Archive for May, 2009

Week 7 Report: Ibanez Exploits Dawg Pound’s Short Porch

May 25, 2009

The overall standings after seven weeks:

Rank Team

Batting

Pitching

Total

Diff

Behind

1

Craydawgs

45.0

33.5

78.5

0.5

2

Bears

29.0

45.5

74.5

-5.0

4.0

3

TPIB

34.0

34.0

68.0

-2.5

10.5

4

Dirty Dogs

22.0

39.5

61.5

-4.0

17.0

5

Snowmen

40.0

16.5

56.5

1.0

22.0

6

Flying Z

25.5

24.5

50.0

2.0

28.5

7

SeaWolves

21.0

24.5

45.5

3.5

33.0

8

The Franchise

19.5

25.5

45.0

4.0

33.5

9

Barracudas

23.0

20.0

43.0

1.0

35.5

10

Ballbags

16.0

11.5

27.5

-0.5

51.0

The Craydawgs, Bears, and The Pack Is Back continue to wage fierce battle atop the BEML through seven weeks. The Craydawgs are on top for now, leading the league in BA, HR, Runs, RBI, and Saves, and posting league highs this week in Wins (5) and Saves (6). Nelson Cruz continues his breakout for the Dawgs, with a .391/4/9/3 line for the week (.289/11/31/7 for the season). Raul Ibanez continued his surprising MVP run with a .320/4/8 line; he’s at .352 on the year with 43 RBI and a BEML-leading 17 HRs. He loves the short porch in the Dawg Pound’s right field. Despite their offensive prowess, they are just getting by on the pitching side, carrying a struggling closer in Brad Lidge, who sports a 9.15 ERA on the season after blowing two more saves in succession this past weekend.

dawg pound short porch The Craydawgs’ Ibanez likey the short porch.

The Bears are the mirror image of the Dawgs, with a sparkling pitching staff and a lineup that manages enough to keep them in contention. The Bears are scuffling a bit at the plate lately, with a league-low 25 RBI in Week 7 that forced a three-point drop in that category. They led the league in Steals (13) however, and picked up a point there. Mark Reynolds ripped stuff up by hitting .357/4/9/6 this week. He’s angling for a 30/30 year so far (.265/12/25/10). Roy Halladay and Wandy Rodriguez continue to propel the Bears; Halladay pitched seven scoreless innings this week and is 8-1 on the year with a 2.52 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, and W-Rod gave up just one run over seven innings in Week 7 for a win (he’s 5-2 on the year with a 1.83 ERA).

newarkbears1The Bears are enjoying their most successful season in their 11 year history.

Cold fact: The Pack Is Back has fallen a bit off track and is now 10.5 points back. Alfonso Soriano scuffled to a 2-for-21 (.095) line in Week 7. They’ve been hurt by the loss of Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Delgado, and Rich Harden recently. Johan Santana has been a stud, with 75 Ks in 60 IP, a 6-2 record, and a 1.50 ERA.

threewolfmoonThe Pack will give away this stunning promotional t-shirt on Wednesday night at the Wolf Den. “You don’t wear it on your torso…you wear it on your soul.”

Dirty Dogs dropped four points in Week 7 and 17 points back. Once again, they led the league in Strikeouts (61), but they did little else to improve their standing, hitting only .258 with eight HRs. Jake Peavy struck out 10 in 6 IP and now leads the BEML with 79 Ks. Francisco Liriano has been a huge disappointment; he posted a 15.75 ERA in Week 7 and is now has a 6.04 ERA/1.46 WHIP on the year.

liriano shirtThe Dogs’ Liriano is struggling to keep his ERA below his jersey number.

Snowmen powered up and led the league in HRs (19) and RBI (59) this week, picking up one point overall. Mark Teixeira is heating up (.444/5/10 in Week 7) and the Icy Ones welcomed back A-Rod from hip surgery (4 HRs/6 BI). There’s a solid core to the Snowmen lineup, with stolen-base leader Carl Crawford (28 steals), rising star Adam Jones (.360/10/32/4), Torii Hunter mashing (.315/10/37/8), and Ryan Zimmerman (.348/11/34). Josh Johnson has been a steal, with a 2.67 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. The Snowmen have been held back by the back end of the rotation, as Jeremy Guthrie (6.26 ERA), Fausto Carmona (5.74 ERA) have struggled mightily. 

Flying Z have acquitted themselves well in their first BEML season, and look to shatter prior standards for first-year teams. Z led the league in Week 7 in BA (.314) and Runs (51) and picked up two points overall. Joe Mauer is dominating since returning from early season injury; he hit .458 in Week 7 with 4 HRs and 13 RBI. He is hitting an incredible .444 with 9 HRs and 26 RBI in 63 at-bats. He joins Victor Martinez (.371/7/30) in a fearsome catching tandem. Aging sluggers Chipper Jones (4 HRs) and Magglio Ordonez (2 HRs, .266) may be at the end of the line. On the mound, Erik Bedard has looked great (2.64 ERA), but can’t catch any breaks (2 wins).

joe-mauer Mauer power.

