Castle's Tower of Power: Week 5

1) EL DIABLOS
The Blos look to be in mid season form. Their toughest test comes in 2 weeks against the Cox and Aces in a tri-meet.
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2) WICKED ACES
They still dominate with 3 players. Their eligibility issues are starting to worry me.
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3) SEE YAS
They had a rough go against the Blos. Farkas didn't bring his best stuff, and Bayley was wild. They look to rebound this week against the Cox and Squirrels at The Jack.
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4) WOLFPACK
The Garcia leaders got swept and look to turn it around against the Cox and Balls this weekend in Royal Oak.
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5) ISLANDERS
They almost pulled of a 3-1 day. Overall, they played pretty well. They have another bye week this week as they prepare for a double header with the Squirrels and Balls next weekend.
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6) RED COX
Yet another split for the Cox. They need to get a rhythm going and string together some wins.
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7) FLYING SQUIRRELS
They got a much needed split against the Cox, and Skinner finally got a win. They have a tough double header this weekend against the Blos and See Yas.
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8) HOLY BALLS
After a promising start, the Balls are in a tailspin. If they want to salvage their season, they need to play much better.
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PYTHAGOREAN   WINS   PROJECTION ?
WA
22.3
(↓1.2)
EL
20.5
(↑2.3)
FS
14.7
(↓0.1)
SY
12.6
(↓2.4)
HB
12.2
(↓0.8)
IS
11.4
(↓2.6)
RC
10.5
(↑0.2)
WP
10.4
(↓0.4)

Gameday Results, 6/5: Week 6 - The Jack

 Printable Scoresheet (.PDF) ‣  League Lineup Stats Entry
GAMES 1 & 2 12:00 PM FIELD A
(5-7)
WOLFPACK
(4-8)
HOLY BALLS
GAME 1
3
LP: Fejza (1-4)
HR: Strojny (5)
8
WP: Paquin (2-2)
HR: Pearson (5)
GAME 2    * 3 innings *
11
WP: Strojny (4-3)
HR: Strojny (6), G. Brannan (2)
1
LP: Pearson (1-4)
5  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 2
3
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.113 .204 .329 10.7 4.31 1.55 12.9
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.169 .297 .383 8.3 4.61 1.87 13.8
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Strojny   Pearson
2 Games:  N/A   N/A
GAMES 3 & 4 12:30 PM FIELD B
(6-6)
SEE YAS
(4-4)
RED COX
GAME 3
0
LP: Farkas (4-2)
1
WP: Kujawa (3-0)
HR: Werner (2)
GAME 4
7
WP: Bayley (1-4)
3
LP: Castle (1-3)
HR: Haffey (1)
2  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
4
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.201 .344 .365 8.5 4.30 1.74 16.1
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.179 .299 .377 12.8 3.50 1.95 13.8
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  N/A   Castle
2 Games:  N/A   N/A
GAMES 5 & 6 2:30 PM FIELD A
(8-2)
EL DIABLOS
(4-8)
FLYING SQUIRRELS
GAME 5
10
WP: C. Phillips (4-1)
HR: Tomlinson (3), C. Phillips (2), LaDouceur (1)
0
LP: Brown (1-3)
GAME 6
2
LP: LaDouceur (0-1)
HR: C. Phillips (3)
8
WP: Skinner (2-4)
Brown (2)
3  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 1
4
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.157 .281 .466 4.7 2.25 1.65 13.7
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.132 .264 .310 8.3 2.95 1.67 13.1
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Hatt   Skinner
2 Games:  N/A   N/A
GAMES 7 & 8 3:00 PM FIELD B
(6-8)
WOLFPACK
(5-5)
RED COX
GAME 7
0
LP: Fejza (1-5)
2
WP: Kujawa (4-0)
HR: Werner (3), Haffey (2)
GAME 8
8
WP: Strojny (5-3)
1
LP: Castle (1-4)
HR: Kujawa (1)
2  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
4
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.113 .204 .329 10.7 4.31 1.55 12.9
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.179 .299 .377 12.8 3.50 1.95 13.8
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  TBD   TBD
2 Games:  TBD   TBD
GAMES 9 & 10 5:00 PM FIELD A
(6-8)
FLYING SQUIRRELS
(6-8)
SEE YAS
GAME 9
1
WP: Brown (2-3)
HR: N. Braden (3)
0
LP: Farkas (4-3)
GAME 10
3
WP: Skinner (3-4)
0
LP: Bayley (1-5)
4  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
4
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.132 .264 .310 8.3 2.95 1.67 13.1
AVG SLG OBP PA/RS ERA WHIP K/6
.201 .344 .365 8.5 4.30 1.74 16.1
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  TBD   TBD
2 Games:  TBD   TBD

Shu Shopping: Top 10 Pitchers at our 1st Intermission

IP ERA WHIP K/6 K/BB Composite
Ranking*
  Stephen Farkas 29.0 0.41 (2) 0.66 (1) 17.4 (1) 10.5 (1) 1.42
We're accustomed to seeing this by now: Farkas at the front of the pack in all major pitching categories. While all of the numbers are impressive, the double-digit K/BB ratio is astounding in the accuracy and efficiency it entails.
  Scott Kujawa 12.0 0.00 (1) 1.00 (4) 16.5 (2) 3.3 (6) 2.75
Kujo's off to a great start to 2016 as the only regularly starting pitcher yet to surrender a run. As expected he continues to K batters at a great clip. His walks are a bit elevated, but that's the only knock on his performance so far.
  Sam Hatt 12.0 0.50 (3) 0.83 (2) 14.0 (8) 4.0 (3) 3.00
No pitcher will ever complain about quick, easy wins, but Hatt may be a victim of two 3-inning mercies already this season. His numbers are great across the board, but could probably be even better if he had the other halves of those games to work with.
  Austin Bischoff 29.0 0.83 (6) 0.93 (3) 15.9 (3) 3.5 (5) 4.50
Austin bounced back fiercely after two early HR given up Opening Day, and has locked into the workhorse role everyone expected from him. He's steadily brought that WHIP down with each subsequent start; and that could be very scary for the rest of the season.
  RJ Fisher 20.0 1.50 (8) 1.10 (5) 15.9 (4) 2.9 (7) 6.33
Fisher's allowed the fewest H of any pitcher with at least 20 IP, and he chalks up Ks with the best of them. He'll string together a bunch of great innings, however, when he gives up runs they come in droves.
  Evan Bortmas 22.0 0.82 (5) 1.18 (7) 11.2 (10) 2.9 (8) 6.50
Bortmas is quietly putting forth his best pitching performance since the 2013 season. He's not doing it with the strikeout so much anymore, but he's keeping opponents off the board: more often that not getting it done with only 2 defenders behind him.
  Chandler Phillips 24.0 0.75 (4) 1.58 (10) 14.3 (6) 1.8 (10) 7.17
Walks always seem to pile up for Chandler, but so do the strike outs, and when thrown into big game situations it seems like the Ks tend to takeover: keeping his opponents off the board and frustrated.
  Chris Paquin 17.0 1.41 (7) 1.24 (8) 11.6 (9) 8.3 (2) 7.17
Paquin is putting together a terrific bounceback season. Limiting the walks, keeping batters off balance and getting the outs behind him, Chris has craftily carved his way back into this discussion.
  Travis Strojny 33.1 2.52 (10) 1.11 (6) 15.5 (5) 3.9 (4) 7.42
The long ball has been Strojny's bane this year. He's given up 6 HR (1/3 of his hits surrendered), accounting for his low WHIP but high ERA. Ks are coming at a high clip, though, with well below 1 BB issued per inning. Perhaps he's too accurate for his own good?
  Craig Skinner 28.0 2.36 (9) 1.57 (9) 14.1 (7) 2.2 (9) 8.83
Skinner's had a rough go early on, already surrendering more runs (11) than any single season in his career. That said, his last 3 starts have been much more like the Craig we're used to, and have kept him just inside this top 10.
* Ranked values for ERA and WHIP weighted five-fold toward Composite Ranking:  ((5*ERAr)+(5*WHIPr)+K/6r+K/BBr)/12   
** Minimum of 12 IP must be met for consideration in this list   

WSEM Pickers: Week Four

⇦ PAST NEXT ⇨
WSEM
PICKERS
2016
M
A
R
K
 
B
(9 - 15, .375)
 
 
M
I
K
E
(15 - 8, .652)
 
S
C
O
T
T
  (11 - 13, .458)
M
A
R
K
 
P
(12 - 13, .480)
FS @ RC
Series Results:

FS Sweep, RC Sweep, Split
FS Sweep
Squirrels sweep to save their season.
👎
RC Sweep
I said it, so it must be true.
👎
RC Sweep
Mark Philips hackey sack gets stuck up Skinners ass Saturday night so Craig doesn't make it to the show.
👎
RC Sweep
Skinner has turned into a peanut filled turd on the mound.
👎
SY @ EL
Game 1 Innings Played:

O/U 7.5
UNDER
See Yas bats underrated, Farkas is a stud at the plate. 2 to 0 final.
👍
UNDER
Farkas homers off Chandler for the 1-0 win in 6.
👍
OVER
Seriously, Chandler and farkas. This is going at least nine. Maybe Chandler will have 60 K's this time.
👎
UNDER
🔒
El Diablos give Farkas a reason to retire. 3 moon shots.
👍
WA @ IS
Islanders H in Series:

O/U 4.5
OVER
Giguere finally decides to start his MVP season.
👍
OVER
The isles be on the rise now.
👍
UNDER
Giggy will get all three. That's it. And then cry because he couldn't get the fourth and fifth. #MVP
👎
UNDER
Islanders are a mess. They just released the most decorated player in the league.
👎
WP @ EL
Series HR Total:

O/U 5.5
UNDER
... if Hatt is there.
👍
OVER
I'm no expert but I think these teams have the best power hitters.
👎
UNDER
Strojny, Chandler and Kyle all are too hungover to even walk. Dash hits four of his own. No more.
👍
OVER
El Diablos explode all over Dash's face.
👎
BONUS
# of Times Greg B. says "You Never Know":

O/U 8.5
OVER
Greg's weird, way over.
👎
UNDER
The real question is who is going to keep track of this???
👍
UNDER
... But you never know.
👍
UNDER
Greg and Stronjy spoon between innings.
👍
IS @ HB
Series Run Spread::

HB -4.5
IS +4.5
Balls don't cover... Islanders win 2 real close games.
👍
HB -4.5
Makes sense that spread does.
👎
HB -4.5
Holy balls have five homers of their own. Isles get one.
👎
IS +4.5
Kujawa is the only that stays to watch this series. He asks Fisher to go bowling with him and Werner.
👍
🔒 = Lock (2x Result) 👍 = Correct Pick 👎 = Incorrect Pick

