Empire League Baseball

Update: 06-16-18



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In the West, both Montreal and Florida have gone 11-4 against the East. J Upton is now tied for the Triple Crown! In the East, Bayou has gone 10-5 to begin pulling away from division opponents.


The stats listed in this site are the results of the games listed on the schedule page as already being played. As always, there is a delay from when managers play games and for me to update the website. I usually do it at least once on weekends.











We don’t need to anoint the Windburns as League Champs, but it does feel right that Florida has moved up 3 spots to the top spot in the league. The power has shown up, as the team leads the league in homeruns, and last month C Blackmon was sensational as he hit .299, scored 25 runs with 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 7 homeruns. He finished with 31 rbi for the month. J Upton hit .360 with 8 homers and 26 rbi. Will anybody beat Mike Leake this year? After going 2-0 in April, the righthander went 5-0 with a 2.62 era in May. Leake was helped by a capable supporting cast, most notably some guy named C Kershaw who went 3-1 with a 2.23 era. C Kimbrel was 3-0 with a 2.41 era in relief. After beating up the West, Florida moves on to the East sporting the league lead in on base perc, slugging, and OPS. Have fun, Easterners.


The Saints moved up 3 spots on the strength of their pitching staff as M Scherzer was 5-1 with a 2.09 era; M Moore 4-2 with a 2.93 era; and R Ray was 3-1 with a 3.02 era. In fact, no starter had a losing record last month for Bayou. C Hernandez batted .361 and scored 18 runs, while A McCutchen batted .271 and scored 18 runs. M Carpenter hit just .244, but scored 19 runs, belted 7 homers, and had 21 rbi. Bayou is third in team batting, second in team era (and with a league leading .216 opponent ave it’s only a matter of time that they move into 1st), so it’s about time to label this team as the real deal. Let’s see  how they handle the West, but if they play just .500 ball against them they’ll be well positioned for the playoffs.

Woodland Hills

It just shows how bad the Western teams are (minus Florida, of course), as the Chompers moved up 4 spots by winning 18 games in May despite a team era of 4.18. Woodland Hills had no trouble as J Samardzija was 3-0 with a 2.25 era, E Volquez was 3-0 with a 3.71 era, and D Lamet was 3-0 with a 5.35 era. E Nunez batted .370, G Stanton hit .286 with 27 runs, 12 homeruns, and 31 rbi. It will be interesting to see if the team will be looking to upgrade their roster if they continue their winning ways against the East.


Unable to keep up their blistering home run pace the team started in April, Punx went 12-18 as the team batting ave plummeted to .236 in May. F Galvis hit just .138; E Thames .214; and A Pollack hit a dismal .198. J Panik was respectable as he hit .318 but scored just 12 runs and had 10 rbi. The pitching staff fell apart as well, as J Hellickson was 0-3 with a 6.10 era; J Teheran 1-4 with a 5.36 era, and C Hamels was 2-4 with a 5.06 era. A swing through the West is just what this team needs as the Groundhogs need to crack some heads or else they will fall completely out of playoff contention. Montreal and Hell’s Kitchen are only 1 game behind the ‘Hogs.


After the Expos once again dropped two spots this month, I had to ask an old manager just what was going on with the Expos. They lead the League in both batting ave and era, but cannot translate those to wins. I asked him what to expect from Montreal as they head over to the East. “I cannot forecast to you the action of Montreal. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” the old manager told me. Well, this enigma went 14-16 despite a 2.98 era and 5-0 record from C Martinez; a 3-2 record and 2.57 era from Y Darvish, and a 3-2 record and 2.76 era from J Nelson. B Suter was 1-5 with a 5.21 era, as the rookie is clearly overwhelmed so far in the league. But old timer J Chacin was 2-4 with a 5.84 era. J Altuve hit .315 and scored 20 runs with 14 rbi; K Bryant hit .288 and had 19 runs, but hit just 2 homeruns. D Santana continues to rake as he batted .282 with 8 homeruns. O Arcia hit just .231. Montreal remains in the contention for the playoffs because batting average and pitching era counts for something, doesn't it? This is not the Upside Down World, is it?

