Dynasty 100 Loss All Futility League Report: East Divisions

The latest of a weekly series on the teams in my Online (or in person) Dynasty baseball simulation leagues I run. If you have an interest in joining one leave a message in comments.

This week we visit the Dynasty All Pathetic 100 loss league consisting only of teams that lost 100 games in a season. We are in the home stretch here with about 40 games to go of a 154 game season.

AL East

1970 Chicago White Sox

With 38 games to go the Mariners are just one series away from tying. Can the White Sox continue to hold their lead with a few big bats and and the best pitching in the AL or will a suspect defense at the corners let them down?

Heroes: Bill Melton (29 HR 98 RBI ) and Ed Herrmann (30 HR 80 RBI) may be the 2nd best HR duo for a team but they have made the difference in game after game. Meanwhile on the mound Tommy John has been an innings horse 208 innings, 10 complete games and a respectable 3.72 ERA

Zeroes: Barry Moore has been much worse than his 5-5 record indicates, with a 5.69 ERA and a .296 batting avg against he’s kept many a door open. Meanwhile while Sid O’Brien has been acceptable at the bat when occasionally starting his .933 percentage at 2nd and .930 at 3rd has helped extend plenty of rallies but when it come to bad defense Walt Williams takes the cake with an .897 in left and a 917 in right.

Wild Cards: The best arms in the White Sox bullpen are looking tired as the season nears its end. That could spell disaster shortly.

Coming attractions: The Pale Hose finish a 4 city roadtrip with a pair against the 1st place 1982 Twins before a quick stop at home for a pair vs the 2003 Tigers before heading off to Baltimore for a 4 game series that will likely make or break the 2018 Orioles.


2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Tampa under it’s new manager has risen to within three games of Chicago and on occasion even closer. Can the timely hitting overcome an average pitching staff?

Heroes: No question who the heroes are on this team Aubrey Huff leads the league in batting (.358) Slugging .631 OB+Slugging (1.053) and Runs Batted in. and is top five in Runs, Hits and On Base Percentage. The only reason he’s not a lock for the MVP is teammate Randy Wynn who leads the league in Runs, Triples, Stolen bases 2nd in Avg, .(356) Hits (172) Doubles (37) and is top five in two others.

Zeroes: Estaban Yan may have 21 saves but he’s also blown 8 on the way accounting 4.11 ERA & 6-10 record, and of course a lot of runs don’t help a lot when you have starters Joe Kennedy (6-9 ERA 5.00 AVG .302) and Tanyon Sturtez (7-7 ERA 4.99 Avg .304) helping the other guys along.

Wild Cards: Almost half of their remaining games are against teams currently in or tied for 1st place in a division.

Coming Attractions: It’s two in Minnesota against the 1st place 1982 Twins before a 9 game home stand vs 2008 Mariners (4), 2018 Orioles (2) and the 2005 Royals (3).


2018 Baltimore Orioles

Despite losing their manager early in the season the Orioles still have an outside shot (a very outside shot). Can this ship without a rudder steer itself straight in the closing weeks of the campaign?

Heroes: Jonathan Villar has provided the triple crown numbers for the team (.325, 21HR 71 RBI) while leading the team in runs by more than 40 and stealing 37 bases. While reliever Mychal Givens has proved to be not only a workhorse but one of the best closers in the league with 23 saves with only 4 blown and a 6-2 record to go along with it.

Zeroes: Having a great closer doesn’t help if you can’t get to him and the O’s boast the worst pitching in the AL as David Hess (7.58 ERA 19 HR allowed .316 avg) Dylan Bundy (5.95 ERA 19 HR .305 allowed ) and Andrew Cashner (5.22 ERA .290 AVG 13 HR allowed) just haven’t done the job.

Wild Cards: What as bad as having the worst pitching in the league, having the lowest fielding percentage in the majors (.978)

Coming Attractions: after a pair vs the slugging 1973 Texas Rangers the O’s have 4 at home vs the 1970 White Sox and then start a road trip that begins in Tampa Bay with a pair against the 2002 Devil Rays. If they are to climb back into the race this will be their chance.


2003 Detroit Tigers:

The math still says that the Tigers have a shot but with pitching only slightly better than Baltimore and Hitting that is meh. It will take a real run of luck for these cats to roar into the playoffs.

Heroes: Dimirti Young has been at the top of his game all year with 26 HR 91 RBI a .341 abg and an OPS of .992 On a bad pitching staff Wil Ledezma has managed to put together a 6-3 record mostly from the bullpen with a few starts for good measure and Chris Spurling has thrown 106 innings all in relief with an era under 4 on a team whose ERA is over 5.

Zeroes: While Omar Infante (.205 0HR 25 RBI in 111 games is an obvious choice if you list the Tigers pitching by ERA their four primary starts are at the bottom with only Jeremy Bonderman with an ERA below six (5.45) but Nate Cornejo (9-11 6.14 ERA .343 avg) Gary Knotts (3-10 6.28 ERA 16 HR allowed) and Mike Maroth (6-16 6.75 ERA 24 HR allowed .327 Avg) have been the gifts that keep giving to opposing batters.

Wild Card: Whatever is to blame for Detroit’s problems it’s not the glovework as the Tigers are tied for the best fielding percentage in the league.

Coming Attractions: If Detroit is going to make a move the best time for them is now with a pair at Chicago followed by 4 at home vs the last place 2005 Kansas City Royals and then back on the road for the 1973 Texas Rangers.


National League East

2009 Washington Nationals

The Nationals have dominated the National League since almost the start beginning with a pair of 4 game win streaks to start and never looking back. The only question left is can they sustain this level of winning when the playoffs come around?

Heroes: Adam Dunn has been a monster a the plate with 36 HR and 105 RBI’s meanwhile Morgan Nyjer has not only hit .335 but has stolen 63 bases and scored 96 runs meanwhile John Lannan’s 13-5 record is driven by a .203 batting avg against and 2 k’s for every walk 114 vs 57 (despite 17 HR)

Zeroes: It’s hard to find zeros on a team that has only lost 37 games but while starter Livan Hernandez has given up just one less HR than Lannan he’s also allowed a .312 avg against and a 6.41 ERA on a team that has outscored their opponents by over 175 runs certainly qualifies. How good is this offense? Their “Zero” in the hitting column Elijah Dukes is hitting .235 with 13 HR 83 RBI and 24 doubles. Even their least productive overall hitter Wil Nieves whose .261 avg 1 HR & 39 RBI in 353 AB are not impressive is hitting .315 with runners in scoring position.

Wild Card: Since acquiring their new manager the Nationals who were already solidly in command have won 12 of their last 14.

Coming Attractions: The Nats welcome the NL West with series vs the 1st place 2012 Houston Astros (2) and the 1973 Padres (4) before heading off to a three city Road stand that will take them to Milwaukee, Florida and Pittsburgh.


1998 Florida Marlins

If you moved the Marlins to any other division in the league they would be leading by anywhere from 3 to 8 games instead they find themselves 10 games back with 38 to play. Can they recover?

Heroes: The Marlins have won with pitching (3.72 team ERA) and Starter Livan Hernandez (12-9 2.68 ERA .140 avg .228 avg against) has been the biggest part of an excellent staff, it helps when your closer Matt Mantei is 14 of 16 in save chances with a 9-3 record and workhourse reliever Vic Darensbourg with a 1.51 ERA in 101 1/3 innings and a 9-2 record in relief. Of course Cliff Floyd’s 18 HR and 92 RBI’s haven’t hurt either.

Zeroes: The only dark spot on the rotation has been Andy Larkin (0-7 in 15 starts with an era of 6.63 almost double the team avg. At the plate Derrek Lee has 14 HR but has only hit .201, .180 with runners in scoring position and managed an OBP of .288 while Gregg Zaun has managed only .212 with 4 HR and 44 RBI.

Wild Cards: If you’re going to beat the Marlins you had better do it in nine innings. They are a perfect 15-0 in extra inning games.

Coming Attractions: Florida finishes a home stand with 2 against the 1973 Padres and a pair against the 2002 Brewers before heading on the road to try and knock the 2012 Astros off their perch at the top of the NL West.


2010 Pittsburgh Pirates

After a horrible start the Pirates have somehow managed to make it back to .500. With only 38 games to go can they rally to make a respectable finish?

Heroes: Brian Giles (.327 20 HR 72 RBI) numbers are nothing to sneeze at but for pure power i’s been Aramis Ramierz with 30 HR (2nd in NL) and 117 RBI (1st) that has really done the job

Zeroes: While the injury bug has not been kind to Bronson Arroyo it’s not a good excuse for an ERA 2 full runs over the team avg and a .310 avg .062 above the rest of the staff. Jack Wilson has been a disappointment with a .221 3 28 triple crown line and an OBP under .300 (.291)

Wildcard: The Pirates have been incredibly average everywhere with identical 29-29 records at home and on the road, but have blown 22 out of 56 save chances.

Coming Attractions: Pittsburgh’s quest to go beyond avg continues with a pair vs 2004 Arizona and then 4 at 2002 Milwaukee before they come home for a nine game set that begins with the 1967 Mets


1967 New York Mets

In a league of 100 loss teams the 1967 Mets have been a loser among losers as with 38 games to go they are a single loss away from being mathematically eliminated. Dare I say Amazing?

Heroes: No question who the hero is on this team Tom Seaver is 15-8 with an ERA of 3.36 and 167 K’s vs only 58 walks he’s also pitched 8 complete games which is seven more than the rest of the rotation combined. Despite playing in 103 games Bob Johnson has only managed 167 at bats but in those limited at bats he’s hit .365 with an OPS of .880

Zeroes: At the plate Jerry Grote has been the lowest of the low lights for the gothamites (.170 1 HR 26 RBI in 317 AB) on the mound despite Jack Fisher’s 2-16 record the biggest villains in the rotation are Don Cardwell (4-12 3.16 avg 5.58 ERA) and Dennis Bennett (4-10 6.26 ERA 19 HR in 100 2/3 innings)

Wild Cards: Polhittingly Correct The Mets bats are careful not to offend anyone. They are not only the last in the league in HR, but last in Runs, Doubles RBI’s OBP Slugging and OPS

Coming Attractions: the 1974 SanDiego Padres get the honor of trying to officially eliminate the Mets at their home but if they fail to do so, the 2004 Arizona Diamondback get four chances to do it in Shea before they head off to Houston to face the 2012 Astros.

Dynasty Players Choice League AL / NL Div C Report

The Latest of our reports from my Dynasty Players Choice league by division. Next week we’ll bring you updates from our all futility league but for now. Division C in the Players Choice League:

AL Division C

2015 Kansas City Royals

After a slow start the Royals not only have 1st place in the AL Division C but the best record in the American league. Can their one run heroics (7-3) in one run games continue to keep them on top?

Heroes: It’s hard to pick one hero on this team but but Kendrys Morales is a great candidate. with his team leading .315 avg. 15 RBI while hitting .364 with runners in scoring position. On the Mound Johnny Cueto is 4-0 with a team leading 43 2/3 innings 2 complete games and a WHIP of only 1.17. While Wade Davis is 4-4 in save chances twice as many k’s as BB and has yet to give up an earned run.

