Friday, April 26, 2013

Season 19 - 3rd Quarter Power Rankings

Leon Jackson - Senior Writer - Cobbfather Post Gazette

It's hard to believe that the season is 3/4 of the way done, and that means another edition of the power rankings.  Once again there is movement at the top, as 3 teams managed to leapfrog the entire top 7 to finish as the top 3.  Interestingly enough, #1-7 from the last rankings placed #4-10 in this edition, in a slightly different order.  The top 6 were extremely close in this edition, and it's hard to say that anyone of them stands out over the rest, but a top team must be named, and there is a yet another new #1 team.   Struggling mightily in the 2nd quarter, falling under .500, things looked down for Tampa Bay, but you're never out of it when you have James Haselman and a great supporting cast.   With the best record in the world over the last 40, and ranking amongst the top of the league in most major categories, Tampa Bay has jumped from #18 all the way up to #1.  Also making impressive jumps were the league's top team in pitching, Buffalo, going from #10 to #2, and preseason #1 Vancouver is back in the game coming in at #3 up from #12.  Here are the complete power ranking through three quarters of the season!

Team  W L PREV Comments
1 Tampa Bay  68 53 18 On fire over the last 40, major improvement all-around
2 Buffalo  74 47 10 #1 in pitching, and offense has been playing better
3 Vancouver  71 50 12 Substantially better pitching over the last 40
4 Little Rock 69 52 3 Numbers still look great, but pitching has fallen off a bit
5 Pittsburgh  73 48 1 Still playing well, but numbers down a bit the last 40
6 Kansas City  75 46 2 Slight decline in offense, but still great overall
7 Colorado Springs 71 50 4 Mediocre 3rd quarter, but a solid club
8 Dover 71 50 6 Offense is rolling, pitching is just ok.  
9 Boise 71 50 5 Pitching took a bit of a hit the last 40, but still solid
10 El Paso  64 57 7 Mediocre record the last 40 bumps them down a few
11 Minnesota  66 55 13 Played well in the 3rd quarter, offense was better
12 Durham  69 52 16 Nice record the last 40, and pitching was a bit better
13 Detroit  62 59 14 Good numbers across the board, but not elite.
14 Boston  66 55 8 Offense has been killing it, pitching has been killing them
15 Syracuse  59 62 22 Saw a nice improvement in pitching the last 40
16 Los Angeles 62 59 20 Elite pitching staff, but can't get anything going on offense
17 Burlington  61 60 9 Offense dropped off significantly over the last 40
18 Cleveland  65 56 11 Pitching is rough, and under .500 the last 40
19 Austin  59 62 15 Not getting much production on offense.
20 New York (AL) 57 64 21 Numbers have been pretty steady here
21 Arizona  58 63 19 Pitching improved some, which is a good sign
22 New York (NL) 56 65 29 Over .500 the last 40, pitching majorly improved
23 Omaha  58 63 17 Rough 3rd quarter, offense is really struggling
24 St. Louis 54 67 24 Held steady at 24, even though numbers were down
25 Atlanta  50 71 25 Not much change here from last quarter
26 Honolulu  59 62 26 Offense seems to be a bit of a question mark here
27 Texas 51 70 23 Numbers are down a bit the last quarter
28 Charlotte  51 70 27 Pitching was roughed up during the 3rd quarter
29 Colorado  37 84 31 Pitching is a major problem here.
30 Florida  46 75 32 Offense is not doing anything at all
31 Seattle  46 75 28 Would expect better pitching in their park
32 Washington  37 84 30 Pitching has been shaky, and last in fielding isn't helping

Monday, April 15, 2013

Season 19 All-Star Coverage

Leon Jackson - Senior Writer - Cobbfather Post Gazette

Season 19's All-Star Game is upon us, and it's time to see who has made this season's All-Star squads!  In the American League, the team is highlighted by hurlers James Haselman and Harry Mieses each making their 8th All-Star appearance. Yamid Montanez is making his 7th All-Star appearance this season, which automatically qualifies him for the Hall of Fame ballot.

In the NL, it's slugger Andres Candelaria is the leader in appearances on the squad this season making his 7th, which again, automatically qualifies him for the Hall of Fame ballot.

The teams with the most all-stars were Arizona and Vancouver in the AL with 5 each, and Little Rock in the NL with 5.   Without further adieu, here's the complete All-Star rosters for Season 19!


Player Franchise Appearance
C Welington Aquino Colorado Springs 1st
1B Eugene Brantley Tampa Bay 4th
2B Dustan Jackson Kansas City 2nd
3B Pepe Guillen Arizona 2nd
SS Benito Beltre Vancouver 1st
LF Chris Kile Cleveland 3rd
CF Morgan Cerda Atlanta 1st
RF Clarence Loney Cleveland 6th
DH Joey Ryan Kansas City 1st


Player Franchise Appearance
P Allen Cox Kansas City 5th
P James Haselman Tampa Bay 8th
P Ellie Jenkins Boston 1st
P Trevor McQuillan New York 3rd
P Cody Bonds Colorado Springs 1st
P Victor Almanzar Boston 4th
P Harry Mieses Colorado Springs 8th
P Lorenzo Gonzalez Vancouver 6th
P Anibal Batista Arizona 1st
P Brent Voyles Arizona 2nd
P Julio Sanchez New York 3rd
P Edgard Fernandez Vancouver 3rd
P Ralph Drew Tampa Bay 1st
C Elston Lloyd Vancouver 6th
1B Luis Posada Arizona 1st
2B Yamid Montanez Boston 7th
3B Roberto Bennett Vancouver 4th
SS Gorkys Benitez Boston 2nd
LF Crash Meacham Atlanta 1st
CF Dante Iwamura Arizona 1st
RF Shawon Stoops Durham 6th

