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Doubt NL 1 ended up in a tie, Holgate Pumps third.

John Thomas Roll2
Sep 30

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Keith Prosseda andypro
Sep 30

Congrats to the Brubakers!

A great finish to a great season!

See y'all in 2020!

PS. Congrats to Carter and his Lords for sneaking into the money!  The Redux will need to redux next year ... 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 30

The batting average column after games today:

Burn Bags .2639

Fine Tooners .2634

Moose Factory .2628

Jerry's Kids .2619

Palukas .2616

The final standings:

Fine Tooners 75.5

Moose Factory 74.0

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 30

In our league today, an owner went to the last day with 998.33 innings.  He needed 1,000 to avoid various penalties.

He got 1.67.

I wonder if it's ever been done before.   This result also controlled 3rd and 4th.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Sep 30
Luis Cessa New York Yankees

He was in a good position to get the win yesterday, coming into the game with the Yankees trailing the Rangers 3-1 in the fifth.

With a line out, a walk, a pick-off, a walk, a hit batter and a ground out, he got out of the inning without giving up a run.

Then he came out for the sixth.

Infield single, single, walk, walk.

Incredibly, he then recorded a strikeout. On a 3-2 pitch.

Did I watch this action?

Of course not. I'm a masochist but I have my limits.

I'm reading the ESPN play by play. (I couldn't even watch the condensed game today.)

Boone then came to the mound and took the ball from Cessa. Gave it to Nestor Cortes Jr. A lefty whose sole purpose in the world, right then, was to get Rougned Odor out.

Odor hit the 2-1 pitch, an 88 mph four-seam fastball -- the third in a row, the first clocked at 90 and missing, the second at 89 and missing -- 440 feet over the fence in center.

The win I talk about on September 5?

That went to me. That was the plan.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29

There are four categories that could lead Lynch to come back win today, but obviously, it's a longshot (RBI x 2, W, SB). 3 Mob wins and 2 uncontested SBs is the straightest path. Help from friends would involve people catching Yeasts in RBIs, but either way, it's been a great run.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Sep 29
Rougned Odor Texas Rangers

Actually, for me, this wasn't nice. Not at all.

I could live with the home run -- the Tooners had home runs to spare -- but I didn't like the hit and I really didn't like that it cleared the bases of all three runners that Luis Cessa left on.

It's not over in the American Dreams. Things could still break my way on the last day. But if they don't, this was the single most damaging blow. 

The hit gives the Tooners a batting average lead that has to be taken to the fourth decimal. The three earned runs dropped me a point in ERA.

I trail by 2 1/2 points.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Justin Verlander Houston Astros

Did the Angels actually want to help Verlander or were they just in a hurry to go home?

Milestone Watch: Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander just barely missed cracking Yesterday's Top Performers section, allowing 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work. However, those 6 innings were also stocked with 12 strikeouts, which brought him to 300 strikeouts for the season and 3,000 strikeouts for his career. He is the 18th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts in their career. Here's a look at the next pitchers on the all-time strikeouts leaderboard that Verlander could pass next season.

RkPlayerSO
12Fergie Jenkins3192
13Pedro Martinez3154
14Bob Gibson3117
15Curt Schilling3116
16CC Sabathia3093
17John Smoltz3084
18Justin Verlander3006

See the full leaderboard at Baseball-Reference.com

Verlander joins his teammate Gerrit Cole in the 300-strikeout club this season. As remarked upon in this newsletter when Cole reached that milestone, Cole and Verlander join Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 as the only pairs of teammates to reach 300 strikeouts in the same season. You can see the full list of 300-strikeout seasons in MLB history at Baseball-Reference.com's Pitching Season Finder.

One final footnote to mention here is that Verlander recorded 12 strikeouts last night on just 80 pitches. Dating back to 1988, when we first have mostly complete pitch data, Verlander is just the 4th pitcher in our database to record that many strikeouts in an outing of 80 pitches or less. Here's a look at the group Verlander joins.

