Archive for May, 2010

Seymour Buries Competition in the Garden

May 20, 2010

HICKSVILLE–Don’t look now, denizens of the BEML, but Seymour Gardens are back, and they’re burying the competition. Schwab Park has been rockin’ of late as the Gardens picked up 6 points in Week 6 play and took over first place from the Freeze (64 to 63.5). The Gardens attack is balanced (32 points each in hitting and pitching) and appears to be without any great weakness.

The competition.

The Gardens did some damage on the mound in Week 6. Mat Latos has benefited from the tutelage of Gardens pitching coach Holden McGroin, as evidenced by the youngster’s recent one-hitter. Latos now has a 3.32 ERA and 0.97 WHIP on the season, with three wins and 32 Ks in 43 IP.

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Week 5 Report: Cold at the Top

May 11, 2010

BEMLBlog Batter of the Week™: Alex Rios (Bears), 13-for-28 (.464), 3 HRs, 8 BI.

BEMLBlog Pitcher of the Week™: Jon Lester (Craydawgs), 2 Ws, 15 IP, 12 Ks, 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP.

The Snowmen picked up 6.5 points in Week 5 and tied up the Dirty Filthy Hounds in Week 5 at 62.5 points. BEMLBlog projections say this: the Freeze is for real. They surged in Wins (+2.5 points) and ERA (+2 points). Rich Harden has started to turn this mutha around as he recorded 12 Ks over 12 IP with a 1.50 ERA in Week 5.

Hear the Snowmen roar from the pinnacle of the BEML.

The Hounds aren’t going anywhere, however. They added 1.5 points to keep pace with the surging Frost by nearly sweeping the pitching categories in Week 5, posting a league-best 2.48 ERA with 65 Ks, 4 Saves, and a 1.09 WHIP. Ubaldo! racked up 18 Ks over 14 IP and now has a sub-1.00 ERA (0.93) with 49 Ks over 48 IP.

Dirty Dogs have been frozen out…of sole possession of first.

Elsewhere around the BEML…After fading the last couple of weeks, Seymour Gardens reasserted themselves, picking up 5 points to reach 3rd place (4.5 points behind) on BEML-best .318 hitting with 55 RBI in Week 5…Vlad Guerrero hit .360 with 4 HRs and 13 BI  and is now at .339/6/26/4 on the season…

The Bears continue to look strong in 4th place, just 5.5 points out…they had a league-leading 15 HRs and 53 Runs in Week 5…Alex Rios was named BEMLBlog Batter of the Week™ and has hit .400 (18-for-45) with 3 HRs, 8 BI and 4 steals since being acquired from Project Mayhem for closer Andrew Bailey…

The Craydawgs are in 5th place (10 points back) and are hoping Andre Ethier (.454/1 HR/6 BI in Week 5) can continue to carry them until Rollins, Cruz, and Ellsbury make it back from their injuries…Ethier is hitting.383/10/32 on the season…Jon Lester continues to bring the heat with 23 Ks in 22 IP since he came over from the Mutts…Carlos Pena was a disaster in Week 5 (1-for-24)…

The 6th place Barracudas (10.5 points back) have enjoyed awesome starting pitching from Lincecum (64 Ks in 48 IP, 4 Ws) but their closers have not put up the stats as yet (Dotel, Qualls, Jenks)…the Kents dropped 4.5 points (46 pts.) after hitting just 4 HRs with 27 BI in Week 5…Albert Pujols hit just .222 with no HRs…Mayhem took a tumble in Week 5, dropping 7.5 points (26 points back)…Barry Zito is still pitching like it’s 2002 (W, 7 IP, 0 ER in Week 5), but the Scotts (Feldman, Kazmir) are holding him back (9.00 ERA and 14.54 ERA in Week 5)…Wolfpack is trying to make the long climb out of the cellar, picking up 3 points in Week 5…Peavy appears to be back (8 IP, W, 8 Ks, 2.25 ERA), and maybe Prince is too (.320, 2 HR, 6 BI).

Talkin’ ’bout Project Mayhem…not Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem.

Randy Johnson Named to BEML Hall of Fame

May 5, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The Big East Meadow League Writers’ Association announced today that Randy Johnson has been selected to the BEML Hall of Fame as its second inductee after a vote of current BEML owners and a select group of former BEML owners. The Big Unit joins the Hall as a representative of the Snowmen.

The official Randy Johnson portrait commissioned for the BEML Hall of Fame.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.

Week 4 Report: The Dogs of Dirt Bring the Hurt

May 5, 2010

BEML Batter of the Week™: Evan Longoria, Dirty Dogs (10-for-24, .417, 7 R, 3 HR, 5 BI, 2 SB)

BEML Pitcher of the Week™: Josh Johnson, George Kents (2 Ws, 15 IP, 20 Ks, 1.80 ERA, 0.73 WHIP)

TWIB (“This Week In BEML”): The Dirty Dogs held their ground in Week 4, leading the league in BA (.311) and Steals (9) and maintaining their lead (61 to 56 over the Snowmen). Longoria ripped it up (see above), and Alfonso Soriano wants you to understand he’s not as washed up as you think (.400/4/10 in Week 4). Meanwhile, while ace King Felix struggled (5.59 ERA/1.94 WHIP over 11.3 IP), his boys Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks) and James Shields (W, 7 IP, 1 ER, 12 Ks) picked up his slack.

A productive week for the Dirty Dogs…Alfonso Soriano…

Not The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro.