Zeroes: Salvador Perez is a reluctant choice for a zero. His .214 avg is last on the team and 17K’s in 84 AB is a lot but he’s driven in 9 runs (.333 with 2 outs & RISP) and has caught 2 of 7 who have tried to steal off him. However there is no doubt about Starters Danny Duffy (1-3) .398 avg against 8.35 ERA and Jeremy Guthrie (0-2 .410 avg against 12.00 ERA) their seven starts are the reason this team is not a lot farther ahead.

Wildcard: Ben Zobrist was hitting .455 with runners in scoring position and .333 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position with 5 HR in only 13 games before going on the DL. Now that he’s back a team expect the teams -2 Run differential to change dramatically, particularly against opponents with a combined 28-33 record.

Coming attractions: A quick 3 game homestand vs the 2009 Yankees is followed by a six game road trip to opposite ends of the Country against the 1988 A’s in Oakland and then the 2013 Redsox in Boston.


1924 Washington Senators

A just over .500 record might be good enough and even stats might be a big improvement over last seasons epic 4-21 finish to the season but if they expect to do better than fighting for the last playoff spot they will have to surge.

Heroes: Roger Peckinpaugh’s 3 HR is more than all he hit last year. Combine that with a dozen RBI, a dozen walks and the team lead in runs despite batting 6-9th and he’s looking good. Tommy Taylor might be a part time player but he’s hitting .297 and shares the league lead in triples with teammate Sam Rice with 4. On the Mound George Mogridge is 4th League ERA (2.38) 2nd in wins (4) 3rd in avg against (.216) and is the reason why the Senators are only 1 1/2 out.

Zeroes: Curly Ogden has been nothing short of disaster both as a starter and a reliever 0-3 8.27 ERA Seven walks and 4 HR allowed vs only one strikeout. Bucky Harris has scored 13 runs but is batting only .234 with a .237 slugging percentage and with .077 avg when leading off isn’t getting the table set. Not that it would matter for Joe Judge whose slump which started at the end of last season keeping him from 100 RBI’s continues. He has only 5 RBI a .237 avg and an anemic .111 avg with runners in scoring position and is hitless with runners in scoring position with 2 outs.

Wild Card: Walter Johnson has been a workhorse 3rd in inning pitched in the league holding batters to a .217 avg (4th) & a WHIP of 1.18 (6th) in the lead while hitting .364 with 1 HR and 4 RBI’s off the bench but only has a only a 3-3 record thanks to a 3.61 ERA and six homers. Will he settle down or will the use of him on 3 days rest mean an average Johnson.

Coming Attractions: The Senators finish a home stand vs the 2009 Yankees, Fly off to Oakland to face the 1998 A’s for a series before beginning a long 21 game homestand staring against the 2013 Redsox.


2009 New York Yankees

After losing six of their first 8 the Bronx Bombers are only a game under five hundred winning six of their last 8. Are they poised to make their move or are the roadblocks ahead too big?

Heroes: Derek Jeter’s .337 avg coupled with his team lead in hits high RBI & runs scored totals coupled with error less play at short are huge although perhaps not as huge as Mark Teixeira’s league lead in HR and 8th spot in the RBI race. Meanwhile on a Pitching staff that has been avg or worse reliever Alfredo Aceves WHIP of 1.09 and 2.87 ERA is a breath of fresh air.

Zeroes: Mariano Rivera‘s four blown saves vs 3 saves and ERA over 5 (5.52) is a big reason why the Yanks are under .500 but with AM Burnett (2-2 6.39 ERA .310 avg against) Andy Pettitte (0-3 6.67 ERA .339 avg against) and Joba Chamberlain (0-2 7.45 ERA .316 avg against) putting up these kind of numbers over 13 starts it’s a wonder there they are only a game under .500. of course Jorge Posada .130 avg and single HR coupled with 6 bases stolen against and two errors doesn’t help much either.

Wildcards: The Yanks are 7-5 in games outside the division but with an unbalanced schedule that can be fatal, however they are a perfect 2-0 in extras.

Coming Attractions: The Yanks get a chance to climb back in the race with a 12 game road trip that starts with a pair of division rivals ahead of them as it takes them to Washington to face the 1924 Senators and the 1st place 2015 Royals before heading off to Chicago to face the 2005 White Sox and Toronto for the 1993 BlueJays


2002 Anaheim Angles

The Angels are one of two teams still without a full time manager and it shows. With both the worst record in the league and the worst run differential is it a lost season or can the Halos turn it around.

Heroes: David Eckstein’s .327 avg and .412 OB is a big reason why he leads the teams in runs and a .333 avg with runners on isn’t bad either (although those five errors haven’t helped) much. On the pitching side Brendan Donnelly has been spectacular in relief with a 3-0 record and a WHIP of 0.91 in 6 games has been one of the few reasons to cheer.

Zeroes: Oh the Agony of choice on this team for this dishonor but let’s begin with starters Kevin Appier (1-4 8.77 ERA .342 avg against ) and Jon Lackey ( 0-1 8.71 ERA only 10 1/3 innings in 3 starts) who haven’t done the job on the mound, while Ben Molina’s 3 errors behind the plate while batting .171 at it have been disastrous.

Wild Card: The lack of a full time manager makes things harder but not as hard as Left handed pitching. The team is 1-9 against southpaws.

Coming Attractions: A 9 game road trip might just be the thing to get their minds off their troubles. They’ll start in Chicago to face the 2004 White Sox head north to Detroit for the 1968 Tigers and then to Cleveland against the defending AL champs the 1954 Indians.


NL Div C

2016 Chicago Cubs

With a team Tied for the 2nd best record in the league and in first place it would seem like smooth sailing for the Cubs however when despite all this you share 1st with another team it looks like this season is going to be a fight from 1st to last.

Heroes: On a Team that’s only batting .232 Dexter Fowler’s .311 avg 2 HR 11 RBI and four triples (2nd in the league) stands out. But with a team ERA of .263 there are a bunch of candidates, so we’ll name John Lackey (3-0 .182 avg 1.98 ERA) and Jon Lester (2-0 2.10 ERA and 31 K vs 11 walks to start) with Aroldis Chapman (1-0 2 sv 22k vs 3 BB and no runs allowed in 11 1/3 ) leads the way.

Zeroes: the only dark spot in the rotation has been Kyle Hendricks with a 4.15 ERA and a 2-3 Record and a fielding percentage of .667. Javier Baez .191 avg and .242 OB is the worst of a bad lot

Wild Cards Despite the 2nd best record in the league the Cubs OBS of .666 is the 2nd worst. Jake Arrieta has been the teams hard luck loser at 1-4 with a 2.06 ERA but he’s had even harder luck in his two away starts with an 0-2 record despite a 1.72 ERA and 21k vs 5 walks.

Coming Attractions: the Cubs put their incredible ERA to the test in Cincinnati against the 1975 Big Red Machine before coming home to face power hitting 2019 Nationals and then Hank Aaron’s 1957 Braves.


1962 San Francisco Giants

The defending division champs want another chance that the Pennant but despite the 2nd best record in game those pesky Cubs won’t give in and Philly is even in the loss column. Can they make some distance.

Heroes: Willie McCovey has been pounding the ball with a .397 avg 7 HR and 22 RBI’s and Felipe Alou at .375 6 HR and 24 RBI is right behind. While on the mound Juan Marichal (3-1 1.93 ERA in six starts) leads the way.

Zeroes: Don Larson two blown saves in two chances are no accident with hitters batting .320 vs him and and a 9.00 ERA. While Bobby Bolin’s ERA is a full run better (7.85) five HR in 18.1 innings means trouble but so does Jose Pagan .170 avg with but a single dinger

Wild Cards: The Giants have feasted on right handers with a 12-5 record and have really shined in day games at 6-2.

Coming Attractions: It’s a nasty road Trip for the Giants: with three in Philly vs the 2008 Phillies followed by a trip to Brooklyn for the 1955 Dodgers and before finishing back in their old stomping ground of New York against the 1986 Mets.


2008 Philadelphia Phillies

Sitting even in the loss column with both the Giants and Cubs The Phillies just on burst away from heading right to the top.

Heroes: Shane Victorino has been an RBI machine driving in 19 with a .326 avg while also scoring a team leading 14. Closer Brad Lidge has been the warrior with 6 saves in 7 chances, a 1.35 ERA and 17k’s in 13 1/3 innings over 13 games. In 19 games Geoff Jenkins is hitting .418 with 2 homers and 12 RBI’s

Zeroes: Kyle Kendrick only managed 14.2 innings in four starts with a 10.43 ERA and 11 walks vs 5 k’s. Rudy Seanez ERA is almost 5 runs better at 5.82 but he’s 0-3 with a blown save in 13 games of unimpressive relief.

Wild Cards: Ryan Howard is only hitting .152 but with 12 hits but with those 12 hits he’s managed 5 HR and 9 RBI while scoring 13 runs.

Coming Attractions: It’s 3 on the road with the 2005 Astros before heading home with a shot at the 1962 San Francisco Giants before heading on the road again first to face the 1975 Cincinnati Reds and the 2019 Washington Nationals.


2005 Houston Astros

A 9-12 start isn’t a disaster this early in the season but with the three teams ahead all in single digits for losses there are a lot of people to pass to get back in this race.

Heroes: Orlando Palmeiro is hitting .362 over 18 games while Morgan Ensberg has managed five homers and 14 RBI’s and an .885 OPS to lead the team in all three categories. Willy Travers 24 hits leads the team and he has 9 SB to go along with it. Roger Clemens has an 1.88 ERA with three complete games and three wins in six starts.

Zeroes: Andy Pettitte’s 4.66 ERA doesn’t sound bad but on a team with an ERA of 3.03 it’s been good for a 0-4 record thanks to six HR allowed, a full half the amount of the entire staff. Meanwhile Brad Lidge has been the opposite of his Philadelphia twin blowing 2 of 3 save chances with a team worst 4.82 ERA. Brad Ausmus .164 avg is the worst on a bad team of those who qualify.

Wild Cards: The good news is the Astros are holding their opponents to a .219 avg with only 9 HR over 21 games. The bad news is they’re only batting .215 with 9 HR themselves.

Coming Attractions: It’s three games at home vs the 2008 Phillies then it’s on the road to NYC 1st to Brooklyn vs the 1955 Dodgers, and then to Shea for the 1998 Mets then it’s south to Florida for 3 vs the 1997 Marlins

Dynasty Players Choice League AL / NL Div B Report

Continuing our weekly reports on the teams in the various Dynasty leagues I run this week Division B in the all time any time great teams league

AL Div B

1968 Detroit Tigers

After a slow start the tigers find themselves at the top of the AL B standings with a game and a half over the defending AL champ Indians. Can they keep this winning pace up?

Heroes: Willie Horton is has been a one man wrecking ball with the bat with 8 HR and 22 RBI while playing an errorless left field adding an outfield assist into the mix. Denny McLain has gone 4-0 only allowing a .208 batting avg while leading the league in wins, and being top 5 in 3 other categories. Ray Oyler being perfect in the field at short is no surprise as his reputation for defense is well known but seeing him add a .364 to the mix has been a shocker.

