Saturday, January 10, 2015

After 25.... Revised Franchise Rankings

1 (1)- Dover Rabid Dogs- 104

2 (2)- Kansas City Jayhawks- 74 (+3)

3 (3)- Durham Bulls- 64 (+2)

4 (4)- Baltimore Buushwackers- 62 (+1)

5 (11)- Las Vegas Desperados- 60 (+12)

6 (5)- Nashville BootLeggers- 59 (+3)

7 (5)- Honolulu Hurricanes- 56

8 (7)- Vancouver Voodoo- 54 (+2)

9 (8)- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers- 50

9 (8)- Philadelphia Erffdoggs- 50

9 (10)- Chicago Orphans- 50 (+1)

12 (12)- Syracuse Shockers- 47

13 (13)- Richmond Fire Blitz- 45 (+1)

13 (13)- Jackson Mudslide- 45 (+1)

15 (15)- Los Angeles Lothbroks- 37

16 (16)- Cincinnati Red Bowties- 36 (+1)

17 (17)- San Francisco Gothams- 34

18 (18)- Sante Fe Fire- 31

19 (19)- Charlotte Charlotteans- 26 (+2)

20 (24)- Jacksonville See You Now- 25 (+9)

21 (22)- Pawtucket Griffins- 23 (+4)

22 (20)- New Britain Red Coats- 22

22 (20)- San Juan Padres- 22

24 (23)- New Orleans Big Test Icicles- 18

25 (26)- Cheyenne Feather Heads- 17 (+3)

26 (24)- Trenton Fishermen- 16

27 (27)- Sacramento Maters- 14 (+2)

28 (28)- Buffalo- 13 (+2)

29 (29)- Florida TIGERS- 9

29 (29)- San Diego Surf Sharks- 9

31 (31)- Boise Spuds- 5 (+1)

32 (32)- Little Rock and Rollers- 4

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Final Regular Season Power Rankings

1- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (119-43)- I'd love to jinx someone else, but when you establish a new wins record, break the era record by .18 and lead the league in fielding percentage you are the favorite.

2- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (116-46)- 1148 runs is more than even I had guessed. That's over 7 runs a game, and the most in league history. Would have fallen 1 short of the wins record if not for Jacksonville.

3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (108-54)- A balanced attack from a perfect team. 2nd in offense and no lower than 4th any major category.

4- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (104-58)- Dominate force in the NL with just one weakness: the bullpen. Had almost as many blown saves as Jax, Vegas, and KC combined.

5- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (102-60)- WC1 in the NL, Cheyenne was 5th in runs scored. Nicky Cooke was all world with .331 37 117.

6- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (96-66)- In the playoffs again, has 2 Cy Young candidates: Kurt Esposito and Horacio Moya

7- Sacramento Maters (NL) (94-68)- Didn't I tell you knine was tremendous. MWR casualty to 94 game winner in one season.

8- Durham Bulls (NL) (95-67)- WC #1 in the NL with their second consecutive 95 win season. Always plays JAX tough so he scares me.

9- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (90-72)- Boy it sure didn't take Cyben long to turn them in to WC#2. Had the second best pitching too!

10- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (89-73)- Omar Gutierrez had a season for the ages. Will it be enough to lead the #3 seed past powerful Vegas and complete KC?

11- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (87-75)- Building talent with heavy prospect spending and a winning record at every level by Rookie ball. Will next season be the break out year?

12- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (86-76)- Despite being loud in the forum, Cincinnati just record it 3 straight season of win total growth.

13- Boise Spuds (AL) (86-76)- 17 win improvement gives them the most wins for this franchise since season 2

14- Chicago Orphans (NL) (82-80) After 5 seasons lost in the woods Chicago seems ready to make it back to the playoffs next season.

15- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (82-80) Middle-of-the-road season despite Tommy Webster's efforts otherwise (.915 OPS and 50 steals)

16- Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (83-79) Not a great season, but good enough to make the playoffs.

17- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (77-85) Will Angel Cruz's .904 OPS and 52 steals season convince voters to ignore Brewington's 50-40 season?

