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Old 05-24-2018, 08:36 PM   #181
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April 24th-April 30th

April 24th, 2023: I started the day by designated Tanner Rainey for assigment. He's a shell of his former self, but it's revocable waivers since he's not on the 40 yet, so I can trade him if he doesn't clear (I origionally thought this happened on the 23rd).

Thomas Dillard was named player of the week, hitting 11-for-20 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's. He's hitting an impressive .435 with 8 homers and 22 RBI's with 17 runs scored.

We dropped to 2nd in the Power Rankings, behind just the White Sox. They're 13-5 and won their last 4.

A.J. Puckett (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2.15 WHIP) will open up the series against John Vergara (0-3, 6.59 ERA, 1.68 WHIP) Both shortstops hit well against the opposing pitcher, with Nick Gordon 7-for-16 against Vergara and Francisco Lindor the exact same against Puckett. We bounced back with a 5-0 shutout in our 1st interleague matchup, dropping the struggling Tribe to 5-14.

Puckett tossed 6 shutout with 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Max Povse tossed 2 scorless ith just a hit, and Koda Glover tossed a perfect 9th with a strikeout.

Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-4 with a 2 run homer and Cole Reoderer was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a double in his first game against his former team. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-3 with sac-fly and a double.

Approaching 400 homers, Justin Upton hit three today in a 10-7 win over the Yankees. It's just his 4th of the year.

April 25th, 2023: We looked to finish the quick game series with Jameson Taillon (3-1, 4.19 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) taking on Sean Hjelle (0-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). The former 31st Rounder actually signed a $2,420,000 bonus to forgo his senior season. I had to give Ohtani rest, and shuffle the lineup a bit with Mountcastle playing 1B, Beer at DH, and Kingery in RF. The Indians earned the split with a 6-3 win.

Taillon allowed 4 runs off 6 hits in 3.1 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera allowed 2 innings with 2 hits and a run with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Ohtani pitched out of the pen, allowing 3 hits and a run with 2 walks in 0.2 innings. Koda Glover tossesd 2 shut out with 3 strikeouts.

Seth Beer was 2-for-3 with a walk and solo homer and a double. Scott Kingery was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI's and a walk.

We had a day of tomorrow, our first in a long time.

April 26th, 2023: The Rangers will be without rookie RHP Luke Murphey for the rest of the year with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. THe former 13th Rounder from 2018 was 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 2.13 WHIP in 5 starts this year.

Down in Greensboro, CF Ken Adeniran was 5-for-5 in an 11-7 loss to Lakewood. He's hitting an impressive .476 to start the year with a homer and 14 RBI's. He's not as loved by my new scout as the old, but he's got 2.5 potential as a CF and SP.

We're still 15-6, and will host the 12-10 Reds for four games. We'll see Vladimir Gutierrez (3-0, 3.29 ERA), Robert Stephenson (2-2, 2.45 ERA), Freicer Perez (1-2, 6.27 ERA), and Hunter Greene (1-2, 4.28 ERA).

April 27th, 2023: We'll start the season with Walker Buehler (3-0, 2.92 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) hosting Vladimir Gutierrez (3-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) who's making his 2nd start after 6 relief appearences. We shut the visitors out 3-0.

Buehler allowed just 1 hit in 6.1 innings off a walk and 5 strikeouts. Felipe Rivero and Joe Jimenez earned holds and Yasukazu Shiotani got the save.

Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with a run, a double, and steal. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a run and a steal. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a solo homer.

Francisco Mejia launched 3 homers in a 9-5 loss to the A's. The Indians star catcher doubled his homer total today.

April 28th, 2023: Game two of four saw Jace Vines (1-1, 4.66 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) take on Robert Stephenson (2-2, 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP). The bats were working, as we took the game 9-3.

Vines allowed 3 runs in the 6th, his finaly inning, with 3 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera tossed 2 innings with a hit, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Now here's an interesting one: Seth Beer was 3-for-5 with 7 RBI's, a double, and a grand slam. Shoehi Ohtani was 4-for-4 with an RBI and a double. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored, double, and steal.

April 29th, 2023: I outrighted Tanner Rainey to AA Jacksonville.

Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) took on Frecier Perez (1-2, 6.27 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) in game three. We loved hitting him in Washington. It's a little difference, and we were shutout 3-0. Perez allowed just 1 hit.

Montgomery allowed 3 runs ofd 6 hits in 6 innings with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Three relievers combined for three innings with a hit and 6 strikeouts. Povse struck out the side in the 9th.

Scott Kingery had the only hit of the game, a pinch hit double in the 9th to break up the no-hitter and pushing him out of the game.

April 30th, 2023: The Angels sent CF Jahami Jones to the Indians for RHP Sean Hjelle. At one point, Jones appeared to be a second Mike Trout, but now he's just a solid every day guy. It's a fair deal for both sides.

We looked to avoid the split and win the four game set with the strugglign Jameson Taillon (3-2, 5.16 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) taking on Hunter Greene (1-2, 4.28 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). We finished the series with a shutout of their own, 2-0 this time.

Taillon went 8, allowing just 5 hits, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. Shiotani earned his 5th save, allowing just 1 hit in the 9th.

Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with a walk and 2 run homer. He's my guess for NL Player of the Month. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a steal and run scored. Lewis Brinson was 1-for-3 with a double.

Well, can't explain I expected to finish April 18-7 with a 4 game lead over New York. We'd continue the homestand with three hosting the Nationals. They've been trouble for us, and we'll see Ben Lively (1-0, 9.00 ERA), our nemesis Sonny Warner (2-2, 3.14 ERA), and Erling Moreno (1-2, 4.94 ERA). Let's stay hot in May!
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May 1st, 2023: Carlos Soler was named American Confrence Player of the Week, hitting .545 with 2 homers and 9 RBI's with the Baby Cakes. Last year's Rule-5 pick is hitting .362 with 4 homer and 20 RBI's in New Orleans. He was also named Player of the Month for April.

SP Tim Cate was named Pitcher of the Month, as we swept the American Confrence Monthly Awards. Acquired from Seattle in the offseason, I'm a little confused how he earned the award. He was 4-1, but had a 4.62 ERA. The lefty has struck out 28 in 25.1 innings, but still, there must've been better options...

Down in Jupiter, 3B Caleb Balgaard was named Florida State League Batter of the Month. He hit .353 with 6 homers, 19 RBI's, and 12 runs scored.

In Greensboro, Ken Adeniran was named South Atlantic Leauge Player of the Month, hitting .451 with 1 homer, 14 RBI's, and 23 runs scored.

While Thomas Dillard didn't win Player of the Month, Seth Beer won Rookie of the Month. He hit .313 with 5 homers and 20 RBI's. He's got a nice line of .313/.420/.627 and has really excelled in a fulltime role.

The news continues, as the Twins signed lontime Mariners CL Edwin Diaz to a 1-year, $31,000,000 contract. He'll be the new Minnesota closer as they look to make the playoffs again this year, after losing to Chicago in the World Series.

We're still in 2nd for the Power Rankings, but now only Texas leads us.

Finally to the game, Ben Lively (1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) got the start against A.J. Puckett (1-1, 6.16 ERA, 1.84 WHIP). The Nats have always been a tough win for us, but at least we have homefield. They do't look great this year, but are definitely much improved from last season. As usual, they bested us, with 2 in the 9th to take a 7-6 win.

Puckett allowed 4 runs (2 earned) off 10 hits in 5 innings with 5 strikeouts. A Nick Feight error really costed us. Koda Glover allowed a run off 2 hits, despite striking out 1, in the 6th. Yasukazu Shiotani blew the save and got the loss, allowing 2 runs off 2 hits and a walk, with 2 strikeouts.

Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI's, as well as a double. Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and double.

Ohtani left the game with an injury, and his diagnosis is pending. Another injury to a new player...

May 2nd, 2022: Walker Buehler (4-0, 2.32 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) took the mound against Sonny Warner (2-2, 3.14 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) as we looked to even up the series. Scott Kingery was in right to replace the currently hurt Ohtani. The Nats may be our achilles heel, as we lossed 4-3 and 4 of our 9 losses have come to them.

The biggest loss was C Thomas Dillard, who left with an injury and I am really scared about this one...

Again, unearned runs hurt us, as Buehler allowed 2 runs (1 earned) off 3 hits in 5.2 innings, while striking out 11. The error, however, was Buehler's. Felipe Rivero got the loss, allowing 2 runs off 2 hits with just a strike out in 0.1 innings.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored, and RBI. Cole Reoderer was 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Hecotr Antonio Perez of the White Sox tossed a 4-hit shut out in an 8-0 win over the Indians.

May 3rd, 2023: Well, I dodged a bullet, as Dillard will just miss 2 games with a strained hip flexor. Losing the 25-year-old super star (yes, I'm being brash) for any extended period would have been devestating.

Can we really get swept by the Nationals? At home!?!? Jace Vines (2-1, 4.62 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) would look to prevent that, facing Erling Romero (1-2, 4.94 ERA, 1.39 WHIP). I gave Dillard the day off in favor of Nick Feight. It took 10 innings, but we edged our opposition 3-2.

Vines had an alright start, 4 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs, but struck out 8. Tyler Jay tossed 2 innings with a hit and 3 strikeotus. Joe Jimenez struck out the side in a perfect 8th. Max Povse earned his 3rd win, allowing a hit and getting a strikeout in the top of the 10th.

Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-5, but walked us off with an RBI single. Feight was a suitable replacement, going 2-for-4 with a walk. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and run. Adam Haseley was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and two walks.

Off to New York to face the 14-13 Mets. At 19-9, we have a 4.5 game over them and the Nationals. We'd see Chris Sale (2-0, 2.20 ERA), Jacob deGrom (1-1, 4.18 ERA), Noah Syndergaard (0-3, 5.81 ERA), and Luis Marrero (1-4, 3.38 ERA) in the four game set.

May 4th, 2023: Chris Sale (2-0, 2.20 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) is making his 2nd start after 8 relief appearences in a southpaw duel with Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 3.56 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). I gave Dillard another day off, as well as the tired SS Nick Gordon. Kingery and Feight got the starts. The offenses were silent, just a run a piece for 12 innings. We got 1 in the 13th, but Koda Glover allowed Andres Gimenez a walk off double in the 3-2 loss.

Okay, this is not Shiotani's fault, as he was in his 4th inning of work. I don't know why Glover didn't start the inning...

Montgomery was solid, just 6 hits in 5.2 innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara blew the save when Blake Tiberi took him deep. Shiotani allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.

Feight was 2-for-5 with 2 runs, an RBI, a walk, and a solo shot. Montgomery himself was 1-for-1 with a sac bunt and a double. Seth Beer was 2-for-6.

May 5th, 2023: Shoehi Ohtani is headed to the DL with a hamstring strain. This will cost him about 5-6 weeks. I called up the PCL Player of the Month RF Carlos Soler He hit .237/.307/.470 last season as a Rule-5 selection.

In other injury news, former Marlin and current Red Sox LHP Adam Morgan is out for the season with a torn rotator cuff. Boston in the 6th team he's pitched for in the majors.

Jameson Taillon (4-2, 3.82 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) got the start against Jacob deGrom (1-1, 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) as we looked to right the ship. Soler got the start in RF today. He was 1-for-5 with a double in the 7-6 win.

Taillon was good enough, 3 runs off 7 hits in 5 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover, Luiz Gohara, Felipe Rivero, and Edward Cabrera earned holds while Max Povse filled in for Shiotani to get the save. Glover allowed 1 in 1 inning off 2 hits and Cabrera allowed 2 in 1 inning of 2 hits.

Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a 2 run homer in the 1st to go with 2 walks. Thomas Dillard was 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and 2 euns scored in his return to the lineup. Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.

May 6th, 2021: A pair of Brewers righties ended today. Brewers SP Jacob Nix has shoulder inflammation and RP Marcos Diplan tore his ulnar collateral ligament. Both guys were having great seasons, with Nix's ERA a miniscule 1.78 in 6 starts.

The Draft Pool was published, and here's who OSA ranks as the best. Potential's according to my scout, then OSA.

1. 2B Nate Buckner (1.5/4)
2. RHP Robby Barfield (3.5/5)
3. LHP Danny Crabtree (2.5/4): Selected by San Diego 11th Overall last year
4. RHP Jon Sullivan (2.5/5)
5. RHP Clint Hinshaw (2/5): If the name seems vaguely familiar, I selected him in the 4th Round back in 2020.
6. RF Caleb Matthews (2/4)
7. 2B Dave Morgan (0.5/3.5): Selected by the Phillies 12th Overall last year
8. SS Chris Schlabach (1/4.5)
9. LHP Josh Rearick (0.5/4.5)
10. RHP Kevin Stugeron (3/5)

This is my first draft with Jarod Madison, and he definitely is no fan of this draft. The highest rated player is LHP A.C. Guardiola who is rated as a 4* and the only player 4 or higher. I really like him, and hope he's mine. The two backups are 3.5 potential RHP Robby Barfield and C Arturo Morales, although I'm personally not sold on Morales.

In case you're curious how the rest of my 2020 unsigned draftees are doing:

11th Round: CF Ayden Canada (0.5/0.5)
12th Round: 3B Kevin Connolly (0.5/0.5)
15th Round: 2B D.J. Arner (0.5/0.5): He was selected in the 15th round back in 2021 by the Mets and was released.
21st Round: CF Juan Molina (0.5/0.5)
22nd Round: SP Asa Lacy (0.5/0.5)
24th Round: CF Ben Wenner (0.5/0.5)
26th Round: RF Kevin Bennett (0.5/0.5)
28th Round: SP Nolan McLean (0.5/0.5): Selected by Milwaukee in the 26th Round in 2021. He was released and signed with the Reds, released and signed with Seattle, released and signed with Baltimore. Released and still a free agent.
29th Round: SP Chris Kurek (0.5/0.5): Selected by Miami in the 15th Round in 2021, released and signed with Chicago, released again and signed by Milwaukee, released again and currently with Atlanta
31st Round: RF Dan Harris (0.5/0.5)
32nd Round: SS Joel LaBonte (0.5/0.5)
34th Round: C Ted Debord (0.5/0.5): Selected in the 21st Round in 2102 by Atlanta, released and currently with the White Sox
37th Round: SP Alpha Asante (0.5/0.5)

Don't think I missed anyone, except perhaps Hinshaw.

Anyways, we still have baseball, with A.J. Puckett (1-1, 5.63 ERA, 1.88 WHIP) facing Noah Syndergaard (0-3, 5.81 ERA, 1.61 WHIP). Perhaps the ice cold Breandon Rodgers can heat up, as he's 7-for-21 with a homer against Thor. The Mets took the series lead with a 8-5 win.

Puck allowed 7 runs off 11 hits in 4 innings, with a walk and 4 strikeouts and I definitely need a new starter. Tyler Jay was pushed for 3.1 innings with 5 hits and a run for who know what reason, walking 2 and striking out 3.

Adam Haseley was 1-for-4, but hit a 3 run shot of Syndergaard in the 7th. Seth Beer was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Rodgers was 1-for-3 with a walk. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI, walk and steal.

I optioned Puckett to AAA and recalled Tylor Megill. I acquired him from the Yankees in the offseason, and in 6 AAA starts, he's a passable 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in a very hitter friendly league. He made 29 big league starts last year, going 10-9 with a 4.72 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

May 7th, 2023: We looked to come away with a road split, with Walker Buehler (4-0, 2.21 ERA, 0.85 WHIP) dueling Luis Marrero (1-4, 3.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP). Buehler beat the Mets and Marrero lost to us earlier in the year. Today's game was similar, as we won 8-6, although neither starter go the decision.

Buehler allowed 4 runs off 5 hits in 4 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Koda Glover earned the win, striking out 2 in a perfect 5th. Felipe Rivero got a hold, but allowed 2 runs off 3 hits in 1.1 innings with 4 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez ginished the 7th and got a hold, continuing his scorless streak to 15.1 to start the year. Just think I got him for Phillip Diehl, who's not even on a team this season. Luiz Gohara tossed 2 scorless with a hit and strikeout to earn the save.

Brendan Rodgers had another good game, going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Scott Kingery was 2-for-3 with a run scored, 2 RBI's, and a hit by pitch. He's plaued games at second, short, left, and right to start the year.

We escaped with a split and head to LA for three with the Dodgers. At 21-11, we hold a 4.5 game lead over the Mets. LA, on the other hand, is 14-17 and trailing the powered up Padres by 5.5 games. The Dodgers may want revenge after we prevented them from defending their title. They'll send Dennis Santana (2-2, 7.57 ERA), Robinson Ortiz (1-2, 4.35 ERA), and Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.16 ERA) to the mound.
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May 8th, 2023: Lewis Brinson is currently suffering quadriceps sorness. It's just a minor, DTD injury, but I'll be limiting his playing time and monitoring his progress. It's also his 29th birthday today!

We've dropped down to 5th in the Power Rankings.

Anyways, Tylor Megill is making his season debut against the Dodgers and Dennis Sanatana (2-2, 7.57 ERA, 1.61 WHIP). I gave Lewis Brinson the day off in favor of Scott Kingery. The game was tied 6-6 heading into extras, but we rallied for an 11-6 win. Of course, we allowed 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th, but still escaped with the win.

Megill was unexpectedly amazing. Just 2 hits and 2 walks with 8 strikeouts in 6 innings. Edward Cabrera allowed 1 in the 8th with a hit, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez allowed 3 in the 8th off 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. The sturggling Yasukazu Shiotani allowed 2 in the 9th off 4 hits with two strikeouts. He blew the save, but got the win. He's had a rough year, his ERA up to 5.93.

Thomas Dillard did a little bit of everything today, going 3-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 steals, and RBI, and a solo homer. Scott Kingery did well in center, hitting 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI's, a pair of doubles, and a 10th inning homer. Carlos Soler was 1-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and a home run.

May 9th, 2023: Looking to win the series a day early, Jace Vines (2-1, 4.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) took on 23-year-old Robinson Ortiz (1-2, 4.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) with Brinson back in the line up. We scored 4 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th and won 10-7.

Vines had a rough outing, 4 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and just a single strikeout as the year hasn't turned out quite how he wanted it. Max Povse tossed 2 mop up innings with 3 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera earned the win, pitching a scorless 7th with Luiz Gohara earning a hold in a scorles 8th. Felipe Rivero gave up a first pitch homer in the 9th, and Shiotani shut the door for his 6th save.

Ryan Mountcastle had a great game, 4-for-5 with a double and homer to go with 2 RBI's. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-5 with a homer, a steal, 3 runs scored, and 3 driven in. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a sac fly. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and two runs scored. Thomas Dillard hit a pinch hit 2-run double. He's day to day with a bruised thigh.

Chris Sale tossed a 1-hit shutout and struck out 11 as the Mets beat Arizona 4-0.

May 10th, 2023: We got the brooms ready as Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) took on Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.16 ERA, 0.99 WHIP). Both Dillard and Brinson got the day off. We allowed 5 in the 8th to drop the finale 5-4.

Montgomery was great, just 5 hits with 2 strikeouts in 7 innings. Rivero was charged with 4 runs off 4 hits with 2 strikeouts, while Koda Glover got the loss, allowing a solo homer and getting the final out of the 8th.

