Friday, July 22, 2016

Season 31 Power Rankings #3

As we down the corner down the stretch of the regular season in Season 31, it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings!  And there's a #1, as it has bounced backed to Cheyenne, who held the top spot after the first quarter of the season.  Their top rated offense and improved pitching propel them to #1 after a mediocre second quarter.  Holding steady at #2 is Texas, still playing solid ball.  Up 6 spots to #3 is Montgomery, who posted a league best 31-9 record over the last 40 games, thanks to improved pitching.  Cleveland's improved offense has landed them at #4, and previous #1 Florida checks in at #5, still having the top rated pitching staff, but has seen it's offense tail off since the midway point.  Now, for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #13 St. Louis (+11), #17 Monterrey (+10), #11 Vancouver (+8), #10 Atlanta (+7), #3 Montgomery (+6)

Biggest Falls: #14 Dover (-10), #23 Detroit (-9), #21 Chicago (-5), #28 San Francisco (-5)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck down the home stretch of the season!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Cheyenne 80 41 3 8 5 1 0 28 12
2 Texas 79 42 2 2 0 6 9 27 13
3 Montgomery 76 45 9 5 10 4 1 31 9
4 Cleveland 72 49 6 3 -1 11 11 23 17
5 Florida 79 42 1 1 0 13 -3 21 19
6 New York (NL) 67 54 8 11 -5 3 1 22 18
7 Salt Lake City 70 51 5 4 0 15 -2 22 18
8 Pawtucket 71 50 10 6 5 24 -1 26 14
9 Salem 67 54 7 14 -5 9 -2 21 19
10 Atlanta  65 56 17 20 2 8 1 23 17
11 Vancouver 62 59 19 27 4 2 0 25 15
12 Montreal 62 59 12 17 -1 10 -4 19 21
13 St. Louis 58 63 24 7 7 26 2 25 15
14 Dover 68 53 4 14 -4 16 -8 17 23
15 New York (AL) 62 59 11 9 -1 21 -1 18 22
16 Las Vegas 63 58 13 9 -4 25 1 19 21
17 Monterrey 50 71 27 24 4 7 9 22 18
18 Buffalo  61 60 15 13 4 18 -2 18 22
19 Louisville 62 59 22 26 0 19 0 23 17
20 Milwaukee 58 63 18 18 0 19 1 20 20
21 Chicago 59 62 16 31 -1 5 -2 19 21
22 Charleston 55 66 20 14 -2 23 -5 20 20
23 Detroit 60 61 14 23 1 16 -4 15 25
24 Colorado Springs 57 64 26 32 0 14 0 20 20
25 Boston  52 69 21 29 -2 12 -1 16 24
26 Los Angeles 46 75 25 12 -6 30 -1 16 24
27 Trenton 46 75 31 21 1 28 -1 17 23
28 San Francisco 52 69 23 22 -2 27 -2 13 27
29 Charlotte  44 77 30 30 -1 22 2 13 27
30 Iowa City 50 71 28 28 -3 31 0 16 24
31 Seattle  43 78 29 19 0 32 0 12 28
32 Houston 40 81 32 25 -4 29 1 13 27

Monday, July 11, 2016

Season 31 All-Star Coverage

The Season 31 All-Star break is here, so let's see who made this year's teams!

In the AL, Cheyenne led the way with 6 All-Stars, followed closely by Pawtucket and Texas with 5 each. Francisco Aramboles of Atlanta is making his 8th All-Star appearance, as is his former Atlanta staff mate, now with Pawtucket, Thomas Hutchinson.  The AL roster includes 10 first time All-Stars!

On the NL side, it's Florida and Montgomery tying for the most All-Stars with 4 each.  The ageless wonder Don Monahan of Las Vegas makes his 9th appearance in the All-Star game, as does teammate Rodrigo Ontiveros. The NL roster includes 13 first time All-Stars.

Here are the complete rosters!

American League
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C Daisuke Masato Montreal 4th
1B Michael Henn Pawtucket 2nd
2B Wandy Guillen Cheyenne 1st
3B Junior Roberts Cheyenne 3rd
SS Philip Vasquez Cheyenne 3rd
LF Vic Park Texas 6th
CF Raul Galvez Salem 1st
RF Vladimir Troncoso Texas 7th
DH Robert Hamilton Montreal 1st

Pitchers

Player Franchise Appearance
P Bob Berg Cheyenne 1st
P Jiggs Cuddyer Boston 4th
P Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 8th
P Lariel Benitez Texas 1st
P Tony Benavente Charlotte 1st
P Braeden Abercrombie San Francisco 2nd
P Carlos Colome Salem 1st
P Bob Graves Cheyenne 2nd
P Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 8th
P Kory Holloway Milwaukee 1st
P Juan Seanez Cheyenne 5th
P Yeico Miranda Pawtucket 3rd
P Paul Burroughs New York 1st

