Archive for May, 2008

Maddux Comes Home To Dawg Pound

May 28, 2008

Yesterday the Craydawgs sent catcher Jorge Posada and reserve pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to The Pack in return for reserve catcher Carlos Ruiz and former Craydawg great Greg Maddux. The teams also swapped June waiver positions.

The Craydawgs deemed Posada expendable with the development of catcher Chris Snyder. The Craydawgs hope Maddux can bring some stability to their pitching rotation, which has been ravaged by Ian Snell’s pathetic performance. Snell has been benched.

  Maddux’ retired #31 will be taken out of cold storage.

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Week 8 Report: The Bears In Rarefied Air

May 26, 2008

The results for the week:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Bears

69.5

16.0

0.0

2

AMH

64.0

1.5

5.5

3

The Pack Is Back

58.5

39.0

11.0

4

Dirty Dogs

56.0

18.5

13.5

5

Barracudas

49.0

-21.5

20.5

6

Darkness

42.0

7.0

27.5

7

Craydawgs

40.0

-18.5

29.5

8

SeaWolves

38.5

-23.5

31.0

9

aCeS r WiLd

32.5

-18.5

37.0

And the Overall Standings after 8 weeks:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Barracudas

70.0

-0.5

0.0

2

AMH

68.5

6.0

1.5

3

Bears

60.5

7.0

9.5

4

SeaWolves

56.0

-6.0

14.0

5

Craydawgs

50.5

-8.0

19.5

6

aCeS r WiLd

47.0

-4.0

23.0

7

Dirty Dogs

37.0

-0.5

33.0

8

Darkness

36.5

1.5

33.5

9

The Pack Is Back

24.0

4.5

46.0

BEML Team Of The Week(TM): The Bears, who were on the hunt in Week 8, picking up 7 points and moving from 5th into 3rd place. Les Ours blasted 18 HRs to lead the league and also led in RBI (55), ERA (2.82), Wins (5), and WHIP (0.99). All hail Mags, who cranked 3 HRs (9) and drove in 9 runs (35). A-Rod came back from the DL to provide a boost (2 HRs, 5 BI, .333). Roy Halladay pitched an impressive complete game for the win (5), and Jared Weaver pitched 8 scoreless innings with 6 Ks for a win (4). Unfortunately for the Bears, Fausto Carmona is hurt and may miss a month or more. His farewell present was to give up 6 earned runs over 2 innings (27.00 ERA).

 Magglio and Bears Owner Rich Weiss make the scene at the Week 8 BEML Team Of The Week blowout.

Don’t look now, but Anthony Michael Hall is making a comeback. I’m not referring to the actor’s tenure on The Dead Zone; rather, I refer to Poppa Joe Pravato’s team and its return to the top of the standings this week. They picked up 6 points overall and find themselves 1.5 points behind the Cudas, and even spent a day this week on top. AMH hit a BEML-leading .347 this week with 13 steals and 7 saves. On the flip side, AMH posted a league-worst 4.97 ERA in Week 8. Jason Bay hit .480 this week with 3 HRs (6) and 8 BI (15). He’s hitting .338 for AMH after posting a .182 with the Dirty Dogs before being traded. Michael Bourn swiped 5 bags and is up to a BEML-leading 23 on the season despite hitting only .216 so far. The culprit for the league-worst ERA this week? Erik Bedard hit a snag and gave up 9 runs over 4.3 innings (18.69 ERA). His ERA now sits at 5.49 on the year. Roy Oswalt has pitched even worse thus far, with a 5.61 ERA on the season.

 Things are looking up again for AMH.

The Pack Is Still Wack But Got Back On Track So Give ‘Em Some Slack picked up 4.5 points this week. Adrian Gonzalez slapped 3 HRs out of the Wolf Den (14) and drove in 10 (43). Oliver Perez is having one of his off years thus far; he walked 8 and struck out 2 this week and now has a 4.95 ERA/1.77 WHIP for the Pack.

 The Barracudas agree: The (Fanny) Pack Is Back

Darkness picked up 1.5 points this week and is battling it out for 7th place with the Dirty Dogs. The Dark Fellas hit at a nice clip with a .323 on the week but trailed in both HRs (8) and Steals (1). Aaron Rowand did what he could, with 2 homers (7) and 9 RBI (29). He’s hitting .329 for the Darkness this year. Adam Wainwright just keeps doin’ it quiet-style (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks, W). Darkness has announced they will make Joba Chamberlain a starter going forward. He has a 2.42 ERA and 27 Ks in 22.3 innings this year.

