Thursday, July 30, 2015

Season 27 Wrap Up - Atlanta Repeats!

Atlanta is your Season 27 champion! 

The Season 27 World Series has concluded, and Atlanta came out on top 4 games to 2 in a rematch of last year's championship against Florida.  Atlanta came out of the gates strong, winning the first three games of the series.  Florida mounted a rally winning the next two games, but couldn't maintain their momentum when the series headed back to Atlanta for Game 6.  Atlanta defeated New York in 4 games in the DCS, and then went on to face arch rival Texas in the LCS, taking that series in 5 games. Enrique Garces was the leader of the offense in the postseason for Atlanta posting a .333 AVG, .958 OPS, and hitting 2 HR.  Atlanta only hit .235 as a team in the playoffs, but did pop 25 Home Runs in 15 games.  Their pitching was outstanding posting a 2.59 ERA with multiple-time Cy Young winners Thomas Hutchinson and Francisco Aramboles leading the way.

It was a great season for Florida as well, as they nabbed the NL's best record for the second season in a row with a phenomenal stretch run, and then beat out tough division rival Philadelphia in 4 games in the DCS, and then sweeping Santa Fe in the LCS.  It took Atlanta a few go-arounds in the playoffs before claiming the trophy, so Florida can certainly get there too.

Thanks everyone for a great Season 27, see you back soon for Season 28!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Season 27 Award Winners

With the World Series under way, that means this season's hardware for individual awards was handed out, let's see who took it home!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Albert Cruz, Cincinnati - .292 AVG 60 HR 146 RBI
In Season 24, Cruz became the first player in Cobbfather history to win 3 MVP's total, much less 3 straight.  After a two season break, he's back at the helm taking home his 4th MVP trophy.  At Age 27, Cruz is already establishing himself as an all-time great.  It will be interesting to see what numbers and how many trophies he ends up with when all is said and done.  Cruz also made the All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger, led the league in HR, RBI, OPS and Slugging and won the Home Run Derby.

National League - Don Sparks, Philadelphia - .300 AVG 48 HR 117 RBI 24 SB
The NL MVP trophy stays in Philadelphia, but this time it's 21 year-old Don Sparks who takes the honors.  Playing in all 162 games this season, Sparks posted phenomenal all-around numbers thanks to his impressive hit tool and solid baserunning abilities.  He has many outstanding seasons ahead of him, and accomplished the difficult feat of winning the MVP in his rookie year.  Not surprisingly he was also named NL Rookie of the Year.   He also made the All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove at 1B.  The fact that he was not All-Star Game MVP and didn't win the Home Run Derby shows he is major letdown, I'd look to deal him in the offseason for sure.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Francisco Aramboles, Atlanta - 23-7 2.39 ERA 267 K
Aramboles capped another fantastic season by taking home his 2nd Cy Young Award.  He also earned the honor in Season 25.  Aramboles is a key part of the dominant Atlanta pitching staff that has helped keep the squad on the top of the power rankings for several seasons.  Aramboles made the All-Star team and led the AL in ERA, Wins, Strikeouts, Innings Pitched and Quality Starts making him a pretty obvious choice for the Cy Young Award.

National League - Don Monahan, Las Vegas - 19-4 2.46 ERA 236 K
Monahan nabbed his 3rd Cy Young win with another outstanding season for Las Vegas.  Winning previously in Seasons 20 and 23, Monahan becomes the 6th pitcher in Cobbfather history to win at least 3 Cy Young Awards.  Monahan had an outstanding record and ERA, great strikeout total, led the league in WHIP and tied for the lead in shutouts.  It's hard to argue that he didn't deserve trophy #3.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 
American League - Greg Wagner, Cincinnati - .272 AVG 47 HR 96 RBI
Wagner may not have the usual star makeup you see in most award winners, but he powered his way this season to the AL Rookie of the Year award.  Blasting 47 bombs to go with a respectable batting average was good enough to bring home the hardware to Cincinnati.  He'll probably need to continue playing in a hitter friendly park to come close to replicating this season's numbers, but still, you can't take away what he accomplished with his outstanding stat line this season.

