Empire League Baseball

Update: 05-20-18

 

Schedule

League Schedule

Click  on the month to see that month’s stats

Late this weekend, since I had trouble accessing the files page yesterday. In the East, Punx has gone 2-8 to fall out of the division lead.

In the West, Montreal has gone 5-10 in May to lose the division lead it had in April, and nearly fall into 3rd place.


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.

 

 

 

 

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"Small sample size" edition of team notes:

 

Punxsutawney

After finishing 10th in the league last year, the Groundhogs leapt all the way to the best record in the league helped by a barrage of homeruns: 42 in 20 games. M Ozuna hit .388 with 8 homeruns, 21 runs, and 16 rbi; while J Bruce (picked up in the April swap draft a couple of seasons ago after being discarded at the last minute) hit .300 with 8 homeruns and 22 rbi. All that power helped give A Wood a 3-1 record with a 2.08 era; C Hamels was 3-1 with a 4.10 era. M Albers was 3-0 in relief with a stellar 1.17 era. Punxsutawney is off to a great start, averaging over 6 runs a game, and outscoring opponents by 2.5 runs a game. So what happens? Manager Mike Allen gets injured in a car accident. Some Philadelphians cannot handle too much good news. We all wish Mike a speedy recovery, and are praying his team is not as good as they've shown this month. But we can't get our hopes up too much with the latter: A Beltre only hit .228 in April.

Hollywood

The Swingers had a short month, waiting to play WHL face to face next month, but still ended up in 2nd place despite the usual offensive malaise of a team .231 batting ave. Good pitching helped here as C Anderson was 3-0 with a 1.50 era; L Lynn 2-1 with a 3.38 era; and AJ Happ 2-1 with a not so great 4.50 era. The secret of the team's success was the relief corp allowing 0 inherited runners to score last month. Zero! Something I can't remember ever seeing before in the league. Those relievers needed to be good because C Seager hit just .170 with 3 homeruns and 10 rbi; M Cabrera hit .182; C Bellinger .189. D Gordon got off to a nice start, batting .308 with 8 runs and 6 rbi. Hopefully the pitching staff can keep playing above their heads, because as history has taught me, this offense won't start hitting until mid July.

Montreal

The Expos have the best team batting ave in the league, the best team era in the league for the month of April, and all the team gets is a lousy t-shirt that reads "3rd Place." Chalk it up to the quirk in the schedule that allowed Hollywood to technically be ahead of them due to fewer games played. The offense was clicking as J Altuve hit .356, scored 12 runs; J Martinez batted .444 with 12 rbi in limited time; and newly acquired D Santana hit .286, scored 10 runs, and had 19 rbi. K Bryant hasn't shown power yet as he batted .292 and scored 18 runs. J Chacin was 4-0 with a 2.93 era, but Y Darvish was only 3-2 with a stellar 1.35 era. RA Dickey was a concern as he went 1-1 with an 8.36 era as the 5th starter. Montreal also outscored their opponents by 2 runs a game. Not as good as the 'Hogs, but it bodes well for the team's future if they can keep this offensive pace up.

Florida

Odds on favorites to win the West before the season started, the Windburns end up 3rd in the West, 4th in the League, but there are some encouraging signs. Three players had 15 or more rbi in the first month: J Upton hit .293 with 10 runs and 7 homers; J Realmuto hit .253 with 9 runs and 4 homers; and while J Votto hit just .235, he did his Votto thing and had 11 walks, scoring 12 runs and adding 4 homeruns. Z Greinke was 3-1 with a 3.18 era, and M Bumgardner was 2-1 with a nice 2.52 era. But M leake outshone the two by going 2-0 with a 2.36 era. In a curious month, closer K Jansen tied for the team lead in wins by going 3-1 with 3 saves and a 3.12 era. I don’t know if that’s a problem for the team, but most managers would not want their closer tied for the team lead in wins every month. The only blemish for Florida was that the team was 4th in homeruns allowed, and that definitely could be a problem in the future. However, being second in team strikeouts for a staff does whitewash over a lot of blemishes.  

Bayou

If the season ended today, Bayou and Florida would be tied for the 4th playoff spot. Can the Saints keep it up? A lot of last month’s success was on the pitching staff: newcomer J Quintana was 4-0 with a great 1.91 era; I Nova was 2-1 with a 2.30 era; and P Sewald chipped in 2 wins with a 1.64 era in relief. Rookie N Williams started strong, hitting .296 with 3 homeruns and 17 rbi; P Goldschmidt batted just .246 but scored 13 runs with 7 homers and 17 rbi. A McCutchen looks good, batting .300 and scoring 12 runs. This was an encouraging month for Bayou, and if M Moore (1-1, 4.68) and J Hammel (1-1, 4.82) can get untracked, then the season looks heavenly for the Saints. Maybe they will claim that 4th playoff spot. It’s April, so why not be optimistic?

