Empire League Baseball

Update: 06-17-17



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In the West, Vatican City is looking stronger and stronger. In the East, Longmeadow is threatening to become the only team above .500.


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 was a weird May as only three out of the 12 teams had winning records: VAT, HKW and BAY.  The rest of us were kind of sucky:


Vatican City

The Cardinal’s hitting improved to .241 in May, but a team era of 2.76 propelled Vatican City to a 21-9 record, and “best team in the league” honors. T Koehler went 4-1 with a 0.96 (!) era; J Fernandez was 6-0 with a 1.62 era. J DeGrom (2-3; 3.75) and G Gonzalaz (3-2; 3.38) were serviceable, but as they team marches to the playoffs once again, are these reliable #3 and #4 starters in a 7 game series? Will another good month put pressure on Manager Lama to make another deadline move? N Arenado only hit .225 in May, but lead the team with 15 rbi. This team is well balanced with 4 other players collecting 13 rbi last month: S Rodriguez (.306, 6 homers); Y Cespedes (.289, 5 homers); C Gonzalaz (.288, 5 homers); and N Walker (.278, 5 homers.).

Hell's Kitchen

The Westies are first in the league with a .261 team batting ave, and 4th in pitching, so Hell’s Kitchen shot up to #2 in the standings. With a 19-11 record, they are the 2nd team to have a winning record for May. After a shaky April for the pitching staff, they righted the ship in May and had a nice 2.92 era. J Guerra was 5-0 with a 2.91 era, and E Santana was 4-1 with a 2.80 era. While B Finnegan was 3-1 with a 4.55 era, S Strasburg was 1-4 with a 4.19 era. The Westies may be in the same boat as Vatican City: if they remain in playoff contention the Westies may need one more reliable starting pitcher. On offense, B Harper hit just .236 but half of those 21 hits went for extra bases: 6 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 homers for 14 runs. B Zorbist out hit him by batting .301, scoring 19 runs with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 14 rbi. But old man Y Molina out did them all as he batted .314 with 18 runs and 17 rbi.


The Truckers can still mash the ball, as they are 2nd in the league in slugging percentage (.444, behind the Rockers), but the team dropped a spot with a sluggish 15-15 May. Longmeadow was hampered by a 4.86 team era last month, and as usual with a .500 month, there was good mixed with the bad: J Garcia was 1-5 with a 6.63 era; S Matz was 3-1 with a 5.18 era; C Rea 1-4, 4.98; and J Arrietta 3-1 with a 4.54 era. C Blackmon stunk it up last month, hitting just .192, but did hit 5 homers to score 13 runs with 14 rbi. D Fowler batted .307, scored 25 runs behind 10 doubles, and Miggy Cabrera hit .271 with 20 rbi. R Schimpf added 9 homeruns in May, boosting his league leading total to 16. (nice find in the 5th round, the league leader in homers).  I get the feeling fans weren’t expecting much from the team this year, but if they can still hit (2nd in team BA) for a couple more months, and if Arrietta can get hot, this team may be looking for help before the deadline as well.


The Rockers batting ave heated up a little bit as the team hit .254 in May, but their record was only 15-15. This dropped them into 4th place, still in position for a playoff run. The team era was good at 3.32, but S Oh again had trouble as he went 0-4 with just 2 saves and a 7.71 era. For the year now, the closer is 0-6 with 8 saves and a 5.79 era. I guess now we can see why teams passed him over in the first round of the draft. K Maeda was 4-2 with a 3.16 era, while R Stripling was 0-3 with a 4.81 era. D Lemaheiu was great as he batted .323 with 13 runs and 14 rbi; and J Turner is quietly having an MVP year as he scored 24 runs and had 20 rbi while batting .291. E Gattis had 9 homeruns in limited action with 18 rbi; but E Inciarte hit just .198. B Crawford also had a sour month, hitting .213.  Overall, the team is 3rd in team era, and 4th in batting ave, so they seem to be in a good spot to advance further.

Avila Beach

The Bums were the top team in the league after a 15-5 April, but cratered to a 11-19 May and dropped to 5th place. The team hit just .237 last month, as the team’s best player, J Segura, was benched for May, much to fans dismay. The man who replaced him at shortstop, T Turner, hit .248 but had 18 rbi. H Perez was awful, hitting .218 after being picked up in the swap draft. B Belt tried his best, hitting 7 homers with a .248 ave a nice 21 rbi.  The team had 37 stolen bases last month and were only caught 6 times. That efficiency will win them a lot of games as the team moves forward. (I said that last month, but then the Bums stopped hitting. Imagine how many stolen bases the team would  have if the offense was clicking on all cylinders). The team’s 4.60 May era made it difficult to win, as I Kennedy blew up and went 0-6 with a 7.22 era. M Cain pitched 42 innings in relief (more than any other starter or reliever) and managed to go 1-1 with his dismal 6.17 era.  On the plus side, K Hendricks went 3-0 with a 3.03 era, and G Cole was 3-2 with a 3.16 era. J Reddick, who hit a sizzling .382 in April, cooled off to .209 in May. Ouch!


