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Update: 08-11-18



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Wow, 26 series came in the first week. Bob should go on vacation more often! In the East, Hell’s Kitchen wins 12 games so far to put themselves in the running for that 4th playoff spot currently occupied by Montreal. In the West, Woodland Hills is now looking over their shoulder after a 1-4 series with Florida has them closer to the Expos.


NOTE: 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.











The Windburns went 14-6 in the short month despite sitting some offensive players down to keep usage under control. The pitching staff more than helped out as Z Greinke went 3-0 with a 1.52 era; P Corbin was 2-0 with a 2.63 era; and C Kershaw fought out a 3-1 record with a high 4.32 era. Z Cozart was great as he batted .354 with 10 rbi; J Upton hasn’t cooled down yet and hit .341 with 5 homers and 12 rbi. Florida is just cruising along, keeping the top spot in team batting average, first in triples hit, and second in homers and doubles. After a rocky first month when the team did not hit much, this team has become as boring as boring can be.


Another boring team is Bayou, who went 12-8 last month. I Nova was an ace as he went 3-0 with a fine 1.40 era; M Scherzer was solid as he went 2-1 with a 2.88 era; but J Hammel went 1-2 with a 4.50 era. L Cain hit .333 last month, but despite being in 17 games he just scored 5 runs and had 5 rbi. Y Grandal was a beast as he batted .373 with 7 homers and 17 rbi. P Goldschmidt had an off month, hitting just .224 but had 13 rbi. The Saints have a 16 game lead in the East, so there’s no pressure there. They got through the West and have a 5 game lead ahead of the 4th playoff spot, currently held by Montreal. Why do I mention that? Well, the 4th playoff team is going to be the one that faces Florida in the first round, a very tough challenge.

Woodland Hills

The Chompers puttered along to an 11-9 record, and might have to start worrying about falling into the 4th spot as Woodland Hills is just 2 games ahead of Montreal. The pitching staff did their part as J Samardzija went 3-0 with 3.91 era, and S Tuivailala was 3-1 in relief. But newcomer E Santanna was a hard luck loser as he went 0-2 with a sterling 1.88 era (what's a poor guy got to do to get a win around here?). G Stanton hit .273, and is falling out of triple crown consideration as he can't keep up with J Upton's batting ave. But the big right fielder hit 7 homers, scored 13 runs and had 17 rbi. J Harrison cooled down and hit just .236, but did score 10 runs.


The Expos went 12-8 last month despite C Yelich hitting just .218, but he did score 14 runs and had 10 rbi. K Bryant was off again, batting .234 with just 6 rbi for the entire month. However, he did score 15 runs. Luckily D Santana hit .286 with 15 runs, 6 homers and 14 rbi. J Altuve did his thing, batting .361 with 19 runs. J Chacin was solid with a 3-0 record and a 2.92 era; C Martinez went 3-1 with a 3.60 era, as the two of them provided a good 1-2 punch last month. Montreal will need them and others to step it up a notch higher for the last 60 games. The team has 10 games left with the Chompers, and the Expos will need to make hay against them to get out of the 4th playoff spot, which guarantees a matchup with powerhouse Florida.

Vatican City

The Cardinals are within 5 games of the 4th playoff spot as VAT City 13-7 last month. G Gonzalaz was 3-1 with a 2.77 era, and J Degrom was 3-1 with a 3.00 era. But S Lugo was 2-2 with a 6.55 era, and C Richard was not helpful as he went 1-2 with an 8.44 era. No wonder Manager TJ sent word out he was looking for a #3 or #4 starter. B Posey was solid with a .296 ave, with 11 runs and 10 rbi. D Murphy stayed hot as he batted .292 with 15 runs, 9 homers and 18 rbi. Now, if the rest of the offense can perk up, this team my make some noise next month. C Granderson hit just .221, but had 6 homers and 16 rbi. The Cardinals made a big move this month, acquiring J Reddick, C Anderson and H Kendrick to help get them over the hump.


