Friday, April 20, 2018

Season 37 Power Rankings #1

Season 37 is out of the gates and it's time to check in with the first Power Rankings of the regular season!  On top, for the 6th consecutive edition, is Little Rock.  Their pitching staff is off to an amazing start and the offense is good too.  Boston checks in at #2 with the top ranked offense and a pitching staff that is holding its own.  Jackson is up 7 spots to #3 with a hot start, putting up consistent numbers across the board.  The preseason rankings didn't see this one coming, up an amazing 22 spots to #4 is Milwaukee who is getting it done with their bats and tied for the second best record through 40 games.  Cincinnati jumps 9 spots to round out the top 5 with their 2nd ranked offense leading the way.   Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the preseason rankings!

Biggest Climbers:  #4 Milwaukee (+22), #7 Fargo (+20), #12 Charlotte (+11), #5 Cincinnati (+9)

Biggest Falls: #30 Portland (-22), #19 Pittsburgh (-17), #15 Oklahoma City (-11), #29 St. Louis (-11), #17 Santa Fe (-10)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck as the season rolls on!

Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 29 11 1 1 4
2 Boston  26 14 5 12 1
3 Jackson 25 15 10 8 8
4 Milwaukee 26 14 26 15 5
5 Cincinnati 21 19 14 16 2
6 Nashville 23 17 11 20 3
7 Fargo 22 18 27 9 12
8 Florida 23 17 6 7 13
9 Montgomery 23 17 3 4 19
10 Salem 21 19 12 14 5
11 Los Angeles 21 19 17 3 14
12 Charlotte  24 16 23 25 7
13 Buffalo  22 18 16 10 21
14 Tampa Bay 20 20 9 5 22
15 Oklahoma City 22 18 4 2 30
16 Salt Lake City 23 17 13 30 9
17 Santa Fe 20 20 7 17 17
18 Norfolk 19 21 24 6 28
19 Pittsburgh 18 22 2 12 20
20 Trenton 20 20 15 19 16
21 Honolulu 20 20 28 18 26
22 Syracuse 20 20 22 21 24
23 Memphis 19 21 25 11 29
24 Minnesota 18 22 20 29 11
25 Kansas City 18 22 19 22 24
26 Helena 16 24 31 28 14
27 Colorado Springs 16 24 29 26 18
28 Houston 14 26 21 31 10
29 St. Louis 16 24 18 27 23
30 Portland 13 27 8 24 27
31 New York 12 28 32 23 31
32 Atlanta  10 30 30 32 32

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Season 37 Preseason Power Rankings

Although these are a bit late, they are based on Opening Day rosters.  Enjoy!

Starting Relief
Season 36 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding 
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 110 52 1 22 4 2
2 Pittsburgh 91 71 2 15 2 18
3 Montgomery 90 72 9 11 1 18
4 Oklahoma City 96 66 4 1 7 8
5 Boston  93 69 3 2 9 18
6 Florida 101 61 11 3 10 8
7 Santa Fe 99 63 13 5 3 29
8 Portland 81 81 5 26 10 13
9 Tampa Bay 72 90 10 19 8 13
10 Jackson 90 72 8 6 16 13
11 Nashville 93 69 17 4 5 26
12 Salem 87 75 7 14 17 23
13 Salt Lake City 91 71 19 9 6 27
14 Cincinnati 83 79 12 16 13 18
15 Trenton 91 71 22 12 12 8
16 Buffalo  100 62 15 24 15 13
17 Los Angeles 79 83 14 7 20 5
18 St. Louis 88 74 27 13 13 4
19 Kansas City 70 92 18 18 21 1
20 Minnesota 59 103 21 22 18 29
21 Houston 73 89 16 20 22 29
22 Syracuse 62 100 29 17 18 23
23 Charlotte  73 89 24 10 24 23
24 Norfolk 83 79 23 31 23 2
25 Memphis 63 99 20 25 26 8
26 Milwaukee 82 80 28 8 25 7
27 Fargo 96 66 6 21 29 13
28 Honolulu 60 102 26 29 28 5
29 Colorado Springs 67 95 32 32 27 18
30 Atlanta  46 116 25 28 31 32
31 Helena 63 99 31 30 30 28
32 New York 60 102 30 27 32 8

