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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.

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


Jan 2021 CBL DRAFT






CBL RULEBOOK - Feb 2021 edition

Rolz.org dice room used for drafts


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Comets 2 at Whiz Kids 2
Game 1.  Comets, 3-2 (10 innings).  Dinelson Lamet threw eight hitless innings and struck out 12, but then hit the showers, as Archie Bradley relieved and gave up two runs in the 9th and another in the 10th for a blown save and loss.  Strange game.  Is there any way to force the Computer Manager to leave a starter in the game if he is pitching a no-hitter?
Game 2.  Whiz Kids, 4-2.  Clayton Kershaw kept the Comet offense quiet, holding them hitless for five innings.  He went 7-1/3 inning for the win, and Caleb Thielbar finished up for the save.  The Kids led from the start, getting a home run from Fernando Tatis in the 1st inning.  He hit another one in the 6th, which was followed by a Max Kepler homer.
Game 3.  Whiz Kids, 4-3.  Kid starter Jordan Montgomery went seven innings for the win, his only mistake being a 3-run homer to Jose Ramirez.  Kepler slapped another home run for the Kids in the first, and their other three runs oddly scored from third base on two GIDPs and a wild pitch.  The wild pitch run came in the 6th and was the winner.  Bradley pitched the 9th for the save.
Game 4.  Comets, 5-1.  Comet starter Brad Keller gave up just six hits in eight innings– one a home run to Tatis – for the win.  After a multi-game slump, Ron Acuna perked up with a homer and double.  Of note, in the 5th, the Kids’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa and D. J. Stewart singled to lead off the 5th, but Gary Sanchez hit into a triple play.

Rogues 2 at Larks 2
Exciting series where Sal Perez blasted 5 homeruns over 3 games. 
Gm1-Mitch Moreland cracked a pinch hit bases loaded double in the 8th to break open a 6-6 game that the Rogues held on to win 9-6.  Cruz added 2 hits, 3 rbi and a homer.  Bellinger hit one out and Engel had 3 hits.  Gregorius had 3 hits in the loss.  Perez and Schoop homer.
Gm2-Maeda scattered 5 hits over 8 innings, striking out 8 in a 5-3 Larks win.  Perez homered and Schoop had 2 hits.  Seager, Moreland, Moustakas hit solo homers for the Rogues 3 runs. 
Gm3-All the elements of a great baseball game.  Aaron Nola and Chris Bassitt dueled through the first 7 innings.  Nola 7 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 2 homeruns, Bassitt 8 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 homeruns.  However the game went 12 innings, as Corey Seager blasted a 2 run homer in a 6-5 Rogues win, despite a 3 homerun performance by Sal Perez.  Rogues held a 3-2 lead in the 8th when Tony Wolters squeezed in a 4th run with a bunt base hit.  He had 3 hits on the day.  Rogues closer Liam Hendricks in the 9th gave up a hit and got 2 outs when Perez stepped to the plate with 2 outs in the 9th, trailing by 2.  Tempted to walk him, and put the tying run on base, the Rogues opted to try their luck with Perez who had already smashed 2 long homeruns.  Big mistake as Perez promptly tied the game to send it into extras.  Seager had 2 hits, 3rbi, double to go with his game winning homer.  Perez 3 for 5 3 homeruns, 4 rbi.  Rizzo 3 hits. 
Gm4-The Larks took Rich Hill deep 3 times in the first 3 innings, including a 3 run shot by Pat Valinka and held on to win 6-3.  Other homers were by Gregorius and Gurriel.  Cruz and Harper homered for the Rogues

