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Up from the Matt
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What A Game!
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Mitt Section ** * *
My Mets
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The Capital Baseball League is a Strat-O-Matic play-by-mail league, with a limited amount of face-to-face play.
The league was founded in 1975 and has managers throughout the country, from California to New York. We currently have 20 members.

Table of contents for this page:

Up from the Matt

Stepping to the Plate

Capital Ideas

The Lighter Side

The MITT Section

News from the CRIER

Connections --CBL and Others



November 2016 CBL DRAFT

March 20, 2017 Waiver Draft

  2017 Picks grid

CBL RULEBOOK - January 2017 edition

Article: The Unwritten Rules of the CBL

  2013 Ballpark info - graphic

Suggestions for submitting results:
(1) start off with the team nickname "at" other team's nickname.
Don't use the city in the top line.
(2) Keep it short - one or two sentences per game
 OR one paragraph for the series.

(3) PLEASE USE  " at " rather  " @ " and don't capitalize the A in "at"
(4) Put the series results in THE BODY OF THE EMAIL not just in the subject

Rogues 3 at Whiz Kids 1
In a pitching dominated series, 6 starters were impressive.
GM1-Rich Hill outdueled Clayton Kershaw 3-1, allowing 5 hits and 1 run over 7 while striking out 8.  Reed and Melancon were perfect in relief.  Kershaw gave up 8 hits in 6 2/3 innigs 2r, 1er, striking out 8.  Rogues scored 2 in the first on Tomas double, Broxton single, Harper single and a Bourn error. 
GM2-Another duel as Madison Bumgarner fired a 2 hit cg shutout, striking out 11, while Odorizzi allowed only 6 hits and 2 runs. in a 2-0 Rogues win.  Seager hr, 2 hits. 
GM3-The Whiz Kids exploded in game 3 knocking out Fulmer in the first enroute to a 12-1 win.  However, the big story was Matt Moore carried a no hitter into the 7th and a shutout into the 9th.  With 2 outs in the top of the 7th, Broxton singled to break up the no hitter.  With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th Tomas homered to break up the shutout.  Moore was magnificent with 8 2/3, 3h, 1r, 1 er, 4bb, 11k.  Gyorko led the assult with 3 hits, including 2 homeruns and 3 rbi.  Altuve added 3 hits and 3 rbi.  Whiz Kids posted 16 hits in the game after getting only 7 in the first 2 games.
GM4-Keon Broxton bases loaded double in the 8th capped a 4 run inning to break open a 5-2 game, pushing the Rogues to a 9-2 win.  Lester fired a cg, scattering 7 hits, allowing only 2 runs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts.  Escobar 3 hits, 1 rbi.  Harper 2 hits including a homerun.  Altuve and Russell hit solo homers in the loss.

Revival 4 at Sluggers 0
Game 1 - Revival 8, Sluggers 4. Revival plated 6 in 4th to KO Ventura and take a 7-0 lead. Segura had 4 hits, 3 RBI for Revival. Abreu also had 3 RBI for Revival. Pagan and Shaw each had 2 hits, 2 RBI for Sluggers, with Pagan homering. Wright earned win for Revival.
Game 2 - Revival 6, Sluggers 0. Andriese and 2 relievers combined on 4-hit shutout. Gravemen took loss, getting jarred for 4 in 1st. Votto and Dozier homered.
Game 3 - Revival 12, Sluggers 5. Revival KO'd Sonny Gray in 2nd inning on way to easy win for Tyler Anderson (5-1). Nelson Cruz had 3 hits, 4 RBI to pace Revival's 16-hit attack that did not include any HRs. Healy homered for Sluggers and Cameron Rupp had 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI.
Game 4 - Revival 2, Sluggers 1. Duffy (Sluggers) and Sale (Revival) dueled to a standstill, leaving decisions to bullpens. Segura's 9th inning HR off Marinez won the game. Sale had 11 Ks in 6.2 IP.