Jose Ramirez was 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a double. Adam Haseley was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and a double. Brendan Rdgers was 1-for-2 with a double, but was taken out for percautionary reasons after bruising his finger sliding into second.

Eloy Jimenez rapped 5 hits in 6 trips during a 15-10 win over the Phillies as the White Sox continued their strong start.

Sort of good sidenote: I have $35+ million for extensions, but Montgomery wants $25 per year... I really want to keep him, but that's a ton of cash. He's pitching in his 5th season in Miami, and has never had an ERA over 4 in his career.

May 11th, 2023: Today was an off day we'd use to travel to San Diego. They are also leading thier division at 22-11, while we are 23-12. We have a 4 game lead over Washington, they have a 4 game lead over Arizona. We'd see Mackenzie Gore (2-1, 4.62 ERA), Sam Runion (1-0, 4.29 ERA), and Dinelson Lamet (3-3, 5.30 ERA).

May 12th, 2023: Jameson Taillon (5-2, 4.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) took on Mackenzie Gore (2-1, 4.62 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) as we opened a tough season with a very tough team. The Padres bested us 4-1 in front of their home crowd. The worst loss was the pair of injuries to Koda Glover and Joe Jimenez, and I'd await his diagnosis.

Taillon allowed 4 runs off 5 hits with 5 strikeouts in 5 innings. The rest of the pen combined for 3 innings, 4 hits, a walk, and 2 strikeouts.

We didn't hit much, just 3 hits including a single by the pitcher Taillon. Scott Kingery was 0-for-1 with a walk, steal, and sac fly. Adam Haseley was 1-for-3 with a walk and double. The last hit was a single for Lewis Brinson.

May 13th, 2023: Loda Glover is headed to the DL with back tightness and will miss 1-2 weeks. RHP Brett Conine will be recalled to replace him. In 6.2 innings, he is 1-1 witht 3 saves, a 1.35 ERA, and a 1.05 WHIP with 5 strikeouts.

The Cardinals will be without LHP Kyle McGrath for the rest of the season with a torn labrum. This was his first year in St. Louis after spending 2017=2022 with the Padres.

The Cubs lost former Marlin RHP Sandy Alcantra for the year with a damaged elbow ligament. We sent him to Chicago for fellow righty Alex Lange way back in 2018.

Walker Buehler (4-0, 2.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) took the mound against Sam Runion (1-0, 4.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) as we looked to bounce back quickly. If get blown out 10-2 is what that means, then we succeeded...

It wasn't all on Buehler, who allowed 5 runs off 5 hits in 5.1 innings with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Felipe Rivero continued his rough season, allowing 3 runs off 2 hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. The last two runs came off Edward Cabrera in the 8th off 2 walks, 2 htis, and a strikeout.

Not going to lie, I'm already regretting the Rivero signing...

We didn't hit much, but Nick Gordon was 2-for-3 with a walk, steal, and run scored. Carlos Soler was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored.

May 14th, 2023: The Angels got some bad news, with recently acquired SP Sean Hjelle headed to the DL for the rest of the year with a torn labrum. Between LA and Cleveland in 7 starts, he's 1-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

We looked to avoid the sweep and stop our three game skid with Tylor Megill (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP) taking on Dinelson Lamet (3-3, 5.30 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). Soler hates Lamet, a career 0-for-11 against the 30 year old. We scored 4 in the 8th to take a 9-7 lead, but allowed 4 in the bottom half to fall 11-9...

Shockingly, Rivero didn't allow the run, he pitched a perfect 7th with 2 strikeouts. Megill allowed 4 in 5 with 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Brett Conine allowed 3 off 3 hits and 2 walks in 0.2 innings for his seaosn edbut. Tyler Jay allowed a leadoff single in the 8th that eventually scored, and Max POvse allowed 3 more with 4 hits while recording just 2 of the 3 outs, before Luiz Gohara got a strikeout to end the frame.

Soler had a great game, 3-for-4 witha run scored and 3 RBI's. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-5 with a three run homer. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a run scored and base clearing double. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

The Tigers Franklin Perez tossed a 4-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.

A very interesting story, while browsing the Michigan baseball team for a player I thought was on the team, I was unsuccessful, but instead fround Christian Bullock, a player I selected in the 14th round back in 2019. I had no idea, but I played against him while he was in High School at Morgan Park. I didn't know his name back when we played, but there was a scout for the Giants in attendance for a "Michigan commit" on the other team. Now he's in my organization in A- Batavia and has been in the orgnaization since draft day.

Tomorrow was a much needed day off, as our lead has fallen to just 2...
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May 15th, 2023: Joe Jimenez is headed to the DL with shoulder indlammation and will miss 3-4 weeks. I'd bring someone else up tomorrow.

Former 11th overall pick Ryan Rolison is out for the year with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Seattle righty has made 22 big league starts while working an unispiring 5.04 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, although 2023 has been better then 2022.

We're down even farther to 7th in the Power Rankings, while the new #1 is San Diego.

Dansby Swanson was 5-for-5 in a 8-5 loss to the Rockies. Now a third basemen (knew he'd never stick at short...) Swanson is playing in his 8th big league season with a .270/.332/.405 batting line.

We'd head home to face the Cardinals with a 2.5 game lead over Washington. St. Louis is in 3rd and 9.5 out of their division. We'll face Slade Cecconi (3-3, 6.03 ERA), Darien Nunez (0-2, 5.30 ERA), and Tyler Beede (4-1, 4.95 ERA). We need to start winning again!

May 16th, 2023: Jose Ramirez asked for an extension, but I'm not ready to pay him over $21 million a year for 6 seasons. I could revisit this later, but I prefer Montgomery to him.

The Jays will be without former 12th overall pick Carter Stewart for the year with a torn labrum. The 23-year-old was having a strong season, 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 8 starts. He's a bright young arm, a 3/5 rated righty from Melbourne, FL.

I called up RHP NicK Neidert to replace Jimenez, and he'd pitch middle relief. As a starter in New Orleans, he's 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

On to the opener, Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 2.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) hosted the Cardinals in a packed Marlins Park. We saw Clade Cecconi (3-3, 6.03 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) who we hit pretty well earlier in the season. We continued the skid with a 9-6 loss, where we were out hit 17-8.

Only 4 of the runs were on Monty, who allowed 8 hits and a walk with 4 K's in 4 innings. Edward Cabrera was charged with the loss, a run in 2 innings off 2 hits with 5 strikeouts. Brett Conine, Luiz Gohara, Max Povse, and Yasukazu Shiotani all allowed single runs. Shiotani did strike out hte side in the 9th, despite the solo homer.

Seth Beer was 2-for-3 with a 2 run homer and a walk. Thomas Dillard and Lewis Brinson were 1-for-4 with 2 run homers. I don't know what's happening...

Mason Robbins jacked three longballs in an 11-10 slugfest Sox win over the Astros. The unlikely superstar is hitting .361/.381/.669 with 12 homers and 35 RBI's. He launched 50 longballs and drove in 130 runs back in 2021 to lead the AL.

But more impressive was Noah Bremer's no hitter as the Cubs beat the Nats 3-0. In just his 3rd big league start, he was as good as it gets. His career ERA is a lofty 7.24 with a 1.46 WHIP.

May 17th, 2023: I claimed Dustin May off waivers and optioned Brett Conine down to AAA. A former 3rd Rounder, he's 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 43.2 innings with the Dodgers. He's been used strictly as a reliever in the majors, like I will, but he can start games as well.

We needed a win, with Jameson Taillon (5-3, 4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) taking on Darien Nunez (0-2, 5.30 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Another stupid loss, this time 2-1, as we haven't been able to buy a win lately...

No fault to Taillon, 7 strong innings with 3 hits, a walk, 6 strikeouts, and no one. Felipe Rivero allowed 2 more runs in the 8th off 3 hits, and I've had it with him.

We only had 2 hits, so it's not like we lit the world on fire. Nick Gordon was -for-3 with 2 walks and the only run scored on a Seth Beer bases loaded walk. We did walk 9 times, so I guess that's okay.

29-year-old Joey Gallo slugged his 300th Homer in a 6-5 Rangers loss to Tampa. The big slugger reached the 300 mark with 3,508 at bats. He's lead the league in homers twice (2019 and 2020) and has drove in 685 runs.

May 18th, 2023: Rage trade? Perhaps, but I sent Felipe Rivero and Brady Puckett to the Cubs for Phil Maton and Garrett McDaniels.

McDaniels is an injured, 3/3.5 southpaw starter with an overpowering fastball and deadley curve. The 23-year-old is headed to the 60-Day DL, with 4-5 monts of recovery from radial nerve decompression surgery. The former 15th Rounder started his 2023 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.

Maton is a 30-year-old righty from Chatham, Illinois. He's a 3* like Rivero, although he's got a 2.70 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 16.2 innings. He saved a league leading 43 games for the Padres back in 2020 with a 2.19 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 129 strikeouts in 78 innings.

Speaking of San Diego, they lost RHP Tad Ratliff for the year with a ruptrued UCL. The 27-year-old rookie tossed 6.2 innings in his first taste of the majors with a 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.

We couldn't get swept in a second straight series, especially at home, right!?!?!? Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) got the start against Tyler Beede (4-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). Buehler needs a bounce back start, but had a rough outing earlier in the year against the Red Birds. Finally, we won, 7-4 with help from a 5 run 4th.

Buehler was solid, 5 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 8 strikeouts. Nick Niedert allowed 2 runs in 1.2 innings off 2 hits and 2 strikeouts. Shiotani earned the save, striking out 2 in the 9th.

Jose Ramriez was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, a double, homer, and walk.Cole Roederer was 2-for-5 with a triple. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-3 with a walk, steal, and grand slam off the starter Beede in the 4th.

Wow, it felt nice to win!

Orlando Arcia was 5-for-6 in a 12-4 Brewers win over the Pirates.

We welcome the struggling Rockies into town for three more, as we maintain a 2.5 game lead over the Nats. As of now, the division doesn't look as scary as usual. We'd see Mashiaro Tanaka (2-4, 5.65 ERA), German Marquez (3-3, 4.57 ERA), and Jared Poche (1-0, 8.68 ERA).

May 19th, 2018: We opened the series with the Rox with Jace Vines (2-1, 5.50 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) taking on Mashiaro Tanaka (2-4, 5.65 ERA, 1.65 WHIP). Vines was in need of a good start, as he hasn't had the best luck with us so far. Today was it, although we needed to play extra baseball. It took 11 innings, but former Rockie Brendon Rodgers hit a walk off single off former Marlin Wei-Chieh Huang.

Vines allowed a single run in 5 innings off 5 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Dustin May tossed 2 scorless innings with 2 strikeouts before Luiz Gohara blew the save with a solo homer to the only batter he faced. Tyler Jay got the win, striking out 2 in the top of the 11th.

Rodgers did more damage then just the walk off, and was 2-for-5 with a 2 run homer as well. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-5, a steal, and 2 runs scored (including the winning run). Cole Roederer was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

May 20th, 2023: Brendan Rodgers now has the flew, so I'll monitor that closely.

Also, a bit of good news, the draft pool suddenly got better. Not sure what happened, but I'm scouting these new potential top picks. A.C. Guardiola, however, is still my top target.

We looked to keep winning with Tylor Megill (0-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) taking on German Marquez (3-3, 4.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP). I gave the sick Rodgers the day off in favor of Scott Kingery. We tried to lose this one, allowing 4 in the 9th, but escaped with a 7-6 victory.

My first two pitchers, Megill and Povse left with injury. Megil went 3.1 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts, and his diagnosis is pending. Povse went 1.2 innings with a walk, 2 strikeouts, and the win, and is day-to-day with a sore elbow. I'll keep him active for now. Nick Neidert tossed 2 innings with just a single hit and 4 strikeouts. Dustin May allowed 4 in the 9th off 4 hits, with just a strikeout to his name. Phil Maton got the final two outs to earn the save.

Lewis Brinson was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored, sac fly, and homer. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a steal, an RBI, and pair of doubles. Adam Haseley was 1-for-4 with a double, steal, and two runs scored. Seth Beer was 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI's, run scored, and walk.

Former Marlin slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his 500th homer as the Yanks beat Clevleand 6-3. It's his 14th of the year.

May 21st, 2023: We looked to finish the sweep with Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) facing Jared Poche (1-0, 8.68 ERA, 2.04 WHIP). We got the brooms out and shut the visitors out 6-0.

Montgomery went the distance, an 8-hit shut out with a walk and 8 strikeouts as a small part of me produces tears because I know I'm going to lose him to free agency.

Brendan Rodgers loves facing his former team, and he went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, a double, and a solo homer. Cole Roederer was 1-for-2 with a three run homer in the 2nd with 2 walks. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a double.

We're now back up to a comftorable 27-17 with a 3.5 game lead over the 23-20 Nationals. We'd welcome the 22-22 Mets to town who are 5 games out of first. We'd see Noah Syndergaard (1-5, 5.63 ERA), Brady Singer (6-2, 2.26 ERA), and Luis Marrero (3-4, 3.23 ERA).

With the draft coming up, I wanted to take a quick look back to my 2018 draft class. I selected and signed 16 hitters, and none of them have taken a big league at bat yet. On the pitcher side, I selected and signed 12 and two of them have made big league appearences. The first, 26th Rounder Brett Conine, who as struggled a lot this year and wasn't the best last year. The second, 12th Rounder Ernesto Estrella who tossed a single big league inning last year. While Conine is a surprise, Estrella was one of the highest potential guys I selected, despite how low he fell.

Of the guys yet to make it, 2nd Rounders Max Marusak and J.P. Gates are in AA. Just base off Marusak's ability to play 6 positions, he should be a lock to take major league at bats. Gates has a shot as pitching depth, but he's dropped a ton after injury. 4th Rounder Jack Filby is now in AAA with the Indians, and he's approaching his big league debut. He's rated a 1.5/3, so at least he looks like a solid pick. Jon Meola, my 3rd Rounder is also in AA, but he's a longshot to make my big league club at any point, with numerous higher upside shortstops ahead of him. 13th Rounder Gunnar Hoglund has a decent chance to make the team this season, as he's in AAA, albeit struggling in his 6 starts. 25th Rounder Blair Calvo is in Jacksonville, but as a half star player he's just filling roster spots. 34th Rounder Jon Olson is in AA and a 1.5* SP in the Nationals organization. He's got a shot to make the big league club, and is having a great season. A decent amount of other draftees are retired, and a bunch more are still in the low minors. There's some talent, but more depth then anything.
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May 22nd, 2023: Let's start with a major injury... Tylor Megill has a strained hamstring and will miss 3 months. He's headed to the DL and will push Nick Niedert into the rotation. I'm not calling anyone up yet, since Koda Glover will have his DL time expire tomorrow. Megill made 3 starts and had a 3.77 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 14.1 innings with 16 strikeouts and 8 walks.

We're up to 5th in the lastest edition of the Power Rankings and 10 games over .500!

We open the Mets series with Jameson Taillon (5-3, 3.78 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) hosting Noah Syndergaard (1-5, 5.63 ERA, 1.40 WHIP). I gave the sick Brendon Rodgers a day off in favor of Scott Kingery. 6 runs in the 8th lead to a 9-4 victory to drop the Mets below .500.

Taillon struggled, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and striking out 2 in 4.1 innings. He allowed 3 homers, all in the fourth. Tyler Jay earned the win, striking out the side in the top of the 8th.

Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI's, and two doubles, but left the game with knee soreness. It's a minor injury, and he'll be at full health in 2 days. Jose Rarmirez was 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored, 2 driven in, 2 walks, and a 2 run homer. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double, and two walks. Him and Ramirez both got steals.

Foster Griffin tossed a 3-hit shutout and struck out 7 as the Royals beat the Yankees 6-0.

Justin Upton hit his 400th homer in a 12-6 win over the Athletics. It came in his 2,135th game.

May 23rd, 2023: I activated Koda Glover from the DL and placed him back on the active roster. He'll fill in the 8th inning role.

We got a look at budding star Brady Singer (6-2, 2.26 ERA, 0.79 WHIP) who would take on Walker Buehler (5-1, 3.53 ERA, 1.04 WHIP). I gave Beer the day off in favor of Ryan Mountcastle. We pitched well, and earned a 4-1 win.

Buehler was great, 7.2 innings with 3 hits, a run, and 7 strikeouts. He's struck out 70 in 58.2 innings. Luiz Gohara finished the 8th with a punch out to earn a hold, and Yasukazu Shiotani earned the save with 2 K's in the 9th.

Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, walk, RBI, and stolen base. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a solo shot off Singer in the 4th. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a steal.

And there were no injuries!

May 24th, 2023: We looked to finish off the home sweep with Jace Vines (2-1, 5.03 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) facing good friend Luis Marrero (3-4, 3.23 ERA, 1.08 WHIP). Mountcastle started for Beer again, and he's a whopping 10-for-14 against the lefty Marrero with a homer. The Mets got 3 in the 0th to best us 6-3.

Vines wasn't great, 5 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. Shiotani blew the save, allowing 3 runs off 4 hits with 2 strikeouts. I may need a new closer...

Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored, and a double. Brendon Rodgers doubled as well, and was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cole Roederer was 0-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. I just realized how similar he is to former Marlin Cole Brannen...

Cody Bellinger launched 3 homers over the fence to give him 19 homers on the year. He was 4-for-5 in a 12-6 win over the Cubs.

We got tomorrow off as All-Star Voting starts!

May 25th, 2023: The now fragile, but also 4/4.5 CF Mickey Moniak can start his rehab assingment. I'm going to try him out in right a little, althouh center is his position for the future. He'll head to Jupiter and I wanted to give him a lot of at bats.

Were off to Kansas City to face the 18-29 Royals who have not gotten off to the start they wanted. On the other hand, we're just 2.5 up on the Nats, but a nice 29-18. We'd see Corbin Burnes (3-3, 3.19 ERA), Arturo Andrade (2-2, 4.34 ERA), and Foster Griffin (1-1, 3.15 ERA).

Mary 26th, 2023: Joe Jimenez suffered a sestback and will miss another 3 weeks. He's had a great season for us, and the quicker we get him back the better, so this really hurts.

Nick Neidert (0-0, 4.15 ERA, 0.69 WHIP) will make his first start of the year against Corbin Burnes (3-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.02 WHIP). The Royals blew us away 15-3.

I despserately need a 5th starter, as Neidert was blasted for 8 runs off 7 hits in 3 innings. He allowed 5 homers. Edward Cabrera pitched 3 great mop up innings, just 2 hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Koda Glover was killed by his own error, 4 uneraned runs and 3 hits with a walk in 0.2 innings. Max Povse allowed 2 hits, a walk, and got a strikeout with another earned run to finish the 8th.

We may have had 5 runs, but it was just off 6 hits. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a 3-run homer. Carlos Soler was 1-for-4 with a triple and run scored. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and three steals. He's got 15 on the year, trailing just Cody Bellinger and Xavier Edwards (16) for most in the NL.

May 27th, 2023: We needed to bounce back with Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) taking on Arturo Andrade (2-2, 4.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP). We limited the mto just 3 runs, and took the middle game 4-3.

