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Ten more Days to be Awed (odd?)

The Wolverines were able to add .8 games to their lead, and there were some rather odd outcomes in yesterday’s games. Take a look and see for yourself…then try to explain what you see and how they might have occurred. Only ten days remain in July!

EFL Standings for 2021
EFL
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB RS RA
Old Detroit Wolverines 65 30 .688 541.7 364.3
Flint Hill Tornadoes 63 32 .668 1.9 490.5 341.7
Peshastin Pears 60 34 .634 5.3 466.8 359.8
D.C. Balk 58 34 .629 6 505.3 388.1
Kaline Drive 59 37 .615 6.8 503.2 397.9
Haviland Dragons 57 39 .594 8.8 488.3 415.2
Canberra Kangaroos 54 38 .586 9.9 469.1 400.7
Cottage Cheese 51 45 .531 14.8 543.3 523.3
Bellingham Cascades 49 46 .515 16.5 401.3 389.9
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 48 47 .508 17.1 474.1 464.6
Portland Rosebuds 40 54 .425 24.9 472.0 556.7
 
 
Old Detroit: DNP, 2-(-3); 33PA, 8IP
AVG: 0.313 OBP: 0.333 SLG: 0.625 OPS: 0.958
ERA: 1.13 WHIP: 0.875
The Wolverines had a nice day yesterday, however they did not play a game due to the rainout in Buffalo. Two batters posted pinch hit home runs – Josh Bell and Will Smith – and Smith’s was a game winner for the Dodgers. Too bad it didn’t win a game for OD. How’s this for a rarity – Wolverine hitters didn’t walk a single time all day yesterday! Mike Minor tossed 6 innings of one run baseball, and the Wolverines padded their lead by .8 games, and now sit 1.9 ahead of the Torndoes.
 
Flint Hill: W(-1), L(1), (-8)-0; 38PA, 19IP
AVG: 0.139 OBP: 0.184 SLG: 0.222 OPS: 0.406
ERA: 2.84 WHIP: 1.368
The Tornado hitting line was weak last night, but losing 8 runs because of it seems dramatic. I wonder if something else was going on? I don’t know, it just seems odd. To be fair, the hitting was horrendous over those 38PA. Only 3 hits were earned by allocated hitters! Let’s move past that and focus on the pitching, which was essentially sterling. James Kaprielian, who has turned out to be a steal from this past year’s Rookie draft (drafted 101 for $750k) tossed 6 scoreless innings (season ERA is now 2.65). Yu Darvish returned from the IL to throw 5.7 innings and allow 2 runs, while Ryan Tepera and Jake Brentz added relief innings and no runs. The only blemish was one bad inning from German Marquez, who allowed 4 runs (all in the same inning to the Mariners) in 6 total innings. Those stored up IP with a 2.84 ERA will come in handy as July finishes up.
 
Peshastin: W, 6-0; 26PA, 13IP
AVG: 0.286 OBP: 0.385 SLG: 0.476 OPS: 0.861
ERA: 3.46 WHIP: 1.462
The Pears passed the Balk after a strong day of their own. Though their score, like the Tornadoes, doesn’t seem to add up. Here is what I mean – their pitchers gave up a total of 5 earned runs on the day, and because they have been using replacement innings this month (still 12 replacement innings being used after 13IP yesterday), there should have been some runs allowed instead of the 0 in the score line. At least, I think so. Anyway, Trevor Rogers and Alex Wood both tossed 5 innings, giving up 2 and 3 runs, respectively. Three relievers each threw one scoreless inning, too. At the plate, Yoan Moncada went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run and Juan Soto went 1 for 3 with two walks. 
 
DC: L, 3-8; 38PA, 5.7IP
AVG: 0.212 OBP: 0.316 SLG: 0.303 OPS: 0.619
ERA: 7.89 WHIP: 2.105
The Balk’s end of July swoon continued, and the Pears were ready to overtake them (for now). Tristan McKenzie was the main culprit, allowing 5 runs in 4 innings, including two home runs. The offense didn’t really help, either, outside of Bryce Harper (2 for 4 with a walk) and home run derby champion Pete Alonso (2 for 5 with, you guessed it, a home run). The Balk are now 6 games out and need to find a way to right the ship in the last 10 days of July.
 
Kaline: L, 4-8; 48PA, 5.7IP
AVG: 0.267 OBP: 0.313 SLG: 0.422 OPS: 0.735
ERA: 7.89 WHIP: 1.579
John Means returned last night from a lengthy stay on the IL, and the opposing team did not treat him nicely. John means well, but didn’t perform well, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings, including two home runs. Jose Altuve did his best to recover some of those runs, hitting two home runs and earning a walk, but it wasn’t enough. 
 
Haviland: W, 4-0; 43PA, 16.3IP
AVG: 0.250 OBP: 0.302 SLG: 0.350 OPS: 0.652
ERA: 4.42 WHIP: 1.350
Chalk the Dragons line up to another oddity because their pitchers gave up 8 earned runs on the day, but their score line show 0 runs allowed. Like the Pears, the Dragons are carrying a lot of replacement innings (25IP to be exact) so those 9 extra innings could be the reason? Anyway, the Dragons went doubles crazy, getting one from four different players – Brandon Lowe, Amed Rosario, Ramon Laureano and Harrison Bader. And that was all they needed, it seems, because they didn’t much more than that.
 