. Larks 2 at Rogues 2
Game 1 Larks 12 Rogues 7 The Larks open with a run in the 1 st  Rogues get 2 in the 2 nd. Both teams scored in the 3 rd Larks 3 Rogues 4. Larks take lead with 2 in the 6 th, 3 in the 7 th , 2 in the 8 th and 1 in the 9 th. Rogues score 1 in the 8 th.
Game 2 Larks 0 Rogues 1 Nola & Hendriks shutdown the Larks hitters Nola goes 8 innings  K’s 12 & Hendriks gets a save. Larks can only manage 3 hits. Moreland was the big hero 2-4 with the game’s only run a Homer. 
Game 3 Larks 3 Rogues 6 Rogues score 1 in the 2 nd Larks take the lead getting 2 in the 4 th but Rogues come right back with 2. Rogues add 3 in the 6 th Larks then add 1 in the 9 th but Hendriks gets final out & save
Game 4 Larks 6 Rogues 2 Rogues score 1 in the 1 st & 3 rd for 2-0 lead. Larks tie the game with 1 in the 7 th & 1 in the 8 th. Tied after 9 the game goes 12 innings when the Larks score 4 runs the big hit Pillar”s scoring 2 runs
Larks 3 at Splash 1
Game 1 Larks 1 Splash 4 Splash opens the game scoring 1 run in the 1 st. Larks tie the game in the 2 nd but the Splash take the lead with 2 in the 4 th and add insurance with a run in the 7 th. Gurriel & Donaldson Homer
Game 2 Larks 4 Splash 3 Tied at 1 after 5 the Splash take the lead with a run in the 7 th but a 3 run 8 th give the Larks the win as they hang, the Splash score 1 in the bottom half of the 8 th. Karinchak closes out the with 2 K's
Game 3 Larks 12 Splash 1 Larks pound out 19 hits and Freeland goes 9 innings. Homers by Rizzo & Valaika.  A 6 run 8 th gave the Larks a big win as the Splash use 7 pitchers.
Game 4 Larks 13 Splash 6  Larks take a 2-0 lead after 5 but a 5 run 6 th puts the game out of reach. Larks continue to hit with 1 in the 7 th & 5 more in the 9 th. Splash score 4 in the 7 th and 2 in the 9 th. Maeda goes 8 with 10 K’s

Penguins 2 at Hurricanes 2
Gm 1: Brad Miller's solo HR in the 10th was the difference.  Brad Hand came in for the SV. and Penguins won the opener 6-5.
Gm 2: Trevor Story was 2 for 5 including a HR, and 3 RBI as Penguins won it 7-4.  McMurdo out-hit the hosts 11-5.
Gm 3: Both Machado and Teoscar Hernandez homered in the Hurricanes' 5-2 win.  Ryu went the distance for the Penguins in a losing effort.
Gm 4: Hurricanes gained the series split with a 7-5 win, but it really wasn't that close.  'Canes outhit the visitors 13-6, led by Cronenworth's 4 for 5 performance

.Comets 2 at Ungulates 2
1.  Comets, 5-2.  Comets jumped on Tyler Glasnow early with a Jesse Winker triple and Kole Calhoun homer, taking a 5-0 lead.  For the Comets, Tanner Roark managed to go five innings, giving up just two runs, including a homer to Jesus Aguilar.  The bullpens took it from there.
2.  Ungulates, 5-3.  Solid game by U’s starter Walker Buehler.  A 2-run homer by Nola in the 1st inning gave the U’s a lead off Brad Keller which they never lost.  U’s 2nd-baseman Nate Lowe also homered.  Save to Cesar Valdez.
3.  Comets, 8-4.  Ungulate starter Yusei Kikuchi was hit hard early, giving up a run in the 3rd and three runs in the 4th with a Jose Ramirez homer.  But the U’s came back off Garrett Richards to tie it 4-4 after seven innings with another Lowe home run and two Brantley RBI-singles.  Then in the 8th, a home run by Comets 2d-baseman Whit Merrifield capped a 4-run rally off reliever Rafael Dolis to put the Comets back on top.
4.  Ungulates, 8-3.  Shane Bieber pitched a superb game, giving up only 3 hits and an unearned over 8 innings.  Meanwhile, the Ungulate offense banged out an 8-1 lead with home runs by Xander Bogaerts, Yaz, and Aguilar.  Their 3b-man Cavan Biggio had four hits, including two doubles and a triple.  In the 9th, reliever James Hoyt gave up a 2-run homer to Jesse Winker, but Dolis came in and struck out three straight to end it, making up for his Game 3 disaster. 

