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Stepping to the Plate

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News from the CRIER

Connections --CBL and Others



November 2016 CBL DRAFT

March 20, 2017 Waiver Draft

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Mitts 2 at Titans 3
Mitts somehow win the majority of games against a superior opponent.
gm 1- Daniel Murphy raised his BA to .340 with two doubles and a HR.  Teheran gets the win helped by five RPs.  Meanwhile Bart Colon went all 9 innings for the losing Titans.  Final was 6-4.  Kinsler had a three run HR for the home club.
gm 2- In a battle of southpaws the Mitts' CC Sabathia was clearly the better one as Drew Pomeranz didn't make it to the 3rd inning. Mitts put up a 6-spot in the 2nd inning.  Sandy Leon had a grand slam in the frame.  Mitts win 7-1 in a laugher.
gm 3- Showing no respect for the departed the Mitts hammered Jose Fernandez.  In his two inning stint he allow 6 runs and 9 hits. Mitts win 7-2 and collect 15 hits on the day.  Neil Walker and Eddie Rosario each have three hits.  Happ ups his record to 14-9.
gm 4- Finally Titan power shows up as they bang out FIVE homeruns off of King Felix.  A Duvall 3-run HR in the 8th got the game to 7-6 but the Titans tacked on one in the home 8th and went on to win 8-6.  Kimbrel had an easy four out save.
gm 5- Kazmir and Kuhl were workmanlike in the stints (6 inns for Kaz and 5 inns for Kuhl).  The game went to extra innings and concluded when Big Papi banged a two run HR off of Brad Brach in the 11th. 5-3 was the final as the Titans do salvage the last two games.

Cubs 2 At Sluggers 2
Cubs 4-9-2 Sluggers 5-7-1; Melky HR in the 4th was all the Sluggers required for the win.
Cubs 3-11-0 Sluggers 2-5-0; Gordon 3 hits, HR Backed up the strong effort of Roark to secure the cubs win.
Cubs 0-5-2 Sluggers 12-9-0; Blackmon 2 HR’s and Graveman took the Cubs down!!
Cubs 6-10-1 Sluggers 4-9-0; Cubs win in the 10th inning on a Crawford 2 run BLAST!

Cubs 4 at Revival 1
Cubs 2-8-0 Revival 1-5-0; Big hit a 2 run HR by pinch hitter Drew, Archer and Sale both were outstanding.
Cubs 4-3-1 Revival 12-9-0; Votto and Abreu 3 RBI’s each and the game featured 8 HR’s
Cubs 7-10-1 Revival 2-6-1; Braun 2 hits, 4 RBI’s, Bryant 3 hits, Cruz HR for the Church Group!
Cubs 9-11-1 Revival 8-11-0; Cubs tie game in 9th and win it in the 10th, Villar 3 hits, 4 RBI’s, Baez the game winning hit, Cruz another HR
Cubs 15-15-0 Revival 7-10-1; Power vs. Power HR’s-Bryant 2, Grichuk 2, Zunino, Santana, Cruz, Dozier 2, Frazier 

