Saturday, April 18, 2015

Franchise Rankings- Thru 26 Seasons

1 (1) - Dover Rabid Dogs- 104

2 (2)- Kansas City Jayhawks- 77 (+3)

3 (5)- Las Vegas Desperagdos- 69 (+9)

4 (3)- Durham Bulls- 66 (+2)

5 (4)- Baltimore Buushwackerz- 63 (+1)

6 (6)- Nashville Bootleggers- 59

7 (8)- Vancouver Voodoo- 57 (+3)

8 (7)- Honolulu Hurricanes- 56

9 (9)- Scottsdale Cardinals- 50

9 (9)- Philadelphia Erffdoggs- 50

9 (9)- Chicago Orphans- 50

12 (12)- Syracuse SlumpBusters- 47

12 (13)- Richmond Fire Blitz- 47 (+2)

12 (13)- Jackson Mudslide- 47 (+2)

15 (15)- Los Angeles Lothbroks- 37

16 (16)- Cincinnati Red Bowties- 36

17 (17)- San Francisco Gothams- 34

18 (18)- Sante Fe Fire- 31

19 (19)- Houston Hitmen- 28 (+2)

19 (20)- Jacksonville See You Now- 28 (+3)

21 (21)- Pawtucket Griffins- 25 (+2)

22 (28)- Buffalo- 24 (+11)

23 (22)- Burlington Dark Monsters- 22

23 (22)- San Juan Padres- 22

25 (24)- New Orleans Big Test Icicles- 22

26 (25)- Cheyenne Feather Heads- 18 (+1)

27 (27)- Sacramento Maters- 17 (+3)

28 (26)- Trenton Fishermen- 16

29 (29)- San Diego Surf Sharks- 10 (+1)

30 (29)- Florida TIGERS- 9

31 (31)- Boise Spuds- 7 (+2)

32 (32)- Little Rock and Rollers- 5 (+1)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Third Quarter Power Rankings

1-Jacksonville See You Now (NL) 95-32 26-8 1.17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V18ui3Rtjz4

2- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) 80-47 18-16 2.26 The clear number #2 even if they've only been .500 or so recently

3- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) 79-48 18-16 3.13 The clear number #3 even if they've only been .500 or so recently

4- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) 78-49 21-13 3.91 Played like themselves finally. May be getting hot at just the right time.

5- Jackson Mudslide (AL) 72-55 18-15 6.83 Likely #3 seed in the AL

6- Boise Spuds (AL) 78-49 21-13 7.00 Picked just the right time to make their playoff push.

7- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) 69-58 18-16 7.78 They roster and run differential say they are still elite, but they record doesn't.

8- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) 71-56 21-13 8.39 Despite being the 8th best team is increasingly unlikely to make the playoffs

9- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) 77-50 17-17 9.78 Are they new San Diego that was 60-33 or the old San Diego that has come out lately.

10- Houston Hitmen (NL) 69-58 20-14 10.83 They're roster seems to be catching up to their underlying numbers. They keep Jax up at night.

11- Durham Bulls (NL) 67-60 16-18 11.09 On pace to be WC #2 in the NL

12- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) 68-59 21-13 12.65 On pace to be WC #1 in the NL

13- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) 65-62 19-15 14.83 Likely #4 seed in the AL

14- Chicago Orphans (NL) 63-64 13-21 15.00 Have fallen back to .500 despite a promising start.

15- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) 65-62 18-16 16.09 After reaching the 2nd seed in the NL they have been very cold lately.

16- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) 59-68 13-21 17.39 Only thrown out 21% of stolen base attempts

17- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) 62-65 18-16 18.00 Close enough to make a playoff run, but needs to make its move now.

18- Sacramento Maters (NL) 59-68 16-18 18.39 This is a playoff team in the NL.

19- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) 57-70 11-23 19.30 A nice rookie season for Tito Cooper

20- San Francisco Gothams (NL) 58-69 16-18 20.43 2nd highest total of passed balls

21- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) 55-72 12-22 20.83 Sorry to see Colton go.