The new Darkness mascot is creeping people out.

The Craydawgs had a precipitous drop (8 points) this week and fell to 5th place, 19.5 points out. They scored a league-low 33 runs and drove in a league-worst 34 runs. They dropped 3 points in batting average alone after hitting .251 this week. Victor Martinez has frustrated his manager thus far; he has zero HRs and just 16 RBI, and hit just .133 this week. Chris Snyder has filled in well in Jorge Posada’s absence; going .317/3/14 over 60 ABs. Posada will return next week for the Dawgs. Josh Hamilton continues to produce and is at .333/12/53/2 on the season. Justin “The Duch” Duchscherer impressed this week with 8 innings of one-hit ball, and has a 2.08 ERA/0.77 WHIP since replacing Brett Myers in the Dawgs’ rotation.

 One of these Snyders has filled in well for Jorge Posada. Not tellin’ which.

The other big drop this week was from the SeaWolves, who fell 6 points into 4th place. The Wolves racked up a league-leading 60 Ks this week but had a league-worst 2 wins to show for it. Aaron Harang collected 16 Ks over 9.3 innings. He has a 3.32 ERA/1.19 WHIP with 72 Ks in 78.7 innings, but just 2 wins.

  I said “Harang” not “You rang?”

The aCeS hit a rough patch in Week 8 and dropped 4 points. The .234 batting average did not help, nor did the league-worst 35 Ks and 1.53 WHIP. Derek Jeter went 1-for-18 (.056). Mike Mussina gave up 15 hits + walks in just 5.7 innings (2.65 WHIP). Don’t blame Ben Sheets this week: CG, 1 ER, 6 Ks, W.

The Dirty Dogs continue to play well, hitting a respectable .282 this week with 14 HRs and a 3.53 ERA. Ryan Howard heated up this week and hit 4 homers with 9 BI. He’s at .260/8/20 in 77 ABs for the DDs since his trade from the Pack. The Dogs used up Dan Uggla (.350/12/28) and shipped him off to the Cudas this week in return for John Lackey and Brandon Lyon. Lackey pitched well in his DD debut: 8 IP, 3 ER.

  Talkin’ ’bout Ryan Howard, not Ron Howard…there is a difference, you know.

The Barracudas are showing no weaknesses thus far and continue to hold the lead. Corey Hart hit 4 HRs this week and is up to .297/6/27/8 on the season. Bengie Molina went off with a 15-for-23 week (that’s .652) with a homer and 9 BI. He’s hitting .327/5/31–nice production from a catcher. Dan Uggla got off to a huge start for the Cudas, mashing 2 Ugglas and driving in 5 in his first 11 ABs (.364).

 

Talkin’ ’bout Dan Uggla . . .                                    Not “arugula.”

Week 7 Report: BEMLBlog Does Dallas

May 24, 2008

Get this from Daddy Bird: Week 7 is in the books, baby birds. Here’s the look from Week 7 play:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Barracudas

64.0

-7.5

0.0

2

Bears

61.5

12.5

2.5

3

Dirty Dogs

56.5

26.0

7.5

4

AMH

56.0

-9.5

8.0

5

Craydawgs

54.5

1.0

9.5

6

The Pack Is Back

44.5

22.0

19.5

7

Darkness

44.0

4.5

20.0

8

aCeS r WiLd

39.0

-11.0

25.0

9

SeaWolves

30.0

-38.0

34.0

And here is where the Overall Standings are:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Barracudas

70.5

-1.0

0.0

2

AMH

62.5

-3.0

8.0

3

SeaWolves

62.0

-6.0

8.5

4

Craydawgs

58.5

5.0

12.0

5

Bears

53.5

4.5

17.0

6

aCeS r WiLd

51.0

1.0

19.5

7

Dirty Dogs

37.5

7.0

33.0

8

Darkness

35.0

-4.5

35.5

9

The Pack is Back

19.5

-3.0

51.0

The BEMLBlog Restaurant Of The Week(TM): in honor of BEMLBlog’s voyage to Dallas this week (to track Hank Blalock’s recovery from his hamstring injury)–Mia’s Tex-Mex Restaurant. BEMLBlog recommends the quesadillas and the brisket tacos. The salsa is excellent as well.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant, Dallas TX

BEMLBlog Conspiracy Of The Week(TM): JFK. BEMLBlog is reporting to you from the Texas Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll this week.