Icons 4 at Hurricanes 1
#1 Icons 6 Canes 3: Icons scored all the runs they needed early when Danny Valencia touched David Price for a solo dinger in the 2nd and Brandon Belt sent him to the showers with a 3 run 4 bagger in the 3rd. Dylan Bundy was coasting with a 4 hit shutout into the 8th but an Asdrubal Cabrera lead-off HR and Marcel Ozuna's 2B to the CF gap ended his CG vision. Dustin Pedroia had 3 hits for the victorious Icons, 4 others had 2. Andrew Miller k'd 3 in his 4 out save;
#2 Icons 4 Canes 3: James Paxton struck out 13 while scattering 10 hits falling 1 out short of a CG win. Icons scratched out 3 runs, 1 unearned, off Canes starter Jake Arrieta but the home team cut the deficit to 1 on Tommy Joseph's 6th inning HR and 8th inning RBI 1B. Tommy Pham got a huge insurance run in the top of the 9th with a PH blast off Francisco Liriano, a run much needed when the Canes knocked out Paxton in the 9th with a 1B, WP and an RBI 2B from Cabrera. Again, Miller came on to strike out PH'er Matt Joyce for the save;
#3 Icons 4 Canes 2: Max Scherzer was the beneficiary of an early 3 run lead after 2 innings thanks to 3 1B's and 2 groundouts in the 1st and 2 errors and a SF in the 2nd. Denard Span made it 4-0 with a solo HR in the 7th that knocked out starter Michael Wacha but John Jaso answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the 7th. Christian Yelich parked one leading off the 8th to make it 4-2. Russell Martin doubled with 1 out in the 9th and Canes looked to tie it up when Cabrera hit one of those deep fly balls that tested the Icons' fielder. Fortunately for the Icons it was hit to CF and Mike Trout who donned his cape, leapt high, and snared the would-be HR on a game saving web gem. An energized Scherzer got Ozuna to lift a routine fly ball for the final out in his 20th win of the year;
#4 Canes 2 Icons 1 (12): Josh Tomlin (6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K) and Chris Devenski (7 IP, 2 H, 1R, 0 BB, 6 K) dominated their opposition lineups with Manny Machado's 5th inning fence clearer being the only blemish on either pitcher's record. Trout opened Icons' 9th with a lead-off 2B knocking out reliever Wade LeBlanc and bringing on ace closer Zach Britton who threw a WP and gave up a Belt single to tie the game at 1 apiece. Liriano, Boone Logan and Francisco Rodriguez held the Icons scoreless over 3 innings setting up the 12th inning heroics for the home team. Jaso coaxed a lead-off walk from Miller and advanced to 3rd on a 1 out 2B by Cabrera. A.J. Ramos was brought in and induced a flyout by Gregor Blanco but then faltered and allowed a full count RBI 1B by Yelich for the 2-1 win;
#5 Icons 7 Canes 4: Canes jumped out to a 1st inning 2-0 lead against Joe Ross on a lead-off Yelich 3B, an error and 2 1B's. Icons pounced right back in the 2nd against losing starter Yu Darvish with a 4 spot highlighted by Logan Forsythe's 3 run round tripper. HR's by Trout and Danny Valencia later added 3 more runs to the lead. Ross went 6 2/3 IP for the win while Alex Colome earned the save with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief.

Canes 2 at A's 2
Gm1-Canes win 4-0.  Wacha 4 hit complete game shutout.
Gm2-A's 4 Canes 3.  Rendon hr, 2 hits lead A's
Gm3-A's 3 Canes 1.  Greene 7 innings - 6 hits, 1 run, 10k.  Rendon 3 hits
Gm4-Canes 11 A's 6.  Schimpf Grand Slam

Canes 4 at Mavs 0
Gm1-Canes 9 Mavs 3.  JD Martinez 4-4, 2 homeruns, 5 RBI, 4 runs
Gm2-Canes 5 Mavs 3.  Russell Martin 3 run homerun highlights 4 run 4th
Gm3-Canes 4 Mavs 1.  Jake Arrieta 4 hitter over 8.
Gm4-Canes 4 Mavs 3.  Wacha 8 1/3 innings 6 hit, 2 runs allowed.  Garcia 3 run homerun

Canes 2 at Crabs 3
Gm1-Canes 8 Crabs 3. Arrieta 4 hits 3 runs over 7, 9 k's.  Ozuna hr, 3 rbi
Gm2-Crabs 7 Canes 3. 5 run Crab 4th stood up.  Donaldson hr, 2h.  Reddick 3 hits
Gm3-Crabs 3 Canes 0. Straily 2 hit shutout.  Carter 2 run hr
Gm4-Canes 10 Crabs 3. 7 run 1st highlighted by Joyce grand slam.  Darvish 14 k's
Gm5-Crabs 3 Canes 1. Shoemaker wins duel with Price allowing 3 hits over 6 1/3.

Canes 2 at Bjax 3
Gm1-Canes 6 BJs 1.  Price strikesout 15.  Martinez, Machado homer
Gm2-BJs 3 Canes 0.  Aaron Sanchez hurls 3 hit shutout over Arrieta.
Gm3-BJs 4 Canes 2.  Naquin walk off 2 run homerun in 12th.
Gm4-Canes 5 BJs 2.  Ozuna 3 run hr. Jaso, Martin 3 hits each
Gm5-BJs 8 Canes 1.  Tillman 5 hit CG with 9 k's Saunders 4 hits.

