Empire League Baseball

Update: 08-13-17



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In the West, Vatican City is still king of the hill. In the East, Longmeadow is making a comeback!


NOTE: The stats listed in this site are the results of the games listed on the schedule page as already being played. As always, there is a delay from when managers play games and for me to update the website. I usually do it at least once on weekends.








It's the end of July, and we have 2 playoff spots occupied by the division leaders.  The two wild card playoff spots have three teams in a tie for them, as of this writing.


Vatican City

Wow! The first chink in the Cardinal’s armor was shown as the team went 9-11 in July. Vatican City has such a large lead, they did not lose any ground despite G Gonzalaz going 0-4 with a 12.74 era. D Pomeranz was 2-0 with a 2.74 era; J DeGrom 2-0 with a 2.33 era, but J Fernandez was a hard luck loser (well, if you don’t count being dead) as he was 1-2 with a stellar 1.96 era. The offense bogged down as N Arenado was awful, hitting just .159 with 8 runs and 6 rbi. Y Cespedes followed up a bad June with another bad month as he hit just .164; C Granderson got into the act and batted a paltry .185. B Posey rebounded from a bad June to hit .316 with 10 runs, 5 homers and 8 rbi in July. This is a sneaky team, as you can look at the pitching stats and think that the pitching staff is what it relies on. That would be true, if you look at the “tied for 8th place” batting ave. But below that batting average, the team is third in the league in total bases, second if you include only playoff contenders. So, pitching alone is not the reason it has an 8 game lead over Hell’s Kitchen.

Hell's Kitchen

After dropping 2 spots in June, the Westies jumped back up 2 spots as the team went a remarkable 17-3 in July. A 2.09 team era for the month was highlighted by S Strassburg going 4-0 with a 1.71 era; T Roark was 3-1, 1.62 era; T Chatwood 3-1, 2.45 era; and J Guerra 3-0 with a 4.44 era. All in all, the starters went 15-2 in July. S Cassilia was the lone reliever to get a loss at 0-1, 3.18, so the team went out and traded for T Thornburg! F Freeman hit .467 with 23 runs, 10 doubles, 13 homeruns, and 34(!) rbi. I don’t know if I have seen a better month, performance-wise than what Freeman did last month. Those are fantastic numbers, even for a 30 game month, let alone a 20 game month. The team did really well despite B Harper hitting .216, B Zorbist .210, and Y Molina .219. After this monster month, Freeman is now a triple crown contender!


The Windburns jumped up two spots and into a tie for the 4th playoff spot with the Rockers. Florida went 15-5 in July, as the pitchings staff era was a cool 2.75. M Leake was 3-0 with a 3.42 era, Z Greinke was 2-0 with a nice 1.75 era, and even P Corbin, who had an atrocious 6.39 era in 4 starts, was 2-0. A Gonzalaz hit .385, scored 11 runs and had 13 rbi; and A Eaton rebounded from a poor June to hit .291, score 13 runs and drive in another 13 men. The team hit .286 in July, marking the third straight month of increasing batting ave after the team hit a miserable .222 in April. Now, if the team can only solve Rocker’s pitching, they will be able to retain this wildcard spot. Maybe the West will be sending three teams into the playoffs, which will help the odds of keeping the Championship Crown in the West.


The Rockers dropped 2 spots into a tie with Florida as the team went 8-12 for July. Manager Rocky says there’s nothing to worry about as J Lester, their best pitcher, sat out the month for usage reasons. But a team era of 4.37 w/o Lester leaves me a little concerned: M Montgomery was 1-2 with an 8.38 era; K Maeda was 0-3 with a 6.48 era; and B Colon was a victim of poor run support as he went 2-2 with a fine 2.35 era. Well, I guess when Lester gets back it will re-align the rotation pitchers back into their usual roles, so don’t be surprised to see a big August from the team. J Votto was pretty weak in July, hitting just .238 with 4 runs and 11 rbi. D Lemaheiu remained steady, batting .292 and scoring 12 runs, while M Kemp hit .279 and had 10 rbi.


The Truckers dropped again for the second straight month as the team, once firmly in place with the 2nd best record in the League, looks to be in serious trouble. Longmeadow went 8-12 as the poor truckers hit just .215 in July, which was less than the PITCHERS! The pitching staff hit .224 for the month. D Fowler hit just .131; A Escobar .173; S Piscotty .174; R Schimpf .213; and C Blackmon hit just .232 but had 18 rbi to go with 5 homers. The Truckers still remain at the top of the league in team batting ave, but the pitching staff shows no sign of getting better than their +4 era. In July, the team era was 4.27. Somehow, amid that offensive malaise, S matz managed to go 3-0 with a 2.91 era; and J Arrietta was 4-0 with a 3.00 era. But T Anderson (0-3; 5.54) and C Rea (0-4; 7.11) did not fare so well. We can’t expect anything better from the pitchers, as this team is built to score 5 runs a game, and let the pitchers give up 4. But another offensive nightmare like the last month, and this team will drop like a stone from the playoff picture.


