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Mitt Section ******
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The Capital Baseball League is a Strat-O-Matic play-by-mail league, with a limited amount of face-to-face play.
The league was founded in 1975 and has managers throughout the country, from California to New York. We currently have 20 members.


Mitch will be away on a short vacation
so that the end of block 3 instead of
being on Aug 6th will be moved to Aug 8th

Make sure games are played and reported by then.

Standings have been updated as of
Saturday morning 8/1

Table of contents for this page:

Up from the Matt

Stepping to the Plate

Capital Ideas

The Lighter Side

The MITT Section

News from the CRIER

Connections --CBL and Others









  CBL RULEBOOK - March 2019 edition

Rolz.org dice room used for drafts



note- block 3 has been extended to Aug 8th

Suggestions for submitting results:
(1) start off with the team nickname "at" other team's nickname.
Don't use the city in the top line.
(2) Keep it short - one or two sentences per game
 OR one paragraph for the series.

(3) PLEASE USE  " at " rather  " @ " and don't capitalize the A in "at"
(4) Put the series results in THE BODY OF THE EMAIL not just in the subject

Ungulates 1 at A's 3
Game 1: Verlander & Arrickdale bullpen blow 4-1 capped by Jorge Polanco's bases loaded single in bottom of 10th. JD Davis, Josh Bell, & Yasmani Grandal homer for Armbrust.
Game 2: Josh Bell homered twice, including a grand slam off lefty Jarlin Garcia in the bottom of the 8th to win the game for the A's 6-4.  He was 4-4 with 6 RBIs.
Game 3: Armbrust slugs 8 homers including 2 each from Josh Bell again, Jason Heyward, and Eduardo Escobar en route to 19-1 win.
Game 4:  Francisco Mejia homered & Arrickdale bullpen somehow hung on allowing 2 9th inning baserunners for a 3-2 triumph.

Ungulates 4 at Comets 0
Game 1: Despite 17 hits (14 off Walker Beuhler), California falls to Arrickdale 8-7 despite Edwin Encarnacion playing 2B the final 2 innings.  Pete Alonso, Cavan Biggio, & Brandon Lowe homered for Ungulates. Jesse Winker homered for the Comets.
Game 2: Verlander hurls 8 strong innings to lead Arrickdale to 5-4 triumph. Xander Bogaerts went 3-4 with 2 runs for Ungulates while Jose Ramirez & Jesse Winker homered again for Comets.
Game 3: Mike Yaz homers & drives in 3 while Michael Brantley goes 2-4 3RBIs to lead Ungulates to 8-3 victory behind Jack Flaherty complete game.
Game 4: Robinson Chirinos homers & scores 3 runs to lead Arrickdale to 8-7 win. Pete Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, & Scott Kingery also homered for the Ungulates while Alex Verdugo spearheaded another failed 9th inning California rally with a homer. Roberto Perez went 3-3 for the Comets.

Cubs 4 At Icons 0
This may be the first time the Cubs won a Road series from the Icons in 20 years!!!!
Cubs 5 Icons 3-Soler 2 RBI’s, Pender HR, Laureano HR, Mikolas gets a rare win.
Cubs 5 Icons 1-Samardzija get the win, Soler HR and 3 RBI’s, Baez & Myers HR’s while Wendle went deep for the Icons
Cubs 9 Icons 1-Soler 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s, Chris Archer best start of the season!!
Cubs 4 Icons 1-Morton over Scherzer, Cubs hit 3 HR’s and Kipnis has 2 RBI’s

