2005 Season

 

 

 

   2005 Season

Edition No. 28

September 20, 2005

 

Gentlemen:

          It looks like the 2005 Cup is a lock for the Skipjacks.  With a mere two weeks to play, the Jax have a seemingly insurmountable lead of 252 points, 8991.5 to 8739.5 over the Redbirds.  While stranger things have happened, it does not appear that the Redbirds will be able to muster the necessary offense to close this gap. 

           Here are the standings through 24 weeks of play:

WEEK 24 STANDINGS 

Upper Division

1.

Skipjacks

8991.5

2.

Redbirds

8739.5

3.

Senators

8433.5

4.

Chiefs

8331.5

5.

Reds

8279.0

6.

Tigers

8159.0

Lower Division

7.

Bombers

8113.0

8.

Wahoos

8105.5

9.

Irates

7985.0

10.

Tribe

7869.5

11.

Blues

7771.5

12.

Cubs*

7741.5

The late-blooming Tribe led all teams during Week 24 with 455.0 points, well ahead of the second-place Chiefsí total of 385.5.  In response to the challenge to avoid back-to-back cellar-place finishes, the Tribe players have stepped up to the plate, literally, and bull-rushed their way past the flagging Blues and Cubs*.  Here are the Week 24 point totals for the entire league:

WEEK 24 POINT TOTALS

1.

Tribe

455.0

2.

Chiefs

380.5

3.

Tigers

376.5

4.

Skipjacks

356.0

5.

Cubs*

350.0

6.

Bombers

340.5

7.

Reds

337.0

8.

Wahoos

334.5

9.

Senators

321.5

10.

Redbirds

313.5

11.

Irates

312.0

12.

Blues

289.0

 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

HITTERS

1.

Derrek Lee

730.0

 

2.

Alex Rodriguez

708.0

 

3.

Albert Pujols

702.0

 

4.

Pappy

677.0

 

5.

Mark Teixeira

663.0

 

6.

Miguel Cabrera

642.0

 

7.

Michael Young

640.0

 

8.

Andruw Jones

634.0

 

9.

Jason Bay

628.0

 

10.

Brian Roberts

618.0

 

11.

Alfonso Soriano

612.0

 

(T)

Manny Ramirez

612.0

 

13.

Miguel Tejada

603.0

 

14.

Bobby Abreu

600.0

 

15.

Jeff Kent

590.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITCHERS

1.

Chris Carpenter

650.0

 

2.

Pedro Martinez

564.0

 

3.

Roger Clemens

562.0

 

4.

Dontrelle Willis

552.0

 

5.

Johan Santana

533.0

 

6.

Andy Pettitte

529.0

 

7.

Mariano Rivera

528.0

 

8.

Chad Cordero

525.0

 

9.

John Smoltz

503.0

 

10.

Roy Oswalt

497.0

 

11.

Carlos Zambrano

489.0

 

12.

Joe Nathan

483.0

 

13.

Billy Wagner

470.0

 

(T)

Jake Peavy

470.0

 

15.

Bartolo Colon

467.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

BULLPEN FODDER

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While Itchie and Tirebiter are assured of the top two spots in the í05 race, the third money spot is still up for grabs, with the Senators trying to hold off the ever-tenacious Chiefs and Reds.  In addition to this skirmish, the battle for the final upper division berth rages on, with the Tigers, the Bombers and the Wahoos all doing their darnedest to avoid the indignity of a lower division finish.

 

 

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Another storyline of the season is U-Bobís last-ditch effort to surge past his Lincolnite partner in crime, SloPay, for whatever bragging rights might be associated with a ninth place finish.  While SloPayís charges hold a 116-point lead with two weeks to play, the momentum is clearly on the side of the Tribe, and if I were a betting man, which I rarely am, I would be pushing my chips out on the Tribe square on the craps table. 

As between the Blues and the Cubs* in their mano-a-mano struggle to avoid an ignominious last place finish, itís up for grabs.  While the Blues hold a razor-thin 30-point lead with two weeks to play, Stretchís boys are clearly mired in a late-season swoon.  Itís a bit of a stretch to think that Stretch might be able to turn it around to avoid the basement, but anythingís possible. 

 

 

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Itís been a slow week on the newsfront, so we will sign off for now and wish everyone the best of luck for the final two weeks of the season. 

                                                                   Skipper

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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