Avocado Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Week 2/MLB Talk

We march ever closer to the end….

Playoffs Week 2

Winner’s Bracket
InnDEEEEEEEEEEEED and Canadave87 tied 6-6-0 (tiebreaker to Canadave87!)
Studs (InnDEEEEEEEEEEEED)
Edwin Encarnacion: 5 R 2 HR 5 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .375/.500
Christian Yelich: 3 R 2 HR 3 RBI 4 BB 2 SB .238/.385
German Marquez: 13 IP 13 H 4 ER 0 HR 2 BB 15 K 2 QS 2.77 ERA 1.15 WHIP
Jeremy Jeffress: 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 HR 2 BB 5 K 0.00 ERA 0.67 WHIP 2 SVHD
Studs (Canadave87)
Cody Bellinger: 4 R 1 HR 6 RBI 4 BB 1 SB .261/.393
David Peralta: 4 R 2 HR 6 RBI 2 BB 1 SB .333/.381
Shane Bieber: 12.2 IP 12 H 5 ER 1 HR 3 BB 15 K 1 QS 3.55 ERA 1.18 WHIP
Josh Hader: 3 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 9 K 0.00 ERA 0.33 WHIP 1 SVHD

CakeWithaJ defeated Bluelightspecial 10-2-0
Studs (CakeWithaJ)
Eduardo Escobar: 5 R 2 HR 5 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .269/.310
Jose Peraza: 5 R 2 HR 3 RBI 0 BB 3 SB .360/.385
Jacob DeGrom: 14 IP 8 H 5 ER 1 HR 3 BB 21 K 2 QS 3.21 ERA 0.79 WHIP
Fernando Rodney: 2 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 3 K 0.00 ERA 0.50 WHIP 1 SVHD
Studs (Bluelightspecial)

Winner’s Consolation Ladder
Emperor Snapper defeated Harvey Dent 10-2-0
Studs (Emperor Snapper)
Juan Soto: 8 R 4 HR 8 RBI 5 BB 3 SB .393/.485
Shohei Ohtani: 4 R 1 HR 2 RBI 2 BB 1 SB .280/.333
Daniel Palka: 4 R 3 HR 5 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .375/.474
Luis Castillo: 13 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 HR 5 BB 11 K 2 QS 1.38 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (Harvey Dent)
Michael Conforto: 5 R 2 HR 6 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .333/.400
Jurickson Profar: 5 R 2 HR 4 RBI 4 BB 0 SB .381/.480
Joey Votto: 2 R 1 HR 3 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .421/.476
Dereck Rodriguez: 12.1 IP 10 H 2 ER 0 HR 5 BB 8 K 2 QS 1.46 ERA 1.22 WHIP

Consolation Ladder
Shipwreck defeated Akkio’s Blazer 9-1-2
Studs (Shipwreck)
Marcell Ozuna: 6 R 1 HR 8 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .333/.345
Matt Olson: 2 R 2 HR 6 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .381/.458
Trevor Williams: 11 IP 8 H 4 ER 0 HR 2 BB 13 K 1 QS 3.27 ERA 0.91 WHIP
Masahiro Tanaka: 6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 HR 2 BB 8 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (Akkio’s Blazer)
Nolan Arenado: 7 R 2 HR 5 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .276/.300
Jake Cave: 5 R 1 HR 5 RBI 0 BB 1 SB .308/.308
Charlie Morton: 6 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 HR 0 BB 7 K 1 QS 3.00 ERA 0.50 WHIP
Kirby Yates: 2.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 HR 0 BB 3 K 3.38 ERA 0.75 WHIP 2 SVHD

Poseur defeated Dodecadork 8-3-1
Studs (Dodecadork)
Yasmani Grandal: 2 R 1 HR 4 RBI 6 BB 0 SB .286/.444
Rhys Hoskins: 3 R 1 HR 3 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .292/.370
Anibal Sanchez: 6 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 HR 5 BB 4 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 1.83 WHIP
Studs (Poseur)
Whit Merrifield: 10 R 1 HR 5 RBI 4 BB 5 SB .310/.382
Anthony Rendon: 7 R 1 HR 4 RBI 7 BB 0 SB .346/.485
Justin Verlander: 14 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 HR 2 BB 21 K 2 QS 1.93 ERA 0.79 WHIP
Ken Giles: 2.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 4 K 0.00 ERA 0.43 WHIP 2 SVHD