Revival 3 at Mavs 1
Game 1 - Revival 1, Mavs 0. Abreu doubled home a run in 1st and that was it. Sale outdueled Syndergaard, who lost despite 14 Ks in 8.1 IP.
Game 2 - Revival 4, Mavs 1. (10 innings) Inciarte's 2-run single was key hit in 10th inning rally by Revival. Estrada and 3 relievers held Mavs to 4 hits, including HR by Odor. Oh allowed all 3 runs in 10th and took loss for Mavs.
Game 3 - Mavs 3, Revival 1. 3-run HR by Miguel Cabrera in 8th shocked Revival and won it for Mavs. Buchter fanned 6 in 3 scoreless innings to gain win in relief. Flowers HR was only run for Revival.
Game 4 - Revival 7, Mavs 5. Revival took early 5-0 lead, but Mavs tied it with 5 in 5th. Votto's 2-run HR in 7th was GW hit. Segura also homered for Revival, as he and Votto each had 3 RBI. Betts had 3 hits, including HR, for Mavs. Gausman gave up all 7 runs and took the loss. 

Mitts 0 at Blackjacks 4
Mitts suffer their first sweep of the season.  MidHudson offense and defense were lacking in all four games.
gm1- Aaron Sanchez twirled a CG 2-hit shutout as Bjax start with a 3-0 win.  Michael Taylor's 2nd inning  two run HR would have been enough.
gm 2- Jacks hit four HRs off of Felix Hernandez and then three more off of reliever Tyler Lyons.  They crush the visitors 10-2.  Starling Marte was the offensive star going 5-for-5 with 2 HRs.
Saunders had two HRs also.
gm 3- Vince Velasquez was very solid in his 8-2/3 inning stint.  Jacks win 3-1 with Michael Taylor posting two RBI. 
gm 4- The Mitts finally had a few leads but they were holdable. In bottom of 8th the score was tied 3-3.  A two out passed ball by Sandy Leon allowed the 4th and winning run to score.
Jacks complete the sweep winning 4-3.  Wittgen wins in relief.  Betances gets the save and Clippard takes the hard luck loss.

Crabs 1 at Mitts 3
Gm 1: Mitts 15  Crabs 1    wp-Friedrich  lp-Salazar         HRs: Murphy, Turner, CSantana(mitts)
Mitts rip Crabs in opener behind an 11-run 7th inning.. Strickland just in for relief faced 6 batters giving up 4 hits, 2 BBs .. Murphy had 5 RBIs while Martin, Turner, and CSantana had 3 RBIs each ...
Gm 2:  Crabs 6   Mitts 4   wp-Kelley  lp-Clippard          HRs: Donaldson, Gennett(crabs)  Murphy(MItts)
Scooter hit a 3-run bomb in the top of the 9th to steal the W ..Quality starts for Straily and Teheran ... Mitts RISP:  2 for 14
Gm 3:  Mitts 2  Crabs 0   wp-Sabathia sv-Clippard   lp-JNelson            HR:  Walker(mitts)
NWalkers’ 2 run second inning blast was all the offense needed by CC ... Crabs continue to struggle versus LH pitching ....
Gm 4:  Mitts 7  Crabs 4  (10 innings)     wp-BFlynn  lp-Stripling              HRs:  Cespedes(crabs)   Semien, CSantana(mitts)
Crabs tied score with singleton in 9th but CSantana hit a 3-run dinger in bottom of 10th to win series for Mitts .. CSantana’s line score:  5-3-5-5

Husker 3 at Cubs 1
Huskers had to go extras twice to take series including 16 inning game 4.
Gm.1- Huskers 8 Cubs 2- Nolasco complete game Cao 4 for 5 with HR and 3 RBI.
Gm.2- Huskers 3 Cubs 2 12 inn.-J.J. Hardy triple in the 12th wins it after Cubs score 2 in 8th to extend the game.
Gm.3 Cubs 5 Huskers 1- C. Lewis complete game. Baez HR. for the Cubs.
Gm.4 Huskers 5 Cubs 3 16inn.- Molina base hit in the 16th the difference. Neither team scored form 10 till Molina hit in the 16th.

Whiz Kids 3 at Blackjacks 1
Gm 1: Altuve 2-RBi single is the big hit in a 4-run 8th inning as Kids come from behind to win 5-2.
Gm 2: Kershaw cruises through 7 innings to go 9-0 on the season,, Altuve and Beltre HRs and 3 RBIs each as Kids win 9-2
Gm 3: After Jacks tie the game in the 7th, M. Saunders blasts a walkoff HR in the 10th to give the Blackjacks a 4-3 win
Gm 4: A. Russell and C. Maybin hits HRs, Kepler knocks in 3 as Whiz Kids ease to a 6-1 win and take the series

