde Imperiale (last week #2) (106-56) An 8-6 week was two short of coming away with the AL East crown. Still owns the best run differential in the AL. #2 Batting unit carrying #12 pitching staff and sub-par fielding squad. run differential of +210

4. Burlington Coat Factory ( last week #6) (95-67) - An 8-6 week finds the Factory as the AL Wild Card. An extremely difficult call between them and Hartford, but Burlington has a better exp. win % and owns better pitching and fielding units. Finished #2 Pitching Staff, #3 Fielding unit, and #12 batting operation. +182 run differential

5. Hartford Whalers (last week #4) (89-59) - A 6-8 week drops the Whalers one spot in the final rankings. Finished with a better run defferential than Burlington. #5 in Batting, #9 in Pitching,and #8 in Fielding + 185 run differential

6. Honolulu Tropics (last week #7) (90-72) - An 8-6 week finds the Tropics a hard luck one game out of the playoffs. They own the best exp. win % and run differential of everyone that follows. #11 pitching staff propped up by #4 batting and #2 fielding untits. A shock that they did not make the playoffs. +198 run differential best of those not named Houston, Cincinnati, or Montreal

7. San Juan Cangrejeros (last week #10) (84-64) - An 11-3 week clinched the AL East and the #7 spot for the Cangrejeros. 4th in Fielding, 8th in Batting, and 10th in Pitching. Run differential of +165

8. Los Angeles Hollywoods (last week #7) (86-62) - An 8-6 week drops LA one spot, but finds them as the winner of the NL West. They are #4 in pitching and above average in batting and fielding. +162 run differential

9. Buffalo Bisons (last week #9) (83-65) - One more team with an 8-6 record for the final week. The league's best pitching staff carried below average batting and suspect fielding. +160 run differential

10. Montgomery Burns (last week NR) (93-69) - Finished with a flurry to claim the wild card and the final spot in the rankings. You guessed it, 8-6. Owns the best exp. % and run differential of any of the remaining teams. #6 Pitching Staff, 12th in Batting, and above average in Fielding. +134 run differential.

11.Santa Cruz
12.Cleveland

Friday, September 10, 2010

Magic numbers (with 7 games remaining)

Thanks to kylepeak for compiling -

Division Races -
Cincinnati - 7 to clinch AL North
Burlington - 5 to clinch AL South
New Orleans - 7 to clinch AL South
Santa Cruz - clinched AL West
Cleveland - 1 to clinch NL North
Houston - clinched NL East
Hartford - 3 to clinch NL South
Los Angeles - 1 to clinch NL West
Wild Card- #1 - AL North 2nd place - Currently Montreal #2 - AL East 2nd place - Currently San Juan

Tragic numbers - for teams still alive for postseason Division Races -
Montreal - 7 to be eliminated from AL North
San Juan - 5 to be eliminated from AL East
San Antonio - 7 to be eliminated from AL South
Jacksonville - 5 to be eliminated from AL South
Chicago - 1 to be eliminated from NL North
Buffalo - 3 to be eliminated from NL East
Honolulu - 1 to be eliminated from NL West
Wild Card #1 - Currently Montgomery #2 - Currently Buffalo
Chicago - 5 to be eliminated from Wild Card
Honolulu - 5 to be eliminated from Wild Card
Tampa - 4 to be eliminated from Wild Card
Pittsburgh - 3 to be eliminated from Wild Card

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playoff Picture with 8 games remaining

AL North
In - Montreal (Division Leader via tie-breaker)and Cincinnati (Wild Card #1 Leader)
Eliminated - New Britain, Columbus

AL East
In - Burlington (Division Leader) and San Juan (Wild Card #2 Leader)
Eliminated - Durham, Atlanta

AL South
Still Alive - San Antonio, New Orleans, Jacksonville
Eliminated - Oklahoma City

AL West
In - Santa Cruz (Division Leader)
Eliminated - Scottsdale, Salem, St. Louis

NL North -
In - Cleveland (Division Leader)
Still Alive - Chicago, Pittsburgh
Eliminated - Kansas City

NL East
In - Hartford (Division Leader)
Still Alive - Buffalo (Wild Card #2 Leader)
Eliminated - Dover, Norfolk

NL South
In - Houston (Division Leader)
Still Alive - Montgomery (Wild Card #1 Leader), Tampa Bay
Eliminated - Florida

NL West
In - Los Angeles (Division Leader)
Still Alive - Honolulu
Eliminated - Arizona, San Diego

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weekly Rankings

1. Houston Hangovers (last week #1) (101-47) - 16-7 for the week, the Hangovers continue their reign as #1 and are the first team to 100 wins. Won series vs. LA, Montgomery, and Buffalo. They continue to own the own the best exp % at .707, and also the best run differential. They boast the #1 batting staff, #4 pitching staff, and #9 fielding unit. +340 run differential

2. Montreal Garde Imperiale (last week #2) (98-50) An average 12-11 week sees the Garde barely hanging on vs. a charging Cincinnati. Took 2 of 3 from Cincy, Burlington, and San Juan, but lost series to San Juan, Atlanta, and Santa Cruz. #2 Batting unit carrying #14 pitching staff and sub-par fielding squad. run differential of +190 (only -2 for the week)

3. Cincinnati Redlegs (last week #5) (98-50) A 17-6 week rights the sinking ship that was once the Redlegs. Swept St. Louis, Durham, and New Orleans. Would be #2 if not for a series loss to Montreal. Top 10 in all three categories. Run differential of +171 (+41 for the week)

