2005 Season

                                           

Official Publication of

The Sin City Reds

Special Edition of

From the Bullpen

Guest Editor:  Curby

2005 Season

Edition No. 25

 August 30, 2005

 

DUE TO UNSPECIFIED NATURAL AND MANMADE DISASTERS,

THERE WILL BE NO CURBSIDE CHRONICLES PUBLISHED AT

THIS TIME.  HOWEVER, SKIPPER HAS A FEW CHOICE WORDS

HE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.  SEE BELOW.

 

 

 

SKIPíS BLIPS

 

 

 

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If Itchie hasnít sold his soul to the devil, he has at least entered into a very long-term lease with Lucifer.  There is no other explanation for the performance of Itchieís pitching staff this season, including the year being put together by Florida Marlin closer Todd Jones.  Get a load of this:  Jonesí ERA this season is an almost obscene 1.07.  His career ERA is more than four (4) runs per game, and in 2004, it was 4.15, and 2003, 7.08.  You have to go back to 1999 to find a season in which Jones gave up fewer hits (64) than innings pitched (66.1), yet this year, through this past Sunday, he had given up only 42 hits in 59.0 innings.  Prior to the 2005 season, Jonesí strikeouts-to-walks ratio was a middling 1.94-to-1.  This year, through last Sunday, it was better than 4-to-1.  In his entire career, Jones has never had a WHIP of less than 1.0, but this year he has a WHIP of .915.  And finally, Jones currently has 31 saves.  In 2002 he had 1 save, none in 2003, and 2 in 2004, for a total of 4 saves in the past three seasons, which is of course why nobody drafted him on Draft Day!

 

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As has been pointed out elsewhere, SloPay fell prey to the HSL equivalent of the SI curse.  During his week in the sun, when he enjoyed the privilege of being the guest editor for our league organ, his once-competitive Pirates squad could manage only 156.0 points for the week, less than half of everyone else in the league save the Blues, and roughly a third of the league-leading Skipjacksí total of 434.0.  I donít know about the rest of you, but I feel very bad that SloPay spent so much time cogitating, writing, rewriting and proofreading his Irate Pirate bulletin that he just didnít have the time to manage his team last week.  Next time donít take it quite so seriously, SloPay. 

 

**

I offer as the Peopleís Exhibit 1 in the Possum commitment proceedings, the recently-published Finley papers.  My, oh my.  Breathes there anywhere a creature so defensive as the treed Possum?  Methinks not. 

 

**

Finley will be voted into the Hall of Fame at about the same time that Level 3 achieves profitability. 

 

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I realize that it may be a bit premature to begin trying to pinpoint our Trip venue for 2006, but it seems to me that we should either go to Washington, D.C. so that everyone can see a game at RFK before the new stadium is built and the old one torn down; to St. Louis for a look at their brand-spanking new ballpark; to the Bay Area for games at two different ballparks not seen by many of the Hot Stove Leaguers, or possibly a spring training trip to Scottsdale in March, where we could golf, catch a spring training game or two, and hold our hallowed Draft.  Give this some thought. 

 

 

Thatís it for this week.  

Skipper

 

 

 STANDINGS THRU WEEK 21, AUGUST 28, 2005

 

Upper Division

1.

Skipjacks

7891.0

2.

Redbirds

7687.0

3.

Senators

7321.0

4.

Reds

7219.5

5.

Chiefs

7193.5

6.

Tigers

7158.0

Lower Division

7.

Bombers

7135.0

8.

Wahoos

7101.0

9.

Irates

6967.0

10.

Blues

6852.0

11.

Cubs*

6848.0

12.

Tribe

6750.0

 

 POINT TOTALS THRU WEEK 21, AUGUST 28,2005

 

1.

Skipjacks

434.0

2.

Tigers

414.5

3.

Cubs*

394.0

4.

Bombers

372.5

5.

Senators

368.0

6.

Redbirds

363.5

7.

Chiefs

359.0

8.

Tribe

358.5

(T)

Reds

358.5

10.

Wahoos

334.5

11.

Blues

284.5

12.

Irates

156.0

 

 

 

 

League MVP of the year - Derrek Lee, 671.5

Cy Young of the year - Chris Carpenter of the Redbirds, 578.0

 

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

 

HITTERS

1.

Derrek Lee

657.0

 

2.

Albert Pujols

610.0

 

(T)

Alex Rodriguez

610.0

 

4.

David Ortiz

571.0

 

5.

Miguel Cabrera

558.0

 

6.

Manny Ramirez

554.0

 

7.

Miguel Tejada

546.0

 

8.

Michael Young

542.0

 

9.

Brian Roberts

537.0

 

10.

Andruw Jones

536.0

 

11.

Alfonso Soriano

532.0

 

12.

Jason Bay

529.0

 

13.

Mark Teixeira

524.0

 

14.

Derek Jeter

522.0

 

15.

Gary Sheffield

519.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITCHERS

1.

Chris Carpenter

564.0

 

2.

Roger Clemens

544.0

 

3.

Pedro Martinez

503.0

 

4.

Chad Cordero

489.0

 

5.

Johan Santana

475.0

 

6.

Dontrelle Willis

462.0

 

7.

John Smoltz

453.0

 

8.

Mariano Rivera

449.0

 

9.

Jake Peavy

436.0

 

10.

Billy Wagner

433.0

 

11.

Roy Oswalt

428.0

 

12.

Andy Pettitte

427.0

 

13.

Joe Nathan

424.0

 

14.

Carlos Zambrano

423.0

 

15.

Bartolo Colon

417.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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