The standings for play in Week 6:
And the Overall Standings after six weeks:
BEMLBlog Sandwich Of The Week(TM): Wawa(R) toasted Italian on 6″ Shorti roll with pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, hot peppers, parm, salt&pepa, and oregano.
BEMLBlog Team Of The Week: aCeS r WiLd (+8.0 points). It was a busy week for the aCeS, who started off by trading Gary Sheffield to Anthony Michael Hall for Carlos Marmol, then went on to pick up 8 points in the overall standings. The aCeS led the BEML in BA (.303), HR (12), and Runs (54), and posted a strong ERA (3.27) and WHIP (1.17) for the week. The source for success? None other than Kevin Youkilis, who popped 5 homers, drove in 10 runs, hit .375, and even stole a bag for the aCeS this week. And don’t look now, but Bronson Arroyo picked up his game with 8 innings of one-run ball and 9 Ks. Arroyo!
I said “Youkilis”… Not “nucleus.”
The Cudas maintained their lead this week with another strong showing, picking up 1.5 points overall. Los Pescados Viciosos stalled a little bit on offense, posting only 7 HRs and 36 RBI, but made up for it with a strong showing on the mound, including five wins and five saves. Tim Lincecum, Josh Beckett, and CC Sabathia all rolled to victories this week. Did you know?: Lance Berkman hit .682 (15-for-22) in Week 6 and is now up to .382/12/36/6. He is the BEML MVP thus far.
I am talking about Beckett, the pitcher, not the Irish absurdist. Your mistake.
The next best team in Week 6? Your beloved Craydawgs, who welcomed Jimmy Rollins back to the fold after an ankle roll in early days of the season. Many recall the toll taken on the Dawgs by the Rafael Furcal ankle injury last year, so the Dawgs can only hope Rollins is back in playing shape; he is critical to the Dawgs’ success. In other Dawgs news, Jermaine Dye earned his keep this week with three homers (6) and 5 BI (15), and Jose Reyes stole three bases (12). Chris Snyder has filled in ably for Jorge Posada; he hit .412 this week and has batted .387 for the Dawgs in 31 ABs. On the pitching side, the Dawgs led the BEML in Ks (64), including 15 from Javier Vazquez, who now has 52 Ks in as many innings. James Shields pitched a complete game one-hitter with 8 Ks. He’s at 3.14/1.14 with 39 Ks in 51.7 innings.
Any home run from the Craydawgs’ Jermaine Dye shall hereinafter be referred to as a “Dye Job(TM).”
The SeaWolves picked up 1.5 points to keep pace with the Cudas and remain 3.5 points out. Carl Crawford was the offensive star on a team that hit only .245 on the week; he went .304/1/5/4. Hanley was Hanley (.471/0/2/3); he’s at .336/8/21/13 on the year. Pitching-wise, free agent acquisition Ervin Santana is looking good with 16 Ks over 14.7 innings this week, and a 3.07/0.95 WHIP. Brandon Webb is now 8-0 with a 2.41 ERA/1.00 WHIP and is on pace for the BEML Maddux Award, given annually to the BEML’s best pitcher.
Can we talk about the trade of Vernon Wells to Darkness this week? Somebody give me the deets, because it looks like my man Giardina took a serious hit when he acquired Wells from the Dirty Dogs and then Wells broke his wrist and will be out for 6-8 weeks. That’s just some bad luck, friends. Darkness acquired Wells together with Billingsley and Todd Jones for Ichiro, Duaner Sanchez, and Pudge Rodriguez. That’s some heavy trading, yo. In other Darkness news, they just continues to pitch the sh*t out of it, with a league-leading 2.50 ERA/1.01 WHIP this week. All this even though Darkness are sending out Brandon Backe (4.64/1.73 on the year) every fifth day. Damn. That cat named Wainwright is heading things up with his 2.25 ERA/0.96 WHIP. On the offense, Chris Young pimpslapped three out of the park this week (9). FLASH: BEMLBlog has also learned that Rafael Furcal is down with an injury, adding to Darkness’ woes.
AMH took a dip this week a la 3.5 points, akin to the dip AMH’s career took after ’85’s Weird Science (yeah, he was on SNL for a year or so, but name one skit). Just four homers this week will hurt you bad. Twenty-eight RBI? That hurts bad. Twelve SBs is nice, though. Bill Hall rocked a 1-for-21 this week, and Jeff Kent pitched in with an 0-fer-18. But how about Edinson’s first start for the AMH? Ten Ks in 7 innings for the win. Pickups like Volquez are a key reason AMH can never be counted out (see last year, when May free agent pickup Ryan Braun helped spark the team). What’s more, AMH always keeps his roster hoppin’: this week he jettisoned Carlos Gomez, Greg Maddux, Jim Thome, and Brandon Phillips to the Wolfpack for Hunter Pence, Bobby Abreu, Jon Lester, and Howie Kendrick. BEMLBlog will try to break that one down if I can get my head around it. AMH has vision.
Actually, I was referring to “Volquez”…
Not “Valdez.” I should have been clearer.
Dirty Dogs dropped a couple points, but based on the aforementioned trade with Darkness, ain’t no giving up at the Shelter. Unfortunately, the DDs posted a league-worst ERA (5.91) and WHIP (1.80) this week. Jeremy Bonderman is just struggling. This week he had two starts with which to do damage: 8.10 ERA/1.90 WHIP; he’s at 4.80/1.67 on the year. Justin Verlander–fresh off the trade from the Wolfpack–is already in the Dirty Doghouse after posting a 7.50 ERA/1.67 WHIP this week. On the plus tip, Kazmir is back and pitched six scoreless innings in Week 6. Dan Uggla is making BEMLBlog look bad after he blasted four more homers with eight RBI this week; he has hit .315/9/23/1 for the Dogs and evidently likes the way Manusama runs his doghouse.
The Bears had the biggest drop (four points) in Week 6, and fell back to 6th place. They led the league in RBI (42), but posted a league-worst 25 Ks and one win. Jason Giambi rocked 2 homers (7) with 6 BI (20) this week. Jon Garland pitched a strong 8 innings with no earned runs, but Jered Weaver gave back any gains with a 21.60 ERA/3.30 WHIP; he’s at 5.59/1.48 WHIP on the season.
The Wolfpack has evidently launched a new slogan, “The Pack Is Back(TM)”, but until they can pull themselves out of last place, BEMLBlog will continue to respectfully refer to them with its own moniker “The Pack Is In The Back(TM)”. Pack dropped 1.5 points this week and again had difficulty in practically all phases of the game. New addition Alex Rios has struggled to a .148 average in his early tenure with the Pack (27 ABs), with no HRs, RBI or SBs. Carlos Beltran appears to be emerging from his funk, though, as he went .381/1/8 this week. Cliff Lee has gotten off to a hot start with the Pack, with 16 scoreless innings thus far. BEMLBlog hereby notifies you again that you cannot count the Pack out yet.
Talkin’ ’bout Cliff Lee…
Not “broken knee.”