4. Hartford (last week #3) (89-59) - An average 12-11 week drops the Whalers one spot in the rankings. Series losses to Cleveland and Norfolk were offset by wins vs. Tampa, Honolulu, and Montgomery. Top 5 batting and Top 10 Pitching and Fielding. + 182 run differential (+7 for the week)

5. Los Angeles Hollywoods (last week #7) (86-62) - A 14-9 week continues an amazing run for LA, which is 38-19 since the all-star break. Swept San Diego and Kansas City, but lost crucial series to Hartford and Houston. They are #2 in pitching and above average in batting and fielding. +163 run differential (+41 for the week)

6. Burlington Coat Factory ( last week #4) (88-60) - An average 12-11 week drops the Factory one spot and finds them out of the Top 5. Lost series to Columbus, Montreal, and Durham, but beat Columbus, New Britain, and St. Louis. Top 5 in Pitching and Fielding, but only above average in Batting. Run Differential of +178 (+7 for the week)

7. Honolulu Tropics (last week #9) (82-66) - A 14-9 week allows for the blog favorite to advance a couple of spots, however they were only 6-8 vs. Hartford, Montgomery, and Cleveland. A #7 Pitching unit is bested by Top 5 Fielding and Batting squads. +183 run differential (+30 for the week)

8. Cleveland Wahoos (last week NR) (88-60) - A league best 16-7 record finds the Wahoos back on the list. Won or split every series for the week, including series wins vs. Honolulu and Hartford. +122 run differential

9. Buffalo Bisons (last week #6) (83-65) - An awful 9-14 week sees the Bisons closer to being out of the rankings vs. in the Top 5. A 1-9 stretch vs Houston, Arizona, and Chicago did not help the cause. The league's best pitching staff is still carrying below average batting and suspect fielding squad. +147 run differential (-1 for the week)

10. San Juan Cangrejeros (last week #9) (84-64) - An 11-12 week keeps the Cangrejeros hanging on for dear life. Lost 5 of 7 to Salem and 4 of 7 to Montreal. Top 10 in Batting, Pitching, and Fielding. Run differential of +141 (-6 for the week)

11.Montgomery
12.Santa Cruz
13.Pittsburgh
14.Chicago
15.Tampa

Monday, August 30, 2010

Weekly Rankings

1. Houston Hangovers (last week #1) (85-40) - 12-8 for the week, with series wins versus Hartford and Dover. They continue to own the own the best exp % at .701, and the best run differential. They also boast the #2 pitching and batting staffs, with a Top 11 fielding unit. +274 run differential

2. Montreal Garde Imperiale (last week #2) (86-39) An 11-9 week prevents the Garde from taking over the top spot. Lost series to Salem and St. Louis, but rebounded with a sweep of Durham. #1 Batting unit carrying #12 pitching staff and sub-par fielding squad. run differential of +192 (only +2 for the week)

3. Hartford Whalers (last week #5) (77-48) - A good 12-8 week keeps the Whalers in the Top 5 with an eye on the top two. Rebounded nicely from a 3 game sweep at the hands of Cleveland, with sereis wins vs. Arizona and San Diego and a sweep of red-hot LA. Top 10 in runs allowed, above average in fielding, and #3 in runs scored. + 175 run differential

4. Burlington Coat Factory ( last week #4) (76-49) - An 11-9 week allows for the Factory to continue its Top 5 standing. Split series with Cincinnati and Scottsdale, and lost one to Santa Cruz. Won series vs. Durham and Atlanta, and split with current rival San Juan. #4 Pitching staff, with a much improved #6 Batting outfit, although Fielding lags a little. Run Differential of +171

5. Cincinnati Redlegs (last week #3) (81-44) The tumbling Redlegs were 8-11 for the week, including a 2-8 trip through the AL East. They seem to have regained their footing with a sweep of Santa Cruz. They boast the #6 pitching staff, #5 fielding outfit, and a declining #12 runs scoring operation. Run differential of +130 (-15 for the week)

6. Buffalo Bisons (last week #7) (74-51) - A league best 14-6 for the week, with 4 straight series wins, including vs. Montgomery and Cleveland. Looking the most likely to crash the Top 5, The league's best pitching staff is still carrying a average batting and suspect fielding squad. +148 run differential

7. Los Angeles Hollywoods (last week NR) (72-53) - A 13-7 week ends an amazing run for LA. They swept Florida, Montgomery, and Kansas City and also won a series vs. Cleveland. They are #3 in pitching, above average in batting, and Top 10 in fielding. Recently swept by Hartford. +122 run differential

9. San Juan Cangrejeros (last week #8) (73-52) - A 12-8 week keeps the Cangrejeros in the Top 10. They have rebounded from a sweep at the hands of New Orleans by sweeping San Antonio and Cincinnati. Top 10 in Batting, Pitching, and Fielding. Run differential of +147 (+48 for the week)

9. Honolulu Tropics (last week #8) (68-57) - A 12-8 week keeps the blog favorite hanging on for dear life. Swept at the hands of Dover and Pittsburgh, only to rebound with sweeps of Tampa and Chicago. A Top 10 Pitching unit is bested by Top 5 Fielding and Batting squads. Exp win % is 4th best in the NL, while NL run differential is only topped by Houston and Hartford. +153 run differential

10. Montgomery Burns (70-55) (last week NR) - A 10-9 week is good enough for the Burns to re-enter the Top 10. Swept Cleveland and San Diego, but were swept by a very good Pittsburgh team. Abover average batting and fielding beign carried by Top 5 Pitching. +109 run differential

Off of the list - #6 Santa Cruz, #10 Cleveland

Also getting votes - Santa Cruz, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh