All-Time Boston Red Sox League: All-Star Break
With 81 games in the books, the 20-team league of all Red Sox players has officially reached the All-Star break. Teams in the National League are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, while the AL remains tightly-contested with no team out of the playoff hunt. Check out the league standings at the break:
|National League Standings|
|All Red Sox||45-36||0.556||–||31-17||14-19||Poddy|
|Curse of the who?||43-38||0.531||2||22-26||21-12||bottomlee|
|Boston without Ted||39-42||0.481||6||19-29||20-13||danidon|
|Boston Billy Clubs||32-49||0.395||13||19-29||13-20||jeburnett|
|Chicopee Comp Colts||30-51||0.37||20||19-29||11 – 22||hoopcoach07|
|The Monsters of Fenway||28-53||0.346||22||13-35||15-18||admin|
|American League Standings|
|Boston Red Foxx||43-38||0.531||–||15-18||28-20||jfranco77|
|Baseball’s Greatest Fans||43-38||0.531||–||18-15||25-23||contrarian23|
|MH On Huntington Ave II||43-38||0.531||–||15-18||28-20||ozomatli|
|Big Papi is a Legend||42-39||0.519||1||18-15||24-24||jmissirlis|
|Vote for Pedro||40-41||0.494||3||17-16||23-25||slainte|
|BLOOD SOX (BtT)||42-39||0.519||1||17-16||25-23||duece_duece|
|2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||40-41||0.494||3||19-14||21-27||simisox|
|Fenway Faithful Favorites||39-42||0.481||4||16-17||23-25||SAKABAKBRG|
Note: The National League is in name only. Both the AL and NL deploy a DH.
The best record in either league at 50-31 belongs to jongdavis and his Dirty Water squad, which is four games ahead of the Sweet Carolines in the NL West. The Sweet Carolines and owner toysboys actually have the second-best record in either league. Poddy and the All Red Sox are currently in the driver’s seat in the NL East, owning a two-game lead over Southie (666ace) and Curse of the who? (bottomlee).
In the American League, five games separate the best teams from the worst. It’s three-way tie atop the AL East as the Boston Red Foxx (jfranco77), Baseball’s Greatest Fans (contrarian23) and MH on Huntington Ave II (ozomatli) all have matching 43-38 records. The Impossible Dreamers (steve9955) claim sole possession of first place in the AL West, but have just a one-game lead over the BLOOD SOX (BtT) and owner duece_duece.
Every team has representation on the All-Star rosters. The Sweet Carolines lead the way in the NL with seven All-Stars, followed by Southie with five and the All Red Sox with four. The Slow Sox (1942 Ted Williams) and the Monsters of Fenway (2000 Nomar Garciaparra) have one representative each. The AL roster is stocked with eight players from 2 Dicks and a Burgmeier and five members of Vote for Pedro (a team that ironically does not include Pedro Martinez). Bringing up the rear in the NL with one participant each is the Boston Red Foxx (1940 Jimmie Foxx) and the Impossible Dreamers (1903 Cy Young). Check out the full rosters:
Some of the league owners shared their thoughts on the first half of the league and predicted how the second half will play out:
|SP||’00 Pedro Martinez||Dirty Water||3.15/1.02/.229|
|SP||’04 Cy Young||Boston without Ted||4.47/1.44/.307|
|SP||’02 Cy Young||Southie||4.83/1.59/.320|
|SP||’39 Lefty Grove||Sweet Carolines||3.56/1.62/.286|
|SP||’99 Pedro Martinez||Sweet Carolines||3.94/1.43/.272|
|SP||’08 Cy Young||All Red Sox||4.07/1.47/.300|
|SP||’09 Eddie Cicotte||All Red Sox||3.00/1.62/.270|
|RP||’06 Jonathan Papelbon||Dirty Water||2.01/1.16/.239|
|RP||’13 Koji Uehara||Sweet Carolines||3.38/1.30/.246|
|RP||’14 Fritz Coumbe||All Red Sox||3.69/1.74/.294|
|RP||’47 Johnny Murphy||Sweet Carolines||2.42/1.54/.222|
|RP||’02 Alan Embree||Southie||2.70/1.17/.202|
|RP||’80 Tom Burgmeier||Curse of the who?||2.59/1.11/.205|
|C||’77 Carlton Fisk||Boston Billy Clubs||.302/.399/.371|
|C||’78 Carlton Fisk||Sweet Carolines||.271/.354/.393|
|1B||’39 Jimmie Foxx||All Red Sox||.359/.447/.655|
|1B||’38 Jimmie Foxx||Boston Billy Clubs||.359/.451/.575|
|2B||’46 Bobby Doerr||Sweet Carolines||.303/.353/.479|
|2B||’42 Bobby Doerr||Curse of the who?||.306/.358/.444|
|3B||’83 Wade Boggs||Curse of the who?||.366/.435/.479|
|3B||’07 Mike Lowell||Chicopee Comp Colts||.364/.407/.507|
|SS||’00 Nomar Garciaparra||The Monsters of Fenway||.402/.445/.559|
|SS||’98 Nomar Garciaparra||Chicopee Comp Colts||.338/.374/.528|
|LF||’42 Ted Williams||Slow Sox||.389/.507/.758|
|LF||’47 Ted Williams||Chicopee Comp Colts||.385/.504/.593|
|CF||’50 Dom Dimaggio||Southie||.340/.407/.438|
|CF||’14 Tris Speaker||Boston without Ted||.327/.399/.480|
|RF||’67 Carl Yastrzemski||Sweet Carolines||.330/.411/.590|
|RF||’48 Ted Williams||Southie||.378/.458/.511|
|DH||’02 Manny Ramirez||Southie||.388/.446/.558|
Takeaways and predictions from ozomatli:
|SP||’17 Babe Ruth||Baseballs Greatest Fans||3.62/1.48/.262|
|SP||’05 Cy Young||MH On Huntington Ave II||3.51/1.28/.274|
|SP||’17 Carl Mays||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||4.07/1.50/.278|
|SP||’01 George Winter||Vote for Pedro||3.51/1.56/.279|
|SP||’18 Carl Mays||Baseballs Greatest Fans||4.09/1.60/.289|
|SP||’03 Cy Young||Impossible Dreamers||4.13/1.49/.300|
|SP||’12 Joe Wood||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||4.80/1.55/.286|
|RP||’04 Keith Foulke||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||3.38/1.25/.233|
|RP||’63 Dick Radatz||Fenway Faithful Favorites||6.00/1.57/.254|
|RP||’07 Jonathan Papelbon||Big Papi is a Legend||1.75/1.32/.232|
|RP||’01 Pedro Martinez||Baseballs Greatest Fans||1.96/0.96/.177|
|RP||’11 Jonathan Papelbon||BLOOD SOX (BtT)||6.91/1.78/.349|
|RP||’11 Daniel Bard||BLOOD SOX (BtT)||3.69/1.33/.218|
|C||’72 Carlton Fisk||OZ||.319/.384/.531|
|C||’40 Jimmie Foxx||Boston Red Foxx||.281/.373/.438|
|1B||’04 David Ortiz||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||.378/.454/.579|
|1B||’23 George Burns||Vote for Pedro||.321/.384/.439|
|2B||’44 Bobby Doerr||Big Papi is a Legend||.345/.401/.577|
|2B||’49 Bobby Doerr||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||.294/.352/.463|
|3B||’08 Kevin Youkilis||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||.328/.420/.507|
|3B||’01 Jimmy Collins||Vote for Pedro||.324/.368/.461|
|SS||’69 Rico Petrocelli||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||.288/.366/.531|
|SS||’95 John Valentin||OZ||.315/.397/.434|
|LF||’46 Ted Williams||Vote for Pedro||.381/.505/.657|
|LF||’57 Ted Williams||OZ||.457/.560/.657|
|CF||’12 Tris Speaker||Vote for Pedro||.376/.443/.540|
|CF||’13 Tris Speaker||MH On Huntington Ave II||.320/.389/.461|
|RF||’78 Jim Rice||Fenway Faithful Favorites||.336/.389/.538|
|RF||’69 Reggie Smith||MH On Huntington Ave II||.332/.382/.491|
|DH||’56 Ted Williams||2 Dicks and a Burgmeier||.405/.509/.573|
Observation: The league is clearly weighted towards hitters. The Red Sox have a stronger history with hitting than pitching, and it’s evident so far. The average league ERA is very high. This is likely exacerbated by a high percentage of the top hitters being left handed and a low percentage of the top pitchers being left handed. Lefty hitters are cleaning up while righty pitchers are mainly struggling outside of the elites. As predicted, teams that focused on stopping HRs and XBHs are also seeing success due to the limited ballpark choices.
Prediction: The first half has been very surprising but I’m not expecting much to change the rest of the way. The entire AL is within 4 or 5 games of each other, so one surprise may be who makes the playoffs, as it may come down to the very last day.
Takeaways and predictions from toysboys:
High-scoring league. LHP rule. With the exception of guys named Pedro Martinez or Lefty Grove, deadball pitchers dominate the league. 5 of the top 6 OPS belong to Ted Williams.
As for my team, my 5th starter, Lefty Grove, leads my team in wins, IP, ERA and is ranked 3rd overall in the league in ERA. My #4 pitcher, Curt Schilling, is a complete disaster with and 8.17 ERA with an opponents’ slash line of .357/.373/.621. My best pick of Koji Uehara is only doing OK and my sleeper pick of Dick Radatz has been horrible with a 2.06 Whip and 6.94 ERA. Turns out my "worst pick" in Leo Kiely is not so bad with a 2.76 ERA. Overall, my team is ranked 5th in ERA with 5.21. Which is surprising since I don’t have any deadball pitchers.
I said my offense would be average and I was right. League average OPS is .828 and my team is at .825. Yaz is normalizing well and is currently at 5th place in the NL MVP voting, the only one not named "Ted Williams." My opening day leadoff hitter, Tris Speaker, has been demoted to the 9th spot in the order due to his team-low .326 OBP despite his real-life .404 OBP.
Overall, I have the 2nd-best record in the league, which sounds great except that I’m in the same division as the best team in the league. Oh well, I’m currently 4 games out and we’re only halfway through.
Takeaways and predictions from contrarian23:
My prediction has been pretty much spot on. We lead the league in fewest runs allowed. We are 18th in runs scored.
The entire AL is insanely competitive, with 4 games separating the entire league as of this writing. It’s up for grabs in the second half.
Takeaways and predictions from jongdavis:
So far everything has gone very well for my team, although not exactly according to plan. My second and third best starters have been Ray Collins (10-1, 4.03) who was probably about a 17th or 18th round pick and Tom Hughes (105 solid innings) who was my 25th round pick, while Joe Wood (7th round) and Cy Young (probably around 10th round) have really struggled. My bullpen has also been outstanding with Papelbon (14-14) and Williamson a combined 17 of 17 in save attempts. Don’t expect to play .630 ball in the second half, but my strong start should keep me in the race the whole way.
Takeaways and predictions from jfranco77:
I knew there would be a lot of offense in this league, but the amount of wear and tear being inflicted on pitchers is staggering. The league average is currently 145 pitches per game. Anybody who is short on innings is definitely feeling the pain. My prediction is related – we’re going to see some pitching staffs fall apart in the second half.
Takeaways and predictions from bottomlee:
2nd in the league in Runs and OBP, 1st in HR, BB, SLG, and OPS, and a middling pitching staff is right about what I was expecting after drafting. Our fielding has been helping the cause out as well.
Sim curse be-damned, 1990 Jeff Reardon is our surprise player so far…15 out of 19 for saves, is one of the best ratios in the league. Knowing that you are gonna win a game with a lead in the 9th, especially in the world that we play in, is quite helpful.
Takeaway – The league HR count is lower than what I would think. Even with some of the deadballers floating around, I thought the Sox hitters would overcome that a bit more.
Prediction – Ted Williams sweeps the MVP race in both leagues. Not just the MVP, but all 5 of the top finishers. In both leagues.
Takeaways and predictions from simisox:
First half takeaway – despite leading both leagues with 8 all-stars, my team is 1 game under .500 at the break, primarily due to a very shaky bullpen in front of closer Keith Foulke. Among the culprits, Dick Drago’s 6.64 ERA, Dick Radatz’s 7.16, Tom Burgmeier’s 7.66 and Ray Collins’ 10.06, has caused my team to perform much worse than their .548 expected winning percentage.
Second half prediction – AS SPs Joe Wood and Carl Mays need offseason arm surgeries due to overuse and the manager loses all faith in the pen.