Icons 3 at Cubs 1
#1 Cubs 6 Icons 5: See-saw battle came down to the 9th inning. Ahead 5-3, Cubs stuck with Nick Anderson for the final outs after a 1-2-3 8th. Jason Castro opened with a 1B and then came around to score on a 3 base error by Wil Myers off of Emilio Pagan. Never shy with the hook, Cubs brought in head-hunter Joe Kelly who promptly gave up the game tying 1B to Gio Urshela. Ian Kennedy came in and gave up a sac bunt and a strikeout followed by a PH 1B from Wilson Ramos that resulted in the final out when Urshela was gunned down at the plate with the lead run on a rifle throw from Randal Grichuk. Ryan Braun led off the bottom of the 9th against Robert Gsellman with a 1B and scampered around to score the winning run on a 1 out 2B from Kris Bryant. Also comfortable in the Friendly Confines were Icons Kyle Schwarber with 2 HR an Javier Baez with a HR and 4 RBI;
#2 Icons 15 Cubs 1: Zack Godley was the surprise CG 6 hit beneficiary of a 5 HR, 16 hit onslaught by his teammates in burying Myles Mikolas and the Cubs. Yolmer Sanchez had 3 hits while 4 other Icons had 2 apiece including Brandon Belt who went the distance on both of his;
#3 Icons 8 Cubs 6: Cubs scored single runs in 6 different innings but the Icons doubled that total in 4 of their own for the win. Caleb Smith navigated through 6 hits and 5 walks over 6 innings for the W. Jeff Samardzija got lit for 3 HR's over 5 1/3 but avoided the loss ultimately tagged to Oliver Drake who gave up a 2 out 2 run 1B to Tommy Pham. Alex Colome notched the save in a game the Cubs outhit the Icons 9-7;
#4 Icons 9 Cubs 5: Cubs jumped on starter Dylan Bundy for 3 runs in the 1st on a lead-off HR from Braun, an RBI 1B from Nomar Mazara and a Bundy wild pitch. Losing starter Chris Archer lost the lead by the 3rd giving up a 2 run tater to Urshela in the 2nd and back-back long balls to Schwarber and Urshela as part of a 4 run 3rd. Zach Eflin recorded the save with 3 strong relief innings while the Cubs employed 7 relievers including game 1 star outfielder Grichuk.
Bryant (.500, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and Baez (.400 1 HR, 5 RBI) paced the Cubs attack. Icons pounded out 14 HR's paced by Schwarber's 3 and 4 others with 2.

Wildcats 3 Black Jacks 1
Gm 1. Cats 9 BlackJacks 4 - Cats bottom of the order did the thumping with Haseley, Segura and Castro combining for 7 hits and 5 RBIs.  Wheeler gets the win going 6 2/3 while Turner and Torres had HRs for the BlackJacks
Gm 2. Cats 13 BlackJacks 9 - Wild game as Lynn gets shelled for 7 runs through the first four innings.  Cats battle back with 6 in the fifth after Velazquez was carrying a no-no into the frame.  Cats then add 7 runs over the last three innings to secure the win.  Cruz and Flowers both had three run bombs for the Cats while the BlackJacks had multiple RBIs from Devers, Freeman and Naquin
Gm 3. Cats 7 BlackJacks 1 - Different kind of game for the Cats as Boyd pitches a complete game gem allowing only 5 hits while striking out 13.  His only blemish was a solo shot by Kris Davis.  Cats scattered 7 runs over the first five frames with a big fly from Cruz.
Gm 4. BlackJacks 9 Cats 1 - Cats' bats were finally silenced by Giolito who threw a three hitter with 9 SOs.  Marte destroyed the Cats with 5 RBIs including a HR.  Alfaro also connected with a big fly and three hits.

Wildcats 2 at Crabs 2
Gm 1. Cats 7 Crabs 2.  Narvaez and Segura had 3 hits each while Anderson had 3 RBIs and Cruz struggled with 4 SOs.  Weaver was great on the mound giving up the 2 runs through 7 innings.
Gm 2. Cats 5 Crabs 3.  Crabs outhit the Cats 10-8 but it was Michael Conforto's game with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs including the 2 run bomb game winner in the 11th.  Neris came in for the close
Gm 3. Crabs 3 Cats 1.  Pitchers duel until the 6th when all the runs were scored.  Solo shot in the top of the inning lead to a pair of bombs in the bottom from Hernandez and Kelly.  Kelly was a late sub for injury.  Chapman came in for the save.
Gm 4. Crabs 5 Cats 4.  Reddick was the big bat in this back and forth match up.  He smashes 2 HRs off Boyd for 3 RBIs.  Cats hitting with runners on was atrocious going 0-11.  Cats tried a late rally until Chapman shut the door again with his 18th save.