SeaWolves picked up 3.5 points with a generally solid (.292/16/50/9)–but no breakout–performance in Week 7. Brad Hawpe cooled off a bit (3-for-20, .150) but is still hitting .326 on the season.

The Franchise picked up 4 points this week in the wake of dominating pitching: 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. CC Sabathia looked a little more like the CC we expect (2.40 ERA, 0.87 WHIP in 15 IP), recent free agent acquisition Joel Pineiro worked a 1.69 ERA with a 0.69 WHIP over 16 IP, and Beckett (8 scoreless), Cain (complete game), and Lincecum (10 Ks over 7 IP) were spotless. Andre Ethier is in an epic slump (2-for-17 this week) and is now at .234 for the season.

The defending champeen Barracudas are having a nightmare season for tsuch a storied franchise. They posted a league-worst 5.14 ERA and 1.54 WHIP this week. Highly paid ($2.25) Scott Kazmir has been disastrous (14.54 ERA in Week 7), with a 7.69 ERA/1.95 WHIP on the year. Highly-paid 1B Chris Davis ($2.00) and 2B Dan Uggla ($1.50) have been tragic, hitting .204 and .205, respectively. Other highly paid players Grady Sizemore (.221) and Jimmy Rollins (.233) have not delivered. Even potential ’09 BEML Greg Maddux Award winner Zack Greinke looked mortal this week, with a 1.67 WHIP. The Cudas will hope to recover soon, or write 2009 off as a lost year.

The Ballbags have already written ’09 off, and are now desecrating the basepaths with horrid play. They finished last this week in BA (.223), HRs (7), Runs (31), and Steals (3). Five fulltime regulars hit below .200. Highly paid starter Ricky Nolasco (9.07 ERA) joins Chien-Ming Wang (34.50 ERA) as unmitigated disasters this year.

Ballbags Reload For 2010

May 22, 2009

Los Cojones have been busy dealing away Ballbags present for Ballbags future.

Ballbags graffiti The Ballbags are toast for ’09. The faithful will have to see what Hauser can do about 2010.

First, the Bags unloaded injured closer Jose Valverde to the Dirty Dogs for Mark Teahen and a 2010 protected slot.

Then, in a blockbuster that made some cry “foul,” the Ballbags traded away Carlos Beltran, Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis and Ramon Hernandez to the 1st place Bears for Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Napoli, Rick Ankiel, Lyle Overbay, two 2010 protected slots and one $3 move. Napoli, in particular, will look nice out of the catcher slot on the cheap ($0.75) in ’10 for the Bags. The Bears, on the other hand, showed they are serious about trying to capture the 1st title for North Woodmere in ’09.

Next, the Bags gave the Pack a taste by way of sending Trevor Hoffman to the Pack for John Lackey.

Finally, today the Bags traded Matt Kemp (.281/4/25/8) to the Craydawgs for Adam Lind (.310/2/12/0 in 58 ABs for the Dawgs since supplanting Jim Thome) and two 2010 protected slots. Kemp will bring a little extra speed to the Dawgees, and Lind provides some good hitting on the cheap ($0.25).

matt kemp_edited-1 Talkin’ bout the Craydawgs’ new DH Matt Kemp…

jack kemp …not recently deceased former U.S. Senator and VP candidate Jack Kemp.

Dirty Dogs Join First Tier

May 17, 2009

This season has thus far been a tale of two tiers. The Dirty Dogs have recently served notice they belong in the upper tier alongside the Bears, Craydawgs, and The Pack. The Dogs have risen to 4th place, just 12.5 points out of first, and just 5.5 points behind the third-place Pack.

The Dogs bring power hitting and pitching to the mix. A little of bit of speed and average would help them contend for the coveted BEML championship. The Dirty, Filthy Hounds are led by young Evan Longoria, who is off to a phenomenal start this year, hitting .342 with 11 HRs and a league-leading 46 RBI. Brandon Inge has surprised at catcher, hitting .281 with 10 HRs in the early going.

The Dogs revamped their pitching for ’09 and have enjoyed the rise of Edwin Jackson, who is sporting a 2.42 ERA/1.04 WHIP with 41 Ks in 52 innings. Johnny Cueto (2.57 ERA in 14 IP), Javier Vazquez (67 Ks in 53 IP), King Felix (53 Ks in 51 IP, 3.53 ERA) and Jake Peavy (61 Ks in 52 IP) round out a star-studded and youthful rotation. The Dogs are seeking to gain some ground in the saves category by dealing for a third closer to join K-Rod and George Sherrill in the pen.

SP_285347_FOUN_RAYS_7 Edwin Jackson is part of the revamped Dirty Dogs pitching staff.

The Pack Is Back Is Attacked…By Injury

May 10, 2009

The Pack Is Back lost perennial BEML All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a dislocated shoulder this week. He will be out 6-8 weeks. Mike Lowell will step in for him. It’s not a huge drop-off, but it appears every little bit will count in the ’09 race.