Friday, March 23, 2018

Season 37 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

Season 37 has kicked off and it appears there will be some big names on the move this offseason. Check back to here see where all the top free agents have signed!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Armando Merced SP 33 TRE BOS $82.5 M 5
Comments: The star of this FA class, a sure fire #1 SP with some good years left
2 Calvin Hukata  2B 32 CIN FLA $52.5 M 5
Comments: Elite baserunner, outstanding bat, great in the field, even at age 32
3 Edinson Hernandez RF 30 MNT MNT $100.0 M 5
Comments: One of Cobbfather's best offensive weapons, plus all-around and only 30
4 Don Sparks  RF 31 TRE OK $38.3 M 5
Comments: 3-time former MVP can still mash and at 31 has a chance for a 4th
5 Orval Pfeffer SP 31 HON HOU $23.2 M 4
Comments: Control specialist with nice GB and pitch quality; good career #s
6 Randall Washington  SP 36 FLA TRE $31.2 M 4
Comments: Former Cy Young winner still great at 36, but the age is a slight concern 
7 Kirt Raggio  2B 31 PIT TB $17.8 M 3
Comments: Just a great all-around player, fielding, speed and bat are all very good
8 Mitchell Sweeney RF 30 SYR STL $38.0 M 5
Comments: Tremendous power hitter with nice career totals and some speed too
9 Brett Yarbrough 3B 29 TRE TRE $35.2 M 4
Comments: Plus fielding 3rd baseman, decent with the bat and good on the bases.
10 Ed Flair RP 32 NOR OK $28.0 M 4
Comments: No dominant pitch, but absolutely elite otherwise, great career #s
11 Bernard Gonzales SP 31 HON TB $26.0 M 4
Comments: Shaky career #s, LH split is weak, but great control and pitch command
12 Marcell Johnson 3B 32 MNT OK $19.2 M 3
Comments: Great contact, eye and speed, lacks range, but good fielder, little power
13 Eli Calixte 3B 32 TB SAL $6.2 M 2
Comments: Solid all-around player, yet not elite, but still should help a lineup
14 Troy Hudek RP 37 CHA CHA $9.8 M 2
Comments: He's been one of the best RP's for many seasons, and still can go at 37
15 Steve Morgan RP 33 PIT SAL $9.2 M 2
Comments: Dominant, low stamina RP who appears to be an ideal closer type
16 Pedro Sosa SP 30 CHA SLC $11.2 M 2
Comments: Career #s not great, lacks a dominant pitch, but the rest looks good
17 Louie Bennett  3B 30 BUF LA $9.2 M 2
Comments: Great fielding 3B, his bat is decent, not great, but good enough for the D
18 Bob Berg RP 33 SLC MEM $5.2 M 2
Comments: A quality reliever with great control and pitches, good closer candidate
19 Thomas Lyon SP 36 SYR OK $3.0 M 1
Comments: He's aging, but still has solid stuff.  Has a bit of a mediocre split vs. RH
20 Cyrus Morton  1B 35 SLC PIT $2.8 M 1
Comments: Getting up there in age, but still is a tremendous all-around hitter
21 Albert Nippert RP 31 FLA
Comments: Solid, hard-throwing reliever with great command of his pitches
22 Paulie Gibbs RP 34 TB LA $20.8 M 3
Comments: Great ratings and #s, but low stamina, there's a role for him out there
23 Tony Cabeza DH 32 ATL MEM $7.5 M 3
Comments: Elite batting eye and decent ratings otherwise, probably would be ok at 1B
24 Alex Chen RF 29 HON CHA $26.0 M 4
Comments: Interesting case of a low RH split, but great elsewhere, and decent #s too
25 Edgardo Vazquez C 32 HEL PIT $2.1 M 1
Comments: Outstanding hitter and a serviceable catcher, but low stamina

Monday, March 12, 2018

Season 36 Wrap Up - Little Rock takes the Crown!

