Friday, February 5, 2016

Season 29 League Leaders

With the regular season in the books, it's time to recap the league leaders for Season 29!

OFFENSE
In the American League, Francis King of Salem won the batting title, tied for the lead in OPS, and led the league in Slugging and OPS.  Yet, he doesn't appear on this season's MVP ballot.  Hmmm, I guess the claim of a snub might be legit here!  Crash Cepeda of San Francisco led the league in Hits and Runs.

In the National League, it's all about Santa Fe's Edinson Hernandez.  He led the NL in Batting Average, RBI, Hits, Runs, OBP, Slugging and OPS.  Wow!  Granted, Santa Fe is a very hitter friendly park, but regardless, quite the impressive season for Hernandez.

Here are the complete offensive league leaders!

American League
Batting Average
Francis King
Salem
.333
Home Runs
Thurman Hall
Charleston
58
RBI
Timothy Steinbach
Atlanta
153
Stolen Bases
Gary Ross
Iowa City
62
Hits
Crash Cepeda
San Francisco
204
Runs
Crash Cepeda
San Francisco
130
OBP
Francis King
Salem
.414
Benny Franco
Cheyenne
.414
SLG
Francis King
Salem
.627
OPS
Francis King
Salem
1.041
National League
Batting Average
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
.349
Home Runs
Jerrod Griffiths
Houston
47
RBI
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
134
Stolen Bases
Adalberto Montanez
Columbus
52
Hits
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
218
Runs
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
127
OBP
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
.419
SLG
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
.636
OPS
Edinson Hernandez
Santa Fe
1.055

PITCHING
In the American League, Randall Washington of Texas leads the way by being the tops in the AL in ERA, WHIP, Complete Games and tying for the lead in Shutouts. Yeico Oliva of Atlanta also gets a mention as he tied for the AL lead in Wins and led the league in Quality Starts.

In the National League, Red Collins of Florida led the NL in WHIP and Quality Starts, while Seattle's Albert Tapies led the NL in Complete Games and Shutouts.

Here are the complete Pitching league leaders!
American League
ERA Randall Washington  Texas 2.48
Wins Yeico Oliva Atlanta 23
Felipe Sosa Salem 23
Strikeouts Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 231
Saves Troy Hudek Atlanta 44
Bob Wood Cheyenne 44
WHIP Randall Washington  Texas 1.02
Innings Pitched Dizzy Leonard Colorado Springs 257.2
Quality Starts Yeico Oliva Atlanta 28
Complete Games Randall Washington  Texas 7
Shutouts Randall Washington  Texas 2
Stefen Seanez St. Louis 2
National League
ERA Tony Lopez Dover 2.30
Wins Josh Stark Las Vegas 17
Strikeouts Groucho Leiter Dover 215
Saves Will Morris Monterrey 41
WHIP Red Collins Florida 1.09
Innings Pitched Carl Young Philadelphia 238.1
Quality Starts Red Collins Florida 26
Complete Games Albert Tapies Seattle 7
Shutouts Albert Tapies Seattle 3

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Season 29 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is over and the playoffs are about to begin, but first, let's see where everyone ended up in the final power rankings!  There's a change at the top, reclaiming their #1 Preseason ranking is Texas, led by Cobbfather's top pitching staff.  Las Vegas and Salem jump up one spot to #2 and #3 respectively, while Cheyenne and Florida round out the top 5.  #7 Atlanta falls from the top spot with a rough 16-24 finish, but are certainly capable of bouncing back in the playoffs.  The extra rest from the bye should certainly help them.   Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings.

Biggest Climbers: #14 Louisville (+8), #23 Hartford (+6), #24 Milwaukee (+6), #11 Colorado Springs (+5)

Biggest Falls: #21 Los Angeles (-10), #19 Seattle (-9), #20 Chicago (-8), #7 Atlanta (-6)

Here are the complete rankings.  Good luck to the playoff teams, it should be quite the interesting postseason with some new up and coming teams in the mix, along with some perennial favorites.

