Monday, April 13, 2015

Season 26 Wrap-Up - Atlanta Takes the Title!


Atlanta is your Season 26 Champion!

After a string of hard luck playoff losses the past few seasons, Atlanta's talented squad finally brought home a World Series crown in Season 26.  After finishing #1 in the power rankings in Seasons 23, 24 and 25, Atlanta couldn't cash in on their regular season success in the playoffs.  Oddly enough, Texas passed Atlanta in the final regular season power rankings of Season 26, so perhaps the top spot holds a playoff curse.  Atlanta swept St. Louis, outlasted Texas in a tough six game series in the ALCS, and defeated Florida in the World Series in 5 games to win it all.  Their #2 ranked pitching staff in the regular season showed they are tops in the postseason, posting a phenomenal 2.02 ERA during their postseason run, to go with solid offense.  Congrats to ekoontz on his 2nd Cobbfather title, his Expos also took it all in Season 10.

Now let's take a look at this season's individual award winners!

Most Valuable Player
American League - Vic Crowe, Colorado Springs - .320 AVG 51 HR 133 RBI
Crowe certainly flourished in his return to Colorado Springs, taking home his 1st MVP award with career highs in multiple offensive categories.  Crowe also made his 3rd All-Star team and won his 2nd Silver Slugger award during his most impressive campaign.  He certainly earned ever dollar of his $20,000,001 salary this season, even that extra dollar!

National League - Ahmed Ratliff, Philadelphia - .326 AVG 62 HR 154 RBI
It's rare to see a rookie take the MVP trophy, but Ratliff did just that.  Putting up ridiculous numbers for the Philly squad, Ratliff was a landslide winner in the NL MVP Race.  Ratliff took home more hardware this season than most players earn their entire career.  In addition to winning the MVP, he was the NL Rookie of the Year, made the All-Star team, won the Home Run Derby and took home a Silver Slugger award.  At just 21 years old, it will be interesting to see what Ratliff does the rest of his career.

Cy Young Award
American League - Thomas Hutchinson, Atlanta - 22-3 2.35 ERA 181 K
Hutchinson won the battle of best Atlanta pitcher, also known as the AL Cy Young Award.  It was likely his microscopic ERA that gave him the edge.  Notching another tremendous season, Hutchinson takes home his 3rd Cy Young Award, also winning in Seasons 21 and 24.  He also made his 5th All-Star team this season.  At just 30 years old next season, and on a stacked Atlanta team, it will be exciting to see how he continues to build his Hall of Fame resume in the next phase of his career.

National League - Norman LaPorta, Houston - 18-7 2.61 ERA 230 K
The 37 year-old hurler has yet to lose a step as LaPorta took home the NL Cy Young by a significant margin this season.  He has reached rarefied air winning the Cy Young for an amazing 5th time, a feat that has only been done by one other player in Cobbfather history, James Haselman, who has won six Cy Youngs.  He also reached double digit All-Star appearances this season, making his 10th All-Star team.  LaPorta continues to build on an amazing Hall of Fame career.

That concludes this season's blog coverage, see you soon for Season 27!

Season 26 Final Power Rankings






Offense Pitching Last 40

Team  W L PREV Rank Rank W  L
1 Texas 110 52 2 1 7 26 14
2 Atlanta  111 51 1 4 2 24 16
3 Florida 104 58 3 7 4 26 14
4 Colorado Springs 101 61 4 2 13 25 15
5 Los Angeles 95 67 7 26 1 25 15
6 Houston 92 70 14 6 17 25 15
7 New York (AL) 95 67 5 23 3 20 20
8 Boston  85 77 15 3 14 25 15
9 Las Vegas 88 74 9 20 6 22 18
10 Salt Lake City 84 78 11 5 18 22 18
11 Buffalo  86 76 12 22 5 21 19
12 Philadelphia 90 72 6 15 8 16 24
13 Arizona 83 79 8 7 10 14 26
14 St. Louis 85 77 16 27 9 23 17
15 Seattle  76 86 21 20 10 23 17
16 Charlotte  80 82 10 12 16 17 23
17 Trenton 80 82 18 15 10 21 19
18 Pawtucket 78 84 23 9 25 24 16
19 Jacksonville 76 86 26 17 20 22 18
20 Cleveland 77 85 22 18 19 22 18
21 Tampa Bay  80 82 24 13 24 21 19
22 Dover 75 87 25 25 21 21 19
23 Santa Fe 83 79 13 10 27 17 23
24 Austin  76 86 20 29 15 16 24
25 Salem 78 84 17 14 26 18 22
26 Syracuse  70 92 19 11 23 18 22
27 San Francisco 65 97 27 28 22 20 20
28 Cincinnati 69 93 28 18 29 19 21
29 Cheyenne 59 103 30 32 28 14 26
30 Durham  55 107 29 24 31 11 29
31 El Paso 55 107 31 31 30 12 28
32 New York (NL) 51 111 32 30 32 10 30

Monday, March 16, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #3

These are a bit late, I apologize, but here are the 3rd edition of the power rankings for the season!