Hell's Kitchen

Of course the Westies are mad. Playing .500 ball was not what Hell’s Kitchen had in mind for the season after winning a Championship last year. The pitchers came out of the starting gate with their pitches on fire: the team had 186 K’s in just 183.2 innings, for a 9.1 K per inning AS A TEAM! A Nola was 2-0 with a 1.05 era; M Folty was 2-0 with a 1.78 era; and S Strasburg  was 2-2 with a 2.31 era. What went wrong? E Santana was awful, going 0-3 with a 9.18 era. The outfielders had some hitting problems: C Maybin batted just .183; B Harper hit just .227; and M Taylor hit .239. J Baez hit just .250, but had 6 homeruns with 12 runs and 13 rbi. Y Molina hit .342 with 7 homers, 21 rbi, and scored 13 runs. W Flores had a big month, hitting .356 with 14 runs and 12 rbi. It’s kind of a surprise Hell’s Kitchen is not higher in the standings, but it’s still early. If the outfielders can just be more productive, then they can challenge in the East.

Woodland Hills

One postponed series and a .228 team batting ave put the Chompers under .500 for the month. A Simmons hit just .218, and G Stanton .237, but the right fielder blasted 6 homeruns and had 15 rbi with 9 runs scored. The next highest rbi guy on the team was A Altherr who had 6, while batting .162. Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more intentional walks for Giancarlo as the season wears on. For pitchers, the starters were not much help as A Wainwright went 0-2 with a 6.75 era. The relief corp, however, was good as A Warren (2-1, 3.38) and A Swarzak (2-0, 0 era) accounted for nearly half the team’s wins. Former first pick overall J Harrison hit .368 with 7 runs, 3 homers, and 5 rbi in limited action. Maybe he should be un-”limited” in his playing time. But wait at least until after the upcoming Hollywood series.

Avila Beach

The Beach Bums were totally “Bum-ish”  last month with a .221 team batting ave and 5.18 team era. Not the worst in either category, but bad enough to keep the team in the same spot they finished last year - 8th in the league. I Kennedy was 1-3 with a 5.40 era, D Straily 1-2 with a 6 era, and poor J Taillon was just 1-0 with a nice 2.82 era in 4 starts. Taillon might have won more games if his offense helped him out, but T Turner hit .197, T Flowers .214, and B Belt .224. A Rendon hit .250 with 7 homers, 13 runs and 15 rbi. J Reddick batted .362 with 12 rbi. Reddick is the only outfielder who is playing up to his potential. If Pham, 1st rounder CTaylor, and Reddick play to their cards, then this could be an all star outfield in a short while.

Vatican City

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” After finishing last season with the best record in the league, the Cardinals end up #9 despite having the 4th best team era for April. All the prayers and incense intoned by the team’s cheerleaders could not lift a team batting ave of .201, which was the worst in the league. Y Cespedes was the best hitting regular with his .250 ave, scoring 8 runs, hitting 4 homers and collecting 8 rbi. The rest of the regulars were N Arenado (.171), R Zimmerman (.216), B Posey (.218), and C Gonzalaz (.231). At least Zimmerman managed 10 runs and 11 rbi from that dismal line. That weak offense spoiled a good month for the pitching staff: D Pomeranz was just 2-1 with a 2.03 era, and he had to no hit Florida in order to get one of those wins! J Degrom was 2-2 with a 2.54 era. Nothing could help S Lugo, however, as he went 0-3 with a 8.10 era. Is that it for a team that made it to the Championship round in the last 2 years, winning it all 2016? I can’t believe that, not from a team that has superstars like Posey and Arenado. I’m just hoping they wake up against the East in June.

Colorado

The youth movement that is the new Colorado franchise actually saw some improvement from the end of last year, when they finished last in the league. Hey, 2 spots up is 2 spots up, after being firmly in last place for 2 years or more. I Happ got drafted and proceeded to hit .262 with 12 runs, 11 rbi, on 4 homers and 2 triples. K Marte batted .353, and while J Bell hit just .133, he did lead the team with 12 rbi. Old man T Shaw hit poorly as well, .211, but did chip in 5 homeruns and collected 11 rbi. The young pitchers were a mixed bag, though: K Freeland was 2-2 with a 3.51 era; C Rusin was 3-0 in relief; but N Pivetta was 0-2 with a 5.73 era, C Kuhl 1-2 with a 5.73 era, and M Leiter was 1-2 with a 5.70 era. W Miley was brought in for a veteran presence, and promptly presented a 1-3 record with an 8.22 era. Kids, don’t be like Wade.