The Dogs have several teams on their heels in what is shaping up as a very competitive BEML season. The Snowmen had a big week, picking up 5.5 points to surpass a fading Seymour Gardens squad and climb to second place. The Snowmen did their business on the mound, posting a 1.83 ERA with 76 Ks and 7 Wins, all league bests for the week. Justin Verlander looked more like his old self with 14 Ks in 14 IP and a 0.64 ERA, and the surprising Jon Garland posted two wins and 13 Ks in 13 IP (0.69 ERA). Konerko! (He blasted 4 HRs and leads the BEML with 10 now).

Seymour Gardens dropped 6.5 points to 6th place (53 points) with poor hitting (.233) and a miserable WHIP (1.59). Joel Pineiro got punked (3.3 IP, 9 ER, 24.30 ERA)…Chipper went 1-for-20 (.050) and was benched, and Curtis Granderson hit the DL…

The Bears picked up three points and are five points out…a major reason for their early success is the return of Francisco Liriano to dominance (2 Ws, 15 IP, 19 Ks, 1.80 ERA in Week 4)…

The Craydawgs gained four points and are six points in back of the Dogs after leading the league again in HRs (18), RBI (54), and Runs (55)…Robinson Cano hit .440 with 4 HRs and 7 BI (.387/9/21/2 on the year), and Andre Ethier was lethal, hitting .385 with 4 HRs and 10 BI this week (.365/9/26/0 for the season)…Jon Lester was electric in his first start for the Dawgs, with 11 Ks in 7 scoreless innings…

The Cudas gained nine points with more pitching than you can shake a stick at (2.57 ERA and league-leading 0.95 WHIP on the week)…they are in 5th place, 6.5 points out…Greinke! He put on another clinic, with 11 Ks in 15 IP and a 0.60 ERA; he has a 2.27 ERA over 39.7 IP but has yet to post a win…H-Ram heated up with 4 HRs this week (.316/5/14/2 on the year)…

The annual “Catch the Barracuda™” Night at the Fish Tank went horribly awry when the Cudas’ owner was unexpectedly Tasered®.

Elsewhere around the BEML…7th place George Kents (10.5 points back) had just 7 HRs, none from Pujols (though he did hit .476 for the week)…Project Mayhem‘s Johan Santana posted a 9.31 ERA over two starts…Wolfpack put up a 6.44 ERA this week as Ben Sheets coughed up 17 runs in 7.3 IP (20.86 ERA)…also, just 6 HRs for the Pack on the week, including two from David Wright (now .274/5/19/7 on the year).

Big Unit Nominated for BEML Hall of Fame

May 2, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The BEMLWA has nominated mulleted pitcher Randy Johnson for inclusion in the BEML Hall of Fame. The Big Unit helped win four BEML titles (Love the Drake ’96, Craydawgs ’99, Team Phil Chu ’01, and the Barracudas ’04) and brought home two Maddux Awards (’01-’02) over the course of his 17-season career. Johnson played for nine teams, compiling a 3.06 ERA and 244 wins in over 3,000 innings, and earning over $50.00 in BEML salary:

Year Team Sal. W IP H+BB ER ERA WHIP
1993 The Drake 18 234.3 249 82 3.15 1.06
1994 SeaWolves 13 172.0 204 61 3.19 1.19
1995 SeaWolves 18 214.3 224 59 2.48 1.05
1996 The Drake 6.25 5 56.3 67 25 3.99 1.19
1997 Doom 3.25 20 213.0 224 54 2.28 1.05
1998 Doom 3.25 19 244.3 289 89 3.28 1.18
1999 Snowmen 4.25 11 201.7 212 58 2.59 1.05
1999 Craydawgs 6 70.0 65 17 2.19 0.93
2000 Snowmen 4.25 19 248.7 279 73 2.64 1.12
2001 Snowmen 4.25 11 139.7 149 44 2.84 1.07
2001 TPC 10 110.0 103 25 2.05 0.94
2002 Snowmen 4.25 24 260.0 268 67 2.32 1.03
2003 Bears 4.75 0 17.3 26 16 8.31 1.50
2003 TPC 5 84.7 109 35 3.72 1.29
2004 Bandits 3.25 10 143.3 129 45 2.83 0.90
2004 Barracudas 6 102.3 92 26 2.29 0.90
2005 Barracudas 3.25 17 225.7 255 95 3.79 1.13
2006 Bandits 2.50 16 197.3 247 111 5.06 1.25
2007 Snowmen 1.50 4 53.7 57 21 3.52 1.06
2008 The Pack .25 1 7.0 3 0 0.00 0.43
2008 Craydawgs 3 70.0 84 23 2.96 1.20
2009 Barracudas .50 8 94.7 125 50 4.75 1.32
Totals 244 3,160.7 3460 1076 3.06 1.09

Bold = Championship

Italics = Maddux Award

While Johnson began his career with Love the Drake in 1993 and finished it out with the 2009 Barracudas, he is probably most closely associated with the ’99-’02 Snowmen, with whom he won 69 games. He compiled his finest work for the Snowmen in 2002, when he racked up 24 wins, compiled a sterling 2.32 ERA/1.03 WHIP, and won his second consecutive Maddux Award. He frequently played the role of hired gun in coming in via trade to shore up a championship run, notably for the ’99 Dawgs, the ’01 Team Phil Chu squad, and the ’04 Barracudas.

More used to fielding questions about mullet upkeep, Big Unit is caught off guard to learn of his nomination to the BEML Hall of Fame.