Archive for April, 2009

Pack Opens 10-Point Lead

April 29, 2009

The Pack Is Back is on the attack on the haters and now has a 10-point lead at press time over the Dawgs. Yovani Gallardo hurled eight shutout innings today with 11 Ks, and Johan Santana added 7 Ks over 7 innings. Adrian Gonzalez cranked two homers (9) to tie the Dawgs’ Carlos Pena for the BEML lead.

gallardo-is-a-wolfpack Yovani Gallardo celebrates his 11 K performance…and a 10-point Pack lead.

BEML All-Time Team Winning Percentages

April 23, 2009

WINNING PCT.

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Craydawgs

.645

 

6 (’95, ’99-’00, ’02-’03, ‘06)

Barracudas

.641

 

3 (’98, ’04, ’08)

The Franchise

.593

 

3 (’01-‘02, ’07)

Ballbags

.531

 

1 (’05)

Firemen

.527

 

1 (’97)

Love The Drake

.488

 

1 (’96)

Snowmen

.473

 

 

SeaWolves

.471

 

 

Legion Of Doom

.467

 

1 (’94)

Pogues

.446

 

 

Dirty Dogs

.425

 

 

Griffons

.421

 

1 (1993)

aCeS r WiLd

.400

 

 

Bears

.378

 

 

Nor’Easters

.355

 

 

Highlanders

.347

 

 

The Pack Is Back

.316

 

 

Java Class

.301

 

 

New York Nine

.278

 

 

Balloon Knots

.208

 

 

Darkness

.106

 

 

Week 2 Report: Dawgma

April 22, 2009

The standings for Week 2 play:

Rank

Team

Batting

Pitching

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Craydawgs

46.0

31.0

77.0

3.5

0.0

1

Bears

36.5

40.5

77.0

14.0

0.0

3

TPIB

35.5

32.0

67.5

-8.5

9.5

4

Franchise

30.0

28.0

58.0

3.5

19.0

4

Barracudas

25.5

32.5

58.0

18.5

19.0

6

Flying Z

23.5

29.0

52.5

4.0

24.5

7

Dirty Dogs

10.0

35.0

45.0

-17.0

32.0

7

Snowmen

34.5

10.5

45.0

6.5

32.0

9

SeaWolves

9.0

31.0

40.0

-14.5

37.0

10

Ballbags

24.5

5.5

30.0

-10.0

47.0

And the overall standings after two weeks:

Rank

Team

Batting

Pitching

Total

Dif

Behind

1

Craydawgs

46.5

32.0

78.5

5.0

0.0

2

Bears

38.5

39.5

78.0

15.0

0.5

3

TPIB

38.0

37.0

75.0

-1.0

3.5

4

Barracudas

27.0

25.5

52.5

13.0

26.0

5

Franchise

30.0

22.0

52.0

-2.5

26.5

6

Flying Z

19.0

31.5

50.5

2.0

28.0

7

Dirty Dogs

11.0

35.5

46.5

-15.5

32.0

8

SeaWolves

15.5

29.5

45.0

-9.5

33.5

9

Snowmen

26.0

13.5

39.5

1.0

39.0

10

Ballbags

23.5

9.0

32.5

-7.5

46.0

BEML Batter of the Week™: Ian Kinsler (Bears). 15-for-27 (.556), 2 HRs, 6 BI, 6 SB.

BEML Pitcher of the Week™: Zack Greinke (Barracudas). 14 IP, 0.00 ERA/1.07 WHIP, 19 Ks, 2 Ws.

BEML Team of the Week™: The Bears, who picked up 15 points to put themselves 0.5 points off the lead.

BEML Scandal of the Week™: Scurrilous allegations that the BEML is a front operation for MLC (Major League Cockfighting).

cockfighting-beml1 The Big East Meadow League refuses to dignify claims that it is a front for a cockfighting ring.

Three teams had a taste of first place in Week 2: The Pack Is Back, Bears, and Craydawgs. The Dawgs currently cling to a slim lead in the early going over the surging Bears.

The Dawgs hit .326 on the week and led the league in Runs (60), RBI (62), and Saves (6). Raul Ibanez hit .550/3/5 on the week, and Carlos Pena is off to a hot start after struggling in the first half of 2008 and hit .333/4/12 in Week 2. Paul Konerko has been a cheap power source and is now at .341/3/11 after going .435/2/9 this week. The Dawgs’ most expensive player, Hanley Ramirez, however, hit just .167 on the week and has been in a slight funk. Pitching-wise, Heath Bell collected four saves this week and leads the BEML with seven, together with a sparkling 0.00 ERA.

