Wednesday, June 10, 2015

S31 NL Playoff Capsules

click on this link to view AL Playoff Capsules

#4 Wichita DwArf'y Mojados (87-75) vs. #5 Albuquerque Komodo Dragons (91-71)
Season Series: Wichita won 6-4

Wichita Albuquerque
Owner: jibe Owner: csudak
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #6 Seed - Lost in DCS S30: #5 Seed - Lost in World Series
S29: #4 Seed - Lost in NLCS S29: no appearance
NL Team Rankings NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 719 (7th) Runs Scored: 901 (1st)
Team ERA: 3.61 (5th) Team ERA: 4.37 (13th)
Fielding %: .984 (7th) Fielding %: .983 (10th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars Award Nominees/All-Stars
1B - Eli Cruz: MVP Finalist, Silver Slugger, All-Star 3B - Ernesto Mendez: Gold Glove
P - Juan Sierra: Cy Young Finalist, Fireman of Year, All-Star C - Sean Cousins: All-Star
SS - Bartolo Ortiz: Silver Slugger, All-Star 2B - Terry Holmes: All-Star
LF - Tony Caballero: Silver Slugger, All-Star SS - Neal Hartzell: All-Star
CF - Vicente Palmiero: All-Star
RF - Harry Pizzaro: All-Star


Winner Faces #1 Seattle Strikers (106-56)
Season Series: Tied Wichita 5-5, Beat Albuquerque 6-4

Seattle
Owner: ghutton9
Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #1 Seed - Lost in DCS
S29: #1 Seed - Lost in DCS
NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 777 (3rd)
Team ERA: 2.74 (1st)
Fielding %: .987 (4th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars
1B - Gus Justice: MVP Finalist, All-Star
P - Brendan Taylor: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star
P - Benny Villano: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star
P - Tim Daubach: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star
CF - Sean King: Gold Glove
P - Clyde Meusel: All-Star
P - Vinny Napoli: All-Star
C - Salvador Gallardo: All-Star


#3 Texas Galveston Wave (96-66) vs. #6 Oklahoma City Prairie Dogs (85-77)
Season Series: Oklahoma City won 7-3

Texas Oklahoma City
Owner: erichanville Owner: brentcnb
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: no appearance S30: no appearance
S29: #5 Seed - Lost in DPIS S29: no appearance
NL Team Rankings NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 763 (4th) Runs Scored: 683 (8th)
Team ERA: 3.39 (3rd) Team ERA: 3.71 (6th)
Fielding %: .986 (6th) Fielding %: .982 (13th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars Award Nominees/All-Stars
P - Kiko Hanrahan: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star 1B - Jin-Chi Yamamoto: MVP Finalist
RF - Alan Wilson: Silver Slugger, All-Star P - Erik Zaun: ROY Finalist
3B - Jake Ashley: All-Star CF - Russell Rucker: ROY Finalist, Gold Glove


Winner Faces #2 Scranton Red Barons (97-65)
Season Series: Tied Texas 5-5, Tied Oklahoma City 5-5

Scranton
Owner: reggie988
Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #2 Seed - Lost in NLCS
S29: #3 Seed - Won World Series
NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 758 (5th)
Team ERA: 3.34 (2nd)
Fielding %: .984 (8th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars
P - Eric Bradley: Silver Slugger
2B - Eugenio Canseco: Silver Slugger, All-Star
P - Mitch Mota: All-Star
P - Babe Conroy: All-Star
P - Alfonso Puig: All-Star
LF - F.P. Gentry: All-Star

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

S31 AL Playoff Capsules

click on this link to view NL Playoff Capsules

#4 Boston Pilgrims (90-72) vs. #5 Vancouver Canucks (95-67)
Season Series: Vancouver won 6-4

Boston Vancouver
Owner: kjmulli Owner: skplayer07
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #3 Seed - Lost in DPIS S30: #5 Seed - Lost in DCS
S29: #2 Seed - Lost in DCS S29: #6 Seed - Lost in World Series
AL Team Rankings AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 879 (4th) Runs Scored: 909 (2nd)
Team ERA: 4.31 (4th) Team ERA: 4.21 (3rd)
Fielding %: .988 (3rd) Fielding %: .983 (9th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars Award Nominees/All-Stars
SS - Miguel Garces: Gold Glove 1B - Bo Long: MVP Finalist
P - Moises Olmedo: All-Star P - Rock Randall: Cy Young Finalist & All-Star
DH - Matt Jaha: All-Star P - Yoshinori Zhou: All-Star


