June 11, 2007
I played the games through June 24 this morning. Cleveland recaptured the lead (by one game) in the East, and San Diego holds on to their lead (two games) in the West. I will play the final set of games before the All-Star break on June 25th. Please have lineup and roster changes to me by midnight on June 24th.
The summer draft will begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 10th, at my house. Please remember to reserve this date on your calendars. Also note that we are now within 30 days of the draft, so draft picks for next spring's draft can now be traded.
June 4, 2007
I have now played games through June 10th. Boston leads Cleveland by 1 game in the East, and San Diego leads Chicago by 4 games in the West. I will play the next set of games (through June 24) next Monday. Please have roster and lineup changes to me by midnight on Sunday, June 10. Thanks.
1. Chicago's Renteria was injured without a backup. I replaced him on the roster with Adam Everett.
May 21, 2007
Cleveland has moved 2 games ahead of Boston in the East. San Diego leads Chicago by 1 in the West, with Los Angeles falling 3 back. The commish file is attached and the web site updated. Congrats to Cleveland and San Diego (or is it too early for congrats?). I will play the next set of games the week of June 4. Please have any roster and lineup changes to me by midnight on Sunday, June 3.
I had to make a couple roster changes to play the games:
1. San Diego's Andruw Jones got injured for 5 games, with no other qualifying CF on his 25-man roster. I brought up Granderson to replace Jones on the roster, and in the lineups for the rest of the games. This follows a convention I have used in the past. If a qualifying backup player is already on the 25-man roster, that player substitutes for the injured player only until he recovers. If there is no qualifying backup player on the 25-man roster, I will replace the injured player with a qualifying player from the farm team if available (or a near worthless, poor fielding generic player). When I have to add a player to the 25-man roster, I remove the injured player to the farm team, in order to maintain the 25-man limit. The team's GM is then responsible to add him back to the 25-man roster for the next set of games. As always, please call me if anyone has any questions about this.
2. Both Blalock and Encarnacion became injured for New York. New York had no other qualifying 3B on either the 25-man roster or the farm team. I replaced Encarnacion on the roster with Ramon Vazquez, a 3B-3, with a .558 OPS.
May 7, 2007
I played two more weeks of games shortly after midnight. With games played through May 13, Boston and Cleveland are tied for the lead in the East Division, and Los Angeles and San Diego are tied for the lead in the West Division.
I will play the next set of games the week of May 21st. Please have lineup and roster changes to me by midnight on Sunday, May 20.
Bruce, San Diego needed to have the 26th player, Peavy, benched in all lineups. The extra starter is only to by used if another starter gets injured or tired.
April 23, 2007
I played 2 more weeks of games this morning. With 26 games played, Boston leads the East by 1 game over Cleveland. Los Angeles leads the West by 2 games over San Diego. I will play the next 2 weeks of games around May 7th. Roster and lineup changes are due by midnight on Sunday, May 6. Let me know by May 6 if anyone is interested in watching the games run (and helping me make injury replacement decisions).
Three teams (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oakland) had games where their players played tired. You can see this if you check the FT column is the individual box scores. Those same three teams also had at least one AIM injury. I don't mean to harp on this, but one of the primary ways to improve your team's performance is to keep players at rested or ready status, and to avoid unnecessary AIM injuries.
Other roster and lineup notes:
1. Texas had at least one lineup that was not complete (left out the right-fielder).
2. Oakland lost both German and Durham to injuries. I sent German down and brought up Kent.
3. San Diego lost Rolen (their only 3B) to injuries. I sent Rolen down and brought up Beltre.
I would really love to share the fun of watching the games run and making injury replacement decisions. If you haven't ever joined me to watch the games run, please consider it. It usually provides a good excuse to go get a burger and examine stats afterwards.
April 16, 2007
This morning I played the 1st 2 weeks of the season. Cleveland leads Boston in the East by 1 game. Los Angeles and San Diego are tied for the lead in the West.
I will play the next set of games next week. Please have roster and lineup changes to me by Sunday, April 22, at midnight.
Here are a few extra roster notes.
1. Brian, since I didn't hear back from you in time on which player to remove to get down to 25 on the playing roster, I sent Hermida to the farm. I then made lineup changes to fill in Hermida's spot. I got your email after I played the games. I'm glad I guessed right.
2. Chicago had an long injury to DeRosa, their only 2B. I sent him to the farm squad and brought up Castilla.
3. New York had 2 injuries to their starting pichers. I brought up Cliff Lee, and sent down an injured Sabathia.
4. There seemed to be a lot of injuries (16 already). 6 of them were for over 10 days. The only AIM injury, which comes from over playing, was to Dave Ross. All the others were game injuries, which can only be prevented by being luckier.