Longmeadow

A horrible .594 defensive x-chart score and a weak .233 team batting average do not go well together, not when you have a team era of 5.64. The Truckers’ T Anderson managed to go 1-1 with a ghastly 9.15 era in 4 starts; A Cashner had better days as he went 1-3 with a 5.61 era. Weird line of the week: T Wilson went 0-2 with an 11.57 era; he appeared in 8 separate games, pitching 7 innings and giving up 9 runs on 11 hits but no homeruns. Usually an “Insta-run” pitcher like this gives up a lot of homers, but this poor guy had no luck at all, as seemingly whoever got a hit came around to score. He did K 10, though, in 7 innings, so maybe there’s hope for him. P Dejong got drafted and paid dividends immediately as he batted .321, scored 14 runs, hit 7 homers, and collected 17 rbi. But fellow draftee R Hoskins just managed a .188 ave with 4 homers and 13 rbi. J Heyward was not setting a good example as he batted .186.

Rockers

The Rockers nudged out Longmeadow to claim the worst team era in the league for the first month, and this might be a common occurrence here, warns the manager. The team era of 5.68 is brought to you courtesy of T Wood going 0-3 with a 7.50 era; T Blach went 1-3 with a 6.84 era; and J Lester was 0-2 with a 6.65 era. You know your bad when your best pitcher for the month, (T Adleman), gives up 31 hits and 23 walks in just 35 innings of work. He had more walks (23) than K’s (22), and he ended up with an 1-1 record and TEAM BEST 4.11 era. Wow. Offensively, it was JD Martinez and a bunch of knucklheads as the team hit just .229 for the month. Martinez batted .284, somehow scored 18 runs, and collected 14 rbi on 10 homers. Ten homeruns, and you only have 14 rbi? The fact that he scored 18 runs means people behind him hit, but there was no one on base for him. E Inciarte batted just .220, and E Suarez .190. Ouch. JD already leads the league in intentional walks with 8, and unless this team starts to hit, we may see a player with 100 intentional walks before the season is done. One other bright star last week was T Barnhardt, who channeled Johnny Bench and batted .309 for the month. All of them seemed to come against me.

NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2018 Emp Lg MAY PLAYBALL             Date: 5/31/2018

TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN

2018 FLO  32  13    J.Panik   PUN .366  J.Martine RRK   19  J.Martine RRK   38

2018 MON  18  17    J.Reddick ABB .347  J.Upton   FLO   13  J.Upton   FLO   38

2018 HOL  15  15    M.Ozuna   PUN .331  G.Stanton WHL   12  C.Blackmo FLO   38

2018 WHL  14  16    J.Altuve  MON .314  OTHERS TIED W   10  D.Santana MON   30

2018 VAT  16  19    Y.Molina  HKW .313                      OTHERS TIED W   29

2018 RRK  15  30

                   WINS                SAVES               ERA

2018 BAY  24  11    Z.Greinke FLO    7  A.Chapman HKW    8  J.Samardz WHL 2.02

2018 PUN  18  12    J.Quintan BAY    6  F.Rodney  WHL    8  A.Nola    HKW 2.09

2018 HKW  16  19    C.Martine MON    6  K.Jansen  FLO    8  Y.Darvish MON 2.17

2018 ABB  15  20    M.Leake   FLO    6  F.Rivero  MON    7  C.Anderso HOL 2.20

2018 COL  15  20    OTHERS TIED W    4  S.Doolitt HOL    7  J.Degrom  VAT 2.33

2018 LON  12  18

                   CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS

                   N.Arenado VAT   11  T.Turner  ABB   10  Z.Greinke FLO   73

                   W.Ramos   WHL    8  D.Gordon  HOL    9  M.Scherze BAY   67

                   OTHERS TIED W    7  C.Maybin  HKW    7  C.Kershaw FLO   62

                                       M.Taylor  HKW    6  C.Martine MON   59

                                       OTHERS TIED W    5  OTHERS TIED W   55

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS

BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS

C.Blackmon    FLO .333 21  7  6  4  0  A.Reed        HKW  7  3  1  0  7  0 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  M.Scherzer    BAY  8  4  1  2 12  0 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  G.Cole        ABB 13  6  3  3 15  1 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  T.Williams    PUN  7  4  1  2  7  0 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  K.Freeland    COL  7  4  0  4  7  0 100

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS

BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  B.Suter       MON  5  9  8  8  4  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  T.Blach       RRK  7 12  9  2  2  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  J.Chacin      MON  7  9  8  3  3  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  J.Teheran     PUN  6 11  7  1  6  0 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  C.Hamels      PUN  5  6  5  0  2  1 010

INJURY REPORT

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