Whiz Kids 3 at Rogues 1
Gm 1: Beltre hits 2 HRs and Odorizzi tosses 5-hit shutout for Whiz Kids
Gm 2: M.Moore CG, 10 Ks as Kids win 8-3
Gm 3: Beltre 3 more hits, another HR as Kids cling on for 5-4 win; glitch in SOM program detected as Jon Lester attempts a pickoff throw (unsuccessfully)
Gm 4: Eickhoff 8 shutout innings, C. Seager 2 RBI triple is all the offense Rogues need to salvage finale 2-0

Mitts 3 at Crabs 1
Memorable series for both JA Happ and Alex Bregman as you'll see.
Gm 1- Coming out party for rookie Alex Bregman who went 5-for-5 including 2 HRs as Julio Teheran cruises to a 6-1 win.
Crabs starter Straily had to leave the game in the 2nd inning with an injury.
Gm 2- CC Sabathia with 9th inning help from Brad Brach twirled a 2-hit shutout.  Mitts win 1-0.  Two walks and a Markakis single led to the game's only run in inning 6.
Gm  3-  While Sabathia was very good in game 2  JA Happ was practically perfect in game 3 as he pitched a CG no hitter walking just one batter.  Mitts win 2-0.  Happ fanned 11 in his 103 pitch masterpiece.  (see WHAT A GAME! for the boxscore)
Gm 4- Crabs finally scored some runs,  3 in the first and 2 more in the 3rd.  They roll to a 5-1 win behind a solid Ivan Nova.  The Mitts hit into 4 DPs during the game.  The Crabs banged into 3 of their own.

Ponies 2 at Crabs 2
Game 1-Ponies 7 Crabs 1 - Heyward HR 2 RBI
Game 2-Ponies 4 Crabs 2 - Castro HR 2 RBI
Game 3-Crabs 8 Ponies 0 - Cespedes 2 HR 3 RBI - Bour and Donaldson HR 2 RBI
Game 4-Carbs 13 Ponies 8 - Riddick 4 RBI - Carter HR 3 RBI

Sluggers 1 at Ungulates 3
Game 1 - Ungulates 5 Sluggers 2 - Jones had a home run and 2 RBI's.  Pence also hit a home run.
Game 2 - Ungulates 13 Sluggers 9 - Longoria had 2 home runs and 5 RBI's.
Game 3 - Ungulates 6 Sluggers 4 - Pence had a home run and 3 RBI's.  Jones had a home run and 2 RBI's.  Encarnacion also hit a home run,
Game 4 - Sluggers 3 Ungulates 1 - Gray and Rondon combine on a 5 hitter with 8 k's.

Cubs 2 at  B-Jacks 2
GM 1: Cubs 7-4-1 B-Jacks 6-9-1, Cubs win in 10 innings, Bryant, Wieters and Drury HR’s.
GM 2: Cubs 8-13-0 B-Jacks 2-5-2, Roark 7 strong innings, Bryant 3 hits and Lamb 2 hits.
GM 3: Cubs 2-6-1 B-Jacks 6-9-0 B-Jacks score 5 in the 8th on a poor Cub Bull-Pen
GM 4: Cubs 0-3-2 B-Jacks 3-8-0 Velasquez a 3 hitter and in complete control, Freeman 3 hits for the B-Jacks!
A's 3 at Bombers 1
#1 Bombers 2 A's 1 - 12th inning Passed ball for Bombers W; Torres W Feliz L
#2 A's 13 Bombers 3 - Morales 2 HR 6 RBI;  Greinke W Pineda L
#3 A's 7 Bombers 3 - Cain 2B in 14th for extra inning W; Ziegler W Layne L
#4 A's 8 Bombers 0 - Karns and Feliz 2H shutout; Suzuki 4 RBI; Feliz W DeGrom L


Managers may trade draft picks for the next free agent draft only.  As soon as the free agent draft begins, picks for the subsequent draft may be traded.  A manager may trade as many of his draft picks as he wishes, but must have at least six draft picks at all times, two of which must be in the fourth round or earlier. 





A big thanks goes out to Ted for doing early research on some of the players who figure to make up our next draft.  Ted asks anyone for corrections if someone shows up on these tables who currently is on a CBL roster.



from Bleacher Report

High School Softball Pitcher Strikes Out All 21 Batters in Perfect Game

and she did it twice in a row!


Marathon to be run entirely inside Fenway Park in September

I get dizzy just thinking about that.

from ESPN

Should the Cubs put Javier Baez (or another young star) on the trade block?

