Thursday, January 12, 2017

Season 33 Power Rankings # 1

Season 33 is in full gear, and already it's time to check in with the first power rankings of the regular season!  At the top, we have Cheyenne holding on to their preseason #1 ranking.  Their solid play is not at all surprising.  The next two spots are occupied by division foes, with Florida at #2 and the team with the best record so far, Buffalo at #3, who was ranked 20th in the preseason polls (doh!). Houston and Salem round out the top 5 at #4 and 5 respectively.  Now, for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the preseason rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #10 Atlanta (+18), #3 Buffalo (+17), #17 Portland (+15), #16 Charlotte (+11), #6 Pawtucket (+10), #15 Richmond (+10)

Biggest Falls: #30 Cincinnati (-25), #26 Los Angeles (-14), #19 Kansas City (-10), #20 Colorado (-9), #24 Little Rock (-9)

There was a lot of volatility, and being this early on, a lot could still change.  Good luck to all, and here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Cheyenne 29 12 1 2 2
2 Florida 30 11 6 4 5
3 Buffalo  31 10 20 8 8
4 Houston 27 14 2 1 15
5 Salem 28 13 4 6 12
6 Pawtucket 23 18 16 5 13
7 Montgomery 23 18 3 11 6
8 Jackson 24 17 14 12 15
9 Minnesota 23 18 18 9 17
10 Atlanta  20 21 28 21 4
11 Monterrey 22 19 7 20 10
12 Cleveland 20 21 8 22 11
13 Milwaukee 20 21 19 19 9
14 New York (NL) 19 22 13 7 27
15 Richmond 19 22 25 13 23
16 Charlotte  19 22 27 28 7
17 Portland 19 22 32 3 31
18 Dover 20 21 10 17 21
19 Kansas City 19 22 9 16 22
20 Colorado 17 24 11 30 1
21 Boston  19 22 17 31 3
22 St. Louis 21 20 21 18 28
23 Detroit 20 21 31 26 26
24 Little Rock 17 24 15 24 19
25 Sacramento 17 24 22 23 17
26 Los Angeles 17 24 12 14 29
27 Fargo 14 27 29 10 32
28 Boise 17 24 30 15 30
29 Colorado Springs 17 24 26 32 14
30 Cincinnati 16 25 5 29 20
31 Nashville 16 25 23 25 25
32 New York (AL) 13 28 24 27 24

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Season 33 Preseason Power Rankings

These are a little late due to the Holidays, but here are your Preseason Power Rankings!  These are based on Opening Day rosters.  Houston (formerly Texas) has been the top team for the past 4 preseasons, but they were just edged out by Cheyenne, who made major waves in Free Agency.  Still a lot of good teams, so it should be an interesting season.  Good luck and here are the rankings!

Starting Relief 
Pitching Pitching Offense Fielding
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Cheyenne 102 60 2 23 2 7
2 Houston 113 49 1 1 16 2
3 Montgomery 102 60 12 2 1 12
4 Salem 105 57 3 9 10 7
5 Cincinnati 89 73 4 28 7 30
6 Florida 109 53 7 17 6 7
7 Monterrey 87 75 21 5 3 31
8 Cleveland 88 74 14 20 5 2
9 Kansas City 79 83 10 6 15 1
10 Dover 79 83 17 3 8 25
11 Colorado 64 98 16 15 8 22
12 Los Angeles 75 87 15 16 11 19
13 New York (NL) 93 69 5 29 20 25
14 Jackson 75 87 6 11 23 16
15 Little Rock 65 97 8 30 14 22
16 Pawtucket 104 58 13 4 22 29
17 Boston  70 92 18 26 12 19
18 Minnesota 75 87 22 22 19 7
19 Milwaukee 78 84 27 12 18 5
20 Buffalo  82 80 24 10 21 12
21 St. Louis 74 88 20 7 24 16
22 Sacramento 69 93 28 19 12 32
23 Nashville 66 96 9 24 27 25
24 New York (AL) 76 86 25 13 26 2
25 Richmond 75 87 23 27 25 12
26 Colorado Springs 52 110 31 18 16 5
27 Charlotte  62 100 19 8 29 19
28 Atlanta  90 72 32 32 4 25
29 Fargo 85 77 11 14 31 22
30 Boise 81 81 30 25 28 7
31 Detroit 78 84 26 21 32 16
32 Portland 50 112 29 31 30 12

