Avocado Fantasy Baseball: Playoffs Week 1/MLB Talk

Playoffs Week One

Byes: Bluelightspecial, Canadave87

CakeWithaJ defeated Harvey Dent 7-4-1 (CakeWithaJ takes on Bluelightspecial)
Studs (Harvey Dent)
Aledmys Diaz: 3 R 1 HR 6 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .375/.407
Tommy Pham: 5 R 1 HR 4 RBI 3 BB 1 SB .368/.478
Michael Conforto: 4 R 3 HR 8 RBI 0 BB 0 SB .259/.259
Dereck Rodriguez: 6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 6 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 1.17 WHIP
Studs (CakeWithaJ)
Alex Bregman: 6 R 3 HR 9 RBI 6 BB 0 SB .476/.593
Jose Peraza: 4 R 1 HR 6 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .400/.423
Jacob DeGrom: 6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 6 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 0.50 WHIP
Aaron Nola: 7 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 HR 1 BB 8 K 1 QS 3.86 ERA 0.57 WHIP

InnDEEEEEEEEEEEED defeated Emperor Snapper 8-4-0 (InnDEEEEEEEEEEEED takes on Canadave87)
Studs (Emperor Snapper)
Charlie Blackmon: 7 R 3 HR 4 RBI 1 BB 2 SB .360/.407
Shohei Ohtani: 8 R 4 HR 10 RBI 4 BB 2 SB .474/.565
Cody Allen: 4 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 HR 2 BB 7 K 0.00 ERA 1.00 WHIP 3 SVHD
Luis Castillo: 5 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 HR 0 BB 7 K 0 QS 3.60 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (InnDEEEEEEEEEEEED)
Ronald Acuna Jr.: 7 R 2 HR 3 RBI 8 BB 2 SB .259/.429
Johan Camargo: 6 R 3 HR 5 RBI 5 BB 0 SB .321/.441
Mike Clevinger: 12 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 HR 3 BB 19 K 2 QS 3.00 ERA 0.83 WHIP
German Marquez: 6.2 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 HR 2 BB 11 K 1 QS 2.70 ERA 1.35 WHIP

Consolation Ladder

Akkio’s Blazer defeated Poseur 7-3-2
Studs (Akkio’s Blazer)
Anthony Rizzo: 3 R 1 HR 3 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .389/.500
Yairo Munoz: 5 R 2 HR 3 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .300/.375
Kyle Freeland: 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 HR 2 BB 8 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Kirby Yates: 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 6 K 0.00 ERA 0.33 WHIP 1 SVHD
Studs (Poseur)
Anthony Rendon: 6 R 1 HR 5 RBI 1 BB 1 SB .370/.414
Paul Goldschmidt: 6 R 2 HR 4 RBI 6 BB 0 SB .364/.500
Nomar Mazara: 2 R 0 HR 6 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .350/.417
Justin Verlander: 7 IP 3 R 1 ER 0 HR 2 BB 8 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 0.71 WHIP

Shipwreck defeated Little Miss Giggle Fits 8-3-1
Studs (Shipwreck)
Bryce Harper: 6 R 2 HR 7 RBI 12 BB 1 SB .438/.655
Jonathan Villar: 4 R 1 HR 6 RBI 3 BB 3 SB .409/.480
Trevor Story: 5 R 5 HR 9 RBI 1 BB 3 SB .292/.320
Masahiro Tanaka: 8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 10 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.38 WHIP
Studs (Little Miss Giggle Fits)
Adrian Beltre: 5 R 4 HR 7 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .409/.458
Eric Hosmer: 7 R 3 HR 6 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .286/.375
Adalberto Mondesi: 4 R 1 HR 2 RBI 1 BB 2 SB .308/.357
Max Scherzer: 16 IP 13 H 6 ER 1 HR 1 BB 22 K 2 QS 3.38 ERA 0.88 WHIP