The Groundhogs pulled up 1 spot despite a 14-16 May record. The team had a dismal May BA: .231, but what was weird is that they had 2 players with 26 rbi for the month. 20+ rbi/month guys are rare even for teams that had a good month. J Bruce was picked up in the swap draft and paid immediate dividends as he hit .349 with 19 runs scored, 12 homers (!), and 26 rbi. R Braun hit .327, scored 22 runs, and had 19 rbi. A Beltre hit .286 with 8 homers, and was the second player with 26 rbi. So who stunk up the joint? J Panik hit just .155, and F Galvis .123. The team’s May era of 3.94 would have been good enough for a few more wins if the offense could just get it’s act together. A Wood was 2-3 with a 4.13 era, and J Teheren was 2-3 with a 4.85 era. J Cueto was 4-2 with a great 2.21 era, ad J Eickoff was 3-2 with a 3.83 era. And I though Hollywood’s closer situation was bad: makeshift closer W Harris had 3 saves and a 6.91 era.


The Saints finished last month in the cellar, and I wondered if that was a true reflection of the team, or just an aberration. Well, I think the team answered it by being the third and last team to have a winning May record, going 19-11. The team hit 48 homers last month, besting Punx by 1. Gone is the reliance on pitching and defense that we come to expect from Bob’s teams. P Goldschmidt hit 8 homers with 27 rbi, 7 doubles and a .318 ave. A Dickerson (.301, 16 rbi) and J Gyorko (.264) each had 7 homers. C Hernandez batted .324, went 7-1 in stolen base attempts, and scored 17 runs. R Grichuk hit .159. After a bad 5.38 April era, the next month the team had a 3.64 era as B Ziegler went 3-1 with a 1.88 era in relief. M Scherzer was 3-1 with a 2.54 era, and M Moore was 3-2 with a 4.79 era. F Liriano persevered and was 3-1 with a 4.83 era.


The Windburns pitching is still strong, as the team now has the 2nd best team era in the league, but the bats are still anemic and the team only managed to move up 1 spot in these standings as the team went 15-15 in May. A Eaton batted .310 and scored 19 runs, but JT Realmuto (.155), J Upton (.181, 15 rbi), A Gonzalaz (.200, 10 rbi), and A Blanco (.208) really bogged down the offense. It’s really tough to win when 4 spots in your lineup are hitting .208 or under everyday. Florida committed only 14 errors last month, and is quickly gaining the rep as the best defensive team in the league (step aside, Bob S!), but I’m sure the pitchers would love to see a little offense. Still, C Kershaw was 4-1 with a 1.50 era, R Hill 4-1 with a 2.08 era, but M Bumgarner (3.60) and Z Greinke (3.73) had fine era’s but were only 2-2 each last month.


The Swingers pitching staff tumbled to a 4.60 May era and dropped the team’s pitching era from #1 in the league to 5th. The bats are still missing in action (.236 May ave) so a 12-13 record last month dropped the Hollywood 4 spots to #9 in the standings. A Desclafani was 3-1 with a 2.90 era, but J Happ was 1-4 with a 6.30 era, and C Bettis 1-4 with a 6.06 era (that afterglow of the no hitter has worn off quickly). R Buchter went 3-0 in relief with a 2.77 era, and the lefty looks like he’s working to become a trade chip for a contender. D Gordon hit .325 but only scored 10 runs as nobody but C Seager (.277, 13 runs, 6 homers, 14 rbi) could drive him in. J Lamb hit a miserable .184, but A Rizzo showed some life as he hit .257 with 12 runs, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homers and 13 rbi.


Montreal has the 4th best team batting ave, but just 39 homeruns hit in 50 games dropped the team 2 spots to 10th in the standings. The Expos hit .249 in April, and hit .248 in May. But the team era of 4.46 pushed the team to a 13-17 May record. Vince Velaszquez was great as he went 5-0 with a 2.29 era, but RA Dickey was 1-4 with a 4.29 era. J Nelson has been winless for 2 months now, going 0-3 with a 6.54 era in May; Even J Chacin managed a May win with a horrible 9.00 era, going 1-5. The pitching staff is not going to be able to rely on Velazquez to continue to carry them,m as he has limited innings. Hopefully, when A Conley gets called back up he can add some stbility to this beleaguered staff. J Altuve hit .288 with 15 runs and 19 rbi; and C Yelich batted .280 and scored 15 runs. M Prado was solid as he scored 19 runs and had 18 rbi with a .278 ave. O Herrera hit just .242 but scored 19 runs. K Bryant heated up a little in May, hitting .261 with 18 runs, 5 homers and 15 rbi.