18- San Juan Padres (NL) (73-89) Had a tough season despite RotY candidate Benito Seanez's .307 and 40 in only 121 games.

19- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (79-83) Did they W11 themselves out of a decent draft pick?

20- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (73-89) Threatened to contend for a large portion of the season and then fell back to where the ML talent said they should be. Will be ready to win their division next season.

21- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (71-91) Lead the league in + plays. Not only is their record better than last season, but the underlying numbers are MUCH better.

22- Florida TIGERS (AL) (69-93) Fourth losing season in a row. Hopefully the talent accumulating in the minors will overcome that next season.

23- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (70-92)- This is what gets you in the playoffs in the weaker American League :)
24- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (64-98) Team lost 15 more than last season, but was active and has dominate teams in the lower minors so the franchise may be heading in the right direction.

25- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (69-93) Vegas, KC, and Jax all breathed a sigh of relief when the champs and their 2 headed monster we eliminated from the playoffs.

26- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (66-96) Stated the rebuild this season still had pieces to move, but is making excellent progress towards bring the franchise back to relevancy.

27- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (65-97) Big salary, declining record. Hard to see the plan form the outside.

28- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (63-99) Played almost .500 ball after their 5-33 start. Remarkable comeback actually.

29- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (65-97) Unfortunately got more attention for winning 117 in the past than anything he did this season.

30- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (60-102) Fell off at the end, but I think they had enough success to come back and continue to build a winner

31- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (55-107) Only NB's late season collapse prevented them from being team #32.

32- New Britain Red Coats (AL) (54-108) We will all miss dbird. Talent wise this franchise was coming around, but the record does not reflect that.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

3rd Qtr Power Rankings

Team (Record) (Last Quarter)- Score

1-Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (88-31) (24-11)- 1.588235294

2-Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (89-30) (27-8)- 1.607843137

3-Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (81-38) (25-10)- 3.019607843

4-Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (77-42) (22-13)- 3.784313725

5-Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (74-45) (24-11)- 5.490196078

6-Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (68-51) (17-18)- 7.176470588

7-Durham Bulls (NL) (74-45) (23-12)- 8.196078431

8-Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (65-54) (18-17)- 9.490196078

9-Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (67-52) (19-16)- 10.33333333

10-Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (64-55) (23-12)- 10.70588235

11-Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (66-53) (3-12)- 11.41176471

12-Sacramento Maters (NL) (65-54) (16-19)- 12.60784314

13-Chicago Orphans (NL) (63-56) (19-16)- 13.92156863

14-Jackson Mudslide (AL) (64-55) (20-15)- 14.05882353

15-Boise Spuds (AL) (60-59) (17-16)- 15.19607843

16-Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (61-58) (16-19)- 16.41176471

17-San Francisco Gothams (NL) (56-63) (12-23)- 16.78431373

18-Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (57-62) (13-22)- 18.82352941

19-San Juan Padres (NL) (55-64) (16-17)- 19.09803922

20-New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (54-65) (12-23)- 21.45098039

21-San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (53-66) (13-22)- 22.90196078

22-Syracuse Shockers (AL) (50-69) (18-17)- 23.02941176

23-Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (54-65) (18-17)- 23.76470588

24-Santa Fe Fire (NL) (46-73) (14-21)- 24.19607843

25-Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (49-70) (11-24)- 24.60784314

26-Florida TIGERS (AL) (48-71) (11-24)- 24.92156863

27-Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (45-74) (14-21)- 25.15686275

28-Trenton Fishermen (AL) (42-77) (16-17)- 25.60784314

29-Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (45-74) (14-21)- 26.62745098
30-Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (44-75) (13-22)- 27.29411765

31-New Britain Red Coats (AL) (40-79) (16-17)- 29.20588235

32-Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (40-79) (13-22)- 31.49019608

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2nd Qtr Power Rankings

1- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (64-20) (37-11)- 3rd most runs to go with the pitching staff Hobbs has ever seen according to team ERA

2- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (62-22) (35-13)- 6.92 runs a game. On pace for over 1100 runs. Few runs surrendered in the AL

3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (56-28) (31-17)- 2nd best in the AL at everything. Jorge Lunar is killing it!

4- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (55-29) (33-15)- After a so-so first quarter (for them) they really kicked into gear

5- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (51-33) (28-20)- 5-5 vs. Jacksonville (everyone else is 15-59)

6- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (50-34) (29-19)- Cheyenne has played well despite the picketers 

7- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (47-37) (28-20)- Corban Chiasson has already recorded over 141 innings

8- Durham Bulls (NL) (51-33) (34-14)- After a sub .500 open they have stormed to the WC #1

9- Sacramento Maters (NL) (49-35) (26-22)- They have been a little off lately, but they still have a 5 game lead in the NL West

10- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (44-40) (25-23)- Top 4 offense caries them to consistently good quarters

11- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (48-36) (29-19) Amazing turn around from last season

12- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (44-40) (28-20) Best +- in the league has them hanging in the playoff race

13- Chicago Orphans (NL) (44-40) (30-18)- Rising from the ashes, Chicago's David James and Mule Meek lead the charge

14- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (41-43) (18-30)- Unexpected complete collapse of a good team. 7th worst in the 2nd quarter

15- Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (45-39) (26-22)- Claim to be rebuilding despite a 6 game division lead

16- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (43-41) (27-21) Roy Barkley has 44 SB's on 44 attempts

17- Boise Spuds (AL) (42-42) (23-25)- They come into these rankings as the hottest team in Hobbs (W7)

18- San Juan Padres (NL) (39-45) (25-23)- Gorks Rondon is on pace for 15 wins despite having only pitched for 56 innings

19- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (44-40) (20-28) Don't laugh, in the AL East this record is good enough for a 12 game lead

20- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (42-42) (22-26)- Likely 4 all-stars despite so-so record.

21- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (31-53) (20-28)- Despite trades their roster still says they should be better

22- Florida TIGERS (AL) (37-47) (20-28)- Don't try to steal 2nd on the TIGERS, it will not end well
23- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (40-44) (23-25) Del Cabrera is Mr. Automatic and SD is playing the best baseball they have in 5 seasons.

24- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (32-52) (15-33)- Ken Woods has 66 walks against only 19 strikeouts. Amazing.
25- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (31-53) (25-23)- After a tough, tough first quarter they rebounded to have a winning record over the last 48

26- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (36-48) (21-27)- Too bad dakar made him break up the OBP filled Erffdoggs of seasons past

27- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (32-52) (16-32) It would be shocking if the defending champs even made the playoffs at this point

28- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (31-53) (14-34) 13 game losing streak didn't help. They just don't have enough top line talent

29- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (26-58) (14-34)- Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Trenton.

30- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (36-48) (19-29)- After showing signs of life in the first quarter they seem to be slipping.

31- New Britain Red Coats (AL) (24-60) (13-35)- Worst record in the 2nd quarter and worst record overall

32- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (27-57) (15-33)- A little better in the 2nd quarter, but not much

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

40-Game (ish) Power Rankings

1- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (27-9)- Simply the best. The unquestioned leader.

2- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (27-9)- The Hobbs record for team ERA is 3.08 in season 1 (Vancouver). Jacksonville may flirt with the record.

3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (25-11)- Just a notch below the top two. Hitting like crazy.

4- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (22-14)- After a tough start they are playing as well anyone.

5- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (23-13)- He may hate the song, but he loves winning

6- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (23-13)- A somewhat surprising start, but they are maintaining their fast start.

7- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (19-17)- Balanced attack as the #7 team.

8- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (24-12)- Pitching has been impressive.

9- Sacramento Maters (NL) (23-13)- Told you knine was good at HBD. The pitching is unbelievable so far.

10- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (21-15)- Always good at everything, always in the top 10.

11- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (19-17)- Always decent because they can always hit.

12- Boise Spuds (AL) (19-17)- Needs to improve fielding to move up the ranking.

13- Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (19-17)- Seems to be ready to start a rebuild.

14- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (19-17)- Amazingly quick turn around has them decent at all aspects of the game.

15- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (20-16)- Young, slick fielding, and already in playoff contention. Blanch the Builder!