Team 
W
L
PREV
   Comments
1
Atlanta 
87
35
1
Still holding on to the top spot, playing very well
2
Texas
84
38
2
Narrowing the gap, offense is best in some time 
3
Florida
78
44
5
They are on an unreal run as of late
4
Colorado Springs
76
46
6
2nd best offense, but pitching is middle of the pack
5
New York (AL)
75
47
7
Playing very well, the pitching is outstanding
6
Philadelphia
74
48
3
Fallen off a bit, pitching has taken a step back
7
Los Angeles
70
52
12
Getting it done with pitching, offense is better too
8
Arizona
69
53
4
Their pitching has been lit up, and offense is down too
9
Las Vegas
66
56
13
Pitching has been better lately, not sure about offense
10
Charlotte 
63
59
11
Pretty solid overall, but numbers declined some
11
Salt Lake City
62
60
18
They've improved a lot, the pitching has stepped it up
12
Buffalo 
65
57
9
Struggled since last rankings, numbers down overall
13
Santa Fe
66
56
14
Played better since last rankings, number up overall
14
Houston
67
55
16
Their pitching improved somewhat and nice offense
15
Boston 
60
62
10
Offense is rolling, but pitching isn't there this season
16
St. Louis
62
60
15
They've struggled on offense, pitching is pretty solid
17
Salem
60
62
19
Pitching improved a lot since the last rankings
18
Trenton
59
63
22
Offensive numbers are up since the half way point
19
Syracuse 
52
70
28
Pitching has been significantly better as of late
20
Austin 
60
62
21
Pitching has been ok, but offense has been struggling
21
Seattle 
53
69
24
Major improvement in pitching since the last rankings
22
Cleveland
55
67
8
Their pitching has been a disaster over the last 41
23
Pawtucket
54
68
26
Pitching has been a major issue for them this season
24
Tampa Bay 
59
63
17
Pitching numbers are up, but offense has slowed some
25
Dover
54
68
23
Offense has struggled, but pitching is not bad of late
26
Jacksonville
54
68
20
Numbers are mediocre overall, but not horrible
27
San Francisco
45
77
27
They've been awful as of late, very little offense here
28
Cincinnati
50
72
25
Pitching a problem all season, and offense is slumping
29
Durham 
44
78
31
Numbers look a lot better since the last rankings
30
Cheyenne
45
77
32
Pitching improved, but offense is almost non-existent
31
El Paso
43
79
29
Hard to pinpoint any postitives at this point
32
New York (NL)
41
81
30
Same as the above, the rebuild continues here

Monday, March 2, 2015

Season 26 All-Star Coverage

The All-Stars have been named for Season 26, and we have all the coverage right here!

In the American League, Eugene Brantley of Tampa Bay leads the way in All-Star appearances, making his 7th.  Honorable mention goes to Roger DuBose of Boston (6th appearance) and Thomas Hutchinson of Atlanta (5th appearance).  Texas had the most All-Stars in the American League with 5, while Atlanta, Colorado Springs and New York all had 4.

In the National League, veteran hurler Norman LaPorta of Houston is making his 10th All-Star appearance, a truly impressive feat!  Fellow 37 year-old hurler Lyle Wallace has the next most appearances amongst the NL All-Stars with 6.  Arizona led the way with 5 All-Stars, while Cleveland Philadelphia each had 4.  Syracuse is the only team without an All-Star in the NL, every other team is represented.

Here is the complete list of this season's All-Stars!