Canberra: “W,” 7-7; 31PA, 4.7IP
AVG: 0.286 OBP: 0.323 SLG: 0.536 OPS: 0.858
ERA: 5.74 WHIP: 1.064
Canberra’s Kyle Tucker led the way yesterday, going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. Of the team total 8 hits, he and Eric Haase (1 for 4 with a home run) were the only ones to collect extra bases, though Javier Baez did contribute two singles to the cause. How that equated to 7 runs? I am not sure. But it did, and the Roos won.
 
Cottage: L, 5-8; 39PA, no pitching
AVG: 0.237 OBP: 0.256 SLG: 0.500 OPS: 0.756
It seems unusual to see a no pitching line on a full day of games in MLB. But the Cheese did it! And it cost them. The two Cheesy Rays enjoyed the pitching of John Means (sorry, Tom!), with Randy Arozarena and Francisco Mejia combining to go 4 for 8 with a double, triple, and two home runs. 
 
Bellingham: W, 5-3; 18PA, 11IP
AVG: 0.267 OBP: 0.389 SLG: 0.667 OPS: 1.056
ERA: 2.45 WHIP: 0.909
The Cascades had a thin day at the plate in terms of PAs, but a fat day at the plate in terms of outcome. Only 5 batters appeared, but they collected 2 home runs (Rhys Hoskins and Jonathan India) and 3 walks. The pitchers were also very good, with Shan McClanahan (5IP, 1ER) and Brett Anderson (5IP, 2ER) leading the way. The Cascades doubles their lead over the Alleghenys!
 
Pittsburgh: L, 6-9; 23PA, 7IP
AVG: 0.278 OBP: 0.435 SLG: 0.500 OPS: 0.935
ERA: 7.71 WHIP: 2.000
The Alleghenys slid a little further down the standings, due to some poor pitching. Their hitting was pretty good, led by Garrett Hampson (2 for 5 with a double) and Jorge Soler (1 for 3 with a home run and a walk). But Nick Sandlin gave up 3 runs while only pitching one third of an inning, and Tyler Anderson added another 3 earned runs, though his was over 6 innings, which is decent. 
 
Portland: “W,” 6-6; 39PA, 4IP
AVG: 0.229 OBP: 0.263 SLG: 0.600 OPS: 0.863
ERA: 2.25 WHIP: 1.750
The Rosebuds almost eked out a real win, but will have to settle for an EFL win. Three relievers combined for 4 innings and 1 earned run. Four different batters hit home runs – Gary Sanchez, Max Kepler, CJ Cron and Jorge Polanco – but it wasn’t quite enough to outscore their opponents. 
 
 
 
 
 
Combined MLB + EFL Standings for 2021
AL East
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Old Detroit Wolverines 65 30 .688
Flint Hill Tornadoes 63 32 .668 1.9
Boston Red Sox 57 38 .600 8.4
Tampa Bay Rays 56 39 .589 9.4
Toronto Blue Jays 48 43 .527 15.4
New York Yankees 49 44 .527 15.4
Baltimore Orioles 31 63 .330 33.9
NL East
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
D.C. Balk 58 34 .629
Canberra Kangaroos 54 38 .586 4
New York Mets 49 43 .533 8.9
Philadelphia Phillies 47 46 .505 11.4
Atlanta Braves 46 47 .495 12.4
Washington Nationals 45 49 .479 13.9
Miami Marlins 40 55 .421 19.4
 
AL Central
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Chicago White Sox 58 37 .611
Bellingham Cascades 49 46 .515 9.1
Cleveland Indians 47 45 .511 9.5
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 48 47 .508 9.7
Detroit Tigers 45 51 .469 13.5
Minnesota Twins 40 55 .421 18
Kansas City Royals 38 55 .409 19
NL Central
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Milwaukee Brewers 56 40 .583
Cottage Cheese 51 45 .531 5
Cincinnati Reds 49 46 .516 6.5
St. Louis Cardinals 47 48 .495 8.5
Chicago Cubs 47 48 .495 8.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 59 .379 19.5
 
AL West
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Kaline Drive 59 37 .615
Houston Astros 58 38 .604 1.1
Haviland Dragons 57 39 .594 2
Oakland A’s 55 42 .567 4.6
Seattle Mariners 51 44 .537 7.6
Los Angeles Angels 46 48 .489 12.1
Texas Rangers 35 60 .368 23.6
NL West
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
Peshastin Pears 60 34 .634
San Francisco Giants 59 35 .628 0.6
Los Angeles Dodgers 59 37 .615 1.6
San Diego Padres 55 42 .567 6.1
Colorado Rockies 41 54 .432 19.1
Portland Rosebuds 40 54 .425 19.7
Arizona Diamondbacks 29 68 .299 32.1
 
 

2 Comments

    • I knew you’d come through! And I know the likeliest reasons are explicable. But sometimes, it seems, there are database errors that odd outcomes uncover. That was the main intent of the questions.

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