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Sunday 7/25

Slightly better, or should I say average. The boys hit .256 with 10 runs scored, 5 RBIs, and homers by Hunter and Kubel. In addition there were 3 steals - 1 by Bartlett and 2 by good old Crisp. Significant was that I passed Freakin Stupid to go into 10th place in steals. First time all year. Gregg threw in yet another save, and Gutierrez got a strikeout in one inning of work (his team lost by 1).

A brief look at the standings, with the season 61% complete. I've managed to create a little bit of separation in the runs category, at least between me and the "pack." This is the first time I've been in 3rd for a good couple of months. Not a lot of hope to climb higher as I'm 38 runs behind 2nd. But, who knows. For homers, I'm tied for 3rd but 8th - 8th - is only 6 back. So my fellows have to keep belting em out. In RBIs, was glad to climb into 9th but I'm still struggling to make up ground on the pack.

Standings: 10, 9.5, 4, 3, 1; 9.5, 12, 6, 11, 9 (4th, 75 pts)

Saturday 7/24

The batters struggled again hitting just .209. 7 runs scored, 3 RBIs, and steals by Crisp and Bartlett.

Of more interest was the return of Latos, who shined. He struck out 7 in 6 innings of work, allowing 2 ERs while picking up the win. Lester also pitched tonight. He was doing fantastic until he sputtered a bit in the 8th inning. The Sox ace ended up with a whopping 13 strikeouts and allowing 4 ERs. Finally, Gregg picked up a save.

Standings: 9.5, 9, 4, 2, 1; 10, 12, 6, 11, 9 (6th, 73.5 pts)

Friday 7/24

The batters hit .277 today, a definite improvement from the putridness of the past few days, but I still slipped to last in AVG. Among the stats were 4 runs scored and a respectable 9 RBIs, along with homers by both Johnson and Mauer. It's only Mauer's 5th homer of the season, but he's batting well enough. The homers put me in sole possession of 3rd place in the league.

Simon got a save, surprisingly his first since the blitzgrieg 2 weeks ago. I got rid of Talbot, who I refuse to ever start again, and picked up an Arizona relief pitcher named Gutierrez. Wood is still on the DL, but it's not like he was getting me anything. So, hopefully the new fellow can get me some saves.

Standings: 9,10,4,2,1;9,12,6,11,9 (6th, 73 pts)

Thursday 7/22

Horrendous day batting. I won't even mention the paltry average. Let's just say that, as the day winds to a close, there have been only 4 hits. But 5 runs scored, yet another homer by Fielder, and 4 RBIs isn't bad considering...

In more important news, Buccholz and Gallardo both had starts in the last 2 days. Buccholz was rusty and got hit pretty well. Gallardo, however, shut out Pittsburgh in 6 innings of work, striking out 5. I'm hoping that the resumed steadiness of a pitching lineup (Lester, Gallardo, Latos, Buccholz, and Floyd) will keep me competitive in strikeouts. I'm still 1st in W's which I hope to maintain.

Monday 7/19

The batters hit a lousy .209 with just 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Fielder did belt yet another one over the fence, but the day saw a slippage in the standings. Tomorrow I'm moving Torres and his base-stealing to the UTIL spot. Bartlett was promoted to 2B/SS, while the enigmatic and inconsistent Rodriguez has now been demoted.

Gregg got destroyed and blew a save. His prospects are not looking good. He's been the subject of trade rumors, so I'm keeping an eye on it. If he goes, I'll have to jump and grab the next RP in line.

On the standings, I hope that "refilling" the spots can keep me competitive in strikeouts. Buccholz, Floyd, Lester, and Gallardo all supposedly go in the next 4 days. Hopefully the production will be good.


Standings: 8, 9.5, 4, 2, 2, 10, 12, 6, 11, 9 (7th, 73.5 pts)

Sunday

Much better. The batters hit .333 with both Field and Johnson belting out homers. 7 runs scored, 6 RBIs, and stolen bases by Crisp (2) and Zimmerman. Not sure what's going on with Desmond, who is apparently part of some midfield rotation? I may promote Bartlett to the SS spot, bench Desmond, and play Torres in the UTIL slot. We'll see. Anyway, I have good hopes for the 2nd half of the season. I'm actually closing the gap in stolen bases, may be able to rise a few points in that category. RBIs is the curious one

On the pitching front, Lester didn't have his greatest day, allowing 3 earned runs and taking the loss. But he struck out 6 in 8 innings of work, and a 3.38 ERA, while bad for him, isn't far from the team average. Gallardo is to start again Thursday, Latos on Saturday. Let's do a re-run of the projections. I have 72 starts remaining, and with the Cubs as a reference, the regular season ends ~10/3. That's just under 11 weeks. Huh, I must've miscalc…

Saturday

The batters hit a lousy .213. 7 runs scored, 1 homer by Fielder, stolen bases by Bartlett and Johnson, and 2 lousy RBIs. Bah! Gregg had a chance for a save, but he loaded the bases on walks and someone else had to finish the job.

