>Welcome to the sixth edition of the USMLB Weekly as there have been a lot of things going on with the league for the last week. The trade deadline has gone with very little activity at the end and the playoff pictures are looking more and more formed down the stretch.
Starting next week I will start doing profiles on the MVP candidate and the Cy Young candidate. If you would like me to do ones for the Rookie of the Year and the Fireman of the Year please let me know and I can do that.
AL MVP Award Candidates
Luis Nunez Highlanders
Bobby Henry Highlanders
Nick Collins Brave Vawts
Glenn Matheson Talley Whackers
Eric Sisk Sidewinders
NL MVP Award Candidates
Frank Jacobsen GaToRs
Erik West Fisher Cats
Earl Williams Sky Sox
Vicente Domingo Sky Sox
Nick Ball Woodchippers
AL Cy Young Award Candidates
Phil Nitkowski Brave Vawts
Tracy Bowie Highlanders
Larry Rath Brave Vawts
Tito Ramirez SaberCats
Hank Epstein Beefpound
NL Cy Young Award Candidates
Raymond Pavlov Demolition
Gil Henson Sky Sox
Bey Dillon BlaZers
Vernon Bolton Melders
Brendan Cora Woodchippers
AL Rookie of the Year Award Candidates
Phil Shigetoshi Beet Farmer’s
Herbert Brandt Beefpound
Lewis Shouse Featherwound
Dave James Lasers
Henry Anderson Talley Whackers
NL Rookie of the Year Award Candidates
David Cota Cornerstone
Ronn Hoyt Cornerstone
A.J. Balfour Woodchippers
Jesus Mendoza Fisher Cats
Jorel Seo Woodchippers
AL Fireman of the Year Award Candidates
Hank Epstein Beefpound
William Hanson Dirt Bags
Louie Gibson Featherwound
Larry Ellenwood Lasers
Boots Gaetti Kings of Kumbia
NL Fireman of the Year Award Candidates
Roger Newfield Demolition
Nicholas Fox Pioneers
Ed Jefferson Cornerstone
Vernon Bolton Melders
Kane Hines BlaZers
AL Silver Slugger Award Candidates
DH Adrian Duncan Featherwound
C Guy Williams Sidewinders
1B Luis Nunez Highlanders
2B Bobby Henry Highlanders
3B Jose Espinoza SaberCats
SS Rich Hale Barons
LF Rob Cooper Barons
CF Richard Evans Talley Whackers
RF Nick Collins Brave Vawts
NL Silver Slugger Award Candidates
P Keith Donovan Zone
C Erik West Fisher Cats
1B Cookie Valdes Demolition
2B Chief Martin Stars
3B Vicente Domingo Sky Sox
SS Darby Thomas GaToRs
LF Frank Jacobsen GaToRs
CF Nicholas Herndon Fisher Cats
RF Earl Williams Sky Sox
AL Gold Glove Award Candidates
P Ray Jackson Brave Vawts
C Donte Cashman Crawdaddies
1B Alvin Silva Talley Whackers
2B Michael Long Xpress
3B Chris Juden Featherwound
SS Eddie Erstad Beet Farmer’s
LF Marc Rivera Beet Farmer’s
CF Bum Clarkson Beefpound
RF Glenn Matheson Talley Whackers
NL Gold Glove Award Candidates
P Rafael Machado Fisher Cats
C Ricky Gibbons Woodchippers
1B Tony Lanier Cornerstone
2B Claude Marshall Bulls
3B P.T. Martinez Bulls
SS Kennie Sexson Fisher Cats
LF Clem Barkley Demolition
CF Haywood Matthews Zone
RF A.J. Balfour Woodchippers
Luis Nunez will need 123 more at bats to break his own homerun record of 73 homeruns in a season. At Nunez current pace of .750 slugging percentage will fall well short of his own record of .793 slugging percentage.
Michael Long has a good chance of having 162 stolen bases by the end of the season.
Vicente Domingo at his current pace will finish with 244 hits breaking the record of 225 held by Darren Higginson.
Khoury Glass current pace of 4.73 at bats per game, Glass will finish the season with 714 at bats breaking Tony Roberts record of 686. At Glass’s current pace of a 1.16 runs per game he will finish the season with 175 runs scored breaking the record of 172 held be Ed Houston.
