2015 MLB All Star Rosters: At the Quarter Pole

Thursday, May 21, 2015

We're 40 games into the 2015 MLB season.  Here are the updated predictions.

AL East.
1. Boston 84
2. NYY 84
3. Tampa 83
4. Baltimore 80
5. Toronto 78

AL Central
1. KC 86
2. Det 85-WC
3. CWS 80
4. Cle 79
5. Minn 77

AL West
1. Hou 86
2. LAA 84-WC
3. Sea 83
4. Oak 77
5. Tex 75

NL East
1. Wash 94
2. NYM 83
3. Mia 74
3. Atl 73
5. Phil 69

NL Central
1. St Louis 93
2. Chi 86-WC
3. Pitt 80
4. Cin 76
5. Mil 76

NL West
1. LAD 93
2. SFG 83 - WC
3. SD 81
4. Ari 75
5. Col 71

Here's my current selection for All Star Game Rosters.  

Each league has 34 players.  There have to be at least 5 starters/3 relievers for each league.  Each league had 13 active pitchers last year, so I'll make that my target; I still wouldn't ever have an all star roster with more than 3 relievers.  We'd need 40 players a side before I'd do that. Both leagues use a DH.  Every team needs to be represented.  I'm not going to pick a player from each team in this first build, but when I come back at the 60 game mark I'll set up the rosters with that requirement. The number is my WAR number (B-Ref+Davenport).

C Vogt Oak 2.15, Martin Tor 2, Perez KC 1.85
1B Cabrera Det 2.2  Hosmer KC 1.65 Teixeira NYY 1.5
2B Kinsler Det 2.25, Altuve Hou 2, Kipnis Cle 1.5,
SS Simien Oak 1.4, Miller Sea 1.15, 
3B Moustakas KC 2.3, Donaldson Tor 2.1, Machado 1.8 Bal
LF Brantley Cle 1.6
CF Trout LAA 2.55, Cain KC 2.35, Jones Balt 1.75
RF Cruz Sea 2.55, Reddick Oak 1.5, 
DH Bautista Tor 1.15
SP Keuchel Hou 2.7
      Gray Oak 2.6
      Hernandez Sea 2.2
      Odorizzi TB 1.65
      Martinez Tex 1.55
      Pineda NYY 1.4
      Archer TB 1.4
      Gibson Min 1.4
      Lewis Tex 1.4
      Bauer Cle 1.35
RP Betances NYY 1.7
      Miller NYY 1.5
      Davis KC 1.4

C Posey SFG 2.15, Norris Was 1.4, Ramos SD 1.25
1B Gonzalez LAD 2.5, Rizzo Chi 2.15, Freeman Atl 1.2
2B Gordon 2.8 Mia, Phillips Cin 1.3, 
SS Crawford 2.4 SFG, Peralta StL 1.6, Simmons Atl 1.4
3B Frazier 2 Cin, Carpenter StL 1.4, Arenado Col 1.35
LF Upton SD 1.8, Peralta Ari 1.4 , Holliday 1.35 StL
CF Fowler Chi 1.3, Pederson LA 1.25, 
RF Harper Was 3.7, 
DH Goldschmidt Ari 2.3 
SP Harang Phi 2.6 
     Scherzer Was 2.55
     Greinke LA 2.35 
     Miller Atl 2.35
     Burnett Pitt 2.2
     Harvey NYM 2.05
     Wacha StL 1.9
     Lincecum SFG 1.75
     Cole Pit 1.65
     Hamels Phi 1.55
RP Chapman Cin 1.5
       Storen Wash 1.45
       Rosenthal StL 1.35

62 Feet.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hey, look who is 8 games from the NBA Title.

Tendown May 10 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tendown 173 is here.  This is Tendown 174.

1. Mad Men Series Finale Prediction: Joan and Peggy start their own agency.  You read it here first.

2. Letterman Finale Wish: 57 Channels and Nothing On.

This is a helluva year.  To lose Letterman, Stewart, Mad Men and Parks and Rec.  There's probably significant crossover among all four, I've seen every episode of Mad Men and if I've missed more than a couple of Parks I'd be surprised.  I've been a regular watcher of every show Stewart's ever had and Letterman is probably the biggest single influence on my teenage personality.  It's middle age white guy apocalypse.

3. Zeke's a curious hire.

4. Of course they cheated.

5. Deliberately, knowingly, over a protracted period of time.

Remember how Gaylord Perry doctored baseballs for years; it was sort of a winking joke among sports fans, "I cheat, it's fun" - that was his shtick and then he got in the Hall of Fame?  Somewhere along the "PEDs are more like homicide and less like speed" line of thought we lost the ability to keep these things in proportion.

6. Who is Keeping the South Carolina public schools alive?

7. Must be the lack of school prayer.

8. On what turns out to be the second to last BS Report (talking to Chuck Klosterman) Bill Simmons said "here's what I woulda done with Don Draper" which is the most Bill Simmons thing Bill Simmons ever said.

He's leaving the Four Letter.

9. Here's the Governor of Florida.

10. How much do taxpayers pay the NFL to get fans to cheer for the troops? How much??

And one more...

That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time.  If there is a next time...

Your pal,


Tendown May 3 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tendown 172 is here. This is Tendown 173.

1. What happened to Black Grantland?

2. Why don't Republicans pay a price for extremism?

3. Of course we should have automatic voter registration.

4. The baseball game with no fans.


6. Conan about Dave.

Not one single writer/performer in the last 35 years has had Dave’s seismic impact on comedy.

Yup.  That's the right answer.  Absolutely beyond debate. If you think it's debatable you don't know what you're talking about.

7. Americans Riot.

8. Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History

9. Huge amounts of lead poisoning found in the black community in Baltimore.  A couple of years ago, I mentioned this research.

10. I had Floyd 8 rounds to 3 with one even.

 And one more...

You can vote for Hillary in the general.  In the primary, it's Bernie.

That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time.  If there is a next time...

Your pal.


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