Whiz Kids 3 at Huskers 1
Gm 1: Kershaw CG for Kids, who win thanks to 8-run 8th that was sparked by a two-out 3b x-chart single. Kids win 11-5
Gm 2: Huskers win 8-5; H. Pence 2 HRs, including a grand slam
Gm 3: Husker rally for 3 to tie in the 9th, but C. Walker HR in the 11th carries Kids to 8-7 victory
Gm 4: T. Beckham 3-run HR in 6th gives Kids 6-4 lead that they hold to the end.

Whiz Kids 4 at Mavs 0
Gm 1: Kids win slugfest 13-11, Bauers 4 hits, Altuve 4 RBIs
Gm 2: G. Cole Ks 11, but Kids string together hits in the 7th to break deadlock and win 7-1
Gm 3: Mavs erase 4-0 deficit to send game to extras. J. Bauers off all people blasts a 3-run HR in the 12th, sparking Kids to 8-5 win
Gm 4: Kids knock Syndergaard out in the 3th, Kershaw Ks 13 for Kids, Tatis 2 HR, 7 RBIs as Kids sweep with 12-6 win

Puckered Penguins 0 at Rogues 4
Gm 1: Rogues carried a 1-0 lead into the 9th only to see the Penguins take the lead on a Matt Olson 2 run shot.  But not so fast!  Rogues tied it on Hiura's solo HR in the home half of the inning.  Rogues then won it in the 11th when Marte led off the inning with a walk-off dinger for the win.  Rogues won it 3-2.
Gm 2: It was pretty much all Rogues in this one.  The home team scored 9 run on 10 hits, including 3 HR's (Bellinger, Hiura (again), & McCann).  Rogues coasted to 9-4 win.
Gm 3: Tied at 3 heading into the 7th.  Rogues then hit another gear, scoring 2 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th.  Once again, it was the long ball doing damage; this game it was Bellinger, Peraza, & Joyce.  Rogues won it 8-3.  All 3 Penguin runs were on HR's in a losing effort.
Gm 4: This was another extra inning affair.  Rogues broke the 3-3 tie with Marte's 2 run walk-off blast in the 11th.  Rogues won the finale 5-3 to complete the sweep.

Canes 2 at Larks 2
1 - Cames 8 Larkes 3.  Arrieta gets win.  Gardner HR, 3 RBI's
2 - Larkes 9 Canes 2.  Miley gets win.  Mancini 3-5, 4 RBI, 2 HR.
3 - Larks 10 Canes 2.  Mancini and Gurriel both 2-3, 3 RBi and homer.  Yarlsborough gets win
4 - Canes 7 Larks 6.  Brasier gets win in relief and Jansen homers in win.

Canes 1 at Penguins 3
1 - Canes 6 Penguins 5.  Gurriel doubles in 2 to win it and goes 4-5.  Price gets win.
2 - Penguins 4 Canes 3.  Allen game winning single in 9th to win it.  Mills gets win in relief.
3 - Penguins 4 Canes 3.  Allen hits game winning HR in 10th.  Mills gets win in relief.
4 - Penguins 4 Canes 1.  Anderson get win.  Hand save and Markakis 2-4.

Canes 2 at Ponies 2.
1 - Ponies 2 Canes 1.  Bauer CG win.  Castellonos and Dyson both homer. 
2 - Canes 13 Ponies 2.  German gets win.  Ozuna 3-5, HR
3 - Ponies 4 Canes 2.  Matz win.  Severino 3-4, HR
4 - Canes 6 Ponies 3.  JDM 3-4, 2 RBI and Turnbull gets win.

