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Season 9 Playoffs

World Series
1. DET vs 2. CLE

Third Round
1. DET vs 6. BAL (DET 4-0)
2. CLE vs 3. ARI (CLE 4-1)

Second Round
1. DET vs 12. CWS (DET 3-0)
2. CLE vs 8. LON (CLE 3-1)
3. ARI vs 7. TB (ARI 3-2)
4. COL vs 6. BAL (BAL 3-0)

First Round
5. SF vs 12. CWS (CWS 3-1)
6. BAL vs 11. KC (BAL 3-1)
7. TB vs 10. MIA (TB 3-2)
8. LON vs 9. SEA (LON 3-1)

First Round Bye:
1. Tigers 107-55
2. Indians 103-59
3. Dbacks 102-60
4. Rockies 99-63 ELIMINATED
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5. Giants 99-64 ELIMINATED
6. Orioles 98-64
7. Rays 95-67 ELIMINATED
8. Lions 94-68 ELIMINATED
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9. Mariners 98-65 ELIMINATED
10. Marlins 94-68 ELIMINATED
11. Royals 92-70 ELIMINATED
12. White Sox 92-71 ELIMINATED

Robertson powers Indians to win over Diamondbacks

Ward Robertson blasted 2 homers, lifting the Indians to a 6-2 win over Arizona. | Box

Albies unloads, Indians still lose

Ozzie Albies blasted 2 homers, but it wasn't enough to lift the Indians over the Diamondbacks. Arizona won by a score of 8-5. Miguel Scott of the Diamondbacks had 4 hits in the game. Max Scherzer struckout 9 Cleveland batters in the contest. | Box

Hummel baffles Diamondbacks, Indians win

Mohamad Hummel struckout 8 Arizona batters in a 5-4 win for the Indians. | Box

Orioles can't contain Boone, fall 6-2

Lyle Boone was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Detroit's 6-2 victory over the Orioles. Boone also had 3 hits in the game. Barton Wertz struckout 12 Baltimore batters in the contest. | Box

Orioles fall to Tigers despite Weaver's efforts

Luke Weaver whiffed 10 batters, but the Tigers managed to beat the Orioles, 2-1. | Box


WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

W. Robertson, Indians .2863 HR9 RBI
O. Albies, Indians .3813 HR6 RBI
E. Neumann, Tigers .4713 HR5 RBI
J. Owens, Indians .3752 HR2 RBI
L. Boone, Tigers .4380 HR4 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

J. Whitmarsh, Indians 1 for 21 (.048)
C. Sisson, Diamondbacks 0 for 18 (.000)
J. Camargo, Indians 2 for 20 (.100)
J. Ball, Orioles 1 for 15 (.067)
D. Bolander, Indians 2 for 15 (.133)

Leaders: RBI

C. Bellinger, Cardinals 172
I. Happ, Cubs 148
A. Madden, Athletics 137
M. Lewis, Tigers 133
N. Williams, Rockies 130

Leaders: Wins

A. Bong, Mariners 24
L. Severino, Cubs 24
J. Alvarado, Marlins 23
B. Wertz, Tigers 23
B. Bucannon, Tigers 22

Season 9 Playoff Projections - 2nd Round

Welcome to the 2nd round of playoffs for Season 9. After watching 4 tight series, this round will/should feature a couple of blow-outs and two tight series.