Dodecadork defeated Mexican-American Martian 8-3-1
Studs (Mexican-American Martian)
DJ LeMahieu: 5 R 1 HR 4 RBI 3 BB 1 SB .417/.481
Enrique Hernandez: 5 R 1 HR 2 RBI 4 BB 0 SB .313/.450
Clayton Kershaw: 6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 HR 1 BB 7 K 1 QS 3.00 ERA 1.17 WHIP
Mike Minor: 5 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 HR 1 BB 7 K 0 QS 3.60 ERA 0.80 WHIP
Studs (Dodecadork)
Nick Markakis: 2 R 0 HR 5 RBI 5 BB 0 SB .423/.500
Trea Turner: 7 R 1 HR 5 RBI 6 BB 2 SB .240/.387
Robbie Ray: 12.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 HR 6 BB 16 K 2 QS 1.46 ERA 0.81 WHIP
Andrew Heaney: 13 IP 10 H 4 ER 2 HR 1 BB 17 K 1 QS 2.77 ERA 0.85 WHIP

Bresson defeated Snow Pigeon 10-1-1
Studs (Snow Pigeon)
Dellin Betances: 3 IP 1 H 1 ER 0 HR 2 BB 6 K 3.00 ERA 1.00 WHIP 1 SVHD
J.A. Happ: 6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 5 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 0.50 WHIP
Ivan Nova: 6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 9 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.67 WHIP
Studs (Bresson)
Carlos Santana: 5 R 3 HR 5 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .320/.393
Randal Grichuk: 3 R 2 HR 3 RBI 0 BB 0 SB .304/.304
David Price: 6.1 IP 2 H 2 ER 0 HR 2 BB 10 K 1 QS 2.84 ERA 0.63 WHIP
Mike Leake: 6 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 4 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 1.17 WHIP

MLB Talk

• Ryan Howard has not appeared in the majors since 2016 with the Phillies. Injuries at that point had robbed him of the MVP form he had from 2005-2011 when he won the award once and finished top 10 in voting every other year while also winning Rookie of the Year and helping lead the Phillies to the 2008 World Series title. While Howard spent 2017 on minor league deals with the Rockies and Braves he didn’t make to the majors and on September 4 made it official that he was retiring from baseball. He was never the same following the 2011 season when he tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg while making the final out as the Phillies were eliminated in the NLDS that year but he still had a more than solid big league career (and I’m sure many happy memories for the city of Philadelphia now that all is said and done).

• As the Seattle Mariners have begun to fall out of the playoff picture (mathematically they are still in it but their chances don’t look great), the team has begun to fray. This boiled over last Tuesday night when second baseman Dee Gordon asked all press to leave the clubhouse. Moments later the doors opened back up and reporters caught sight of Gordon and teammate Jean Segura tussling while Mike Zunino and others were trying to separate them. The team and manager Scott Servais were tight-lipped about the incident afterwards. The team has gone 2-3 since the brawl and at the moment sit 7.5 games back.

• Speaking of physical altercations, Detroit Tigers broadcasters Rod Allen and Mario Impemba also got into one on Wednesday this week in the broadcast booth. The two have been the primary broadcast team for the Tigers for 17 years (though Allen has rotated with Kirk Gibson and Craig Monroe the last couple years). There’s been no reported reason given for the incident. The two were taken off of Wednesday’s game and replaced by Gibson and Matt Shephard (who had to hastily assemble and be flown out to Chicago to cover the game) and shortly after Allen and Impemba were suspended for the remainder of the season.

• The issue of service time manipulation has come up again since the start of September. Agents for prospects such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr (Blue Jays), Eloy Jimenez (White Sox), Peter Alonso (Mets) and Byron Buxton (Twins, technically not a prospect anymore but he’s still been in the minors a good chunk of the season thanks to his poor start to the year) have made noise to MLB reporters expressing the displeasure that their clients have not been added to big league rosters in September with the rosters expanded. While front offices are generally careful about wording why they keep players with nothing more to prove in the minors, its pretty transparent. And it is good business for clubs to do so. Does MLB need to revise their rules about service time? Or is the system fine as is?

What’s on your mind this week?