Mitts 1 at Rogues 3 - Team Viewer
Gm1-4 Mitts homeruns off Madison Bumgarner did not stand up at the Rogues beat the Mitts 8-5.  Mitts took 4-0 lead early on homers by Murphy, Walker and Semien.  Harper 2 run hr and Escobar's 3 run hr gave the Rogues the lead after 5.  Semien second hr of the game tied it, in the 6th, but the Rogues took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on McCann's rbi single and and error.  Kipnis hr topped off the scoring .
Gm2-Mitts win in 12 as Duffy drove in 2 with a bases loaded 2 out single and Santana's double in a 5-2 Mitts win.  Happ and Fulmer were locked in a pitchers duel through 7, but the real hero was Lyons, who hurled 4 scoreless innings in relief.  Duffy, Semien and Seager had 2 hits each.  Murphy and Gattis homered in the tilt that saw both team empty their benches. 
Gm3-Jon Lester was masterful in a contest vs. King Felix that was won 2-0 by the Rogues.  Lester 8 2/3 innings with 6 hits, 9 strikeouts.  Dietrich had 3 hits including a homerun.  Davis, Santana, Duffy had 2 hits each.
Gm4-3 Rogues homers by Harper 3 run shot, McCann and Trumbo 2 run shot lifted the Rogues to their 98th victory of the season, backing Jerad Eickhoff 5 hit over 6 2/3 innings performance for his 16th win of the season.  Tomas had 3 hits
and an rbi for the Rogues and Bregman had 2 hits for the Mitts in this 8-2 Rogues win. 
For the 4 games played by Team Viewer the Rogues outscored the Mitts 20-12.  Rogues hit .235 with 7 hr, to the Mitts .222 with 6 hr.  Rogues ERA was 2.77 vs. Mitts 4.75
Harper hit .308 with 2 homeruns a double and 6 rbi.  Tomas hit .600.  Walker hit .375 with 1 double, 1 homer, 2 rbi and Semien hit .333 with 1 double and 2 homeruns. 

Titans 1 at Ungalates 4
Gm1 Ungs 3, Titans 1  Fernandez v Hamels  V.Mart victimizes his old mates with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs off Titan ace.
Gm2 Ungs 5, Titans 2 Finnegan v Verlander  Arenado and Kemp trade HRs. Both teams have 6 hits and 5 walks.
Gm3 Ungs 2, Titans 1  Dickey v Porcello   Pence clutch 2b with 2 on is all Porcello and Chapman need. Bautista HR. Titans waste Dickey's best effort of the year, CG 4 hitter.
Gm 4 Ungs 11, Titans 9  Colon v Gray Titans jump out to a 6-1 lead but the Ungs roar back on not one but 2 Grand Slams in the same inning, V Mart off of Colon and Encarnacion off of Gregerson.  But it is little used Bobby Wilson who jacks a 2 run shot off Kimbrel in the bottom of the 10th to win it.
Gm5 Titans 5, Ungs 2 Pomeranz v Cueto Pomeranz tosses 3 hitter and Ortiz and Arenado combine for 2 HRs and 4 RBIs.

Crabs 1 at Comets 3
Crabs 10    Comets 1    wp-Straily lp-Perdomo   HRs: Cespedes, Smoak, Reddick(mc)  Goldschmidt(cc)
Crabs hit Comets with a 5-spot in 1st to take control of series opener ...  Cespedes had 4 and Reddick 3 of the 13 Crab hits ...
Comets 7  Crabs  4     wp-Quintana   lp-JNelson    HRs:  Cespedes(mc)      JPeterson,Dahl(cc)
Quintana tosses a complete game 7-hitter ... Comets bang out 10 hits ..  Cespedes had 3 RBIs for Crabs
Comets 6   Crabs 4     wp-Iwakuma   sv-Rodney   lp-Salazar   HRs:  Smoak, Donaldson(2),Gennett(mc)  JRamirez(cc)
Salazar not at his best giving up 5 earned in 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 BBs .... Iwakuma was only a bit better giving up 3 earned in 5.7 innings and allowing 3 of the Crab long-balls ..
Comets 5   Crabs 3    wp-Bedrosian  sv-Maurer    lp-Strickland  HRs:  CCarter
Comets score 1 in 7th and 2 in the 8th to overtake Crab early lead and take the series .. Bedrosian tossed 2 scoreless to secure the ‘W’ ..
Larks 2 at Comets 2
Game 1 Larks 7 Comets 9 The Comets scored 6 runs in the first inning on 6 hits in a row the last a Castillo Homer and hung onb as the Larks battled back with 2 in the 4th 3 in the 7th and 2 in the 9th. Doolittle saved the game with the tying run on base.
Game 2 Larks 6 Comets 8 Larks score 4 in the first but the Comets scored 2 in the 1st and 2nd. Larks take a 6-5 lead into the 8th when the Comets scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th and Maurer closed the door in the 9th.
Game 3 Larks 4 Comets 3  The scored was tied after 7 innings 3-3 on Calhoun's 2 run homer. Freese opened the 8th with a double  Pillar  Sac Bunt and Barnhart sent the winning run home on a sac fly. Duke and Romo closed out the 9th
Game 4 Larks 5 Comets 4 Comets take a 2-1 lead after one. Larks score 4 in the 6th to take back the lead 5-3. Comets make it close scoring 1 in the 7th on a Goldschmidt double scoring Calhoun. Duke gets a save