Montgomery pitched well, 6 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, and 6 strikeouts. He's walked just 11 hitters in 62 innings. Phil Maton and Luiz Gohara earned holds and Yasukazu Shiotani got a save.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a double. Lewis Brinson was 1-for-2 with a triple and run scored off the bench. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with an RBI and his 9th steal. He has 9 steals as a catcher! He's a really good baserunner and has decent speed as a part time outfielder as well.

May 28th, 2023: The first announcement of All-Star tallies rank Dillard 1st for catchers, Rodgers 3rd for second, Buehler 3rd for starters, and Tyler Jay 3rd for relievers.

Arizona will be without RHP Jimmy Sherfy for the year with a torn rotator cuff.

We looked to finish the series with Jameson Taillon (5-3, 4.13 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) taking on Foster Griffin (1-1, 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). Jose Ramirez is a dreadful 1-for-16 against Griffin. We took the finale 5-1 to win the series.

Of course we needed more injuries, so both Lewis Brinson and Koda Glover picked up minor ones. Neither will miss much time and will avoid the disabled list.

Taillon went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and walks, with a run and 4 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara, Tyler Jay, and Glover earned holds, but we sccored 2 in the 9th so no save was needed. Glover was hurt trying to finish the 9th.

Ryan Mountcastle was 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI's. Seth Beer was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Scott Kingery, who replaced Brinson and played center, was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.

Dustin Peterson was 5-for-6 as the A's beat the Rangers 10-9.

We're off to Baltimore for two before they visit us for two. We'd start with former Marlin Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 4.64 ERA) and Chance Adams (3-2, 2.93 ERA). We've got a nice 4 game lead over Atlanta to enter the interleague series.

The draft is also coming up!
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May 29th, 2023: To start the week, we remain 5th in the Power Rankings.

Chance Adams (3-2, 2.93 ERA, 0.74 WHIP) jumped Jeff Hoffman in the rotation and will take on Walker Buehler (6-1, 3.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP). I gave Lewis Brinson a day off from the field and played him at DH due to the AL park. We upset the home crowd and took the opener 3-1.

Buehler went 5.2 innings, allowing just a single run with a walk, 4 hits, and 7 strikeouts. Phil Maton and Koda Glover earned saves while Yasukazu Shiotani recorded his 10th save.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cole Roederer was 1-for-5 with a solo homer. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Former Marlin and now Indian Dustin Fowler was 5-for-8 in a 9-7 win over Milwaukee. He's hitting .279 in 61 at bats this year.

Mariners RF Janisel Rivera launched three homers, but his team still lost to the powerful Padres 13-11.

May 30th, 2023: The Reds will be without pitcher Vladimir Guitierrez for the rest of the season with a torn labrum. It's bee a rough go for him, and this makes the knightmarish season even worse.

Jace Vines (2-1, 5.08 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) got the start against our former starter Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 4.64 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) as we looked to win both road outings. I gave Brinson the day off in favor of Carlos Soler. A big 6 rund 2nd lead to the 10-4 crushing from the hometwon Orioles to earn the split.

Vines had another rough outing, allowing 7 off 7 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Edward Cabrera allowed a run in 3 innings of mop up with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts to go with 2 hits. Dustin May allowed 2 more off 3 hits in 2.2 innings with 2 strikeouts.

Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a double. Adam Hasely was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Cole Roederer was 0-for-3, but scored, walked, and an RBI, steal, and sacrafice fly.

Rafael Devers was 5-for-5 in a 7-3 Red Sox win over the Phillies.

As we headed home, I optoined Carlos Soler to AAA and recalled OF Mickey Moniak from his rehab assignment. Back home we'll see Keegan Akin (2-4, 3.99 ERA) and Codey Sedlock (2-3, 5.66 ERA).

May 31st, 2023: Hopefully, this will be Nick Neidert's (0-1, 12.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) last start of the year as we hosted Baltimore and Keegan Akin (2-4, 3.99 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). Moniak hit leadoff and will man center in his Marlins debut. Despite his fragile rating, I'd plan on keepin him until at least free agency, with a strong 4th OF (like Brinson) on the roster. It took 13 innings, but Nick Feight hit a walk off solo homer as we won 2-1.

Maybe I exaggerated on Neidert, as he was almost perfect in 8 innings. He allowed just a single run and 2 hits with 4 strikeouts. Still, I rather him pitch out of the pen, but luckily I didn't rush and acquire just any starter. Tyler Jay eanred the win, 2 scorless innings in the 12th and 13th.

We only had 6 hits in the game. Scott Kinger was 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of steals. Lewis Brinson was 1-for-3 with a solo shot before being replace by Thomas Dillard in right field. Moniak was 1-for-4 with a walk in his debut with a steal in two attempts.

Shiotani is headed to the DL with shoulder inflammation, but shouldn't miss more then the minimum. Koda Glover will be the temomparary closer for now.

Manny Machado hit his 300th homer as the Giants beat the Astros 10-2. It took him just 1,606 games to do it, and is a career .282/.338/.480 hitter.

June 1st, 2023: Seth Beer was named Rookie of the Month again, hitting .265 with 3 homers and 13 RBI's. He's hitting .289/.390/.548 for the year with 8 homers and 33 RBI's.

AA SP Jake Baker was named Southern Leauge Pitcher of the Month. He was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 5 starts with 35 strikeouts in 33 innings.

The Angels traded RHP Justin Marsden to Arizona for LF Eduardo Diaz. It's a pretty even deal.

I purchased the contract of RHP Jensen Elliot from AAA. The 26-year-old tossed 36.1 innings with New Orleans, going 3-0 with a save and a 2.72 ERA. He has a passable 1.32 WHIP with 33 strikeouts and 15 walks. Origionally acquired from the Cubs, the former 7th Rounder will make his big league debut.

We looked to finish the "sweep" with Jordan Montgomery (4-1, 2.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) taking on Cody Sedlock (2-3, 5.66 ERA, 1.74 WHIP). I gave Brinson the day off in favor of Ryan Mountcastle. He'd play 1B and push Beer up to right. Mountcastle wouldn't make a terrible outfielder, but I rather play him at first, where he's turned into a great defender. We finished the finale with a 6-3 win.

Monty was solid, 6 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. Phil Maton and Tyler Jay earned holds while Koda Glover picked up the save.

Jose Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a sac fly. Cole Roederer was 1-for-4 with a solo shot, a steal, and 2 total runs scored. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a walk, double, and run scored.

We'd stay home and host the 2nd Place Nationals. At 29-24, we have a 4.5 game lead over them. The projected starters are Bryan Mitchell (2-3, 4.81 ERA), Brreiling Eusebio (2-1, 3.18 ERA), and Sonny Warner (3-3, 3.66 ERA).

June 2nd, 2023: Jameson Taillon (6-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) opened the series against Bryan Mitchell (2-3, 4.81 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) as we hosted our division rival. Anderson Franco loves facing Taillon, and is 8-for-19 with 2 homers. Christian Yelich, however, dreads him, and is 2-for-23. It was a close one, but we walked away 7-6 winners.

Taillon left the game with bicep tendinitis, and will miss 2-3 months for recovery. Just what I needed, another injury... He went 4 innings with 3 runs (2 earned), 7 hits, and 4 strikeouts. Max Povse replaced him, going 1.1 innings with a hit, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara finished the 6th and got the win, allowing a run on two hits with 2 walks and a strikeout. Phil Maton and Jensen Elliot got holds and for some reaosn Dustin may got the save. This was Elliot's debut, and he pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

We hit a lot of hoemrs. Nick Gordon had two of them, going 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI's. Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, a double, and a homer. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with a solo shot. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a walk, triple, run, and RBI.

June 3rd, 2023: I reluctantly brought back A.J. Puckett since I really needed a starting pitcher. He did better in 3 AAA starts, 1-3 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

Walker Buehler (7-1, 3.08 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) was on the mound for game two against Breiling Eusebio (2-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), and both guys have done well against the opposition in their earlier starts. The Nats got the best of us, and took the middle game 4-3.

Buehler allowed 3 in 5.1 innings off 4 hits, a walk, and 9 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara finished the 6th and allowed a run off 2 hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Jensen Elliot tossed 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, a walk, and recording 2 strikeouts.

Mickey Moniak went deep and was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI's. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

June 4th, 2023: The Reds will be without Freicer Perez for the rest of the year with a torn labrum. The righty was 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA and a save to start the season in 16 games (5 starts).

We looked to win the series, but had an unfavorable pitching matchup in Jace Vines (2-2, 5.21 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) versus Sonny Warner (3-3, 3.66 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). Vines is a much better pitcher then the numbers suggest. The Nats got 3 in the 6th and won the series with a 4-2 victory. We really struggle against them...

Vines allowed 3 in 5 with 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Max Povse tossed 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, a run, and a strikeout.

Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 with a double. Lewis Brinson, Mickey Moniak, and Brendon Rodgers all picked up steals. Adam Haseley was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a walk.

That didn't go as planne,d but we're off to New York to face the Mets for three before an off day. At 35-22, we have a 3.5 game lead over the Nats, and New York is a half game back at 31-26. Both teams hold Wild Card spots, and the Braves trail New York by half a game. We'd see Chris Sale (3-0, 4.03 ERA), Noah Syndergaard (2-6, 4.93 ERA), and Brady Singer (8-3, 2.39 ERA).

But first, a special Amateur Draft edition for the 2023 First Year Player Draft.
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2023 Amateur Draft

Happy Draft Day! The Detroit Tigers opened the draft and selected RHP Robby Barfield, one of the few guys my scout likes. OSA has him as a 5 star, so it would seem they got this pick right.

1st Round, 26th Overall: SP Kevin Sturgeon (3): "Obi Yan" was literally the only player worth selecting, and he's not willing to sign... The 19-year-old has excellent stuff, with three excellent pitches. His slider is devestating, especially to other righties, and has the stamina to pitch deep into games. He hit's 96-98 consistently with his fastball and has an excellent work ethic. I'm willing to spend a lot to encourage him to forgo college.

2nd Round, 65th Overall: CF Zaire Cudjoe (2.5): The Braves selected the 21-year-0ld in the 19th round back in 2020, and he's improved significantly since. He can play a little bit of everywhere, and will turn into an elite outfielder at either of the three spots. He's got great speed and will hit for a solid average, but he strikes out a lot. He won't be a starter, but with a little work he can be a solid everyday player.

3rd Round, 98th Overall: 1B Ben Kemph (2.5): Really hoping picks roll over, as here's another guy who won't sign. He's got a great bat, with 83 contact and 70 power potential, but is limited to just first base. Chances are I won't spend too much on him, but his bat is really impressive and advanced for a teenager. The Michigan native has lots of scholarship offers lined up.

4th Round, 130th Overall: CL Jake Parker (2.5): I never like taking relief arms early, since you can find a lot of gems late, but with such a weak class it's what I'm almost forced to do. He started 15 games (4 relief appearences) in his junior year at Oral Roberts, but lacks a third pitch. He's well developed and can jump to the big leagues quick to be a solid middle reliever. His fastball is his best pitch, and he can hit triple digits on occasion.

5th Round, 160th Overall: CF Chris Purcell (2.5): He's an elite defender with elite speed and an excellent eye. Despite the eye, he strikes out alot due to his lack of contact. But when he connects, he can hit it a long way. He's got 73 power potential, although OSA doesn't see it that way. I wish he was my 12th rounder, but instead, he's a lottery ticket in the 5th round.

6th Round, 190th Overall: SP Alfredo Minjares (2): He's got three plus pitches in his arsenal and can hit 94-96 with his fastball and sinker. He's got great stamina and is extremely durable. He's not the best starter ever, but the New York native can fill a back of the rotation spot or long relief role.

7th Round, 220th Overall: C Chris Poullard (2): As a high school senior, he was undrafted, but he improved a lot in college at Centennial. He's got a decent bat for a catcher and calls a great game. He does great with his staff and is a fierce competitor that brings the best out of his teammates.

8th Round, 250th Overall: SP Daniel R. Lowing (1.5): It's a reach pick,but I could use another starter and he can throw 6 pitches. He doesn't have much velocity, averaging 87-89 with a poor fastball, but his offspeed is much better. His change up is plus=plus and the lefty does a good job of keeping runners close.

9th Round, 280th Overall: CF Sean Bair (2): Likely, he won't sign, as he wants $3,000,000 and I don't really trust him. He's got great speed and range in the outfield, but doesn't have much of an arm or base running skills. He's got excellent power, but swings and misses a lot. I think college will do him well.

10th Round, 310th Overall: SS Jimmy Hutson (2): He won't make contact very often, but he's got a great eye and solid power. He's good on the bases, and is a solid enough defender. He'll end up at either second, third, or shot, but isn't exactly going to be great at either. His infield defense will be a lot like Scott Kingery.

11th Round, 340th Overall: CF Steve Armstrong (2): He's got great speed and baserunning abilities as well as great range in the outfield. He's got great pop and makes good contact, but doesn't have much of an eye. He's a switch hitter who can develop into a solid centerfielder.

12th Round, 370th Overall: Kikuchi Laday (1.5): Half Japanese, the 18-year-old has a ton of stamina and a devestating curveball. He's a lefty that throws over the top and has good stuff. He needs more developing, but he could fill a spot start role.

13th Round, 400th Overall: SS Danny Deliso (1.5): He's got great range and could stick at short, or move to third with his cannon. He's got great speed and a great eye, but will attend college.

14th Round, 430th Overall: SS Chris Hartley (1.5): He's more of a second basemen, but he's got a solid bat. He'll make good contact, lay off tough pitches, and avoid strikeouts. His glove could use work, and he doesn't have the best arm.

15th Round, 460th Overall: CF Ken Ormand (1.5): Won't sign. He's got good gap power and an absolute cannon. He's got decent foot speed and outfield range, but won't steal many bases. I'm guessing the Stillwater native will go to a school near home.

16th Round, 490th Overall: CF Jeremy Page (1.5): Won't sign. Great power, speed, and range in the outfield, and should hit for a high average. He's not the best at catching fly balls, and doesn't have an arm. Strikeout problems may develop.

17th Round, 520th Overall: SS Mike Owen (1.5): We're running out of quality players left, but Owen has elite defensive potential. His arm is a bit weak, but he's as surehanded as it gets and his instincts paired with foot speed are unmatched. He's not the best hitter, but won't kill you.

18th Round, 550th Overall: CF Mike Harbour (1.5): He's better suited for left, but can play all three spots fine. He's got great power, but his most notable feature maybe be his brilliance when bunting. Other then that, filler player.

19th Round, 580th Overall: SP Juan Arteaga (0.5): Yes, he looks bad, but the Puerto Rican is intriguing. He also won't sign, so there is that. He's got an excellent change up that he uses frequently. He needs to work on his fastball, but that is what college is for.

20th Round, 610th Overall: RP Kevin Hunt (1.5): Selected out of Florida International in Miami, he may be on the fast track to a back of the pen role. He's got great stuff, but needs to work on his movement and control. He averages around 93-95 with a big league quality fastball.

21st Round, 640th Overall: CF Josh Lands (1): No more talent left, and he won't sign. He's a decent hitter, but makes a ton of errors in the outfield. He'll probbaly end up in right due to his arm, but has the range for center.

22nd Round, 670th Overall: CF Sean Scyoc (0.5): He's listed as a center fielder, but I like him more as a starter. He's got a ton of stamina with a devestating curveball. His stuff as a whole is plus plus, but he doesn't throw too fast. He'll work as a two way guy.

23rd Round, 700th Overall: CF Robby Rawdon (0.5): Same story as Scyouc, I like him better as a pitcher, although he has a cannon in the outfield. He's got a plus cutter and change, and solid control. He's not too special, but worth a shot.

24th Round, 730th Overall: 1B Geoff Vaughn (0.5): A terrible defender, but he has an amazing bat. His first four tools are rated 64-68-60-66, but he strikes out a ton. His bat could lead him to a bigger role, but probably not with me.

25th Round, 760th Overall: SP Juan AlyArez (0.5): Won't sign, drafted because of the interesting last name (not a typo). He can eat innings, but that's about it. College for him!

26th Round, 790th Overall: 2B Luis Arzola (0.5): He's not much of a fielder, but has a great bat. Lot's of power and a good eye make him a interesting prospect. Not good, but interesting.

27th Round, 820th Overall: 2B Brendan Lackey (0.5): I love fast players. I love switch hitters. He's both. He's not much of a defender and doesn't have much of a bat, but all the picks now are based off tools and luck.

28th Round, 850th Overall: SP Josh Stewart (1): He's more of a reliever, based on his stamina, but with work he can start. He's got three great pitches and a slow, straight fastball. He's like a less good Edward Cabrera.

29th Round, 880th Overall: SP Breadon Chiasson (0.5): Won't sign. Three pitches, two are above average and he has a slow fastball. A lot of those guys in this draft... Not much control either.

30th Round, 910th Overall: CF Sean Addis (0.5): Won't sign. Decent defensive outfielder with a decent extra base hit bat. No power or speed, but a solid eye. More of a smart outfielder then fast.

31st Round, 940th Round: SP Dwain Tilly (0.5): The Canadian youngster has had injury problems, but still exhibits solid stuff, especially with his curveball. Solid stamina as well, with developing control.

32nd Rounder, 970th Overall: SP Dave Hanks (0.5): He's not really good, but can throw 5 pitches and has 96 stamina. None of the pitches rank higher then a 36 (his fastball), but he doesn't throw 85 and can actually reach past 91.

33rd Round, 1,000th Overall: C Jonathan Hall (0.5): Won't sign. No power, but decent bat for a catcher. Not the best behind the plate, however, so he's not too interesting.

34th Round, 1,030th Overall: CF Juan Rivera (0.5): Different Juan Rivera, this one from Puerto Rico. He's got good foot speed and defensive ability, but doesn't really know how to hit. Solid eye. Won't sign.

35th Round, 1,060th Overall: CF Nate Cody (0.5): Won't sign. Massive power and is a great baserunner, although not so much stealer. Decent speed and outfield ability.

36th Round, 1,090th Overall: 3B Chad Tinucci (1): Massive power, but can't really hit the ball. Great speed and a canon at third. Expect a million strikeouts from the switch hitter.

37th Round, 1,120th Overall: SP Luis Ospina (0.5): This one is really cool, he went to my high school, Jones College Prep! Well, not actually, as he is a fictional player, but that is the high school the game assigned him. If this was true, the Puerto Rican from Bayamon would be the first from my school to be selected out of high school. He's got great stamina and 3 solid pitches. I'll try to follow him a little bit. He won't sign, however...

38th Round, 1,150th Overall: SP Murdoch Pardy (0.5): Won't sign. Great contorl of his four awful pitches. Well, his fastball is decent, registering 89-91 consistently, but isn't special.

39th Round, 1,180th Overall: 2B Luis Montero (0.5): He's an intersting hitter and fielder. Kind of shocked he fell this far honestly. He's got average power, a great eye, and will get his fair share of doubles.

40th Round, 1,210th Overall: SP Tommy Clasrk (0.5): Finally, the draft is over... This lefty has great stamina and three average to above average pitches. He'll give up a ton of homers, but he's not the worst last pick of a class ever.

I've had a lot of bad classes, but this one might end up being the worst one ever...