Zeroes: Don Wert isn’t known for his bat so his .170 Avg might be forgivable but combine it with a .925 fielding percentage with as many errors as his net two teammates combined, now that’s a worry. Mickey Lolich & Earl Wilson both with 2-2 record as starters wouldn’t seem like likely candidates for this list but if their ERAs were not 6.84, and 6.17 respectively Detroit’s lead might be a lot bigger.

Wild Card: Detroit’s next three series are against teams with a combined 22-29 it’s s great chance to widen that league.

Coming attractions: The Tigers travel to Yankees Stadium for a 3 game set aginst the 2009 Yanks before heading back home for a 9 game homestand facing 1988 Oakland and the 2013 Redsox who are with striking distance before finishing the stand against the 1970 Orioles.


1954 Cleveland Indians

The defending AL champs are right in the thick of it again, a game and a half out of 1st place and currently holding a wild card spot which isn’t bad for a team that has played 80% of their games on the road to this point but can they turn on the heat on the surging Tigers?

Heroes: With a team ERA under 4 (3.97) it’s hard to name a single pitching hero but Bob Lemon with a 3-0 record and a 2.88 ERA certainly fits the bill, and that .750 batting avg in interleague play and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage isn’t too shabby either. There are people hitting for a higher avg on the team than Larry Doby but when you are leading the team in both runs scores AND runs batted in along with HR, Slugging and OB+Slugging you are the really doing the job (oh and by the way 1.000 fielding plus two outfield assists and a range factor of 2.62)

Zeroes: It doesn’t look at that good for Billy Glynn as he both leads the team in errors and is sitting below the Mendoza line with a .195 batting avg but he has one thing going for him, at least he’s not Wally Westlake because not only is he batting a mere .184 but unlike Glynn who is hitting .286 with runners in scoring position Westlake is hitting a mere .130 when the big moment comes.

Wild Card: They only have one series against a division opponent in their next 8.

Coming attractions: the Indians bask in the glory of a brief 3 game homestand against 1st place 2015 Kansas City Royals before hitting the road agai to battle the 2005 White Sox and the 1993 Blue Jays.


2013 Boston Redsox

Boston had lost 4 series in a row before taking two of three from their arch rival New York Yankees. Will that be the spark that puts the team back on track?

Heroes: If anyone told you that after 18 games Danial Nava would lead the Red sox with a .389 average .500 OBS a .593 slugging percentage and be the only player on the team with an OPS over 1.000 1.093 while hitting only one HR you wouldn’t believe it. On the other hand John Lackey’s ERA of 2.38 and modest .264 batting avg against in 4 starts, that’s entirely believable.

Zeroes: Jon Lester was expected to be the Redsox ace but he’s so far been more akin to the twenty minuters  of WW1 infamy with a 1-2 record an ERA of 6.00 a hitting against avg of .309 along with five homers, one every 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile Mike Napoli is not only devoid of HR with only 5 RBI in 16 games but with runners in scoring position is hitting an anemic .222, .125 if there are two outs.

Wild card: Boston has only seen a left handed starter once every six games, which is a good thing because they have yet to win a game against a lefty but at 4-2 they have the best record in the American league in one run games.

Coming Attractions: A quick trip to Oakland to visit the 1988 A’s is followed by a 3 game homestand against the 1970 Orioles before going head to head with Detroit and a chance to close the distance a bit.


2010 Texas Rangers: The Rangers broke a six game losing streak in style with a sweep of the (then) 1st place Washington Senators. Is this the start of better things to come? Or will the team without a manager continue to be rudderless?

Heroes: Vladimir Guerrero‘s reputation as one of the most feared bats in the game has not been affected by the Rangers poor record. His .408 avg and 18 RBI’s talk and opposing pitchers are listening. Even though the starting rotation has been a horror the Texas Bullpen has put up good number with Michael Kirkman leading the way. In six appearances he’s held opponents to a .205 avg while striking out 17 in 11 1/3 innings with a 1.50 ERA and no homers allowed and a win to his credit.

Zeroes: While his play behind the plate has been acceptable Matt Treanor has impressed nobody with his .216 avg and .313 OBP not to mention .200 with runners in scoring position but if you want to talk Zeroes you have to talk the starting rotation with Cliff Lee’s 5.13 ERA and .347 avg (despite a 2-1 record) C.J Wilson’s 16 walks in 28 innings and 5.97 ERA and if that’s not bad enough you have Tommy Hunter who has in 18.2 innings over 4 starts struck out fewer batters (6) than he’s given up homers (7) with a horrible ERA of 7.81.

Wild Card: Rich Harden was recently promoted back to the majors after a short stint down, can he return a semblance of steadiness to a rotation with a damaged reputation?

Coming Attractions: It’s a time away from the division for Texas as they conclude an 18 game road trip with three at the 2015 Royals and 3 more vs the 2005 Chicago White Sox before heading home to welcome the 1993 Blue Jays before facing a division foe again.


1985 St. Louis Cardinals

After a 9-0 start they have returned to earth going 5-7 since. Can that early lead hold up when the month of April is over or will they cool as the weather warms?

Heroes: Tom Herr’s line is deadly .407 avg 3 HR 26 RBI 10 sb with only one caught and an OBP of .484 and an OPS 1.089. Oh and he’s been perfect at 2b in the field with a range factor of 4.59. It’s the kind of performance that makes opposing pitchers crazy. It that wasn’t bad enough for St. Louis’ foes John Tudor is 5-0 with five complete games in six starts with a 1.94 ERA to drive enemy batters absolutely nuts.

Zeroes: It’s hard to find zeroes on a team that’s performed so well but St. Louis’ Catchers sure helped me along. Darrell Porter with a .138 avg in 12 games he wasn’t doing much before his injury and has failed to catch the only person trying to steal against him. Meanwhile while he was out Tom Nieto did the job and while his .209 avg was slightly better than Porter he not only was batted .200 when men were in scoring position but allowed seven of nine people to steal off of him while committing 2 errors.

Wild Card: St Louis has been patient at the plate, their 103 walks are a full 60% ahead of the #2 team and their stolen base total of 61 is 44 greater than the current runner up. That’s likely why they also have the most hits in the league

Coming Attractions: A huge series at Brooklyn against the defending World Series Champion 1955 Dodgers is followed by the 1986 Mets at home and then they travel to Florida for a shot at the 2nd place 1997 Marlins who are itching for revenge. Can the NL Div A do what Div B could not?


1997 Florida Marlins

If the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals did not Exist Florida would have both a winning record and the lead in their division. Instead they are at .500 and if the season ended today would not even snag a wildcard. Can they manage to expand their winning ways to include the Cards?

Heroes: Felix Heredia has stood out in a staff that hasn’t with two saves in as many chances, a 1-0 record more strikeouts than innings pitched and an ERA of 1.86 while in a team full of hitting hitters Moises Alou stands above the rest hitting for avg (.378) power (7 HR) and leading the team in RBI’s Runs scored and Walks.

Zeroes: While Devon White and Luis Castillo have both been excellent in the field they are hitting .131 and .183 respectively which is unimpressive to say the least although in fairness to White his eight walks have contributed to nine runs scored. Meanwhile in a team where no starter has more than one win there are many zero candidates but the biggest has to be closer Rob Nen with two blown saves a WHIP of 1.86 and a 6.43 ERA in the most critical moments of a game.

Wild Card: With Al Lieter injured and out for at least two starts can anyone in the rotation step up?

Coming Attractions: It a visit to the NL east with series at Brooklin vs the 1955 Dodgers and the 1986 Mets before coming home to face the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks before their big rematch with St. Louis. Will they have a permanent manager by then?


1957 Milwaukee Braves

The Braves managed to turn things around after a dismal 1-9 start, but is that turn about permanent or was their defeat by the 2005 astros in their last series a sign of things to come?

Heroes: Nobody will be surprised to see Hank Aaron at the top of this list. With a .351 Avg 5 HR and 12 RBI the advice on how to pitch pitch to him: “Make sure nobody is on when he hits it out” seems awfully accurate. The second non surprise is Warren Spahn whose 3-1 record 2.54 ERA and 28 1/3 innings in five starts have done the trick.

Zeroes: Ernie Johnson certainly has been a workhorse for Milwaukee appearing in 10 of their 18 games. Unfortunately he’s also been a disaster in the bullpen with more than twice as many hits as innings pitch and ERA of 13.50 and a .417 avg against. Many people thought it would be a fight between Frank Torre and Joe Adcock for the starting job at 1st, but Torre’s .111 avg no runs batted in and two hits on the season certainly hasn’t given anyone a reason to leave him in a lineup.

Wildcard: Bill Burton’s injury is going to keep him out of the lineup for at least the next three series forcing Aaron to play center. This means that the Braves will see more of Andy Pafko’s unimpressive bat .171 avg but steady defense (2 assists) or Wes Covington deadly bat .318 avg but lead glove .846 fielding percentage in right.

Coming Attractions: The Braves visit the streets of San Francisco to face the 1962 Giants before coming home for 9 against the 1975 Reds 2013 Arizona and Division rival 2019 Nationals.


2019 Washington Nationals

Washington has lost 10 of their last 12 and are owners of the worst record in the majors, which is kind of what was the case in 2019 before the stormed back to win 1st the Pennant and then the series. Can history repeat itself?

Heroes: There is plenty of blame to go around for Washington’s start but neither Trea Turner nor Juan Soto deserve any of it. Turner has hit .342 stolen 3 bases in 4 tries and hit three HR while scoring almost double the runs of the next leading player who would be Soto who has crushed 5 HR and walked enough to get an OBP of .405

Zeroes: Max Scherzer has been a pleasant surprise at the plate with a .400 avg and a pair of RBI’s but the nats would happily trade that for the pitcher they expected as an ace. With a 1-3 record a .347 avg against and a .887 ERA and fewer strikeouts than runs allowed 19 vs 22 it’s been a dismal start. Meanwhile don’t let the fact that Daniel Hudson owns 2 of Washington’s 5 wins fool you. in 11 appearances his ERA is 11.68 his WHIP is a solid three and he’s managed to blow two saves in as many chances.

Wild Card. Both Gerardo Parra and Anthony Rendon have spent time injured early and Washington has a new manager who took over during their losing streak. Can these three men make the difference for a team that is 1-10 against right handed pitching this season?

Coming Attractions: Home has not been where the heart is for the DC team (2-10) while they’ve played .500 ball on the road, so a trip to Cincinnati to face the 1975 Reds might just be what’s needed, then after a brief stop back home to face the 2013 Diamondbacks it’s back on the road for 3 against the 57 Braves in Milwaukee and 3 against the 2016 Cubs at Wrigley.

All Time Great Team League League report: AL & NL Division 1

Here is a report on one division in the All time great league for Dynasty Baseball game. A report will come out each week for one AL & NL division. Note there are still as of this writing 7 teams looking for a non-computer manager and until 3/31 Dynasty the maker of the game is offering a month free with code USA2 You can join here.

AL Div 1

2005 Chicago White Sox

The pale hose 5-4 start while not exciting is currently good enough for sole possession of 1st place albeit only by 1/2 a game. After losing their opening series vs the 1970 Orioles back to back series wins vs Toronto and Oakland have been just good enough to keep them clinging to a lead, time will tell if that can be maintained.