Little Miss Giggle Fits defeated Bresson 8-3-1
Studs (Bresson)
Jose Altuve: 5 R 1 HR 4 RBI 2 BB 1 SB .368/.478
David Price: 7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 7 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.43 WHIP
Mike Leake: 7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 5 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 0.71 WHIP
Eduardo Rodriguez: 6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 HR 0 BB 7 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 0.83 WHIP
Studs (Little Miss Giggle Fits)
Adalberto Mondesi: 5 R 2 HR 7 RBI 2 BB 5 SB .419/.455
Brock Holt: 2 R 2 HR 7 RBI 0 BB 1 SB .400/.400
Mike Foltynewicz: 9 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 HR 1 BB 7 K 1 QS 1.00 ERA 0.78 WHIP
Craig Kimbrel: 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 4 K 0.00 ERA 0.33 WHIP 3 SVHD

Mexican-American Martian defeated Snow Pigeon 8-4-0
Studs (Snow Pigeon)
Didi Gregorious: 7 R 4 HR 10 RBI 4 BB 0 SB .333/.444
Jon Lester: 12.2 IP 10 H 3 ER 0 HR 4 BB 16 K 1 QS 2.13 ERA 1.11 WHIP
Jhoulys Chacin: 10 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 HR 4 BB 9 K 0 QS 2.70 ERA 0.80 WHIP
Ivan Nova: 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 4 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 0.83 WHIP
Studs (Mexican-American Martian)
Yasiel Puig: 7 R 5 HR 9 RBI 3 BB 1 SB .429/.500
DJ LeMahieu: 3 R 1 HR 6 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .321/.355
Mike Minor: 12.1 IP 10 H 3 ER 1 HR 3 BB 10 K 2 QS 2.19 ERA 1.05 WHIP
Adam Wainwright: 11 IP 9 H 4 ER 2 HR 3 BB 12 K 1 QS 3.27 ERA 1.09 WHIP

MLB Talk

• Two weeks ago there was uncertainty regarding David Wright’s situation with the Mets going forward as the team seemed to have no intention of letting him attempt to play this season so as to not interfere with the money they receive from the insurance payouts on his contract. But the team has come around. In an emotional press conference it was announced that Wright would be activated for the final homestand of the 2018 season and play what will likely be the final game of his career on Saturday September 29th as Wright called any further attempts to prolong his career a debilitating process. Fangraphs ran an interesting statistical projection of his career of his career if you want an idea what it may have looked like had his shoulder and back injuries not robbed him of almost all but one of his post-age 29 seasons and derailed what was shaping up to be (at the least) a borderline Cooperstown worthy career.

• Twins first baseman Joe Mauer also has an uncertain future. He’ll be hitting free agency in November at the age of 35, his franchise record 8 year $184 million contract coming to an end. The deal was signed back when Mauer was a catcher and elite contact hitter with occasional pop. Concussions would eventually force a move to first base and turn him from an elite hitter to a good one. He’s spent the entirety of his 15 year career in a Twins uniform and the team has indicated that they’d welcome him back (albeit at terms that are more team friendly) but he has acknowledged that retirement is on his mind as well. Any decision will likely not come til the off-season but many teams and players have already moved their thinking onto 2019, Mauer and the Twins among them.

• In a highly anticipated move, Cuban players Victor Victor Mesa and his younger brother Victor Mesa Jr. were declared free agents by MLB. The two plan to hold a showcase for all 30 MLB teams to attend in the near future. As neither brother is over the age of 25 they’ll be subjected to international spending limits. Right now the teams with the most bonus money are the Orioles, Marlins, Rays and Dodgers though other teams could trade to acquire additional bonus pool space (with those first two rumored to be heavily interested). The elder Mesa is considered the prize, a potential top of the order bat and elite defender in centerfield who could start his career in Double A and be ready to contribute quickly.

• Seattle Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma has told the Seattle Times that he is concluding his tenure with the organization and MLB to return home to Japan where he will continue his career. He came to MLB as a 31 year old coming off a dominant ten year run in NPB and had a strong start to his career with the Mariners which included an All-Star appearance in 2013 (he also finished 3rd place in Cy Young voting that year). Subsequent seasons weren’t quite as stellar and he’s only pitched in two minor league games this year coming off of shoulder surgery.

• September call-ups always bring about a new round of someone in baseball or the media raising the question of “why do we play the game under one set of rules for 5 months and then abandon that in September?” This year it was actually a manager, Don Mattingly of the Marlins who brought it up after a 5-4 win over the Phillies in which the teams combined to use 15 pitchers (none of whom recorded more than 6 outs) and (according to Elias Sports Bureau) the first non-DH game since 1900 in which a pitcher did not record a plate appearance. Mattingly proposes that teams continue to have 25 man gameday rosters with a 10 player “taxi squad” of inactives. Similar proposals have been floated in the past but MLB has yet to make any motions to change the current rules of September baseball.

What’s on your mind baseball fans?