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Little Rock is your Season 36 Champion!

After a dominant regular season, that saw them atop the power rankings for all four regular season editions, Little Rock capped off the season with a World Series crown with a sweep of Florida.  It almost didn't come to pass, as Jackson gave them a tough 5-game series in the ALDS.  They then beat Fargo in 6 in the ALCS before completing the sweep in the World Series.  Their bats were impressive all post season, posting a .925 team OPS, while their pitching held their own with a 3.33 team postseason ERA. Congrats to jibe and Little Rock on their first Cobbfather title.

Florida should be commended for another excellent postseason run, making their 6th World Series in 11 seasons, quite the impressive feat and far better than most who have never made it all.

Thanks to all for a great Season 36, hope to have Season 37 up and going soon.  See you next season!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Season 36 Award Winners

Let's see who took home the hardware in Season 36!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sean Gosling, Charlotte - .257 AVG 43 HR 119 RBI 22 SB
Although certainly not his most impressive season, Gosling took home his second consecutive MVP award, despite receiving less than 30% of the votes.  Make no mistake, Gosling is one of the best players in Cobbfather, but the numbers he posted this season just seem slightly below MVP-level. Congrats to him and Charlotte on the win, nonetheless.  Gosling also made his 3rd All-Star appearance this season as a starter and won his 3rd Silver Slugger Award.

National League - Haywood Swann, Nashville - .289 AVG 45 HR 105 RBI 27 SB
The 27 year-old Nashville slugger, Swann, who led the NL in Runs, Slugging and OPS, also took home the NL MVP trophy.  He's an extraordinary all-around hitter and looking at his ratings, it's a surprise this is only his first win.  Swann also made his 3rd All-Star appearance this season as a reserve.  The former #2 overall draft pick has proved worthy of his position and should continue to post impressive numbers for seasons to come.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Chick Munson, Fargo - 19-7 2.77 ERA 252 K
The 32 year-old workhorse righty out of Fargo picked up his 2nd Cy Young award with another outstanding season which saw him set new Cobbfather records for Complete Games and Shutouts. Additionally, he also led the AL in Strikeouts and WHIP.  Acquired in a mid-season trade in Season 35, Munson has certainly paid dividends for Fargo.  He also made his 5th All-Star appearance this season.

National League - Gregor Lopez, Buffalo - 19-2 1.99 ERA 215 K
In a runaway win, the 22 year-old Cuban dominated the NL this season in taking home his first Cy Young award.  He led the NL in ERA, Strikeouts, WHIP and Quality Starts and made his 2nd All-Star appearance in Season 36.  With his ratings nearly flawless and at only 22 years old, Lopez certainly has the potential to be one of the all-time great Cobbfather hurlers.  It will be exciting to see what kind of numbers he puts up going forward.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Greg James, Houston - .281 AVG 29 HR 86 RBI
By the slightest of margins (one single vote), the 24 year-old Houston outfielder takes home the AL Rookie of the year trophy.  Acquired from Florida last season, James has a nice batting skills all the way around.  He was the 18th overall pick in the Season 32 draft and made a solid impact for a rebuilding Houston squad this season.  He will be a good bat to have in the lineup going forward.