PlayerDateTmOppRsltIPSOPit
Justin Verlander2019‑09‑28HOULAAW 6‑36.01280
Blake Snell2019‑06‑30TBRTEXW 6‑26.01280
Chris Sale2018‑08‑12BOSBALW 4‑15.01268
Matt Perisho1999‑10‑03TEXANAL 0‑16.01278
Kevin Millwood1999‑06‑17ATLHOUW 8‑57.01179

See the full list at Baseball-Reference.com's Pitching Game Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Christian Walker Arizona Diamondbacks

I'm sure in many leagues this was a REALLY BIG play.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Christian Walker (ARI)

Pitcher: David Bednar (SDP)

Situation: Bottom 7th, 2 out, 1-1 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  SDP 5, ARI 2

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF)
4 runs scored on the play, and ARI's win probability increased 57% points, to 75%
ARI went on to win the game, 6-5

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Chi-Chi Gonzalez Colorado Rockies

Top five Games Scores yesterday:

Reynaldo Lopez* (CHW): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 76 GmSc

Hyun-Jin Ryu* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 74 GmSc

Steven Matz (NYM): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 5 BB, 70 GmSc

Trent Thornton (TOR): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 69 GmSc

Chi Chi Gonzalez (COL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 66 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

Chi Chi gave up more flyballs than grounders, pitching in Coors, and threw strike one to only nine of 22 batters. And even so, when he left the game the Rockies were down only 1-0 against the Brewers.

But if you had him active, you weren't looking for a Quality Start. All you cared about was the W.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Jordan Luplow Cleveland Indians

Two homers yesterday, the first 288 feet to right off of Corbin, the second 386 feet to left off of Doolittle.

Raises his slugging average against lefties to .742.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Jorge Soler Kansas City Royals

Two into the seats yesterday to wrap up the home-run crown. Yowza.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Ian Happ Chicago Cubs

Yesterday's 2-homer club:

Christian Walker* (ARI): 2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Ian Happ* (CHC): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Jordan Luplow* (CLE): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Jorge Soler (KCR): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29

The batting average column today:

Burn Bags .2635

Fine Tooners .2631

Moose Factory .2630

Jerry's Kids .2626

Palukas .2621

The standings:

Fine Tooners 76.0

Moose Factory 73.5

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Rougned Odor Texas Rangers
Joins the 30 home run club with last nights grand slam. Nice to see the power. Not so nice living with the .204 BA and .281 OBP.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Sep 29

A bridge too far ...


Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 29
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

A Josh Hader blown save with 2-outs in the bottom of the 9th via HR to this guy costs me a precious W :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 29
Brett Anderson Oakland Athletics

Watching him pitch for me as I creep toward our minimum IP of 1,100.  Need 1 2/3 more IP after 4.  

We switched to 1,100 a couple years after going to 10 pitchers.  Problem is, fewer pitchers throw as much as they used to and there were 5 times short of 1,100 as of Monday.  Two have gotten there already this week.  One got there today.  I'm closing in tonight and I have Lynn pitching tomorrow.  The final team appears to have no chance and will finish with about 1090.  Plutko getting smoked today didn't help.

We may have to revisit this requirement next year b/c 41% of the league didn't make it through 25 weeks.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 29
Fernando Rodney Washington Nationals

A fitting end to Closer Chaos.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today:
1. Joakim Soria/Yusmeiro Petit – Liam Hendriks has pitched in three straight games; Soria has gone in three of four. 
2. Kevin Ginkel – Archie Bradley has pitched in three of four. 
3. Luke Jackson – Atlanta has locked in its playoff position, and may choose to rest Mark Melancon and Shane Greene, both of whom have pitched in two of the last three. 
4. Carlos Estevez – Jairo Diaz threw 28 pitches last night, and with Colorado playing for nothing, they may choose to rest him. 
5. Ryne Stanek – Jose Urena has pitched in back-to-back and three of four. 

Tomorrow:
1. Nick Anderson – Today would be back-to-back for Emilio Pagan. The Rays are tied with Oakland for the top wild card spot, so two wins are important, but Pagan’s postseason health is also important.
2. Zack Britton – With the Yankees locked in their playoff spot, if Aroldis Chapman pitches today they probably will not send him out tomorrow. 
3. Daniel Hudson/Hunter Strickland/FERNANDO RODNEY – If Washington wins today (or Milwaukee loses), the Nationals will be locked into the top wild card spot and probably will save their hierarchy for the wild card game. That means we could see old friend Fernando Rodney get one more save chance.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28

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