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Saxmania
04-27-03, 11:09 AM
Interestingly (well, at least to me), Yahoo appears to updating quicker than last year. Seems like the stats for team scores can now be retrieved well before noon GMT. This gives me a little more time to work on the newsletter (assuming, that is, that I get out of bed before noon. Hey, I stayed up to the 10th last night!)

Results


Dawgs from Easton won at Fishing with Mendoza by 245.67 to 243.33 points
Lordz of Flatbush lost at The Naked Truth by 157.67 to 289.34 points
NY Bombers won at Cunning Linguists by 226.00 to 222.00 points
Evil Empire lost at The 4 Horsemen by 267.33 to 291.17 points
The Larrupin’ Lous lost at Italian Ice by 205.33 to 209.83 points
Mattingly’s Hitmen lost at Junior’s Bashers by 215.83 to 233.00 points
New York Squeaks won at Michigan Wolverines by 220.34 to 148.17 points
Saxmania’s Swingers lost at Newburgh Naughties by 214.84 to 228.83 points
9 Angry Playaz won at Senators by 276.66 to 252.84 points


Standings


Ruth Division
Team Won Lost % GB Average Max Min
NY Bombers 4 0 1.000 263.54 313.67 226.00
Dawgz from Easton 3 1 0.750 1 242.63 252.33 223.17
The Naked Truth 2 2 0.500 2 265.79 305.66 218.33
Lordz of Flatbush 1 3 0.250 3 213.50 249.83 157.67
Cunning Linguists 1 3 0.250 3 211.63 229.33 171.83
Fishing with Mendoza 0 4 0.000 4 225.63 241.33 186.17

Total 11 13 0.550 2.6 239.417 313.670 157.670


DiMaggio Division
Team Won Lost % GB Average Max Min
Junior's Bashers 4 0 1.000 239.42 313.50 186.17
Newburgh Naughties 3 1 0.750 1 249.00 330.84 211.67
The 4 Horsemen 2 2 0.500 2 247.79 291.17 207.50
Senators 2 2 0.500 2 235.42 254.00 209.50
Michigan Wolverines 2 2 0.500 2 217.29 276.33 148.17
Italian Ice 2 2 0.500 2 198.63 234.84 156.33

Total 15 9 0.625 1.8 231.258 330.840 148.170


Mantle Division
Team Won Lost % GB Average Max Min
9 Angry Playaz 3 1 0.750 271.83 319.67 243.50
Evil Empire 2 2 0.500 1 266.00 289.50 248.33
The Larrupin Lous 2 2 0.500 1 246.58 326.00 205.33
New York Squeaks 2 2 0.500 1 240.29 334.66 180.50
Mattingleys Hitmen 1 3 0.250 2 259.96 310.33 215.83
Saxmania's Swingers 0 4 0.000 3 215.92 265.16 179.83

Total 10 14 0.500 1.6 250.097 334.660 179.830


Match Reports

Bombers squeeze past Linguists as Nomo clocks overtime

Preserving their perfect record into the second month of the 2003 season, the New York Bombers found a starting staff indebted to Hideo Nomo for a pair of wins. The Dodger went 14 innings for the two wins, including eleven strikeouts, and was the only member of the rotation to go through seven or more innings in a start. Wins for Joel Piniero and Russ Ortiz helped to mitigate the damage from Mark Buehlre’s two losses. The hitters didn’t offer much support, totalling just seven extra-base hits all week, and of them Luis Gonzalez was probably the pick. LuGo managed a couple of home runs during the week, but apart from Ray Durham (3 doubles) and Vladimir Guerrero (7 walks), the rest of the lineup seemed oddly muted, given their obvious potential. In any case, the Bombers remain clear of the rest of the Ruth Division, but will it be the same story next week against the Mantle Division-leading Playaz?