The Groundhogs moved back up 1 spot after a 13-7 July. This puts them 2 games out of the logjam that is happening at the two wildcard spots. Punxsutawney pitching is still going strong as the team had a 3.42 era last month. J Sheilds improbably went 2-0 with a 4.34 era; J Eickoff was 2-1 with a 2.83 era; but J Cueto was a hard luck pitcher as he went 2-2 with a 1.86 era. Too bad, he should at least be undefeated with that era, and the 'Hogs would have been right in the mix for the playoffs. Now, they have to jump nover a couple of teams to get there. Good news, the power is still there, as the offense hit 27 homers in 20 July games. The team, for the season, is still second in the league for homers, behind the Rockers. R Braun hit .315 with 11 runs but only had 6 rbi last month; T Story batted .362 in limited action, hitting 5 homers, scoring 12 runs, and knocking in 8. Unfortunately, M Ozuna took the month off and hit just .184. With all the power they have, Punx is definately in the mix for the playoffs. However, as July showed, you can hit a lot of homeruns, but not have a lot of rbi to show for it. As I mentioned, they are 2nd in the league in homers, but 9th in the leaque for onbase %. Unless the team finds a way to get more men on base for the power guys, the team will have a hard time to get to the post-season.


The Saints regained the 2 spots they lost last month as the team went 11-9 in July. R Grichuk hit .338 with 12 runs, 6 homers and 18 rbi; P Gioldschmidt batted .307 w/ 17 runs and 17 rbi. M Scherzer was 3-1 with a 2.51 era; M Moore 3-1 with a 3.86 era; and J Zimmerman 3-1 despite a 4.76 era. F Liriano had a rough month again, going 1-2 with a 5.14 era. BAY is 4 games out of the playoff picture, but the team’s offense is going to keep them relevant- at least for another month. You see, the Saints have alternated losing months with winning months, and if they continue that trend, then August might be the month that puts the postseason out of reach for good.


The Swingers went 7-13 as their playoffs hopes went south because of a team batting ave of .232 and team era of 5.05 for July. Hollywood dropped 2 spots in the standings as  JA Happ was 1-3 with a 6.00 era, and A Desclafani was also 1-3 with a 6 era as well. C Bettis was 0-2 with a 7.53 era. J Lackey was 2-1 with a 3.16 era. J Lamb hit .225 with 7 runs and 8 rbi as the team resorted to it's offensive ineptitude after one promising month. M Bourne hit .170 and D Gordon .167. Of course, A Rizzo hit when it mattered least, finally batting .294 with just 11 runs and 11 rbi. It's been a dismal season for the Swingers. The Rizzo-Seager-Lamb infield looked promising in pre-season, and got even better with the addition of first pick catcher Wilsson Contreras. But the team can't hit, and being second to last in team batting ave, team homerun, and team on base % has left management confused.  They tried to rebuild for the future by offering the pitching "assets" M Estrada and JA Happ, but no one wanted them.  Who would?


Montreal fell back 1 spot as the Expos went 8-12 despite 2 good July performances: J Altuve hit .370 with 13 runs, 13 doubles, and 10 rbi; C Yelich hit .324, scoring 13 runs with 15 rbi. Unfortunately, T Tulowitski hit just .131 (worse than the pitching staff, which hit .167!), and had 8 runs and 9 rbi; R Martin hit just .188 with 9 runs and 8 rbi. RA Dickey was 1-3 with a 7.08 era; but V Velasquez managed to go 2-1 with his 6.30 era. J Nelson flopped as he went 0-2 with a 5.89 era. Montreal is 8 games out of the playoffs despite having a decent team batting ave. However, as Vatican City showed last year, power is everything nowadays, and the Expos have hit the least amount of homeruns in the league. They get the hits, they get the men on base (4th in the league in on base %), but cannot drive them in. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, the team shipped Tyler Thornburg off to HKW.