Interestingly, Torres basically took one at bat had more RBIs (3) than the entire starting lineup combined. I had him on the bench due to his injury, but he seems to be back in the swing of things. Whether I keep Bartlett or Torres - or both - in remains to be seen.

Friday

And the second half is now underway. The batters hit .245 tonight with 6 runs and 7 RBIs. On the pitching front, Gregg got his 21st save of the year. Floyd struck out 5 and allowed just 1 ER in 5 innings of work, though he didn't get the win. Gallardo, Latos, and Buccholz are all on the DL now; although Latos is still supposed to come back on the 24th and Gallardo is actually intended to go on Tuesday. I don't think I'll promote Garza, Santana, or Talbot. None are particularly good pitchers, with a low strikeout rate and the risk of getting knocked out of the park.

Standings: 8, 8.5, 3, 2, 2, 11, 12, 6, 11, 9 (T-5th, 72.5 pts)

Wednesday

The break is about to end. In pitching news, the Padres are apparently holding Latos out of a start. With Gallardo and Buccholz still on DL, that leaves me a bit thin at pitcher for the next 1-2 weeks. I've got Floyd on Friday and Lester on Sunday. May just stick with what I have rather than risk damage to my WHIP/ERA categories by Santana, Talbot, or Garza.

Sunday

Lousy day batting before the All-Star break. Although, I was briefly in 2nd. Yes, me in 2nd. As the day ends, they hit a horrendous .175 with only 3 runs scored and 1 lousy RBI. Johnson and Desmond each got me a steal, whoop-dee-doo. BOOOO!

Simon got yet another save. Hopefully he, Gregg, and Wood can continue to help me out in that category.

So now at the supposed halfway point, I take a look at my lineup. The MVP among the batters has to be Hunter (.300, 62 RBIs, 7 steals) who leads or shares the team lead in 3 categories. Fielder leads in homers (20) and runs scored (53).

Among the pitchers there needs be no stat-study. Priority in the 2nd half of the season will be given to Lester, Gallardo, and Latos with Floyd being the next option.

Standings: 8.5, 9, 3, 2, 3, 12, 12, 6, 11, 10 (4th, 76.5 pts)

Saturday

I'll have to savor this. Who knows when I'll be this high in the standings ever again?

The batters hit .317 with 7 runs scored and 10 RBIs. Fielder, Jones, and Crisp all belted out homers, with Crisp's being a 3-runner. Desmond and Drew both got steals. The efforts resulted in a rise in the standings, in both RBIs and AVG.

Floyd, filling in for the injured Gallardo, struck out 4 and allowed just 1 ER in 7.2 innings of work, picking up the W. Gregg added a save.


Standings: 9, 9, 4, 2, 3, 12, 12, 6, 11, 10 (3rd, 78 pts)

Friday

The batters hit .250 tonight, the 2nd day in a row that they've gone below average. But hopefully it's just a funk. Fielder, Torres, and Hunter all homered, and the boys totaled 5 runs and 8 RBIs. Note that it was Torres' 3rd straight game hitting one over the fence, and his 4th out of the last 6. Unfortunately, he left with a strained groin and may miss the rest of the series before the All-Star break. Darn...

On the pitching front, Lester struck out 6 in 6 innings to earn his 11th win. He did allow a couple of ERs, but hey I'll take the W. And, Simon got yet another save.

For the first time, I actually finished a day in 4th place. I'm only 2 pts behind 3rd, 7 behind first. Unreal. The batting stats haven't fluctuated that much, as I remain 4th in both runs scored and homers. RBIs I'm a lousy 10th, just can't seem to catch the pack. SBs and AVG are hopeless, but I'll take those 2 points. In pitching, I'm currently 2nd in ERA and 3rd in WHIP. My l…

Hail Latos

My ace continued his fine season, striking out 8 and shutting out the Nats over 7 innings of work. Woot! Simon got a save, atoning for his blown opportunity a couple days ago.

The batters hit a lousy .231, with 7 runs scored, a homer by Torres, and 5 RBIs. It could have been worse, but Johnson went 4-5 for with 3 RBIs to help the numbers.

Simon's save of course put me back into 7th in that category. Steals and batting average don't have a whole lot of hope; however I wish I was progressing better in RBIs. I typically either bring up the rear at either 9th or 10th. Despite ranking 4th in both homers and runs scored, the RBIs are slacking. The standings overall have tightened considerably. I'm in 5th but only 10.5 points behind 1st. The Shonuffs and Bullfrogs are only a couple points behind me.

Standings: 9, 9, 3.5, 2, 2, 12, 12, 6, 11, 8 (5th, 74.5 pts)

A Wednesday

Gallardo and Buccholz are now both officially on the DL. BOOOO!! 3 days (including today) remain in my first 2-week period. I have Latos tomorrow and Lester on the 9th, so that ends up being 10 starts in the period. 1 over the "limit," but oh well.