The Linguists’ habitual slow start continues, as they drop to 1-3 in the Ruth Division. In this low-scoring matchup, none of their batters stood up to lead the lineup, with no player driving in more than five runs all week, nor compiling more than three extra-base hits. Fingers will have been pointed at the rotation, thanks to Rick Reed’s ten earned runs in just 4.1 innings of work, but most of it was solid. Estaban Loiaza threw a very impressive 8.1 innings for the White Sox, with just one run allowed in the victory, and Freddy Garcia and Kevin Brown were also tidy, although neither won their starts. In a similar way, the bullpen was efficient without being outstanding. But having traded away Moises Alou, the Linguists require the rest of their hitters to step up and take command, as the free-scoring Evil Empire is up next.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/5375.jpg Hideo Nomo – not dominant, but worked hard for the brace of wins.

Dawgz hot on the Bombers’ scent; Fishermen waylaid by hangers-on

Mutating roster aside, the Dawgz have banished all memories of last year’s struggles with a hot start to the 2003 season, and now sit in sole ownership of 2nd place in the Ruth Division, thanks to a very tight win against the perpetually unlucky Mendoza. Early addition Bobby Abreu is earning his keep so far, with 9 RBIs, 2 homers, and 3 doubles in the past week, while Marucs Giles is contributing from the middle of the infield. However, the stars of this week’s win were the less heralded members of the rotation. Shawn Chacon was easily the best, going 14 innings with just 1 earned run allowed for wins both times out. Chacon struck out 14 while allowing only 11 baserunners, and earned the Dawgz a massive 48.5 points for the week. Jason Johnson and Kevin Millwood also contributed for this young rotation with useful starts, although the absence of any real bullpen (due to the absence of Sasaki) may mean that holds will have to suffice instead of saves for the near future. But with pitching like this, the future is bright for Easton as they pack their bags for a trip to the Larrupin’ Lous.

The Fishermen have fantastic players at certain positions, but can’t seem to get the whole roster to contribute. This week, the Fishermen’s hopes would have been raised by the devastating hitting of Alfonso Soriano. Showing no signs of slowing up this week, Soriano hit safely 15 times this week, with ten singles, two doubles, and three long bombs, while driving in eight and – perhaps surprisingly – walking four times. But Frank Thomas aside (who hit three solo shots), the other hitters appeared to rest on their laurels, with Cliff Floyd and Geoff Blum standouts in this regard. In the rotation, ace Mark Mulder was outstanding as he went 9 innings for the complete game shutout – or, at least, he would have been had he not been benched for the week. Mendoza appears to have lost faith in the Oakland ace, and next week will be his farewell performance with the club, meaning that the rest of the rotation will be forced to shoulder the load. They were good this week, with only 5 runs allowed by the whole rotation, but lack of run support meant that, at the last, Mendoza fell for the fourth time this year.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/6713.jpg Shawn Chacon – clear proof that signing Colorado starters is a winning strategy.

Horsemen regain their feet; chase Empire off the top spot

Having a veteran presence ripped out of their rotation may prove a handicap for the Four Horsemen in the coming weeks, but this time out it didn’t prevent them running up a huge score to defeat the Evil Empire. A rotation deprived of Randy Johnson enjoyed a winning week, with Javier Vasquez amassing 9 Ks in 7.1 shutout innings, and Josh Beckett striking out 14 in his 13 innings. Of course, it never hurts to have an elite closer slamming the door, and Eric Gagne proved himself exactly that, whiffing 10 of the 17 hitters he faced this week in four scoreless innings for three saves. Hitting was plentiful, with Bernie Williams the fulcrum – the Yankee centerfielder went yard three times while driving in nine, totalling eleven hits on the week. Power weeks from Josh Phelps and Vernon Wells, plus some singles hitting from Rafael Furcal, left the Horsemen looking good as the Senators jet in for Week 5’s matchup.

The Empire will also be bemoaning a player named Johnson, although in this case they have no-one to blame but themselves. Yankees hitter Nick Johnson languished on the Empire’s bench in the fantasy world as, in real life, he was compiling stunning statistics (12 runs, 11 BBs, 3 HRs) that might have been the difference in this contest. Instead, the Empire still found plenty of hitter (from Corey Patterson, Jose Cruz, and Shea Hillenbrand), but, with one notable exception, their pitchers were mediocre. The exception was Mark Redman of Florida, who went the full nine for a complete game win, striking out eleven while conceding just 4 hits and 2 runs. The bullpen kept it close, but unless Bartolo Colon and Livian Hernandez can step up, the Empire will find it tough going against the Linguists next week.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/4695.jpg Bernie Williams – power, patience, and average in a reliable package.