Gameday Results, 5/22: Week 4 - Pervis Memorial

 Printable Scoresheet (.PDF) ‣  League Lineup Stats Entry
GAMES 1 & 2 12:00 PM FIELD A
(5-5)
SEE YAS
(5-1)
EL DIABLOS
GAME 1
0
LP: Farkas (4-1)
1
WP: C. Phillips (2-1)
GAME 2
0
LP: Bayley (0-4)
10
WP: Hatt (2-0)
HR: Tomlinson (2)
AVG: .212
SLG: .380
RpG: 3.88
ERA: 3.52
WHIP: 1.57
K/6: 15.8
1  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
5
Farkas is off to the best start of his career, hitting and pitching, and, unlike last year, he has a lineup behind him supplying runs. Following that lead, the See Yas have already scored half their total RS in 2015 and passed the halfway mark of 2015 wins. El Diablos have shown two very different lineups in their two weeks of play: one strong, one top-heavy. Expect them back at full strength for the first time since Opening Day when they went 2-0 with Chandler and Hatt manning their rotation.
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Bayley   M. Phillips
2 Games:   
AVG: .119
SLG: .220
RpG: 6.50
ERA: 4.42
WHIP: 2.37
K/6: 12.9
GAMES 3 & 4 12:30 PM FIELD B
(3-7)
FLYING SQUIRRELS
(3-3)
RED COX
GAME 3
0
LP: Adams (1-1)
1
WP: Kujawa (2-0)
GAME 4
1
WP: Skinner (1-4)
0
LP: Castle (1-2)
AVG: .144
SLG: .294
RpG: 3.63
ERA: 3.55
WHIP: 1.73
K/6: 13.0
4  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
2
The Squirrels are off to a surprisingly slow start. Their bats have struggled to get going as they've been held scoreless in 4 of 8 games so far, and 26 of their 29 RS have come in 2 games preying on weaker pitching. One positive: Skinner looked much better pitching in his last 2 starts. The Cox have also sputtered at the start, but their trouble is rooted in inconsistent pitching and lineups. When Kujawa starts showing up regularly expect the Cox to start throttling upwards.
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Skinner, Brown   Werner
2 Games:   
AVG: .179
SLG: .333
RpG: 2.75
ERA: 5.10
WHIP: 2.55
K/6: 13.7
GAMES 5 & 6 2:30 PM FIELD A
(9-1)
WICKED ACES
(2-8)
ISLANDERS
GAME 5
1
WP A. Bischoff (4-0)
0
LP: Schultz (0-2)
GAME 6
4
WP Bortmas (4-0)
3
LP: Gendron (1-2)
HR: Gendron (2)
AVG: .189
SLG: .427
RpG: 3.25
ERA: 0.60
WHIP: 0.89
K/6: 14.1
13  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
1
A lineup featuring Austin and Bortmas is proving to be an absolute beast. The pair have a combined 24 H, 10 HR, and 25 RBI on the young season, and are all over the stats leaderboard. Oh, and it's not just their hitting: Bortmas is quietly pitching his best since 2012, further making this duo a vicious 1-2 punch. Both Islanders' wins this season have resulted from "walking the plank": run after run on walk after walk. Odd that the team with an eye patch has "good eyes," but that has been their best weapon. Their 65 BB taken leads the league by a large margin.
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Bortmas   Doby
2 Games:   
AVG: .078
SLG: .170
RpG: 2.25
ERA: 4.50
WHIP: 2.32
K/6: 12.8
GAMES 7 & 8 3:00 PM FIELD B
(4-6)
WOLFPACK
(7-1)
EL DIABLOS
GAME 7
0
LP: Fejza (1-3)
2
WP: C. Phillips (3-1)
HR: Hatt (1)
GAME 8
1
LP: Strojny (3-3)
HR: Strojny (4)
2
WP: Hatt (3-0)
HR: C.Phillips (1)
AVG: .122
SLG: .218
RpG: 2.75
ERA: 4.74
WHIP: 1.58
K/6: 12.9
4  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
6
The Wolfpack leaped from last place to first place in the Garcia last week while El Diablos were idle. Fejza pitched his best outings yet of the short season, and Strojny weathered the storm to go 2-0. The Spanish Fighting Chickens are expected to be back at full strength for the first time since Opening Day when they went 2-0 with Chandler and Hatt manning their rotation.
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  Strojny   TBD
2 Games:   
AVG: .119
SLG: .220
RpG: 6.50
ERA: 4.42
WHIP: 2.37
K/6: 12.9
GAMES 9 & 10 5:00 PM FIELD A
(4-8)
ISLANDERS
(3-7)
HOLY BALLS
GAME 9
2
WP: Schultz (1-2)
HR: Gendron (3)
0
LP: Paquin (1-2)
GAME 10
11
WP: Gendron (2-2)
HR: Giguere (1), Gendron (4)
7
LP: Pearson (1-3)
HR: Pearson (4)
AVG: .078
SLG: .170
RpG: 2.25
ERA: 4.50
WHIP: 2.32
K/6: 12.8
6  •   All-Time Regular Season H2H Wins   • 
Ties: 0
6
Monday, the Islanders claimed longtime MLW Schultz Field commissioner Kyle Schultz on waivers in an attempt to jumpstart the season; remember, roster moves did help spark a mid-season surge for the Pirates last year. In his "audition" Week 2, Schultz put together 3 good innings on the mound and also put the ball in play off Farkas, and could be a solid, young addition. The Balls are also looking to catch a spark. Moments of greatness have come in a couple big wins, but these often are surrounded by long droughts at the dish. 22 of their 26 RS have come in 2 games (1 W, 1 L), leaving just 4 runs scattered across the other 6 games. Pitching doesn't look like it will be a problem, however, with Fisher and Paquin posting good numbers so far.
Ineligible Pitchers 
1 Game:  TBD   Fisher
2 Games:   
AVG: .163
SLG: .307
RpG: 3.25
ERA: 4.09
WHIP: 1.73
K/6: 14.5

WSEM Power Rankings: Week 3

1) WICKED ACES
All they do is win. However, they did lose a guy to the waiver wire, but that doesn't matter, they'll sweep next week.
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2) EL DIABLOS
A bye week for the Blos as they prepare for a double header against the 'Pack and See Yas this week.
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3) SEE YAS
So they aren't 7-1, but 5-3 is impressive considering a lot of people had them pegged as a next to last placed team. And congrats to Farkas on another perfect game.
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4) WOLFPACK
Going 3-1 this week is just what they needed. Dash looked better this week. As long as he throws decent, the Pack will be in the playoff hunt.
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5) RED COX
Bye week last week for the Cox. They prepare to face the Squirrels at Pervis Memorial.
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6) HOLY BALLS
Paquin should be the #2 if Dennis can't turn things around. As long as Fisher keeps showing up, they should make a playoff push.
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7) FLYING SQUIRRELS
Just like the Isles, they're under-performing. Skinner is also 0-4... Who would have thought?
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8) ISLANDERS
Another 1-3 stretch for the Isles, they're underperforming and if they keep it up, Linebrink might be in sell mode.
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PYTHAGOREAN   WINS   PROJECTION ?
WA
23.5
(↑3.5)
EL
18.2
( = )
SY
15.0
(↓0.9)
FS
14.8
(↓1.0)
HB
13.0
(↓3.5)
WP
10.8
(↑4.0)
RC
10.3
( = )
IS
8.8
(↓0.2)