Reserves

Player Franchise Appearance
C Sean Dahl Atlanta 4th
1B Willie Cerda Texas 5th
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 7th
3B Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 5th
SS Dan Pribanic Boston 1st
LF Donaldo Javier Pawtucket 3rd
CF Wilfredo Rincon Boston 1st
RF Ryan Martin Pawtucket 3rd

AL All-Stars by Team

Cheyenne 6
Pawtucket 5
Texas 5
Boston 3
Atlanta 2
Montreal 2
Salem 2
Charlotte 1
Colorado Springs 1
Milwaukee 1
New York 1
San Francisco 1

National League
Starters
Player Franchise Appearance
C David Martin Vancouver 1st
1B Julian Barber Vancouver 1st
2B Oswaldo Blanco Vancouver 1st
3B Ernie McEnerney Cleveland 2nd
SS Cyrus Stottlemyre Salt Lake City 1st
LF Felipe Bennett Chicago 2nd
CF Jared Gonzales Montgomery 3rd
RF Albert Pineda Florida 4th

Pitchers
Player Franchise Appearance
P Rodrigo Ontiveros Las Vegas 9th
P Bo Nelson Florida 2nd
P Juan Belliard Trenton 2nd
P Felix Tanaka Cleveland 3rd
P Ronny Wilson Seattle 1st
P B.C. Ortiz Florida 2nd
P Davey Torrealba Montgomery 3rd
P Don Monahan Las Vegas 9th
P Quilvio Odor Montgomery 1st
P Pedro Castillo New York 1st
P Bryant Landrum Florida 2nd
P Gregory Evans Louisville 2nd
P Branch Willis New York 1st
P Andruw Gumbs Dover 1st

Reserves
Player Franchise Appearance
C Edgardo Vazquez Salt Lake City 1st
1B Byron Price Louisville 1st
2B Wilmer Ortega Salt Lake City 1st
3B Benny McAnaney Dover 2nd
SS Rymer Mota Cleveland 3rd
LF Mitchell Sweeney New York 2nd
CF Everth Sosa Buffalo 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 3rd

NL All-Stars by Team
Florida 4
Montgomery 4
Cleveland 3
New York 3
Salt Lake City 3
Vancouver 3
Dover 2
Las Vegas 2
Louisville 2
Buffalo 1
Chicago 1
Seattle 1
Trenton 1

Friday, July 8, 2016

Season 31 Power Rankings #2

We're at the half-way mark of the regular season here in Cobbfather, so it's time for another edition of the power rankings!   

And there's a new #1, dominating the first half of the regular season was the team that won 3 out of the last 5 NL pennants, and now add another accomplishment in earning their first #1 ranking it's Florida, led by the league's top pitching staff and a very nice offense.  Texas holds steady at #2, while previous #1 Cheyenne drops to #3.  At #4, up 7 spots, is a surging Dover squad who's pitching has improved greatly the last 40 games.  Salt Lake City rounds out the top 5, up one spot from the last rankings. 

The biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings were:

Biggest Climbers: #10 Pawtucket (+12), #14 Detroit (+9), #4 Dover (+7), #21 Boston (+7)

Biggest Falls: #25 Los Angeles (-12), #17 Atlanta (-10), #20 Charleston (-10), #30 Charlotte (-10), #32 Houston (-8)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck in the second half!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Florida 58 23 3 1 0 10 2 27 13
2 Texas 52 29 2 2 0 15 -5 24 16
3 Cheyenne 52 29 1 13 -10 1 1 23 17
4 Dover 51 30 11 10 13 8 0 26 14
5 Salt Lake City 48 33 6 4 0 13 4 23 17
6 Cleveland 49 32 12 2 6 22 0 27 13
7 Salem 46 35 5 9 2 7 0 22 18
8 New York (NL) 45 36 4 6 -2 4 1 19 21
9 Montgomery 45 36 8 15 3 5 -2 22 18
10 Pawtucket 45 36 22 11 -1 23 8 27 13
11 New York (AL) 44 37 16 8 6 20 5 24 16
12 Montreal 43 38 9 16 -3 6 8 20 20
13 Las Vegas 44 37 18 5 3 26 3 24 16
14 Detroit 45 36 23 24 0 12 9 24 16
15 Buffalo  43 38 14 17 -2 16 -7 26 14
16 Chicago 40 41 17 30 -2 3 1 21 19
17 Atlanta  42 39 7 22 -5 9 -3 19 21
18 Milwaukee 38 43 19 18 -2 20 -1 21 19
19 Vancouver 37 44 15 31 -2 2 -1 18 22
20 Charleston 35 46 10 12 -6 18 -2 13 27
21 Boston  36 45 28 27 4 11 3 20 20
22 Louisville 39 42 27 26 1 19 -1 21 19
23 San Francisco 39 42 29 20 5 25 1 20 20
24 St. Louis 33 48 30 14 8 28 2 18 22
25 Los Angeles 30 51 13 6 6 29 -5 9 31
26 Colorado Springs 37 44 21 32 -6 14 -2 18 22
27 Monterrey 28 53 26 28 4 16 -6 13 27
28 Iowa City 34 47 32 25 5 31 -3 20 20
29 Seattle  31 50 25 19 -12 32 0 15 25
30 Charlotte  31 50 20 29 -9 24 -2 11 29
31 Trenton 29 52 31 22 -1 27 0 15 25
32 Houston 27 54 24 21 -2 30 -10 10 30