If Tony Armas plays every game the rest of the season he will need to hit .431 to break Darren Higginson record of .384 batting average in a single season.
Earl Williams at his current pace will break the record of Darren Higgenson .487 on base percentage with his .491 on base percentage. Williams could end the season with 139 walks breaking the record of 130 held by Freddie Adcock.
Luis Johnson will need 53 more hits to break the doubles record of 58 held by Freddie Adcock.
Erik West at his current pace of 1.21 RBI’s per game will finish the season with 196 RBI’s falling short of the record held by Ed Houston at 207 RBI’s.
Raymond Pavlov at his current pace will have to win every start to have a shot of breaking record for victories of 21 held by Louis Kolb.
Roger Newfield at his current pace can finish the season with 51 saves breaking the record of 49 which is held by Christopher Newhan and Ed Jefferson.
William Woo at his current pace of 7.17 innings per start will finish the season with 251 innings pitch falling just short of the record of 255 innings pitched held by Ned Frazier.
Bey Dillion will fall short of his own record of 30 quality starts this season.
Jim Boyd is tied with Willie Hernandez with 20 loses which is the most losses in a season and with one more start should break the record with 21 loses.
Tito Stone current pace of 5.37 walks per game will allow him to finish the season at 177 walks well short of the record of 204 held by Ray Jones.
Peter Baek will need to improve his pace of 6.24 strikeouts per game as he will probably finish the season with 218 strikeouts short of the record of 224 held by Wilson Fisher.
Raymond Pavlov current ERA of 2.39 is well behind the record of 1.91 held by Bey Dillon.
Tom Moss at his current pace will end up with 92 game pitched falling short of the record of 107 held by Charlie Hill.
Buzz Jones will need to improve of his 9.06 strikeouts per 9 innings to break the record of 9.28 strikeouts per 9 innings held by Gil Lefebvre.
Mark Barkett has a WHIP of 1.07 will need to improve down the stretch to break the record of 1.04 held by Jim Buckley.
Raymond Pavlov has a WHIP of 1.07 will need to improve down the stretch to break the record of 1.04 held by Jim Buckley.
The push for the playoffs are making every game important for every team.
Magic Number to be eliminated or to make the playoffs (from this mornings games)
Colorado Sky Sox – 8 games from making the playoffs
Texas Talley Whackers – 11 games from making the playoffs
Anaheim Beefpound – 15 games from making the playoffs
Atlanta Brave Vawts – 15 games from making the playoffs
New York Highlanders – 18 games from making the playoffs
Fargo Woodchippers – 20 games from making the playoffs
Detroit Demolition – 20 games from making the playoffs
Jackson BlaZers – 23 games from making the playoffs
Kansas City Dirt Bags – 23 games from making the playoffs
St. Louis Cornerstone – 26 games from making the playoffs
Durham Bulls – 27 games from making the playoffs
Madison Lasers – 27 games from making the playoffs
Ottawa Crawdaddies – 27 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
New Britain Fisher Cats – 27 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Florida GaToRs – 26 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Milwaukee Melders – 26 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Louisville Colonels – 26 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Tacoma Pioneers – 22 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Santa Fe Sidewinders – 21 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
San Antonio Stars – 21 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
San Jose SaberCats – 19 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Cheyenne Featherwound – 18 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Scranton Beet Farmer’s – 15 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Las Vegas Zone – 15 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Cleveland Barons – 13 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Richmond Wrecking Crew – 13 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Tucson Xpress – 12 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Toledo Tornados – 10 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Houston Kings of Kumbia – 9 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Chicago Legionaires – 7 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
San Diego Friar Power – 7 games from being eliminated from the playoffs
Iowa City Raiders – Been eliminated from the playoffs
I hope that everyone participates in picking the coach of the year which will add a lot of creditability to this league making even more of a hot league to join when this season is over. I’m still looking for ideas about the logo for the beet farmer’s logo as I just can’t find anything that is even close to being a beet farmer or a farmer for that matter. I’m still working on making the blog better and adding things that will have more information about are league and teams. At the end of the year I will be adding spreadsheets links on the stats of this season so that we don’t lose that information since WIS seems to get rid of previous year’s stats when the world turns over. If you have any suggestions on what you might like to see on the blog or what you don’t like please let me know as I would like to improve so that everyone will enjoy it.