Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
164-117 / 4.45 ERA / 2425.2 IP / 1857 K
won 17 or more games in a season four times.
2x NL All-Star; 1x NL Gold Glove
.263 / 1697 hits / 503 HR / 1335 RBI / 1187 runs
hit 50 or more HRs in a season four times. Nine straight seasons of 40+ HRs and 100+ RBIs.
3x AL All-Star, 2x AL Silver Slugger (DH)
Nine straight seasons of 30+ HRs. Five seasons with 30+ HRS and 20+ SBs.
2x AL All-Star; 4x AL Silver Slugger (LF)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Game One: Charleston 3, Milwaukee 1
WP: Felipe Marquez (1-0)
LP: Antonio Nomura (0-1)
Save: Juan Delgado (1)
Player of Game: Zoltan McNeil - 1 for 4, 2 RBIs. With the game tied at 1 in the top of the sixth inning, McNeil drove in two runs with a double down the leftfield line off of Nomura.
NOTE: Juan Delgado notched a record-breaking 9th save of the playoffs.
Game Two: Milwaukee 7, Charleston 4
WP: Patrick Snyder (1-0)
LP: Emmanuel Russell (0-1)
Save: Al Duvall (1)
HR: Charleston - Dario Dickens; Milwaukee - Harry Harris, Braden Kennedy
Player of the Game: Santiago Pichardo - 3 for 4, 3 RBIs. Hit a two-out RBI single off of Russell in the third inning that gave the Brew a lead they never gave up. He later doubled home two more runs.
NOTE: Milwaukee's 1-4 hitters (Harry Harris, Rafael Silva, Braden Kennedy, Jacob Wells) combine to go 7 for 17, 5 runs, 2HRs, 3 RBIs.
Game Three: Milwaukee 4, Charleston 2
WP: J.P. Nunez (1-0)
LP: Ralph Hall (0-1)
Save: Al Duvall (2)
HR: Milwaukee - Everett Dresden
Player of the Game: J.P. Nunez - 6 IP, 7 hits, 1 earned run, 6 K, 1 BB. Nunez got out of jams in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings before surrendering his lone run in the 6th.
NOTE: The biggest spot in the game occured in the bottom of the 8th inning. With Milwuakee leading 3-2, Charleston's Harry Gwynn came to plate as a pinch hitter with two runners on and two outs. Brew setup man Clayton Mills struck Gwynn out looking to end the threat.
Game Four: Charleston 5, Milwaukee 2
WP: Felipe Marquez (2-0)
LP: Al Abreu (0-1)
Save: Juan Delgado (2)
HR: Charleston - Zoltan McNeil; Milwaukee - Rafael Silva
Player of the Game: Micah Worthington - 2 for 3, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs. Worthington hit 2-run doubles in the 1st and 3rd innings.
NOTE: The first team to score has won each of the four games.
Game Five: Milwaukee 2, Charleston 1
WP: Juan Picasso (1-0)
LP: Pedro Sanchez (0-1)
Save: Al Duvall (3)
Player of the Game: Rafael Silva - 1 for 4, 1 RBI - Drove home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.
NOTE: After pitching a scoreless 8th inning, Sanchez got into trouble in the ninth. After recording the first out, he gave up a walk and a single. Charleston's Juan Delgado came in to put the fire out but gave up a single to Silva that drove home the winning run.
Game Six: Milwaukee 3, Charleston 1
WP: J.P. Nunez (2-0)
LP: Torey Chantres (0-1)
Save: Al Duvall (4)
HR: Charleston - Howie Gordon; Milwaukee - Rafael Silva (2)
Player of the Game: J.P. Nunez - 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 9 K, 3 BB
NOTE: Silva's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th gives Milwaukee a 3-1 lead and Duvall slams the door 1-2-3 in the 9th.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
MILWAUKEE BREWMASTERS / Owner: rawdk27
98-64 / won AL North / beat Chicago 3-2 in ALDS / beat Hartford 4-2 in ALCS
rawdk27's franchise is the only the 5th to win the American League pennant. His Brewmasters beat froid's uber-dynasty in six games, ending the 7-time champion's reign.