The Bears were the biggest gainers in Week 2, picking up 15 points and tying the Dawgs for the best Week 2 score. The Ursas led the BEML in Steals (11) , Saves (6) and WHIP (1.13). Ian Kinsler is changing the straight game, hitting .460/4/14/6 in the first two weeks. W-Rod (Wandy Rodriguez) is off to a huge start for the league minimum salary, with 18 Ks in 19 IP, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Of course, the Bears have recently lost starters Ryan Doumit, Vlad Guerrero and Alex Gordon, so whether they can keep up their pace is in question.

The Pack is Back fell back to the pack and is in third place. Still, they’re not joking around and led the league in HRs for the second week straight (19). OF Carlos Quentin blasted 5 HRs with 9 BI and is now at .302/7/13. Johan has a 0.46 ERA over 19.7 IP, with an incredible 27 Ks. The one week spot has been an inability to replace Dustin Pedroia; since he was traded, TPIB has tried Kaz Matsui (.191) and Placido Polanco (.154) without success.

Your defending champion Barracudas surged 13 points in the standings in Week 2 and are in fourth place all of a sudden. The teal-clad Cudas led the league in Strikeouts (67) in Week 2 and lead the BEML in Steals overall (17). The main bright spot for the Cudas thus far is their front-line pitching duo of Greinke (20 scoreless innings, 26 Ks) and Dan Haren (1.89/0.79).

haren-is-a-cuda Haren somberly dons Barracudas teal.

The Franchise led the league in ERA (2.28) on the week, but dropped 2.5 points overall. Ryan Ludwick is powering the Chise thus far, with a .404/5/15/1 line. The Chise were hurt by the loss of Chris Carpenter to injury, as he was off to a hot start (10 IP, 9 Ks, 0.00 ERA). Matt Cain will fill in. Tim Lincecum is back on track with an 8-inning, 13 K performance this week.

Flying Z was hurt by the loss of Xavier Nady (elbow) this past week and will turn to Elijah Dukes in the outfield. The Z is flying under the radar right now in 6th place. They led the league in BA in Week 2 (.335), Wins (7), and posted a sharp 2.72 ERA. The Z continues to lead the BEML in the early going in Wins (13) and ERA (2.98) but appear to be a little light thus far on power. Adam Dunn (.324/3/11) and V-Mart (.359/4/7) are carrying them right now, while Mags Ordonez (0 HR) is not yet pulling his weight. The Z made some savvy starting pitching moves, as Paul Maholm (0.87 ERA, $0.50) and Erik Bedard (1.86 ERA, 23 Ks in 19.3 IP, $0.75) are off to great starts.

Dirty Dogs took a big plunge in Week 2 and are down 15.5 points into 7th place. They hit a league-low .215 on the week with merely two home runs to go with uno stolen base. The DDs had eight players hit under .200 for the week, including a brutal 2-for-20 from slugger Prince Fielder. This hitting lapse is fluky and the Dogs will certainly rebound with hitters like Fielder, El Caballo, and Evan Longoria. On the mound, the Dogs can certainly pitch and have relied on a couple of unsung dudes to get the job done thus far: Edwin Jackson (2.14/0.81) and Armando Galarraga (0.68/0.90).

SeaWolves dropped 9.5 points this week, but hitting .229 with 7 homers might have that effect. Alexei Ramirez is off to a pitiful start (5-for-40, .125) and catcher Brian McCann had been seeing double and missed a few games. Ace Brandon Webb has elbow issues and is on the DL. So the Wolves are sputtering, but it’s early yet.

Snowmen have shown promise with the sticks (16 HR, 53 RBI in Week 2), but are struggling on the mound (6.87 ERA/1.47 WHIP, 0 Saves in Week 2). Maine (7.20 ERA), Verlander (7.88), Cliff Lee (9.90), Fausto Carmona (7.88) and Dice-K (12.79) have all disappointed thus far, but you have to expect them to pick things up, and you have to expect Big Tex to get uncorked soon (.206 thus far).

Los Cojones hit .300 on the week but got ruptured on the mound: 12.03 ERA, 2.32 WHIP, 28 Ks, 1 W, 0 Saves. Chien-Ming did a horrible thing and single-handedly put the Bags in a big hole: 2.3 IP, 17 H+W, and 16 ER for a 61.71 ERA/7.29 WHIP. It’s amazing owner/manager Hauser did not take the dude out and stop the bleeding. Chris Young piled on with 3.7 innings of 7-run ball.