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Season 31 - Power Rankings #1

We're a quarter of the way through Season 31 which means it's time for the first power rankings of the regular season!  And there's a new number 1, featuring a top 3 offense and pitching staff, Cheyenne takes the top spot in the rankings.  This is the first time since Season 20 that the #1 team hasn't been either Dover, Atlanta or Texas!  Speaking of Texas, they come in at #2, and off to a blazing start is Florida at #3.  The NL New York squad comes in at #4, followed by Salem at #5.  A hearty congrats to Charleston, who went from #31 preseason to vault into the top 10.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #10 Charleston (+21), #11 Dover (+15), #12 Cleveland (+9), #23 Detroit (+9)

Biggest Falls: #30 St. Louis (-13), #26 Monterrey (-11), #28 Boston (-9), #15 Vancouver (-7), #16 New York - AL (-7)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all as the season continues to unfold!

Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Cheyenne 29 12 3 3 2
2 Texas 28 13 1 2 10
3 Florida 31 10 6 1 12
4 New York (NL) 26 15 11 4 5
5 Salem 24 17 5 11 7
6 Salt Lake City 25 16 7 4 17
7 Atlanta  23 18 2 17 6
8 Montgomery 23 18 4 18 3
9 Montreal 23 18 10 13 14
10 Charleston 22 19 31 6 16
11 Dover 25 16 26 23 8
12 Cleveland 22 19 21 8 22
13 Los Angeles 21 20 20 12 24
14 Buffalo  17 24 14 15 9
15 Vancouver 19 22 8 29 1
16 New York (AL) 20 21 9 14 25
17 Chicago 19 22 12 28 4
18 Las Vegas 20 21 13 8 29
19 Milwaukee 17 24 16 16 19
20 Charlotte  20 21 24 20 22
21 Colorado Springs 19 22 22 26 12
22 Pawtucket 18 23 18 10 31
23 Detroit 21 20 32 24 21
24 Houston 17 24 29 19 20
25 Seattle  16 25 28 7 32
26 Monterrey 15 26 15 32 10
27 Louisville 18 23 27 27 18
28 Boston  16 25 19 31 14
29 San Francisco 19 22 23 25 26
30 St. Louis 15 26 17 22 30
31 Trenton 14 27 25 21 27
32 Iowa City 14 27 30 30 28

Monday, June 6, 2016

Season 31 Preseason Power Rankings

With Spring Training wrapping up, it's time to unveil Season 31's Preseason Power Rankings!  We start with a familiar team at the top, for the 7th straight edition of the rankings it's Texas!  Last season's regular season powerhouse brings back a fantastic roster yet again.  Coming in at #2 is Atlanta.  Last season's AL pennant winners look tough again, particularly their lineup.  Rounding out the top 5 are Cheyenne, Montgomery, and Salem.

So yes, the same teams from last season's final top 5 are in the preseason top 5.  Will anyone be able to unseat them?  It will be interesting to see!  I'm sure the remainder of the rankings will provide some bulletin board material as inspiration to prove the rankings wrong, I wish you the best of luck in doing so!  Among the biggest snubs I see is my formula has defending champ Monterrey at #15 and 98-win Pawtucket at #18.  It's not a perfect science, so we could certainly be wrong.   Good luck to everyone in Season 31!  Here are the complete rankings!