Hell's Kitchen

The Westies went 17-13 last month, but remained stuck in the middle of the pack due to some inconsistent play: the team batting ave was just .232 last month despite C Maybin being on fire as he batted .295 and scored 21 runs with 13 steals. W Flores hit just .234 but had 18 rbi. Pitcher A Nola was 5-0 with a 3.27 era; A Reed was 3-0 with a 2.54 era in relief. Even M Folty continued his winng ways despite a 5.13 era as he went 3-1. Despite a nice team era of 3.64 for the year, Hell’s Kitchen just can’t seem to get their offense going. Maybe a trip through the East will get their bats going.

Avila Beach

The Beach Bums also went 17-13 last month, but unlike HKW the team was able to move up 1 spot. The team was lead by G Cole as he went 5-1 with a solid 2.49 era; K Hendricks was 2-0 with a 1.88 era, and B Stewart was 4-0 with a 0 era in relief. That was the good news, as the bad news was H Ryu going 0-4 despite a 3.50 era. P Straily was 2-4 with a 6.46 era. A Rendon was blistering as he batted .322 with 6 homeruns and 20 rbi; rookie T Flowers hit .284 with 18 runs and 16 rbi. Unfortunately B Belt hit just .104, and J Peraza .231.

Vatican City

The Cardinals managed to go 15-15 because the offense perked up a little last month. B Posey hit .364 with 16 runs and 18 rbi; Y cespedes hit .364 with 13 runs and 13 rbi. Also, three players had 20+ rbi last month, which is rare because usually it’s only 1 player on the teams that are playing well. However, N Arenado (.308, 22rbi), M Joyce (.292, 10 homers, 24 runs and 21 rbi), and R Zimmerman (.272, 22 rbi) were the trio that helped this team move up one spot in the standings. The team hit .249 in May, which brought the team batting ave up to.....*drum roll please*.... .229! Hey, it may not look like much, but at least they are not in last place. G Gonzalaz was 1-4 despite a very respectable 3.32 era; but S Lugo continues to flop as he went 1-3 with a 5.03 era.


The Swingers fell apart in May, going 10-20 (the only team to lose 20) and falling 7 spots in the standings. The pitching faltered badly as J Lackey was 1-4 with a 7.92 era; C Anderson 1-2 with a 4.74 era; and JA Happ was 1-3 with a 4.59 era. L Lynn continues to pitch well, going 3-0 with a 3.63 era as he showcases himself for trade bait. The offense perked up a little: D Gordon was solid again as he batted .302 with 14 runs, and this time he was helped by 1st round pick C Bellinger, who hit .301 with 13 runs and 18 rbi. A Rizzo continues to suck as usual, batting just .215, and this time he was joined by C Gomez, who hit just .156.


Longmeadow went 13-17 last month, but still managed to move up 1 spot as P Dejong continued his hot start. Last month the rookie hit .274, scored 13 runs, blasted 9 homeruns and had 19 rbi; A Duvall flexed his muscle and hit 12 homeruns, scored 22 runs and had 25 rbi as he batted .266. J Heyward came alive a little bit to hit .261, but was able to get 20 rbi. The pitching was up and down as J Arrietta went 2-4 with a 6.08 era; J Garcia 2-3 with a 6.25 era; but Z Godly was awesome as he was 4-1 with a .284 era. While the hitters are working their kinks out after a horrible April, the Truckers will need to work on their defense. Longmeadow lead all the other teams with 23 errors last month, 8 by B Anderson, and now lead the league in errors and worst fielding perc.


The Reavers fell one spot by going 11-19 with an anemic .202 team batting ave last month. D Swanson hit .170; J Bell .196; and M Margot .204. I Happ hit just .234 but he did kind of redeem himself by hitting 10 homers, scoring 14 runs and collecting 19 rbi. The little guy only had 22 hits in 94 at bats, but 19 of them went for extra bases and he slugged .687 last month. Too bad A Barnes hasn’t lived up to his billing as he batted just .224. Rookie M Leiter is learning a lot this year, but mostly it is learning to duck from the balls hit right back at him: he was 1-4 with a 5.35 era. C Kuhl was definitely not cool as he went 2-4 with a 4.62 era. W Miley turned around a bad April and became the only effective starter in May, going 3-2 with a 3.59 era.