 BEMLBlog is reporting from Dallas this week, and more specifically, the Grassy Knoll.

BEMLBlog Team Of The Week: Dirty Dogs, who gained 7 points on the week to move into 7th place. Dirty Dogs made like a magic bullet and came out of nowhere this week, ripping 21 homers and scoring 59 runs to lead the BEML in those categories, despite rostering the wretched Lastings Milledge (.130, 0 HRs). The Dogs’ tragic flaw remains their pitching, which posted a league-worst 5.81 ERA and 1.59 WHIP this week. Alfonso Soriano made like Jack Ruby and blasted seven homers this week to go with 14 RBI and a .516 BA. He’s up to .306/10/26/3 and is hot all of a sudden like the barrel of Oswald’s gun when he laid out Officer Tippett. What else is happening on the DD front? I’ll tell you. Buchholz got lit up and then got injured (14.54 ERA), Jeff Francis was a walking disaster (8.18 ERA), and Carlos Z did not help (5.73 ERA).

 The Dirty Dogs came out of nowhere this week…like the Magic Bullet.

 Soriano lit things up like Ruby lit up Oswald.

The Craydawgs worked as hard as New Orleans DA Jim Garrison to break things open and achieve justice in the BEML and their rightful spot atop the leaderboard. They picked up 5 points this week toward their endeavor. The Dawgs led the BEML in RBI this week (55) to take the lead in that category. Mi amigo Ryan Braun rocked the hizzy with 6 dingers and 10 BI this week. He’s at .291/13/35/1 on the year now. My other good friend Josh Hamilton continues to run things with 3 HRs, 10 BI and a .429 BA this week. He’s up to .318/10/49 on the season. J-Roll came back to swipe 4 bags this week and hit .462. Come on you Dawgs.

 Craydawgs are working as hard as DA Jim Garrison to make their case for the top spot.

The Bears pitched their brains out like JFK and posted a league-leading 2.04 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in Week 7. The Bears continue to inspire conspiracy theorists with their stellar pitching. Fausto worked 16.3 innings worth of 0.55 ERA/0.80 WHIP, and Jared Weaver rocked a 1.46 ERA/0.81 WHIP in 12.3 innings. Shaun Marcum? A 2.00 ERA/0.56 WHIP this week. The Bears also surprised this week by leading the league in steals with 9 of those bad boys, including four from Ian Kinsler (13). The Bears picked up 4.5 points this week.

aCeS r WiLd were the only other team to gain ground in Week 7 (+1). The aCeS led the league with a .300 average. Big Papi has escaped his early season slump a la Jackie Kennedy escaping out the back of the Kennedy limo after shots rang out: 3 HRs and 9 BI this week. He’s up to .250/10/37 now. Mike Mussina looked as lost as the Warren Commission on the mound this week, posting a 7.20 ERA/1.90 WHIP over 10 innings.

 Big Papi is escaping his slump like Jackie escaping the limo.

Berkman is carrying the Cudas, yo. He hit .482 this week with 4 more Jack Kennedys and 8 BI. That makes .399/16/44/8. The Cudas lost a point but still managed to extend their lead to 8 points over Anthony Michael Hall.

Week 6 Report: aCeS Run Wild, Pick Up Eight Points

May 13, 2008

The standings for play in Week 6:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

aCeS r WiLd

64.5

22.5

0.0

2

Barracudas

61.5

-8.5

3.0

3

Craydawgs

56.5

3.0

8.0

4

SeaWolves

49.5

-17.0

15.0

5

Darkness

49.0

9.5

15.5

6

AMH

48.5

-20.5

16.0

7

Dirty Dogs

43.0

10.5

21.5

8

Bears

42.0

-11.0

22.5

9

The Pack is Back

35.5

11.5

29.0

And the Overall Standings after six weeks:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Barracudas

71.5

1.5

0.0

2

SeaWolves

68.0

1.5

3.5

3

AMH

65.5

-3.5

6.0

4

Craydawgs

53.5

0.0

18.0

5

aCeS r WiLd

50.0

8.0

21.5

6

Bears

49.0

-4.0

22.5

7

Darkness

39.5

0.0

32.0

8

Dirty Dogs

30.5

-2.0

41.0

9

The Pack is Back

22.5

-1.5

49.0

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.”