The Groundhogs stopped their freefall in the standings and managed to climb up 2 spots with an 11-9 record last month, despite having to deal with a team batting ave of .229 in July. J Cueto was a big reason as he went 3-1 with a 3.91 era; J Teheren was 2-1 with a 4.07 era; and somehow J Hellickson managed a 2-0 record with a 5 era. T Story was the only solid regular as he batted .305 with 10 runs, but just 7 rbi. M Ozuna flaked out as he batted just .187, but he did have 4 homers and 12 rbi so that’s something. A Beltre, perhaps put off by all those trade rumours, hit just .189 in limited action. Offense was once the calling card of past Groundhog teams, but after hitting .270 in April, the team did the following: .236, .244, .229. It’s a good thing next year’s draft seems to be heavy on offensive players.


In typical Swinger fashion, the hitters waited until July to actually start hitting, and the team hit .280 last month. However, as happens during the course of the season, they decided to hit when the good pitchers were rested, and subsequently the team went 8-12 last month, and dropped a spot in the standings. D Gordon continues to have an all star season as he batted .457 with 16 runs, and C Belloinger has found his groove over the last two months as he hit .340 with 14 rbi. A Rizzo, absent for most of the year, hit .297, scored 10 runs and had 13 rbi. Unfortunately, J Lackey tanked and went 1-3 with a 9 era; L Perdomo was 0-2 with a 8.20 era; and M Estrada was 1-3 with a 6.84 era.

Hell's Kitchen

The Westies fell one spot in the standings as the offense skidded to a halt and the team went 6-14 last month. It was dreadful as the team batted just .218 in 20 games, as J Baez hit .133; A Russell batted .163; and Y Molina uncharacteristically hit .173. M Taylor was dependable, as he hit .313 with 12 runs; but the sad stat of the month was that B Harper lead the team with just 9 rbi in the 20 games last month, as he batted .250 with 6 homers. F Freeman hit .327, but he scored only 5 runs and had 6 rbi. M Wacha flames out as he went 1-3 with a 6.04 era; G Marquez was awful as he was 0-4 with a 5.26 era. The talented youngster A Nola couldn’t get help, and he went 1-2 with a 3.97 era.  

Avila Beach

The Beach Bums went 7-13 last month as the team era was 5.75. I Kennedy managed to win a game as his July era was 10.71, and his record was 1-2. C Bettis was given his release as he went 0-4 with a 6.75 era. G Cole gutted out a 2-0 record as his era was 5.32. K Hendricks surprised as he went 2-1 with a 4.01 era. T Pham finally heated up and played like an MVP, as he batted .414, scored 19 runs, hit 8 homers, and had 21 rbi. C Taylor hit .295 and scored 11 runs. B Belt hit just .228, but found a way to drive men in and had 5 homers and 16 rbi. The team continued its dazzling running game, going 18-3 in the stolen base department. Right now the team’s stolen base % is .905, so I think it’s almost a give that they’ll finish over .900 for the year. 8 or 9 years ago, a team could run their way into the playoffs, as stolen bases usually produced a ton of runs. Nowadays, it’s all about homers. Power will get you into the playoffs.


The Rockers surprised everyone as the team went 12-8 last month when JD Martinez was sent down to the minors for usage reasons. Who knew the third pick of last year’s draft was the problem all along? The team with the worst era in the League at 5.47 runs per game, allowed just 3.32 runs last month when Martinez wasn’t around to berate the staff as being “incompetent,” sources say. Without Martinez looking over their shoulders, M Montgomery went 2-0 with an 0.79 era; J Lester was 3-1 with a 2.53 era; and M Garza was able to struggle through a 5.59 era to go 3-1. Will this trend continue when Martinez is recalled? Who knows. Martinez is a favorite of Manager Rocky: “He just loves those home run hitters,” complained an unnamed pitcher. “He lets these guys like Martinez and Trumbo get anything we want, while we get Ty Blach and M Cain. How are we supposed to win with these guys?” Speaking of offense, E Inciarte batted .346 with 15 runs, and B Crawford hit .308 with 11 rbi. D Lemahieu hit .308 with 14 runs and 9 rbi.