Winner Faces #1 Salem Volcanoes (110-52)
Season Series: Beat Vancouver 7-3, Tied Boston 5-5

Salem
Owner: jkenned
Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #1 Seed - Won World Series
S29: #1 Seed - Lost in ALCS
AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 881 (3rd)
Team ERA: 3.31 (1st)
Fielding %: .990 (1st)
Award Nominees/All-Stars
P - Lonny Gonzalez: Cy Young Finalist & All-Star
P - Rymer Tavarez: Cy Young Finalist
1B - Brian Woolf: ROY Finalist
P - Jose Marquez: All-Star
C - Harry Gibson: All-Star
3B - Cristobal Izquierdo: All-Star
RF - Avisail Martin: All-Star


#3 Nashville Merchants (97-65) vs. #6 Durham Doormats (85-77)
Season Series: Nashville won 6-4

Nashville Durham
Owner: blapo21 Owner: alogman1
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #2 Seed - Lost in DCS S30: no appearance
S29: #3 Seed - Lost in DPIS S29: #5 Seed - Lost in DPIS
AL Team Rankings AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 974 (1st) Runs Scored: 869 (6th)
Team ERA: 4.37 (6th) Team ERA: 4.97 (12th)
Fielding %: .983 (10th) Fielding %: .983 (11th)
Award Nominees/All-Stars Award Nominees/All-Stars
3B - Wendell Werth: MVP Finalist, Silver Slugger, All-Star 1B - Harley Rose: ROY Finalist
P - Alex James: Cy Young Finalist, Fireman of Year, All-Star C - Bengie Trajano: Silver Slugger, All-Star
1B - Angel De La Rosa: ROY Finalist P - Matty Bennett: All-Star
2B - Abraham Logan: ROY Finalist
DH - Phil Yamamoto: Silver Slugger
P - Lariel Osuna: Gold Glove


Winner Faces #2 Milwaukee Magnitude (97-65)
Season Series: Beat Nashville 6-4, Beat Durham 6-4

Milwaukee
Owner: horvie78
Recent Playoff Appearances
S30: #4 Seed - Lost in DPIS
S29: #4 Seed - Lost in DCS
AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 868 (7th)
Team ERA: 4.11 (2nd)
Fielding %: .989 (2nd)
Award Nominees/All-Stars
2B - Zip Sullivan: MVP Finalist, Silver Slugger, All-Star
1B - Michael Chong: Gold Glove
P - Tex Wagner: All-Star

Monday, May 25, 2015

S31 Rookie Class

37 Pine Tar rookies, who are making an impact on their team and on the league, are noted below.  Each rookie has their current statistics and method of entry into the league listed.

Notes:
-The Season 31 rookie class is not nearly as strong as Season 30's, where rookies Wendell Werth and Felipe Osorio were nominated as MVP finalists.  Click on the following link for last season's rookie blog: Season 30 Rookie Class Blog.
-27 of the 37 rookies were acquired in the Amateur Draft, while only 10 were signed as International Free Agents.  
-Of the 27 rookies selected in the Amateur Draft, nine were top-10 picks and eight were chosen in the second round or later.  While there were no #1 picks, starting pitchers Michael Boyer (Indianapolis) and Collin Pavano (Iowa City) were #2 picks in Season 28 and 26, respectively.  The latest selection was Jackson relief pitcher Rick Cooper (#238 pick in Season 26).  
-Of the 10 rookies who were signed as IFAs, five were paid $10 million or more, while two were signed for less than $2 million.  SP Esteban Mujica (Indianapolis) was paid the most at $33 million and CF Jamie Dong (Cincinnati) was a steal at only $890K.
-Louisville RP Tyreace Green was acquired as far back as Season 23, while RF Neifi Gil (Houston) was signed this season in the IFA market.
-Horvie's front-runners for the AL Rookie-of-the-Year award are Abraham Logan (Nashville) and Esteban Mujica (Indianapolis).  
-Horvie's front-runners for the NL Rookie-of-the-Year award are Collin Pavano (Iowa City), Neifi Gil (Houston), and Russell Castillo (Minnesota).