Arizona 5
Vancouver 5
Boston 4
Colorado Springs 3
Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 3
Cleveland 2
Atlanta 2
New York 2
Durham 1


Player Franchise Appearance
C Mark Martin Little Rock 5th
1B Ray Rudolph Little Rock 1st
2B Calvin Decker Little Rock 2nd
3B Jose Pizzaro El Paso 3rd
SS Xavier Dean Boise 2nd
LF Andres Candelaria Minnesota 7th
CF Vic Gonzales Dover 3rd
RF Garrett Patrick Dover 1st


Player Franchise Appearance
P Rodrigo Ontiveros Boise 1st
P Clarence Poole El Paso 3rd
P Lariel Perez Buffalo 1st
P Norman LaPorta Austin 5th
P Jung Hasegawa Austin 6th
P Eddie Allen Boise 3rd
P Andres Baez Honolulu 1st
P Daniel Haselman Little Rock 2nd
P Douglas Banks Buffalo 1st
P Tony Lopez Los Angeles 5th
P Dennis Saito Omaha 1st
P Marvin Walsh Pittsburgh 2nd
P Kid Torres Dover 2nd
P Rob Corbin Pittsburgh 1st
C Clyde Lowry Pittsburgh 1st
1B Rafael Mercedes Minnesota 1st
2B Hootie Cookson Dover 1st
3B Cap Rivera Austin 2nd
SS Gail Roberts Texas 1st
LF Howard Greer Pittsburgh 3rd
CF Hub Petrov Buffalo 1st
RF Carlos Trevino Little Rock 1st

Little Rock 5
Dover 4
Pittsburgh 4
Austin 3
Boise 3
Buffalo 3
El Paso 2
Minnesota 2
Honolulu 1
Los Angeles 1
Texas  1

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Season 19 Midseason Power Rankings

Leon Jackson - Senior Writer - Cobbfather Post Gazette

We're at the halfway point of Season 19, and it's time for another update to the power rankings.  There seems to be a lot of parity this season, no one team has stood out thus far.  The top 4 in this edition of the power rankings were neck and neck, and then there was a bit of a drop off.  Little Rock was the top team in the previous power rankings.  While their offense remains extremely dominant, they only went 22-19 since the quarter season rankings, which isn't enough to hold on to the top spot.  For the top spot, pitching has overtaken offense, and Pittsburgh and their dominant pitching staff is your new top team!  Here are the full rankings at the halfway point of Season 19.

Team  W L PREV Comments
1 Pittsburgh  49 32 4 Pitching is dominant, and offense is holding their own
2 Kansas City  50 31 12 Best record in the world in the last quarter
3 Little Rock 47 34 1 Best offense by far, but fell off a bit the last quarter
4 Colorado Springs 49 32 7 Good balance of pitching and offense
5 Boise 48 33 2 Still doing well, but pitching fell off a bit
6 Dover 48 33 8 Holding steady, hasn't been able to break out yet
7 El Paso  43 38 15 Pitching has really stepped it up in the last quarter
8 Boston  46 35 13 Nice run as of late, if pitching gets it together, look out
9 Burlington  43 38 21 Big jump here, numbers have greatly improved overall
10 Buffalo  47 34 5 Offense fell off a bit, but pitching is still dominant
11 Cleveland  46 35 10 Holding steady, great offense but pitching not good
12 Vancouver  45 36 9 Fantastic offense, but pitching not coming through
13 Minnesota  42 39 11 Fell off a bit, but numbers look good
14 Detroit  41 40 17 Pitching has been better as of late
15 Austin  41 40 26 Hugh improvement in pitching and offense is better too
16 Durham  45 36 6 Pitching actually held steady, offense dropped a bit
17 Omaha  42 39 19 Tremendous pitching, but offense is not producing
18 Tampa Bay  39 42 3 Horrible since last rankings, offense really took a dive
19 Arizona  38 43 24 Playing well in last 41, pitching really improved
20 Los Angeles 42 39 16 Strong pitching, but offense is pretty weak
21 New York (AL) 38 43 27 Nice improvement across the board since last rankings
22 Syracuse  38 43 14 Numbers steady, but bad last 41, tough luck? 
23 Texas 36 45 31 Tremendous improvement, numbers improved massively
24 St. Louis 37 44 18 Pitching took a bit of a downturn since last rankings
25 Atlanta  34 47 20 Offense hasn't been producing as of late
26 Honolulu  42 39 23 Getting it done, but numbers seem low for the record
27 Charlotte  37 44 25 Improvement in pitching is a good sign
28 Seattle  31 50 32 Showing signs of life after horrendous start
29 New York (NL) 35 46 22 Really struggling as of late, especially pitching
30 Washington 24 57 29 Still underperfoming a bit, but pitching took a hit
31 Colorado  23 58 28 Their pitching is getting absolutely crushed
32 Florida  30 51 30 Numbers on offense are totally horrendous