Dawgs Feed On Salami…Grand Salami

April 18, 2009

The Craydawgs are up by 2.5 points through yesterday’s games, and were buoyed by a grand slam by Nick Markakis (.359/2/15). The Dawgs already have five slams in the early going (from Markakis, Cruz, Hanley, Miggy, and Pena), while the rest of the BEML has just three.

nick_markakis_is-a-craydawg Markakis gets granular.

The Bears have been making a strong push lately (2nd place), but will be hurt by the loss of OF Vlad Guerrero for a month with a pectoral tear. Randy Winn has replaced Vlad. In addition, third baseman Alex Gordon will miss two months with a hip injury, and is replaced by Lyle Overbay.

The Snowmen replaced Dice-K (DL–dead arm; 12.79 ERA) with Jeremy Guthrie.

Upcoming BEML Milestones

April 16, 2009

The Craydawgs should reach 5,000 HRs later this year (need 296). The Franchise can reach 4,000 (298 needed). The Bears: 3,500 HRs (133). The Ballbags: 2,000 (268).

The Franchise will reach 15,000 RBI sometime in May (343). The Ballbags need 1,087 RBI this year to reach 7,500.

The Barracudas will need to reach for it, but with 193 steals they will hit 3,000. Snowmen need 150 bags to reach 1,500 steals. With 39 steals, Ballbags will arrive at 1,000.

More milestones in reach:

Franchise: 100,000 ABs (1,627)

Ballbags: 50,000 ABs (5,396); 500 Saves (21)

Dirty Dogs (4,432) and The Pack is Back (4,969): 20,000 ABs

SeaWolves: 30,000 Hits (334)

Snowmen: 20,000 Hits (1,517); 1,000 Saves (67)

Dirty Dogs (658) and TPIB (814): 5,000 Hits

With four more wins this year, the Cudas will reach 1,500. The Craydawgs will need 101 to get to 1,500.

Week 1 Report: Is the Pack, in Fact, Back?

April 14, 2009

 Here’s the status after one week, freaks:

Rank

Team

Batting

Pitching

Total

Behind

1

Pack is Back

39.0

37.0

76.0

2

Craydawgs

44.5

29.0

73.5

2.5

3

Bears

28.5

34.5

63.0

13.0

4

Dirty Dogs

27.5

34.5

62.0

14.0

5

SeaWolves

26.5

28.0

54.5

21.5

6

The Franchise

31.0

23.5

54.5

21.5

7

Flying Z

17.5

31.0

48.5

27.5

8

Ballbags

20.0

20.0

40.0

36.0

9

Barracudas

25.5

14.0

39.5

36.5

10

Snowmen

15.0

23.5

38.5

37.5

Cold fact: The Pack is Back is, in fact, on the attack, Jack. Upstarts TPIB let loose in Week 1 and led the BEML in HR (24), RBI (64), ERA (2.69), and Wins (8). Alfonso Soriano kicked off the season wit’ a vengeance (4 HR, 7 BI, 2 SB), and Johan and Aaron Harang straight brought some with 26.7 innings and just two earned runs. Nice start for a team BEMLBlog soon expects to see “back in the middle of the pack.” What’s BEMLBlog without a little trash talk?

 wesley-snipes-passenger47 I said “The Pack is Back,” not “Always bet on black.”

Your ever-lovin’ Craydawgs brought a lil’ swagger to the proceedings by leading the BEML in BA (.292), Runs (57), and Saves (8). Miguel Cabrera! (3 HR, 10 BI, .520 BA).

The Bears‘ Albert Pujols (3 HR, 9 BI, .375) will help keep them in the hunt all year long; I swear Derrek Lee may be the one to hold them back (2-for-25, .080).

hefeweisse  Talkin’ about Weiss’ Bears, not “Weisse Beer.”

Those Dirty Dogs are competing in every category, and find themselves very much in the mix in the early going, one point out of third place. Longoria! (5 HR, 10 BI, .482). Inge? (4 HR, 7 BI) Seriously, Inge? (SB, .304). I guess every Dirty Dog will have his day.

dirty-clogs Talkin’ ’bout Manusama’s Dirty Dogs, y’alls, not your mama’s dirty clogs.

The SeaWolves posted just 7 HRs and a .265 BA in Week 1 but were kept afloat with some solid pitching (2.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP), including some nice work from Randy “Sea” Wolf (3.65 ERA/1.05 WHIP, W).

sea-wolves-vhs2Oehm’s SeaWolves are the rare baseball team inspired by Roger Moore’s post-James Bond oeuvre.