Ponies 2 at Canes 2
Game 1-Canes 7 Ponies 4 -Cronenworth 3 hits HR 3 RBI
Game 2-Canes 13 Ponies 3-Hernandez HR 3 RBI-Ozuna 3 hits 3 RBI-Machado 3 hits 3 RBI
Game 3-Ponies 8 Canes 0-Franco 3 hits HR 2 RBI-Urias 7 IP 0 runs
Game4-Ponies 8 Canes 5-Cronenworth 2 HR-Carlson HR 2 RBI

Penguins 2 at Blackjacks 2
Gm1: Jeff McNeil's 2 RBI single in the 7th propelled the Blackjacks to a 5-3 win in the opener,  'Jacks starter, Burnes, and the pen held the Penguins to just 4 hits.
Gm 2: Alex Dickerson had a 2 run HR to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 victory,  Both teams had just 7 hits;  B'jacks' Kyle Lewis with a pair of singles was the only player with more than one hit.
Gm 3: B'jaxks scored 4 in the 1sr highlighted by a pair of RBI triples from Lewis and Dietrich, and held on to a 5-4 win.
Gm 4: Penguins gained a series split with a Davies and Hatch combining on a 2 hitter.  Alberto and Story each had an RBI in the Penguins' 2-0 win.  Turner and Freeman had the only two 'Jacks' hits.

Splash 2 at Cubs 2
Cubs 6, Splash 3 - Hoskins, Myers, and Baez all homer to power Brault to victory.
Splash 13, Cubs 5 - Fiers receives an outpouring of support and improves to 1-12.
Cubs 5, Splash 0 - Porcello ran out of steam in the 6th and the bats were tired from the previous game.  Singer went seven strong.
Splash 15, Cubs 2 - Lindor homers on the game's first pitch and the Splash never looks back.

Splash 1 at Wildcats 3
Wildcats 4, Splash 0 - Lance Lynn stymied the Lake Delton squad for eight.
Wildcats 5, Splash 4 - A Luis Robert walkoff bails out the cats from a Darwinzon Hernandez meltdown (four batters, four walks) in the 6th.
Splash 3, WIldcats 1 - A 3-run 2nd holds up for Skubal and Bard locks down the save.
Wildcats 4, Splash 3 - Robert strikes again, this time with a 2-run jack that gives Wilmington a lead they never relinquish.

Splash 0 at Larks 4
Larks 6, Splash 5 - Anthony Rizzo hits a 3-run-blast in the bottom of the 7th to complete the comeback from a 5-run deficit.
Larks 9, Splash 1 - Carrasco was tough and the Larks banged out 14 hits.
Larks 6, Splash 4 - Didi Gregorius was the big part of the four run 7th with a two-run double.
Larks 9, Splash 5 - .15 hits lead the attack where an 8-run lead holds up.

Splash 2 at Penguins 2
Splash 2, Penguins 0 - Triples in the 6th and 7th provide all the offense for either side.
Penguins 6, Splash 2 - Edman, Story, and Hicks all leave the yard with long home runs.
Penguins 4, Splash 2 - Two Alex Dickerson home runs pave the way to a McMurdo win.
Splash 2, Penguins 1 - Splash ekes one out.

Splash 2 at Ponies 2
Ponies 4, Splash 2 - Grant Dayton 2 1/3 shutout innings to close out this one to protect the narrow Shetland lead.
Splash 3, Ponies 2 - Clevinger strikes out 10 over seven and a shaky bullpen hangs on.
Splash 3, Ponies 2 - Lake Delton takes this pitcher's duel behind two hits from Lindor and Hernandez.
Ponies 3, Splash 2 - Cedric Mullins races home in the bottom of the 8th on a sac fly to break a 2-2 tie.

Ponies 0 at Jacks 4
Game 1-Jacks 4 Ponies 3 – Fried 7 IP 3 hits -Gomes 4 hits -Urias 3 hits 2 RBI
Game 2-Jacks 13-Ponies 2-Freeeman 3 RBI – Lewis HR 3 RBI
Game 3-Jacks 3 Ponies 1 – Marte 2 hits HR – Moore HR
Game 4-Jacks 5 Ponies 1 – Devers HR 2 RBI – Moore 2 RBI

Larks 3 at Icons 1
Game 1 Larks 5 Icons 4 Larks take the lead with 3 in the 3 rd and score 1 in the 4 th & 6 th. Icons score 1 in the 4 th & 7 th and almost pull it out with 2 in the 9 th. Marshall closes out the game as Yarbrough couldn’t get it done.
Game 2 Larks 6 Icons 7 Late inning battle as Larks go up 6-2 after 7. Icons strike back with 1 in the 8 th and 4 in the 9 th on 4 hits the big blow Mike Trout’s 2 run homer.  
Game 3 Larks 8 Icons 5 10 inning thriller Icons take early lead 2-0. Larks plate 4 in the 7 th but Icons come right back with 2. In 10 th Larks get 4 runs and Icons get 1 Yarbrough getting last 2 outs.
Game 4 Larks 6 Icons 5 Larks score 1 in the 1 st. Icons get 2 in the 3 rd and 3 in the 5 th. Larks comeback with 3 in the 6 th, 1 in the 8 th and the winning run in the 9 th. E. Marshall closes out the game and gets a save.