Naked Truth streak past deposed Lordz as champions search for starters

The Truth found an all-around performance to dump the struggle Lordz of Flatbush by the wayside this week, climbing back to a deserved .500 record. Pretty much all areas of the roster contributed – Jorge Posada, Rafael Palmeiro, and Juan Gonzalez were all leaders with a pair of homers each, while Carl Everett, with three triples, added some speed. No hitter managed less than four hits all week, suggesting a lineup that should be resistant to slumps by superstars. Not to be outdone, Greg Maddux, Randy Wolf, and Jeff Suppan turned in ace-like performances, allowing two runs in 21.2 innings between them for three easy victories. Ben Sheets was hit hard but still returned with a win, while Danny Baez in the bullpen was the only real cause for concern. This form is highly encouraging for the Naked Truth as they arrive in the U.K. for their Week 5 game against the Swingers.

As for the Lordz, they seem to be suffering a similar fate to the real-world reigning champs, the Anaheim Angels. With Kevin Appier on the disabled list, and Jarrod Washburn struggling for control (9 ER, 14 hits in 13 IP), the Lordz desperately needed a strong outing from their veteran ace – but Arizona’s Curt Schilling missed his scheduled start thanks to the weather. Things were downhill from there – a slumping lineup hit the ball over the wall just twice all week (at least, in fair territory), and big bats Paul Konerko and Troy Glaus were particularly guilty of slumping when their team needed them most. Jorge Julio’s continuing dominance was the lone bright spot, but when Baltimore’s closer is your team’s best performance, there is certainly room for improvement. The New York Squeaks are next to meet the 2002 champions.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/3933.jpg Greg Maddux – And about time too.

Bashers still perfect; Boone and Mays lift them over Hitmen

Another win for the Bashers, who, despite only the 11th best scoring average in the league, find themselves at the head of the DiMaggio Division for another week. Wins for Casey Fossum, Joe Mays, and Scott Shields gave the Bashers a firm base for a solid total, and although ace Derek Lowe was punished by the Rangers’ offense, and the bullpen was fragile, the Bashers still had impressive peripherals. Of the hitters, Bret Boone worked hardest, with three extra-base hits, 6 ribbies and 5 walks, although few of the other big bats stood out. With Benito Santiago and Carlos Beltran still to find their strokes, the Bashers should have more gears to move into next week against the Italian Ice.

Much of the gloss was taken off a promising week for the Hitmen by the dual starts of Jake Peavey and Kurt Ainsworth, who each allowed eight runs during the week while going 1-2 as a pair. With Jason Schmidt taking time off for a family bereavement, the bullpen was the star off the staff – Williamson, Foulke, and MacDougal totalled seven saves between the three of them, adding up to almost 50 points from relief work. Joe Randa and Adam Dunn were surprises in that they lead the team in homers with two each, while sluggers Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa preferred to hit doubles, with six between them. But lack of starting pitching was too much of a handicap for the Hitmen to overcome, and they sink to a losing record in the Mantle Division. Time for them to re-focus, as Fishing with Mendoza arrives next week.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/6187.jpg Joe Mays – A strong outing just what Minnesota and Junior needed.

Playaz ascend to giddy heights while Senators caught in DiMaggio logjam

Wells and Tomko proved a formidable duo as the Playaz returned to the top of the Mantle Division, seven months after winning the 2002 pennant race in a playoff. Yankees veteran Wells provided one win with a complete game performance, going an exemplary 17 innings, but he was overshadowed by St. Louis’ Brett Tomko, who (in the same number of innings) conceded half as many runs, although he was tagged for one loss in the week. With Damian Moss throwing seven shutout innings for a third win, and Jose Mesa closing things out well in the bullpen, the pitchers provided the Playaz with the opportunity to win. Jason Giambi accepted the offer – despite his low average, the Yankees’ slugger hit two long balls with nine ribbies, and with the acquisition of the streaking Melvin Mora, things are looking up for the Playaz. Next week’s clash with the 4-0 NY Bombers could prove an interesting matchup.