22- San Juan Padres (NL) 57-70 19-15 21.43 Forgettable season overall, but they have played well lately.

23- Trenton Fisherman (AL) 55-72 16-18 22.15 2nd most doubles in Hobbs

24- Santa Fe Fire (NL) 57-70 17-17 22.80 Leads Hobbs in Walks

25- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) 53-74 17-17 23.09 Award winners all over the diamond. Just needs to find pitching.

26- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) 56-71 15-19 25.26 joe Cunningham possible ROY season gives Philly something to be excited about.

27- Florida TIGERS (AL) 52-75 10-24 26.78 Worst record over the last 34

28- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) 53-74 16-18 27.22 2 likely gold glove winners

29- Burlington Dark Monsters (AL) 50-77 14-20 27.65 On a better team Allen Harvey likely wins the Fireman of the Year

30- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) 53-74 16-18 27.96 Surprised Wilkerson is not being used as a closer despite only blowing 7 chances in 3 seasons.

31- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) 50-77 17-17 28.57 Curiously strong over the last 34.

32- Syracuse Shockers (AL) 50-77 15-13 30.70 They dug themselves a huge hole, but they are making an impressive climb towards responsibility.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

100-Game Power Rankings

1- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (69-24) (22-6) 1.21- I'd like to play coy, but the truth is the bats have woken up and this team is humming. Expect the lead to grow.

2- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (62-31) (24-4) 2.63- The best team since the last power rankings. Has been steadily climing the rankings for a while and now there is only one team left.
3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (61-32) (16-12) 2.79- KC is back to their old ways this season. Up and down. Great overall record but just not as consistent as they'd like.
4- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (57-36) (15-13) 4.45- Don't listen to Mongoose. He's making the playoffs.

5- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (53-40) (19-9) 6.79- Very, very close to joining the elite.
6- Boise Spuds (AL) (57-36) (13-15) 7.39- Cooled down signicantly after their lightning fast start.

7- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (51-42) (17-11) 9.55- Though they have a lovely power ranking they are miles from sniffing the playoffs right now.

8- Durham Bulls (NL) (50-43) (14-14) 9.66- Despite recent struggles, they are likely a wild card team.

9- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (60-33) (21-7) 9.68- Their overall rating doesn't show it, but their record is as good as anyone but Jax. History shows that when your record stays this good everything else catches up.

10- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (49-44) (16-12) 9.89- Unbelieve able that this team is only 5 games above .500. They are playing well, just not winning games.

11- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (51-42) (18-10) 11.03- Buffalo is buffaloing a lot more than Buffalo lately.

12- Houston Hitmen (NL) (47-46) (13-15) 13.50- This team has a good roster, a first class run differential, but lacks the wins to show for it.

13- Chicago Orphans (NL) (46-47) (11-17) 14.74- Being in the NL means they are only 3 games out of the playoffs.

14- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (50-43) (17-11) 15.34- I did not see this team this good this fast. The underlying numbers do not support it, but they could win their division. 

15- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (47-46) (11-17) 15.39- It doesn't take much to lead some divisions
16- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (46-47) (15-13) 17.05- Still struggling to score runs.

17- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (44-49) (13-15) 18.00- Sometimes it really pays to the best bad team. Will likely make the playoffs.

18- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (43-50) (14-14) 18.03- After 9 consecutive successful seasons they are strugling.

19- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (46-47) (11-17) 20.21- Top offense, terrible pitching. At least they are halfway there.

20- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (42-51) (7-21) 21.08- Worst record since the last rankings. They have comepletely come apart.

21- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (43-50) (13-15) 21.39- Hard to overcome 35 - plays
22- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (38-55) (13-15) 21.79- Trust me, Kdfan is working really hard on his team and the record is finally improving.

23- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (39-54) (13-15) 22.26- Needs to improve defense to start to rise in the rankings.
24- San Juan Padres (NL) (40-53) (10-18) 23.16- Leads Hobbs in Errors. Doesn't have the offense to over come it. 

25- Scottsdale Cardinals (NL) (36-57) (9-19) 23.18- Owner has checked in to his team once in the last 10 day and it shows.