In case you're wondering what happened to the class of 2020 unsigned guys:

11th Round: CF Ayden Canada: Selected by Houston in the 18th Round, later released. I actually was going to draft him, so I offered him a minor league deal.
12th Round: 3B Kevin Connolly: Went undrafted and will return for his senior year.
21st Round: CF Juan Molina: Went undrafted and will return for his senior year.
22nd Round: SP Asa Lacy: Went undrafted and became a free agent.
24th Round: CF Ben Wenner: Selected by Minnesota in the 7th Round
26th Round: RF Kevin Bennett: Selected by Boston in the 14th Round and released.
31st Round: RF Dan Harris: Went undrafted and will return for his senior year.
32nd Round: SS Joel LaBonte (0.5/0.5): Went undrafted and will return for his senior year (he reminds me of Joe LaBrie and how much I wish I still had him...)
37th Round: SP Alpha Asante: Went undrafted and will return for his senior year.

Quick draftee report: Josh Weske has reached AAA after 6 elite starts in A+ Jpiter and 5 amazing starts in AA Jacksonville. He's not quite big league ready, but with all the SP injuries, I might need to call up the 2020 1st Rounder. He actually is a good player, rated 4* potential.

2019 2nd Rounder Jaheim Meggett went through A Greensboro and A+ Jupiter, and made his 1st start in AA Jacksnoville. He got the win, pitching 5 innings with an earned run, 6 walks, 2 hits, and 3 strikeouts. Wasn't perfect, but good for the young lefty. He's rated 3* potential.

2019 10th Rounder Brody Cook is hitting really well in AA, .299/.369/.449 with 5 hoemrs and 24 RBI's in 47 games. He's not a top prospect, but his excellent speed and ability to play anywhere, but catcher and pitcher makes him an interesting candidate to watch.

2021 1st Rounder Ken Adeniran tore up Greensboto and is taking Jupiter by strom as well. He's hitting .311/.342/.368 with 11 RBI's in 25 games, so he's showing promise, but needs to draw more walks and record extra base hits. As a pitcher, he hasn't pitched too much, but will get more reps on his off days.

Now, on to more baseball!
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June 5th, 2023: The Rangers will be without RHP Carl Edward Jr. for the rest of the year with a damaged elbow ligament. The 31-year-old was 1-0 with 3 saves and a 4.18 ERA.

And for the third straight week, we rank 5th in the Power Rankings.

We visit the Mets in Citi Field with Nick Neidert (0-1, 6.46 ERA, 0.78 WHIP) taking on Chris Sale (3-0, 4.03 ERA, 1.07 WHIP). Lewis Brinson loves facing Sale, 17-for-41 with 5 homers. The Mets rallied for 4 in the 3rd and took the opener 7-3.

Neidert allowed 5 in 4 innings with 6 hits and 4 strikeouts. It might be time to replace him, but first I need to find someone... Edward Cabrera allowed 2 more in 2 innings with 2 hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Dustin May as righted the ship recently and tossed 2 shutout innings with just 1 hit and 3 strikeouts.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, but also committed an error. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Brinson was silenced, 0-for-4, but he did score a run.

June 6th, 2023: 4th Rounder Jake Parker agreed to a $230,000 signing bonus.

A.J. Puckett (1-2, 7.07 ERA, 2.04 WHIP) made his return to the big leagues against Noah Syndergaard (2-6, 4.93 ERA, 1.34 WHIP). Who would've thought pitchign would be our problem this year? It wasn't the problem today, and we evened the series with a 4-2 win.

Puck looked like himself again, 8 strong innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, and 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover tossed a perfect 9th to earn his 3rd save of the season.

Seth Beer hit a pair of solo homers and was walked in 4 plate appearences. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-4 with a steal, walk, and run scored. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with a walk and steal.

July 7th, 2023: The rubber match took place between two excellent pitchers, Jordan Montgomery (5-1, 2.91 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) and Brady Singer (8-3, 2.39 ERA, 0.82 WHIP). It was a nailbiter, but 3 in the 5th was all we needed to edge the Mets 3-2 and take the series.

Tyler Jay left the game with forearm tendinitis and will head to the DL. He allowed a run in an inning with a walk, strikeout, and 2 hits. He also got a hold.

Montgomery pitched well, just 5 innings with 5 hits, a run, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara earned a hold, going 2 innings with 3 strikeouts and a hit. Koda Glover earned the save, 2 strikeouts and a hit in the 9th.

Jose Ramirez hit a three run homer in the 5th, and that proved to be the difference in the game. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 and scored on the homer. Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with a double. Montgomery himself was 1-for-3.

The A's Nick Allen was 5-for-5 as they beat the Yankees 6-3.

Giants slugger Nomar Mazara hit three into the seats in a 8-3 win over the Cardinals.

We got tomorrow off to travel to our nation's capital for a road series with the Nats. This is a curcial series, as we have a 3 game lead over them.

June 8th, 2023: The Braves will be without lefty Kris Bubic for the rest of the year with a ruptured ulnar collateral ligament. He tossed 8.2 innings in his rookie season with a 1.04 ERA and 0.81 WHIP.

The Nats won today, cutting the lead to just 2.5 games. We never seem to beat them, and will have to win the series in their home stadium. We'll see Breiling Eusebio (3-1, 3.15 ERA), Sonny Warner (3-3, 3.53 ERA), and Erlin Moreno (4-3, 3.33 ERA).

June 9th, 2023: I activated Yasukazu Shiotani from the DL, and he'll slot back into his closer role.

2nd rounder Zaire Cudjoe agreed to a $250,000 signing bonus. I'd be surprised if my bonus reach over $1 million this season...

We opened the series with Walker Buehler (7-2, 3.23 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) taking on Breiling Eusebio (3-1, 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). It was a slugfest, but we got 5 in the 9th to take a 8-7 lead. In his day back Shiotani allowed them to tie it, but we got 2 in the 10th to win 10-8.

Buehler wasn't as good as normal, 4 runs off 7 hits in 5 innings with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Shiotani, who blew the save, but also got the win, allowed 1 in 2 innings off a hit, walk, and strikeout. Dustin May allowed 2 in 0.2 innings off a hit and walk. Jensen Elliot pitched the 6th, allowed 2 hits, a run, walk, and strikeout.

Seth Beer had himself a game, 2-for-4 with a double, homer, walk, 3 runs scored, and 3 driven in. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-5, but hit a three run homer. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-2 with 2 runs, 2 walks, and 1-for-2 stealing bases. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Cole Roederer was 1-for-4 with an RBI, walk, and double.

June 10th, 2023: Shoehi Ohtani will begin rehab in AAA New Orleans.

The pitcher who blew more games for me then I could count, Felipe Rivero, is out for the year with a stretched elbow ligament. Of course, with the Cubs, he had 8.1 scorless innings, a save, and 10 strikeouts...

The Phillies fired manager John Farrell. It's his 3rd season as manager, and the Phillies have started off to a dreadful 21-39 record.

Jace Vines (2-3, 5.23 ERA, 1.72 WHIP) took on Sonny Warner (3-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) in the middle game. Mickey Moniak can actually hit Warner, 5-for-14 with a homer. We've never had him in our countless failures against Warner... Well, untill now, as we fell 7-1.

Vines allowed 5 runs in the 1st, and completed 3 innings with 6 hits and 4 strikeouts. Max Povse allowed 2 more in 1.1 innings with 3 hits. Luiz Gohara was great, 3 hitless innings with 3 strikeouts and a walk.

Moniak was 2-for-4 with a walk, so he did his part, although he was caught stealing. Nick Gordon was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Scott Kingery ahd a pinch hit single in the 4th, and scored the only run of the game.

Didi Gregorious was 5-for-6 as the Red Sox killed the Orioles 27-4. Baltimore used 3 position players, 2B Derian Cruz, C Chance Sisco, and CF Bradley Zimmer. The first two had an inning a piece and allowed 4 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks each (Sisco got a strikeout). Zimmer allowed just 1 in 0.2 innings, but didn't allow a hit.

I'm having a lot of trouble finding a reaplacement starter...

June 11th, 2023: All star vote update! Dillard remains 1st for catchers! Buehler and Jay are still 3rd, and now Jordan Montgomery is 5th for starters.

Nick Neidert (0-2, 7.45 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) took the mound against Erling Moreno (4-3, 4.33 EAR, 1.29 WHIP) and honestly, can he just be extremely unlucky? He's a 3* and his WHIP is amazing! Something must be up... Well, either way, we dropped the finale 4-1 and the Nats inch closer to us...

Neidert allowed 4 runs off 5 hits with 4 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Elliot, Maton, and Glover combined for 2.2 no hit innings ith 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Moniak was the only Marlin with multiple hits, a pair of singles and a walk in 5 trips to the plate. Adam Haseley was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Scott Kingery was 1-for-4 with an RBI triple.

The lead is cut to just 1.5 games, as we return home to host Milwaukee for three. The Brewers are having a rough year, 21-42 and 19.5 games out of first. We'll see former Marlin Thomas Hatch (3-6, 5.47 ERA), followed by Felix Jorge (2-4, 5.85 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (2-6, 7.27 ERA). We need this sweep!
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June 12th-June 18th

June 12th, 2023: We dropped one spot to 6th in the Power Rankings, and the Nats jumped us to 4th...

The Brewers came to town, and sent former Marlin farm hand Thomas Hatch (3-6, 5.47 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) to the mound against A.J. Puckett (2-2, 6.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) who will look to build on his solid start last time he was out. It took 13 innings, but Lewis Brinson hit a walk off single to send the fans home happy with a 3-2 win. We had just 6 hits to their 12, but hey, whatever works!

Puckett allowed 7 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera, Phil Maton, Koda Glover, Yasukazu Shiotani, Dustin may, and Jensen Elliot combined for 9 shutout innings with just 5 hits, 3 walks, and an impressive 13 strikeouts. Elliot got the win, the first of his career, with 2 innings of 2 hit ball with 4 strikeouts.

Brinson was 1-for-5 with 2 RBI's and a hit by pitch. Adam Haseley was 0-for-4 with 2 walks, a steal and a run scored. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with an RBI, 2 walks, and a sac bunt.

June 13th, 2023: Joe Jimenez is off to AAA to begin a rehab assignment.

Neither my 1st or 3rd rounder will sign, so I'm really hoping the roll over picks work. Worst case: I'll manually edit the draft order to give every team the rollover picks they need.

We looked to take the series a day early with Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) taking on Felix Jorge (2-4, 5.85 ERA, 1.40 WHIP). Another beauriful pitching performance, as we took this one 6-1.

Although, it's moer bad then good, as Montgomery left with an injury...

He went 5.1 innings with 3 hits, a run, a walk, and 6 strikeouts, but I really, really, really can't afford another pitching injury. Luiz Gohara got the win, 0.2 innings with a strikeout. Dustin May, Max Povse, and Edward Cabrera tossed hitless innings to finish the game.

Lewis Brinson went deep twice and drove in 3 runs in 4 at bats. Seth Beer was 1-for-4 with a walk and 2 run homer. Mickey Moniak was 2-for-5 with a double, RBI, and steal. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

If Montgomery misses any significnat time... I already have 7 pitchers on the DL...

June 14th, 2023: I think I dodged a bullet in a shooting range, as Montgomery is fine, his thumb was just a little sore, but he's already better. Phew...

The Brewers fired their manager Randy St. Claire today. It was his third season, and he's a career 168-221 with Milwaukee. The former RP had a solid big league career, 12-6 with 9 saves, a 4.14 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 252 innings.

We looked to sweep the manager-less Brewers with Walker Buehler (7-2, 3.50 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) taking on Jimmy Nelson (2-6, 7.27 ERA, 1.62 WHIP). It took 11 innings, but Nick Gordon took Jandel Gustave deep for a walk off solo homer to finsih the sweep with a 2-1 win.

Buehler tossed 5 innings, 5 hits, a run, and 9 strikeouts. The rest of the pen combined for 6 innings with just a single walk and 13 strikeouts. Gohara struck out 4 in 2, Elliot the side in the 8th, Shiotani 4 in 2, and Glover, who got the win, 2 in the 11th.

Gordon was 2-for-5 with the game winning homer and a steal. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal.

Tomorrow was a day off where we could enjoy beautiful Miami before hosting the Cubs.

June 15th, 2023: The Rockies will be without SP Jake Thompson for the rest of the year and part of next season with a torn rotator cuff. This was his first big league action since 2019 with Phialdelphia, and he was 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA.

We have a 3.5 game lead over Milwuakee and sit at 41-25 to take on the defending champion Chicago Cubs. At 43-24, they look poised to repeat. We'd see Pablo Ochoa (6-4, 3.65 ERA), Yandy Garcia (0-1, 6.23 ERA), and Jorge Flores (6-2, 2.93 ERA).

June 16th, 2023: 5th Rounder Chris Purcell agreed to a $170,000 signing bonus.

The Giants have acquired C Kole Cottam from Arizona for RHP Jean-Christophe Hernandez. Even trade here.

Shoehi Ohtnai is back in the majors and Adam Haseley will be sent down to AAA. Ohtani will push Brinson into a 4th outfielder role.

Jace Vines (2-4, 5.76 ERA, 1.74 WHIP) looked to turn things around against Pablo Ochoa (6-4, 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) in the opener. RThe Cubs have really taken advantaged of the international market to build their team. THe Cubs scored 2 in the first, but Vines calmed down and we took the opener 4-2.

Vines went 6.1 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, but recording just 1 strikeout. Former Cub Phil Maton got the hold and Shiotani earned the save.

Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ohtani was 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk in his return to the lineup. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with a walk.

June 17th, 2023: Nick Neidert (0-3, 7.30 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) looked for his first career win against Yandy Garcia (0-1, 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP). The pitching matchup looks like a battle of cellard dwellers, not pennant contendors. We rallied for 5 in the 8th to take the second match 9-4, and now have a better record then the Cubs.

Neidert pitched well and got the win, 6 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, a walk,a nd 4 strikeouts. Phil Maton and Koda Glover got holds, before Max Povse walked 3 in the 8th and allowed a hit and run with a strikeout in the 9th. Shiotani came in to get the last out, and threw 11 pitches to get a fly out to end the game and earn his 12th save.

Mickey Moniak went deep twice, and was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and 2 walks. Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-5 with a double, homer, run scored, and 3 RBI's. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a solo shot. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, and douoble. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a double. Nick Gordon was 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a run scored, and RBI.

Former Marlin Chris J. Shaw was 5-for-5 as the Tigers beat the Phillies 13-6.

Gerrit Cole tossed a 2-hit shutout as the Dodgers shutout Colorado 7-0.

June 18th, 2023: Tyler Jay is starting rehab with Joe Jimenez in New Orleans.

Dillard still sits a top all NL catchers, with Buehler and Jay still in third. Montgomery went up one spot to fourth.

The Phillies will be without SP Adbert Alzolay for the year with a torn rotator cuff. After a strong 2022, he had a rough 2023, 2-5 with a 5.43 ERA and opponents were hitting .321 aganist him.

We looked to finish the sweep with A.J. Puckett (2-2, 5.63 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) taking on reigning Cy Young winner Jorge Flores (6-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.08 WHIP). Dare I say the better Luis Marrero? A lot of late scoring gave the Cubs the 7-6 win as we had to keep the brooms on standby. For now.

Errors killed us, as three errors cost us 4 runs. Puckett went just 3 innings, with 5 runs (2 earned), 6 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera tossed 3 excellent mop up innings with a walk, hit, and 2 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara was charged with the loss, 2 innings with 2 hits, a run, and 2 strikeout. Koda Glover allowed an unearned run in the top of the 9th.

The errors were charged to Ohtani, Ramirez, and Beer.

Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with a run, 3 RBI's, a triple, and a double. Mickey moniak was 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI, 2 runs scored, and a double. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with a solo shot, his 15th of the year. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double.

Can't complani about 2-of-3 from the reigning champs, even if we were at home.

Carlos Correa was 5-for-6 as the Padres crushed Pittsburgh 16-0. San Diego is 47-21 with a .691 win percentage. They're a really scary team with an unmatched lineup with solid enough pitching.

Off to Colorado as we start a 7 game road trip against the NL West. At 27-43, last year's NL West champions aren't looking so good. Our lead over the Nationals is now a comfortable 4.5, as we look to keep first place for the entirety of the year. We'll see Eric Lauer (1-3, 5.29 ERA), Juan Coira (2-0, 3.14 ERA), and German Marquez (6-4, 4.66 ERA) in a hitter's paradise.

I still need to address my pitching situation, with three of my starters carrying ERA's over 5, but there isn't much help on the horizon...
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June 19th, 2023: Down in Jacksonville, 3B Drew Bianco was named Southern League Player of the Week. He hit .448 with 10 RBI's and a homer.

We're up all the way to 3rd in the Power Rankings, trailing just Oakland and San Diego.

A duel of southpaws took place between Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 2.76 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) and Eric Lauer (1-3, 5.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) in the opener in Colorado. It wasn't a slugfest, and we edged the Rockies 4-3.

Montgomery had an interesting outing, 4.2 innings with 6 hits, a run, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Max Povse finished the inning and earned the win. Jensen Elliot, Dustin May, and Luiz Gohara earned holds and Yasukazu Shiotani got the save. Elliot allowed a hit with 2 runs, a walk, and a strikeout.

Jose Ramirez and Seth Beer were both 1-for-4 with solo homers. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-3 with a run scored, 2 walks, and a steal.

Today also marks the start of the GCL season, so I have to turn 75 to 40... I did a good job with cutting leftover players my old scout liked, but I ended with 46/40.

I acquired two players to make the cuts easier, 1B Juan Valera and RHP Matt Wotherspoon.

June 20th, 2023: The Yankees fired manager Aaron Boone with the team a pitiful 24-47. This was his 6 year as the manager, and won the 2019 World Series and made the playoffs in 2018 and 2020, but hasn't been back since.

Game two saw Walker Buehler (7-2, 3.39 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) and Juan Coira (2-0, 3.14 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) who is making his first start of the year after 35 releif appearences. The Rox got 7 in the 7th en route to a 9-5 win.

Buehler got the loss, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and 7 strikeouts. Shoehi Ohtani got a relief apperaence, but was dreadful, 5 runs and 2 hits in 0.1 inning with 3 walks and a strikeout. Elliot finished the game, 1.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

Brendan Rodgers hit his old team well, going 2-for-4 with 2 walks, 2 runs, 4 RBI's, a double, and three run homer. Seth Beer was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI, and a double.

June 21st, 2023: Jace Vines (3-4, 5.46 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) and German Marquez (6-4, 4.66 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) dueled in the finale. Vines actually allowed just 1 run in his first start against the Rockies earlier in the year. THe 7th must be the Rockies inning, and they got 5 today to take the series with a 6-3 win.

Vines allowed 4 runs in 6+ innings with 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Phil Maton blew the save, allowing 2 runs off 2 hits, a walk, and strikeout in a third of the inning.

Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-3 with a solo hoer and a walk.

It was dissapointing to lose the series to such a bad team, but we have to shake it off. Next comes four in Arizona, who also has had a rough season. We'd see Adrian Almeida (0-2, 9.11 ERA), Jean-Christophe Hernandez (0-2, 7.56 ERA), Brock Helverson (3-9, 5.32 ERA), and Taylor Clarke (3-4, 3.76 ERA). We need to win this series!

June 22nd, 2023: Joe JImenez re-joined the team, sending Jensen Elliot back down to AAA.