16- Durham Bulls (NL) (17-19)- Lucky to be this high with a 5.74 team era

17- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (17-19)- The pitching has a way to go, but the bats are impressive so far.

18- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (17-19)- If they can hit a little better they can get back in contention

19- Florida TIGERS (AL) (17-19)- Clayton Byrne is off to an impressive start.

20- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (16-20)- Last years champs need to get it going soon to repeat.

21- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (17-19)- Kaden's million small moves seem to be helping. Needs to improve the pitching.

22- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (16-20)- Solid fielding team is struggling a little bit everywhere else.

23- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (12-24)- Enrique Nunez has a weird line. 4/4 on saves, but a 9.00 era.

24- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (17-19)- The rebuild is showing signs of life! Decent record and the young players have arrived.

25- Chicago Orphans (NL) (14-22)- Everyday I create a new fake Mule Meek trade :)

26- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (17-19)- Just can't score runs.

27- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (11-25)- Fully into rebuild mode. The owner works hard so it should be a quick one.

28- San Juan Padres (NL) (14-22)- Can an Alfredo Payton trade be far away? He's d make sense in Cincinnati. 

29- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (15-21)- Don't blame Wladimir Ozuna!

30- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (6-30)- There roster isn't good, but its not this bad either.

31- New Britain Red Coats (AL) (11-25)- Dbird must have thought the rebuild would be going better than this.

32- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (12-24)- I love St Nick, but things are not going well.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Season 25 Preview

Season 25 Projected Power Rankings

Rank- Team (Projected Wins Losses)

1- Las Vegas (109-53) The clear favorite. The best offense, with a run of being tied for th best pitching in the AL, one of the best set of hitters I have ever seen, they have it all. An amazing squad.

2- Jacksonville (108-54) The clear favorites in the NL, but mostly because AL is better. Deep and talented, their pitching is the best in Hobbs.

3- Kansas City (105-57) Deep and talented, they are good at everything and will give Las Vegas chase for the best record in Hobbs.

4- Pawtucket (100-62) The final team that does everything well. The gap between them and #5 is much bigger than Pawtucket and Vegas.

5- Indianapolis (91-71) Though they have started dumping their older stars they have traded well and still are a favorite to make the playoffs.

6- Nashville (89-73) Seems pretty likely to win a 5th division title in a row.

7- Cheyenne (89-73) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

8- Boise (88-74) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

9- Vancouver (87-75) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

10- Cincinnati (85-77) In the NL so they are a favorite for the WC

11- Charlotte (84-78) The best of a questionable division. They won it last season to.

12- San Francisco (83-79) The best of an even more questionable division

13- Durham (83-79) My SS underestimated them last season. It still does. Projected to be the best NL team outside of the playoffs

14- Honolulu (83-79) Going the wrong way a little and they miss the playoffs this season after two season of making it.

15- Jackson (82-80) Kind of ok at everything lands you in the 15th spot

16- Baltimore (82-80) pitching is near elite, but may struggle to score runs.

17- Trenton (81-81) Will score runs and give up runs at an above average clip. There is talent there, but may need a big move to get them in the playoffs.

18- San Juan (78-84) Will need a big year from Alfredo Payton to get over the hump

19- Santa Fe (77-85) Raybie has already made some interesting moves and seems poised to see improvement soon

20- Sacramento (75-87) As predicted by me, knine has already brought respectability to this beleaguered franchise

21- Richmond (75-87) Just not enough talent. A solid manager keeps them decent, but they just need more players

22- New Britain (75-87) Should be a much better year for dbird. The rebuild is well under way.

23- Los Angeles (73-89) Compete guess. They only have 18 players

24- Syracuse (72-90) The WS champ still has elite pitching, but just can figure out how they are going to hit.

25- Chicago (72-90) Seem a little stuck. They have a super clever owner, but not enough elite players

26- Buffalo (71-91) Rebuild is going well.

27- Florida (69-93) At least on paper they need more elite hitting and starting pitching

28- Little Rock (68-94) Will give up way too many runs.

29- New Orleans (68-94) The elite talent just isn't ready yet.

30- Philadelphia (67-95) Will bottom out this season show improvement next season.