The BEML suspended Ballbags’ Manny Ramirez this week for 50 games. The reason was undisclosed, but rumors are flying that it had something to do with Ramirez’ hanging out with C. Wolf and area children a little too much of late.

CWolf & manny

Week 4 Report: Bears On Top

May 6, 2009

The performance for Week 4:

Rank Team

Batting

Pitching

Total

1

Snowmen

43.0

32.5

75.5

2

Bears

30.0

42.5

72.5

3

Dirty Dogs

38.5

27.5

66.0

4

Flying Z

32.0

27.5

59.5

5

Craydawgs

30.0

28.0

58.0

6

Barracudas

15.0

38.0

53.0

7

SeaWolves

28.0

24.0

52.0

8

TPIB

29.0

20.5

49.5

9

Ballbags

12.5

19.5

32.0

9

Franchise

17.0

15.0

32.0

And the Overall Standings after four weeks:

Rank Team

Total

Diff

Behind

1

Bears

81.0

3.5

2

Craydawgs

75.0

-1.5

6.0

3

TPIB

73.0

-5.0

8.0

4

Dirty Dogs

54.0

-1.5

27.0

5

Barracudas

52.0

6.5

29.0

6

Flying Z

49.5

4.0

31.5

7

Snowmen

48.0

6.5

33.0

8

SeaWolves

47.0

0.5

34.0

9

Franchise

42.5

-8.5

38.5

10

Ballbags

28.0

-4.5

53.0

BEML Team of the Week™: Snowmen, who picked up 6.5 points.

BEML Milestone of the Week™: the Barracudas franchise’s 1,500th win (see below).

BEML Batter of the Week™: Snowmen’s Carl Crawford, who hit .384 with 11 steals.

BEML Pitcher of the Week™: the Barracudas’ Dan Haren, who won two games and picked up 21 Ks over 17 innings.

(BEML Blog knows that when you saw the headline, you thought you had lucked into another gratuitous bear sex photo. You were wrong.)

The Bears picked up 3.5 points in Week 4 and have built a six-point lead as the BEML heads into May. Pitching is driving the Bears’ success thus far, as they enjoy a commading lead in ERA (3.19) and WHIP (1.19). The Billingsley-Halladay duo has been dominant, as both have racked up five wins each already. The offense was a bit ordinary in Week 4, and the Bears have brought in speedster free-agent Nyjer Morgan to replace middling Randy Winn in the outfield.

The Craydawgs dropped a point and a half but moved up to second place anyway due to a precipitous fall by The Pack. The Dawgs were hampered by minor injuries that sapped the production of Hanley Ramirez, Jim Thome, Pedro Sandoval, Ryan Braun, and Brad Lidge. Raul Ibanez had a heck of an April and has helped them stay in the hunt in the early going (.361/8/21/3).

In a recent post the BEML Blog reported The Pack Is Back was up by 10 points. It is no more as they are now eight points back and in third place. Hoping to find some speed in the 2B slot, TPIB went after free-agent Emilio Bonifacio and benched Placido Polanco this week.

emilio-bonifacio-is-on-the-pack Talkin’ ’bout this Emilio…

emilioestevez Not that one.

The Dirty Dirtys were looking so fresh and so clean in Week 4, leading the league in ERA (2.77), HRs (15) and RBI (62). They still lost 1.5 points, but Evan Longoria is a troublemaker (.365/7/30/1 for the season).

It has been a difficult start to the season for the reigning 2008 BEML Champion Barracudas, so Farmingdale was happy to celebrate the Barracudas’ 1,500th win recently. It came courtesy of one of the bright spots on the ’09 Cudas, pitcher Dan Haren. BEMLBlog congratulates the Cudas on being the first team in BEML history to reach 1,500 wins. Things were also looking up a bit in Week 4 as the Cudas picked up 6.5 points and moved it on up to 5th place. The Cudas led the BEML with 71 Ks this week, led by 21 from Haren. Haren and Greinke may be the best two pitchers in the league right now; if Jimmy Rollins (1 HR, 1 SB) and David Wright (1 HR) could pick it up, the Cudas may make an even greater run.

markoski-and-haren-shake-hands_edited-1 Markoski and Haren celebrate the Cudas’ 1,500th win.

Lightning round to cover the second division: the Z picked up 4 points by leading the league in Average (.295) and WHIP (1.16), and posting a solid 2.82 ERA. Edinson Volquez pitched eight scoreless innings with just a hit and a walk. Snowmen picked up 6.5 points; they led the league in Runs (62) and managed a ridiculous 19 steals (11! by Carl Crawford)…SeaWolves picked up Fukudome to replace the struggling Brett Gardner…now they’ve lost Posada for several weeks to a hamstring injury…Franchise is down 8.5 points this week to 9th place; a 5.57 ERA for the week did not help, as Beckett and Cain got lit up and CC has failed to produce much so far…Ballbags fell even further down (4.5 points) in Week 4. Did you know? Ballbags’ Chien-Ming Wang has given up 23 ER in just 6 IP…

BEML Blog has to go now as BEML Blog’s water heater has sprung a leak.