Position Players
*You can click on each player's name to view their HBD profile.

C - Tony Anderson (Indianapolis)
Draft/IFA: #98 Pick - S26
Stats: .288 BA, .362 OBP, 23 RBI, 28% CS

C - Wallace Duffy (St. Louis)
Draft/IFA: #26 Pick - S29
Stats: .324 OBP, 17 HR, 47 RBI

C - Shouta Wang (Huntington)
Draft/IFA: $1.9M IFA - S24
Stats: .285 BA, .348 OBP, 19 HR, 76 RBI

1B - Angel De La Rosa (Nashville)
Draft/IFA: $13.2 IFA - S26
Stats: .256 BA, 30 HR, 79 RBI

1B - Harley Rose (Durham)
Draft/IFA: #36 Pick - S25
Stats: .258 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI

1B - Brian Woolf (Salem)

Draft/IFA: #22 Pick - S27
Stats: .316 OBP, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 18 SB, 8 Plus Plays

2B - Russell Castillo (Minnesota)
Draft/IFA: #21 Pick - S28
Stats: .306 BA, .354 OBP, 13 HR, 58 RBI, 21 SB

2B - Nate Harrison (St. Louis)

Draft/IFA: #43 Pick - S28
Stats: .281 BA, 13 HR, 40 RBI, 13 SB, 11 Plus Plays

2B - Abraham Logan (Nashville)
Draft/IFA: #2 Pick - S27
Stats: .317 BA, .933 OPS, 22 HR, 75 RBI, 12 SB

2B - John Nix (Dover)
Draft/IFA: #90 Pick - S27
Stats: .270 BA, 29 RBI, 27 SB, 14 Plus Plays

2B - Raul Quintero (Jacksonville)
Draft/IFA: $16M IFA - S28
Stats: 21 HR, 53 RBI

CF - Jamie Dong (Cincinnati)
Draft/IFA: $890K IFA - S25
Stats: .327 OBP, 32 SB, 11 Plus Plays

CF - Louis Fitzgerald (Houston)
Draft/IFA: #5 Pick - S28
Stats: .287 BA, .377 OBP, 44 RBI, 12 SB

CF - Shane Pose (Colorado Springs)

Draft/IFA: #33 Pick - S26
Stats: .337 OBP, 17 HR, 52 RBI, 5 Plus Plays

CF - Russell Rucker (Oklahoma City)

Draft/IFA: #8 Pick - S26
Stats: .335 OBP, 15 HR, 45 RBI, 27 SB, 8 Plus Plays

CF - Roberto Valdivia (Milwaukee)

Draft/IFA: #47 Pick - S27
Stats: .297 BA, .359 OBP, 15 RBI, 13 SB, 5 Plus Plays

CF - Eswalin Zorrilla (Scranton)

Draft/IFA: #72 Pick - S26
Stats: .287 BA, .359 OBP, 17 RBI, 21 SB, 3 Plus Plays

RF - Vin Chavez (Boston)
Draft/IFA: #62 Pick - S29
Stats: .325 BA, .387 OBP, 16 HR, 45 RBI

RF - Neifi Gil (Houston)
Draft/IFA: $29M IFA - S31
Stats: .274 BA, 26 HR, 67 RBI

RF - Andres Rivera (Houston)
Draft/IFA: $21M IFA - S29
Stats: .270 BA, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 16 SB, 6 Plus Plays


Pitchers

SP - Enrique Aparicio (Jackson)
Draft/IFA: #57 Pick - S25
Stats: 9-12, 4.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .255 OAV

SP - Michael Boyer (Indianapolis)
Draft/IFA: #2 Pick - S28
Stats: 6-10, 4.83 ERA, 1.43 ERA, .248 OAV

SP - Stewart Hall (Houston)
Draft/IFA: #14 Pick - S27
Stats: 6-5, 4.22 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .275 OAV

SP - Travis Morris (Iowa City)
Draft/IFA: #4 Pick - S28
Stats: 6-9, 4.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .251 OAV