31- San Diego (63-99) Like Little Rock will give up too many runs.

32- Santa Cruz (61-101) 32nd offense in the league. . .out of 32


Season 25 Top Hitters

Jin-Chi Itou LV
P.T. Feliz KC
Christy King Syra
Jamey Brewington Jax
Tommy Webster Jac
Alan Duncan SAC
Ken Woods SF
Lewis Gilkey Paw
Bill Williams Jr. Jax
Jumbo Sanchez LV
Bengie Fernandez SF
Josh Garcia Paw
Geronimo Marquez Phil
Yonder Rosado KC
Woody Reagan Dov
Michael Palmer Boi
Rob Counsell SF
Hector Cortez SF
Moises Morales Dov
Ron Casey SF
Hugh Pierre KC
Vinny Catalanotto Hono
Edwin Jones Balt
Robinzon Beltran LV
Juan Aramboles Jax


Season 25 Top Pitchers
Al Troncoso Char
Derrick Dawkins Balt
Yamil Duran Char
Orlando Fernandez Jax
Santos Eovaldi KC
Jeremi Wilkerson Jax
Frank Hong Tren
Rick Branson Jax
Lew Ellis Syra
Vern Stone LV
Jack Harding Paw
Benji Ramirez Dov
Louis Wilson Syra
Jack Parrish Dur
Domingo Hernandez Cin
Vicente Prieto Chi
Enerio Tatis Rich
Darren James Boi
Benj Trammell Chey
Trever Springer Nash
Mark Martin Balt
Jason Haywood KC
Jair Gonzalez Jax
J.R. Blackley Paw
Edgardo Diaz SJ


Future Power Rankings

1 San Francisco 14
2 Baltimore 13
3 Kansas City 12.5
3 Richmond 12.5
5 Jacksonville 11.5
6 Santa Cruz 9.5
7 Chicago 9
8 Pawtucket 8.5
9 Las Vegas 8
9 Honolulu 8
9 Jackson 8
9 Buffalo 8
9 New Orleans 8
14 New Britain 7.5
14 Philadelphia 7.5
16 Florida 7
17 Vancouver 6.5
17 San Juan 6.5
19 Dover 6
19 Cheyenne 6
19 Trenton 6
19 Little Rock 6
19 San Diego 6
24 Charlotte 5.5
24 Santa Fe 5.5
26 Los Angeles 5
27 Durham 4.5
28 Nashville 3.5
28 Boise 3.5
30 Cincinnati 2.5
31 Sacramento 2.5
32 Syracuse 1

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Revised Franchise Rankings

After tweaking the formula, and adding last seasons' results, here are the updated franchise rankings, along with their franchise score and their spot in the last rankings...

1 (1)- Indianapolis Cougars- 104

2 (2)- Kansas City Jayhawks- 71

3 (4)- Durham Bulls- 62

4 (3)- Baltimore Buushwackerz- 61

5 (5)- Nashville BootLeggers- 56

5 (6)- Honolulu Hurricanes- 56

7 (10)- Vancouver Voodoo- 52

8 (7)- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers- 50

8 (8)- Philadelphia Erffdoggs- 50

10 (9)- Chicago Orphans- 49

11 (13)- Las Vegas Desperados- 48

12 (15)- Syracuse Shockers- 47

13 (11)- Richmond Fire Blitz- 44

13 (12)- Jackson Mudslide- 44

15 (14)- Los Angeles Lothbroks- 37

16- Cincinnati Red Bowties- 35

17- San Francisco Gothams- 34

18- St. Louis Blues- 31

19- Charlotte Charlotteans- 24

20- New Britain Red Coats- 22

20- San Juan Padres- 22

22- Pawtucket Griffins- 19

23- New Orleans Big Test Icicles- 18

24- Trenton Fisherman- 16

24- Jacksonville See You Now- 16

26- Cheyenne Feather Heads- 14

27- Helena Hill Williams- 12

28- Buffalo Buffalo- 11

29- Florida TIGERS- 9

29- San Diego Surf Sharks- 9

31- Boise Spuds- 4

31- Little Rock Rebels- 4