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The Fires This Time

Newberg did not burn to the ground yesterday, although there were some who thought it might.  (Or so I am told — I spent the day in sunny Seattle, where fires are far away.)  

Some other places were not so lucky.  Wildfires tore through Detroit and the visiting Marlins endured an even hotter fiery furnace in Atlanta Wednesday, leaving shellshocked fans wandering glassy-eyed through the embers.  The Tigers lost 19 – 0 to the Brewers.  Meanwhile, the Marlins were the helpless victims of a National League record 29 runs by the Braves. 

Empathy and compassion are the proper responses to such catastrophes, as pastor Jamie would no doubt remind us. 

But Jamie is off today trying to teach compassionate empathy to college students.  You are in my hands this morning.  I will go this far toward the proper response:  you will feel better than a Marlins or Tigers fan after reading this update.  Unless you are a Marlins or Tigers fan. In that case, there’s nothing I can do for you. 

Fear not.  Jamie will be back tomorrow.  

 
EFL Standings for 2020
EFL
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB RS RA
Kaline Drive 24 17 .579 191.4 161.7
Haviland Dragons 23 18 .555 1 212.2 190.1
Flint Hill Tornadoes 22 21 .521 2.3 235.6 229.7
Bellingham Cascades 21 22 .488 3.8 229.2 246.8
Peshastin Pears 21 23 .467 4.7 218.7 231.3
Cottage Cheese 20 24 .450 5.4 227.6 257.0
D.C. Balk 19 24 .445 5.6 195.3 218.3
Canberra Kangaroos 19 24 .444 5.6 223.0 250.3
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 17 26 .398 7.7 206.7 253.9
Old Detroit Wolverines 16 27 .373 8.7 196.2 254.2
Portland Rosebuds 14 30 .326 10.9 214.4 308.8
 
 
KALINE:  W, 5 – 4.
AVG: 0.286 OBP: 0.375 SLG: 0.543 OPS: 0.918 PA: 40
ERA: 9.00 WHIP: 2.000 IP: 1.0
  
Kaline, sheltering far from the conflagrations, took advantage of the fiery furor to restore its full 1-game lead over the Dragons.  I have been there before, where a long, slow, inexorable erosion  of one’s lead leaves one in despair. To have a day when 9 days of lead erosion are erased all at once is a big deal.  

The only Drive involved in the firestorms was Orlando Arcia, who took good advantage of the Brewers’ torching of the Tigers.  Arcia went 4 for 6 with a double.  
 
 
 
HAVILAND:  L, 4 – 10
AVG: 0.214 OBP: 0.290 SLG: 0.429 OPS: 0.719 PA: 31
ERA: 7.80 WHIP: 1.333 IP: 15.0
 
Jed Gyorko blasted two homers in Comerica Park, while the other Dragons stood by watching the fun.  On the other hand, Pablo Lopez was the unfortunate starting pitcher for Miami, who got two outs in the second inning while surrendering the first 7 of the 11 earned runs the Braves scored that inning. 
 
So here we have the first clear EFL victim of the fires this time: Pablo Lopez, whose season ERA soared to 4.50 (his September ERA is now 18.95); and the Dragons, who fell back to a full 1.0 games behind the Drive. 

 
 
FLINT HILL: DNP, 2 – 2
AVG: 0.250 OBP: 0.382 SLG: 0.429 OPS: 0.811 PA: 34
ERA: 1.43 WHIP: 1.111 IP: 12.6
 
Keston Hiura was in the Brewers lineup, but showed more compassion than most of his teammates, limiting himself to a walk in three plate appearances.  Tornados Joe Jimenez and Willi Castro were heroes in Detroit.  Jimenez was the only Tiger pitcher who didn’t surrender any runs to the Brewer arsonists. And  Castro’s two hits — a single and a triple — were the only hits the Tigers managed amid the disaster.  If the Brewers were Smaug and Detroit was Laketown, Castro would be Bard making his solo last stand. Too bad he had no black arrows.  
 
Alas for the Drive — the Tornados somehow skated through the blazes untouched.  Perhaps this is just firestorms showing professional courtesy toward their fellow catastrophes. 


 
BELLINGHAM: L, 6 – 9.
AVG: 0.235 OBP: 0.350 SLG: 0.441 OPS: 0.791 PA: 40
ERA: 7.64 WHIP: 1.887 IP: 10.6
 
Tommy Milone had a very bad day in Atlanta… for the Braves! He gave up the second-most earned runs of any pitcher in Atlanta or Detroit — 8  — in 3.3 innings. When he was done in the bottom of the 4th, the Marlins had “almost” caught up, down only 8 to 13.  
 
On the other hand, Ronald Acuna abused Marlins pitchers (and, as we will see, some EFL ones) with a homer, a double, a single and a walk in 7 plate appearances, to lead the Cascades offense.  Even little-known Jacob Nottingham got into the action.  He only went 1 for 5 for the Brewers, but the one was a homer, and he added a walk, for a 1.133 daily OPS. 

 
 
COTTAGE: L, 3 – 15.
AVG: 0.205 OBP: 0.244 SLG: 0.308 OPS: 0.552 PA: 41
ERA: 11.49 WHIP: 2.340 IP: 9.4
The saddest case in all the conflagrations is Cheese hurler Jordan Yamamoto.  Thrown into the fire in Atlanta with two out in the second inning, Yamamoto bravely absorbed 2.2 innings of abuse, battered for 12 earned runs. That’s more than a septuple chulk, trashing his season ERA (now 18.26) and utterly destroying his September mark (40.00).  They’ll put up monuments someday to ex-Wolverine Yamamoto’s brave sacrifice.  (And yes, Yamamoto was once a Wolverine, for about a month when he was deep in the minors. I kept him from the Yelich trade, but needed his spot for the next monthly draft.)
 