SP - Esteban Mujica (Indianapolis)
Draft/IFA: $33M IFA - S29
Stats: 11-6, 2.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .197 OAV

SP - Collin Pavano (Iowa City)

Draft/IFA: #2 Pick - S26
Stats: 8-5, 2.97 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .240 OAV

RP - Dillon Abbott (Fresno)
Draft/IFA: #6 Pick - S28
Stats: 16 Saves, 2.83 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .240 OAV

RP - Rick Cooper (Jackson)
Draft/IFA: #238 Pick - S26
Stats: 3.75 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .258 OAV

RP - Tyreace Green (Louisville)
Draft/IFA: #138 Pick - S23
Stats: 6-0, 4.03 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .205 OAV

RP - Randall Hundley (Scranton)
Draft/IFA: #9 Pick - S27
Stats: 3.47 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .229 OAV

RP - Buddy Kirby (Iowa City)
Draft/IFA: #117 Pick - S24
Stats: 6-6, 11 Saves, 3.21 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .208 OAV

RP - Junior Martin (Iowa City)
Draft/IFA: $9.3M IFA - S27
Stats: 1.71 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .195 OAV

RP - Everth Martinez (Texas)
Draft/IFA: $1.4M IFA - S25
Stats: 8 Saves, 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .213 OAV

RP - Domingo Mendoza (Vancouver)
Draft/IFA: $14M IFA - S27
Stats: 10-3, 3.84 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .274 OAV

RP - Edinson Terrero (Helena)
Draft/IFA: #38 Pick - S27
Stats: 6-6, 4.19 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .260 OAV

RP - Jared Witt (Louisville)
Draft/IFA: #73 Pick - S25
Stats: 5 Saves, 3.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .246 OAV

RP - Erik Zaun (Oklahoma City)
Draft/IFA: #7 Pick - S27
Stats: 6-5, 14 Saves, 2.65 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .214 OAV

Saturday, May 16, 2015

S31 Midseason Blog: All-Stars & Playoff Picture

Season 31 All-Stars
Link to View Season 30's All-Star Blog

Pine Tar's Season 31 All-Star game took place yesterday with the American League defeating the National League by the score of 8-5.  Durham's Bengie Trajano was named the Most-Valuable Player, as his 3-run homer helped lead the AL to a 5-run first inning.  Jose Marquez (Salem) was the winning pitcher, while Babe Conroy (Scranton) took the defeat.  Homeruns were hit by Trajano, Matt Jaha (Boston), and Eugenio Canseco (Scranton).  Nashville's Wendell Werth had an outstanding game with 3 hits and 2 runs.  

Teams with the most All-Star selections:
Seattle Strikers - 7 (ghutton9)
Albuquerque Komodo Dragons - 5 (csudak)
Salem Volcanoes - 5 (jkenned)
Scranton Red Barons - 5 (reggie988)
Wichita DwArf'y Mojados - 4 (jibe)
Huntington Drunkin' BArfys - 3 (nyaggie98)
St. Louis Arch Angels - 3 (Flucie)
Tampa Bay Thunder - 3 (rxw1)
Texas Galveston Wave - 3 (erichanville)

Teams with zero All-Star selections:
Dover Dinklebergs
Rochester ArfArfys
El Paso Arfydillos
Helena Copper Kings
Philadelphia Moneymakers
Jacksonville Juice
Cincinnati Firestorm
Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's
Houston Roughnecks
Oklahoma City Prairie Dogs

All-Stars by Division
NL West - 13
AL West - 11
AL South - 8
NL North - 8
AL East - 6
AL North - 5
NL South - 5
NL East - 4

*Links are posted - click on an individual player's name to open their HBD profile

First Time All-Stars – American League
P - Matty Bennett (Doormats)
P - Jose Marquez (Volcanoes)
P - Benito Pizzaro (Arch Angels)
C - Harry Gibson (Volcanoes)
SS - Jesus Esposito (Thunder)
SS - Mark Millwood (Drunkin' BArfys)
LF - Albert Rosa (Thunder)
CF - Howie Osborne (Drunkin' BArfys)