National League - Don Sparks, Philadelphia - .300 AVG 48 HR 117 RBI 24 SB

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR 
American League - Walt White, Charlotte - 2.78 ERA, 33 SV - 2nd win
National League - Tomo Hayashi, Santa Fe - 2.01 ERA, 46 SV - 1st win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League


Player Franchise
DH Albert Cruz Cincinnati 6th
C Sean Dahl Atlanta 1st
1B Eugene Brantley Colorado Springs 6th
2B Harvey Talbot St. Louis 1st
3B Tony Cassevah Salem 1st
SS James Dillard Charlotte 6th
LF Claude Hughes Trenton 1st
CF Gary Harvey Colorado Springs 3rd
RF Theo Waters Cincinnati 1st




National League


Player Franchise
P Douglas Banks Buffalo 1st
C Michael Mancuso Kansas City 1st
1B Don Sparks Philadelphia 1st
2B Vin Gandarillas Richmond 2nd
3B Joe Foster Las Vegas 1st
SS Eduardo Ortega New York 1st
LF Willie Cerda Richmond 4th
CF Timo Worrell Seattle 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Santa Fe 1st




GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League


Player Franchise
P Bobby Kydd Cheyenne 1st
C Eugene Baker Trenton 1st
1B Harvey Stein Durham 2nd
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 2nd
3B Xavier Dean Colorado Springs 1st
SS Philip Payton Pawtucket 1st
LF Luis Sanches Cincinnati 1st
CF P.J. Roberts Durham 2nd
RF Emil Javier Trenton 1st




National League


Player Franchise
P Thomas Lyon Buffalo 1st
C Edgmer Moreno Dover 1st
1B Don Sparks Philadelphia 1st
2B Kevin Coomer Santa Fe 2nd
3B Haywood Realmuto Kansas City 1st
SS Wilfredo Javier Las Vegas 3rd
LF Benny Lee Kansas City 4th
CF Eli Espinosa Santa Fe 4th
RF Ryan Martin Seattle 4th

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Season 27 League Leaders

With Season 27's regular season is in the books, let's see who finished as the league leaders!

OFFENSE
In the AL, the offensive league leaders board was dominated by two players. Joshua Hendrick of Texas tied for the league lead in Hits and led the league in Runs and OBP.   3-time MVP Albert Cruz of Cincinnati did his best to make a strong case for his 4th, leading the league in Home Runs, RBI, SLG and OPS.

In the NL, Kansas City's Benny Lee led the league in Hits and OBP.   While, this postseason's most talked about player, Ahmed Ratliff of Philadelphia led the NL in Home Runs, RBI, Slugging and OPS, yet still wasn't a finalist for MVP!  What's a guy gotta do!

Here are the complete Offensive League Leaders!

American League


Batting Average Eugene Brantley Colorado Springs .339
Home Runs Albert Cruz Cincinnati 60
RBI Albert Cruz Cincinnati 146
Stolen Bases Apollo Faulkner Durham 55
Hits Will Maxwell St. Louis 207

Joshua Hendrick Texas 207
Runs Joshua Hendrick Texas 136
OBP Joshua Hendrick Texas .426
SLG Albert Cruz Cincinnati .650
OPS Albert Cruz Cincinnati 1.032




National League


Batting Average Michael Mancuso Kansas City .341
Home Runs Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 64
RBI Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 161
Stolen Bases Erubiel Sosa Austin 54

Jim Hume Florida 54
Hits Benny Lee Kansas City 193
Runs Jerrod Griffiths Houston 119
OBP Benny Lee Kansas City .429
SLG Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia .684
OPS Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 1.035

PITCHING
In the AL, the league leaders board is dominated by one pitcher, Atlanta's Francisco Aramboles. He won the pitching triple crown leading the league in ERA, Wins and Strikeouts, as well as Innings Pitched and Quality Starts.  His Strikeout total was the 3rd most in Cobbfather history (he now owns the four best single season strikeout totals in Cobbfather history) and he had the 5th most Innings Pitched in Cobbfather history.  What a season!  Honorable mention goes to Randall Washington of Texas who tied for the fourth most shutouts in Cobbfather history with 4.