Icons 1 at Rogues 4 (Face-Face)
#1 Rogues 13 Icons 11: Crazy game as both starters got bombarded and crooked numbers dominated the scoring. Icons jumped on Mike Fulmer in 1st as Mike Trout popped a 3 run shot before a single batter was retired. Dylan Bundy fared no better giving up a lead-off HR to Derek Dietrich and then a Corey Seager 3B driven in by a groundout. Rogues came right back in the 2nd tallying 5 runs on 2 walks, 2 1B's and a 3 run dinger from Seager. Raleigh added a run in the 3rd off Reynaldo Lopez but the Icons came right back in the 4th with 5 runs on 4 1B's, 3 walks and a 2B. Icons grabbed a 3 run lead in the 6th on a bases clearing 3run 2B by Wilson Ramos. Not to be outdone, Rogues tied it in the bottom half of the inning with the final 2 runs coming on Mark Trumbo's 2 run round tripper. Yunel Escobar provided the winning margin in the 7th with a 2 out 2 run shot over the LF bleachers off Alex Claudio. Dietrich, Seager (4 RBI) and James McCann had 3 hits apiece for the winners, likewise Dustin Pedroia for the losers. Addison Reed hurled 2 scoreless innings for the win saved by Mark Melancon with a scoreless 9th;
#2 Rogues 7 Icons 1: McCann's 2 run 1st inning HR was all that Madison Bumgarner needed despite uncharacteristic wildness walking 5 while only giving up 4 hits over 7 2/3 IP. Yasmany Tomas went 3-3 including 2 2B's in a winning effort. Melancon retired all 4 batters he faced for the save;
#3 Rogues 7 Icons 5 (12): Rogues ambushed Chris Devenski early scoring 4 runs in the 1st on RBI 2B's from Chris Dvais and Joc Pederson and a 2 run HR from Bryce Harper. Jon Lester was heading for the win turning over the game to alternate closer Reed in the 9th with a 2 run lead. Within 1 out of notching the save, Reed plunked PH'er Andres Blanco, allowed a 1B by Pedroia and then yielded a game-tying 2 run 2B to Sean Rodriguez. No matter. Erstwhile Icons closer Andrew Miller took his 8th loss of the season on Seager's  2 run see you later long ball. Sammy Solis got the win for his 1 inning of perfect relief;
#4 Icons 6 Rogues 3: Max Scherzer struck out 15 and walked only 1 in his 6 hit CG mastery over the Rogues. Avisail Garcia's 2 run 2nd inning homer sparked the 10 hit attack providing a lead never relinquished. Jerad Eickhoff struggled throughout in taking the loss;
#5 Rogues 6 Icons 3: Rich Hill (6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 7 K) outdueled losing starter Joe Ross but the real hero was Chris Davis who drove in 5 runs on 2 and 3 run HR's as the only mulitple hit Rogues batter. Danny Valencia had 3 hits on losing side.

