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MLB1: A pretty poor week for the Cards, losing five from six to two unmanaged teams before salvaging a morsel of respectability with a sweep of the A's. Our pitching has only improved a little since last year, and our batting isn't what it once was either. There are now probably 6-8 superior teams in MLB1, but such is the weakness of our division we still ought to make the playoffs. Off the field we re-signed Edmonds at a much reduced salary, albeit at the cost of an even better hitter in Ozzie Smith. I can now afford to REHAB Scott Seabol if I want to, but would getting him back a couple of weeks early make any significant difference to the likely course of our season? Probably not.
MLB2: The young Rockies have found relative stability on the pitching front, and our fielding is now excellent, but our offense is finding it very tough, and we're still pretty easy meat for the better teams in MLB2. I'm still hopeful we'll end up .500 or not far from it, but we'll need to hit better than we have so far. It gets no easier next week with SD/CI/WN on the schedule and our best batter so far on the DL. But our 15-level MINORS started to pay off this week after underwhelming returns through week 4, with the six players on the draft/reserve squads acquiring 4/5/3/5/5/5 form.
MLB3: The Twins shrugged off Doug Deeds' injury to post an unbeaten week and move to 16-2 on the season. Improbable as it once seemed, this has become one of my most reliably good teams. Twins legend Kyle Lohse looks set to retire this week, and unless someone is willing to pay 142 LPs, so will 12* batter Darren Marino.
MLB4: A satisfactory 7-2 opening week for the Tigers as they begin their quest for the threepeat. Troy's A's started very well and could be the biggest threat in the AL this year, with the Yankees (still an excellent squad but nobody at the wheel since Paul B left) likely to fall away as the season goes on. The Mets already have 526 LPs with low wages and a poor team, so I wonder how much cash they will end up with this season?
MLB5: The Reds stumbled through week 18 and ended up being overtaken in the seedings by the D'backs after suffering a sweep in Arizona. But I'm not sure we'd have been that much less the underdogs against Miami than we are against the Mets, as we're simply not that good just yet. Nonetheless it has been another progressive season - 68 to 79 to 97 to now 106 wins. And with an average of 25 total form and 12 potential EOS changes should go well. 19th pick from this particular draft list doesn't look too bad either.
MLB6: The Marlins played well enough and went 7-2, which is about par for the course. In fact they have only had one losing regular season week (if I may say so a rather undeserving 4-5 in week 18 of season 20) in their last 85. Yet it has been a while since I've had so little confidence in this team actually ending up as World Champions, as we're almost certainly going to have to beat the Dodgers, then the Cards/Phillies, then the Angels/White Sox to do so, and I don't think we're really much better than any of them. Plus with Stanton joining Maybin on the long-term DL, injuries could yet be a decisive factor.
MLB7: Twelve weeks, one coaching action, one big trade, one key position conversion, and a lot of FA swapping later, the Pirates now have more or less the team we were aiming for in pre-season. Whether it will actually be enough to mount a successful challenge in the playoffs remains to be seen, but it has at least kept me busy in a generally un-busy league. The Padres went a mere 8-1 this week, so the Braves winning streak of 28 is now the biggest in MLB7.
MLB8: I'm very pleased with the Dodgers' start, not just the 7-2, but the way we performed. Lindblom and Orenduff sucked, but they will come around for sure and the rest of the pitching was fine. More importantly the batting looked lively after not quite performing as well as hoped over the past two seasons. Big test next week with the Cubs and Phillies, but we're looking forward to it. We could yet bring Moreta back with a minimum bid, but I might just stick with what I've got and let him retire or go elsewhere.
MLB21: A so-so 7-2 from an easy schedule for the Angels, though 44-10 is still the best record for now in MLB21. Next week we play the Angels Old Boys Club, otherwise known as the Brewers. Other talking points include Chico's aforementioned no-hitter, Matsui's threatened retirement, and the tragi-comedy that is the Reds. After giving up a truly ludicrous amount of runs over the past two weeks (despite 6 x 10/11* pitchers) their offense took its turn to be amazingly bad, scoring just six runs in nine games. That's what a wage bill of 146 LPs buys you.
- Felt like Christmas came early for my MLB teams - certainly for the teams in the senior week.
MLB1 - 71-37 - week 12 9-0
Doused any remaining Red Sox hopes with a clinical week - just 49 hits allowed.
Closed to within two wins of the Orioles. We are currently 1-5 against Baltimore and the first of two more series is this week. We also face the Indians in a tough week.
Still faffing around with our infielders. Currently have three third-basemen at level 10 or above.
MLB2 - 78-30 - week 12 7-2
Had to smile when I saw that both the Red Sox and Yankees went 7 straight before losing games 8 and 9. We play them this week so no repeat of that. Looking somewhat like deja-vu we also play Troy's Central leading Tigers.
Unlike Hamilton, the signing of Shane Costa was a move for next season as a replacement for Pedro Lopez who will likely retire. Not sure what the Rangers might be looking for in exchange for Kole Enright, their team doesn't look to have too many holes.
MLB4 - 48-24 - week 8 9-0
> We should get a couple of easier weeks now.Indeed. A big turnaround in how the season was panning out as the Tigers and Athletics could only manage 5 and 4 wins respectively.
> Re-signed Brad Penny which should help lift spirits in the clubhouse.
Penny allowed 1 earned run over 18 innings.
MLB7 - week 19 3-0 v Pirates
Patrick has already mentioned this. In what had the capacity to be a fairly bruising encounter (both sides hit over .300) the Braves are both pleased and relieved to have come away with a win and minimal damage to our pitching unit. You'd like to think that having a 10* and 11* in the bullpen would have a noticeable effect but one-off series rarely stick to any expected script.
Onto the Padres next as the championship triple is a little bit closer. The "newcomers" prevailed in the AL - sorry Alan, I didn't mean to jinx things.
I'll let Danny cover the commentary on the draft picks. Our signing 6* 3B Christian Pache has a FFFE skillset which was interesting enough to tempt us away from the prescribed order.
MLB21 - 81-26 - week 13 9-0
A catastrophic week for the Royals as they significantly lost ground in the division and wildcard battles - 7 to the Brewers and 6 to the Rays. Their pain may not be over as they face the Red Sox next, although the Rays do have two rather tricky series of thier own to get through.
In the NL the D'backs have pretty much broken away, leaving six teams within two wins of each other !
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