Sunday, August 24, 2014

Season 24 Power Rankings #3

As we're about to head in to the stretch run of Season 24, it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings.  Atlanta has been simply dominant this season, and remains #1.  Houston had a better record than Atlanta since the last rankings by one game, so they move up to #2.  #3 Salt Lake City is still playing well and has momentum.  Boston comes in at #4, and Pittsburgh cracks the top 5 with a strong run since the last rankings.  It seems a few teams have broken away from the pack, but come playoff time, you never know what will happen!   Good luck to all, here are the complete rankings!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  87 35 1 Simply dominant this season, no doubt about it
2 Houston 78 44 3 Best record since last rankings, so they move up one
3 Salt Lake City 79 43 2 Numbers dropped off a tad, but still playing very well 
4 Boston  71 51 4 Pitching tailed off a bit, but they are still winning games
5 Pittsburgh  70 52 12 Major all-around improvement, they are making a run
6 Cincinnati 70 52 6 Just above .500 since last rankings, numbers are good
7 Los Angeles 65 57 15 Making a run as well, as the pitching found their groove
8 Buffalo  70 52 7 Pitching is great, but offense struggling, but are winning
9 Arizona 65 57 9 Great offense dropped off some, but they are still in it
10 Pawtucket 65 57 5 Under .500 since last rankings but they are a good team
11 Tampa Bay  60 62 26 Getting back into it after awful start with better pitching
12 San Juan 64 58 14 Numbers down some, the offense is very good though
13 Ottawa 64 58 8 Drop off all-around since last rankings, offense is solid
14 New York  66 56 17 Playing well with solid pitching, but not much offense
15 Dover 61 61 10 Tailed off a lot, as they have enter rebuild mode it appears
16 St. Louis 57 65 18 Excellent pitching, but it hasn't translated to wins yet 
17 Salem 59 63 30 They hot as of late, with numbers improved all-around
18 Colorado Springs 57 65 25 Playing well, but Salem knocked them off division lead
19 Jacksonville 59 63 13 Numbers good since last rankings, but didn't get wins
20 Austin  60 62 19 Offense dropped off since last rankings, so they fall some
21 Charlotte  59 63 16 Pitching not good enough to duplicate last season
22 Trenton 61 61 11 Rough since last rankings, pitching and hitting down
23 Durham  60 62 27 Playing well, offense is coming around and pitching is ok
24 Texas 56 66 20 Pitching got hit pretty hard since the last rankings
25 Las Vegas 54 68 22 Pitching improved, but still not generating enough offense
26 Syracuse  52 70 31 Offense kicked it up some, but pitching is still an issue
27 Louisville 49 73 24 Offense didn't get it done since last rankings, rough going
28 Florida 52 70 21 Their bats not enough to get them back to playoffs
29 Seattle  50 72 23 Pitching hasn't been there, and offense is an issue here
30 Philadelphia 42 80 32 Actually playing better, is pitching really improved here
31 Albuquerque 46 76 29 Pitching has been really bad, offense can't make up for it
32 San Francisco 44 78 28 Pitching continues to get rocked, which is surprising

