Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mid-Season Report: Houston Astros

A breakdown of Andres "The Giant's" .347 ave. in the first half of 2011.
The Good
Andres Torres. Torres has been a terror all year on the diamond. A sure all-star this year, he trails only I-Rod (.348) for the team lead in batting, leads the team in steals (4), walks (10) and hits (26).
Catchers. The duo of I-Rod (.348) and Humbeto Quintero (.344) have combined for a .346 ave (27-78) while holding speedy base runners to nothing on the bases.
Josh Johnson. After a shaky first start (6.0 12 h, 6er), Johnson has surrendered only 18H, 7ER over his last four starts (34.1 inn), for a 1.83era. Johnson leads the PTP League in strikeouts (45), while walking only nine.
The Bullpen. In 41.2 innings, the Astro bullpen sports a nifty 2.16 ERA, 8.4 K/9, and 1.13 WHIP. Led by Heath Bell (1.08era, 14.4 K/9, 6 saves), Jon "Heat" Venters (2.50 ERA, 15.3 K/9) and Tim Stauffer (0.79 ERA), the Bullpen has closed out the games when needed.
The Bad
Ryan Howard. While second on the team in RBIs, Howard has just two HR and three doubles on the year, while striking out a whopping 32 times in 89 plate appearences. He is in jeopardy of losing the starting job to Derrick Lee and his much improved defense.
Inability to draw a walk. Andres "The Giant" Torres leads the 'Stros with 10 walks in 21 games. As a whole, the team has walked only 53 times in 753 plate appearences while striking 167 times.
The Ugly
Shortstop hitting. Jimmy Ro-Ro (.152) and Juan Uribe (.176) have done nothing to warrant jobs next year with their play this year. They have combied for one HR and three RBI on the season.
Jaime Garcia's pitching line vs Torto. CG, 18 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 9 w, 8 k, 2 HR. Other than this "lesson teaching" game, he has pitched very well.
Team batting Ave: .267
Team ERA: 3.91
Team HR: 17 (.80 / gm)
Runs Scored: 88 (4.19 / gm)
Team WHIP: 1.21

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tort Fort Update - 4 teams knock out 4 series each

Keith, Nick, Spence, and I collaborated for another PTP weekend at the Tort Fort, and were motivated enough to get 4 series each completed. Spence and I solidified our position in the top 4, while Nick clung to the #4 slot with a sub-0.500 record.  And Keith? Well, let's just say he was very interested in trades all evening.   Here's the overview -

Spence vs Torto - Torto 2-1
Nick vs Keith - Nick 2-1

Keith vs Torto - Keith 2-1
Nick vs Spencer - Spence 2-1

Torto vs Nick - Torto 3-0
Keith vs Spencer - Spencer 2-1

Torto vs Spence - Torto 2-1
Keith vs Nick - Nick 2-1

Player of the weekend?  My own Mike Stanton gets my vote.  In 11 games went - 0.285 (12-42) with 6 HR and 15 RBI.

Look for some series recaps and leaderboard updates later in the week(mine are already done, so I expect some of my guys to drop once you guys get your numbers in).  Check the expanded standings and schedule matrix for all the details at the bottom of the page.  Oh, and get your leaderboard #s to me - lots more stats to plug in.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Walker to Ewoldt: "You're not good at PTP!"

Gov. Walker points to Nick's low B-Roll % as the source of Nick's PTP problems in2011.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Record Book Help

As the official league record book keeper, I'll put out my annual plea to help me fill in a few gaps in our record book. Anybody who thinks they might have a record in the following categories, let me know:
  • Most HRs in a game (single player) 
  • Most hits in an inning (team)
  • Most 3B in an inning (team)
  • Most total runs scored in a series (single player)
  • Most 3B in a season (single player)
  • Most SB in a season (single player)
  • Most runs scored in a season (team)
  • Most saves in a season (single player)
  • Most wins in a single season (single player)
And on a side note - wow. No love for Ryan Zimmerman to win the batting title, despite the fact that he's maintained that one of the best averages in the league over the most at bats, and been absolutely prolific in driving in runs. Guess I'll have to vote for him myself. Your scorn has motivated him to continue to drive in runs at a frentic pace, whilst battering lefties and righties alike.