The question now is who will replace Gallardo. Right now, the best candidate appears to be Floyd. In the past 30 days, he has put up by far the best numbers when compared with Santana, Talbot, and Garza. ERA, WHIP, and K's are all superb. So there you have it. Looks like the All-Star game is approaching, so after Latos-Lester-Floyd on the 8th, 9th, and 10th there's a break in the action, through at least the 15th.

I've continued the resurgence, and as of yesterdady I was 5th with 75.5 pts. My batting average has climbed steadily, until now I'm almost at .260. Can you imagine? I've got a shot at possibly climbing into 10th if the Hawpe team doesn't go up.

My months-long lead in K's and W's has of course…

Sunday

Darknesss has come over the Almonds. Gallardo, a stalwart, has a right oblique strain which supposedly means trip to the 15-day DL. With Buccholz also appearing to be on his way to that wonderful place, that's stretching me at pitcher. Fortunately, I have plenty of depth with Santana, Floyd, Garza, and Talbot all possibilities. The decision will be made soon.

On Sunday the batters hit a whopping .350, with 11 runs scored and 13 RBIs. Rodriguez and Zimmerman both homered, but Hunter was the hero of the day, belting 2 over the fence and driving in 7 runs. Woot!

I've never been this high in the standings. And there is the potential to rise higher. I finally got a bump in RBIs and could join the pack if my boys keep it up. I'm eying the top spots in ERA and WHIP as well.

On injuries, Johnson and Crisp appear to be fine, though Crisp's hamstring is worth keeping an eye on.
Standings: 9, 9, 5, 2, 2, 12, 12, 5.5, 11, 8 (5th, 75.5 pts)

Saturday

The batters hit .317, continuing a trend of decent hitting. 9 runs (3 by Fielder), 3 RBIs (2 by Drew), and a stolen base by Crisp.

Lester struck out 7 and allowed just 1 ER in 7 innings of work, earning yet another W. Santana was pitching shutout ball until he got in trouble late in the game, allowing 2 runs. He was also unhelped by the Angels offense. 4 K's for him.

So Gallardo tomorrow and Latos on the 8th, which give me 9 starts in the period. Interestingly enough, Gallardo and Lester both go on the 9th. And far be it from meSo for the next period (7/10-7/23) I'll be 2 down already.

It seems Santana may join Floyd, Talbot, and Garza on the bench. Precedence must be given to my top-tier pitchers, and whether I can actually manage to fully start the bunch (Gallardo, Lester, and Latos) remains to be seen. Should be fine, but Santana just doesn't get the strikeouts needed.

Picked up Cleveland's Kerry Wood, who has been getting some saves. The Axford debacle hurts, but c…

Friday

The batters hit an acceptable .319, with 8 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Drew belted 2 over the fence, and Hunter and Johnson each got a steal. Crisp, in his first action with the Almonds since his lengthy DL stay, went 0/5, but at least he got a run.

On the pitching side, Latos was excellent. In the 5th start of the 2-wk period, he pitched 8 innings of shutout ball and struck out 7 to earn the W. All hail Latos! Tomorrow Lester starts, and I suppose I'll start Santana. Gallardo pitches the next day, which makes 8. It still doesn't look like anybody goes on the 9th, so it'll probably just be Latos again on the 8th.

Even if I don't hang onto the top spots in Ks and Ws, I would hope that - since I'm starting quality pitchers - the ERA and WHIP would improve to be among the league's best.

Standings: 7, 8.5, 4, 2, 1, 12, 12, 6, 10, 9 (5th, 71.5)

Saturday Pt II

Reviewing, I have 5 starts to use between now and including 7/9. Today I'll go ahead and use Latos, as he's one of my top-tier fellows and he, Gallardo, and Lester all take precedent. Tomorrow features Lester and Santana, the 3rd has Lester starting. After that there's one remaining. The 9th doesn't show anybody starting, surprisingly, so it could be Latos on the 8th to round things out.

Yesterday the batters hit a lousy .200 with only 5 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Fielder did blast another one over the fence, so good on him. I dropped Kearns, who has been doing absolutely nothing, in favor of Coco Crisip who only recently returned from the DL.

In the standings, my lead in strikeouts has of course narrowed to 48; however I'm still 8 up in W's. Being limited on my starts for the entire rest of the season could hurt, but oh well.

Standings: 6, 8, 4, 2, 1, 12, 12, 6, 10, 8

Thursday Pt I

I'm steady in the standings. But right now, with games still going on, I must ponder who I'm going to start between today and (including) 7/9. I have Lester on the 3rd, Gallardo on the 4th, also I'd like to grab Santana's start on the 3rd. Not sure what'll happen on the 9th, but it's possible Lester and Gallardo could both go. In short, Latos starts tomorrow but do I want to use it? That'd be one too many. Floyd, Talbot, and Norris I'm ignoring, while Buccholz is hurt. We'll see perhaps tomorrow morning what the 9th will entail.