#1. Detroit vs #12. Chicago White Sox

Two years ago in this column, I predicted that Detroit would win the World Series this year, I am saying that this will be the year. Awesome job by Chicago for taking down San Francisco, but they do not have the horses to upset Detroit. Offensively these teams are close in everything except long balls. The team batting averages and OPS are .255/.785 & .251/.713, with the difference coming in Home Runs, where Detroit has hit twice as many. They both have 3 players who lead the way offensively. CWS is paced by SS Gurriel who is hitting .317/.873 (23 HR/87 RBI) and their two 3B, Beard .293/.844 and Chernix .254/.749 with (21 HR/122 RBI). All three of those players struggled in the first round with 0 HR's and 0 RBI's. Detroit counters with 3B Medlin .298/.936 (28 HR/86RBI), 2B Neumann .319/1.002 (36 HR/100RBI) and LF Lewis .283/.940 (47 HR/127 RBI).
Detroit has 3 dominant starters, each having won 20 games this season and all are well rested. SP Bucannon (20-5) .85 WHIP, SP Valerio (20-6) .094 WHIP and 21 CG's and SP Wertz (21-8) 1.11 WHIP and also 21 CG's. Detroit primarily uses a couple of relievers with good numbers, RP Pagan (3-3 9 saves) and RP Lynch (6-3 8 saves), but with 51 CG's, the Detroit bullpen has only thrown 16% of the total innings pitched this season. Chicago is paced by a couple of Cy Young candidates in SP Hazelton (17-9) .89 WHIP and 8 CG's and SP Moxcey (18-7) 1.16 WHIP. Their bullpen is anchored by 2 LH relievers, Dawson (4-5 22 saves) and Espinar (6-5 and 14 saves). Chicago only got 1 loss out of theit 2 best starters against SFG, and will need someone to step up, to have a chance in this series.

I am predicting Detroit to advance in 3 games, but Chicago was the only team I missed winning in the 1st round, maybe that is some type of mojo for them....

#4. Colorado vs #6. Baltimore

This should truly be an offensive series, as both Baltimore and Colorado are among the upper echelons in power and average. Baltimore has the 3rd highest BA and 6th highest OPS @ .263/.772 while Colorado has the 5th highest BA and 5th highest OPS @ .256/.783. Baltimore has a potent offense led by their OF of Kunz .355/.967 and 22 triples, Hudgins .299/.840 (20 HR/90 RBI) and Price .275/.852 (28 HR/115 RBI) with 3b Ball and 2B Owens hitting over .250. Colorado counters with power at every position. 2B Upchurch .336/.978 (31 HR/91RBI), OF Williams .268/.919 (47 HR/ 130 RBI), C Krieger .294/.806 (25 HR/106 RBI) and SS Lindor .230/.746 (28 HR/105 RBI) are the main bats for the Rockies. Baltimore is the rare team who has all 5 starters with more wins than losses. Coleman (17-8) and Waller (16-12) pace the starters and RP Sowers (6-2 15 saves) Day (7-9 11 saves) and Monaghan (7-3 7 saves) make up a strong relief core. Colorado does not have the staff to match Baltimore. SP Castillo (18-6), Berrios (19-9) and Kluber (9-12) are the primary starters, with RP Scarlata (3-0 10 saves) and RP LeClerc (8-5 9 saves) lead the bullpen.
I will be looking to see how Baltimore hits in the Rockies power dome, since the numbers are similiar. Colorado has struggled in previous playoff series.
Based on Baltimore having the better pitching staff, I am going with a mild upset of Baltimore advancing in 5 games.

#3. Arizona vs #7. Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay continues their 1st playoff appearance against a tougher opponent in Arizona. Arizona has solid power numbers, but is on the low end of average. They are led by 2B Katz .342/.911 (13 HR/64 RBI), OF Scott .279/.839 (26 HR/84 RBI), UT O'Connell .229/.751 (35 HR/110 RBI) and 1B Macklin .226/.829 (52 HR/107 RBI). Tampa Bay is even worse, with an .238 Batting Average and an OPS under .700. Their production also comes through 3 players, 1B Arriaga .309/.846 (16 HR/67 RBI), DH Littles .292/.811 and UT Deutsch .271/.701. They have noone else hitting .240 or .700.
Pitching is a little different, Arizona is led by SP Yamaoka (17-7) .98 WHIP, 10 CG's, SP Pace (16-10) 1.18 WHIP and 13 CG's and SP Fullmer (16-8) 1.23 WHIP, but their strength is their underrated bullpen where they have 3 arms that can shut you down. RP Martes (12-4 18 saves), RP Diaz (7-3 8 saves) and RP Tuiuailala (2-2 9 saves) who all have a WHIP of under .92. Tampa Bay has a league best 2.93 ERA with a WHIP of 1.11. Tampa Bay has a strong quartet of young starters, Faria (12-12 1.05), Canzoneri (11-9 1.17), Strathmann (18-6 1.17) and Schwartz (17-9 1.11) who will provide 6 -7 innings of solid work. They then turn the game over to RP Green (11-9 11 saves), RP Grandy (7-2 15 saves) and RP Bennett (6-4 18 saves).