Avila Beach

What’s the good thing you can say about a 7-13 July where the hitters batted .237 and the pitching staff era was 5.21? At least the Beach Bums didn’t fall out of the #10 spot! Somehow, the team stayed here despite A Bradley going 1-3 with a 10.55 era (10.55? Which team lost to this guy last month?); G Cole was 1-3 with a 6.14 era; and J Hellickson was 1-3 with a 6.23 era. The one silver lining for the team was the youngster J Taillon: he went 3-0 with a great 1.61 era. As for the offense, what was once a high average, base stealing lineup of slap hitters, has devolved into a bunch of frustrated opportunities. Things certainly went downhill when J Peraza got used up and sent down: Last month J Segura hit just .221; D Norris .133; H Perez .171; J Kang .213. B Hamilton was the only respectable starter, as he batted .301 and stole six bases. However, he only scored 5 runs since no one behind him could knock him in. Avila Beach has a healthy lead in the league’s stolen base category, but sadly that is the only good thing fans have right now.

Woodland Hills

The Chompers went 9-11 as the offense picked up a bit. W Ramos hit .274 with 13 rbi; E Nunez finally came alive and hit .387 and scored 11 runs; G Stanton was solid with a .273 ave, 5 homers and 12 rbi. This actual resemblance to an offensive baseball team allowed the Chompers to stay 1 game out of the cellar, which they shared last week with JCK. However, disaster is always right around the corner because of the starting pitchers: Z Davis went 2-1 with a 2.70 era, but none of the other starters had winning records. A Wainwright was 1-3 with a 4.88 era, and B McCarthy was 1-3 with a 6.14 era. A 4.88 July era has put Woodland Hills pitcher firmly in last place in the league.  

Johnson Creek

The Usage Kings went 8-12 last month, leaving them in sole possession of last place. Again. The team era of 5.43 was awful as J Niese went 0-3 with a 12.55 era; S Kazmir was 1-3 with a 4.97 era. W Peralta (2-1, 4.18 era) and A Morgan (2-1, 3.33) helped out as much as they could, but with a team batting ave of .226 for the month of July, there’s not much they could do. J Bell hit .200 and S Castro hit .234. J Villar was legit as he hit .314 and scored 18 runs; and J Werth had a presence as he batted .250 with 18 rbi. But the unusual thing last month was the 73 at bats the pitchers racked up last month. The next highest team had 51 pitcher at bats, while everyone else was in the 30’s and 40’s. That’s a hell of a lot of pinch hitting done by pitchers, and when they bat .082 for the month, you are going to sink your team batting average. Hopefully the new recruits picked up in the Spellman draft will help out with some hitting.

NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2017 Emp Lg AUG PLAYBALL             Date: 8/26/2017


2017 VAT  69  36    C.Yelich  MON .328  F.Freeman HKW   29  F.Freeman HKW   88

2017 RRK  59  51    J.Altuve  MON .326  M.Cabrera LON   27  M.Cabrera LON   82

2017 FLO  55  50    F.Freeman HKW .321  R.Schimpf LON   27  J.Turner  RRK   68

2017 MON  51  54    R.Braun   PUN .313  M.Ozuna   PUN   26  C.Blackmo LON   67

2017 HOL  46  54    D.Lemahie RRK .312  OTHERS TIED W   24  K.Bryant  MON   66

2017 WHL  47  63

                   WINS                SAVES               ERA

2017 HKW  59  46    J.Fernand VAT   14  K.Jansen  FLO   27  J.Fernand VAT 1.69

2017 LON  59  51    J.Arrieta LON   14  J.Familia VAT   24  C.Kershaw FLO 2.38

2017 PUN  54  51    B.Colon   RRK   13  A.Chapman HKW   23  J.Cueto   PUN 2.46

2017 BAY  48  52    T.Roark   HKW   12  J.Johnson HOL   22  T.Roark   HKW 2.72

2017 ABB  49  61    V.Velasqu MON   11  S.Oh      RRK   20  M.Bumgarn FLO 2.87

2017 JCK  39  66

                   CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS

                   R.Grichuk BAY    9  T.Jankows PUN   40  M.Scherze BAY  200

                   H.Kendric HKW    9  S.Marte   WHL   38  J.Fernand VAT  171

                   M.Prado   MON    7  J.Villar  JCK   34  C.Hamels  LON  147

                   J.Werth   JCK    6  D.Gordon  HOL   29  V.Velasqu MON  147

                   J.Turner  RRK    6  J.Altuve  MON   26  M.Bumgarn FLO  144



                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  K.Hendricks   ABB  7  2  0  1  2  0 100

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  J.Hellickson  ABB  6  2  0  4  6  0 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  I.Kennedy     ABB  7  5  1  2  8  0 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  C.Hamels      LON  7  5  1  2  9  0 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  T.Clippard    ABB  5  2  3  1  8  0 101



                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  Z.Eflin       ABB  6 11  5  2  3  2 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  W.Perez       LON  6  8  3  1  2  0 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  T.Anderson    LON  8 10  3  2  7  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0                     0  0  0  0  0  0 000

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0                     0  0  0  0  0  0 000


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