Nick Neidert (1-3, 6.46 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) toed the rubber in the opener in Chase Field against Adrian Almeida (0-2, 9.11 ERA, 1.99 WHIP). The skid continued, and we dropped the opener 8-1... We're so, so, so streaky...

Neidert allowed 6 hits and 6 walks in 6 innings to go with 6 runs. He struck out 5 and walked 1. Max Povse pitched the last 2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts.

Neidert had a good day with the bat, 2-for-2 with a double. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a wlak. Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a double.

June 23rd, 2023: We looked to stop the skid with A.J. Puckett (2-2, 5.65 ERA, 1.91 WHIP) facing Jean-Christophe Hernandez (0-2, 7.56 ERA, 2.04 WHIP). It was a close one, but he edged them 3-2.

Puck pitched well, 2 unearned runs in 6 innings wigh 2 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Koda Glover got a hold, 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Yasukazu Shiotani got the save with 2 strikeouts in a perfect 9th.

Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Seth Beer was 1-for-4 with a double. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jose Ramirez was 0-for-1 with 3 walks, an RBI, and a steal.

Former Marlin RF Cole Brannen was 5-for-5 in a 15-5 win as his Angels beat the Rangers.

Sam Keating tossed a 7-0 shutout as the Padres beat the Dodgres.

June 24th, 2023: Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 2.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) took the mound for game three against Brock Helverson (3-9, 5.32 ERA, 1.58 WHIP). They got 3 in the 8th to take the game 4-2.

Montgomery, for some reason, threw just 75 pitches in 5 innings. He did great, 5 strikeouts, just 4 hits, and a run. Koda Glover got the loss, 3 runs (2 earned) in 1.1 inning off 4 hits and 2 strikeouts.

Seth Beer was 2-for-2 with a solo homer, 2 walks, and 2 total runs scored. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a walk, but made the error.

It's really been a rough stretch for us recently...

June 25th, 2023: All-Star Voting update: Dillard is still in 1st, with Buehler and Montgomery three and four. Tyler Jay dropped out.

There were four season ending injuries. Four!

The White Sox will be without SP Jon Duplantier for the year with radial nerve compression.

The Royals will be without RP Will Smith for the year with a torn flextor tendon.

The Rays will be without 3B Kaleb Cowart with a broken bone in his elbow.

The Angels will be without former Marliln Adam Conley with a stretched elbow ligament.

I also finally addressed my starting pitching issue, acquiring Jake Junis from the Rays for RP Mitchell Kilkenny, RP Riley McCauley, and RF Andrew McCutchen. Cutch was added as a minor league free agent, same with Kilkenny, and McCauley was from Minnesota.

Junis is a 2.5 with eliete control, amazing stamina, and a cheap contract. This year, he's 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA in 8 starts with a 1.17 WHIP. He's not great, but he's solid and dependable, which is more then I can say about three fifth of my rotation. Neidert will be sent down to AAA.

The finale took place between Jhoan Duran (3-4, 4.44 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and Walker Buehler (7-3, 3.36 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) in a must-win game. Or 10-4 loss, if that's easier...

Buehler was rocked for 7 runs and 5 hits in 1.1 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 3. It was brutal... Edward Cabrera, however, was great, 3.2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Dustin May allowed 2 more runs and the last was off Max Povse. Today sucked...

Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Nick Feight hit a pinch hit homer in the 9th. Lewis Brinson was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Nick Gordon swiped three bags and was 2-for-5.

Luckily, tomorrow is an off day, and even more lucky, we're still 5.5 games up. And best of all, we'll finally return home after a despicable road trip. It's crazy, we're 27-9 at home and 18-22 on the road.

June 26th, 2023: As expected, we made a plunge in the Power Rankings. We're all the way down to 9th, and we deserve it. We looked awful against a cellard dweller and a pretender.

We're finally home, and we have a quick two game set with Cleveland. They're not having a great year, 37-38 and 8.5 out of first. We're projected to see Triston McKenzie (4-5, 4.60 ERA) and Jhon Vergara (4-6, 5.16 ERA). Let's turn things back around!
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June 27th, 2023: We're hosting the Indians for a quick two game set. Jace Vines (3-5, 5.51 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) gets the start against Triston McKenzie (4-5, 4.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) in the opener. With 4 in the 6th, we took the opener 4-3.

Vines allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in 4 innings with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Max Povse pitched the 5th, but was diagnosed wil elbow inflammation and will head to the DL. Phil Maton got the win, pitching the 6th with a walk and strikeout. Koda Glover and Joe Jimenez got holds, and Yasukazu SHoitani got the save.

Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and triple.

With Povse headed to the DL, I recalled Tyler Jay from his rehab assignment.

June 28th, 2023: Jake Junis (3-2, 4.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) made his Marlins debut against Jhon Vergara (4-6, 5.16 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) as we looked to sweep the quick two game series. Nick Gordon loves facing Vergara, going 8-for-19 against the righty. Our bats were scilenced, and we dropped the fianle 6-1.

Junis allowed 3 runs off 10 hits in 7 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez was charged with 2 runs (1 earned) with a hit and 2 strikeouts. Dustin May allowed a run in an inning with a hit, walk, and 2 strikeouts.

We only managed 4 hits all game. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-3 with a double while Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Cole Roederer was 0-for-1 with a caught stealing, but walked twice and scored the only run.

The Phillies have now won 10 in a row with new manager David Bell. The team is 12-3 since he replaced John Farrell, but they are just 34-43 on the season and 11.5 games out.

Tomorrow was a day off, before the Dodgers came to town for four.

June 29th, 2023: The Dodgers will be without RHP Jose A. Ramirez for the rest of the year. He tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his first season in Dodger blue.

Taylor Trammell of the Reds hit for the cycle in a 7-6 win over the Brewers.

The Mets SS Ronny Mauricio was 5-for-6 in an 18-3 win over San Diego.

Looking at the upcoming series with the 39-40 Dodgers, we'd see Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 3.86 ERA), Robinson Ortiz (3-2, 4.54 ERA), Dennis Santana (3-5, 5.99 ERA), and Gerrit Cole (2-8, 4.90 ERA).

June 30th, 2023: Walker Buehler (7-4, 4.03 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) got the ball against his former team and teammate Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP). He treated the fans to a 1-0 shutout.

Buehler bounced back from his rough start, going 6.1 innings with just 4 hits, 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts. Koda Glover and Tyler Jay got holds before Shiotani got the save.

There wasn't much offense on either side in the opener. Mountcastle was 1-for-2 with a walk and double. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-3 and drove in the only run of the game, off former Marlin John Curtiss.

Mike Soroka of the Braves struck out 15 in a 1-0 win over the Rockies. He allowed just 4 hits and a walk in 8 innings.

July 1st, 2023: For the third straight month, Seth Beer was named Rookie of the Month. He hit .263 with 7 doubles, 7 homers, 15 runs scored, and 13 RBI's. He seems like a lock to win Rookie of the Year this year.

Down in AAA, CL Ben Popkin won Plitcher of the Month with 10 strikeouts in 12 innings with 8 saves, a 2-0 record, and 3.00 ERA.

Game two of four saw Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 2.66 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) duel Robinson Ortiz (3-2, 4.54 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). It took 12 innings, but we edged the visitors 8-7 on a walk off single by Mickey Moniak of former Marlin John Curtiss.

Montgomery had a rough start, lasting just 2.2 innings with 4 hits, 5 runs, a walk, but 6 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara tossed 2.1 innings of mop up, allowing 2 more runs with 2 hits, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. The rest of the pen combined for 7 scorless innings with 4 hits, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts. Shiotani pitched 2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts, and Dustin May earned the win with the last 2 innings. He allowed a hit, 2 walks, and got a strikeout.

Mickey Moniak was 3-for-7 with a double, triple, 2 RBI's, and a steal. Lewis Brinson hit a pinch hit 3 run homer in the 5th inning. Ryan Mountcastle hit a pinch hit 2 run double in the 6th. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-5 with a double, walk, and RBI. Cole Roederer was 3-for-5 with a walk and 3 runs scored.

July 2nd, 2023: Today the International Pool was published! There's one player I really, really want, as well as a few other solid players. It's a better class then last year.

Jordan Montgomery asked for an extension, but he still wants too much. We negotiated a litte, but we're still too far apart.

I extened all my personell that would accept an extension, except manager Don Mattingly. He's old and I don't like a lot of things he's done, but if we do well in the playoffs, I'd extend him.

Fan vote update: Dillard remains first, Montgomery passed Buehler, but they are still 3rd and 4th. Former Marlin Victor Arano is 5th for relievers, and is having an amazing year with the Brewers, 2-2 with 3 saves and a 1.41 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts in 38.1 innings and a 0.94 WHIP. Can't complaing about Dillard though, so i can't say I miss him too much.

We looked to take the third game with A.J. Puckett (3-2, 4.96 ERA, 1.78 WHIP) taking on Dennis Santana (3-5, 5.99 ERA, 1.36 WHIP). Puckett has had a great stetch as of late, and it continued in a 4-1 win. Only problem, he left with an injury...

He tosed 5 innings with 4 hits, a run, a walk, and 4 strikeout. Ohtani got a hold, walking and striking out 2 in the 6th. Dustin May earned a hold, and Joe JImenez a 1.2 inning save.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI's, and a steal. Mickey Moniak was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. We could sweep the four game set tomorrow.

July 3rd, 2023: We lucked out with Puckett, as it's just a stiff back and he'll be able to make his next start.

We;re all the way up to 2nd in the Power Rankings now, behind just San Diego. At 49-32, we have a nice 6 game lead over the Mets.

We looked to finish the sweep with Jace Vines (3-5, 5.58 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) facing Gerrit Cole (2-8, 4.90 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). Brendan Rodgers has been cold of late, but loves facing Cole, 8-for-20 with 2 homers. Today was ugly, as we allowed 8 in the 8th and 6 in the 9th.

Vines allowed 4 runs off 6 hits in 3.2 innings with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez, who's been excellent all year, allowed 8 runs off 6 hits with 2 walks and was only able to get one out. Tyler Jay went 1 inning, allowing 2 hits and 5 runs with 3 walks and 1 strikeout. Mickey Moniak had to get the last out of the 9th, but first allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and a run. Not sure why they didn't move Ohtani to pitcher and play Moniak in the outfield, but it wouldn't really make a difference.

Thomas Dillard and Jose Ramirez were 1-for-5 with solo homers. Cole Roederer was 3-for-5 with a double and a steal. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-4 with a double, steal, and 2 runs scored. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a steal.

Koda Glover is suffering from back spasams, and will be sent to the DL. Replacing him will be 23-year-old Ben Popkin. The former 23rd overall pick by the Yankees in 2018 will be set to make his major league debut. He's got closer potential and is rated a 3.5/5 with a 94 knuckle-curve and 93 stamina. He'll be the new 7th inning guy.

We're off to Atlanta to take on the 4th place Braves. We'll see Lucas Sims (!1-2, 2.17 ERA), Joey Wentz (4-7, 4.11 ERA), and Mike Soroka (6-4, 2.77 ERA). We've got a 7.5 game lead over them, but it's always better to increase leads.
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July 4th-July 9th

July 4th, 2023: Jake Junis (3-3, 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) opened the series in Atlanta against Lucas Sims (11-2, 2.17 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) who has been dominate all season. The Braves got 7 in the 2nd and piled on a total of 14 runs in the 14-2 win.

Junis had an awful start, 9 runs and 8 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts in 3 innings. Ohtani tossed 2.1 mop up innings with 3 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and a strikeout. Phil Maton got the last 2.2 innings, with 2 hits, a run, a walk, and 4 strikeouts.

Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a steal. Tomorrow better be better...

Aaron Judge hit his 300th homer in a 9-7 Yankees win over the Angels. It took the 31 year old just 1,005 games to reach 300.

July 5th, 2023: The International guy I wanted signed with Cleveland for the maximum $5,900,000 bonues instead of signing my max deal...

We looked to bounce back with Walker Buehler (8-4, 3.76 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) taking on Joey Wentz (4-7, 4.11 ERA, 1.39 WHIP). The Braves got 3 in the 6th, and that was enough for the 3-1 win.

Buehler allowed all 3 in 5.2 innings with 5 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. Ben Popkin made his big league debut with 2 hitless innings, a walk, and 2 strikeouts.

Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Mickey Moniak was 3-for-4 with a double. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a double. We needed to learn how to win on the road...

And in case you are wondering where all are unsigned players went:

1st Round: RHP Kevin Sturgeon (Virginia 2024)
3rd Round: 1B Ben Kempf (Michigan State 2024)
9th Round: CF Sean Bair (Stanford 2024)
13th Round: SS Danny Deliso (U.C. Santa Barbra 2026)
15th Round: CF Ken Ormand (New Orleans 2024)
16th Round: CF Jeremy Page (Ball State 2026)
19th Round: SP Juan Arteaga (Florida State 2026)
25th Round: SP Juan AlyArez (Notre Dame 2026)
29th Round: SP Braedon Chiasson (TCU 2024)
30th Round: CF Sean Addis (VCU 2026)
33rd Round: C Jonathan Hall (Texas 2026)
34th Round: CF Juan Rivera (Virginia 2026)
35th Round: CF Nate Cody (Cal-State Fulerton 2026)
37th Round: SP Luis Ospina (East Carolina 2026)
38th Round: SP Murdoch Pardy (Waterloo 2026)

The game does have the rollover picks included on the draft order, so I think it's all good.

July 6th, 2023: I claimed RHP Shane Smith and sent Dustin May (already cleared waivers) to AAA. Smith is rated a 2.5/3 with a 94 rated curveball.

The Mets will be without RHP Shane Greene for the year with a damaged elbow ligament. In his first season in New York, he was 1-0 with a 3.90 ERA.

In other New York news, the Yankees will be without CF Clint Frazier for the year with a broken kneecap. He was hitting .230 with 13 homers and 35 RBI's.

We looked to avoid the sweep with Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 3.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) taking on Mike Soroka (6-4, 2.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). The bats finally woke up, and we took the finale 6-2.

Montgomery wsa hurt after Soroka hit him with a pitch... He left after 2 innings with 2 hits and a run. Edward Cabrera earned the win, tossing 3.1 innings with a hit and a strikeout. Smith made his Marlins debut, allowing a solo homer and getting a strikeout in 0.2 innings while earning a hold. Ben Popkin got one as well, 2 innings with a hit and 4 strikeouts. We scored 2 in the top of the 9th, but Shiotani still took the 9th and struck out 2 in a non-save situation.

I swear, if Montgomery is out for any length of time becasue of this... The hit by pitch looked to be in retaliation for hitting Jeff Houghtby in the 2nd, but I doubt there was any intent in that...

Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and 3 total RBI's. Seth Beer was 2-for-3 with 2 walks and a 2 run homer in the first. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 with a steal and a run scored. Scott Kingery was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and a double.

The Rays' Jacob Faria tossed a 4-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Cleveland. He struck out 8 and allowed just 4 hits.

We're off to Chicago to face the Cubs for three. They share our 50-35 record and sit atop their division as well. We'd see Justin Dunn (10-3, 3.91 ERA), Robbie Ray (8-5, 5.26 ERA), and Pablo Ochoa (7-7, 3.88 ERA).

July 7th, 2023: Montgomery has a bruised knee and will miss 6 days, so that means his next start. I had numerous guys I could call apon for his start.

I signed 17-year-old SS Sergio Cardenas to a $950,000 bonus. He's got a lot of work, but is rated as a 2.5 potential with elite defense. His range and arm are elite, and with pracitce, he could play any infield position, although short is his best option now.

The Mariners will be without 2B Luis Arrez for the rest of the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If you remember, way back in April he had a 5-hit game.

We opened the series with the Cubs with A.J. Puckett (4-2, 4.67 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) facing Justin Dunn (10-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.20 WHIP). The Cubs got 2 in the 6th and won the opener 2-1.

Puckett pitched well, 5.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Tyler Jay left with an injury after 0.2 innings of perfect baseball. His diagnosis is still pending.

It was a rough game, with just 3 htis. Nick Feight had two of them, a double and single in three trips. The last hit was a Nick Gordon single. Brendan Rodgers scored the only run after drawing a walk in the 8th inning.

Nationals 3B Tanner Kholhepp was 5-for-6 in a loss to the Brewers. The Rookie hasn't had the best success in the pros, but the former 2018 3rd rounder looks like a future star. It seems like every team has a star from that 2018 draft except us, although Seth Beer was selected by the Pirates in that draft.

July 8th, 2018: With the Mets just 3.5 games back, Jace Vines (3-6, 5.79 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) looked to pick up the win against Robbie Ray (8-5, 5.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). We did what we do best, lose on the road, this time 4-1.

Vines went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. The rest of the pen pitched 3 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.

We only had 3 hits. Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-4 with a triple and scored the only run. Lewis Brinson dove him in on a sacrafice fly. The last hit was a Jose Ramirez single, although he was injured in a collision while base running. He's off to the DL for 1-2 weeks with a sore elbow.

The Rangers Josh Bell was 5-for-6 in a 19-2 win over the Cardinals. His teammate Scott Schebler was 5-for-6 as well.

July 9th, 2023: All-Star update: Dillard remains in 1st, and Montgomery and Buehler maintain 3rd and 4th.

I called up 3B Nolan Gorman to make his big league debut. The 23-year-old was selected in the 3rd round of the 2018 draft by the Orioles, directly after Seth Beer.

We looked to avoid the sweep with Jake Junis (3-4, 5.37 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) looking to bounce back after a dreadful start. He'd face Pablo Ochoa (7-7, 3.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). Gorman hit 8th and would play the hot corner in the finale. We fell 6-2 as the horrid road trip comes to a conclusion.

Junis allowed 6 in 6 off 8 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts, and I'm searching vigorously for my recipt of the trade...

Ohtani had a good game, 3-for-4 with both RBI's and a pair of doubles. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk. Gorman was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his debut.

Mike Trout, the best hitter of this generation, crushed his 400th career homer in a 4-2 win over the Twins. The Angels slugger recorded this homer in his 1,725th career game. Already worth a whopping 82.5 WAR, if he retired today, he'd be a Hall of Famer. Luckily for baseball, he has years to go!

Well, we're up just 1.5 games over the Mets, but would return home for three against the Braves. We'd look to turn it around against Joey Wentz (5-7, 3.94 ERA), Mike Soroka (6-5, 2.90 ERA), and Sean Wymer (2-3, 2.32 WHIP). Soroka better get one at his head... Just kidding, I love him in real life, but this is a video game so it's ok.
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July 10th, 2023: Tyler Jay is headed to the DL for four weeks with a fractured shoulder blade. I called up lefty Corbin Clouse from AAA.

Speaking of AAA, Adam Haseley was named player of the week, hitting .438 with a homer and 6 RBI's. He also scored 8 times to raise his average to .365 with New Orleans.

And as expected, we took a plummet in the power rankings, all the way down to 11.

We needed to bounce back, with Walker Buehler (8-5, 3.82 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) taking on Joey Wentz (5-7, 3.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). We needed a win exteremely bad. Home sweet home and we walked off winners 3-2 in the 9th. Former Marlin Kyle Barraclough walked Thomas Dillard with the bases packed.

Buehler pitched well enough, 5.1 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Yasukazu Shoitani got the win, pitching the 9th with a walk and strikeout.

Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-3 with a walk. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a walk and double. Today's hero Dillard was 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 walks, including the game winner.

July 11th, 2023: Jordan Montgomery(6-1, 3.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) wanted revenge against Mike Soroka (6-5, 2.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP) and devided to take the mound. It might not bes the best idea, but hey, we won 7-4!

Montgomery had a limited work load, and went 4.1 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and an impressive 8 strikeouts. Shane Smith earned the win, tossing 1.2 perfect innings with three stirkeouts. Phil Maton, Luiz Gohara, and Joe Jimenez eanred holds and Yasukazu Shiotani got the save. There were no hit by pitches, but Montgomery may or may not have thrown one at Soroka's head. I'm hoping he did, but who knows...

Nolan Gorman got his first career hit with a solo homer off Soroka in the 2nd, and for good measures hit another off Cole Winn in the 6th, this time a 3-run shot. To finish the day, the youngster was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 4 RBI's, a walk, and a double in the four run 4th. Lewis Brinsonw as 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and RBI's, as well as a run scored. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a wlak and 2 runs scored.

July 12th, 2023: Home sweep home? A.J. Puckett (4-3, 4.53 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) got the ball against Sean Wymer (2-3, 2.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) as we looked to complete the sweep. The pitching was near perfect as we capped off the sweep 3-0. Why can't we play like this on the road...

Puckett has really turned it around after the demotion, 6 great innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Corbin Clouse, Luiz Gohara, and Joe Jimenez got holds before Shiotani shut the door in a perfect 9th for the save.

Ryan Mountcastle got a start at short, and went 3-for-4 with a 2 run homer and a double. He was just a triple away from the cycle. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored and was hit by a pitch. Seth Beer was 2-for-4.

Well, the Mets don't want to lose, and are still just 1.5 games out. We have an off day tomorrow before Philadelphia comes to town to finish the first half.

Madison Bumgarner tossed a 3-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers. The Giants lefty struck out 6 as well.

July 13th, 2023: We got a nice off day today to give the team a nice rest.

The Jays young 2B Bo Bichette extended his hitstreak to 20 games. The 25-year-old is hitting .343/.414/.613 with 22 steals, 20 homers, and 58 RBI's in an excellent campaign.

Matt Olson was 5-for-6 as the A's destroyed the Red Sox 13-0.

Former Rockie Vidal Brujan was 5-for-6 as the Rockies out hit the Brewers in a 16-12 slugfest.

Lastly, SS Bryson Stott went 5-for-6 in a 16-12 Arizona win over LA. Two 5-for-6 games in 16-12 wins? How crazy is that!

The Mets won to cut our lead to just 1. We'd battle Marcos Molina (4-9, 5.18 ERA), JoJo Romero (6-8, 5.11 ERA), and Sixto Sanchez (5-5, 3.57 ERA) of the last place 40-52 Phillies. We really needed this sweep to enter the break hot!

July 14th, 2023: Jose Ramirex hasn't healed as planned, and there is no timetable for his return...

Jace Vines (3-7, 5.87 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) needed to show me isn't useless against Marcos Molina (4-9, 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP). Oh what a beauty it is when you get a lot of runs, and we won the opener 10-3.

Vines wasn't too bad, 6 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. I don't mid starts like this. Edward Cabrera struck out 5 in 2.1 innings and allowed 3 hits. Shane Smith got the final two outs in the 9th with a strikeout and hit.

We exploded for 15 hits today, and even Vines got in on the action, 1-for-1 with 2 RBI's and a sac bunt. Mickey Moniak went deep against his former team in a 2-for-5 game with 2 runs scored and a double. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, 3 RBI's, and a homer. Thomas Dillard was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Cole Roederer was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI, and his 20th steal of the season. He's no Brannen, but 20 is still a solid amount, especially for the Rule-5 draftee. Nolan Gorman was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, a double, and a steal.

Bichette's hit streak was ended at 20 by the Red Sox in a 4-2 loss. The Mets have now won 9 in a row...

I sent Koda Glover to the A Greensboro. I'd hold him there until after the All-Star break.

I signed SS Rogelio 'Tugboat' Maldonado to a nice big $4,480,000 bonus. The 17-year-old is rated a 4* with 89 power potential and can play 2B, 3B, SS, and RF.

The Rays swapped SS Adrian Rondon to the Mariners for RHP Jake Irvin. It's a head scratcher for the Mariners...

Now it's Jake Junis' (3-5, 5.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) turn to prove he's not useless against JoJo Romero (6-8, 5.11 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). We scored 3 early runs in the 2nd, and another in the 7th after they scored three, and won 4-3.

Junis pitched fine, 7 innings with an alarming 9 hits, 3 runs, just 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara and Joe Jimenez got holds and Yasukazu Shiotani earned the save, his 19th of the year.

Mickey Moniak had another good game against his former employer, 2-for-4 today. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a 2-run double, and he later scored himself. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-3 and drove Roederer in. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

The Mets finally lost, so we have a bit of breathing room, and will no matter what stay in first place the whole first half of the year. Although it doesn't matter if we don't end in first.

Also, I think I want Joe LaBrie back. After today's start, he's 5-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. I love Nick Gordon, but LaBrie would be so helpful right now.

July 16th, 2023: The All-Star rosters were announced today! Representing your Miami Marlins: SP Jordan Montgomery, RP Edward Cabrera, CL Yasukazu Shiotani, and C Thomas Dillard. It's Shiotani's 2nd nod, and the other three's first. Dillard will be the first of my Marlins to start the All-Star game, as he won the fan vote for catchers.

The Red Sox will be without reliever turned starter Matt Bowman for the year with bone chips in his elbow. He was 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 18 starts and 82.1 innings.

The last game of the first half will take place between Walker Bueh;er (8-5, 3.80 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) and Sixto Sanchez (5-5, 3.57 ERA, 1.15 WHIP). It's always great to enter the All-Star break with a win, but we fell 11-7. Buehler allowed 3 runs off 7 hits in 4.1 innings with 2 walks anda a strikeout. Shane Smith was tagged with the loss, allowing 5 runs off 3 hits in 1.1 innings with a walk. He'd be optioned to the minors to eventually make room for Koda Glover. Joe Jimenez allowed 2 more in 1.1 innings with 3 hits and 3 strikeouts. Phil Maton allowed the last run in the 8th, walking 3, striking out 1, and allowing a solo homer.

Seth Beer was 1-for-4 with his 18th homer of the year, 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI's. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a 2-run homer. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-5 with a double. Scott Kingery got a pinch hit RBI double in the 8th, and later scored.

Angels 2B Jorge Mateo hit for the cycle in an 8-6 win over his former team, the Yankees.

We ended the first half 55-39, good for a 1 game lead over the Mets. We needed to improve our pathetic 19-27 road record if we wanted to keep our lead.
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Here's a brief little recap of the All-Star break:

July 17th, 2023: For the second straight week, LF Adam Haseley was named American Confrence Player of the Week. The 27-year-old hit .583 and drove in 4 runs with a homer, and he scored three times.

The Rangers will be without SP Danny Duffy for the year with radial nerve compression. The former Marlin was 7-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 78 innings with 64 strikeouts.

And we're 5th in the power rankings, 2 spots behind the #3 ranked Mets.

July 18th, 2023: I had a chance to re-acquire Joe LaBrie, elite closer Michael Feliz, or superstar 2B Xavier Edwards, or Jordan Montgomery's nemesis Mike Soroka, no-hitter owner German Marquez (although I do have Luiz Gohara), superstar 2B Tyler Wade, or any number of other great starts, but I went for the sexy move. This could be brilliant, or bite me in the butt

I sent the struggling Jace Vines for former #1 overall pick SP Jake 'Putty' Florence. Just 24, the former White Sox ace is a 3/5 who's 7-7 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 19 starts. He can hit 96-98 consistently with his plus fastball and has three plus-plus offspeed options in his curve, slider, and splitter. He's still working on polishing his arsenal, but he looks like a future star who's going to dominate the league for years to come. Or he can revery to his 2022 form where he was 6-7 with a 6.92 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. It's a gamble I'm willing to take and have to make.

Oh yeah, and today is the All-Star Game. Almost forgot about that...

Luis Marrero (8-7, 2.46 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) battled Jose Quintana (8-4, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) in the midsummer classic. Thomas Dillard hit 6th and caught, although the AL lineup looked much, much scarier. It was a pitcher's duel, a 2-1 victory for the AL.

Dillard was 1-for-2 with an RBI single. Edward Cabrera pitched a perfect 5th and Yasukazu Shoitani a perfect 7th. Shiotani got a strikeout in his frame. Montgomery did not plat.

July 19th, 2023: A pair of trades were made today, the Jays sent LF Pat Crampton and 1B C.J. Mills to the Phillies for 1B Greyson Jenista. I really like this deal for the Jays, as Jenista is a solid player who for some reason wasn't playing for the Phillies in the majors.

Oakland acquired LF Jesse Winker from the Reds for CF Andrew Toles and RHP Conor Van Scoyoc. Not sure what the Reds were doing here, but hey, why not?

Down in Greensboro, SS Eddie Macl hit for the cycle and drove in 6 runs in an 18-5 win over the Hickory Crawdads. I got Macl with Jose Ramirez in the big Cleveland offseason blockbuster that helped me shed salary.

After Greensboro's game today, I recalled Koda Glover from his reahb assignment and was ready to start the second hlaf of the year! Hopefully, we'd remain in first place the rest of the way. It's not like the Mets need to win the division this year...

We start the second half with a 7 game road trip that I hope doesn't destroy the team. We'd start in Milwaukee, facing Felix Jorge (4-7, 5.72 ERA), Bobby Nicholson (0-0, 8.59 ERA), and Taylor Hearn (1-6, 9.27 ERA) although the rotation can definitely be altered with the long break. My guess is Jake Florence will make his highly anticipated Marlins debut in the finale. If him and Josh Weske reach their ceiling's, I'm going to have a scary rotation!

Just a quick farm note, offensive super prospect LF Juan Ramirez is crushing AAA pitching and may be ready to make his big league debut soon. Just 20, the 1.5/5 known as Hammerhead signed a $2.8 million bonus back in 2019 out of Venezuela, and is rated an amazing 77/100/76/69/84 for his offensive potentials. The 100 is fully developed too! He's not the best defensive outfielder, but passable in left and is an absolute monster with the bat with immense baseball knowledge. I don't want to rush him, but I wouldn't mind seing him in the fall.

Same with Weske, who's tore up A+ and AA, but has been crushed in New Orleans. He's a bit farther away from being big league ready, but I'd say his ETA is 2024.

2B Reizo Honda is also closing in on his debut, as the elite 2B has a little more polishing to do with the bat. He's fully developed and has great speed, but is waiting to put it all together.
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July 21st, 2023: We kick off the second half of the season agaisnt the Milwuakee Brewers and former Marlins farmhand Thomas Hatch (9-6, 4.14 ERA, 1.54 WHIP). Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 3.25 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) got the ball for us. Of course, we're on the road, so this game will be a million times more challenging then it should be. We tried really hard to lose, but rallied for 2 in the top of the 9th to win the opener 4-3.

Montgomery went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earend) and struck out 2. Ben Popkin got his first career win, 1.1 innings with a strikeout. Yasukazu Shiotani got a hold, because he left with an injury after a hit and a fly out. Joe Jimenez got the final two batters out to earn the save.

Montgomery was doing it with the bat too, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and 2 runs scored. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 with a pir of RBI's. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI, but committed two errors.

Carlos Correa was 5-for-5 as the Padres beat the Phillies 11-8.

July 22nd, 2023: Walker Buehler (8-5, 3.89 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) took the mound against Jimmy Nelson (3-8, 5.87 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) for game two. We're back to our old ways, and allowed 4 in the 7th to lose 5-4.

It's not on Buehler, who allowed just 3 hits and an unearned run in 6 innings. He struck out 9 and walked 2. Koda Glover technically got a hold, but allowed 2 hits and 2 runs with a strikeout in 0.2 innings. Luiz Gohara got the loss, allowing a hit, walk, and 2 runs before getting an out. Popkin finished the game with 3 strikeouts in 1.1 innings. He's tossed 9.1 scorless innings in the majors so far.

Lewis Brinson was 2-for-4 with a three run homer off Nelson in the 2nd. Mickey Moniak was 2-for-4. Seth Beer was 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a double. Cole Roederer was 1-for-2 with a run scored, 2 walks, and 1-for-2 stealing bases.

Mike Soroka tossed a 5-0 shutout as the Braves beat the Royals.

July 23rd, 2023: Jose Ramirez is healthy again, and will begin rehab in the DSL so he can stay close to his family.

Shiotani's diagnosis came back, and he jsut has a stiff back, and will not retire a DL stint. I'm guessing Matingly will limit his innings, but I don't know what to think with him sometimes.

Seattle sent Reggie Lawson to the Braves for Cade Smith in what I think may be the most useless trade of all time. They traded 0.5* righties. But Jerry does love to make his trades...

Jake Florence (7-7, 4.69 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) made his highly anticipated Marlins debut against Felix Jorge (4-7, 5.72 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) as we looked to win this series. Our road struggles continued as we dropped the finale 2-1.

Florence was great, 6 innings with 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts which is better then any start Jace Vines had all year. Joe Jimenez left after just one hitter, and his diagnosis is pending.

Former Brewer's Lewis Brinson and Thomas Dillard both doubled. Dillard was 2-for-4, Brinson 1-for-4 with the lone run scored. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4, but was caught stealing.

And just like that, the Mets have teid us for first place...

It doesn't get easier, as we're off to San Francisco for four. For some reason, we're awful against sub .500 teams when on the road, and hopefully the 43-55 Giants will be different. We'd see Zach Linginfelter (4-7, 5.54 ERA), Martin Carrasco (2-5, 6.50 ERA), Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.77 ERA), and Carter Raffield (5-3, 2.78 ERA).

July 24th, 2023: Jimenez will be fine, just back spasams that may cost him a game.

We're down to 10th in the Power Rankings...

Seattle traded SP Juan de Paula to the Royals for LF Cooper Davis. I like this deal for the Mariners.

We opened the series in San Fran with A.J. Puckett (5-3, 4.11 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) facing Zach Linginfelter (4-7, 5.54 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). If we don't win this series... The Giants do have a good offense, but lack the starting pitching to be competitive. Or maybe not today, as they edged us 3-2.

Puckett allowed just 1 run in 5.2 innings with 9 hits, a walk, and 4 strikeouts. We lost, because for some reason, Mattingly pitches the injured Jimenez, who allowed 2 runs, 2 hits, and 2 walks, with 2 strikeouts, in an inning...

Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Nolan Gorman was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Cole Roederer was 2-for-3 with a walk. Him and Gorman were both caught stealing.

And for the first time all year, we're not in first place. The Mets didn't play, so we're half a game out with one less win.

Raimel Tapia of the Rockies extended his hit streak to 20 in a 3-2 win over the Reds.

July 25th, 2023: The career of 36-year-old Yu Darivsh ended today after he tore his UCL and decided enough was enough. He'll finish his career 95-67 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He struck out 1,561 hitters in 1,371.1 innings.

We desperately needed to stop losing with Jake Junis (4-5, 5.52 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) taking on 0.5* Martin Carrasco (2-5, 6.50 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). We allowed 3 in the 8th and dropped the second game 4-1.

Junis allowed 4 in 7.1 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Phil Maton got a strikeout and fly out to end the 8th.

Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-4 with an RBi double. Mickey Moniak was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

If we don't split this series, I'm firing Don Mattingly...

July 26th, 2023: The Orioles will be without SP Keegan Akin for the rest of the year wtih a partially torn UCL. He will end the season 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA.

The Orioles reacted by trading CF Bradley Zimmer to the Angels for RHP Alberto Tirado. It seems like a fair enough trade.

Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 3.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) faced Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) as we looked to win a game. We lost 8-3, and I showed Mattingly the door...

Montgomery allowed 4 runs and 6 hits in 3.2 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera allowed 3 more off 4 hits in 1.1 innings with 2 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara struck out 7 in 3 innings, but allowed 2 hits and a run.

Lewis Brinson was 2-for-5. Shoehi Ohtani was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a steal. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-4 with a double.

Ramiel Tapia's streak was snapped at 21 in a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Tim Wallach would be interim manager for the time being, but I found a recently fired Manager I liked to take the helm.

July 27th, 2023: We looked to avoid the 4 game sweep with Walker Buehler (8-5, 3.69 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) taking on Carter Raffield (5-3, 2.78 ERA, 1.05 WHIP). More of the same, as we lost 7-6 on a walk off RBI single from Manny Machado. How embarassing...

Buehler allowed just 2 in 5 innings with 4 hits, a walk, and 5 strikeouts, but was for some reason taken out for Phil Maton. He allowed 4 runs in the 6th... Shiotani got the loss, allowing a walk, hit, and the run, in 0.1 innings.

We didn't even hit that well, just 7 singles. Ohtani was 2-for-5 with a run scored and 2 driven in. Nick Gordon and THomas Dillard were both 1-for-4 with a run, RBI, and walk. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-3 with a run and walk. No fault to him, he was optioend to AAA with Ramirez concluding his rehab assigment.

Devon Peterson tossed a 3-hit shutout as the Rangers beat the Indians 6-0.

Luckily, we'd return home for three with the Pirates, but we're now just 56-45 and 2.5 games behind the Mets. Our current road record is 20-33 and we're 9-13 in July. If we played all our games on the road, we'd be worse then everyone excpet the pitiful 30-73 Yankees. Every game at home, we'd win 122 games.

Anyways, the Pirates would send Shane Baz (6-7, 3.06 ERA), Nathan Eovaldi (5-10, 5.92 ERA), and Mitch Keller (3-9, 4.10 ERA) to the mound. The deadline is also just 4 games away...
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July 28th-August 3rd

July 28th, 2023: I announced my new manager, Aaron Boone, who would run the team for now on. He's a career 464-418 and only has good realationships with players on the team. He's good at keeping peace in the clubhouse and loves to steal bases. I don't like his starter hook, but it's not as bad as Mattingly. As long as he doesn't pitch relievers to injury, he has my vote.

The Angels will be without the young and struggling RHP Jose Soriano for the year with a torn unlar collateral ligament. He was just 6-8 with a 7.23 ERA.

Jake Florence (7-8, 4.60 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) opened the series against Shane Baz (6-7, 3.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) as we looked to end our 6 game losing streak. Jose Ramirez hit 2nd and played third in his first game back. Aaron Boone's opening game ended with a beautiful 6-1 victory. Are we back?

Florence went 5 innings with 3 hits, a run, 3 walks, and just 1 strikeout. It wasn't a great outing, but it could've been worse. The rest of the pen combined for 4 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.

Thomas Dillard had an interesting game, 1-for-1 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's, 3 walks, and his 20th homer. Ramirez came back strong, 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Ryan Mountcastle pinch hit for Florence in the 5th with a double and run scored.

July 29th, 2023: We looked to keep winning with A.J. Puckett (5-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) taking on Nathan Eovaldi (5-10, 5.92 ERA, 1.52 WHIP). It was a frustrating affair, as we allowed 4 in the 6th and lost 6-5.

Puckett allowed 6 (5 earned) off 12 hits in 5.1 innings with a walk and 3 strikeotus. Koda Glover tossed 2.2 solid mopup innings with a hit and strikeout.