In another upset, I am going with Tampa Bay to continue their run in 5 games. I like their staff, and if they can score 20 runs in this series then they will advance.

#2. Cleveland vs #8. London

This is the battle of the best "worst" team in the league against SP Brady and the London Lions who may turn out to be the worst “best” team in the league who advances to round 2 for the first time. Cleveland is loaded as they have 6 regulars who hit over .267/.750, and 7 players who have hit 10+ HR and 60+ RBI's. They are led by 2 MVP candidates in 2B Albies .332/1.007 (30 HR/99 RBI), LF Gonzalez .327/1.037 (31 HR/89 RBI) and controversial pick-up 1B Robertson .309/.943 (29 HR/102). London counters with SS Bishop .319/.881 (18/65), LF Biggerstaff .304/.858 (20/93) and LF Manu .249/.719 (18/97), but will be severly outgunned in this series.
The pitching staffs are similar also with both teams having strong starters and very strong group of relievers. I expect SP Brady (17-8 .84 WHIP) and One of Cleveland ‘s top pitchers to battle each other in 2 games, with the winner of those two games to decide the series. The relievers should get plenty of work in the other games. If I had a big sets of kohunnas I would take London to upset Cleveland, but with the leagues best hitting team and the group of relievers in RP Diaz, Van Zyl and RP Justice, I see Cleveland advancing to the next round in 4 games.

Drafted Rookies

Providing status of S9 Drafted Rookies: (With >10 Games Remaining)

Rookies over 70 rank (29) (not eligible for "free" progression)
1. Santos (P - NYY) (Traded to Arizona) 10 - 14 1.39 WHIP
2. Johnson (P - HOU) 10 - 12 1.02 WHIP
3. Erceg (3B - PIT) .212/.611- 60 RBI
4. McKenzie (P - MIN) 9 - 13 1.27 WHIP 1 CG
5. Soroka (P - CIN) 8 - 14 1.41 WHIP
6. Pache (LF - ATL) .275/.740 11 HR /54 RBI
7. Clement (SS - OSA) .285/.813 18 HR /66 RBI 49 Doubles
8. Biggio (2B NYM) .249/.669 58 RBI 46 Doubles
9. Rooker (1B - TOR) .215/.559 4 HR /41 RBI
10. Adell (LF - LAD) .262/.753 17 HR/87 RBI
12. Casas (1B - SFG) .240/.744 20 HR/81 RBI
13. Dowdy (P - STL) 12 - 8 1.31 WHIP
14. Chavis (1B - KCR) .230/.683 19 HR /49 RBI
15. Staumont (P - TEX) 5 - 14 1.40 WHIP
16. Downs (2B - MIL) .204/.566 3 HR /23 RBI
19. Varsho (C - SDP) .219/.575 5 HR/75 RBI
20. Cudd (C - SEA) .241/.638 7 HR/63 RBI
22. Burrows (P - PIT) 7 - 3 6 Saves 1.17 WHIP 85 Games
31. Blewett (P - ARZ) 4 - 3 4 Saves 1.30 WHIP 35 Games
36. Hentges (P - HOU) 2 - 6 4 Saves 1.42 WHIP 116 Games
40. Kruzynski (P - TEX) 9 - 10 1.37 WHIP
32. Kasowski (P - CLE) 5 - 3 6 Saves 1.04 WHIP 36 Games
46. Tarnok (RP - HOU) 3 - 9 11 Saves 1.61 WHIP 101 Games
49. Woodford (P- CIN) 6 - 3 1 Save 1.47 WHIP 101 Games
50. Gingery (P - ATL) 2 - 1 4 Saves 1.34 WHIP 76 Games
52. Grove (P - NYM) 6 - 13 1.37 WHIP
53. Santillan (P - TOR) 3 - 7 3 Saves 1.57 WHIP 89 Games
60. Peterson (P - TOR) 5 -14 19 Saves 1.63 WHIP 94 Games
87. Pardinho (P - PHI) 4 - 2 5 Saves 1.09 WHIP 39 Games