Heroes: Tadahito Iguchi is on a hitting tear with a .389 avg good enough for 4th in the early season while Scott Posednick’s 6 stolen bases is a tie for the league lead

Zeroes: Bobby Jenks has found his way into four of the teams 9 games and has opponents hitting .409 against him with an ERA of 9.00 Meanwhile at the plate the only nice thing you can say about Jermaine Dye’s start is that while his anemic .182 is last in the team his .229 is better than Joe Crede or Juan Uribe but without any RBI or HR RBIs.

Wild Card: The White Sox success has been despite their failure to find a permanent manager for the season can they keep it up without one and if they find one can he continue to keep them on top?

Coming attractions: It’s a trip to the NL East for 3 vs the Mets at Shea then south to Baltimore for three more.


1970 Orioles

.500 ball over their last 12 might be good enough for 2nd place in the division but new manager Joe S expects better out of the defending division champs who found themselves dropping two straight series one to Toronto and another to the Defending World Series champion Dodgers. Will the return to the DH make the difference?

Heroes: Jim Palmer is all over the leaderboards in just about every category leads the league in wins, WHIP & HR per 9 innings while Boog Powell continues to put the fear of God into the heart of every pitcher he faces.

Zeros: Dave McNally has put the fear of God in the heart of his manager with an 0-3 start and an ERA of 8.25. Meanwhile Pete Richert’s perfect record of two losses and two blown saves in two appearances is turning heads in the wrong direction.

Wild Card: It’s always odd when manager moves on to a different franchise but when he does so AFTER leading a team to a division championship it gets harder for his replacement. Can Baltimore’s new manager get his team to the series when his predecessor could not?

Coming Attractions: 9 straight home games in division starting with the 1st place White Sox followed by Oakland and Toronto will give their fans a chance to cheer their team back into first. That is if the team can rise back to their division winning ways


1988 Oakland A’s

There are few things more discouraging than staring your season blowing a 7-0 lead but twelve games in a half game out is nothing to sneeze at for a team with both Power and pitching and 2nd flock of the games in the division they are more than in a position to strike

Heroes: Dennis Eckersley, despite his opening day loss he has bounced back saving games for Nelson, Welsh and Burns before holding on against Arizona to to even his record. Dave Henderson: With a .367 avg 4 HR and a dozen RBI’s he leads the league in 3 offense categories while placing in the top 10 in 5 others.

Zeros: Jose Canseco despite a pair of Home Runs is managing only a .143 avg and a .246 OB with 19 K’s in 49 at bats. Dave Stewart In three starts opponents are hitting a solid .375 with an ERA of 9.37 a full five runs over the team avg despite only a single loss against him.

Wild Card: Nobody in their right mind would describe Doug Jennings as anything but a backup so his season ending injury might not seem big but over the course of a 162 game season his loss means one less day of rest for a player who might need it or one pinch hit or run that doesn’t happen

Coming Attractions: The A’s get a chance to jump ahead with the last place Yanks coming to town before getting a 2nd shot at the Orioles before running back for a shot at the Red Sox.


Toronto Blue Jays 1993

The Bluejays after an incredible comeback on opening day have not fared as well as they like going 4-6 and possessing the only losing record in the division. But despite this they remain only a game out of first since but despite this remain but a game out of first, more than close enough to strike.

Heroes: Roberto Alomar is hitting over .400 (.404) with an OPS of 1.100. While Rickey Henderson has combined a .311 avg and five stolen bases with three outfield assists in less that a dozen games.

Zeros: Jack Morris has managed in two starts to go 0-2 with an ERA of 8.64 with hitters pounding him at a .389 clip in less than 9 innings. Tony Fernandez, while a single error and a .979 fielding percentage at short is not bad a .200 batting avg and OB percentage is a drag a full .89 points below the rest of the team.

Wild Card: With the only turf stadium in the league will other teams struggle on the unfamiliar surface or will Toronto pay for their surface in DL trips such as Ed Sprague‘s?

Coming attractions: A win in their final game vs Cincinnati can get them back to .500 in time to face a Kansas City team on a mini losing streak and a shot a the 1st place White Sox and 2nd place Orioles on the road.


NL Div 1

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers

The Defending World Champion Dodgers picked up where they left off last year with an 8-4 start including 7-3 in their last 10 and a +24 run differential against their foes If this pace keeps up they may repeat their running away with the division but with 4 more teams and an an extra round of playoffs to deal with they’ll need that to get started.

Heroes: Gil Hodges after winning the NL MVP last season has picked up right where he left off leading the NL in batting and 2nd in OBP & OBP + Slugging. Meanwhile on the mound Karl Spooner is making up for spending most of last season on the DL with a 2-0 record without giving up a run in two starts and holding opponents to a .059 avg.

Zeros: Jim Hughes has been a workhorse working in seven games but a horse with an era of 8.59 while being responsible for a solid quarter of the homers allowed by the team. Roy Campanella has been in a slump of epic proportions hitting a mere .095 and an even more pathetic OBP of .152

Wild Card: With Karl Spooner back this season George Shuba‘s major league stint is over. Last year he spent half a season in the majors hitting .264 in limited service and .333 during the post season. He’s back in the minors and hoping for a 2nd chance and ring, will he get it?

Coming attractions: A trip to Arizona is followed by a 15 game homestand which begins with the last place mets given them a great chance to increase their lead.


Arizona Diamondbacks 2013

For a team that had no business being in an all time great league (the 2001 version was supposed to be invited) they’ve kept pace very well including a series win against the World Champion Dodgers. Their .500 start is good for 2nd place so far and with a little bit of effort 1st place can remain in reach.

Heroes: Paul Goldschmidt .396 and 4 HR have been an unpleasant surprise to pitching staffs around the league. If a .350 avg and seven RBI’s were not enough to celebrate Geraldo Para playing all three positions in the outfield without an error but with an assist would clinch it.

Zeros: Some might think this Arizona team doesn’t belong in this league and Reliever Joe Thatcher is their patron saint thanks to an era of 10.57 and a batting against avg of .441. While Cliff Pennington’s .333 avg looks good on paper a single run scored and none driven in doesn’t make up for two errors in four games.

Wild Card: JJ Putz has been an Arizona workhorse appearing in more than half of the teams game but with a serious injury that will keep him out till early or mid May can anyone else carry the load?

Coming attractions: A six game homestand gives them a chance to repeat their fine start against the Dodgers and welcome Cincinnati who is right behind them before getting another crack at the Mets this time in Shea.


1975 Cincinnati Reds

The Big Red machine did not envision themselves at 5-6 after 11 their only winning series being against a weaker Arizona team, but can their big bats and stingy pitching staff (2nd fewest runs allowed in the league) turn things around before the Dodgers get too far ahead to catch, particularly with the Defense of Caesar Geronimo out of the lineup.

Heroes: Johnny Bench with 3 homers and .340 avg remains a terror to opposing pitchers who dare throw to him. Meanwhile while there has not been a lot to cheer from the bullpen Will McEnaney’s 1.17 ERA & 1.54 AVG has been a breath of fresh air

Zeros: The bullpen has three blown saves in three chances and the worst offender has been Pedro Borbon with 2 Blown saves and a .348 avg for batters. One might forgive Tony Perez his slow start and .226 avg, but it’s hard to be forgiving with no HR only one RBI and a single extra base hit

A Wild Card: The injury of Caesar Geronimo means the possibility of more offence at the Center Field position but will such offense come at the cost of a vulnerable defense.

Coming attractions: Four games remain in Cincinnati’s 12 game homestand one more vs Toronto and 3 against the SF Giants before they head to Arizona in the hopes of getting hot.


1986 New York Mets

There is not a lot to cheer about in New York as the Mets , after starting with two wins in a row dropped six of their last seven and between Gary Carter who was injured on opening day a team that has three pitchers with ERA’s over 10.00 and a flock of bad fielding they are resembling the 67 mets more than a champion team.

Heroes: With two saves in three chances and a 2.38 ERA Roger McDowell has been the rare bright spot in a pitching staff that has been a dismal failure. Meanwhile Mookie Wilson with a pair of HR’s a .308 avg and 12 hits has managed to do what is necessary.

Zeroes: Not only has Howard Johnson not been appetizing at the plate with a .222 avg and a single solo homer but in the field his four errors and .636 fielding percentage doesn’t even rise to the level of anemic. Meanwhile on a staff with a team ERA of 6.24 there are plenty of Zero candidates but Ron Darling with his 0-2 record & 19.89 ERA rises or shall I say falls below the rest.

Wild Card: Ed Hearn was pressed into service behind the plate with the Carter injury at the bat he has been at least serviceable with a .265 Avg 1 HR and 5 RBI but behind the plate he has allowed nine of ten baserunners to steal.

Coming attractions: The bad news continues for the Mets as they face the 1st place White Sox before taking on Philly and then with Gary Carter back traveling to LA & Arizona

Sable/Gerbl Face to Face Schedule Update Umpire crews added

Yes I’m running yet ANOTHER Dynasty baseball league, this one face to face staring Oct 19th in Fitchburg at Zeda’s Pizza. Games are scheduled for 1 pm and visitors and folks interesting in learning the game are more than welcome to show up. Here is the schedule.

And Yes I KNOW there are a lot of things going on with the Bs impeachment stuff and North Korea and Hong Kong and the Democrats and elections and the Vatican and even demons etc etc etc, but there is more to life than that stuff and I intend to enjoy it.

All Series are three games Night Night Day

April

Wk 1

Sea (Patrick) at NYY (Sherwoood)  Ump A a-c
StL (Alvin) at SD (Mike M)  Ump B a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  Ump C a-c
TB (Kennedy) at Washington (Peter) Ump D a-c

Wk 2

NYY (Sherwoood) at SF (M Gionet) F  a-c
Washington (Peter) at Seattle (Patrick)  D d-b
SD (Mike M) at TB (Mike K) E a-c
Mets (E Gionet) at StL (Alvin) C d-b

one day rest

Wk 3

Sea (Patrick) at Mets (E Gionet) D c-a
StL (Alvin) at Washington (Peter) C c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at SD (Mike M) F d-b
TB (Kennedy) at NYY (Sherwood) E d-b

May

Wk 4

NYY (Sherwoood) at StL (Alvin) G a-c
SD (Mike M) at Sea (Patrick) H a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at TB (Mike K) E c-a
Washington (Peter) at SF (M Gionet) F c-a

one day rest

Wk 5

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (E Gionet) I a-c
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) J a-c
SF (M Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) G d-b
TB (Mike K) at StL (Alvin) F b-d

Wk 6

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter)  I d-b
SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) J a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Mike K) G c-a
StL (Alvin) at SF (M Gionet) K a-c

one day rest June  Wavers begin

Wk 7

Nets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) K d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington  (Peter) L a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) M a-c
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) G c-a

Wk 8

SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter)  N a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood)  O a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy)  P a-c
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet)  K c-a

One day rest

Wk 9

Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  O d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at SD (Mike M)  Q a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin)  A d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) N d-b

July

Wk 10

SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) Q d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet)  B d-b 
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) C b-d  

3 days rest
———————————  All Star Game

Week 11

NYY (Sherwoood) at Sea (Patrick) D b-d  
SD (Mike M) at StL (Alvin) E b-d 
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at SF (Mark Gionet) F a-c 
Washington (Peter) at TB (Kennedy) G b-d 

Week 12

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) E a-c
Sea (Patrick) at Washington (Peter) D a-c 
TB (Kennedy) at SD (Mike M) G a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood) H d-b

1 day rest

Week 13

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) I c-a
SD (Mike M) at SF (Mark Gionet) J d-b
Washington (Peter) at StL (Alvin) D d-a
NYY (Sherwood) at TB (Kennedy) E d-b

Aug

Week 14

StL (Alvin) at NYY (Sherwoood) I b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at Washington (Peter) E c-a
TB (Kennedy) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) K b-d
Sea (Patrick) at SD (Mike M) L d-b

1 day rest  

Week 15

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwoood) I a-c
SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter) M d-b
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet) K a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Wk 16

NYY (Sherwoood) at SD (Mike M) O b-d
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) P d-b
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin) K d-b
Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) N b-d

1 day rest

Wk 17

TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet) N a-c
SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O a-c
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) P c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) K c-a

Sept  Rosters expand waivers end

Week 18

NYY (Sherwood) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) Q c-a
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) A c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) K b-d
TB (Kennedy) at StL (Alvin) N d-b

1 day rest

Week 19

SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) B c-a
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter) C a-c
StL (Alvin) at SF (Mark Gionet)  k a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Week 20

Mets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) D c-a
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington (Peter) E b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) N b-d
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) B c-d

two days rest

NOTE:  Any Divisional or playoff tiebreaker is played on the 1st day unless there is a make-up game scheduled on that day that could affect the playoff picture.  In that case said makeup game is played on day one as a day game and any tiebreaker is played on day two also as a day game.

