Cereal Update 4

For no other reason than my love for consistency, I offer four quick thoughts on the past week:

1. Daniel Powter’s Bad Day was the theme song for the Killers this past Monday, April 29th, as the team was both very bad and unlucky.

On a day in which the Angels, Brewers and Rockies collectively scored 30 runs (which yields 60 scoring opportunities (runs plus potential RBI)), Hamilton, Braun and Cuddyer managed only two runs scored and one RBI, with a cumulative on-base percentage of just .157.  Hamilton was the undisputed King of Crap that day with his nineteen innings 0 for 8 clunker (he did knock in a run with a sac fly).

Just two more at-bats and Hambone could have joined the fab five of John Shelby, Wayne Garrett, Danny Thompson, Tommy Agee and Ron Swoboda, all of whom have all gone a league worst 0 for 10 in a single game (since 1956) (Agee and Swoboda actually did it in the same game for the Mets in 1968 when New York lost to the Astros in a 24 inning marathon that yielded just a single run).

         

Batting

Pos Edit Batters Opp Status

H/AB*

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

C   Victor Martinez ^ Min W, 4-3

0/4

0

0

0

0

.000

1B   Michael Cuddyer ^ @LAD W, 12-2

0/5

1

0

0

0

.167

2B   Ben Zobrist    

-/-

3B   Adrian Beltre    

-/-

SS   Jimmy Rollins    

-/-

OF   Josh Hamilton ^ @Oak L, 10-8

0/8

0

0

1

0

.000

OF   Ryan Braun ^ Pit W, 10-4

2/5

1

0

0

0

.400

OF   B.J. Upton ^ Was W, 3-2

0/3

0

0

0

0

.000

Util   Carl Crawford ^ Col L, 12-2

1/3

0

0

0

0

.333

Util   Josh Willingham ^ @Det L, 4-3

1/4

1

1

1

0

.250

    Starting Lineup Totals    

4/32

3

1

2

0

.147

 On the mound, Wainwright and Harvey certainly pitched well enough for the win. Harvey’s no decision was even more disappointing since Parnell blew the save in the 9th (you need to make that catch Cowgirl!!). What a waste of a Cishek scoreless outing, as he was used in the 10th inning of a game in which the Fins ultimately won in the 15th.

       

Pitching

Pos Pitchers Opp Status

IP*

W

SV

K

ERA

WHIP

SP Adam Wainwright ^ Cin L, 2-1

7.0

0

0

6

2.57

1.00

SP Matt Harvey ^ @Mia L, 4-3

5.1

0

0

7

1.69

1.69

RP Huston Street   @ChC L, 5-3

RP Steve Cishek   NYM numberswiki.com

nowrap=”nowrap”>W, 4-3

1.0

0

0

1

0.00

2.00

P Bobby Parnell   @Mia L, 4-3

2.0

0

0

0

4.50

1.00

P Edward Mujica   Cin L, 2-1

P Kevin Gregg   SD W, 5-3

1.1

0

1

2

0.00

0.00

  Starting Lineup Totals    

16.2

0

1

16

2.16

1.20

 2. The Mendoza Watch

Player Average Last Week
Big Donkey .143 .134
B.J. Upton .149 .151
Hamilton .207 .228
V-Mart .221 .214
Beltre .243 .231

Just when I thought Hamilton’s season couldn’t get any worse, his BA dives almost 10% in one week.  Fan Graphs details the cause of Hamilton’s struggles (his hack-a lot approach is not working), which doesn’t bode well for the Killers (the comparison between Hambone and Kubel is downright frightening (and, unlike Bruce Dickinson, the last thing I want is more Ku-bel!!)).  At this rate, he should join Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau in a sequel to Swingers.

Swingers (1996) Poster

“Hambone, you are so (not worth the) money”

At least Beltre has chance to be removed from Mendoza Watch if he can stay above .230 for a third consecutive week.

3. The Over/Under

Hamilton + V-Mart = 150 RBI?

Going into the season I was confident that Hamilton would drive in 110+ runs and V-Mart would be around 90.  With roughly 18% of the season already in the books, Hamilton and Martinez have knocked in nine and 14 runs, respectively, leaving them on pace for 127 RBI in the aggregate for the season.  Given their slow starts and injury histories, I am now officially concerned that both players might have 2011 Dunn-like lost seasons.  That said, V-Mart has started to hit (he hit his first homerun of the season last night) and Hamilton is notoriously streaky.  Plus, they both hit in sweet spots in stacked line-ups.  Here’s hoping Hamilton can develop some self-control.  I am going with the over.

4. Fantasy Frustrations

I detailed in an earlier post some of the more annoying occurrences in fantasy sports.  Let’s add another to the list: The Revenge of the Benched Closer.  I am currently starting five RPs (Street, Cishek, Parnell, Mujica and Gregg (I know, not a murderers’ row by any stretch)) so I only have two SP spots that I can fill each day.  Usually, that is not an issue as no more than two of my SPs are getting the call on the same day.  Yesterday, however, Hamels, Cingrani and Wainwright were all starting so I had to bench one of my RPs.  Cishek was sent to the bench as Hamels was pitching against a Fins line-up without Stanton and Jose Fernandez had been less than stellar his last three outings.  So, of course, Fernandez and friends one-hit the Phils and Cishek gets the handshake.

Standings: 7th place with 48 points, 1/2 points away from Iron Horse for 6th and 31.5 points behind Fightin’ Cubbies for first.

Overall Points

 

 

Batting

Pitching

 

Rank

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

W

SV

K

ERA

WHIP

Total

1. Fightin’ Cubbies 8.5 5 8 10 5 9 9 10 7 8 79.5
2. Hackers 6.5 9 7 6 9 4.5 10 2 10 9 73
3. Raging Rhinos 8.5 10 6 4 10 7 3.5 9 5 2 65
4. Nelson Muntz 5 6 9 8 3 7 2 7 8 6 61
5. Steroid Sluggers 10 8 5 5 8 3 5.5 3 1 3 51.5
6. Iron Horse 2.5 3 1.5 1 2 10 3.5 6 9 10 48.5
7. Cereal Killers 2.5 4 3 2.5 1 7 7 8 6 7 48
8. bench warmers 4 7 10 8 7 1 1 5 2 1 46
9. ANSKY 6.5 2 1.5 8 6 2 8 1 4 4 43
10. Motorboaters 1 1 4 2.5 4 4.5 5.5 4 3 5 34.5

Overall Stats

 

 

Batting

Pitching

Rank

Team

Total GP

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

IP

W

SV

K

ERA

WHIP

1. Fightin’ Cubbies 299 170 40 166 28 .338 254.1 20 28 275 2.97 1.10
2. Hackers 285 168 50 157 24 .366 218.0 13 30 201 2.44 1.08
3. Raging Rhinos 280 170 53 154 20 .375 214.1 15 19 246 3.53 1.26
4. Nelson Muntz 307 152 42 168 26 .319 238.0 15 17 234 2.95 1.13*
5. Steroid Sluggers 284 172 44 153 22 .365 214.1 12 21 206 4.16 1.25*
6. Iron Horse 298 139 36 134 16 .315 255.0 21 19 222 2.82 1.07
7. Cereal Killers 290 139 38 141 17 .310 261.0 15 23 239 3.41 1.13*
8. bench warmers 289 147 43 176 26 .362 218.0 7 9 211 4.09 1.31
9. ANSKY 258 168 34 134 26 .348 172.2 9 24 173 3.86 1.25*
10. Motorboaters 289 135 31 148 17 .323 209.2 13 21 207 3.95 1.24

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