The Franchise had an eventful week, including a blockbuster trade with TPIB and a death in the family. The Franchise’s Chop Pravato released the following statement following the untimely demise of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart: “It is with tremendous sorrow that we here, in the organization that everyone wants to be part of–‘The Franchise’–will have to win the title this year without Nick’s promise and ability. My heart goes out to the friends and family of Nick. He was going to be a big part of the Franchise’s 5-year plan of dominance in the BEML. His jersey will be retired as Big Papi will now wear #99 this year. As for trading Nick’s rights, that would be in very poor taste, but is it possible? Everyone has a price.”

adenhart-fans Franchise fans pour out their 40s for Adenhart.

Like the SeaWolves, Flying Z was short on offense (7 HRs), but pitched nicely in Week 1. Erik Bedard appears to be back, with a 2.02 ERA over two starts.

Ballbags, Barracudas and Snowmen vied for the 8th spot through the first week. Ballbags struggled on the dish (5.54 ERA), with Chien-Ming Wang getting wocked (17.18 ERA) and Aaron Cook getting, well. cooked (23.14 ERA). Similarly, the defending champ Cudas had Cole Hamels (17.18 ERA) and Joe Blanton (15.75 ERA) to blame for a slow start out of the gate. Snowmen suffered with Milton Bradley (.059) and Chris Iannetta (.071) struggling at the plate.

The Franchise’s Nick Adenhart Dies

April 10, 2009

BEML Blog and the BEML Family sends its condolences to The Franchise on the tragic death of pitcher Nick Adenhart. Despite Adenhart’s passing, The ‘Chise would neither confirm nor deny whether he will try to offer Adenhart to you via trade at some point later in the season.

The sad news only reopens the wounds created around the BEML by Rod Beck’s recent demise.

Angels Pitcher Killed Baseball Adenhart (RIP). (There’s no denying the resemblance to our friend Love the Drake.)

 rod-beck Beck (RIP).

Craydawgs Crank Out 7; Jump to Early Lead

April 9, 2009

The Craydawgs blasted seven home runs yesterday and have jumped out to the early BEML lead. Miggy Cabrera and Nelson Cruz both clubbed two HRs and Nick Markakis, Raul Ibanez, and Carlos Pena added dongs to the mix. The Dawgs are flirting with .400 as a team (.393) and are in first or second place in BA, Runs, HR, Steals, RBI, Ks and Saves. The Dawgs lead the Dirty Dogs in the early going, 80.5 to 73.5.

 73395083CM023_Texas_Rangers Talkin’ ’bout Nelson Cruz…

courtship-of-eddies-father …not Brandon Cruz.

Trades Rock the BEML

April 8, 2009

The Pack Is Back is on a trading attack. First, they sent Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Garko, and Dustin Pedroia to Flying Z for Justin Morneau, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Brad Ziegler. Clearly unhinged by the state of the team he drafted, TPIB’s Diaz then jettisoned straight up hittaz Andre Ethier and David Ortiz (with throw-in Jason Varitek) to The Franchise for Rich Harden, Brian Fuentes and Ken Griffey.

The instant winner here is The Franchise, which–even though they put the sweet swingin’ Ethier on the bench– picks up 40+ runs, 20+ HRs, 40 RBI, and some BA, while giving up a little ERA and WHIP after plugging the pitching slots with Chris Carpenter and Matt Cain. What’s more, it’s conceivable that–having lost his velocity this year–Fuentes will lose his closer’s role. The likely replacement? The Franchise’s own Jose Arredondo. Nice work again by the ‘Chise, but we have come to expect trades that favor the Big Dude from Hempstead.

What happens to the Pack here? They give up about 20 HRs, 25 RBI, 5 SB, and some BA, and they potentially gain 50+ saves with some significant ERA and WHIP help. The Pack’s pitching help does come with a lot of risk, however, as Harden is usually injured, and Fuentes and Ziegler’s roles are far from certain.

What about the Z? Their deal with the Pack is all about getting Pedroia for Morneau. Most of us would rather have Pedroia methinks, so straight up kudos to tha Z, giving up a few HR and RBI but gaining big in BA and steals.

morneau I said “Justin Morneau”…

island-of-dr-moreau …not “Island of Dr. Moreau.”

Z Handles Dawgs in BEML Opener

April 6, 2009

HIGHLAND PARK — Flying Z‘s Derek Lowe got the Z off to a flying start last night by slinging 8 shutout innings and defeating the Craydawgs‘ Brett Myers (6 IP, 4 ER, 6 Ks) in the BEML opener.

derek-lowe-is-a-z Lowe mowed down the Dawgs.

In other news, Flying Z is dangling catchers Ivan Rodriguez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and 1B Aubrey Huff for a 2nd basemen and/or speed.

Finally, the Snowmen acquired starter Jeremy Guthrie from the Ballbags for reliever Manny Corpas. Guthrie has more immediate value as it is unlikely Corpas will close.