October Playoffs begin  

Wild Card Single Game (Night) 

Non Division winner with 3rd best record @ Non Division winner with 2nd best record  F  a

One day rest

Best of five series

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record (2) Day / Night G b-c

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (2) (night / Day) H c-d

day rest

Division champion with best Record @ Wild card winner (2) night / day G d-a

Division champion with worst record @ Non division winner with best record (2)  (day / Night) H a-b

day rest

If necessary

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record  Day G b

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (night) H c

Any playoff day game 4 or 5 automatically becomes a night game if it is the only series still in progress.

two days rest

World Series best of seven

Team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I d-a

travel day

team 1 at team 2 (3 games) I b-d

travel day

team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I a-b

If one or more division winners make it to the world series the surviving division winner with the best regular season record is team 1

If no division winner makes it to the world series the team that played the Division winner with the worst record in the previous round is team 1

Rainout rules.

A Rainout in game one of a series is played as a day/night double header in game 2. (day game)

A Rainout in game 2 is replayed as a day / night double headers on day 3 (Night game)

If there is an off day after game 3 a rainout on day three is played on the travel day. (Day game) This is ALWAYS the 1st choice

If there is no travel day after the series and there is another series between the same teams at the same location then the game will be made up as a day-night double header during 1st game of the next series at that location (Day game)

If there is no travel day after the series and there is

  • 1. another series between the same teams at a different location
  • AND
  • 2.. there is a travel day before or after that series

Then this game is played on that travel day It is a night game if played before the series and a day game if played after.

If there is no travel day after the series and

  • There are no further games between the opponents
  • OR
  • There is a series at a different location
  • AND
  • There is no travel day before or after that series

The game is made up at the 1st open day where neither team has no game scheduled. The game is a day game as it’s assumed at least one team will need to travel to the location of the game and one or both teams may need to travel to the location of their next game.

In all cases but the final one the game can be either played at once or during a regularly scheduled series with the opponent. If this final situation is the case and the players are playing on an off day when they are scheduled to play different opponents that week the players should do one of these three things:

  1. Once they finish their games with their scheduled opponents stay and stay and play the make up game,
  2. Arrive at Zeda an hour or so early and play the make up game then play their scheduled opponent at the normal time. If both the players and the scheduled opponents can stay late then the make up game can start at the normal time.
  3. Find a mutually agreeable time during the two week span between the scheduled series to play the game either at Zedas or at That’s Entertainment or at either players house.

Rainouts during the playoffs

A rainout on the tiebreaker is played the next day.

A rainout during the 1st two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day. It is a day game.

A rainout during the next two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day if necessary if game 3 is rained out and game four produces a winner then obviously game three does not have to be made up. it is a day game.

A rainout during game five of a playoff game is played on the 1st off day. It is a night game.

World Series Rainouts

A Rainout during game 1 or two is played on the travel day as a day game

A Rainout during games 3-5 is played on the travel game, it is a day game unless it is an elimination game, then it is a night game.

A rainout of games six or seven (or both) are played after day seven as night games.

Last Chance to Join Fitchburg MA Face to Face Dynasty Baseball league before Next Week’s Draft Tomorrow Zeda’s Pizza from 1-5 PM

Tomorrow I will be at Zeda’s Pizza in Fitchburg MA to finalize rules for the Sable/Gerbl face to face Dynasty baseball league.

If you are a fan of Baseball and boardgaming come on down, I’ll demonstrate the game.

The Draft is scheduled for Sept 28th, the tentative opening day is Oct 18th and we will be playing 3 games on alternative Saturdays.

Come on down and find out why Dynasty Baseball is not only the best baseball simulation on the market but one of the best board game for a baseball fan.

Sable/Gerbl Day 12 : Red Sox win the battle of the Bullpens, Juneau sweeps Texas. Goldschmidt unhorses Sir Anthony , LA Hangs on for split.

Red Sox 7 Yankees 6

Boston managed 12 hits and Brandon Morrow held a lead when no other reliever could giving Boston a their 4th straight win and NY their fifth straight loss by a score of 7-6.

NY starter JA Happ proved hapless in the 2nd as JD Martinez singled to right and went to 3rd on Aaron Judge’s error. Alex Bregman followed with a single to center sending Martinez to 3rd. He came home on Kris Bryant’s single to left. After Ronald Acuna Jr. walked to load them up JT. Realmuto drove in both Bregman and Bryant on a single to left and Sending Acuna to 3rd where he would score on a Nick Ahmed double play making it 4-0.

After pitching around another error in the 3rd Happ was tagged again. Acuna singled and Realmuto walked. Another fortunate double play left Acuna on 3rd with two outs but Jose Altuve double to left making it 5-0.

Meanwhile Jameson Taillon pitched 5 strong innings before getting into trouble in the 6th. Aaron Hicks singled and Gleyber Torres followed suit but Hicks went for 3rd and Acuna gunned him down leaving Torres on 2nd with one out. That would be critical as Aaron Judge would take the next pitch over the left field wall making it 5-2 instead of 5-3. Taillon would load the bases with a pair of walks surrounding a hit batsman and a K before getting Austin Romine to fly out keeping the defect at 3.

In the 7th Greg Bird would chase Taillon with a leadoff blast to right making it 5-3. Corey Knebel (W 1-0) could come in and walk Hicks and Torres before surrendering a one out Blast deep into the seats beyond the bullpens in right making it 6-5. The Yanks had a chance to do more damage as Giancarlo Stanton followed with a walk and Brett Gardner did the same with two outs but Romine struck out swinging keeping the lead at 1.

They would again miss that run as Jonathan Holder (L 0-1) wasn’t up to the task of holding a lead either. he gave up a lead off double to Altuve and then with one out a Double to Christian Yelich to tie the game. while he managed to get the dangerous JD Martinez Bregman would follow with a two out single driving in Yelich and Boston was back up 7-6.

That when Brandon Morrow (S1) came in and did what no other reliever to that point had done, hold a lead he would retire the side in order in the 8th and while he allowed a one out walk to Gregorius fanned Stanton and coaxed a game ending grounder from Neil Walker to earn the Save for himself and the win for the Sox.

Notes: 3 of the Yankees seven hits and all of their runs came on home runs. None of the Redsox 12 hits left the yard but six of them came with runners in scoring position out of an incredible 17 chances. Only Ben Zobrist went without a hit or a walk for Boston (0-5). Despite Boston and NY combining for 3 errors in the game all of the runs were Earned. NY finally heads home to open against the Texas Thunder while Boston’s long homestand continues as they welcome the Juneau Muffin men.

Juneau 10 Texas 1

Bryce Harper had his 3rd homer in 2 two games and David Price gave up only run run in 6 2/3 as Juneau won it’s 2nd straight over Texas 10-1.

Juneau started right were they left off the previous day against Zach Greinke (L 1-1) with two outs Mookie Betts doubled and Shohei Ohtani drove him home with a single, not that it would matter as Bryce Harper would take a Greinke curve 418 feet to right for a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel would answer with a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the inning but it would be the only answer they would have all day as David Price (W 1-0) kept the Texas off balance most innings while taking advantage of fine defense like plays like Harrison Bader’s rocket throw that nailed Mike Trout at 3rd in the 4th when he tried to tag up on a fly to the warning track.

Meanwhile Juneau in general and Harper in particular continued to feast off Texas pitching in the 6th with Simmons on 3rd (HBP) and Ohtani on 1st (Single) Harper drove in his 3rd run of the game. Matt Chapman followed with a triple driving in Ohtani and Harper and scored off of Kolton Wong’s two run shot off of Jonny Venters making it 8-1 Ohtani’s one out double scoring Benintendi (single) and Betts (HBP) in the 9th gave Juneau it’s 2nd straight 10 run game and made Ryan Braiser’s 2 1/3 perfect innings a mere formality.

Notes: Ohtani and Harper both scored two runs while driving in 3. Ohtani on a 3-5 day Harper on 2-4 Despite sweeping Texas Juneau gave up 4 home runs in 2 games and have given up a home run in each of their last 5. Texas was 0-5 with runners in scoring position while Juneau was 5-10. Texas travels to NY for a rematch of their opening series while Juneau heads for Boston.
Meanwhile the

Rivertown 3 Washington 2 10 innings

Washington’s Bullpen wasted an excellent start by Carlos Martinez to blow a 9th inning lead and a single swing by Paul Goldschmidt finished the job as Rivertown swept Washington with a 3-2 win.

It was a game of pitching and close calls as Patrick Corbin for Rivertown and Carlos Martinez dueled. Corbin relying on the K striking out 10 Senators and Martinez aided by great defense

In the 1st DJ Le Mahieu turned a Jose Ramirez Liner that would have put him on 1st and Lorenzo Cain (HBP) on 3rd into an inning ending double play.

In the 4th with men on 1st (David Peralta walk) and 2nd (Jose Ramirez single and stolen base) with nobody out Ramirez struck out Goldschmidt and Before another LeMahieu turned a 2nd double play perserving a 1-0 lead.

That lead came in the top of the inning when Josh Reddick after a two out single beat a wild throw to the plate From Peralta on Anthony Rendon’s double off of Corbin. But over 6 2/3 innings that would be all he would yield.

Meanwhile the defense kept making the big play for Washington. In the sixth with one out Peralta singled and Goldschmidt doubled. Peralta held out of respect for the arms in the DC outfield. With one out and nobody on 1st the infield came in on Matt Carpenter who hit a shot toward first but despite being drawn in Jesus Agular dove to glove the ball in the air and managed to get the ball to LeMahieu before Goldschmidt could get back.

