Going into Tuesday’s games, I had 71 points. The Bags had 69.5. The Palukas had 67.
Going into Wednesday’s game I have 72 points, the Bags have 70, and the Palukas have 66.5.
Here’s what’s up:
For me, the big decision was whether to activate Kyle Gibson for his start against the Diamondbacks (the 25th worst-scoring team in the majors this year). After a solid first half, Gibson had a 4.64 ERA in July, a 5.19 in August, and including last night’s gem, a 6.26 ERA in September. But I needed winsÂ andÂ the Diamondbacks are not a good offense, with their cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo, who has a .658 OPS against righties this year. He struck out three times last night. It worked out.
The Bags moved ahead of the Moose last night by one and remain one behind the Nova in RBI. Volatile.
Erick Aybar stole a base last night, so I moved into a tie for first in SB with the Moose. The Bags and the teams two ahead and one behind all had one steal, the status quo remained quo.
More BA woes for the Bags means he’s threatened from behind, with a ways to go to move up. I’m locked in first.
Despite Gibson’s fine game, the BB’s got good starts out of Sonny Gray and RA Dickey and clawed closer to me in ERA (2.59 to 2.60).
He’s one win behind the Bags in wins, which made Gray’s hard-luck loss harder to take.
The Bags emailed me last night, bemoaning the late news that Marcus Stroman was being shut down. Too bad. Here’s the Wins situation as it now stands…
2. Jerry’s 85 (5:Norris@NYY, Odorizi@BOS, ScherzervsMIN, KurodavsBAL, Rasmus@SEA)
2. BadK 85 (6:Sale@DET, BonillavsHOU, Gausman@NYY, PorcellovsMIN, LobsteinvsMIN, Gibson@DET. Plus, I could activate NoesivsKC)
4. Bags 82 (6: TWalker@TOR, QuintanavsKC, IwakumavsLAA, KlubervsTB, Tropeano@NYM, Pineda@BOS)
5. BB Guns 81 (7: Tillman@TOR, HousevsTB, Nolasco@DET, DHollandvsOAK, CJWilson@SEA, Gray@TEX, DickeyvsBAL)
6. Palukas 80 (5: BauervsKC, LestervsLAA, WebstervsTB, Shields@CWS, CarrascovsTB)