Friday, December 16, 2016

Season 33 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

The hot stove season is here as Season 33 kicks off.  Check back here to see where all the top free agents end up!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Francisco Aramboles SP 33 ATL CHY $110.0 M 5
Comments: The multiple time Cy Young Award winner is the top prize this class
2 Yeico Oliva SP 33 ATL CHY $86.0 M 5
Comments: Another former Cy Young winner who still looks like an ace
3 Dizzy Leonard SP 31 CSP CSP $30.0 M 5
Comments: Dizzy a FA?  Say it ain't so!  Great SP and a legend in CSP
4 Fergie Lockwood  SP 33 ATL NAS $51.7 M 4
Comments: Yet another very strong SP, he's a top line starter in most rotations
5 Timothy Steinbach 1B 32 ATL PAW $60.0 M 5
Comments: The former MVP is easily the best bat available in this class
6 Albert Pineda LF 32 FLA FLA $25.1 M 3
Comments: Great hitting multiple time All-Star, but how he ages is a concern
7 Al Balentien RP 29 HOU MTY $44.8 M 5
Comments: This lights out RP has excellent ratings and decent DUR/STA
8 Troy Hudek RP 33 ATL CHA $34.0 M 4
Comments: Excellent track record and ratings and is one of the best RPs around
9 Alex Salas  2B 31 STL CSP $16.8 M 3
Comments: Nice ratings, but surprising low career #s.  Can he turn it around?
10 Santo Manuel SP 25 NY1 KC $21.0 M 4
Comments: Good middle of the rotation type, decent career ERA, and only 25!
11 Willie Esposito 3B 32 RIC LA $4.0 M 2
Comments: Has a nice bat and fielding ratings, age and injury a slight concern
12 Everth Sosa CF 30 BUF BOI $30.0 M 4
Comments: A good bat for CF with decent speed and excellent fielding ability 
13 Jonny Bonds SP 32 PAW FAR $18.4 M 4
Comments: Great pitch command and control, good GB, LH split a weakness
14 Willie Zorrilla SP 29 MIN LA $9.2 M 2
Comments: Elite pitch command, strong control, gives up fly balls, still solid 
15 Felipe Barrios RP 27 NY1 FLA $40.0 M 5
Comments: Outstanding ratings and great career #s, but low stamina
16 Bryant Landrum  SP 33 FLA MTY $35.6 M 5
Comments: Poor pitch command but great otherwise, and career #s are good
17 Raul Mantalban 2B 27 CIN MIN $27.2 M 4
Comments: Excellent career #s, despite poor RH split, and a plus fielder
18 Marvin Stahl 1B 27 POR SAL $1.2 M 1
Comments: Low power for a 1B, but very good hitter, and age is a plus
19 Eric Douglas SP 32 MIN ATL $6.0 M 2
Comments: Splits are mediocre, Pitches are ok, great control, should be useful
20 Danny McPherson RP 31 BOS HOU $3.0 M 2
Comments: Coming off a nice season, career #s still mediocre, but great ratings
21 Nigel Shumpert LF 29 LA BOI $1.2 M 1
Comments: Just a solid, yet not spectacular bat, #s are are good for the class
22 Sean Dahl C 31 ATL CSP $16.8 M 3
Comments: Great ratings, strong C, but huge injury risk and career #s not great
23 Bonk Cookson 3B 29 DET BOS $28.0 M 5
Comments: Nice power and eye, but poor contact and average defensively for 3B
24 Stan Ford LF 32 BOI MTY  $18.0 M 3
Comments: Still a solid bat and career #s are competitve for what's out there
25 Rico Mantalban 1B 34 FLA MIN $1.4 M 1
Comments: Nice bat with plus power, should be a nice add, although aging

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Season 32 Wrap Up - Cheyenne Wins it All!