In the 7th the defense would do it again. After a Nelson Cruz single and one out Jeurys Familia came in relieving Martinez. He struck out Paul DeJong but Diego Castillo drove a changeup to left. Cruz didn’t hesitate for moment but neither did Corey Dickerson who fielded it and threw in a single motion nailing him at the plate.

In the ninth the Senators would add some offense Diego Castilo in his 3rd inning of work put a fat pitch over for Josh Reddick that the crosswind just blew into play for the 1st out. Rendon followed with a double and moved to 3rd on Billy Hamilton’s grounder and scored on Agular’s single. The lead was 2-0 Reliever Brad Hand had shut down a Rivertown rally in the 8th with a pair of K’s and Seranthony Dominguez (BS 1 L 0-1) was warned and ready to come if needed. It looked like it was all over.

It wasn’t. Nelson Cruz singled off Hand and was pulled for pinch runnier Ender Incirte. After Yadier Molina was retired on a foul ball Trey Turner walked and when Jose Martinez was announced as a pinch hitter Mgr Ingemi went to the mound. Dominguez was ready but Ingemi decided to stick with Hand. Martinez singled loading the bases and Dominguez came in to face Lorenzo Cain. Cain worked the count to 3-2 and Dominguez threw a ball that most batters in the league would chase, Cruz didn’t and it was 2-1.

With a stikeout pitcher on the mound and fearing a game ending two run single the infield remained back but Washington which had turned so many key double plays that night could only manage one on Ramierz grounder. Turner scored and the game was tied.

Jose Alvarado (W 1-0) came in unwarmed from the pen with a new defense behind him but it didn’t matter, Dominguez, LeMahieu and Dickerson all went down on strikes in the 10th clearing the way for Paul Goldschmidt to win the game with a single swing.

Notes: Rivertown only managed to go 1-11 with runners in scoring position but the senators only had four chances (1-4) None of Washington’s pitchers were pinch hit for in this game while Rivertown sent 3 pinch hitters to the plate (1-3).  Washington travels to LA for a pair while Rivertown will host King Ragnar’s Vikings

Dodgers 6 Vikings 4

Kike Hernandez and Chris Taylor went back to back and the four LA pitchers were able to hold onto the lead they gave them to earn a split of their series with King Ragnar’s Vikings 6-4.

The Long ball came early for the Dodgers as Manny Machado took Ryan Stanek (L 0-1) yard with two outs in the top of the 1st. Jean Segura came right back with a one out blast against Rich Hill (W 1-0) to tie the game before Hernandez and Taylor’s back to back blasts to start the 2nd making it 3-1 The Vikings got on back in the bottom of the 2nd on a Juan Soto single followed by a Eduardo Escobar double with nobody out. When Hill retired Rosario and Culberson the Vikings took a chance and pulled Stanek for pinch hitter Mallex smith Hill coaxed a grounder to keep the game 3-2.

Hill helped his own cause in the 4th off Craig Stammen in the 4th by drilling a two out double to the gap in left center driving in Taylor who walked with one out making it 4-2 and after after a pair of singles by Soto and Escobar put two in in the bottom of the inning again struck out a pinch hitter batting for the pitcher stopping the rally which was key because in the fifth Whit Merrifield’s took him over the left field wall to make it 4-3.

That wasn’t much breathing space for Hill but with one out Justin Turmer pinch hit for him driving a single to left. Cody Bellinger followed with a double and Matt Kemp Crushed a fly ball to center that stayed in the part but was deep enough to score Turner to get the lead back to 5-3.

It looked like LA would break the game open in the 8th off Arodys Vizcaino when after a Yasiel Puig double and a Yasmani Grandal single, Hernandez drove a sinking liner to left but Merrifield made a diving stab that while allowing Puig to tag up for a 6-3 lead kept Grandal on 1st and Hernandez off back allowing Vizcaino to get out without further damage.

That would matter when Jean Segura doubled to start the bottom of the inning and was driven in by a one out double by Wilson Ramos getting the lead back to two and putting the tying run at the plate without on and a man on 2nd off Josh Fields. Pat Venditte came in and walked Soto before Escobar hit into a fielders choice for the 2nd out putting men on 1st and 3rd. Kenley Jansen (s4) came in and retired Matt Kemp to preserve the lead. While he would give up a Whit Merrifield two out double in the 9th he followed it by striking out Segura to perserve the win and the save for LA.

Notes: the Dodger victory evened their record at 6-6. Viking pinch hitters went 0-5 in the game. Machado’s RBI puts him one behind Paul Goldschmdit of Rivertown with 15 while Jansen save ties him with Rivertown’s Edwin Diaz in that category. The Dodgers head home to play the Senators while King Ragnar Vikings head to Pittsburgh to raid Rivertown.

Sable/Gerbl Day 11: Boston bounces bombers, Rivertown tops Washington, Juneau Pounds Texas, Vikings Scherzer k’s 18 Dodgers

Boston 7 NYY 5

Alex Bregman hit two homers and Blake Snell and Collin McHugh held on long enough for Kimbrel to shut the door in the 9th as Boston bested the Yankees 7-5.

It didn’t look promising for Boston and Blake Snell (W 1-1) early. In the 2nd Gleyber Torres singled to start the inning and Gary Sanchez drove a double off the wall in left center to drive him in making it 1-0. Two outs later Greg Bird singled to center scoring Sanchez and the score was 2-0

Boston came right back against Luis Severino (L 1-1) Alex Bregman started with a leadoff shot over the Monster seats and after walks to Rhys Hoskins and J. T. Realmuto Nick Ahmed hit a one out double to center scoring both giving Boston the lead. The Sox managed a two out single to right by Ben Zobrist but Ahmed was held at 3rd and Severino was able to end the inning down only 3-2.

That was a lead Snell couldn’t hold with to outs he walked Giancarlo Stanton and Torres put his own drive over the Green Monster and the Yanks had the lead back 4-3 and when Snell walked Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird to load the bases with nobody out in the 4th it looked like the Bombers would break the game wide open. But Snell bore down striking out Austin Romine, Aaron Judge and Adeiny Hechavarria in succession to end the inning and keep the deficit at 1.

That would prove to be the critical moment of the game. In the bottom of the inning Realmuto singled to the mound and Ronald Acuna JR. followed with another putting runners at the corners. with one out Jose Altuve singled in Realmuto and sent Acuna to 3rd tying the game and when the yanks failed to turn the double play on Zobrist’s grounder to 1st Acuna scored and the Bo Sox were up 5-4. When Chad Green in relief of Severino in the 5th walked J. D. Martinez and gave up Bregman’s 2nd ball into the monster seats and it was 7-4.

That would be a sufficient cushion for Snell who inspired by his hold in the 4th would retire the Yankees easily in the 5th & 6th coming out for Colin McHugh after a leadoff single in the 7th and while that runner would be erased by a Stanton double play Torres would reach on a Rhys Hoskins error move to 3rd on a Gregorius single and score on a Andjuar single to right putting the tying runs on base with Aaron Hicks at the plate in a 7-5 game.  McHugh would however not only retire Hicks but the next three men he faced until Craig Kinbrel (S2) came in and after hitting Luke volt to start and walking Gregorius with two out struck out Andujar to preserve the win.

Notes: Boston Pitchers only allowed the Yankees 5 hits but walked seven and hit one over the course of the game. This was Boston’s 3rd straight win and the Yanks 4th straight loss. Luke Volt was pulled for a pinch runner after being hit by a fastball in the 9th but should be available tomorrow. Hoskins error was his 2nd in three games and led to an unearned run. Jameson Tallon (1-0) will start for Boston tomorrow against JA Happ (0-1) tomorrow.

Rivertown 8 Washinton 3

Nelson Cruz hit a massive bomb off the light tower and Rivertown’s bullpen held while the Senators didn’t as Rivertown took the 1st game of a two game series 8-3.

The Senators struck 1st with some small ball in the 2nd off of Aaron Nola (W 2-0) Trevor Story singled and stole 2nd to lead off the inning, after Nola retired the next two DJ LeMahieu stroked a single to right for a 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd Rivertown struck back Lorenzo Cain singled with one out and moved to 2nd on a grounder. Paul Goldschmidt took the next ball to the wall in right off Marco Gonzalez (L 1-2) scoring Cain and tying the game setting up Cruz’s massive homer that traveled 460 feet and Rivertown was up 3-1.

Washington came right back with more small ball and the same case. Story singled & stole 2nd again this time with one out and Billy Hamilton drove him home quickly with a single to right making it 3-2. However Nola managed to hold Hamilton long enough to erase him on a force play then struck out LeMahieu to keep it 3-2.

In the 5th the Raiders added some distance with a solo shot by Goldschmidt making it 4-2 and Rivertown tried to answer. Jesus Aguilar led off with a double and the speedy Dee Gordon ran for him. Nola k’d Story and Hamilton but a throwing error put Gordon on 3rd and pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez on 1st for LeMahieu who once again punched a single through to left scoring Gordon and it was a one run game again.

It stayed that way till the 7th when the Raiders Trea Turner lead off with a double. Jeurys Familia came in and struck out pinch hitter Matt Carpenter but Cain singled to center scoring Turner Cain going to 3rd on a throwing error by Hamilton and it was 5-3.

In the 8th Cruz led off with another single but due to a mix up Ender Inciarie was anounced as a pinch hitter rather than a pinch runner and after after a short conference was make to go to the plate for Marcell Ozuma rather than running for Cruz. He promptly doubled to center scoring Cruz all the way from 1st and scored along with Joey Wendle who was hit by a pitch with two when Turner doubled and it was 8-3.

That led to a little bit of defensive gymnastics bit ti didn’t matter Edwin Diaz who got the 3rd out of the 8th retired 3 of 4 in the ninth and when the dust had settled Rivertown had sole possession of 1st place.

Notes: The Mixup in the 8th which ended happily for Rivertown was the subject of a lot of post game questions but due to the result nobody in the dugout seemed to mind taking the blame. Familia’s 3 earned run in 1 2/3 innings was the 1st poor outing we’ve seen from him this season. In addition to his error Hamilton got an assist in the 1st when Jose Ramirez took too wide a turn as Cruz hit third and Hamilton nailed him 8-3-4. 4 different relievers pitched two innings for Rivertown giving up no runs.  Carlos Martinez (1-0) will take the mound for the Senators tomorrow against Rivertown’s Patrick Corbin (2-0)

Juneau 10 Texas 4

Juneau stroked 16 hits and 3 home runs while Mike Foltynewicz pitched pitched just well enough to get by as Juneau broke it’s losing streak with a 10-4 thumping of Texas.

It looked at first like the long ball was going to sink the Muffen men again as Foltynewicz (W 2-1) started the game with a fat pitch that Michael Brantley took over the fence in right to make it 1-0 but the Muffen men came right back again Corey Kluber (L 0-2) with a Matt Chapman lead off with a double, went to 2nd on a Kolton Wong Grounder and socred on a 2nd grounder form Harrison Bader to tie things up.

In the 3rd they struck again. Andrelton Simmons and Mookie Betts singled with one out and after a K Bryce Harper took Kluber over 465 feet to dead center and the Muffen men were up 4-1. The Muffen Men had men in scoring position every inning off Kluber until the 5th when he was finally chased by a Betts homer followed after one out by Harper’s 2nd shot of the day making it 6-1. Carlos Carrasco replaced him and it the 6th got more of the same as Juneau socred four runs on a Benintendi walk and stolen base, a Simmons double driving him in, And Othani sngle that drove in Simmons a Harper single that sent Ohtani home and a Matt Chapman double. And while the 10-1 lead was shrunk by two massive shots a two run job in the 6th inning by Javier Baez and another by Nolan Arenado in the 7th the outcome was never in doubt.