 
DC: L, 6 – 7
AVG: 0.381 OBP: 0.409 SLG: 0.667 OPS: 1.076 PA: 22
ERA: 6.92 WHIP: 2.308 IP: 1.3
 
Jorge Alfaro was part of the courageous doomed Marlin resistance, going 2 for 4 amid the ruins. 
 
Otherwise, the Balk chose to stay clear of the fires. Off in peaceful New York, Pete Alonso went 3 for 4 with a homer.  

 
 
CANBERRA: L,  3 – 7. 
AVG: 0.167 OBP: 0.231 SLG: 0.278 OPS: 0.509 PA: 39
ERA: 0.00 WHIP: 0.000 IP: 1.0
  
The Kangaroos also steered clear of the disasters in Detroit and Atlanta.  Not  that it did them much good. Austin Nola went 2 for 4 with a walk, Marucio Dubon went 2 for 4 without a walk, and Michael Confort spent his 4 plate appearances on a homer and a HBP. But the rest of the ‘Roos went 1 for 26, diluting the offense to below-replacement level.

Canberra is still in contact with the main peleton in the EFL race, but it has drifted to the back.  Perhaps it is just drafting, poised to make a last dash toward the front. 
 
 
 
PITTSBURGH: W, 9 – 2.
AVG: 0.412 OBP: 0.545 SLG: 0.647 OPS: 1.193 PA: 22
ERA: 1.13 WHIP: 1.125 IP: 8.0
 
Dansby Swanson participated enthusiastically in the mayhem in Atlanta, going 3 for 6 plus a walk and a HBP.   On the other hand, Allegheny management shrewdly kept its pitchers out of the fire zones, so they were free to pitch 8 ip, surrendering only 1 earned run.  

I am getting kind of grumpy about this.  The W’s were supposed to pass the Alleghenys almost a week ago.  The A’s were supposed to just roll over, not put up this kind of resistance.  
 
 
 
OLD DETROIT:  DNP, 1 – (-1) 
AVG: 0.244 OBP: 0.352 SLG: 0.511 OPS: 0.863 PA: 54
ERA: 5.29 WHIP: 1.765 IP: 1.7
 
Luis Urias was on the right side of the firefight in Detroit, going 3 for 6 with two doubles. (And a caught stealing? In a 19 – 0 blowout?  I need to talk to that young man.)   Austin Riley went relatively easy on the Marlins: only 2 for 6 plus two walks.   
 
Also, Lewis Brinson stood up to the Braves, clouting a home run and taking a walk, two rare elements in his “offense.”  It was a futile effort from the Marlins’ perspective. But Wolverine management noticed, and its hard heart toward Brinson softened just a little more.  Will Brinson — currently 100% on the bench, see EFL action this month?  Doubtful.  The W’s only have one mid-month roster move left. 

 
 
PORTLAND:  L, 6 – 10
AVG: 0.333 OBP: 0.350 SLG: 0.611 OPS: 0.961 PA: 20
ERA: 8.28 WHIP: 1.724 IP: 8.7
 
I haven’t mentioned the relatively mild blaze in San Francisco that badly damaged the Mariners’ post-season dreams in a 0 – 10 loss.  Nick Margevicius started that game and served up 7 earned runs in 4.7 innings. Bryse Wilson couldn’t fix that despite his 4 ip, 1 er.  
 
On the other hand, Tyrone Taylor (I just discovered) is a Brewer, who took full advantage of the Tigers’ supinity. Taylor went 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homer.   It would be a (pleasant) irony if Taylor kept performing like that, ruining the Rosebud’s shot at the top pick in the draft. 
 
 
 
 
Combined MLB + EFL Standings for 2020
AL East
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Tampa Bay Rays 28 15 .651
Toronto Blue Jays 24 19 .558 4
Flint Hill Tornadoes 22 21 .521 5.6
New York Yankees 22 21 .512 6
Baltimore Orioles 20 22 .476 7.5
Old Detroit Wolverines 16 27 .373 12
Boston Red Sox 15 29 .341 13.5
NL East
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Atlanta Braves 25 18 .581
Philadelphia Phillies 21 18 .538 2
Miami Marlins 19 19 .500 3.5
New York Mets 20 24 .455 5.5
D.C. Balk 19 24 .445 5.9
Canberra Kangaroos 19 24 .444 5.9
Washington Nationals 16 25 .390 8
 
AL Central
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Chicago White Sox 27 16 .628
Cleveland Indians 26 17 .605 1
Minnesota Twins 27 18 .600 1
Bellingham Cascades 21 22 .488 6
Detroit Tigers 19 22 .463 7
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 17 26 .398 9.9
Kansas City Royals 16 28 .364 11.5
NL Central
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Chicago Cubs 25 19 .568
St. Louis Cardinals 18 17 .514 2.5
Milwaukee Brewers 19 22 .463 4.5
Cottage Cheese 20 24 .450 5.2
Cincinnati Reds 19 24 .442 5.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 14 27 .341 9.5
 
AL West
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Oakland A’s 26 15 .634
Kaline Drive 24 17 .579 2.3
Haviland Dragons 23 18 .555 3.2
Houston Astros 22 22 .500 5.5
Seattle Mariners 19 24 .442 8
Los Angeles Angels 17 27 .386 10.5
Texas Rangers 15 27 .357 11.5
NL West
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 32 12 .727
San Diego Padres 28 17 .622 4.5
San Francisco Giants 23 21 .523 9
Peshastin Pears 21 23 .467 11.5
Colorado Rockies 20 23 .465 11.5
Arizona Diamondbacks 15 29 .341 17
Portland Rosebuds 14 30 .326 17.7
 
 

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