Friday, March 8, 2013

Standings Summary - Week 5

The AL team of the week was the Manetheren Red Eagles.  In Sim 5 the team went 11-3, opening an incredible 18.5 game lead in the AL West.  They lost the first two games of the Sim but have since won 10 of 11, bowling through the Hoplites with a 3 game sweep, and winning 4 games series against the Wildlings and Brews.

No single batter stood out on offense, though Turkey Stearnes and Joey Votto each ripped 10 doubles, no doubt driving in Joe Sewell, who batted .317 / .408 / .512 (platoon duty) several times.

The pen was key for the Red Eagles.   Fernando Rodney led a bullpen that allowed only 8 earned runs in 43.2 innings (1.67 ERA).  #1 and #2 starters Garland Braxton on Johnny Podres remained hot as well holding down ERA’s under 3.00.  Of note, newly acquired Russ Ford made 1 start and it was pretty good: 8.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K.

In the National League, the Shamokin Miners, quiet all year, won 11 of 15 and are now just ½ games out of the Wild Card race.  Great pitching was key to their success as the Miner staff held down a league leading 2.29 team ERA.  Fergie Jenkins was the best starter winning 4 starts giving up 19 hits in 27 innings with a 1.67 ERA.  Ray Prim and Preacher Roe played key roles in the bullpen giving up 1 run in 19+ innings combined.

To open the Sim, the Miners won 7 in a row, highlighted by a 3 game sweep of the Bears.  They also took 4 of 5 from the Pandas, and 3 of 4 from the Pretty Ladies. Tommy Holmes did his best Oscar Charleston imitation, batting .471 with a .761 slugging while Willie Mays slammed 5 home runs and drove in 13.

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