Icons 1 at Mavericks 3
#1 Mavs 4 Icons 1: Masahiro Tanaka surrendered a 1st inning HR to Denard Span but then settled down with 4 relievers to limit the Icons to 3 hits the rest of the way. Mavs loaded the bases off Collin McHugh with nobody out in the 2nd but the right hander failed to escape the inning unscathed when after 2 consecutive K's, Jose Iglesias punched a 2 run 1B. Mavs added insurance runs on a solo blast by Miguel Cabrera in the 6th and a 2 out RBI 1B by Devon Travis in the 7th. George Kontos, Rafael Osuna, Carl Edwards Jr., and Seung Hwan Oh hurled the final 4 innings yielding 1 hit and striking out 6;
#2 Mavs 3 Icons 2: Icons carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th and turned the game over to closer Andrew Miller with 1 on and 1 out. Cabrera singled, Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in a run when he beat out an attempted inning-ending DP and then Miller totally melted down throwing a WP and giving up a 1B to Eric Hosmer and the GW 2 run 2B to Miguel Sano. Oh got the save retiring both batters he faced in the 9th.  Mookie Betts and Wilson Ramos each had 3 hits for their respective teams;
#3 Mavs 11 Icons 4: Mavs raked losing starter Dylan Bundy (1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 HR) and 3 relievers for 17 hits coasting to their 3rd straight win. Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings of 5 hit ball for the win. All Mavs starters had at least 1 hit paced by Travis with 4 and Rougned Odor with 3;
#4 Icons 6 Mavs 3: Mad Max Scherzer to the rescue as the Icons' ace scattered 9 hits in his 1 BB, 16 K CG gem besting Noah Syndergaard. Dustin Pedroia and Brandon Belt each had 3 hits for the Icons, Cabrera and Hosmer had 2 apiece for the hometown Mavs.

Titans 3 at Bombers 2
Gm1 Bombers 7, Titans 5 Colon v Hellickson  Ortiz 2 run HR off Familia ties it in 9th but Piscotty saves the day with a 2 run HR in the bottom. Schebler also HR.
Gm2 Titans 6, Bombers 3 Pomeranz v DeGrom  Kinsler 3 run HR highlights 4 run 6th to pace the Titans. Springer, Arenado, Grandal and Moss also HR.
Gm3 Bombers 5, Titans 4 Fernandez v Stroman  Familia tosses 3 1/3 1 hit relief to get the win for the Bombers. Harrison 3/4 and scored twice. Ortiz, Grandal and Moss HRs.
Gm4 Titans 7, Bombers 5  Finnegan v Pineda  Titans pound out 5 HRs, 2 by Grandal to even the series. Prado 3/4, Ramirez 3 HR and 3 RBIs for Bombers.
Gm5 Titans 5, Bombers 2 Kuhl v Holland Eaton 2 RBIs and bullpen tosses 4 scoreless innings for the win.

Titans 3 at Whiz Kids 2
Gm1 Titans 10, Kids 3  Colon v Odorizzi  Both get 10 hits but Titans out HR Kids 4-1. Eaton drives in 4 with 2 HRs. Carpenter 3/4 with HR and 2 RBIs.
Gm2 Kids 6, Titans 3 Pomeranz v Moore  Moore wins the lefty battle when Young hits 2 HRs and drives in 3.
Gm 3 Titans 6, Kids 4 Fernandez v Rodriguez  Down 4-3 in the 9th, Thompson (1st AB of season) greets Herrera with a PH HR sparking a 3 run outburst.. Altuve and Beltran 3 hits apiece and 3 RBIs.
Gm4 Kids 10, Titans 2 Finnegan v Kershaw Beltre and Beltran combine for 4 hits and 8 RBIs. Kershaw sails
Gm5 Titans 7, Kids 4 Kuhl v Santana  Arenado blasts 2 HRs, the second a 3 run shot in the 7th to propel the Titans.

Titans 2 at Revival 2
Gm1 Titans 4, Rev 3 (14) Fernandez v Wright  Abreu and Votto got 7 of the Revival 10 hits, each with 1 RBI.  Grandal HR in 9th tied it. Kinsler HR in14th wins it.
Gm2 Rev 5, Titans 1 Finnegan v Andriese  Abreu 2 HRs. Revival scored 2 in 1st and that was all they needed.
Gm3 Titans 6, Rev 3 Kuhl v Anderson Votto HR. 4 run 7th salts it away for the Titans off Reyes.
Gm4 Rev 3, Titans 0 Colon v Sale Sale was... Sale. CG 2 hitter with 10Ks.