In the NL, ERA Champ Douglas Banks of Buffalo also led the NL in Innings Pitched and Quality Starts. Don Monahan was the NL leader in WHIP and tied for the lead in shutouts, while Seattle's Paulie Flynn tossed an NL best 8 complete games and tied for the lead in shutouts. NL strikeout king Chick Munson of Austin also tied for, you guessed it, the league lead in shutouts.

Here are the complete Pitching League Leaders!

American League


ERA Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 2.39
Wins Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 23
Strikeouts Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 267
Saves Shane Williams Pawtucket 37

Gail Hausmann Cincinnati 37
WHIP Thomas Hutchinson Atlanta 1.04
Innings Pitched Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 271.2
Quality Starts Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 28
Complete Games Yeico Oliva Atlanta 6
Shutouts Randall Washington Texas 4




National League


ERA Douglas Banks Buffalo 2.00
Wins Norman LaPorta Philadelphia 20
Strikeouts Chick Munson Austin 242
Saves Tomo Hayashi Santa Fe 46
WHIP Don Monahan Las Vegas 1.00
Innings Pitched Douglas Banks Buffalo 229.0
Quality Starts Douglas Banks Buffalo 27
Complete Games Paulie Flynn Seattle 8
Shutouts Chick Munson Austin 3

Don Monahan Las Vegas 3

Paulie Flynn Seattle 3

Friday, July 17, 2015

Season 27 Final Power Rankings

The regular season has wrapped up for Season 27 and before the playoffs begin it's time to check in with the final power rankings of the season!  Atlanta holds on to the top spot, completing a clean sweep for the season holding #1 in every edition of the rankings this season.  Texas holds steady at #2.  Jumping up to #3 with a great finish to the season is Colorado Springs, who were only topped by #4 Florida who went an unbelievable 33-7 down the stretch!  Philadelphia drops 1 spot to round out the top 5.  Now, here's the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings. 

Biggest climbers: #4 Florida (+9), #12 Boston (+9), #3 Colorado Springs (+5), #18 Kansas City (+4)

Biggest falls: #15 Cheyenne (-9), #16 Los Angeles (-9), #31 New York (NL) (-6), #19 Pawtucket (-5)

Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs.  Here are the complete power rankings! 






Offense 
Pitching
LAST 40

Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W  L
1 Atlanta  110 52 1 4 -2 2 -1 26 14
2 Texas 101 61 2 2 -1 5 -1 24 16
3 Colorado Springs 93 69 8 1 2 17 4 28 12
4 Florida 99 63 13 24 4 4 0 33 7
5 Philadelphia 97 65 4 9 -1 9 1 24 16
6 Salem 96 66 5 11 5 10 4 27 13
7 Las Vegas 96 66 3 16 -5 3 0 23 17
8 Seattle  91 71 7 14 5 7 1 24 16
9 Santa Fe 92 70 12 6 3 22 4 27 13
10 Cincinnati 87 75 11 7 6 18 2 25 15
11 New York (AL) 90 72 10 17 0 6 0 22 18
12 Boston  81 81 21 3 2 21 2 26 14
13 Salt Lake City 84 78 15 5 1 23 -1 23 17
14 St. Louis 85 77 17 12 6 13 -4 22 18
15 Cheyenne 86 76 6 8 -1 14 2 18 22
16 Los Angeles 87 75 9 32 -2 1 1 19 21
17 Buffalo  85 77 20 28 3 8 -1 23 17
18 Kansas City 76 86 22 26 0 11 1 21 19
19 Pawtucket 77 85 14 21 -2 14 -1 17 23
20 Houston 79 83 16 15 4 20 -5 17 23
21 Richmond 76 86 18 9 -5 27 2 20 20
22 Vancouver 78 84 19 30 -3 12 -1 19 21
23 Trenton 72 90 26 21 2 24 -5 19 21
24 San Francisco 67 95 23 27 1 16 2 16 24
25 Austin  66 96 28 20 -5 24 1 12 28
26 Charlotte  65 97 24 13 -1 29 1 11 29
27 Dover 68 94 27 29 -5 19 -2 14 26
28 Charleston 71 91 29 25 -1 28 -1 15 25
29 Durham  64 98 30 19 -5 30 1 13 27
30 Syracuse  63 99 31 23 -4 24 0 14 26
31 New York (NL) 59 103 25 18 -8 31 -3 7 33
32 Iowa City 51 111 32 31 1 32 0 11 29