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Season 24 Power Rankings #2

We're half way through the regular season in Cobbfather's Season 24, so it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings.  At the top, Atlanta remains dominant and a clear number one, and they also managed to upgrade their pitching staff even further with a deal with Dover.  At number 2, the hottest team in the league, Salt Lake City checks in.  Ranked #15 preseason, they are showing they are better than we thought.  Houston remains #3, and Boston and a resurgent Pawtucket round out the top 5.  A lot of good teams this season, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out the rest of the way.  Here are the complete rankings!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  59 22 1 There's no denying they are the top team, great all around
2 Salt Lake City 54 27 11 On fire, playing amazing, and we didn't see it coming 
3 Houston 49 32 3 Holding steady, pitching is better, but offense is down
4 Boston  48 33 7 Offense is a bit down this season, but pitching is better
5 Pawtucket 45 36 15 Making a surge after a slow start, they are for real 
6 Cincinnati 49 32 2 Came back down to earth a bit, but still looking solid
7 Buffalo  46 35 10 Getting the W's and pitching, but not a lot of offense
8 Ottawa 46 35 12 Numbers are down a bit, but it hasn’t affected win total
9 Arizona 43 38 5 League's top offense is rolling, but still under .500 last 41
10 Dover 44 37 4 Looks like the end of an era as their vets are on the move
11 Trenton 44 37 13 Playing well with good offense, but division is tough
12 Pittsburgh  43 38 14 Bad pitching from first quarter is gone, they are in it 
13 Jacksonville 41 40 24 Really stepped it up the last 41, numbers are up overall
14 San Juan 43 38 6 Great offense, but under .500 since last rankings
15 Los Angeles 39 42 26 They are over a bad start, and added a bat from Dover 
16 Charlotte  41 40 8 Struggled since last rankings, numbers declined overall 
17 New York  43 38 21 Pitching has improved majorly, offense is a slight concern
18 St. Louis 39 42 17 Numbers look good, but they haven't cracked .500 yet 
19 Austin  41 40 18 Pitching has improved some since the last rankings
20 Texas 38 43 19 Seems to be a bit unlucky record wise, as numbers good
21 Florida 38 43 9 Other than a sweep of Boston, struggling, but are good
22 Las Vegas 37 44 29 Major improvement all around since the last rankings 
23 Seattle  36 45 30 Dramatic improvement in pitching, so coming along here
24 Louisville 36 45 16 Pitching has been a bit of a disaster, but good offense
25 Colorado Springs 35 46 20 Atop the AL West, are better than record so far indicates
26 Tampa Bay  35 46 25 They are getting it together some after a very bad start
27 Durham  37 44 23 Pitching is up, but offense numbers low for their park 
28 San Francisco 30 51 32 Numbers are up a lot all around, so getting it together
29 Albuquerque 31 50 27 Still rebuilding, and the pitching struggling in hitters park
30 Salem 32 49 28 Pitching has been issue for them as well, offense is ok
31 Syracuse  32 49 22 Stats fell off for them all around since the last rankings
32 Philadelphia 22 59 31 Numbers are bad, but don't seem as bad as their record

Monday, July 28, 2014

Season 24 Power Rankings #1

A little late with these, my apologies!  Here's the power rankings for Season 24 through game 40.


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  30 10 2 Taking back the top spot with elite play across the board
2 Cincinnati 28 12 16 New owner has the team playing their best for sure
3 Houston 24 16 4 Living up to the hype this season, offense is great
4 Dover 23 17 1 Putting up good numbers still, so can't count them out
5 Arizona 24 16 8 Offense is firing and the pitching is holding its own
6 San Juan 23 17 5 Pitching mediocre so far, but offense getting it done
7 Boston  25 15 7 Steady combination of good pitching and hitting so far
8 Charlotte  23 17 6 Playing well so far, looks like another strong season
9 Florida 23 17 11 Getting it done so far, yet numbers not quite elite yet
10 Buffalo  23 17 14 Pitching is really good, but offense a slight question mark
11 Salt Lake City 24 16 15 League's top pitching so far has them moving up quickly
12 Ottawa 24 16 22 Big jump, thanks to well balanced pitching and hitting
13 Trenton 22 18 23 Offense has been solid, pitching is just ok
14 Pittsburgh  21 19 12 Surprisingly high ERA for them, but still in contention
15 Pawtucket 18 22 3 Pitching has been roughed up early on, but they're good
16 Louisville 19 21 13 Getting a ton of offense, but giving up a lot of runs too
17 St. Louis 19 21 17 Numbers show they could make a move up later on
18 Austin  21 19 21 Better than expected start for them is a good sign
19 Texas 21 19 27 Pitching has been the key to their over .500 start
20 Colorado Springs 17 23 19 A little slump at the end, but numbers are pretty good
21 New York  20 20 25 Offense is a bit of a concern, but .500 record is good sign
22 Syracuse  20 20 26 Pitching hasn't been great, but they are decent overall
23 Durham  19 21 20 Offense is going to have to step it up to get back in it
24 Jacksonville 17 23 24 Pitching has been respectable, but not much offense yet
25 Tampa Bay  15 25 9 Rough start, but certainly capable of improving 
26 Los Angeles 15 25 10 Pitching hasn't gotten fully into gear yet, it looks like
27 Albuquerque 15 25 30 Rebuild is coming allong, the offense is pretty good
28 Salem 17 23 32 Pitching still isn't at the level to move them forward
29 Las Vegas 15 25 18 Haven't gotten much offense yet this season
30 Seattle  15 25 29 Not getting the pitching numbers you'd expect for Seattle
31 Philadelphia 10 30 31 It just hasn't come together for them quite yet
32 San Francisco 10 30 28 Pitching is surprisingly bad, and very little offense