Rookies <70 rank (53) eligible for rookie contract extension
18. Hooks (2B - CWS) - MINORS
23. India (3B - LAA) - MINORS
26. Reyes (UT - DET) - MINORS
27. Zamora (P - ARZ) - MINORS
29. Herget (P - WAS) - MINORS
30. Shawaryn (P - OAK) - MINORS
38. Englert (P - CLE ) - MINORS
42. Heineman (DH - SDP) - MINORS
44. Hiura (2B - ARZ) - MINORS
45. Alexander (3B - CIN) - MINORS
47. Alford (CF - PIT) - MINORS
48. Ashcraft (P - MIN) - MINORS
54. Clemens (2B - TEX) - MINORS
55. Avelino - (SS - TB) - MINORS
56. Marsh - (LF - SFG) - MINORS (Traded to PHI)
57. Pratto - (1B - STL) - MINORS
58. Rocchio - (SS - KCR) - MINORS
59. Bae - (SS - TEX) - MINORS
62. May - (P - CHW) - MINORS
63. Chang - (SS - SDP) - MINORS
65. Mejia - (C - TOR) - MINORS
66. Alemais - (SS - NYM) - MINORS
68. Bello - (P- PHI) - MINORS
69. Loaisiga - (P - LAA) - curently 3 IP
71. Scherff - (P - NYM) - MINORS
72. Kowar - (P - CWS) - MINORS
73. Schellenger - (P - BAL) - MINORS
74. Cruz - (SS - OAK) - MINORS
75. Oviedo - (P - TEX) - MINORS
76. Viloria - (C - NYY) - MINORS
77. Barrosa - (RF - MIA) - MINORS (Traded to NYM)
79. Rooney - (RP - HOU) - MINORS
80. Singer - (P - TEX) - MINORS
81. Miranda - (2B - LAA) - MINORS
82. Matias - (OF - WAS) - MINORS
83. Dibrell - (RP - LAA) - MINORS
84. Diaz - (2B - NYY) - MINORS
85. Lovelady - (P - ARZ) - MINORS (Traded to NYY)
86. Maitan - (3B - LON) - MINORS
88. Jones - (3B - LAA) - MINORS
89. Kendall - (RF - MIA) - MINORS (Traded to CIN)
90. Woods-Richardson - (SP - BOS) - MINORS
91. Ynfante - (RF - DET) - MINORS
92. Riley - (3B - ARZ) - MINORS (Traded to NYY)
93. Nevin - (1B - BAL) - MINORS
94. Randolph - (OF - WAS) - MINORS
96. Kloffenstein (P - NYM) - MINORS
97. Mundell - (1B - NYY) - MINORS
98. McGrail - (P - OAK) - MINORS
99. Oakrand - (P - OAK) - MINORS

Rookies who exceeded minimum requirements (19) (Will be progressed)
11. White (IF - TMB) - .221/.590 12 HR /66 RBI
17. Kirilloff (LF - ARZ) - .220/.569
21. Peters (RF - LON) - .205/.601 13 HR/53 RBI
24. Reid- Foley (P - CLE) - 4 - 6 17 Starts 1.34 WHIP
25. De La Rosa (RF - ATL) - .236/.685 11 HR /54 RBI
28. Sobotka (P - BAL) - 10 - 5 1.37 WHIP
33. Melendez (C - NYY) - .228/.644 10 HR/50 RBI
34. Armenteros (CF - HOU) - .228/.576 5 HR/38 RBI
35. Thaiss (1B - HOU) - .213/.543 3 HR/49 RBI
37. Gonslaves (P - TOR) - 7 - 10 1.58 WHIP
39. Tillo (P - NYY) - 5 - 4 5 Saves 92 Games
41. Siri (CF - MIL) - .151/.360 93 At Bats
43. Montero (3B - HOU) - .205/.652 12 HR/50 RBI
51. Bolt (CF - NYY) - .248/.717 18 HR/72 RBI 29 Doubles
61. Bart (C - ATL) - .218/.621 5 HR/56 RBI
64. Moniak (CF - SEA) - .213/.689 22 HR/ 69 RBI
67. Jerez - (P - NYY) - 7 - 16 1.61 WHIP
70. Lowe - (1B - NYY) - .224/.642 8 HR/46 RBI
78. Lund - (LF - ATL) - .224/.636 20 Games
95. Knizer - (C - OAK) - .204/.555 15 GAMES