Plenty of pitching but little luck for the Senators, who – at 2-2 – are caught in a quagmire in the DiMaggio Division, in which four teams share last place with a .500 record. No pitcher allowed more than 3 earned runs all week, but only phenom Mark Prior and the continuing excellence of Rocky Biddle resulted in wins. Odalis Perez and Byug-Hyun Kim both had hard-luck starts, conceding 2 and 1 earned runs respectively, but totalling no wins and one loss. Richie Sexson appears to have run into a streak of power, adding another three long bombs to last week’s total, and Karim Garcia’s arrival off the bench should add more power. But with Fernando Tatis and Einar Diaz gaping holes in the current hitting order, that power will be needed next week against the 4 Horsemen.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/5819.jpg Brett Tomko – Pretty good for a number 4 starter.

Naughties coming up behind the Bashers; Swingers leaving Moose looking lonely

In the strong-looking DiMaggio Division, the Naughties are looking better than most, in sole possession of second place with a 3-1 record. Ted Lilly did the bulk of the work, the ex-Yankee conceding just two runs in 13.1 innings pitched, leading a staff that also contained wins from Roger Clemens and Al Leiter, Andy Pettitte’s poor outing being the one downside for Newburgh. Hitting was more evenly distributed, but Raul Mondesi and Tim Salmon are the most deserving of mentions, while Mark Ellis makes for a very helpful Designated Hitter. Should new arrival Carlos Lee carry on at his current pace, the entire lineup looks intimidating. Steeling themselves for the next week are the Michigan Wolverines.

Mike Mussina will be having flashbacks to his Baltimore Orioles days, as his two winning starts with 17 strikeouts were the only impressive outings for the 0-4 Swingers this week. Toronto ace Roy Halladay is still without a win this season, while the departure of the struggling A.J. Burnett to the disabled list won’t help either. Only Lance Berkman and Aubrey Hudd managed home runs during the week, and Scott Rolen’s recent form is particularly discouraging. Perhaps the arrival of Moises Alou will aid the Swingers in chasing their first win against the ominous-looking Naked Truth.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/6223.jpg Ted Lilly – led a rotation of Yankees past and present with two good outings.

Squeaks and Wolverines level out, but Michigan has concerns over anaemic production

Both the New York Squeaks and the Michigan Wolverines are now at the .500 mark, leaving them each in the middle of their respective divisions. However, the Squeaks will be by far the happier with the victory, as having defeated last year’s DiMaggio Division winners counts as a significant scalp. Their win was somewhat patchwork, with no one dominant start and only Aaron Boone having a hot week from the hitter’s box, but Rick Helling, Pedro Astacio, and Tom Glavine all picked up wins one way or another. The bullpen was a handy bonus, with two saves for Brandon Looper and a quick win for Chris Hammond. Boone’s two homers and stolen bases came at the right time for the Squeaks, and, coupled with some steady hitting from Todd Helton and Rondell White, leaves New York in good shape for their Week 5 encounter with the Lordz.

Something of a tailspin for the Michigan Wolverines, for whom major roster changes occurred at the wrong time. Adam Eaton’s superb win for San Diego did not count towards this week’s totals, while Brad Radke’s loss condemns him to the bench for Week 5. Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller, the Houston aces, also came away with losses despite outings that were hardly disastrous, and Steve Kline blew a couple of games from the bullpen, leaving the pitching staff reeling. Jay Payton cut a lonely figure in the lineup – the Colorado outfielder looks like a clever pickup as he hit two more homers with seven driven in this week – but Roberto Alomar and Albert Pujols were anonymous. And with Brian Giles headed to the disabled list, that simply won’t do when the Wolverines meet the Naughties next week.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/5838.jpg Aaron Boone – A little bit of everything was too good for Michigan.