Mickey Moniak was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Puckett was 1-for-1 with a run scored and 2 RBI's.

July 30th, 2023: Cubs closer Michael Feliz signed a 3-year, $54,600,000 extension. He had a nice 1.02 ERA with 28 saves and a 6-0 record with the Cubs in his first season with the organization.

We looked to finally win a stupid series with Jake Junis (4-6, 5.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) taking on Mitch Keller (3-9, 4.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP). We bareley came away with the series, winning 6-4.

Junis allowed 4 in 7 innings off 5 hits, a walk, and 8 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez got a hold and Yasukazu Shiotani got the save.

Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with a steal and 2 runs scored, but also his 3rd error of the year. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a walk, double, run scored, RBI, and steal. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a run scored, 2 driven in, and a steal. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a 2-run double.

Wow, we won a series! We're 2.5 out of first and have a 1 game lead over the 2nd Wild Card spot. We'd face the 4th Place Nats for four, luckily at home, since we can never beat them. We'd see our nemesis Sonny Warner (6-6, 4.56 ERA), Erling Moreno (9-5, 3.87 ERA), Breiling Eusebio (6-7, 3.67 ERA), and Steven Brualy (5-9, 4.97 ERA).

July 31st, 2023: Happy deadline day!

Three of my former players were named minor league player of the week in their respective leagues...

The Royals lost RHP Juan Nicasio for the year with a damaged elbow ligament, which will make it hard for the 36 year old to get a good deal in free agency. He was turning in a soli dcampaign, 53.1 innings with 53 strikeouts, a save, and a 2.36 ERA.

We're down to 12th in the Power Rankings, but I think we should be lower...

Arizona traded C Andy Yerzy to the Giants for RHP Zach Lingingelter. I like this deal for the Giants.

The White Sox traded LF Eloy Jimenez to the Mariners for 1B Pavin Smith and RHP Joe Symons. Eloy isn't as good as he is in real life, so advantage Whtie Sox, although it's a pretty even deal.

Fed up with Jake Junis, who may have been dragging the clubhouse down a bit, I traded him and 2B Cadyn Greiner to the Royals for Corbin Burnes. Burnes has an awesome work ethic, is also a 2.5 on a cheap deal, but has more control. He's got four plus pitches, and is 7-6 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

I'm hoping that's enough...

We opened the Nationals series with Jordan Montgomery (6-2, 3.46 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) battling Sonny Warner (6-6, 4.56 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). Don't let the statline decieve you, he's 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA against us this year, and only Mickey Moniak has moderate success against him. Luckily, out bats woke up, and we took the opener 10-6.

And Montgomery is hurt, so cross your fingers and try not to cry...

Cabrera had to come in the 1st, and pitch 3 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strieouts. Luiz Gohara allowed 2 hits and 3 runs in 0.2 innings with a walk and strikeout. Corbin Clouse allwoed 2 runs off 2 hits without getting an out. Phil Maton tossed 2 innings with 2 hits and 4 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez allowed a run in 1.1 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Luckily, we hit! Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI's, 2 runs, 2 walks, and a homer. Cole Roederer was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, run scored, walk, and 2 RBI's. Seth Beer had a pinch hit, 2 run double in the 5th. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a walk, steal, and 2 runs scored.

August 1st, 2023: This was the first month Seth Beer was not named Rookie of the Month, but don't worry, it's not some scrub rookie: It's Cole Roederer! He hit an excellent .368 with 2 homers and 11 RBI's. I think if Beer wasn't the winner, he wouldn't mid seeing his teammate take the award. The Rule-5 draftee is hitting .278/.356/.415 in his rookie year with 8 homers, 34 RBI's, and 22 steals.

Adam Haseley was named American Confrence Batter of the Month. He hit .406 with 4 homers, 22 RBI's, and 26 runs scored. I feel bad that he's stuck in AAA, but there's no room in the majors.

His teammate Tim Cate was named pitcher of the month, going 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. He might replace Montgomery in the rotation if needed.

With the deficit cut to two, Walker Buehler (9-5, 3.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) took on Erling Moreno (9-5, 3.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) as we looked to win the 2nd of 4. We allowed 3 in the 8th, but still managed the 7-4 win.

Buehler tossed 6 stellar innings, 4 hits, a run, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Ben Popkin allowed the runs in the 8th, although it was his 2nd inning of work and first runs in his short big league career. He went 1.1 with 3 hits and 3 strikeouts with the 3 runs. Yasukazu Shiotani earned the save, his 21st of the year.

Jose Ramirez had a great game, going 2-for-4 with a steal, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI's, and a three run homer. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a sac fly and solo homer. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-4 with a solo shot, his 22nd of the season. Scott Kingery was 2-for-3 with a walk and steal. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Down in the GCL, Joe Kramer tossed a no-hitter against the Twins Affiliate. He did walk 5, and struck out only 3, but last year's 36th overall pick looked great. He's not as good as my old scout though, and will likely end up in a pen role, but he's still a solid arm.

August 2nd, 2023: Montgomery is headed to the DL with shoulder inflammation, but he's only expected to miss 3 weeks. It's the return of Nick Neidert, because if I called up Cate, Ohtani would be the 5th starter instead, and he's looked awful in his few relief appearences. Although if Neidert's next start is bad, it's Ohtani time! If only Josh Weske was more then a 0.5 overall and was his 4 potential...

There was much more serious injury news. First the less-severe, LHP Rowan Wick is out for the year and most of next season with a torn labrum. He was 1-3 in 56 relif appearences with a 4.50 ERA.

The big news was the Indians loss of SP Trevor Bauer for the rest of his career with a torn labrum. He only made three starts this year after various injuries, but from 2020-2022 he was one of the best starters in the game. He'll end his career 107-80 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with all but 4 games with Cleveland (he made 4 starts for Arizona in 2012). He struck out 1,485 hitters in 1,593 innings.

We looked to win the series a day early with the young Jake Florence (8-8, 4.47 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) taking on Breiling Eusebio (6-7, 3.67 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). We couldn't give him any run support, and were shut our 1-0.

Florence tossed 7.1 innings, with just 3 hits, the single run, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. In 3 starts with us, he has a nice 1.96 ERA, so I think I won the trade already.

We had 7 hits, but couldn't do anything with them. Seth Beer was 2-for-3 with 2 walks and an error. The last 5 hits were singles as well.

Down in AAA, 2B Reizo Honda was 5-for-6 in a 13-1 win over the 51s. The 25-year-old is a favorite to earn a callup in September.

August 3rd, 2023: The Rockies extended RHP Jon Gray with a 6-year, $169,400,000 contract. I'm guessing that's about what I'll have to pay for Montgomery...

Corbin Burnes (7-6, 4.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) will make his Marlilns debut against Steven Brault (5-9, 4.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). We flipped the script, and shut them out 1-0.

Let's just say Brunes' debut with us couldn't have been much better. He allowed just 1 hit in 7.1 innings with 8 strikeouts. Luiz Gohara and Joe Jimenez got a batter a piece to earn holds, and Shiotani shut the door in the 9th for the save.

We only had three hits of our own. The only run was scored with 2 outs in the 5th when Mickey Moniak singled home Ryan Mountcastle. Both Moniak and Mountcastle were 1-for-2 with a walk, although Moniak was also hit by a ptich. Jose Ramirez was the only other Marlin with a hit, 1-for-3.

So is Boone better then Mattingly? Or is it just because we were home? Well, we're just 1 game back now, and have three more home games before a day off. We'd face the 63-45 Tigers, so this would be a tough test. They'd send Franklin Perez (10-2, 2.87 ERA), Yennsy Diaz (8-7, 4.62 ERA), and Michael Fulmer (5-6, 4.62 ERA) to the mound. I set a letter to the commissioner to ask if we could move the remainder of our games to Marlins park, but he laughed it off...
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August 4th, 2023: Tyler Jay is off to Jupiter to begin a rehab assigment. No estimated time of his arrival.

A.J. Puckett (5-4, 4.23 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) got today's start as we hosted the Tigers and their young star Franklin Perez (!0-2, 2.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP). It was a beautiful night as Marlins Park, and we scored 3 in the 9th including a walkoff solo shot from Jose Ramirez to win the opener 8-7.

Puckett had a rough night, allowing 7 hits and 5 runs in 3.1 innings with 3 walks and a strikeout. Edward Cabrera tossed 2.2 mopup innings with 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover allowed 2 runs off 2 hits and got just a strikeout before leaving the game. Joe Jimenez earned the win with a perfect 9th.

Mickey Moniak was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI's, and a double, but fractured his foot while playing center, and will miss 3-for-4 weeks. Still rated a 4/4.5, I'm hoping these injuries don't kill his abilities.

The hero Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and the game winner. Shoehi Ohtani also went deep in the 9th, a 2 run shot for his only hit in 5 at bats. Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with a double. Puck hit better then he pitched, 1-for-1 with a double. Scott Kingery got a pinch hit RBI single in the 6th, stole a base, and scored.

The Moniak injury will make room for LF Adam Haseley, who will be called up tomorrow.

Nick Senzel of the Reds got three hits today and improved his hit streak to 20 games.

The Mets lost today, so we're back in first!

August 5th, 2023: Big injury down in AAA, SS Jose Israel Garcia partially tore his labrum. I placed him on the 60-Day DL, and I'm hoping he'll recober from this for next year.

As mentioned I recalled Haseley from AAA. For some reason he was hitting third and playing right, a bold move by Boone, but if it works it works. Nick Neidert (1-4, 6.87 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) took on Yenssy Diaz (8-7, 4.62 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) as we looked to win the series a game early. Another beautiful walkoff as Nick Feight launched a three run shot off Jacob Rhame to cap off the 5-3 win.

Niedert actually ptiched great: 6.1 innings with 3 hits, a run, and 7 strikeouts. He earned himself another start. Koda Glover allowed two unearned runs in 1.1 innings off a hit and strikeout. Both Haseley and Seth Beer made errors. Shiotani earned the win, tossing a perfect 9th since we gave up the lead in the 8th, so he was already warming up.

Feight had just 1 hit, but it was the big game winner. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and a solo homer. Haseley was 1-for-4 in his return from the minors. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a walk, but also caught stealing. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a run and walk.

Senzel's streak was ended at 20, in a 7-5 loss to San Diego.

Bryce Harper hit his 400th homer today. The 30-year-old hit it in his 1,676th career game. He's got a .295/.407/.551 career line with 3 MVP's, a Rookie of the Year, 10 All-Star Selections, and 5 Platinum sticks.

And the Mets lost again, so first is ours again!

August 6th, 2023: We looked to sweep the first place Marlins with Walker Buehler (9-5, 3.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) taking on Michael Fulmer (5-6, 4.62 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) in the finale. A third walk off? You bet! We scored three again in the 9th, with another Jose Ramirez walk off single to win the finale 8-7.

Buehler struggled, 3.1 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and 4 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera pitched 2.1 mopup innings with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez got the win, despite allowing a run in 1.2 innings with 2 hits and a walk.

Seth Beer was 3-for-4 and a triple away from the cycle. He drove in two on a 1st inning homer and had a sac bunt, an interesting thing for a guy who hits bombs, but solid team ball enforce by Boone. Shoehi Ohtani was 2-for-5 with a 2 run homer. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and 3 runs scored. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI's, and a walk.

We have a day off tomorrow, but Boone's first major test comes on the road against the Pirates!

August 7th, 2023: Jameson Taillon's rehab is taking a little longer then expected, and the doctors are monitoring his situation. The sooner we can get him back the better. The 31-year-old has seen a little drop in his stuff since injury, but as as whole, still looks like a stud.

Down in AAA, Reizo Honda was named Player of the Week. He hit .500 with a homer and 14 RBI's. With the injury to Garcia, Honda seems like a lock to get his contract purchased.

And we're all the way back up to 2nd in the Power Rankings!

It's on to Pittsburgh, and we're 2 up at 64-47. It should be an easy three gamer, with the 49-62 Pirates, but we suck on the road. I'm hoping the managerial change will help, but who knows. Shane Baz (7-8, 3.14 ERA) takes the opener followed by Nathan Eovaldi (7-8, 3.14 ERA), and Mitch Keller (4-10, 4.05 ERA)

August 8th, 2023: The Yankees will be without rookie 3B Tyler Malone for the year with a broken bone in his elbow. The former Marlinl was hitting .311 in 45 big league at bats.

Jake Florence (8-9, 4.28 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) took on Shane Baz (7-8, 3.14 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) to open the road trip. It's always great to start with a win, something we've done just once on the road since the All Star Break. But with Boone at the helm, we managed a 2-1 win.

Florence went 5, allowing 6 hits, a run, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover got the win, despite 3 hits in just 1.1 innings. Luiz Gohara, Ben Popkin, and Joe Jimenez earned holds, with Yasuakzu Shiotani getting the save.

Cole Roederer was 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Seth Beer was 1-for-2 with an RBI and 2 walks. Ryan Mountcastle came off the bench in a double switch, and was 1-for-2 with a steal and run scored.

The Nationals Juan Soto was 5-for-5 in an 8-3 win over the Giants.

August 9th, 2023: Tylor Megill began a rehab assignment in AAA New Orleans. He's been out since May 22nd with a strained hamstring, and will rehab back in New Orleans until at least Roster Expansion, unless Neidert struggles too much or an injury to the rotation occurs.

The Twins will be without LHP Gregory Soto for the year with a torn flexor tendon.

We continue this tough road trip with Corbin Burnes (8-6, 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) looking to build off his strong debut against the veteran Nathan Eovaldi (7-10, 5.58 ERA, 1.57 WHIP). The hot streak continued, as we rallied for 3 in the 11th to take the second game 7-4.

Burnes had a rough outing, 4 runs with 5 hits in 4 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. The rest of the pen combined for 7 excellent innings, with just 3 hits, 4 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Shiotani earned the win, striking out the side in the 10th, and Corbin Clouse earned his first save of the season with a perfect 11th.

Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-3 with a 3 run shot in the 11th. Lewis Brinson was 1-for-5 with a solo shot. Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and a double. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-4 with a walk, steal, and 2 runs scored. Cole Roederer was 3-for-6 with a run scored, and RBI.

Rhys Hoskins went 5-for-5 in a 7-6 loss to the Braves.

August 10th, 2023: Yusermio Petit decided to call it a career after a setback from bone chips in his elbow. The 38-year-old tallied 1,248.2 innings in 571 games (123 starts) in a prolific career.

A.J. Puckett (5-4, 4.61 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) was on the mound against Mitch Keller (4-10, 4.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) as we looked to finish off the sweep. The bats were working, and we won the finale 8-5 to get a road sweep!

Puck got the win, 5 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Phil Maton tossed 2 innings with a hit and a walk. Edward Cabrera allowed 2 in 0.2 innings with 2 hits, a walk, and strikeout. Koda Glover got a hold to finish the 8th with a strikeout, and Shiotani earned his 24th save in a 9 pitch 9th.

Seth Beer was 2-for-5 with a double, homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 driven in. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-5 with a solo shot and 3 total RBI's. Puck had another double, sac bunt, and a steal. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a run scored and steal. He was also caught. Nick Gordon was 1-for-2 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 walks.

Aaron Boone>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Don Mattingly

We increased out lead to 4 and our win streak to 7, and we've won 9 of the last 10. It's off to Atlanta to face the 63-51 Braves who are tied with the Mets for the first wild card and second in the division. We'd see Joey Wentz (8-8, 4.25 ERA), Mike Soroka (9-6, 2.99 ERA), and Sean Wymer (4-4, 2.69 ERA). Let's keep this up!
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August 11th-August 17th

August 11th, 2023: We opened the series in Atlanta with Nick Neidert (1-4, 6.07 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) taking on Joey Wentz (8-8, 4.25 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). Neidert's WHIP continues to impress/shock/not make sense, but I'm hoping that means his ERA will continue to drop. That's not quite what happened, as we lost a slugfest 14-9.

Neidert allowed 7 off 7 hits in 2 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Shoehi Ohtani pitched out of the pen, allowing a hit and 5 runs with 4 walks in 0.2 innings pitched. I don't quite know why he completely frogot how to pitch. Koda Glover allowed 2 runs in the final 2 innings off 3 hits and a walk.

Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a 2 run homer. Adam Haseley was 2-for-5 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and double. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-5 with a triple, run scored, and 2 RBI's. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-5 with a walk, run scored, and 2 RBI's. Scott Kingery was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

August 12th, 2023: We looked to bounce back with Walker Buehler (9-5, 3.77 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) facing Mike Soroka (9-6, 2.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP). We've had Soroka's number this year, as he's 0-2 with a 8.31 ERA against us. We got three in the first, but that's all we'd get. Luckily, it was enough for the 3-2 win.

Buehler left with a mild hamstring strain, but will be ready for his next start. He went 2.2 innings with 3 hits, a run, walk, and strikeout. Luiz Gohara got the win, 2.1 innings with 2 hits, a run, and 2 strikeouts. Corbin Clouse and Ben Popkin got holds, and Joe Jimenez got a save.

Shoehi Ohtan was 1-for-4 wtih a 2 run homer. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a double. Brendan Rodgers was 0-for-2 with a walk and got an RBI from a sac fly.

August 13th, 2023: Max Povse suffered a rehab setback, and will miss another week.

The Angels will be without 26-year-old rookie Fitz Stadler for the year with shoulder inflammation. The 2019 15th Rounder was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 7 relief appearences.

We looked to win the series with Jake Florence (8-9, 4.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) facing Sean Wymer (4-4, 2.69 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). Both pitchers have lost to the opposing team, although I'm pretty sure Florence's was when he was a Sox pitcher, since his ERA against Atlanta is 17.18. He looked much better today, and led us to a 2-1 win to take the series.

He went just 5.2 innings with 2 hits, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts, but Florence lowered his Marlin ERA to 1.55 (the start was with the South Siders). Phil Maton, Ben Popkin, and Joe Jimenez got holds and Yasukazu Shiotani earned the save. Jimenez allowed 2 hits and an unearned run in the 8th, while also recording a strikeout.

Nick Gordon was 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 doubles, and run scored. Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Scott Kingery was 2-for-3 with an RBI, walk, and steal. Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with an RBi double.

The Rangers SS Chris Seise was 5-for-5 in a 15-3 win over the Brewers.

Now 69-48, we own just a 3 game lead over the Mets, and head to Minnesota for three with the 56-61 Twins. We'd see Jeremy Hyneck (5-11, 5.60 ERA), Jose Berrios (8-5, 3.47 ERA), and Tyler J. Watson (2-3, 4.93 ERA).

August 14th, 2023: The Mariners will be without RHP Tony Zych for the rest of the year with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and his 2024 participation is in question. The 33-year-old had an excellent 1.70 ERA in 58.1 innings with 63 strikeouts.

We remain 2nd in the Power Rankins behind just San Diego. The Mets have jetted up to 5th.

We've had trouble with the Twins in the past, so I'd expect this to be a tough road series. Corbin Burnes (8-6, 4.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) got the ball against Jeremy Hyneck (5-11, 5.60 ERA, 1.64 WHIP). Nick Gordon got to return to his former home stadium. The Twins got the best of us in the opener, winning 5-3.