Woodland Hills

When the The Chompers finished April as the 10th worst team in the league, I pointed out the sub-par starts by Myers and Harrison, and asked “Are they really this bad?” Well, the team responded with a resounding “Yes!” Woodland Hills .282 on base percentage is the worst in the league, as is their 5.15 team era. The team’s .232 May batting ave ensured a 14-16 record and dropped the team even further in the standings. G Stanton hit .139 with 4 homers and 8 rbi; W Myers did not enhance his trade value by hitting .180, but he did score 12 runs. W Ramos, who is DYING to be traded, enhanced his trade value as the best catcher in our league by hitting .295 with 10 runs, 6 homers and 21 rbi. S Smith hit .200 with 7 homeruns and 11 rbi. For an awful pitching staff, there were some bright spots last month: J Samardzja was 3-1 with a 2.31 era, and J Gray was 3-2 with a 1.00 era. A Wainwright was 4-1 despite a 4.86 era. But M Garza was 1-3 with a 7.41 era, and Z Davis 1-4 with a 5.99 era.

Johnson Creek

The Usage Kings are last in our league’s team batting with a .220 mark, and next to last in team era, but the team’s 17 wins in the first 2 months are just about half of the win total for the entire season last year, so that is good news. But there’s not much else good news to report as the kids are just not playing well. J Villar hit just .203, but he made the most of it by going 18-6 in stolen base attempts, and ended up scoring 17 runs. A Diaz hit just .213 with 15 runs scored. G Polanco batted .234 with 13 runs and 18 rbi. This is not totally bad production, but if their batting averages improved to just the “average” level, then some real runs can be scored. S Schebler is doing his best by hitting .308. W Miley was 2-2 with a 2.68 era, but C Friedrich erased that by going 0-4 despite a workable 3.86 era. J Niese was 1-4 with a 4.99 era.

NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2017 Emp Lg JUN Playball             Date: 7/1/2017


2017 VAT  44  21    J.Turner  RRK .343  R.Schimpf LON   22  M.Cabrera LON   60

2017 RRK  42  33    A.Beltre  PUN .322  M.Cabrera LON   19  J.Turner  RRK   54

2017 FLO  27  28    M.Cabrera LON .318  J.Turner  RRK   16  F.Freeman HKW   51

2017 HOL  31  34    C.Hernand BAY .313  M.Trumbo  RRK   16  S.Castro  JCK   44

2017 MON  28  32    R.Braun   PUN .311  OTHERS TIED W   15  B.Phillip LON   43

2017 WHL  25  40

                   WINS                SAVES               ERA

2017 LON  40  30    J.Fernand VAT   11  K.Jansen  FLO   17  J.Fernand VAT 1.54

2017 ABB  28  27    B.Colon   RRK   10  A.Chapman HKW   15  C.Kershaw FLO 2.03

2017 HKW  38  37    T.Roark   HKW    9  J.Familia VAT   15  J.Cueto   PUN 2.24

2017 PUN  29  31    OTHERS TIED W    8  S.Oh      RRK   14  K.Maeda   RRK 2.63

2017 BAY  26  34                        J.Johnson HOL   14  R.Hill    FLO 2.63

2017 JCK  27  38

                   CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS

                   S.Castro  JCK   17  T.Jankows PUN   26  M.Scherze BAY  121

                   J.Villar  JCK    9  D.Gordon  HOL   25  J.Lester  RRK  111

                   C.Blackmo LON    9  J.Villar  JCK   24  J.Fernand VAT  108

                   A.Diaz    JCK    8  S.Marte   WHL   22  N.Synderg RRK  103

                   OTHERS TIED W    7  J.Peraza  ABB   17  OTHERS TIED W   96



M.Cabrera     LON .351 37 13 11  8  6  T.Chatwood    HKW  6  1  0  3  5  0 000

R.Schimpf     LON .292 24  7  6  3  2  J.Garcia      LON 14 11  3  4 13  1 200

D.Fowler      LON .342 38 13 11  8  1  K.Maeda       RRK 13  9  2  2 13  1 110

M.Trumbo      RRK .320 25  8  6  1  2  K.Barraclough HKW  7  4  1  3 13  0 000

J.Votto       RRK .357 28 10  4  6  1  A.Wainwright  WHL  6  6  0  0  6  0 000



J.Lucroy      LON .176 34  6  5  2  0  J.Ross        RRK 14 27 21 11 13  5 010

E.Gattis      RRK .129 31  4  5  1  1  B.Finnegan    HKW  5 10  7  2  3  1 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  I.Nova        BAY  5 10  6  1  5  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  M.Garza       WHL  5  7  6  3  2  2 010

                 ----  0  0  0  0  0  M.Scherzer    BAY  5  8  6  2  7  1 010


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