Notes: Yoshihisa Hirano pitched 3 1/3 inning for his 1st save. Juneau continues to be plagued by the long ball as Texas hit three homers, the final two going 489 and 475 feet respectively Betts continued his torrid hitting going 4-5 raising his avg to .395 but was thrown out at 3rd by Jackie Bradley Jr. David Price goes for his 1st decision in game two against Zach Greinke (1-0)

King Ragnar’s Vikings 1 LA Dodgers 0

Eddie Rosario’s 6th inning RBI single was all the Vikings would need as Max Scherzer spun a 3 hit 18 strikeout masterpiece leading the Vikings to a 1-0 win vs the Dodgers

Scherzer (W 2-1) was dominant from 1st to last. When Jean Segura Muffed Cody Bellinger’s grounder to start the game Scherzer responded by striking out the side. He would do so again in the 5th and 6th and most importantly in the 9th when the Dodgers Joc Peterson doubled with two outs to get the tying run in scoring position.

Scherzer would need that performance because his counterpart Walker Buehler (L 0-1) while not as dominant was just as effective pitching out of a two on one out jam in the 2nd and bearing down in the fifth after committing an error on a Rene Rivera grounder following a Segura single put runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out.

It would not be till the sixth that Rosario would stroke the two out single scoring Juan Soto who had doubled that the Vikings would break through and even then when Kike Hernandez misplayed Charlie Culbertson’s grounder to put two men on he retired Segura to stop the threat.

But good as his performance was it couldn’t compare to Scherzer who when the Dodgers tried to answer in the 7th with a Yasiel Puig single and a Peterson walk to put two men on with none out retired Yasmani Grandal on a fly out, struck out pinch hitter Justin Turner swinging and coaxed a grounder from David Freese to end the Dodgers best threat as easily as he struck out Grandal to end their final one.

Note: Both pitchers pitched around potentially critical errors without incident. Rosario’s single was the only hit by either team with men in scoring position (Vikings 1-7 LA 0-4) Bueller while giving up 7 hits and striking out only 6 did not walk a batter while Scherzer gave up three 3 passes. Dodger reliever Josh Fields struck out all three men he faced in the 8th.

Sable/Gerbl Day 10: Senators Pound Yanks, Boston Bounces Back. Rivertown makes it three, Thunder take the rubber

Washington 12 NYY 3

Washington sent 12 men to the plate in the 4th scoring 9 and Taylor Cole pitched five innings of scoreless relief and the Senators completed the sweep of the Yankees with a 12-3 thrashing.

It looked like the blowout would be a different direction in the 1st as it looked like Sean Newcomb might not get out of the 1st. Aaron Judge walked, Adeiny Hechavarria followed with a single as did Giancarlo Stanton loading the bases with nobody out. Gleyber Torres fly was not deep enough to score Judge but Miguel Andujar pushed him across without a swing as he drew a walk making it 1-0. After a strikeout to Greg Bird Austin Romine stroked a grounder to center scoring Hechavarria and Stanton and it was 3-0 with two men on and two men out. Brett Gardner loaded them again with a walk before Pitcher Lance Lynn (L 1-1) flew to out end Newcomb’s misery.

In the 2nd it looked like it would more of the same when Judge walked and Hechavarria singled to start the inning but Newcomb struck Stanton struck out and speared a screaming liner by Torres and pivoted with a perfect throw to Trevor Story to double off Judge and kill the rally and then would retire the next six in a row.

Meanwhle there was a sign of things to come in the 3rd when Lynn walked Corey Dickerson and then gave up a double down the line to right. Dickerson motored around 3rd but Aaron Judge came up with the ball cleanly and delivered a strike to Romine cutting down Dickerson to end the inning.

Then came the 4th. Jesus Aguilar led off with a walk. Story flew out but Hamilton singled to center and Reddick walked as well loading the bases with one out. DJ LeMeMahiu followed with a single to center scoring Aguilar and the speedy Hamilton but Reddick decided to test Bret Gardner’s arm and Gardner passed the test nailing Reddick preserving the Yankee lead. With 1st base open as LeMahieu moved to 2nd on the throw Lynn intentionally walked Swihart bringing up the pitcher’s spot.

For the 2nd time in the Series Nick Markakis came up to pinch hit and for the 2nd time he delivered smashing a bases clearing double and Washington was up 4-3.

They weren’t nearly done yet Corey Dickerson dropped a single just over the head of third baseman Miguel Andujar. Markakis didn’t slow down for a second and beat Andujar’s throw by a mile and it was 5-3. When Lynn walked Anthony Rendon and Aguilar Lynn was out and Johathan Story came in to face Trevor Story who had flown out earlier that inning to see if he could repeat that result, well Story hit another fly ball but this one carried 433 feet over the left field fence for a grand slam and the 3-0 Yankee lead was now a 9-3 defect. Washington fans were going wild…and then they saw Trevor Cole (W 1-1) come in from the bullpen.

Cole came in with an ERA of 9.59 having given up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings and fan were hoping that he could eat at least two or three innings without giving up the lead so that the rest of the bullpen could do the job.

Cole managed to hit two of the 1st three men he faced in the fifth but he Sandwiched a double play ball in between getting out of the top of the 5th unharmed and even drove in a run on bases loaded sac fly in the bottom of the inning, scoring Reddick who singled to start the inning. Afer a Miguel Andujar error scored LeMahieu Cole had an 8 run lead with 4 innings to pitch.

It would be more than Enough Cole coxed ground ball after ground ball and even got some help from Josh Reddick who returned the favor to Aaron Judge by gunning him down at the place in the 7th. Cole pitched five innings and the rest of Washington’s Bullpen had another day of rest to enjoy

Notes: By the time Gary Sanchez grounded out to end the 9th Cole not only had had his 1st win but he had almost doubled his innings pitched (5.1 to 10.1) while more that haling his ERA 9.60 to 4.35. Meanwhile for the Yankees losing pitcher Lynn’s ERA exploded to 7.84. Corey Dickerson had 8 hits in the series and Trevor Story two home runs for Washington while Billy Hamilton who was called up at the start of the series hit .308 (4-13) with two runs scored. The final stop on the Yankee’s long opening roadtrip comes tomorrow in Boston While Washington packs their bags to visit division rival Rivertown.

Boston 6 LA 4

Boston clawed back from a 4-0 deficit and Rhys Hoskins provided the fatal 8th inning blow as Boston took the rubber game of their series against the Dodgers 6-4

Justin Verlander’s trouble came early. He managed to stand Cody Bellinger after a lead off double in the 1st bu in the 2nd Yasmani Grandal doubled with one out and Kike Hernandez followed with a walk and Chris Taylor with a single to center loading the bases with only one out.

David Freese followed with a single to center that drive in Grandal Hernandez rounded 3rd and Taylor rounded 2nd drawing a forlorn throw by Ronald Acuna Jr which wasn’t in time to get Hernandez and allowed Freese to get to 2nd with one out and the score 2-0. Cody Bellinger would single next driving in Taylor and sending Freese to 3rd where he would score on Yasiel Puig’s grounder making it 4-0.

That would however be all they would manage, as the Dodgers kept after Verlander putting on two in the 3rd & 4th with one out and getting men on in the 5th, 6th before Boston pulled him for Brandon Morrow (W 1-0) with one on and one out in the 7th, but each time LA came after the 2nd Verlander would bend, but not break.

That would be critical as Boston chipped away bit by bit against Clayton Kershaw (L 1-2) In the 2nd J. D. Martinez doubled and went to 3rd on an infield single by Kris Bryant. Acuna followed with a one out double that scored Martinez and would have cut the lead in half but for a perfect throw by Puig cutting him down for the 2nd out and leaving the score 4-1

In the 3rd Jose Altuve put a ball into the Monster making it 4-2 but a two out Bregman double went for naught as Kershaw pitched out of it again.

In the 4th Christian Yelich put a ball onto Landsdowne Street to start the inning and Acuna walked with one out but once again Kershaw left the runner there and clung to the lead 4-3.

In the 5th Boston threatened again. Zobrist walked and took out Muncy breaking up a double play. on Bregman’s grounder. J. D. Martinez walked to put the go ahead run on 1st but Kershaw stuck out Yelich to end it.

In the 6th his luck finally ran out. After a Kris Bryant leadoff double and a K of Acuna, Grandal missed a 2-1 breaking ball in the dirt to J. T. Realmuto sending Bryant to 3rd with only one out allowing Realmuto to drive in the tying run with a groundout to short.

Still LA stuck with their ace until he gave up a leadoff single to Yelich in the 8th. Josh Fields came in to relieve him and Rhys Hoskinds hit for Kris Bryant. Yelich stole 2nd on a called strike putting the go ahead run in scoring position and getting enough of Field’s attention that he grooved his next pitch to Hoskins who put the ball over the Monster seats for the 6-4 final that the game would end on.

Notes Brandon Morrow pitched 2 1/3 innings of one hit ball for the win. Tests on Max Muncy (knee) came back negative and he is listed as day to day. Both teams managed 10 hits in the game and 3 with runners in scoring position but Boston’s 3 came in 9 chances while LA 3 came with 13. The Red Sox welcome the Yanks for a two game set (Servino 1-0 vs Blake Snell 0-1) while the Dodgers will visit King Ragnar’s Vikings.

Texas 4 Juneau 2

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer in the 8th and and Edward Diaz pitched a perfect 9th as Texas compleated their sweep of Juneau 4-2

Juneau took a lead in the 2nd thanks to an error by Chris Sale (W 2-1) who tried to hurry a throw to nail Matt Chapman at first which put him on 2nd with a single and error. He moved to 3rd on an Andrew Benintendi and scored on a Deep fly to center by Salvador Perez.

Rivertown tied it in the 4th. After retiring the 1st two batters Nelson Cruz doubled off Trevor Bauer (L 0-1) and Jose Martinez followed with a 2nd double to almost the exact same spot in left center making it 1-1. Juneau took the lead back at once as Andrw Benintendi hit a one out Solo shot to right, but Rivertown again rallied with two out Lorenzo Cain singled and stote second, Ramirez walked and Paul Goldschmidt stroked a single to left scoring Cain and it was all even at two.

It stayed that way as both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th but in the top of the 8th Cruz hit his solo homer and while in the bottom of the inning Matt Chapman walked and Benintendi singled to right putting runners on 1st and 3rd with one out, reliever Diego Castillo came in to relieve Sale and coxed a double play ball out of Salvador Perez to preserve the 3-2 lead. When Goldschmidt was thrown out at the plate to end the 9th after Cain scored on a David Peralta RBI double the game was still in reach but Edwin Diaz (S4) retired three in a row and Juneau was done.