The Rockers went 11-19 and avoided a 20 loss month mostly because after a disastrous April for all the starters, K Maeda stepped it up in May and had a fine 2.04 era in 6 starts. However, because of horrible run support, he had a losing 1-3 record, while teammate J Lester managed to go 2-1 with a 5.68 era. But the good news didn’t apply to the rest of the starters as T Blach was 1-5 with a 7.79 era, and B Colon 1-5 with an 8.89 era. After a hot April, JD Martinez cooled off to a cold .224 ave, but still drove in 25 runners with 9 homeruns. E Inciarte was solid as usual, batting .298 and scoring 13 runs. A manager in this league once told me that good defense can help bad pitching, but the Rockers are loudly disproving that. Despite being able to field four 1-fielders in their everyday lineup and committing only 19 errors for the year, the team era is still a dismal 6.03.

NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2018 Emp Lg JUNE Playball            Date: 6/26/2018


2018 FLO  45  20    J.Upton   FLO .386  J.Martine RRK   25  J.Upton   FLO   66

2018 MON  38  27    E.Nunez   WHL .337  J.Upton   FLO   25  P.Goldsch BAY   55

2018 WHL  31  24    J.Panik   PUN .337  G.Stanton WHL   20  J.Martine RRK   51

2018 HOL  22  28    J.Altuve  MON .326  P.Goldsch BAY   19  G.Stanton WHL   50

2018 VAT  24  31    C.Hernand BAY .316  P.Dejong  LON   18  D.Santana MON   49

2018 RRK  22  48

                   WINS                SAVES               ERA

2018 BAY  42  23    C.Martine MON   10  F.Rodney  WHL   18  A.Nola    HKW 2.06

2018 HKW  30  25    Z.Greinke FLO   10  A.Chapman HKW   14  Y.Darvish MON 2.45

2018 PUN  29  26    J.Quintan BAY    9  R.Iglesia LON   12  A.Wood    PUN 2.54

2018 ABB  27  33    M.Leake   FLO    9  F.Rivero  MON   12  J.Samardz WHL 2.62

2018 COL  24  36    OTHERS TIED W    8  K.Jansen  FLO    9  J.Quintan BAY 2.70

2018 LON  26  39

                   CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS

                   J.Upton   FLO   19  D.Gordon  HOL   22  M.Scherze BAY  116

                   K.Bryant  MON   10  T.Turner  ABB   19  J.Quintan BAY  102

                   D.Gregori BAY    8  C.Maybin  HKW   18  Z.Greinke FLO  100

                   J.Peraza  ABB    8  M.Taylor  HKW   10  C.Martine MON   98

                   Z.Cozart  FLO    8  J.Altuve  MON   10  Y.Darvish MON   98




J.Martinez    RRK .286 35 10  6  4  2  S.Cishek      RRK  5  0  0  1  7  0 000

D.Lemahieu    RRK .378 37 14  3  4  0  Y.Darvish     MON  7  1  1  3  8  0 100

E.Inciarte    RRK .378 37 14  2  4  0  T.Adleman     RRK 13 13  2  2 12  0 110

O.Arcia       MON .360 25  9  2  0  0  N.Pivetta     COL  9  5  1  1  6  1 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  T.Chatwood    LON  5  3  0  4  3  0 100



B.Crawford    RRK .148 27  4  2  2  0  J.Taillon     ABB  5  7  6  2  3  1 010

M.Trumbo      RRK .160 25  4  1  4  0  J.Garcia      LON  6 13  6  1  9  0 010

E.Suarez      RRK .200 25  5  2  2  1  J.Lester      RRK 10 11 10  6  6  1 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  K.Hendricks   ABB  6 10  5  2  2  2 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  H.Ryu         ABB  7  9  6  3  9  4 000


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