The standings after four weeks:
1) 73.0 Team Phil Chu -2.5
2) 69.0 SeaWolves -2.0
3) 57.5 Craydawgs + 4.5
4) 56.0 Ballbags + 1.5
5) 42.0 Dirty Dogs + 4.0
6) 41.0 Bears + 4.0
6) 41.0 Barracudas -5.5
8) 40.0 Snowmen + 4.5
9) 30.5 Brawlers -8.5
The expansion Brawlers took an 8.5 point dip into last place this week. Without question, Dave Diaz did not build this team for speed, so the measly 3 stolen bases this week was not a surprise. But the Brawlers need power to offset their snail’s pace on the basepaths, so just 7 HRs didn’t help. Beyond that, both Kevin Millwood and Dontrelle Willis pitched twice this week and got racked. Brawlers are struggling.
Team Phil Chu maintained their lead over the SeaWolves, but it’s down to just 4 points. Solid but unspectacular efforts was the rule this week for the TPC boyz, who dropped 2.5 points. On the positive side, Vernon Wells is up to .298 after going 11-for-24 this week (.458) with 3 SB. Chase Utley earned his keep with a 12-for-27 showing, including 2 HR and 10 BI. And Chipper Jones continued his hot start with 2 HR, 6 BI and a .345 average. But Eric Byrnes has cooled off dramatically: he went 1-for-17 this week; Rich Aurilia went 4-for-24 (.167); amd Paul LoDuca is still struggling with a .225 average and just 7 BI.
On the pitching side, TPC faltered a bit with lukewarm efforts from Chien-Ming Wang, Justin Verlander, and Cole Hamels. Wang suffered a broken nail:
The SeaWolves dropped a couple points this week, but still lead the 3rd place Craydawgs by 11.5. Adrian Gonzalez continues to light it up; he went .320 this week with 2 HR/8 BI. I really didn’t expect Jeff Francoeur to be playing so well, but he’s at .298 with 25 BI after a .444 week. Not much out of Bill Hall (.091) or Bobby Abreu (.087) this week.
The Craydawgs jumped 4.5 points this week and are back in 3rd place. Torii Hunter has been their best player; he went .400 this week with 3 HR and 5 BI and is .326/5/18/4 on the season. Jose Reyes (16 SB) is on pace for 100 RBI and 100 SB. It would be nice of David Wright to hit a home run. Kelvim Escobar came back with a nice outing Sunday: 7.7 IP, 2 ER, W. Welcome back, Kelvim!
The Ballbags picked up 1.5 points but fell behind the Dawgs to 4th place. They enjoyed Magglio’s production this week (.571, 2 HR, 11 BI). The Bags led the league in RBI (54) and BA (.305) but pulled up the rear in strikeouts (31) and ERA (5.36).
Dirty Dogs picked up 4 points this week and moved up from 7th to 5th (31 points back), but 14 points out of 4th. A-Rod cooled off a little (.304/2/3/1 on the week), but still leads the league with 14 HR. Double D led the league in WHIP (1.10) after some quality starts from Jose Contreras, Zach Duke, Roy Halladay, Bartolo, and Brad Penny. Only Andy Pettitte took a beating this week for the Double D.
The Bears are coming alive lately and are up to 6th after picking up 4 points this week. They led the league in HR (16) this week and now lead the league in that category. Looking for a spark, Rich Weiss exercised a quick hook on Hideki Matsui (.176 this week) and plugged in Rocco Baldelli today (.421 last week, 2 HR). Manny Ramirez continues to struggle at the plate (.148 this week).
The Barracudas dropped 5.5 points this week and find themselves tied for 6th place. I am certain this does not sit well with owner Mike Markoski, who holds the league’s all-time best winning percentage (.652). For the second week in a row, the Cudas were last in league in HR (5), runs (37), and RBI (27). They were also last in average (.230) and are at just .252 for the year. Moreover, they posted a league worst 1.45 WHIP this week. Things are grim in Farmingdale. The BEML Blog hopes to get an interview with owner Markoski this week to discuss the plight of the Cudas.
The Snowmen led the league in saves (8) and ERA (2.80) this week, picking up 4.5 points and distancing themselves from the cellar-dwelling Brawlers by 9.5 points. Nice work from Derrek Lee (.522, HR, 5 BI) and Matt Holliday (.429, HR, 8 BI), and quality outings from Arroyo, Blanton, Smoltz, Zambrano and Zito this week. If Randy Johnson (6.55 ERA) and Adam LaRoche (.125 avg.) can kick into gear, the Snowmen might have something going.