Tag: Weekly Team Power Rankings

Nevada Retakes Lead in Week #15

The red-hot Nevada Speeders are back on top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings for Week #15, as the season quickly approaches its final days. Rimouski fell to 3rd in the rankings, as the Minneapolis Ravens also benefited from a 3-1 series against the Oxen, and 2-1 series over the Louisville Sluggers.

Rotation ace Ricky Rodriguez picked up loss number 4, and his record fell to 14-4 on the season, the only mark marring an otherwise glowing week for the Ravens. The Speeders were nearly flawless, however, dropping just one game to California on Tuesday, and then sweeping Miami in four, to finish the week 6-1. The loss to the tidals was the second of that series, which began on Sunday, thus the 6-1 record doesn’t include both losses in that series split. Continue reading “Nevada Retakes Lead in Week #15”

Rimouski, St. Pete’s Surge to Top

Week 14 has come to a close in the Bull League, and the Rimouski Fighting Moose are on top of the weekly team power rankings. But, the St. Petersburg Admirals are close behind, as both teams surged ahead to 1st and 2nd and the Nevada Speeders fell to 4th. The Minneapolis Ravens stood pat at 3rd again this week.

The home stretch has arrived and less than 3 weeks remain on the regular season schedule, meaning teams like the Chicago Pit Bulls (25-57), who have been realistically out of the race for some time, will soon become mathematically eliminated, and the field of contenders will narrow.

The Detroit Motorheads, Louisville Sluggers and Norfolk Sharks are among the other teams who have extremely long odds at a wild card.

The Fighting Moose are 50-32, with the third-best record in baseball, but had a stellar week, going 4-1. On Monday, they dropped game 3 of a 4-game set with the Pit Bulls, then won game 4 to split the series 2-2. After a travel day, they swept provincial rivals, the Montreal Metros in the Battle of Quebec, to go 6-4 on the season against them. They play the Metros one last time in their final series of the season.

However, the injuries are beginning to stack up for the Fighting Moose, who have the highest payroll in baseball this year. Big swinging Alan Isimo is hampered by an undisclosed day-to-day injury suffered last week in the Metros series.  Three top starting pitchers are all out, including William Febres, Mo-ruo Chen, and Andy Boyles, adding up to nearly $30 million in annual salary out of the rotation and on the DL.  Three-time MVP Dao-zi Ling is also out with a fractured ankle and will not return unless the team makes the playoffs. Closer Marc Garland has been out with an elbow ligament tear since April and will not return until 2019.

Catchers Catch POTW NODS

Top BL catchers Earl MacPherson and Les Groves have been named Players of the Week for week #14. Groves, the Louisville top draft pick from 2017 was an impressive .588 at the plate, with 3 homers and 7 RBIs as the Sluggers stacked up runs against the New York Dragons last week.

Meanwhile, Norfolk Sharks catcher MacPherson batted .565 with five homers, 16 RBIs, in just 5 games over the week, including a 3-for-4 performance against the Admirals in which he homered twice and drove in 6 runs.

Week #12: Ravens Take Over From Speeders

The Minneapolis Ravens have displaced the Nevada Speeders from the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings, after a 5-1 run that saw them topple Chicago 2-1 on the road, and take the first three in Toronto against the Nomads. They close out their four-game set with Toronto tonight and will try for the sweep.

The Speeders fell when they dropped their first two of three against Seattle to start the week off. They then went 2-1 against Calgary, with their fourth game going ahead tonight.

Garth Goyle was selected as the LL player of the week. The Ohio Oxen first baseman, who many fans are wondering whether he will still be with the club next year as he is in his walk year of his contract, went 9-for-25 with 6 of those hits going for home runs. He drove in 10 runs and scored 6 times on the week. Goyle leads the team with 25 home runs on the year, and 50 RBIs.

Meanwhile, hot-hitting Xavier de Soto of the Miami Storm was chosen as the AEL’s player of the week.  De Soto, who hit for the cycle back in July, and was also named player of the week at the end of May, earned his 4th player of the week after batting .467 with a pair of homers and 7 RBIs. He was flirting with .400 most of the season, and leads the AEL in batting with a .387 average right now. De Soto has found some surprising power this year, not seen before. He is sitting at 17 home runs on the year, after not having hit double-digit homers since 2010.

 

Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half

At the end of 11 weeks of baseball, the Nevada Speeders find themselves still on the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings as they continue to dominate through the second half of the season. The Speeders have gone 7-2 since the All-Star break, and are 43-22 on the year.

Rimouski, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg are close behind, all with 39 wins. The Denver Danger have made serious gains, however, and are looking to challenge St. Pete’s for the division crown. Continue reading “Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half”

Week #10: Nevada Still In Control

The Nevada Speeders are still in command of the weekly team power rankings after ten weeks of baseball, holding a record of 37-20 as they added two wins since last week, which was interrupted by the five-day All-Star break.

The Speeders capped off their home-and-home sweep of the Chicago Pit Bulls with a 10-2 win on the 16th, just before breaking for the midsummer classic. They opened their four-game set yesterday against California with a 6-1 win. Continue reading “Week #10: Nevada Still In Control”

Nevada Speed to the Top of Power Rankings

The Nevada Speeders have pulled ahead of the pack to take the top of the weekly team power rankings for Week 9, after taking the first three against their former AEL rivals, the Chicago Pit Bulls, in the interleague home-and-home series that marked the main event for all teams this past week.

The fourth and final game proceeds tonight for Nevada against Chicago, and then the league breaks until Thursday’s All-Star Game in Calgary. Continue reading “Nevada Speed to the Top of Power Rankings”