Notes: Mgr Carden was not in the dugout for today’s game after yesterday post game tirade against the umpiring behind the plate yesterday. No definite word has come from the front office on why. Both Cruz (Rivertown) and Benetendi (Juneau) had three hits including a solo shot each and at least one double, Cruz had 2. Mookie Betts and Lorenzo Cain each stole a base. Rivertown faces off against Washington in a battle for 1st place in their divisions while Juneau travels to Texas in the hope of reversing their current fortunes.

Texas 10 Vikings 4

Texas scored ten unanswered run after being down 4-0 winning a battle of big innings downing King Ragnar’s Vikings 10-4 in the rubber game of the series.

It’looked like it would be a short outing for Zach Wheeler (W 1-1) when in the 2nd Anthony Rizzo’s leadoff homer was followed by an Eddie Rosario single. One out later Whit Merrifield followed with is one and Jean Segura doubled scoring Rosario and Merrifield and Elias Diaz singled to left making it 4-0. After retiring Mallex Smith Gerardo Parra singled to center and Juan Soto to right but with the bases loaded Wheeler managed to keep Rizzo’s 2nd fly of the inning in the park.

Having been spotted a 4-0 lead it looked good for Jacob deGrom (L 1-1) but the thunder came right back. Freddie Freeman doubled to right and Nolan Arenado homered to cut the lead in half. Javier Baez followed with a single and Francisco Lindor doubled to left and it was 4-3. Lindor moved to 3rd on a flyout and scored on a single by Tucker Barnhart tying the game. Michael Brandley hit and infield single and it looked like the tye would be broken but Charlie Blackmon grounded into a double play and the game remained 4-4.

In the Thunder 4th Baez lead off with double and Lindor doubled him in making it 5-4 which after a k of Jackie Bradley chased deGrom but the Thunder weren’t finished. Oliver Perez struck out Barnhart for the 2nd out but Michael Brantley homered to right and it was now 7-4.

That was the Boost that Wheeler needed. Once given the lead he kept it pitching into the 7th handing it off to the pen who were given three more runs to play with in the 8th via another Baez single, Lindor double a Jacke Bradley triple and a Blackmon single to keep the game in hand.

Notes The vikings (10) and Thunder (15) combined for 25 hits and both teams did great with runners in scoring position Vikings 3-4 Thunder 6-17 and both teams grounded into a pair of double plays . Third basemen was ejected in the 8th arguing with umpire Cousins who called Bradly safe at third on a very close play. It was Cousins’ 2nd ejection of the series. Ragnar’s Vikings head home to play LA while Texas welcomes the struggling Muffen Men to town.

Sable/Gerbl day 9: Different cast same ending in Washington, Boston Blasts LA, Thunder Thumps Vikings. Rivertown makes it two

Washington 4 NY 3

Jesus Agular and Trevor Story went back to back to start the 6th and Sir Anthony of the Bullpen pitched retired 5 the six men he faced for the save as the Senators came back from a two run deficit to defeat the Yankees 4-3 for the 2nd straight day.

This time it was the Yankees who struck first Brett Gardner doubled off starter Reynaldo Lopez to start things off, moved to 3rd on a grounder and scored on a sac fly from Aaron Judge for a 1-0 lead. In the 4th Giancarlo Stanton put a Lopez ball just over the left center fence and the score was 2-0.

Masahiro Tanaka (L 1-1) started strong keeping the boys from DC down for 4 innings while scattering three hits. In the 5th the Senators decided to shake things up. When Catcher Matt Winters walked he was pulled for Dee Gordon who quickly stole 2nd. Blake Swihart came in to pinch hit for Lopez (5 inn 2 ER) and doubled to right easily scoring Gordon and cutting the lead in half. Nick Markakis pinch hit next for Josh Reddick (who had come in for Starling Marte after a collision at 2nd) and singled to right scoring Swihart who had moved to 3rd on a grounder and the score was tied.

In the 6th the Senators struck the old fashioned way as Jesus Aguilar and Trevor Story both hit Tanaka pitches over 440 feet over the fence at almost the exact same spot in left center and Washington had their first lead of the game 4-2. Meanwhile reliever Bobby Poyner (W 1-0) put in a strong performance retiring six in a row until giving up a solo shot to Luke Volt starting the 8th. By that time Seranthony Dominquez (s3) was ready and by the time he had retired the first four men he faced three in a row by swinging strikes was hearing chants of “Sir Anthony!” “Sir Anthony!” Aaron Hicks pinch hit single with one out in the 9th slowed the chants but Agular at first stretched out to stab a wicked liner off the bat of Neil Walker so quickly that Hicks was doubled off before he could see where the ball and the game had gone.

Corey Dickerson had to more hits giving him five for the series and stole two bases but didn’t figure in the scoring. Starling Marte started in right and had to be helped off the field after a collision breaking up a double play. He was placed on the DL after the game and Delino Deshields Jr. was called up to take his spot on the roster. Delin Betances pitched 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief for the Yankees. The Yankees went 0-3 with RISP. The Bronx Bombers will try to end the skid with Lance Lynn (1-0) against Sean Newcomb (0-1) in the finale.

Boston 6 LA 4

Nick Ahmed and JD Martinez both homered and a LA 9th inning rally fell just shot as Boston broke LA’s winning streak with a 6-4 win at Fenway.

At first it looked like a classic pitchers duel as for four inning Dallas Keuchel (W 1-0) and Alex Wood (L 0-1) took turns pitching around the odd hit or walk to keep their opponents quiet but in the 5th Boston broke through. Wood walked Alex Bregman and Francisco Cervelli and then served a curve that Ahmed took over the green monster to make it 3-0.

After a walk to Ben Zobrist sandwiched between a pair of out J D. Martinez struck as well taking Wood’s pitch into the bullpen and bring Ross Stripling out of it to replace him to end the inning at 5-0.

Keuchel started to bend at almost the same time giving up a double to Justin Turner and a 2 run shot to the hot hitting Manny Machado over the monster in left center to narrow the lead to 5-2. Unlike Wood however Keuchel managed to pitch out of the inning with only a stray 2 out single in his way. And by the time he gave way to Collin McHugh with one out in the seventh the lead was 6-2 thanks to Ahmed’s out out double driving in Bregman in the 6th. who had doubled to lead off the 6th it looked like it might be smooth sailing.

It wasn’t, the Dodgers didn’t go quietly. While they failed to take advantage of a bases loaded two out chance in the 8th off McHugh in the ninth Steve Cishek came in with a four run lead but Bellinger walked moved to 2nd on a grounder and with two outs came in on Justin Turner’s double. Turner went to third on a Francisco Cervelli passed ball and Machado singled him home bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. Cishek’s next pitch was right down the middle but alas for the Dodgers and their streak Matt Kemp’s swing drive the ball to the deepest part of the triange in center but no father allowing Ronald Acuna Jr. to end the threat, the game and the winning streak.

Notes. Rhys Hopkins came in as a defenseive replacement in the 8th and immediately commited an error that almost resulted in disaster for Boston. Manny Machado continued his torrid hitting for LA going 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBI. LA lost despite going 5-9 with runners in scoring position. Nick Ahmed & JD Martinez both went 3-4 Ahmed and drove in all of Boston’s runs (Ahmed 4 Martinez 2). It will be a battle of aces in the Finale as Clayton Kersaw (1-1) faces the undefeated Justin Verlander (2-0)

Thunder 6 Vikings 1

Ryan Brawn drive in 4 and Mike Clevenger pitched into the 9th as the Texas Thunder evened up their series with King Ragnar’s Vikings with a 6-1 win.

Clevenger (W 2-0) was clearly the star of the show on the mound. A day after Texas pitching allowed 20 hits in 9 innings he came back strong scattering only six hits over 8 1/3 innings and pitching out of the two jams he faced with only minimal damage.

It helped that Texas went after Noah Syndergaard (L 0-2 pretty fast after Nolan Arenado stroked a one out single in the 2nd Mike Trout followed oubled to left center to drive him in and followed that up by stealing 2nd allowing him to score easily on Freddie Freeman’s single to make it 2-0.

In the 4th Texas struck again. Javier Biaz reached on a Jed Lowrie throwing error, stole second and was singled home with two outs by Ryan Braun, one of three hits he had that day for a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings stuck back in the 6th. Whit Merrifield walked and stole 2nd & 3rd with one out and Gerardo Parra drove him in with a single to make it 3-1 but Anthony Rizzo hit into an inning ending double play to stop the damage and in the Bottom half of the inning Texas got all they needed. Trout singled, stole 2nd and went to 3rd on Freddie Freeman’s single which chased Syndergaard. Reliever Arodys Vizcaino coxed a popout from Javier Baez but then walked Francisco Lindor loading the bases for Brawn who doubled deep to right clearing the bases to make it 6-1.

And that’s as close as the Vikings could get. Clevinger stranded Rivera after a lead off double in the 7th and after loading the bases in the 8th on a single, walk and hit batsman retired Ramon Laureano on a liner to keep the Vikings at bay.

Notes. After a dismal performance the day before Keone Kela came in and retired both men he faced in the 9th. Ramon Rivera was ejected by home plate umpire Derryl Cousins in the bottom of the after arguing over a 3-2 pitch that was called ball four instead of strike 3. The two teams ran wild in this game the Vikings stealing four bases on four attempts and Texas stealing five while being caught three times. Texas hands the ball to Zach Wheeler (0-1) in tomorrow’s finale while King Ragnar will trust Jacob deGrom (1-0) to deliver the rubber game for them

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Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter Homered for Rivertown while Juneau left ten men on base as the Raiders took game to of a three game set 4-1.

There were all the signs of a classic pitchers duel when Miles Mikolas (L 0-2) and Charlie Morton (W 1-1) took the mound and started retiring the other side. After three innings they between them only allowed one hit and while Morton loaded the bases in the 3rd with a pair of walks and a hit batsmen it looked like it would be a battle of wits and nerves.

Even Matt Carpener’s Homer to lead off the 4th giving Rivertown a 1-0 lead seemed an anomaly as both pitchers seemed determined to keep the other side down.

But in the top of the 6th inning after a walk to Jose Ramirez Mikolas grimaced in pain. Trainers came to look at him and didn’t like what they saw. Yoshihisa Hirano came in to replace him and allowed a pair of stolen bases by Ramirez to completely distract him walked Cano and followed with a fat pitch down the center that Nelson Cruz took over 408 feet to left putting Juneau in a 4-0 hole.

Juneau tried to dig out of it in the 6th. A Mookie Betts single was followed by an Ohtani walk and When Brock Holt singled to center scoring Betts and sending Ohtani to 2nd Juneau had the tying run at the plate with nobody out.

That’s when Morton bore down. Bryce Harper popped out and Andrelton Simmons fouled out and while Matt Chapman walked to load the bases, Buster Posey hit a simple grounder to end the inning and the threat and as it turned out the scoring as both sides bullpens held their ground for the rest of the game.

Notes: Thus far in the series all of Rivertown’s runs but one have come via the long ball. The report on Mikolas was stiffness in his pitching arm. He is considered day to day and may be able to make his next start. Reliever Sean Doolittle of Juneau was not so lucky he came out in the 9th after feeling something pop in his arm and the MRI showed tendon damage that would require season ending surgery. Ediwn Diaz (s3) pitched the ninth for his 3rd save. Juneau will ask Trevor Bauer (0-0) to salvage the last game of the series against Rivertown ace Chris Sale (1-1).