National League - Jair James, Oklahoma City - 16-8 2.89 ERA 215 K
James came out on top of the battle of Oklahoma City teammates to take home the NL Rookie of the Year.  The 24 year-old righty who was the #5 pick in the Season 34 draft tied for the NL lead in both Strikeouts and Shutouts in his rookie campaign.  Looking at his stat line, it's a bit of a surprise he wasn't a finalist for NL Cy Young.  Other than a tendency to give up the fly ball, James' makeup really has no weaknesses.  He looks to be a big part of the future for an Oklahoma City squad that is on the rise.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Olmedo Valdez, St. Louis - 1.82 ERA, 43 SV, 1st Win
National League - Ned Morris, Nashville - 1.99 ERA, 52 SV, 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH
Charlie Lyons
Boston
1st
C
Michael Mancuso
St. Louis
2nd
1B
Timothy Steinbach
Norfolk
3rd
2B
Wandy Guillen
Salt Lake City
4th
3B
Sean Gosling
Charlotte
3rd
SS
Dan Pribanic
Boston
1st
LF
Ubaldo Alvarez
Little Rock
2nd
CF
Calvin Hukata
Cincinnati
3rd
RF
Rubby Javier
Boston
1st

National League
P Randall Washington Florida 1st
C Quinton Stites Portland 1st
1B Richard Rapada Baltimore 1st
2B Bill Stutes Montgomery 1st
3B Willie Tejeda Syracuse 4th
SS Jumbo Camacho Buffalo 1st
LF Yohan Mairena Buffalo 1st
CF Gerry Camilli Florida 3rd
RF Lee Schlitter Portland 1st

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P
Quilvio Odor
Cincinnati
2nd
C
Zephyr Decker
New York
1st
1B
Darren Mann
Atlanta
2nd
2B
Ed Mayne
New York
1st
3B
Javy Melian
New York
2nd
SS
Kenji Wang
Little Rock
1st
LF
Vin Garland
Milwaukee
1st
CF
Franmil Stearns
Charlotte
1st
RF
Rich Lankford
New York
1st

National League
P Tony Corpas Los Angeles 2nd
C Randy Brewer Los Angeles 1st
1B Louis Hayes Memphis 1st
2B George Dubler Nashville 2nd
3B Willie Tejeda Syracuse 1st
SS Jumbo Camacho Buffalo 2nd
LF Marcos Fernandez Kansas City 1st
CF Jhoulys Pescado Honolulu 2nd
RF Kenny Mann Buffalo 1st

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Season 36 League Leaders

Here's a recap of this past season's league leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 36
Complete Games - Chick Munson, Fargo - 13 - New Cobbfather Single Season Record
Shutouts - Chick Munson, Fargo - 8 - New Cobbfather Single Season Record
Complete Games - Midre Tavarez, Fargo - 12 - Tied for 2nd All-Time
Saves - Ned Morris, Nashville - 52 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Gregor Lopez, Buffalo - NL - 4 - ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts, QS
Chick Munson, Fargo - AL - 4 - Strikeouts, WHIP, CG, Shutouts
Yoenis Portillo, Buffalo - NL - 3 - AVG, Hits, OBP
Haywood Swann, Nashville - NL - 3 - Runs, SLG, OPS
Steve Curtis, Oklahoma City - NL - 2 - CG, Shutouts
Wandy Guillen, Salt Lake City - AL - 2 - Runs, OBP
Jair James, Oklahoma City - NL - 2 - Strikeouts, Shutouts
Charles Lee, Little Rock - AL - 2 - ERA, Wins
Ahmed Ratliff, Jackson - AL - 2 - SLG, RBI
Bill Stutes, Montgomery - NL - 2 - HR, RBI

Complete League Leaders
Offense
American League
Batting Average
Wiki Unamuno
Salt Lake City
.343
Home Runs
Ronnie Delmonico
Colorado Springs
56
RBI
Ahmed Ratliff
Jackson
128
Stolen Bases
Dennis Brock
Charlotte
75
Hits
Timothy Steinbach
Norfolk
202
Runs
Wandy Guillen
Salt Lake City
135
OBP
Wandy Guillen
Salt Lake City
.438
SLG
Ahmed Ratliff
Jackson
.593
OPS
Dorssys Tatis
Colorado Springs
.977

National League
Batting Average
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
.337
Home Runs
Bill Stutes
Montgomery
47
RBI
Bill Stutes
Montgomery
126
Stolen Bases
Gerry Camilli
Florida
61
Hits
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
207
Runs
Haywood Swann
Nashville
130
OBP
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
.420
SLG
Haywood Swann
Nashville
.578
OPS
Haywood Swann
Nashville
.997