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Season 27 Power Rankings #3

As we head down the stretch in Season 27, it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings!  At the top spot, Atlanta continues to hold the #1 ranking, they are an outstanding squad indeed.  Texas jumps into the #2 spot, sporting the best record since the last rankings at 30-11, and improving in both pitching and hitting.  Las Vegas jumps into the top 5 at #3 with a great run since the halfway point, while Philadelphia is down two spots to #4.  Making an incredible jump into the top 5, Salem is up 14 spots from the mid-season rankings with a 29-12 record since then.  Now for the biggest climbs and falls since the last rankings!

Biggest climbs:  #5 Salem (+14), #11 Cincinnati (+12), #18 Richmond (+10), #23 San Francisco (+9), #12 Santa Fe (+8)

Biggest falls: #17 St. Louis (-14), #26 Trenton (-12), #28 Austin (-12), #22 Kansas City (-10), #20 Buffalo (-9)

Here are the complete rankings!






Offense 
Pitching
LAST 41

Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W  L
1 Atlanta  84 38 1 2 -1 1 0 29 12
2 Texas 77 45 5 1 4 4 6 30 11
3 Las Vegas 73 49 9 11 1 3 3 29 12
4 Philadelphia 73 49 2 8 3 10 -1 22 19
5 Salem 69 53 19 16 7 14 1 29 12
6 Cheyenne 68 54 6 7 -5 16 1 22 19
7 Seattle  67 55 13 19 3 8 3 25 16
8 Colorado Springs 65 57 10 3 0 21 4 23 18
9 Los Angeles 68 54 7 30 -3 2 0 21 20
10 New York (AL) 68 54 4 17 -1 6 -3 18 23
11 Cincinnati 62 60 23 13 4 20 2 25 16
12 Santa Fe 65 57 20 9 1 26 3 24 17
13 Florida 66 56 8 28 1 4 0 20 21
14 Pawtucket 60 62 15 19 5 13 -1 21 20
15 Salt Lake City 61 61 21 6 8 22 5 21 20
16 Houston 62 60 22 19 5 15 4 24 17
17 St. Louis 63 59 3 18 -9 9 -2 16 25
18 Richmond 56 66 28 4 3 29 2 22 19
19 Vancouver 59 63 17 27 -8 11 2 20 21
20 Buffalo  62 60 11 31 -3 7 -2 19 22
21 Boston  55 67 18 5 -1 23 3 16 25
22 Kansas City 55 67 12 26 -5 12 -4 14 27
23 San Francisco 51 71 32 28 3 18 3 24 17
24 Charlotte  54 68 26 12 3 30 -2 19 22
25 New York (NL) 52 70 30 10 -2 28 2 18 23
26 Trenton 53 69 14 23 -3 19 -5 15 26
27 Dover 54 68 25 24 6 17 -1 19 22
28 Austin  54 68 16 15 -3 25 -6 14 27
29 Charleston 56 66 29 24 0 27 -3 20 21
30 Durham  51 71 24 14 -8 31 1 15 26
31 Syracuse  49 73 27 19 -1 24 -2 16 25
32 Iowa City 40 82 31 32 0 32 -14 6 35

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Season 27 All-Star Coverage

The Season 27 All-Star festivities are upon us, so let's see who made this season's All-Star teams!