Rogues 1 at Cubs 3
Kevin Kiermaier and strong pitching by the Cubs propelled the Cubs to 3 wins over the defending league champions.  The Rogues continue to struggle hitting in their last 3 road series.  Kierman hit .538 to lead the Cubs while stealing 7 bases, 5 in his 5-5 game.
Gm1-Classic pitchers duel between Yu Darvish and ex-Rogue Adam Wainwright.  Wainright came out on top, in this 2-1 contest, tossing a complete game, allowing 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7.  Davish also pitched a complete game allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, and 7 strikeouts, but allowed one homerun.  Both teams scored 1 in the first, with the Cubs run coming from a Kiermaier single, steals of second and third and a SF.  Solar's homer was the only run scored thereafter. 
Gm2-Cody Bellinger blasted 2 homeruns and drove in 4 to lead the Rogues to a 6-3 win.  Cruz had 3 hits while Kemp and Moreland had 2 hits each.  Moreland homered.  Wil Myers had 3 hits in the loss. 
Gm3-Steven Brault scattered 6 hits and pitched out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the 5th to lead the Cubs to this 3-1 win.  Crawford 2 hits, 2 rbi.  Seager had 2 hits in the loss.
Gm4-Kevin Kiermaier cracked 5 base hits, 2 doubles, scored 4 runs, drove in 1 and stole 5 bases to lead the Cubs to this 5-4 win.  Hoskins added 3 hits, 3 rbi.  Seager and Moustakas homered in the loss.  Winning run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 8th.  Rogues left 10 on base going 0-9 with runners in scoring position.  The Cubs left 12 on base despite being 4-17 with runners in scoring position.
For the series Cubs scored 13 to the Rogues 12.  Cubs hit .256 to the Rogues .206.  Cubs ERA 3.00 to Rogues 3.27.  Rogues hit 5 homers to Cubs 2. 

Comets 0 at Bombers 4
1.  Bombers, 3-2.  A game of solo homers.  David Fletcher and Rowdy Tellez each hit one in the 1st inning for the Bombers.  Kole Calhoun and Whit Merrifield did the same in the top of the 5th for the Comets.  But Trent Grisham’s solo homer in the bottom of the 5th decided the game.
2.  Bombers, 8-3.  Four more home runs for the Bombers, two by Aaron Judge and one each by Grisham and Mike Brosseau.  Jacob DeGrom went 8 innings, striking out 10.  Only highlight for the Comets was a solo homer by Ron Acuna.
3.  Bombers, 12-2.  The Bombers kept it up, socking five home runs!  Tim Anderson, Judge, Colin Moran, Chris Taylor, and another for Grisham.  Keuchel went seven innings for the win.
4.  Bombers. 7-6.  The Bombers took a 7-1 lead after five innings on 2 homers and 6 RBI by Judge and a solo homer by Fletcher.  But the Comets came back in the 7th and 8th to close the lead to 7-6, with homers by Acuna, Christian Arroyo, and Adalberto Mondesi.  With none out and a runner on first base, Mark Melancon relieved.  A single and error put runners on second and third with one out, but Melancon struck out Paul Goldschmidt and got Jesse Winker on a ground out to end the game. 

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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During the SBA one week trading window the Criers did one deal.  We swapped out a 4th round pick + Aledmys Diaz for Mike Moustakis.

The Moose is versatile, playing 1b, 2b, and 3b (but he's a 3 at 1b and 4 elsewhere) and has good on-base and power vs righties.

The 3B plan had been for Edwin Rios, a LH'd power hitter, to face as many righties as he could.  Asdrubal Cabrera would do the short half of the platoon and Aledmys, with a high power/low on base card would spell Rios especially against backwards righties.

The kind of card Diaz has is susceptible to long hitless stretches. At the time of the trade he was batting .193 with a sub 650 OPS.  This just won't fly.

Since Rios is balanced we'll make him the 3Bman vs lefties and plug in Moustakis at 3B vs righties.   Basically the Moose will be an upgrade over Aledmys and Asdrubal.

With Rios out all year for the Dodgers Moustakis, also currently injured, will be some small part of a 3B tandem on the 2022 Criers.

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