Pitching
American League
ERA
Charles Lee
Little Rock
2.42
Wins
Charles Lee
Little Rock
22
Strikeouts
Chick Munson
Fargo
252
Saves
Olmedo Valdez
St. Louis
43
WHIP
Chick Munson
Fargo
0.99
Innings Pitched
Midre Tavarez
Fargo
268.0
Quality Starts
Juan Galvis 
Boston
27
Complete Games
Chick Munson
Fargo
13
Shutouts
Chick Munson
Fargo
8

National League
ERA Gregor Lopez Buffalo 1.99
Wins Bo Nelson Florida 22
Strikeouts Gregor Lopez Buffalo 215
Jair James  Oklahoma City 215
Saves Ned Morris Nashville 52
WHIP Gregor Lopez Buffalo 0.98
Innings Pitched Don Martin Montgomery 252.1
Quality Starts Gregor Lopez Buffalo 28
Complete Games Steve Curtis Oklahoma City 8
Shutouts Jair James Oklahoma City 2
Albert Robbins Oklahoma City 2
Andy Karl Buffalo 2
Steve Curtis Oklahoma City 2
Armando Merced Baltimore 2
Daryl Hill Minnesota 2

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Season 36 Final Power Rankings

Here are the Final Power Rankings of Season 36!

Biggest Climbers: #5 Nashville (+10), #7 Baltimore (+9), #6 Fargo (+3), #17 Milwaukee (+3)

Biggest Falls: #16 Cincinnati (-11), #20 Portland (-7), #23 Richmond (-5), #11 Salt Lake City (-4), #31 Minnesota (-3)

Pitching Offense LAST 41
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Little Rock 110 52 1 4 1 2 0 28 13
2 Florida 101 61 4 2 0 18 -1 29 12
3 Buffalo  100 62 3 5 -1 15 5 27 14
4 Santa Fe 99 63 2 22 -3 1 0 26 15
5 Nashville 93 69 15 12 0 9 3 29 12
6 Fargo 96 66 9 9 2 12 1 25 16
7 Baltimore 91 71 16 3 0 22 4 25 16
8 Montgomery 90 72 6 11 1 6 0 21 20
9 Jackson 90 72 11 13 1 11 -1 26 15
10 Sioux Falls 91 71 8 1 0 23 -1 21 20
11 Salt Lake City 91 71 7 20 0 4 0 21 20
12 Oklahoma City 96 66 10 6 2 27 0 24 17
13 Salem 87 75 14 16 -7 7 1 24 17
14 Boston  93 69 12 28 1 3 -1 24 17
15 St. Louis 88 74 17 21 2 14 -5 26 15
16 Cincinnati 83 79 5 19 -4 5 0 19 22
17 Milwaukee 82 80 20 18 3 8 -1 22 19
18 Norfolk 83 79 19 15 1 17 4 23 18
19 Los Angeles 79 83 21 10 7 25 0 26 15
20 Portland 81 81 13 7 -1 24 0 18 23
21 Houston 73 89 22 24 0 9 2 20 21
22 Charlotte  73 89 24 26 1 21 -2 18 23
23 Richmond 72 90 18 8 -2 28 0 12 29
24 Kansas City 70 92 23 17 1 26 -4 17 24
25 Colorado Springs 67 95 25 30 1 12 2 15 26
26 Helena 63 99 27 29 -3 16 1 15 26
27 Syracuse 62 100 26 27 1 20 -5 13 28
28 New York 60 102 29 14 -4 32 -1 14 27
29 Honolulu 60 102 31 25 0 31 1 19 22
30 Memphis 63 99 30 23 -1 30 -2 11 30
31 Minnesota 59 103 28 31 -1 19 -4 10 31
32 Atlanta  46 116 32 32 0 29 1 8 33