Things looking up for Ice as they sneak past Lous

Although still technically at the foot of the DiMaggio Division on points scored, the Italian Ice have already matched last year’s total of wins after only four games. Their points record may not be great, but they’re scoring when they need to, and Juan Encarnacion helped the cause with a couple of big base hits, including a triple and a homer. In the rotation, Omar Daal allowed three runs to score in thirteen innings – a highly commendable results that resulted in a win for the Ice, while Elmer Dessens bagged another with six innings for Arizona. Antonio Osuna may be DL-bound, but the Ice have another week of Octavio Dotel to tide them over in the bullpen, and the Ice can be in good cheer as they head off to the undefeated Bashers.

A solid points average isn’t enough for the Lous if they stumble against teams like the Ice, and questions will be asked of Minnesota pitcher Kyle Lohse. Lohse was hit hard in Week 4, allowing 12 earned runs on 17 hits, losing two games in 8.2 innings of work. Lohse’s work set the Larrupers back by 10 points, and wasted good outings for Pedro Martinez and John Thomson. John Smoltz keeps mowing them down, but a sudden power outage from the hitters cheated the Lous of valuable points – had they hit just one homer more than the single long ball that Austin Kearns managed, they could have won this game. As it is, just one moon shot and one three-bagger came from the nine hitters, and the entire infield totalled only three RBIs. A good long look at themselves later, the Lous will try to shake this performance off against the Dawgz from Easton.

MVP: http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/5009.jpg Omar Daal – Don’t let the cap fool you, Baltimore’s starter earned his fantasy points this time.

Performances

Team of the Week: The 4 Horsemen (291.17 points)
Matchup of the Week: Dawgs from Easton vs. Fishing with Mendoza (2.33 points’ difference)
Lucky Team of the Week: Italian Ice (won with 209.83 points)
Unlucky Team of the Week: Evil Empire (lost with 267.33 points)

Fixtures

Sunday, April 27th
Cunning Linguists at Evil Empire
Dawgs from Easton at The Larrupin’ Lous
Fishing with Mendoza at Mattingly’s Hitmen
Lordz of Flatbush at New York Squeaks
The Naked Truth at Saxmania’s Swingers
NY Bombers at 9 Angry Playaz
Italian Ice at Junior’s Bashers
Michigan Wolverines at Newburgh Naughties
Senators at The 4 Horsemen

Notes

Everyone play nice, now.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

patrick.o
04-27-03, 11:27 AM
Excellent job as usual, Sax. You should get a job writing roundups for AP or something! Digging the MVP addition. Very nice.

Saxmania
04-27-03, 11:32 AM
That's appearing all right? I'm linking to the image on the ESPN player's page for it, but the pictures seem a little large for the text. If anyone knows a site like ESPN with smaller images of current players, could you post it for me? Thanks.

A Brit? Writing about baseball? Never happen. ;)

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Soriambi
04-27-03, 11:42 AM
Originally posted by Saxmania
That's appearing all right? I'm linking to the image on the ESPN player's page for it, but the pictures seem a little large for the text. If anyone knows a site like ESPN with smaller images of current players, could you post it for me? Thanks.

A Brit? Writing about baseball? Never happen. ;)

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Great job as usual Sax. I loved the Chacon line. :lol: I'm loving the MVPs, and I just wanted to point out that I would consider Rick Helling's 8 IP 4 hit shutout gem pretty dominating :) Keep up the good work :)

Saxmania
04-27-03, 11:52 AM
Originally posted by Soriambi
I just wanted to point out that I would consider Rick Helling's 8 IP 4 hit shutout gem pretty dominating,

Ah - the thing is that I only look at weekly stats, and on the week Helling allowed 15 hits and 7 ERs, so I didn't see that one of those outings was dominant. The other one let him down a bit.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Hitman23
04-27-03, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by Saxmania
The Empire will also be bemoaning a player named Johnson, although in this case they have no-one to blame but themselves. Yankees hitter Nick Johnson languished on the Empire’s bench in the fantasy world as, in real life, he was compiling stunning statistics (12 runs, 11 BBs, 3 HRs) that might have been the difference in this contest.
damnit!! :mad:

ok, everyone can take one more shot. yes, it definately cost me the win. I'm a dumbass.