The Brewmasters have batted a lowly .227 in the postseason. But the offense picked up as the playoffs went on. After scoring only 13 runs in their first six playoff games, the Brew hitters came alive in their last five and dropped 33.
But like they have all season the Milwaukee pitching staff, which boasts seven 10-game winners, carried Milwaukee in the playoffs. Opponents only hit .208 and the staff ERA was 3.21. Surprisingly, if you remove ace pitcher J.P. Nunez's numbers the team ERA drops to 2.36. Nunez is currently set as the Game 3 starter but has started five of the team's 11 playoff games.
DARK HORSE SERIES CHANGER:
Reg Season - 18 starts / 10-4 / 1.84 ERA / .213 OAV / 1.03 WHIP
Post Season - 2 starts / 2-0 / 1.38 ERA / .184 OAV / 0.85 WHIP
CHARLESTON MEN OF RISK / Owner: andrewfrance
91-71 / NL Wild Card / beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in NL Play-in Series / beat Trenton 3-1 in NLDS / beat Salt Lake City 4-3 in NLCS
andrewfrance has led his Men of Risk to their second World Series appearance. They are the sixth NL Wild Card to make the World Series. Only one of those previous five - the Tobacco Beetles in Season 2 - won the World Series.
The thing that jumps off the page about Charleston on their drive to the World Series is the bullpen. Eight bullpen pitchers have combined for some sick postseason numbers. 7-0; 1.60 ERA; 8 saves in 9 chances; 62 IP; 50 hits; 11 earned runs; 39K/14BB.
39-year-old Juan Delgado is an original on this Men of Risk roster. He was on their big league roster in Season 1 and was a beast during Charleston's Season 6 World Series run. Delgado's career had a resurgance this past season when he became the team's closer. He saved 27 games and won seven others.
DARK HORSE SERIES CHANGER:
Reg. Season vs. LHP - .300/.354/.564; 17 HRs in 227 ABs
Post Season vs. LHP - .400/.429/.600; 1 HR in 20 ABs
PREVIOUS SERIES THIS SEASON
Milwaukee took two of three games in Charleston around Halloween.
Game 1: Milwaukee 8, Charleston 6 - Jacob Wells hits game-winning HR in top of 9th.
Game 2: Charleston 4, Milwaukee 2 - Dario Dickens breaks a 2-2 tie in the 5th with a two-run HR.
Game 3: Milwaukee 4, Charleston 1 - Patrick Snyder pitches six scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Friday, December 4, 2009
3. El Paso vs. 6. Chicago -- El Paso won season series 6-4
4. Salem vs. 5. Scottsdale -- Scottsdale won season series 6-4
2. Sante Fe
3. Salt Lake City vs. 6. New York -- New York won season series 7-3
4. Pittsburgh vs. 5. Charleston --Charleston won season series 6-4
The AL MVP race features the three best hitters in the entire Fingers League. The numbers these players put up season after season are ridiculous. Its virtually impossible to find RL players that even compare.
Chuck Moore - one-time AL MVP. 312 career HRs and only 26 years old. 70+ HRs in back-to-back seasons; 60+ HRs in 4 straight seasons; 200+ hits in back-to-back seasons; and 150+ RBIs in 3 straight seasons; career 9.8 AB/HR.
Horacio Martin - two-time AL Batting Champion. has played exactly 1000 games and has scored 1004 runs. 3 straight seasons of: .340+ avg; 150+ runs; 200+ hits, 50+ SBs.
Louie Ma - two-time AL MVP and two-time AL Batting Champion. hit .340 for the 4th time in 5 seasons; 5 straight seasons of: 35+ HRs; 100 runs; 110 RBIs.
Typical Neifi Martin Update
Came up short of the hits record but tied for second with 228. He took home the NL Batting title. And he'll more than likely take home the NL ROY. Winning the NL MVP Award will be much tougher though.
He's up against two previous NL MVP Award winners, Clarence Black and Taylor Glynn. And no player has ever taken home both the MVP and ROY awards in the same season. Only one pitcher, Leonardo Walker, has taken home the Cy Young and ROY awards in the same season.
Martin did catch a break with Cristobal Johnson not being selected as one of the finalists. Johnson led the NL in HRs and RBIs and he finished 2nd in runs scored.