Starting Relief
Season 30 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding 
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Texas 127 35 1 1 5 5
2 Atlanta  100 62 4 10 1 19
3 Cheyenne 101 61 8 27 2 3
4 Montgomery 110 52 16 3 3 5
5 Salem 96 66 2 8 7 15
6 Florida 89 73 5 7 4 10
7 Salt Lake City 80 82 9 2 13 2
8 Vancouver 73 89 11 14 6 13
9 New York (AL) 80 82 12 4 15 5
10 Montreal 69 93 6 5 15 27
11 New York (NL) 88 74 3 30 10 22
12 Chicago 77 85 7 26 11 31
13 Las Vegas 84 78 15 15 17 10
14 Buffalo  84 78 18 11 12 22
15 Monterrey 89 73 23 23 8 19
16 Milwaukee 68 94 24 12 14 10
17 St. Louis 80 82 17 13 19 15
18 Pawtucket 98 64 10 17 27 5
19 Boston  69 93 27 16 9 30
20 Los Angeles 79 83 21 9 23 22
21 Cleveland 86 76 14 19 28 3
22 Colorado Springs 81 81 30 6 22 1
23 San Francisco 75 87 19 18 26 27
24 Charlotte  52 110 20 29 24 25
25 Trenton 65 97 28 22 21 27
26 Dover 72 90 25 20 25 19
27 Louisville 83 79 29 28 20 9
28 Seattle  72 90 31 31 18 15
29 Houston 54 108 22 25 30 25
30 Iowa City 70 92 26 32 29 15
31 Charleston 70 92 13 24 31 13
32 Detroit 71 91 32 21 32 32

Friday, May 27, 2016

Season 31 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

We've rolled on to Season 31 and the Free Agent Frenzy is upon us!  Check back here throughout the signing period to see who went where.  Good luck to all in their Free Agency pursuits!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Vic Park 2B 32 ATL TEX $52.5 M 4
Comments:  Great all-around player who is still going strong at age 32
2 Artie Stone RP 30 ATL CSP $64.0 M 5
Comments:  Outstanding reliever with virtually no flaws in his ratings makeup
3 Ryan Fisher SP 33 DET DOV $62.0 M 4
Comments:  In a very weak SP free agent class, he stands out as the most solid
4 Donaldo Javier 2B 31 CLE PAW $33.3 M 5
Comments: An MVP candidate last season, outstanding all around, but limited power
5 Erubiel Perez 3B 31 MNT LV $16.5 M 3
Comments:  Plays a solid 3B and has a good bat that is solid, yet not spectacular
6 Alex Mercedes LF 30 SLC ATL $40.5 M 5
Comments:  Fantastic splits, great batting eye, nice LF, and can play 2B in a pinch
7 Alex Alfonzo RP 37 STL LV $15.0 M 2
Comments: A fantastic workhorse RP still, even at age 37, he still brings it
8 Walter Bird SS 30 SEA MIL $24.8 M 4
Comments: Very nice bat for a great fielding SS, but low durability is a slight concern
9 Steve Sheets SP 28 BUF FLA $35.7 M 5
Comments: Only 28 and looks solid all around, but prone to giving up flyballs
10 Louis Markakis SP 34 CHA LA $23.0 M 3
Comments: RH split is mediocre and lacks a dominant pitch, but all else is good
11 Michael Stokes SS 29 DET CHA $16.8 M 3
Comments: Nice power bat for either a passable SS or Gold Glove 3B
12 Tomas Bernadina SP 29 VC SLC $26.4 M 5
Comments: Age is a plus and decent enough, middle to end of the rotation type 
13 Hideo Sakamoto  3B 32 SF DOV $20.8 M 4
Comments:  Very good fielding 3B, with a very good bat, although low durability
14 Willie Moreno LF 32 PAW CHA $10.4 M 2
Comments: Speedster with nice hitting skills, although not much power
15 Aurelio Lima 1B 34 TEX CHA $10.5 M 3
Comments: One of the best pure hitters available, but age and durability are a concern
16 Melky Martin RP 28 VC PAW $10.5 M 3
Comments: Solid workhorse RP with elite control and velocity, but no dominant pitch
17 Ronny Wilson RP 31 LOU SEA $17.6 M 4
Comments: Another solid RP who can eat innings and rates well across the board
18 Ugueth Guzman RP 26 TEX MIL $10.8 M 3
Comments: Young reliever with good pitches and velocity, good control, ok splits
19 Yordano Diaz RF 29 CHR SAL $22.0 M 4
Comments: Solid but not spectacular hitter, should put up some decent stats at the plate
20 Denny Haynes C 31 MIL BOS $0.9 M 1
Comments: Nice hitter, especially against LHP, defensive is iffy so maybe a DH
21 Douglas Banks SP 37 CHY LV $16.0 M 2
Comments: 2-time Cy Young winner is still good, but aging and huge injury risk lingers
22 Bob Bonds SP 27 PAW BOS $19.6 M 4
Comments: He's a decent back end of the rotation guy, splits are mediocre however
23 Brandon Sisk RP 29 NY2 MNT $4.6 M 2
Comments: Tremendous ratings, except for splits, might be a nice closer for some team
24 Felipe Olivares 3B 34 TEX CHA $4.4 M 1
Comments: Pretty good bat and decent in the field, but age-related decline is a concern
25 John Collier 3B 30 STL BOS $2.1 M 1
Comments: Somewhat passable as a 3B, but nice batting eye/speed combo here