Dirty Dogs/Wolfpack Get Their Trade On

May 6, 2008

Just wanted to follow up on the blockbuster trade announced yesterday between the Dirty Ds and the Wolfpack. Wolfpack sent Ryan Howard, Vernon Wells, and Justin Verlander to the DDs in return for Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Rios, and Brad Penny. First off, Dirty Dogs have the pitching edge because Verlander is the better pitcher and should have the slight edge in every relevant category (W, ERA, WHIP, Ks) over the rest of the year. On the offensive side the DDs should gain 15-20 HRs and about 25 RBI, while giving up about 10 SBs and about 20 points in BA. On the whole, a close trade, but give the edge to Los Perros Sucios.

The Dirty Dogs will give away mousepads tonight at the Shelter. 

Week 5 Report: Cudas Take A Bite Out Of The Competition

May 5, 2008

The standings for Week 5:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

SeaWolves

68.5

1.0

0.0

2

Barracudas

59.0

-12.5

9.5

3

Darkness

57.0

21.5

11.5

4

Bears

53.5

5.5

15.0

5

Dirty Dogs

51.5

22.0

17.0

6

aCeS r WiLd

47.0

9.0

21.5

7

Craydawgs

44.0

-14.5

24.5

8

AMH

43.0

-31.5

25.5

9

Wolfpack

26.5

-0.5

42.0

And the overall standings after five weeks:

Rank

Team

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Barracudas

70.0

-1.5

0.0

2

AMH

69.0

-5.5

1.0

3

SeaWolves

66.5

-1.0

3.5

4

Craydawgs

53.5

-5.0

16.5

5

Bears

53.0

5.0

17.0

6

aCeS r WiLd

42.0

4.0

28.0

7

Darkness

39.5

4.0

30.5

8

Dirty Dogs

32.5

3.0

37.5

9

Wolfpack

24.0

-3.0

46.0

One could argue those fellas the SeaWolves had the best week in Week 5; they led the BEML in Runs (55), RBI (50), Saves (8), and WHIP (0.98), but they still lost a point in the overall standings. In any event, the Wolves timed the introduction of Geovany Soto into the starting roster just right this week, as he went 7-for-19 (.369) with 2 HRs and 9 BI. Conor Jackson also worked it, with a .375/2/5 performance. Matt Cain was a hoss, too, with a 1.46 ERA / 1.05 WHIP and 11 Ks over 12.7 innings this week.

 Matt Cain was The Hoss this week.

The Barracudas also had a nice Week 5, and find themselves atop the BEML despite dropping 1.5 points overall. Berkman (.333/2/8 this week) and Utley (.347/3/5 this week) just scorched the ball in Week 5, and have helped the Coods maintain their league lead in BA and HRs. The Coods also racked up a league-leading 49 Ks this week and have dominated the K category for the year, thanks in large part to Cole Hamels (11 Ks this week in 13.3 innings) and Tim Lincecum (45 Ks in 42.3 innings this year). These guys “Cood” win it all this year.

 The ’04 Barracudas championship squad was a ragtag bunch, with mismatched pants, untucked shirts, etc. But they had the magic. Can Markoski’s ’08 crew repeat?

Darkness made a strong showing in Week 5, picking up 4 points overall. The Dark Ones led the BEML in BA (.309) and Steals (9) on the week. Ichiro cranked out six steals (12) on his own. Aaron Rowand blasted two dongs (3) and hit .479 in Week 5; he’s now up to .337/3/15 on the year. Tim Hudson seems to enjoy  the pitcher-friendly confines of Blackout Park–he pitched a complete game 3-hitter with 10 Ks this week and has posted a 2.95 ERA / 1.01 WHIP on the season. Adam Wainwright is bringing some value too; he has a 2.60 ERA / 0.98 WHIP on the year. Unfortunately, the Darkspot rocked an anemic 5 HRs in Week 5.

 The licensing fees paid to the Estate of Rick James to play “Super Freak” before every at-bat at Blackout Park are running the Darkness’ business into the ground.