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Cheyenne takes the Season 32 crown!

Another Cobbfather World Series is in the books and this time it's Cheyenne that came out on top, with perhaps one of the most difficult routes to the title in Cobbfather history, defeating 3 100-win teams en route to claiming this season's crown!  Cheyenne's 102-win season only netted them a wildcard berth, as division rival Salem edged them out for the division title.  After defeating Fargo in the play-in round, they squeezed out a 3-2 win over top seed Texas, which advanced them to the ALCS against division rival Salem.  This time Cheyenne prevailed in a hard-fought 6-game battle.  They then had to conquer defending champion Montgomery, which they did in a 7-game duel.  Cheyenne post an impressive .802 team postseason OPS, with consistent, solid production throughout their lineup. That, along with solid pitching, allowed them to overcome a few bullpen blowups to take the title.  This is yanks21's first title in Cheyenne, 4th overall in Cobbfather, and most impressively, 30th total in HBD.  Wow!

Thanks everyone for a great season, and we'll see you back for Season 33 after a hopefully quick rollover!

Season 32 Award Winners

Here's a recap of who took home the hardware in Season 32!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Willie Cerda, Texas - .322 AVG 41 HR 134 RBI
The list of career accolades for the Texas slugger keeps growing, as he took home his record breaking 6th MVP trophy in Season 32.  He also made his 6th All-Star appearance and won his 7th Silver Slugger award.  What's next for Cerda?  It seems he has a decent chance to break the all-time Cobbfather Home Run record, as he is just 59 away, and seems like he will have the longevity to get there.  What a career it has been for Cerda.

National League - Jared Gonzales, Montgomery - .300 AVG 50 HR 126 RBI 16 SB
In the NL, we have a first-time winner, as the Montgomery centerfielder took home the MVP trophy.  He also made his 4th All-Star team in Season 32.  With several impressive offensive seasons under his belt, Gonzales took it another step up, posting career highs in almost every offensive category to lead the way for a most impressive Montgomery squad.  Definitely a well-deserved win, and nice to see a player in his 30's break through for his first MVP win.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Felipe Sosa, Salem - 22-5 2.22 ERA 159 K
Sosa, the AL leader in Quality Starts who also tied for the lead in wins, took home his first Cy Young award capping off a tremendous season for a solid Salem squad.  The 30 year-old lefty also made his 2nd All-Star team in Season 32.  He's been a formidable pitcher only playing for Salem his entire career, so it's nice to see his efforts rewarded as well.

National League - Erubiel Morales, Montgomery - 16-4 2.19 ERA 134 K
Looking at his ratings, it would be hard to predict Morales would ever win a Cy Young, given his low stamina, his potential for throwing a lot of innings is limited.  But Montgomery gave him a shot in their rotation anyway, and it was a major success that allowed him to bring home the Cy Young trophy.  Morales fell 5.2 innings short of qualifying for the ERA and WHIP titles, but would have won both if he had.  Good to see a guy like Morales win it every once in a while, it shows that a wide variety of pitchers can be useful!

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Giovanny Stanley, Cheyenne - .314 AVG 26 HR 74 RBI 46 SB
The Cheyenne 1st baseman Stanley, who poses the rare combination of power, great batting eye and top tier baserunning skills, took home the AL Rookie of the Year honors by showing off his abilities with a most impressive stat line for Season 32.  His Season 32 batting average may be about his ceiling, but he has upside in all other categories, so he should be a regular going forward on many of the awards list.