In the American League, Thomas Hutchinson leads all AL All-Stars in appearances, making his 6th All-Star team.  There were 10 first time All-Stars on the AL Squad.  14 different teams are represented on the AL All-Star team with Atlanta (6) and Texas (5) having the most players.

In the National League, Norman LaPorta is still getting it done at age 38, making his 11th All-Star team! Another great feat for LaPorta as he also attempts to win a record tying 6th Cy Young Award this season. The NL had 12 first time All-Stars and representatives from 13 different teams. Philadelphia had the most All-Stars with 7, followed by Las Vegas with 4.

Here are the complete rosters, congrats to those owners who had players make the teams!

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters
Player Team Appearance
C Vinny Sano Charlotte 2nd
1B Will Maxwell St. Louis 4th
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 4th
3B Hideo Sakamoto Durham 4th
SS Rymer Mota Salem 1st
LF Vinny Dickinson Atlanta 3rd
CF P.J. Roberts Durham 1st
RF Vladimir Troncoso Texas 4th
DH Albert Cruz Cincinnati 5th

Pitchers

Player Team Appearance
P Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 4th
P Esteban Castillo Cheyenne 1st
P Thomas Hutchinson Atlanta 6th
P Alfonso Unamuno Charleston 1st
P Shane Williams Pawtucket 2nd
P Willie Guerrero Charleston 1st
P Tony Mota St. Louis 1st
P Ben Lincoln New York 1st
P Lloyd Chiasson Texas 2nd
P Juan Seanez Colorado Springs 3rd
P Aneury Tejeda Atlanta 3rd
P Antonio Ishida Texas 3rd
P William Hukata Iowa City 1st

Reserves
Player Team Appearance
C Sean Dahl Atlanta 2nd
1B Kendry Lunar Boston 1st
2B Enrique Garces Atlanta 3rd
3B Tony Cassevah Salem 2nd
SS Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 2nd
LF Benito Acosta Texas 2nd
CF Alfonso Rijo Boston 1st
RF Theo Waters Cincinnati 4th

AL All-Stars by Team
Atlanta 6
Texas 5
Boston 2
Charleston 2
Cincinnati 2
Colorado Springs 2
Durham 2
Salem 2
St. Louis 2
Charlotte 1
Cheyenne 1
Iowa City 1
New York 1
Pawtucket 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Starters 

Player Team Appearance
C Benny Franco New York 4th
1B Erubiel Sosa Austin 2nd
2B Rolando Gomez Philadelphia 2nd
3B Joe Foster Las Vegas 2nd
SS Stan Demel Buffalo 2nd
LF Benny Lee Kansas City 5th
CF Heath Kelly Florida 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Santa Fe 1st

Pitchers

Player Team Appearance
P Yordano Oropesa Salt Lake City 1st
P Edward Presley Philadelphia 1st
P Chick Munson Austin 1st
P Rodrigo Ontiveros Las Vegas 6th
P Tomo Hayashi Santa Fe 1st
P Don Monahan Las Vegas 6th
P Douglas Banks Buffalo 5th
P Vladimir Rosario Philadelphia 1st
P Dioner Ontiveros Las Vegas 3rd
P Norman LaPorta Philadelphia 11th
P Doug Thomson Philadelphia 1st
P Groucho Leiter Dover 2nd
P Houston Austin Los Angeles 2nd
P Erubiel Morales Santa Fe 1st

Reserves

Player Team Appearance
C Stan Dickens Vancouver 4th
1B Don Sparks Philadelphia 1st
2B Vin Gandarillas Richmond 3rd
3B Wilfredo Moraga Los Angeles 1st
SS James Jung Florida 1st
LF Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 2nd
CF Luis Duran Salt Lake City 2nd
RF Morgan Cerda Austin 6th

NL All-Stars by Team
Philadelphia 7
Las Vegas 4
Austin 3
Santa Fe 3
Buffalo 2
Florida 2
Los Angeles 2
Salt Lake City 2
Dover 1
Kansas City 1
New York 1
Richmond 1
Vancouver 1