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C Jimmie Newson Tampa Bay 2nd
1B Vic Park Atlanta 3rd
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 3rd
3B Benjamin Delcarmen Cincinnati 4th
SS Tony Cassevah Salem 1st
LF Vic Crowe Colorado Springs 3rd
CF Gary Harvey Colorado Springs 2nd
RF Vladimir Troncoso Texas 3rd
DH Albert Cruz Pawtucket 4th

Pitchers
Player Franchise Appearance
P Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 3rd
P Thomas Hutchinson Atlanta 5th
P Jhoulys Olmedo Salem 1st
P Carl Young Colorado Springs 2nd
P Aneury Tejeda Atlanta 2nd
P Steve Morgan New York 1st
P Walt White Charlotte 1st
P Randall Washington Texas 1st
P Artie Stone Colorado Springs 3rd
P Henry Hermsen New York 3rd
P Fergie Lockwood New York 1st
P Paulie Gibbs New York 1st
P Jack Gwynn Trenton 1st

Reserves
Player Franchise Appearance
C Roger DuBose Boston 6th
1B Eugene Brantley Tampa Bay 7th
2B Steve Hansell Pawtucket 3rd
3B Hideo Sakamoto Durham 3rd
SS James Dillard Charlotte 1st
LF Benito Acosta Texas 1st
CF Jared Gonzales Texas 1st
RF Carmine Avery Salem 1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Texas 5
Atlanta 4
Colorado Springs 4
New York 4
Salem 3
Charlotte 2
Pawtucket 2
Tampa Bay 2
Boston 1
Cincinnati 1
Durham 1
Trenton 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE 
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C Benny Franco New York 3rd
1B Victor Guzman Arizona 2nd
2B Albert Pineda Florida 1st
3B Gail Roberts Dover 4th
SS Ching-Lung Suzuki Austin 2nd
LF Willie Cerda Jacksonville 3rd
CF Lance Matthews Austin 1st
RF Randall Coke Las Vegas 1st

Pitchers
Player Franchise Appearance
P Dock Kramer Arizona 2nd
P Bart Wheeler Cleveland 1st
P Rodrigo Ontiveros Las Vegas 5th
P Wayne Barber Austin 1st
P Ebenezer Hall Philadelphia 1st
P Lefty Leverton Arizona 3rd
P Bill Hermanson Philadelphia 1st
P Norman LaPorta Houston 10th
P Hank Abercrombie Cleveland 1st
P Houston Austin Los Angeles 1st
P Paulie Flynn Seattle 4th
P Lyle Wallace Los Angeles 6th
P Don Monahan Las Vegas 5th
P Rich Miner Philadelphia 1st

Reserves
Player Franchise Appearance
C Michael Mancuso Cleveland 1st
1B Howard Greer Cleveland 5th
2B Vin Gandarillas Arizona 2nd
3B Vic Castro Arizona 1st
SS Stan Demel Buffalo 1st
LF Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 1st
CF Eli Espinosa Santa Fe 3rd
RF Alex Mercedes Salt Lake City 2nd

NL All-Stars by Team
Arizona 5
Cleveland 4
Philadelphia 4
Austin 3
Las Vegas 3
Los Angeles 2
Buffalo 1
Dover 1
Florida 1
Houston 1
Jacksonville 1
New York 1
Salt Lake City 1
Santa Fe 1
Seattle 1

Friday, February 27, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #2

We're half way through Season 26 already, so it's time for another edition of the power rankings!  Atlanta holds on to the top spot with the best record and the most dominant pitching staff in Cobbfather.  #2 Texas, the most dominant offensive team in Cobbfather has been gaining ground, and saw a noticeable improvement in pitching since the last rankings.  It will be interesting to see if they can end Atlanta's streak of 12 straight #1's.  The best record in the world since the last rankings belongs to #3 Philadelphia, going 30-11 over the period.  Arizona and Florida round out the top 5.  Here are the complete rankings, good luck in the 2nd half!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  56 25 1 Still rolling along, their pitching is the best in the world
2 Texas 52 29 4 Pitching is improving and offense great, pushing for #1
3 Philadelphia 53 28 8 Best record in the world since last rankings, solid team
4 Arizona 49 32 7 Playing very well, as both pitching and hitting look good
5 Florida 46 35 15 Really turned it up since last rankings record wise
6 Colorado Springs 49 32 2 Pitching numbers are down, but offense is tremendous
7 New York (AL) 50 31 5 Really good pitching, but the offense is down a bit 
8 Cleveland 45 36 9 Pitching stumbled a bit, but made up for it with offense
9 Buffalo  45 36 6 Offense was down some, but pitching has improved
10 Boston  40 41 13 Numbers look better than record, offense is very good
11 Charlotte  42 39 11 They are well-balanced, pitching is not quite elite though
12 Los Angeles 44 37 20 Playing great since last rankings, with improved pitching
13 Las Vegas 42 39 10 Their offense is up, but the pitching got hit a little
14 Santa Fe 42 39 12 Pitching was better, but offense fell off significantly
15 St. Louis 41 40 17 Great pitching staff, but still not getting much offense
16 Houston 45 36 3 Their pitching has been lit up since the last rankings
17 Tampa Bay  40 41 18 Pitching is an issue, but nice offensive numbers here
18 Salt Lake City 36 45 21 Bounced back some, but pitching has been an issue
19 Salem 39 42 19 Pitching is not quite there yet to move up, but improving
20 Jacksonville 38 43 22 Numbers have improved overall since the last rankings 
21 Austin  40 41 16 Lack of offense appears to be holding them back some
22 Trenton 36 45 23 Major improvement in pitching and hitting the last 41
23 Dover 37 44 25 Both pitching and offense took a step back the last 41
24 Seattle  33 48 27 Offense improved a lot, but pitching took a downturn
25 Cincinnati 34 47 28 Pitching is a huge issue, but offense has been good
26 Pawtucket 34 47 14 Bats are getting it done, but the pitching hasn't been 
27 San Francisco 34 47 26 Pitching numbers are a lot better, but need offense
28 Syracuse  31 50 29 Very nice offense, pitching is better, but not there yet
29 El Paso 34 47 24 Offense has been in a slump since the last rankings
30 New York (NL) 32 49 31 Numbers are up, but hasn't translated to wins yet
31 Durham  28 53 32 Surprisingly low offense for a team playing in Durham
32 Cheyenne 29 52 30 Seem to be rebuilding and haven't turned the corner yet