National League - Rex Washington, Houston - 12-5 2.73 ERA 112 K
It was a rough season in Houston in Season 32, dealing with some tough injuries, including a tough elbow injury for NL Rookie of the Year Washington, who won despite finishing the season on the DL. It doesn't look like the injury will affect him greatly going forward, and at his age, there's a possibility that he could regain some of what he lost.  Even if he stays at his current ratings, he looks like he'll be an excellent arm going forward, if he can keep the ball down, and more importantly, stay healthy.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Jiggs Cuddyer, Boston - 2.89 ERA, 39 SV - 1st win
National League - Jhoulys Olmedo, New York - 3.18 ERA, 50 SV - 2nd win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 1st
C Marvin Crosby Boston 1st
1B Willie Cerda Texas 7th
2B Calvin Hukata Detroit 1st
3B Wilfredo Guerrero Iowa City 1st
SS Jaret Miller Atlanta 3rd
LF Leonardo Jefferies Cheyenne 1st
CF Raul Galvez Salem 3rd
RF Francis King Salem 2nd

National League
P Bo Nelson Florida 1st
C Derrick Frank Dover 2nd
1B Adalberto Cerveza Dover 2nd
2B Yohan Gomez Buffalo 1st
3B Eli Calixte Dover 1st
SS Kirt Raggio Cincinnati 3rd
LF Mitchell Sweeney New York 2nd
CF Heath Kelly Florida 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 4th

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Omar Suarez Detroit 1st
C Chris York Cheyenne 1st
1B Michael Henn Pawtucket 1st
2B Paul Francoeur Pawtucket 1st
3B Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 5th
SS J.B. Taylor Pawtucket 1st
LF Donaldo Javier Pawtucket 2nd
CF Hub Paul St. Louis 1st
RF Leonys Santos Iowa City 1st

National League
P Raul Delgado Salt Lake City 1st
C Yamid Latos Los Angeles 1st
1B Harry Amarista Richmond 5th
2B Alex Tavarez Los Angeles 1st
3B Louie Banuelos Buffalo 1st
SS Ugueth Perez Montgomery 2nd
LF Fernando Cortez Vancouver 1st
CF J.T. Constanza Trenton 2nd
RF Willie Esposito Richmond 1st

Friday, November 11, 2016

Season 32 League Leaders

Here is a recap of your Season 32 League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 32
Shutouts - Midre Tavarez, Texas - 4 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Dizzy Hawkins, Atlanta - 4 - HR, Hits, Runs, SLG
Red Collins, Florida - 4 - ERA, Strikeouts, Quality Starts, WHIP
Abraham Tannehill, Cincinnati - 3 - AVG, SLG, OPS
Hugh Sexton, Houston - 3 - IP, CG, Shutouts
Calvin Hukata, Detroit - 2 - SB, OPS
Wiki Unamuno, Montgomery - 2 - Hits, Runs
Ahmed Ratliff, Cleveland - 2 - HR, RBI
Thomas Hutchinson, Pawtucket - 2 - ERA, WHIP
Carlos Colome, Salem - 2 - Wins, IP
Felipe Sosa, Salem - 2 - Wins, Quality Starts
Midre Tavarez, Texas - 2 - Wins, Shutouts
Bo Nelson, Florida - 2 - Wins, Quality Starts

Complete League Leaders
OFFENSE
American League
Batting Average Benny Franco Cheyenne .327
Home Runs Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 53
RBI Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 153
Stolen Bases Calvin Hukata Detroit 59
Hits Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 203
Runs Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 130
OBP Wandy Guillen Cheyenne .439
SLG Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta .588
OPS Calvin Hukata Detroit .972
Cyrus Morton Cheyenne .972

National League
Batting Average Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati .329
Home Runs Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 52
RBI Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 133
Stolen Bases Felipe Bennett Cincinnati 66
Hits Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 198
Runs Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 126
OBP Yohan Gomez Buffalo .409
SLG Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati .642
OPS Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati 1.032
PITCHING
American League
ERA Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 2.09
Wins Carlos Colome Salem 22
Felipe Sosa Salem 22
Midre Tavarez Texas 22
Strikeouts Braeden Abercrombie San Francisco 230
Saves Bob Berg Cheyenne 39
Jiggs Cuddyer Boston 39
WHIP Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 1.00
Innings Pitched Carlos Colome Salem 258.2
Quality Starts Felipe Sosa Salem 28
Complete Games Bobby Kydd Fargo 9
Shutouts Midre Tavarez Texas 4