26- Sacramento Maters (NL) (41-52) (11-17) 23.21- The struggles continue in Sacramento.
27- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (42-51) (13-15) 24.66- Showing improvement over last season.

28-Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (37-56) (15-13) 25.61- Played much better lately as they pitching seems to have caught up. Lack of attention cost this team a playoff spot IMO.
29- Burlington Dark Monsters (AL) (36-57) (13-15) 26.97 -Will likely avoid 100 loses for the first time in quite a while this season.

30- Florida TIGERS (AL) (37-56) (8-20) 27.71- SECOND WORST TEAM OVER THE LAST 28. 

31- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (33-60) (14-14) 29.68- The rebuild seems to have gone really, really fast!
32- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (35-58) (9-19) 30.16- I really thought NO would be better.

Monday, March 2, 2015

60- Game Power Rankings

1- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (47-18)- 1.24- Top pitching again, strong defense, though the offense has been up and down.
2- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (45-20)- 2.24- Best team in Hobbs since Dakar was accused of tanking. Best roster.
3- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (42-23)- 3.29- Their run differential says they will start winning again.
4- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (38-27)- 5.06- An offensive explosion has matched their #3 roster rating. The wins will come in bunches soon.
5- Boise Spuds (AL) (44-21)- 5.82- Had the best record for most of the first third of the season. The pleasant surprise of the season.
6- Durham Bulls (NL) (36-29)- 7.50- Super solid across the board, top 10 in every category. Could use a change of divisions.
7- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (34-31)- 11.35- Only 3 over is good enough for 1st place in the AL South
8- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (39-26)- 11.35- Rebuild over. These guys are for real.
9- Chicago Orphans (NL) (35-30)- 11.41- Would make the playoffs if they started today.
10- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (33-32)- 11.65- Along with Vancouver, the unluckiest teams so far, the record should catch up with the roster and run differential
11- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (34-31)- 11.82- Numbers down across the board. Will they rejoin the elite?
12- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (36-29)- 11.85- Playing much better than then my projections. The Sacramento of last season.
13- Houston Hitmen (NL) (34-31)- 12.76- 4th in ERA, 7th in run differential, I'd be shocked if their record doesn't improve.
14- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (35-30)- 14.24- Scoring runs in bunches, but a pitching staff lead by J.C. Piscotty is holding them back
15- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (35-30)- 15.65- 4th in runs scored, but their pitching is holding them back
16- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (33-32)- 16.24- The pitching is there. 3rd in ERA, above average defense, just need one more thing. . .
17- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (31-34)- 18.50- Significantly better than last season. Near league worse pitching last season is now above average
18- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (31-34)- 18.97- Baltimore is really struggling. Their record actually well above what their 5th worst run differential says it should be.
19- Sacramento Maters (NL) (30-35)- 20.29- Not replicating their success last season. Pretty much playing to their roster and RD.
20- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (29-36)- 20.47- Trever Springer and Dustin McGee are keeping 
them in contention
21- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (33-32)- 20.47- Outplaying their underlying numbers. They added a ton of cheap vets at the end of FA and in spring training. Maybe its their leadership?
22- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (30-35)- 22.18- Improved record, minors are rocking, things are improving in Honolulu
23- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (27-38)- 22.71- The bad version of VAN and PAW. Their underlying numbers say they are a .500 team.
24- San Juan Padres (NL) (30-35)- 22.88- Terry Taylor has an OPS of 1.234!
25- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (26-39)- 23.03- Sammy Morales is one of the league's best closers this season.
26- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (25-40)- 23.35- Has accumulated some nice talent in the rebuild. Just needs to add pitching.
27- Florida TIGERS (AL) (29-36)- 25.18- Weirdly they have the best plus/minus ratio, but lead the league in errors.
28- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (29-36)- 25.41- They say walking is an excellent exercise. The Erffdoggs must be in tremendous shape as they already have amassed 301 walks.
29- Burlington Dark Monsters (AL) (23-42)- 26.94- New owner, same results so far, although they are putting together a scary crop of prospects
30- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (22-43)- 27.00- Pitching staff got into trouble early. Only recently has started to play up to their capabilities.
31- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (26-39)- 27.97- Rebuild is slower going than expected.
32- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (19-46)- 29.41- Got excellent value for their stud starters.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Season 26 Opening Day Power Rankings