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #1

Season 26 is well under way now and it's time to check in with the power rankings.  Atlanta holds on to the top spot with the league's best pitching staff.  Colorado Springs holds steady at #2, off to a great start.  Houston comes in at #3, and a very impressive offensive squad, Texas is at #4.  The top 4 are in a dead heat at this point, so it will be interesting to see if Atlanta pulls away again, or if someone else can dethrone them from the top spot.   Here are the complete rankings!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  28 12 1 Top pitching staff and great hitting keeps them on top
2 Colorado Springs 27 13 2 Living up to preseason hype with solid numbers overall
3 Houston 28 12 4 Offense is starting slow, but hasn't affected the win total
4 Texas 27 13 6 Out of this world offense so far, pitching is good enough
5 New York (AL) 26 14 17 Fantastic start with great pitching and solid offense
6 Buffalo  24 16 11 Solid numbers overall, they are amongst the NL's best
7 Arizona 24 16 14 Impressive offense to go with solid pitching thus far
8 Philadelphia 23 17 15 Pitching has been excellent, offense middle of the road
9 Cleveland 23 17 16 #2 pitching staff and good offense has them moving up 
10 Las Vegas 22 18 3 Not getting a lot of offense, but pitching has been great
11 Charlotte  21 19 23 The offense is really firing early on, and pitching not bad
12 Santa Fe 22 18 28 Disproving preseason ranking, the offense is still there
13 Boston  18 22 7 Tough schedule, and pitching seems to have regressed
14 Pawtucket 19 21 8 Typical slow start for them, pitching not doing well yet
15 Florida 19 21 9 Numbers are solid so far, so they can certainly move up
16 Austin  22 18 22 Winning record is nice, but offense is a bit of a concern
17 St. Louis 21 19 26 Fantastic pitching so far, but the bats are a bit cold
18 Tampa Bay  21 19 29 Nice offensive numbers, but pitching hasn't been great
19 Salem 19 21 21 They are getting production on offense, but not pitching
20 Los Angeles 16 24 10 Pitching hasn't come through for them up to this point
21 Salt Lake City 15 25 5 The defending champs have stumbled out of the gate
22 Jacksonville 19 21 12 Decent numbers so far that reflect their record well
23 Trenton 18 22 13 Bats not doing much, and pitching is about average
24 El Paso 18 22 24 Pitching has been rocked, but offense is not bad
25 Dover 18 22 25 They're middle of the road numbers wise to this point
26 San Francisco 17 23 19 Pitching has been hit hard, and offense slow so far
27 Seattle  15 25 18 Pitching not where it needs to be in their park right now
28 Cincinnati 15 25 27 Pitching is off to slow start, but offense has been ok
29 Syracuse  14 26 30 Very nice offense, but pitching has been destroyed
30 Cheyenne 14 26 31 They're not over the hump yet based on the numbers
31 New York (NL) 16 24 32 Looks like they are still rebuilding at this point in time
32 Durham  11 29 20 AWOL owner, let's hope for a jwinkler sighting soon