First Time All-Stars – National League
P - Vin Baker (Juggernauts)
P - Mitch Mota (Red Barons)
P - Babe Conroy (Red Barons)
P - Alfonso Puig (Red Barons)
P - Emil Martin (Huskies)
P - Taylor Ross (Hawkeyes)
P - Junior Martin (Hawkeyes)
1B - Eli Cruz (DwArf'y Mojados)
CF - Cliff Gray (Juggernauts)

All-Stars Making Their 5th Appearance or Greater
1B - Sam Slotnick (Drunkin' BArfys) - 10th Appearance
P - Brandon Taylor (Strikers) - 9th Appearance
P - Sticky Farquhar (Yardbirds) - 8th Appearance
P - Juan Sierra (DwArf'y Mojados) - 8th Appearance
C - Bengie Trajano (Doormats) - 7th Appearance
P - Rock Randall (Canucks) - 5th Appearance
2B - Zip Sullivan (Magnitude) - 5th Appearance
1B - Gus Justice (Strikers) - 5th Appearance
3B - Keith Williamson (Night Watchmen) - 5th Appearance
LF - Tony Caballero (DwArf'y Mojados) - 5th Appearance



Season 31 Playoff Picture (if the season ended today)

By Current Record (after 91 games):
AL North Champ: Milwaukee (52-39)
AL East Champ: Boston (57-34)
AL South Champ: Nashville (53-38)
AL West Champ: Salem (60-31)
AL Wildcard 1: Durham (53-38)
AL Wildcard 2: Huntington or Vancouver (52-39)
NL North Champ: Scranton (57-34)
NL East Champ: Wichita (50-41)
NL South Champ: Texas (57-34)
NL West Champ: Seattle (55-36)
NL Wildcard 1: Minnesota (52-39)
NL Wildcard 2: Albuquerque (48-43)

AL Matchups:
(4) Milwaukee vs. (5) Durham
Winner faces (1) Salem

(3) Nashville vs. (6) Huntington/Vancouver
Winner faces (2) Boston

NL Matchups:
(4) Wichita vs. (5) Minnesota
Winner faces (1) Scranton/Texas

(3) Seattle vs. (6) Albuquerque
Winner faces (2) Scranton/Texas

Notes:
-Six of the 8 division leaders are the same as Season 30.  Texas and Wichita did not win their divisions last season.
-Salem would be the #1 seed in the American League, after winning 2 of the past 3 World Series titles.
-Huntington and Minnesota are this season's surprise teams, after winning 66 and 73 games last year, respectively.
-Seattle vs. Albuquerque would be a rematch of last season's Division Championship Series, where Albuquerque upset Seattle and made a run to the World Series.
-Additional teams still in the playoff hunt include Tampa Bay (47-44), St. Louis (46-45), New York (46-45), Louisville (47-44), and Oklahoma City (47-44).


By Exp PCT (Expected Winning Percentage) – determined by run differential:
AL North Champ: Milwaukee (.586)
AL East Champ: Boston (.652)
AL South Champ: Nashville (.600)
AL West Champ: Salem (.678)
AL Wildcard 1: Vancouver (.569)
AL Wildcard 2: Huntington (.515)
NL North Champ: Scranton (.624)
NL East Champ: Wichita (.549)
NL South Champ: Texas (.659)
NL West Champ: Seattle (.711)
NL Wildcard 1: Albuquerque (.570)
NL Wildcard 2: Oklahoma City (.522)

AL Matchups:
(4) Milwaukee vs. (5) Vancouver
Winner faces (1) Salem

(3) Nashville vs. (6) Huntington
Winner faces (2) Boston

NL Matchups:
(4) Wichita vs. (5) Albuquerque
Winner faces (1) Seattle

(3) Scranton vs. (6) Oklahoma City
Winner faces (2) Texas

Notes:
-Vancouver and Huntington would clinch the AL wild-cards, knocking out Durham (.504).  Fresno (.503), St. Louis (.497), and Tampa Bay (.485) would also be on the outside looking in.
-Seattle would move from the #3-seed to having a home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.  They would receive a first round bye along with Texas, leaving Scranton with a division play-in match-up.  Albuquerque and Oklahoma City would win the NL wild-card spots, giving the NL West three playoff teams.  Minnesota (.506) would drop from the #5-seed to watching the playoffs from home.  Louisville (.499) would also fall short of the postseason.