Burnes left with a blister, but luckily it wont cost him a start. He allowed 3 hits, 3 runs, a walk, and 4 strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Edward Cabrera allowed an unearned run in 2 innings with 2 hits and 3 strikeouts. Phil Maton allowed a hit and run in 1.2 innings with 3 stirkeouts.

Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 with a two run homer and RBI double. Thomas Dillard dwas 2-for-4. Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and double. Jose Ramirez walked twice and stole his 11th base.

August 15th, 2023: The Rays will be without RHP Jesus Liranzo for the year with a stretched elbow ligament. He's 5-3 with 3 saves and a 6.13 ERA in 39.2 pen innings.

A.J. Puckett (6-4, 4.45 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) got to pitch against his former team and teammate Jose Berrios (8-5, 3.47 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). Ramirez really struggles with Berrios, a career 7-for-43 against the Minnesota ace. Our 9th inning rally came up short and we fell 5-4. The Twins really have our number...

Puck allowed 5 in 5 with 6 hits and 2 strikeouts. The rest of the pen allowed 4 hits in 3 innings with 3 strikeouts.

Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a homer. Ramirez looked good, 2-for-4. Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

August 16th, 2023: Jameson Taillon is off to A+ Jupiter to begin a rehab assignment. The former 2nd Overall pick has been out since June 2nd.

We looked to avoid the sweep with Nick Neidert (1-5, 7.20 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) taking on Tyler Watson (2-3, 4.93 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). This will probably be Neidert's last start of the season. We allowed 4 in the 9th and were swept with another 5-4 loss.

No fault to Neidert, who went 5 innings with 2 hits, a run, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. Koda Glover, Luiz Gohara, Ben Popkin, and Joe Jimenez earned holds. Yasukzu Shoitani had a rough day, 5 hits and 4 runs with a walk and 2 strikeouts in 0.2 innings. Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-5 with a triple. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nick Feight was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI's and a double. Nick Gorodn was 1-for-4 with an RBI, double, and run scored. Cole Roederer was 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk, as well as a double.

Getting swept sucked, but I can live with it, as we only lost our lead by 1, but now Atlanta is 2 out, with New York still three. Tomorrow we got a day off.

August 17th, 2023: I optioned Nick Neidert to AAA to recall Tylor Megill from his rehab assignment. Megill will enter the 3rd spot in the rotation behind Jake Florence.

With our 2 game lead, we have a nice homestand approaching. We'd start with Arizona, an even 60-60, 3rd in their division, but would be 5th in ours. We'd face Dylan Bundy (5-5, 5.11 ERA), Jean-Christophe Hernandez (3-8, 6.24 ERA), and Zach Linginfelter (6-8, 5.47 ERA). Let's kick it in to full gear as the playoffs slowly approach!
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August 18th-August 24th

August 18th, 2023: We opened our nice homestand with Walker Buehler (9-5, 3.76 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) taking on Dylan Bundy (5-5, 5.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) and the Diamondbacks. The Arizona lineup looks like they sorted it by overall rating. They bested us 4-1 in the opener.

Buehler allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Yasukazu Shiotani pitched the top of the 9th and allowed 3 hits and 2 runs with 2 walks and a strikeout.

There wasn't much hitting, but the biggest problem was losing Nick Gordon to an injury. His diagnosis is pending, and are #1 AAA option is injured. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a double. Adam Haseley was 2-for-4.

Kris Bryant hit his 3000th homer as the Cubs still lost to the Reds 15-13. The 31-year-old Bryant is a career .273/.373/.515 hitter with 863 RBI's and has hit 26 or more homers each year of his 9 year career.

August 19th, 2023: Nick Gordon has minor knee tendinitis and will be day-to-day for just 4 days. I'd make sure he got enough rest.

We're just half a game up with Jake Florence (9-9, 4.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) taking on Jean-Christophe Hernandez (3-8, 6.24 ERA, 1.79 WHIP). I gave Gordon the day off today, starting Scott Kingery at 2B and moving Brendan to SS. We didn't have many hits, but we manage 7 runs in a 7-1 win to even the series.

Jake Florence continues to be brilliant, 5.1 innings with 5 hits, a run, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Koda Glover pitched the next 1.2 innings with 3 strikeouts and a hold.

Starting Kingery was a great move, as he went 2-for-3 with a three run homer and a walk. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a solo shot in the 1st. Cole Roederer was 0-for-3, but walked twice, scored, and was 1-for-2 stealing. Adam Haseley was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI's and a double. Seth Beer was 1-for-1 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored.

Former Marlin (who I have no idea why or how he became good, but I really want him back) Juan Villasenor tossed a shutout in a Mariners 11-0 win over the Astros. Trading him to the Mariners with James Farris for Art Warren may be the worst trade I made, no because of Warren, who was solid, but because Villasenor has now become a 4* out of no where. The Cuban 27-year-old is 10-7 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.03 WHIp after being awful last season.

August 20th, 2023: Max Povse is off to AAA New Orleans to begin a rehab assignment. Most likely, he'd be recalled when rosters expand.

Tylor Megill (0-0, 3.77 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) made his return to the rotation in the rubber matcch against Zach Linginfelter 6-8, 5.47 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) who pitched really well against us when he was on the Giants. We scored 7 in the 9th to take the finale 12-11. Brendan Rodgers hit a walk off single off LF Jose Siri who walked a batter and then allowed the game winner.

It was a rough day for pitching, as Megill allowed 6 runs and 7 hits in 2.2 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. Edward Cabrera allowd 2 runs and 2 hits in 2 innings with a walk and strikeout. Corbin Clouse allowed a run, walk, hit, and 2 strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Koda Glover allowed 2 unearned runs in 0.1 innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.

Cole Roederer had a great game, 4-for-6 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and a steal. THomas Dillard was even better, 3-for-6 with a run scored, 5 RBI's, and a homer. Ryan Mountcastle had a pinch hit RBI triple in the 5th. Seth Beer was 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, 2 runs scored, and 2 walks. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Ty Madden of the Braves tossed a 2-hit shut out in a 2-0 win over the Phillies. He hasn't had the best year, 5-5 with a 5.43 ERA.

Atlanta is right on our tail, just half a game out as we host the Padres for four. The 81-42 Padres are a formidable foe, but we have to take advantage of their starting pitching. We'd see Sam Keating (18-3, 3.18 ERA), Adrian MorejoM (0-2, 5.53 ERA), Jovani Moran (1-0, 5.79 ERA), and Dinelson Lamet (8-6, 4.91 ERA).

August 21st, 2023: A lot of stuff happening before the game. First, Tyler Jay is being recalled from his rehab assignment with Corbin Clouse being optioned to AAA. Jordan Montgomery will be headed to the GCL to begin his rehab assignment. He'd get the start today.

And we dropped to 5th in the Power Rankings, with Atlanta up to 2nd.

We opened the Padres series with A.J. Puckett (6-5, 4.70 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) got the start against Sam Keating (18-3, 3.18 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) who absolutely thrives behind the Padres lineup. It was a day off for Gordon, with Mountcastle at 2B and Rodgers at SS. We shut down the high powered offense 2-0 to open the series.

Puckett allowed 6 hits in 7 ininings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez earned the hold with 2 strikeouts in the 8th, and Yasukazu Shiotani got the save with a perfect 9th.

Seth Beer was 2-for-4 with a solo hoemr in the 1st, and both of the RBI's. Mountcastle was 2-for-4. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Shoehi Ohtani and Cole Roederer were both 1-for-4 with a double and 2 strikeouts.

August 22nd, 2023: The Royals will be without rookie LHP Arturo Andrade for the rest of the year. The 22-year-old tore his UCL. In 24 starts, he was 6-6 with a 4.93 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and struck out 109 in 111.1 innings. The former 16th rounder looks like an absolute stud, a 3/5 who has rally blossomed since being drafted by Kansas City.

Corbin Burnes (8-7, 4.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) took on Adrian Morejon (0-2, 5.53 ERA, 1.84 WHIP) in the second of the four game set. The bats were popping tonight in front of the sold out crowd, as we crushed the visitors 11-1.

Burnes was great, 6 innings with 3 hits and a run to go with 2 walks and a strikeout. Ben Popkin actually got a hold, pitching the 7th with a walk and a strikeout. Ohtani finally didn't give up runs when pitching, 2 innings with a hit, walk, and 3 strikeouts.

Adam Haseley had an excellent game, 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 5 RBI's, a double, a steal, and a 3-run homer. Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and a homer. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Scott Kingery was 1-for-3 witih 2 runs scored and a walk, as well as a stolen base. Lewis Brinson was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI, triple, and double before leaving with an injury. Thomas Dillard was 1-for-3 with 2 walks and a steal.

August 23rd, 2023: Lewis Brinson is headed to the DL with a strained rib cage muscle. I would've called up Juan Ramirez, but he's out with an injury of his own. Mickey Moniak will be healthy tomorrow, but I wanted to give him a rehab assignment, so I called up RF Carlos Soler.

The Pirates will be without SP Nathan Eovaldi for the year with a damaged elbow ligament. THe 33-year-old was 8-10 with a 5.10 ERA.

We looked to win the series a game early, with Walker Buehler (9-6, 3.73 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) taking on Jovani Moran (1-0, 5.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP). Despite playing all the time, Adam Haseley is officially the new starting CF, and will hit 7th today. I think this is revenge for earlier in the season, and we won another, this time 5-3.

Only problem is another injury, this time 3B Jose Ramirez, with his diagnosis pending. He doubled in his only at bat, leaving in the first.

Buehler was strong, 5.1 innings with 4 hits, a run, 2 walks, and an impressive 12 strike outs. Koda Glover, Ben Popkin, and Phil Maton got holds while Shiotani got the save. Popkin struggled, a run, hit, a strikeout, and 3 walks in an inning. Luiz Gohara faced one batter and threw one pitch, allowing a hit that later scored.

Brendan Rodgers was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, and one driven in. Nick Gordon was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, hit by pitch, and a stolen base. Haseley was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI's and a sac fly.

August 24th, 2023: Mickey Moniak will joing Jordan Montgomery in the GCL as he begins his rehab assignment. He'd be back when rosters expand.

Jose Ramirez passed all his tests, and can return to the lineup with no current injury. His groin tightness has already recovered, as there was no tear or strain.

The Royals lost another young arm, this time 23-year-old reliever Yefri Del Rosario. In 10 innings, just a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 8 appearences.

The Mets got a big loss, as Luis Marrero's season ends today with elbow inflammation. The Cuban superstar was 10-7 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts, walking just 35 and striking out 140 in 137.1 innings. New York currently holds a 1 game lead for the 2nd Wild Card spot.

We looked to pull of the impressive 4 game sweep with the red-hot Jake Florence (10-9, 3.91 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) taking on Dinelson Lamet (8-6, 4.91 ERA, 1.55 WHIP). Soler got the start in LF. We were edged in the finale 2-1.

Florence was still great, 6 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Tyler Jay tossed 2 scorless innings with a hit and strikeout.

We only had two hits, so it makes sense that we lost. Soler was 1-for-3, and Rodgers was 1-for-3 with the only run scored. Other then that, nothing worth noting here.

Freddie Freeman recorded his 2,000th career hit in a 16-1 domination over the Cubs. The Braves are now just 1 game behind us, as they don't really lose much. The 33-year-old Freeman is a career .287/.384/.512 in 1,910 career games with Atlanta.

We welcome the Giants to town for three before an off day that signals the start of a new road trip. At 58-71, the Giants should be an easy opponent for us, but we're a really weird team. We'd see Zack Littell (5-6, 4.45 ERA), Martin Carrasco (2-7, 6.04 ERA), and Madison Bumgarner (7-7, 3.29 ERA).
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August 25th-August 31st

August 25th, 2023: Our former pitcher Jace Vines has radial nerve compression and will miss 7-8 months. He had a much better statline with the Chi Sox, 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA. He'll finish his 2023 8-1 with a 5.15 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with 142 strikeouts in 148.2 innings.

Tylor Megill (0-0, 6.35 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) opened the series against Zack Littell (5-6, 4.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) as the Giants came to town. It was a close one, but Brendan Rodgers drew a bases loaded walk as we walked off in 12 innings 7-6.

Megill allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innigns with 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 striekouts, and an error that made us play 12 innings. Koda Glover earned a save, allowing a hit and strike out in the 6th. Tyler Jay blew the save, 3 runs in 0.2 innings with a hit and 2 walks. Phil Maton, Yasukazu Shoitani, Joe Jimenez, and Edward Cabrera got the final 5.1 innings, allowing just 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. Cabrera got the win, as the All-Star improved to 5-2.

Jose Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a 3 run homer. Thomas Dillard was 2-for-4 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, and a homer. Cole Roederer was 2-for-6 with 2 runs scored. Rodgers was 0-for-4 with the RBI and 2 walks.

T.J. Zeuch spinned a 5-hit shutout as the Jays beat Houston 8-0. The former 1st round pick is strugglign this year, 5-3 with a 5.16 ERA and 109 K's in 136 innings.

August 26th, 2023: I optoined Megill to AAA, so Jameson Taillon (6-3, 3.90 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) could make his return to the rotation against Martin Carrasco (2-7, 6.04 ERA, 1.53 WHIP). This is Taillon's first big league start since June 2nd against Washington, although his 2 rehab starts were amazing, 7 hits and a run with just 1 walk in 12.1 innings where he struck out 7. His return didn't go as planned, and we lost 7-4.

All 7 runs cam ein the 5th inning, and Taillon was cruising before that. He pitched 4.2 innings with 3 hits, 6 runs, 7 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Cabrera allowed the final run, pitching 1.1 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Cole Roederer was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a steal and caught stealing. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a 2 run homer. Adam Haseley was 1-for-3 with an RBI and double. Carlos Soler had a pinch hit double and RBI in the 9th.

August 27th, 2023: The Angels will be without former Marlin 3B Jose Smith for the year with a torn labrum. The rookie was hitting .228 with 5 homers and 1 RBI's in 57 at bats.

We looked to win the series with A.J. Puckett (7-5, 4.36 ERA, 1.62 WHIP) taking on Madison Bumgarner (7-7, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) who's still an ace caliber pitcher at 34. We were edged in the finale 4-3, and we'd be able to recover tomorrow with a day off.

Puck went 4.1 innings, allowing 4 runs off 5 hits and 3 walks with 6 strikeouts. The rest of the pen combined for 4.2 innings, with 2 hits, 5 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

Cole Roederer was a perfect 4-for-4 with a solo homer. Shoehi Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Seth Beer had a pinch hit RBI single in the 8th.

Well, now we're tied with Atlanta, but we're both off tomorrow. We play Philly on the road and they play Detroit at home before we fly to Atlanta for three.

August 28th, 2023: We dropped one more spot to 6th in the Power Rankings.

We start a 9 game road trip tomorrow, and that's going to be tough as we look to stay in first. The Phillies are in last, so they sholdn't be too tough, but it is a road series. We'd see the always tough Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.07 ERA), Cole Bellinger (1-1, 3.27 ERA), and JoJo Romero (7-11, 3.27 ERA).

August 29th, 2023: It's just Nola's 4th start of the year (1-0, 3.07 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) with missing most of the season with injury against Walker Buehler (10-6, 3.65 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). We allowed 3 in the 8th and fell 5-3.

Buehler allowed just 2 in 6.2 innings with 5 hits, a walk, and 8 strikeouts. Joe Jimenez got the loss, 2 runs off a hit, walk, and strikeout in 0.2 innings. Ben Popkin was charged with the last run, a hit and 2 walks in 0.1 innings.

Even with Nola leaving with an injury in the first, we couldn't do much against their pen. Seth Beer hit a 2 run homer off Nola in the 1st, and that was all till the 9th. Beer was just 1-for-4. Cole Roederer was 2-for-4 and scored on the Beer homer. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI oduble in the 9th. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a walk.

And Atlanta won so we're down to 2nd in the division, fist in the Wild Card...

August 30th, 2023: Jake Florence (10-10, 3.88 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) took on Cole Bellinger (1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) as we looked to bounce back with a much needed win. Losing a series to a last place team is unacceptable, even if it is on the road. We scored a run in the 9th to take the middle game 7-6.

Florence had a rough start, 3 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, a walk, and strikeout. Edward Cabrera pitched the newxt 2 innings with 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover went 1.1 innings with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts and "earned" a hold. Luiz Gohara gave up a hit and walk that scored Glover's run when finishing the 7th. Joe Jimenez couldn't get an out, allowing a hit, run and 2 walks. Ben Popking to the win, but also a blown save, finishing the 8th with a walk. Yasukazu Shiotani earned the save, a perfect 9th with a strikeout.

Jose Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's, a walk, and double. Scott Kingery was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, 2 RBI's, including the game winner, against his former team Adam Haseley was 3-for-4 against his former team with a walk and double. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a walk, triple, RBI, and three runs scored.

August 31st, 2023: I made a big mistake, and the GCL was already over so Montgomery and Moniak weren't playing... Too bad I didn't notice earlier, but they'll be up tomorrow when rosters expand.

Jameson Taillon (6-4, 4.43 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) looked to bounce back against JoJo Romero (7-11, 4.85 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) in the rubber match. The Phillies scored 4 in the 6th to take the finale 5-2. We can't be doing this...

Again, Taillon had just 1 bad inning, allowing 5 in 5.1 with 7 hits, a walk,a nd 3 strikeouts. Koda Glover pitched 1.2 innings with 2 hits, a walk, and 2 strikeotus. Tyler Jay pitched a perfect 8th with 2 K's.

Scott Kingery left with a sprained ankle, but was 1-for-3 with a double before leaving. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI's.

I sent Kingery to the DL and recalled Moniak.

Well, just a game back of the Braves, we're off to Atlanta to face them for three. We'd see Sean Newcomb make his season debut, Joey Wentz (11-8, 4.34 ERA), and Mike Soroka (11-8, 3.14 ERA). Newcomb is just a shell of his former self, with long reliever stamina and his stuff and control have taken massive hits.

I also added 2B Reizo Hoda to the 40-Man Roster, so I wouldn't forget to call him up eventually in September. He's hitting .284/.332/.499 with 18 HR's and 108 RBI's.

A quick look at former 1st ever pick Ethan Hankins, he's a free agent so I offered him a minor league deal. He hasn't pitched at all this year, but I'm feelilng generous to my first ever pick. He's just a 2* as a RP, and going to college was the worst decision he could've made.

Also, the two guys I wanted in the 2018 and 2019 draft, Mike Barrett and C.J. Abrams have both yet to made their debut, and are rated as just 1.5 and 2.5, so I didn't really miss out. Tyler Callihan is still a quality prospect, 1.5/4, so trading him may not have been the best idea, but he's still in the lower minors.

Of course, my draftees haven't done much, but I've done a good job of acquiring other teams's draft picks and succeeding with them. Jake Florence, Ben Popkin, Thomas Dillard, Seth Beer, Cole Roederer, and Nolan Gorman have all been drafted since 2018 and played in the majors with me. Don't forget my two draftees to make the majors Brett Conine and Ernesto Estrella are in AAA with big league appearences, and 2021 1st Rounder Ken Adrenian is actually in AAA. Gunnar Hoglund and Josh Weske had also both reached AAA, although Hoglund is back in AA and Weske is hurt. Jack Filby is on the Indians AAA team, and could earn a callup.
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