Never let the pressure exceed the
pleasure of playing this game.
-Joe Maddon



The Yankees turned down a blockbuster trade 2 years ago, and it could position them perfectly in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes


If Gary Sheffield were made commissioner for a day

from Five Thirty Eight

Pitchers Are Slowing Down To Speed Up


two ridiculous baseball video links

Souza's dive comes up just 20 feet short

Don't swing just in jest


Homer Simpson spills all about the Baseball Hall of Fame in exclusive interview


Only a few days ago your webmaster was carping that Neil Walker's slow start might force Daniel Murphy into the field as the regular 2Bman (shrug).  But since the middle of May Walker has come on.  On Friday he had a single and 2 HRs in the Mets' win over Pittsburgh.

Here are the top hitting Mitts as of Saturday morning.  You'll see that Walker has moved into the group.


Marcus Semien on track to return

By Waleed Hawatky, Athletics Correspondent, Thu, May 25th 1:54pm EDT

Marcus Semien (wrist) had the cast removed last week and is eyeing a mid-June return.

Fantasy Impact
Semien appears to be on track to return to the A's in the minimum time as he is progressing through his recovery from a fractured scaphoid bone. The A's don't figure to rush him as Adam Rosales has filled in admirably for them but, for fantasy owners, the potential return of the hard-hitting shortstop next month is good news. Semien batted .238/.300/.435 last year while also hitting 27 home runs and driving in 75 RBIs.

Surprises and Disappointments

Had you told me that in late May Justin Turner would have just one HR for the Dodgers I would have concluded that he'd lost his magic and returned to the world of pedestrian hitters.   But even with just that one dinger Turner is batting .379 with both an OBP and slugging % well over 400.    His OPS is 946 which is almost identical to Daniel Murphy's at 947.   Murph is overshadowed on the Nats by Bryce Harper and the resurgent Ryan Zimmerman.  Clearly Murph's 2016 campaign was no aberration.

Also on the pleasant side of things is that Michael Brantley is healthy enough to play and is close to what he was before his injuries.  His OPS is a decent 819 with a nice mix of power and onbase.

Before the season began I predicted that Nick Markakis would regain some lost power but he, like Turner, has just one HR.  Unlike Turner he has not made up for it with a ridiculously high BA.  Nick is batting .297 and getting his walks.  But his OPS is an OK 761.  We'd like more.

Alex Bregman had his best game of the seaon on Wednesday with 3 hits including a single, double, and HR.  Not much of an accomplishment as it finally pushed his OPS over 700 (now it's at 726).  Clearly we've been expecting considerably more from our 1st round selection.

Neil Walker started the season off horribly and has improved a lot in May.  But he is just carrying a 734 OPS.  Given just 4 HRs he'll have to pick up the pace to get to 20 this year.

Shortstop remains a mess with Semien and Matt Duffy injured.

Eddie Rosario also has been a disappointment what with a .248 BA and little side stuff.

The starting pitching for the MItts is in sorry shape.  We've got innings but they're ugly.  The lowest ERA among the starters is Wei-Yin Chen's and it's 4.33 plus he's injured.    The relievers look pretty good but they will have to be awesome to make up for very sketchy starting pitching in CBL 2018.

Mitt Trades


MLB’s Two Best Left Fielders Are Both On The Mets


There's no denying that it's been a bad season for the NY Mets.  And while a returning Yoenis Cespedes and others (Matz,  Lugo)  figure to help it will take a huge turnaround to steer this team back into the playoffs.

Most Mets observers will tell you that Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud (both Smithtown Criers) are having dreadful seasons while Rene Rivera is having a career season.  And no one contradicts the fact that Rivera is an above average defensive catcher while d'Arnaud is meh,  at best,  behind the dish.

But a look at the numbers might alter opinions a bit.   Here are the offensive numbers for Duda and d'Arnaud as of Wednesday morning.

If you put a lot of stock in the OPS column, as I do, it would seem that both are at or above major league average for their respective positions. The batting averages, especially Travis', are awful but both players are walking and have enviable slugging percentages.   For SOM purposes it is interesting to note that d'Arnaud has crushed lefties to this point while being quite useless against righties.

Meanwhile Rivera goes the opposite way with all his offensive value contained in his high batting average.

One reason for this discussion is that the Mets are signalling that when d'Arnaud returns soon from the DL he should not be expecting to return as the team's #1 catcher.  I don't blame the team for this thinking but know that Rene Rivera at age 33 will see his BA drop soon enough and with it his OPS is going to crash big time.

It would come as a surprise to me if Rivera is still considered the Mets' primary catcher come July.

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