Season 9 Draft/Contract Info

1st Round Picks:
LAA receives OAK 1st through OSA (Cruz/Trout trades)
TOR receives CHC 1st (Conforto trade)
ATL receives MIA 1st (Love trade)
WAS receives COL 1st (Berrios trade)
WAS receives MIN 1st (Harper trade)
NYY receives ARI 1st (Santos trade)
TEX receives SF 1st (Boston trade)
LAA receives PHI 1st (Knudson trade)
PHI receives CLE 1st (Hutchison trade)
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LAA receives Comp pick #1 through OSA for 3B Medlin ($126)/Trout trade
PHI receives Comp pick #2 for 1B Barksdale ($126)
OSA receives Comp pick #3 through BAL for SP Pace ($114)/(Lawton trade)
LON receives Comp pick #4 for OF Kimball ($111)
LAA receives Comp pick #5 through CWS for SP Wertz ($108)/(Mikolas trade)
NYY receives Comp pick #6 through COL for 1B Kang ($105) (Suarez trade)
CHW receives Comp pick #7 for RP Foxx ($93)
DET receives Comp pick #8 for SP Ohtani ($90)

2nd Round Picks:
CWS receives MIA 2nd (Kasody trade)
OAK receives MIN 2nd (Padnick trade)
TEX receives BOS 2nd (McKeever trade)
NYY receives COL 2nd (Suarez trade)
TOR receives CHC 2nd (Conforto trade)
SD recevies OSA 2nd (Goody trade)
TEX receives SF 2nd (Boston trade)
OSA receives ARI 2nd (Yamaoka trade)
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TEX receives Comp pick #1 for OF Norton ($78)
NYY receives Comp pick #2 through COL for OF Conklin ($78)(Scarlata trade)
BAL receives Comp pick #3 for SP Coleman ($72)
BOS receives Comp pick #4 for SP Sale ($66)
TBR receives Comp pick #5 for RP Douglas ($66)
DET receives Comp pick #6 for SP Kellogg ($57)
TBR receives Comp pick #7 for RP Pruitt ($54)
SDP receives Comp pick #8 for OF Martinez ($51)
SDP receives Comp pick #9 for RP Donald ($50)
CIN receives Comp pick #10 through MIA for RP Ashton ($45)/(Grigsby trade)
OSA receives Comp pick #11 for OF Lewis ($42)

SP Hummel - same team signed - no pick
OF Ellson - No previous team - no pick
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Franchise Tags: (take effect after season)
BAL -- Kunz - 3 seasons
COL -- Upchurch - 1 season
CWS -- Beard - 1 season
MIA -- Love - 1 season
OAK -- Madden - 3 seasons
SF -- Cortez - 3 seasons
TB — Arriaga - 3 seasons
WAS - Pitt - 3 seasons
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Arb Eligible Cut Players
CWS -- Einhorn
LAA — Ono
LAA — Madden
LAA — Freesh
LAA — Steen
LAA -- Kaecker
LAA -- Kenin
MIL -- Ariel
NYY - Grimes (2B)
NYY - Diaz (2B)
OAK -- O Malley
OAK -- Judy
STL - Elvis (SS)
STL - Lucas (SP)
WAS - Borders
WAS - Drake

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MVP: STL 1B Cody Bellinger (4th) and CHC OF Ian Happ
CY: SEA Andre Bong (1st) and LON Marcus Brady (2nd)
RoY: HOU SP Rojo Johnson and SF 1B Triston Casas
GMoY: twins15 (CWS)

Batting Title: .368 -- OAK 2B Alfonso Madden (1st)
Stolen Base Champ: 106 -- CHC OF Jonathan Skabla (2nd)
Relief Pitcher of the Year: 44 SVs -- KC RP Stacy Hutchins (1st)
(this is going to start going to the RP with the most saves)

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C: CIN Staten (2nd) and SF Tucker (1st)
1B: STL Bellinger (6th) and MIN Kang (1st)
2B: OAK Madden (3rd) and CLE Albies (5th)
3B: KC Devers (2nd) and TEX Gallo (4th)
SS: SD Spalding (1st) and BOS Seager (4th)
OF: CHC Happ (6th) and BOS Morrison (3rd)
BAL Kunz (1st) and MIN Trout (8th)
SD Jackson (1st) and CLE Gonzalez (3rd)
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