The Bears were the big gainers this week, picking up 5 points overall. It helped that they led the BEML in ERA this week with a 2.51 spot. Roy Halladay has buoyed the Bears; he worked 16 innings this week with 13 Ks and a 1.12 ERA / 0.56 WHIP and is now at 3.00/0.98 on the season with 38 Ks over 57 IP.

 Talkin’ ’bout Roy Halladay…

 Not wild-west gunslingin’ law man Doc Holliday.

Dirty Dogs stayed out of Manusama’s dog house by picking up 3 points overall in Week 5. They hit a league-worst .242 this week but made the hits count with a BEML-leading 15 HRs, 4 each from Adrian Gonzalez and Dan Uggla. A-Gon is at .307/8/23 for the year. On a bit of a sad note, the DDs recorded only 21 Ks this week to trail the rest of youse.

aCeS r WiLd also did well by picking up 4 points this week. The aCeS won the Scherzer sweepstakes and jettisoned the putrid Jeff Suppan (5.19 ERA). aCeS led the league in wins again with 6 and lead the league in that category (22). Now if they could just get rid of Brad Hennessey (11.85 ERA / 2.63 WHIP) somehow…

 Despite Hennessey’s best efforts to give you an autographed ball, you politely refuse.

I sing the sad song of the struggles of Los Dawgees–they dropped 4 more points this week. Injuries continue to be the story. Posada is out for 4-6 weeks, Blalock has been sidelined for a couple weeks, and Rollins has been out for weeks now (though he may return soon). Young guns Cueto and Shields got popped. Whereas I once projected the Dawgs to finish 1st, they may now be lucky to vie for the silver. On the positive tip, Ryan Braun (.320/2/9 this week) and Jose Reyes (.444, 4 SBs this week) are showing signs de la vida.

 Have the Dawgs grown sluggish with success?

Anthony Michael Hall faltered in Week 5, dropping 6.5 points and detailing how fickle the BEML lead can be. Just 6 HRs this week, including two from the phenomenally productive Chipper. Dude’s average actually dropped to .425 after he hit “only” .391 this week. He’s now at .425/9/27. Nick Swisher is not looking good in AMH Pink (a Pretty in Pink reference, of course) and has just 8 BI and a .209 average after a .130 week.

The Wolfpack dropped three more points, yo. The Pack was last this week in several categories: ERA (6.99), WHIP (1.94), Wins (1), RBI (37) and Steals (3). In breaking news, frustration at the Wolf Den has apparently boiled over and Diaz has sent Ryan Howard, Vernon Wells and Justin Verlander packing to the Dirty Dogs in return for Alex Rios, Adrian Gonzalez, and Brad Penny (details and analysis to follow).

Free Agency Notes

May 5, 2008

Lots of action on the free agency front. After the Pack picked up Cliff Lee, the Dirty Dogs tapped Nate McLouth, benching Carlos Delgado and releasing Jeremy Accardo. McLouth for Delgado is a nice move for the DDs as McLouth brings about 15 steals, 25 runs, and probably about 40 points in batting average over and above Delgado, with no dropoff in HRs or RBI.

 

I said Nate McLouth…        Not John Wilkes Booth!

Next, aCeS picked up phenom Max Scherzer, beating the Craydawgs’ claim. Scherzer will replace the hapless Jeff Suppan in the aCeS’ rotation.

 Max Scherzer has one blue eye and one brown eye, no doubt one of the reasons the aCeS targeted him.

  David Bowie also has a blue eye and a brown eye. Here, he gets stuck in the brown one with a lollipop.

The Bears picked up Emil Brown. It says here Emil’s best days are already behind him.

 

I said “Emil”…           Not “Evel.” Sorry for the confusion.

SeaWolves picked up Ervin Santana.

Darkness has harnessed the power of Chad Qualls.

The Craydawgs are in desperate need of various kinds of help and selected Mark Reynolds over no one’s objection.

Finally, AMH dropped Eddie Guardado and selected Edinson Volquez.

 AMH picked up Edinson…

 …not Edison.

Free Agent Feast!: Wolfpack Gathers Around The Kill

May 1, 2008

Wolfpack acquired Cliff Lee as a free agent today and released catcher Dave Ross to make room. The Pack sent Joe Blanton to the bench in favor of Lee.

 Wolfpack gathers around their kill: Cliff Lee