National League
ERA Red Collins Florida 2.45
Wins Bo Nelson Florida 19
Strikeouts Red Collins Florida 209
Saves Jhoulys Olmedo New York 50
WHIP Red Collins Florida 1.06
Innings Pitched Hugh Sexton Houston 235.0
Quality Starts Bo Nelson Florida 26
Red Collins Florida 26
Complete Games Hugh Sexton Houston 7
Shutouts Emmett Jefferies Houston 2
Groucho Leiter  New York 2
Don Martin New York 2
Hugh Sexton Houston 2

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Season 32 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is over, and as we head into the playoffs, let's check in with the final power rankings of the season.  And it's Texas who finishes atop the rankings with another dominant regular season.  They were #1 in 4 of the 5 editions of the rankings.  The other team to hold #1 this season, Salem, finishes at #2, with a very impressive run themselves.  AL West runner up Cheyenne checks in at #3, while Florida climbs to #4, with Pawtucket climbing 3 spots to #5.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #14 Salt Lake City (+12), #13 Los Angeles (+10), #19 Detroit (+8), #9 Cleveland (+4), #18 Milwaukee (+4)

Biggest Falls: #26 Charleston (-9), #25 Houston (-7), #12 Monterrey (-5), #24 Richmond (-5)

It should be a very interesting postseason, as the AL looks to be a blood bath with several powerhouses, while 2 teams, Florida and Montgomery, appear to stand out above the rest in the NL.  Good luck to the playoff teams, here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Texas 113 49 1 1 0 5 -2 25 15
2 Salem 105 57 2 2 0 6 0 26 14
3 Cheyenne 102 60 4 6 -3 1 0 26 14
4 Florida 109 53 6 3 5 10 1 30 10
5 Pawtucket 104 58 8 4 0 14 -2 30 10
6 Montgomery 102 60 3 7 -1 4 0 22 18
7 Atlanta  90 72 5 13 0 2 0 20 20
8 New York (NL) 93 69 10 8 2 15 6 27 13
9 Cleveland 88 74 13 14 0 13 3 24 16
10 Buffalo  82 80 11 10 5 10 0 23 17
11 Cincinnati 89 73 9 25 -2 3 2 21 19
12 Monterrey 87 75 7 16 0 7 0 18 22
13 Los Angeles 75 87 23 5 -1 19 12 23 17
14 Salt Lake City 79 83 26 20 4 18 4 25 15
15 Las Vegas 81 81 14 11 -4 19 5 17 23
16 Fargo 85 77 12 9 0 27 1 18 22
17 Dover 79 83 15 23 2 9 0 18 22
18 Milwaukee 78 84 22 19 3 17 -1 21 19
19 Detroit 78 84 27 17 1 25 1 23 17
20 Trenton 75 87 16 15 -5 19 -1 16 24
21 St. Louis 74 88 20 11 1 30 0 19 21
22 New York (AL) 76 86 21 24 -5 27 2 19 21
23 Boston  70 92 25 30 0 8 0 18 22
24 Richmond 75 87 19 21 -2 26 -3 19 21
25 Houston 66 96 18 18 -1 22 -7 9 31
26 Charleston 75 87 17 21 0 31 -6 14 26
27 San Francisco 69 93 24 28 -1 15 -1 13 27
28 Vancouver 64 98 28 29 -1 12 1 13 27
29 Iowa City 65 97 29 31 0 23 -4 17 23
30 Charlotte  62 100 30 26 3 24 -4 14 26
31 Colorado Springs 52 110 32 32 0 29 -2 17 23
32 Portland 50 112 31 26 0 32 0 15 25