Pitching Offense  LAST 40
Team W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Texas 99 63 2 1 1 7 -1 24 16
2 Las Vegas 98 64 3 4 5 8 -1 25 15
3 Salem 101 61 4 15 5 5 -2 26 14
4 Cheyenne 98 64 7 11 2 10 3 26 14
5 Florida 97 65 5 3 0 20 6 25 15
6 Philadelphia 93 69 8 6 2 10 1 22 18
7 Atlanta  106 56 1 10 -9 2 -1 16 24
8 St. Louis 91 71 6 2 2 22 -4 21 19
9 New York 85 77 9 5 -1 17 -2 22 18
10 Santa Fe 87 75 14 29 -3 1 1 23 17
11 Colorado Springs 85 77 16 23 2 4 1 23 17
12 Buffalo  85 77 15 9 1 19 3 21 19
13 Salt Lake City 81 81 17 16 1 9 0 22 18
14 Louisville 80 82 22 18 0 17 6 26 14
15 Pawtucket 85 77 13 14 0 20 -4 18 22
16 Detroit 73 89 19 16 0 14 -1 21 19
17 Boston  81 81 20 31 -1 3 0 21 19
18 Dover 83 79 18 22 0 16 4 20 20
19 Seattle  83 79 10 8 -4 27 -1 17 23
20 Chicago 76 86 12 13 -1 13 -5 17 23
21 Los Angeles 85 77 11 7 -3 29 -1 15 25
22 Vancouver 73 89 21 12 -1 22 -4 20 20
23 Hartford 64 98 29 32 0 5 4 20 20
24 Milwaukee 69 93 30 28 3 15 2 21 19
25 Monterrey 72 90 25 27 0 12 0 20 20
26 Trenton 74 88 26 18 1 28 1 18 22
27 San Francisco 75 87 28 25 -1 26 -1 19 21
28 Columbus 67 95 23 21 0 25 -1 15 25
29 Houston 60 102 24 18 -4 24 -3 11 29
30 Iowa City 62 100 31 24 4 32 0 19 21
31 Charleston 66 96 27 26 -3 30 0 11 29
32 Charlotte  58 104 32 30 -1 31 0 15 25

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Season 29 Power Rankings #3

With just a quarter of the regular season left, it's time for another edition of the power rankings!  On top, Atlanta remains #1, as they continue to dominate in pretty much every category.  Defending champ Texas is up one spot to #2, and Las Vegas is up one spot to #3.  Two teams come from outside the top 10 to round out the top 5 as Salem and Florida come in at #4 and #5 respectively.

Those 2, along with #7 Cheyenne and #10 Seattle, were the biggest climbers in this edition of the rankings.  Quite predictably, Boston was the biggest fall, dropping 13 spots to #20.  Here are the rest of the biggest climbers and biggest falls.

Biggest Climbers: #4 Salem (+7), #5 Florida (+7), #7 Cheyenne (+7), #10 Seattle (+7), #12 Chicago (+6), #24 Houston (+6)

Biggest Falls: #20 Boston (-13), #17 Salt Lake City (-11), #15 Buffalo (-10), #30 Milwaukee (-9), #28 San Francisco (-7)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all for the stretch run!
Pitching Offense  LAST 41
Team W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Atlanta  90 32 1 1 0 1 0 30 11
2 Texas 75 47 3 2 0 6 2 27 14
3 Las Vegas 73 49 4 9 1 7 -4 23 18
4 Salem 75 47 11 20 -1 3 11 28 13
5 Florida 72 50 12 3 5 26 -2 29 12
6 St. Louis 70 52 10 4 1 18 9 24 17
7 Cheyenne 72 50 14 13 -1 13 7 26 15
8 Philadelphia 71 51 2 8 1 11 -2 21 20
9 New York 63 59 8 4 2 15 -2 22 19
10 Seattle  66 56 17 4 -1 26 0 26 15
11 Los Angeles 70 52 15 4 0 28 2 26 15
12 Chicago 59 63 18 12 3 8 1 22 19
13 Pawtucket 67 55 9 14 4 16 -1 21 20
14 Santa Fe 64 58 16 26 3 2 2 21 20
15 Buffalo  64 58 5 10 -3 22 -5 18 23
16 Colorado Springs 62 60 13 25 -4 5 -1 20 21
17 Salt Lake City 59 63 6 17 -4 9 -3 16 25
18 Dover 63 59 19 22 0 20 2 22 19
19 Detroit 52 70 23 16 7 13 -2 18 23
20 Boston  60 62 7 30 -3 3 -1 15 26
21 Vancouver 53 69 20 11 0 18 0 16 25
22 Louisville 54 68 24 18 -1 23 2 19 22
23 Columbus 52 70 27 21 -5 24 -3 21 20
24 Houston 49 73 30 14 6 21 1 19 22
25 Monterrey 52 70 28 27 -1 12 3 20 21
26 Trenton 56 66 25 19 -5 29 2 17 24
27 Charleston 55 67 26 23 2 30 -2 18 23
28 San Francisco 56 66 21 24 0 25 -6 16 25
29 Hartford 44 78 29 32 0 9 3 14 27
30 Milwaukee 48 74 22 31 -3 17 -10 13 28
31 Iowa City 43 79 32 28 2 32 0 16 25
32 Charlotte  43 79 31 29 2 31 -3 12 29

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Season 29 All-Star Recap

Season 29's All-Star festivities are in the books, so let's take a look at who made this year's squads.