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Season 24 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 24 is about to get under way, so it's time to check in with the preseason power rankings!  We had some excellent preseason insights from topoftheworl as well, that were quality additions to the blog.  Let's see how they compare!   At the top of the preseason rankings, we have the 3-time defending champion Dover.  The roster is a year older, but the same was said last season, and they came through.  Gotta show respect for the champs.  Coming in at #2 is Atlanta, probably the most talented team in Cobbfather on paper.  Another impressive season seems extremely likely.  #3 is Pawtucket, who emerged last season as a top AL team.  With the top offensive threat in the world and some quality Free Agent signings, it's not hard to see why.  #4 is Houston, who struck it big in Free Agency once again and looks to be loaded.  An upcoming San Juan team rounds out the top 5, as rawdk looks to have his team ready to contend again.  Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in your openers!



Season 23

Team  W L    Comments
1 Dover 107 55 Getting older, but can 3peat champs be anywhere else?
2 Atlanta  108 54 Extremely talented roster that could easily win it all
3 Pawtucket 92 70 Coming off a great season, and active in Free Agency 
4 Houston 87 75 Loaded up in FA once again, so should be solid
5 San Juan 90 72 They've got a lot of youth, so should improve again
6 Charlotte  98 64 Great last season, but the AL is looking very tough
7 Boston  96 66 Aging roster and lost Almanzar, but still pretty good
8 Arizona 88 74 Looked good last season, and should be in it again 
9 Tampa Bay  89 73 Haselman is getting older, but still a very good team here
10 Los Angeles 88 74 Always in the mix with tremendous pitching staff
11 Florida 86 76 Should build on last season, Leiter was a nice add
12 Pittsburgh  86 76 Consisitently solid and looking to get back in the fold
13 Louisville 87 75 Nice offense, if the pitching improves, will be strong 
14 Buffalo  85 77 Loss of Hernandez hurts, but have very good pitching 
15 Salt Lake City 81 81 Looking to break out of the pack this season
16 Cincinnati 78 84 Added a couple of pieces, so they could improve
17 St. Louis 81 81 Very strong pitching is a plus, we'll see about the offense
18 Las Vegas 71 91 Ontiveros was a nice add, so improvement is possible
19 Colorado Springs 74 88 Management is confident in improvement this season
20 Durham  69 93 It's a tough division, but they did improve their pitching
21 Austin  82 80 A lot of roster movement, so we'll see how it works out
22 Ottawa 83 79 Lost some pieces, but they still a solid pitching staff
23 Trenton 77 85 Middle of the pack last season, so we'll see about them
24 Jacksonville 74 88 New ownership is still getting acquainted with the team
25 New York  78 84 Pitching was an issue last season, we'll see if it improves
26 Syracuse  77 85 Pretty average across the board, can they take next step?
27 Texas 80 82 With star slugger Riley, so could improve this season
28 San Francisco 64 98 Almanzar provides needed pitching help, good offense too
29 Seattle  69 93 Took steps forward, can they continue upward trend?
30 Albuquerque 58 104 Second year owner is still making team their own 
31 Philadelphia 55 107 A lot of youth, can they take a step forward this season?
32 Salem 55 107 Not sure about this team, but we think they'll be better

Monday, July 7, 2014

topoftheworl's Top 25 Pitchers - NL

The top 25 pitchers in the NL:


Name Team Raw Score
1 Douglas Banks Buffalo 3600.8
2 Norman LaPorta Houston 3487.5
3 Manuel Estrada Houston 3391.3
4 Vic Vizcaino Arizona 3380.0
5 Will Ogden Dover 3361.0
6 Antonio Ishida Buffalo 3337.0
7 Marvin Walsh Pittsburgh 3315.0
8 Davey Torrealba Texas 3309.0
9 Jim Goulet Texas 3294.5
10 Dioner Ontiveros Las Vegas 3270.0
11 Don Monahan Dover 3259.3
12 Destin Beirne Ottawa 3258.3
13 Dennis Saito Syracuse 3247.3
14 Artie Stone Arizona 3221.0
15 Terry Kramer Los Angeles 3203.8
16 Homer Butler Los Angeles 3198.3
17 Brent Voyles Arizona 3192.5
18 Sid Townsend Buffalo 3177.5
19 Bill Hermanson Philadelphia 3175.0
20 Chief King Pittsburgh 3168.0
21 Red Collins Florida 3125.0
22 Billy Cooper Houston 3116.0
23 Fausto De La Rosa Ottawa 3115.0
24 Houston Austin Los Angeles 3109.0
25 Clarence Poole Houston 3104.8

topoftheworl's Top 25 Hitters - NL

Now its the NL's turn.  First the top 25 hitters:




Projected 

Name Team RC
1 Willie Cerda Jacksonville 127.4
2 Pascual Hernandez Houston 126.6
3 Howard Greer Pittsburgh 122.3
4 Garrett Patrick Dover 121.0
5 Jerrod Griffiths Houston 119.8
6 Hootie Cookson Dover 119.8
7 Greg Riley Texas 119.7
8 Vic Crowe Ottawa 119.6
9 Abraham Tannehill Syracuse 118.2
10 Albert Pineda Dover 116.3
11 Albert Pineda Buffalo 115.2
12 Will Maxwell Houston 112.8
13 Dustan Jackson Houston 112.3
14 Benito Acosta Buffalo 111.4
15 Pepe Guillen Ottawa 111.2
16 Carlos Trevino Jacksonville 110.9
17 Aurelio Lima Syracuse 110.8
18 Tony Hujimoto Arizona 109.6
19 Luis Duran Salt Lake City 108.0
20 Stan Dickens Dover 107.9
21 Alex Mercedes Salt Lake City 106.1
22 Benny Franco Ottawa 106.0
23 Gary Harvey Florida 105.8
24 Victor Guzman Arizona 105.4
25 Vic Castro Arizona 104.3

topoftheworl's Top 25 Pitchers - AL

Top 25 AL pitchers.  Stamina was not given any weight in this assessment so RP's are right in there with SP's.  The "raw score" is just a ranking tool and does not equate to anything specific.


Name Team Raw Score
1 Tony Mota St. Louis 3479.25
2 Jayson Klesko Boston 3419
3 Trevor McQuillan Salem 3394.5
4 Aneury Tejeda Atlanta 3345.75
5 Thomas Hutchinson Atlanta 3344
6 Victor Almanzar San Francisco 3339
7 Ron Jefferson Boston 3307.25
8 Allen Cox Louisville 3284
9 Miguel Colon Trenton 3260
10 Alex Satou Pawtucket 3258.25
11 Clinton McNeil Durham 3243.5
12 Yeico Oliva Boston 3228.5
13 Julio Sanchez Tampa Bay 3228.25
14 Ron Gross Pawtucket 3217.75
15 Alberto Beltre Pawtucket 3213.25
16 Calvin Wanatabe Tampa Bay 3206.25
17 Gus Masaoka Atlanta 3205
18 James Haselman Tampa Bay 3177.5
19 Walt White Charlotte 3164.25
20 Antone O'Neill St. Louis 3164
21 Edgard Fernandez Albuquerque 3161
22 Lloyd Chiasson San Juan 3151.5
23 Kevin Kingland New York 3149
24 Jhoulys Olmedo Salem 3143
25 Hiram Ogawa St. Louis 3140.5