Titans 2 at Crabs 2
Gm1 Crabs 2, Titans 1 Pomeranz v Salazar Crabs rally for 2 runs in the 8th to steal a win. Lindor with the game winner.
Gm 2 Titans 3, Crabs 1 Fernandez v Taillon CG 3 hitter for Fernandez with 16 Ks.  Grandal hurt, Carter HR
Gm 3 Titans 1, Crabs 0 Finnegan v Straily 5 Titans combine on 6 hit shutout. Galvis RBI.
Gm 4 Crabs 8, Titans 4 Dickey v Nelson Rogers takes his second loss of the series when Smoak greets Kimbrel with a Grand Slam in the bottom of the 9th

Jacks 1 at A’s 3
G1. A’s 3-2; 12 innngs. A tight game, won in the 12th on walks by Bret Gardner and Brock Holt and a double by Josh Bell.
G2. A’s 5-4. Another close game. Lorenzo Cain tied the game at 4 for the A’s with a HR in the bottom of the 7th. The A’s then won it in the 9th with a walk by Jacoby Ellsbury and singles by Francisco Cervelli and Joe Mauer.
G3. A’s 11-7. Matt Harvey and the Jack’s bullpen squander a 6-0, 1st inning lead. Aledmys Diaz lead the A’s charge with a 2 for 3 and 5 RBIs.
G4. Jacks 7-3. Aaron Sanchez and Dellin Betances combine on a 4-hitter to prevent the A’s series sweep.


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Congratulations, Aaron Altherr.
You just hit the first grand slam allowed by Clayton Kershaw in his career.
 No Jim Palmer for him.



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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

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Smashing: MLB home run record on track to fall Tuesday


How to Sign Shohei Ohtani

Why hasn't MLB fixed its September roster expansion rules?


A few from the guy who
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JT is about the best hitter on the Mitts and he's knocking on the door of the unlimited 450 AB number.  So what happens on Thursday?   He gets plunked in the thumb and has to be removed from the game.

He is sitting at 442 official ABs and was HBP in his first at bat of Thursday's game.

At least this Rotoworld report is encouraging.

So perhaps he'll take a few days off but still have time to scale the 450 AB mark.


When your startomg  pitching staff is decimated by injuries and poor performance you grasp at any little thing.  On Wednesday I looked at all the Mitt pitchers who started a game in the majors this year.  It's a short list.

Ignoring Chen for a moment you see this adds to 92 games started which is just a bit more than half the needed games.  If we add in our CBL bonus for the guys under 175 innings then about 10 more starts can be squeezed out.  This still means that the off-season will have us trading for and/or drafting an additional 60 or so starts.

To start a CBL game a pitcher needs to have worked 40 major league innings and Wei-Yin Chen will not get there since post-injury he's been used strictly out of the bullpen.  The way he is being used is for 2 innings every three or four days so maybe he'll end the season with about 38 innings.  His card actually figures to be good and we might just keep him around as an extra bullpen arm.


By now most of you know of Bill James' Pythagorean Formula for predicting a win percentage based on the number of runs scored and the number of runs allowed.

As of  this writing the Mitts are 75-75.  Offensively they have scored 678 runs and on defense they've allowed 633.

Here's where they "should" be.

Basically the formula predicts that the Mitts would be 80-70 right now instead of dead even at .500.   This still would not make the club a playoff contender but at least would speak to a club that is efficient in turning runs into wins.  I've always thought that teams with leaky bullpens are more prone to falling behind their Pythagorean projection.   The Mitts' pen is nothing to write home about so perhaps that's where those five un-won ballgames went to.

Mitt Trades

from METS 360

Justin Turner and the competitive lineup of ex-Mets

Aaron Judge:
youngest Yankee with 100+ RBI, 100+ runs, 100+ walks in a season
 since Mickey Mantle in 1956


Why Corey Kluber has overtaken Chris Sale in AL Cy Young race


We’ve seen Joe Mauer’s Hall of Fame case before


As the regular Major League season winds down through its last two weeks the Criers' pair of firstbasemen are heading in different offensive directions.

Joe Mauer has been on a tear for a few weeks while Lucas Duda is in a funk that we Mets fans have regretfully learned is all too often part of the package.

As of Monday here are their stats and splits.  On Sunday Duda took an 0-for-4 collar while Joe went 3-for-5 including a double and a rarity (for him), a HR.

So we know that Mauer is the guy who'll play 1B against lefties.  No argument there.

Ordinarily we'd just conclude that Duda's 895 to 818 shellacking of Mauer in the OPS-against-righties competition would get him the lion's share of starts at first.   But then we have to factor in defense.

My thinking is that Duda remains a 1B-3 but my gut tells me that Mauer will win the Gold Glove at 1B in the AL and will get a 1B-1.

Now who's the better bet to start against most righties?   If Mauer hasn't overtaken the Dude yet it sure has gotten close.


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