In the American League, Albert Cruz of Milwaukee made his 7th All-Star appearance, the most of any player in either league.  11 different teams were represented, led by the #1 team in Cobbfather, Atlanta with an impressive 8 All-Stars!  7 players on the AL squad made their first All-Star appearance.   

In the National League, James Dillard of Las Vegas made his 5th All-Star appearance, the most of any NL All-Star this season.  13 different teams were represented on the NL squad, with Philadelphia leading the way with 6 All-Stars.  14 NL All-Stars were making their first ever All-Star Appearance.

Here are the complete rosters!

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C Sean Dahl Atlanta 3rd
1B Vic Park Atlanta 5th
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 6th
3B Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 3rd
SS Rymer Mota Salem 2nd
LF Damaso Rojas Chicago 1st
CF P.J. Roberts Pawtucket 2nd
RF Ryan Martin Pawtucket 1st
DH Albert Cruz Milwaukee 7th

Pitchers
Player Franchise Appearance
P Troy Hudek Atlanta 3rd
P Tony Mota St. Louis 3rd
P Yeico Oliva Atlanta 4th
P Randall Washington Texas 3rd
P Jiggs Cuddyer Boston 3rd
P Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 6th
P Jhoulys Olmedo Salem 2nd
P Chick Munson Texas 2nd
P Felipe Sosa Salem 1st
P Jonny Bonds Pawtucket 1st
P Juan Saenz Cheyenne 5th
P Ned Morris New York 2nd
P Yeico Miranda Pawtucket 1st

Reserves
Player Franchise Appearance
C Daisuke Masato Chicago 2nd
1B Kendry Lunar Boston 2nd
2B Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 1st
3B Tony Cassevah Salem 3rd
SS Jaret Miller Atlanta 2nd
LF Vinny Dickinson Atlanta 4th
CF Gary Harvey Colorado Springs 4th
RF Francis King Salem 1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Atlanta 8
Salem 5
Pawtucket 4
Texas 3
Boston 2
Chicago 2
Colorado Springs 2
Cheyenne 1
Milwaukee 1
New York 1
St. Louis 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE 
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C Julio Contreras Santa Fe 1st
1B Brett Yarbrough Philadelphia 1st
2B Edinson Hernandez Santa Fe 2nd
3B Joe Foster Las Vegas 4th
SS Juan Benitez Columbus 1st
LF Alex Mercedes Salt Lake City 3rd
CF James Dillard Las Vegas 5th
RF Wiki Unamuno Santa Fe 2nd

Pitchers
Player Franchise Appearance
P Will Morris Monterrey 1st
P Edward Presley Philadelphia 2nd
P Lefty Leverton Los Angeles 4th
P Oswaldo Gil Dover 1st
P Artie Stone Vancouver 4th
P Rajai Rossy Seattle 2nd
P Bo Nelson Florida 1st
P Felix Tanaka Philadelphia 2nd
P Josh Stark Las Vegas 1st
P Albert Tapies Seattle 1st
P Alexi Garces Philadelphia 2nd
P Tony Yang Philadelphia 2nd
P Benny Arias Los Angeles 1st
P Kevin Thurman Buffalo 1st

Reserves
Player Franchise Appearance
C Lyle Bradford Seattle 1st
1B Adalberto Cerveza Dover 1st
2B Ernie McEnerney Philadelphia 1st
3B Vic Castro Vancouver 3rd
SS Wilfredo Javier Las Vegas 1st
LF Tony Hujimoto Vancouver 2nd
CF Jared Gonzales Louisville 2nd
RF Albert Pineda Florida 3rd

NL All-Stars by Team
Philadelphia 6
Las Vegas 4
Santa Fe 3
Seattle 3
Vancouver 3
Dover 2
Florida 2
Los Angeles 2
Buffalo 1
Columbus 1
Louisville 1
Monterrey 1
Salt Lake City 1

RESULTS
American League 4
National League   1
W - Armaboles L - Tanaka S - Miranda
HR - Hendrick (1)

All-Star Game MVP: Joshua Hendrick, Texas
Home Run Derby Champ: Francis King, Salem
Futures Game MVP: Willie Tejeda, Columbus