Longmeadow went 8-12 as the team had another bad hitting month, just mustering a .215 team batting ave in July. A Duvall hit .178; J Lucroy .193; and T Frazier .200, but at least Frazier scored 11 runs to go along with 10 rbi. T Rivera was the only regular to hit, as he batted .298, but he could only manage to score 5 runs and drive 5 men in, as there was no help from his team mates. This lack of offense had its price, as J Garcia went 2-2 with a 3.20 era; and reliever J Wilson was 2-2 with a 3.12 era. (compare those to Hollywood’s L Lynn, who went 2-1 with a 5.32 era). Nothing could help J Shields, who gave up 8 homers in 26 innings and was 1-2 with a 7.36 era. S Matz out did him as he went 0-3 with a 9.15 era. But hey, who are we to complain about the Truckers, who are the #10 in the League for pitching and hitting? The big news is that they moved out of last place in the standings! Who could be worse than these guys? Funny you should ask....


The new “Worst Team in the League” moniker managed to go to Colorado as the Reavers hit .231 and had a 5.75 team era in July. That gave the team a 6-14 record, and a new view, looking up at everyone else in the League. K Freeland was 0-4 with a 14.49 era; S Romano was 0-2 with a 7.01 era; and W Miley was respectable as he went 2-2 with a 4.26 era. M Adams scored 9 runs and had 7 rbi as he hit just .162; D Swanson hit .186; and S Schebler hit just .188. Second round pick T Shaw looked like Babe Ruth as he hit .338 with 6 homeruns; he scored 14 runs and had 15 rbi.

NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2018 Emp Lg Aug Playball             Date: 8/31/2018


2018 FLO  88  37    J.Altuve  MON .334  G.Stanton WHL   47  G.Stanton WHL  113

2018 WHL  71  44    D.Gordon  HOL .326  J.Martine RRK   36  J.Upton   FLO   98

2018 MON  72  48    E.Nunez   WHL .317  J.Upton   FLO   36  P.Goldsch BAY   92

2018 VAT  65  60    J.Upton   FLO .315  I.Happ    COL   30  J.Martine RRK   81

2018 HOL  49  61    C.Blackmo FLO .301  OTHERS TIED W   28  OTHERS TIED W   78

2018 RRK  42  83

                   WINS                SAVES               ERA

2018 BAY  76  44    Z.Greinke FLO   17  F.Rodney  WHL   32  S.Strasbu HKW 2.30

2018 HKW  64  61    C.Martine MON   16  K.Jansen  FLO   29  M.Scherze BAY 2.55

2018 PUN  57  58    J.Chacin  MON   16  A.Chapman HKW   27  A.Nola    HKW 2.89

2018 ABB  56  74    OTHERS TIED W   14  F.Rivero  MON   23  J.Samardz WHL 3.08

2018 LON  49  76                        K.Giles   VAT   22  G.Gonzale VAT 3.11

2018 COL  41  84

                   CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS

                   C.Dickers RRK    9  D.Gordon  HOL   57  M.Scherze BAY  205

                   M.Cabrera HOL    9  C.Maybin  HKW   26  Z.Greinke FLO  192

                   OTHERS TIED W    7  T.Turner  ABB   26  R.Ray     BAY  188

                                       J.Altuve  MON   24  J.Degrom  VAT  182

                                       B.Hamilto VAT   20  S.Strasbu HKW  180




F.Freeman     HKW .457 35 16 12  1  4  R.Delgado     FLO  5  1  0  0  7  0 001

K.Schwarber   ABB .325 40 13  7  4  5  S.Strasburg   HKW 16  5  1  1 25  1 100

B.Harper      HKW .378 37 14  5  6  3  J.Fields      LON  5  1  0  1  6  0 200

N.Walker      VAT .269 26  7  6  5  2  J.Samardzija  WHL  7  3  0  0  6  0 100

A.Rendon      ABB .316 38 12  9  4  3  T.Rosenthal   VAT  7  5  0  0 10  0 102



Y.Molina      HKW .214 28  6  1  0  0  B.Colon       RRK 13 42 31  3  6 14 020

B.Hamilton    VAT .174 23  4  1  2  0  J.Garcia      LON  6 11  8  1  7  1 010

J.Peraza      ABB .200 35  7  3  1  0  D.Straily     ABB  9 17 11  4  7  3 010

I.Suzuki      HKW .188 32  6  5  1  0  C.Richard     VAT 10 18 11  4  6  4 010

G.Blanco      HKW .136 22  3  0  6  0  M.Cain        RRK  7 19  9  2  5  2 000


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