Rank- Team- (Proj W/L)

1- Kansas City (110-52)- Off-season acquisitions boost them into the number 1 spot.
2- Jacksonville (108-54) Same roster as last season should produce about the same result.
3- Las Vegas (107-55) As predicted by Mongoose, down slightly from last season.
4- Pawtucket (101-61) Solid everywhere, this could be their season.
5- Vancouver (99-63) Vancouver takes a big leap. They are clearly part of the elite now.
6- Nashville (87-75) Best of the rest anyone from this point would be a surprise WS winner.
7- Jackson (86-76) Tommy Webster and a deep stable of pitchers should lead Jackson to the playoffs
8- Durham (86-76) Unlikely to crack the top 5, but solidly in next set of teams
9- Cincinnati (85-77) Quiet off-season has them above average, but again on the cusp of the playoffs.
10- Boise (85-77) The hitting is there, but will need the pitching to over perform to challenge the best teams
11- New Orleans (84-78) Blanche has them ready for the big time.
12- Cheyenne (83-79) Kevin Hilldenbrand and Nicky Cooke lead a decent team that may be down just a little
13- Baltimore (81-81) A top 5 pitching staff makes them always a threat for the playoffs
14- Houston (80-82) While they have pushed Jacksonville to the limit each of the last 2 seasons, they are now the league's most balanced team
15- Trenton (80-82) Hopefully Trenton's big league squad plays well, as there is very little talent on the way.
16- Little Rock (79-83) Added a number of vets to make themselves competitive.
17- Burlington (79-83) Decent you talent for the new owner to build around. The ML roster is pretty average.
18- Sacramento (78-84) The numbers didn't like them last season, but they made the playoffs. We will see who is right now.
19- Chicago (77-85) Has the top end talent to match Vegas and KC, but lacks the depth to compete. Still, they seem on an up swing
20- Dover (75-87) Has added a lot of young talent and seems well into the rebuild.
21- Honolulu (75-87) Its -17 here. I wish I was there.
22- Los Angeles (74-88) Seems unlikely to repeat the failures of last season.
23- Buffalo (74-88) Played well last season, may struggle more this season.
24- San Juan (74-88) Lead by nice young pitching, San Juan lacks top line talent elsewhere.
25- San Francisco (72-90) Deepest minor leagues in Roy Hobbs. Lacks a superstar, but multiple all-stars on the farm.
26- Florida (71-91) Really lacks talent at all levels.
27- Scottsdale (72-90) Huge additions to the ML squad make me think this number is low.
28- Richmond (69-93) Best young talent in Hobbs. SF has a deeper pool, but Richmond's is better
29- San Diego (67-95) Alex Harrelson and Blake Maxwell are quite good, but the talent drops sharply from there.
30- Philadelphia (66-96) The pitching is getting close, but may struggle to score runs.
31- Santa Fe (65-97) Ken Woods may get dealt early as my numbers say Santa Fe will struggle to stay in games.
32- Syracuse (64-98) Oh how the mighty have fallen.


Future Rankings

City Score
Richmond 12
San Francisco 11
New Orleans 10
Baltimore 9.5
Scottsdale 9.5
Burlington 8.5
Kansas City 8
Little Rock 7.5
Chicago 7.5
Jacksonville 7
Las Vegas 6.5
Cheyenne 6
Dover 6
Los Angeles 6
San Juan 6
Philadelphia 6
Buffalo 5.5
Honolulu 5
San Diego 5
Jackson 4.5
Durham 4.5
Florida 4.5
Vancouver 4
Boise 4
Pawtucket 3.5
Houston 3
Sacramento 3
Trenton 2.5
Santa Fe 2.5
Nashville 2
Cincinnati 2
Syracuse 0.5

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.