Canes 3 at Cubs 1
1 - Canes 7 Cubs 2.  Eovaldi gets win in relief.  JDM 2-4 and Hecha homers.
2 - Canes 11 Cubs 4.  Arrieta gets win.  Adames 3-3, 3 RBI
3 - Cubs 3 Canes 1.  Mazara 3-3 and Martin gets win.
4 - Canes 8 Cubs 1.  German gets win and Machado goes 3-4, HR. 

Managers may trade draft picks for the next free agent draft only.  As soon as the free agent draft begins, picks for the subsequent draft may be traded.  A manager may trade as many of his draft picks as he wishes, but must have at least six draft picks at all times, two of which must be in the fourth round or earlier. 





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I've started once again using the Custom Teams reports at Fan Graphs to monitor how my Mitts and Criers are doing during this truncated major league season.

One guy who is having an odd time of it is 1Bman Carlos Santana.   Check out his stats as of Saturday morning.

We're not at all happy with that batting average and the power hasn't shown up at all.  But he's walking at a clip of more than one per game.  That's Bondsian level.

Hopefully he'll maintain a wonderful walk rate but start to power some balls over the fence or at least onto the outfield grass as time moves on.


Freese gets only marginal use since he lacks the 200 ABs to start regularly.   Bregman is the true OPS leader on the team.  Berti is the biggest surprise as he has hit from day one, been a pinch-runner, and has played sound defense at 3B and SS when needed.  The guy's been special.

Lemahieu is OK but we kind of expected more from him given how well he did in the AL MVP race.

Joc Pederson is the first of the disappointers.  His all or nothing approach has yielded nothing too often.   Jones is there for his glove and it shows. Chance Sisco doesn't get many opportunities to play but when he plays he doesn't hit.    Heredia must be thinking that Berti is getting all of his hits.


Justin Turner sets painful Los Angeles Dodgers record

I find myself wondering how many games must this abbreviated major league season go before it will become worthwhile for Strat-O-Matic to produce a set of cards.  I'm guessing if things crashed today or within the next 10 days that it would make no sense to produce one.  If the season goes 30 games what then?  Or 40?  Could they consider melding the 2019 stats with 2020 stats and producing something that way?.....New York State's outbreak of the virus is relatively under control but the news tells us that it's a monumental crisis in 2/3 of the country....I blinked and pretty much missed the New York Rangers' appearance in the NHL's post-season tournament. Apparently this will be the end of Henrik Lundqvist's storied Rangers' career.  He was something else in his prime....The Mitts settled in early as a .550 win percentage team and haven't wavered much from that.  This figures to be enough for the playoffs but not enough to make trouble in them....DJ Lemahieu, after his recovery from CoVid, has shown that 2019 was not a fluke.  He'll star for the Mitts and the Criers again next year (assuming there is a next year)....The major league season is so short that Carlos Correa may not have time to get injured forcing Alex Bregman to SS.  This has been a recent major league tradition and one that has put Bregs at short for the Mitts.  Could be a problem....Bryan Reynolds has not hit a lick so far for the Pirates. Damn 1st rounders....Criers in the SBA are doing surprisingly well despite deGrom's inability to win games and Arrieta's inability to retire lefty batters....If Aaron Judge (a Crier in the SBA and Bomber in the CBL) can stay upright he looks like an MVP candidate even in a world where Mike Trout exists....Jordan has really improved his bike-riding stamina.  He's taken rides now of over 40 miles.  Meanwhile I get tired just driving 40 miles.

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The Criers took 5 of 6 games from a sound Minnow Lake team in week 17 of the 27 week season.  Smithtown came into the series tied for the league's best record with Rushmore, a division foe.

I don't recall seeing how Rushmore did this week but if they didn't win as many as five games then the Criers will have the best record in the league.

What is an extra bit of gratification was that because he was picking up at bats at too brisk a rate we did not even activate perhaps our best player, Aaron Judge, for the series with Minnow Lake.

One oddity remains intact.  Jake deGrom who has an ERA of 3.26 was the losing pitcher in game 1 (making his record just 9-7) and got a no-decision in game 6.


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