Yankchic22
04-27-03, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by Hitman23
I'm a dumbass.

We knew that;)

Bozidar
04-27-03, 12:53 PM
Nice job, Sax :) As always..



Hey, Ice, you're the first team that i think i can beat!! (which, of course, means you're going to slaughter me!)

Big_E
04-27-03, 12:58 PM
Great job, Sax! Just once I'd like to have a game that doesn't come down to the final game on the final day of the week. The stress is killing me!

F*ing Red Sox have cost me 2 wins this year...first week when they took Pedro out on OD and lost...and then this week when they kept Burkett in for the CG. &po'd&

BOSTON SUCKS!!!!!!!!

Big_E
04-27-03, 01:01 PM
One suggestion, Sax. When you do the upcoming schedule, could you put the records in as well? Such as:

Dawgs from Easton (3-1) at The Larrupin’ Lous (2-2)

Thanks!

Soriambi
04-27-03, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Big_E
Great job, Sax! Just once I'd like to have a game that doesn't come down to the final game on the final day of the week. The stress is killing me!

F*ing Red Sox have cost me 2 wins this year...first week when they took Pedro out on OD and lost...and then this week when they kept Burkett in for the CG. &po'd&

BOSTON SUCKS!!!!!!!!

And thank god for it. :)

Soriambi
04-27-03, 01:05 PM
Originally posted by Saxmania


Ah - the thing is that I only look at weekly stats, and on the week Helling allowed 15 hits and 7 ERs, so I didn't see that one of those outings was dominant. The other one let him down a bit.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Ahhh, gotcha. No problem either way though. :)

Saxmania
04-27-03, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by Big_E
One suggestion, Sax. When you do the upcoming schedule, could you put the records in as well? Such as:

Dawgs from Easton (3-1) at The Larrupin’ Lous (2-2)

Thanks!

Good idea; I'll try to remember to work that one in.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

SanFrANSKY
04-27-03, 01:53 PM
Originally posted by Saxmania
A Brit? Writing about baseball? Never happen. ;)


And writing rather well, if I do say so. What's next, a cookbook? :D

Brett Tomko MVP, hee hee. Someone offer me a deal!

Saxmania
04-27-03, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by SanFrANSKY
What's next, a cookbook? :D

Perhaps a guide to dentistry.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Bozidar
04-27-03, 02:31 PM
1) Boston did ok for me :) But then again, i don't have Burkette and Mr.Questionmarkarm
2) Steve.. you didn't start NJ.. ha ha ;) (just taking the last shot, as you offered!)

joltinjo
04-27-03, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by Bozidar
Nice job, Sax :) As always..



Hey, Ice, you're the first team that i think i can beat!! (which, of course, means you're going to slaughter me!)



Don't worry Boz, these guys can't get out of their own way!!

I shoulda named them "Sleeps With Fishes " instead.:lol:

yankeesrule2000
04-27-03, 07:45 PM
4-0 :) great game george :)

Pete your right on my tail :)

Coney36
04-28-03, 07:35 PM
I'll be drunk til the end of the season. My team can go burn in hell. See ya all laterz...:gulp:

By the way, can we add a most pathetic team of the week? Cuz I think I'm gonna be a shoo-in for that every week...

SanFrANSKY
04-28-03, 10:38 PM
My cheers for the week:

Eliminate The Empire! (Linguists)

Lambaste The Lous! (Dawgs)

Squish The Squeaks! (Flatbush)

Saxmania
04-29-03, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by Coney36
By the way, can we add a most pathetic team of the week? Cuz I think I'm gonna be a shoo-in for that every week...

Fight you for it.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Saxmania
04-29-03, 09:39 AM
Originally posted by SanFrANSKY
My cheers for the week:

Eliminate The Empire! (Linguists)

Lambaste The Lous! (Dawgs)

Squish The Squeaks! (Flatbush)

Contract the Commish!

Be seeing you,

Saxmania