Louisiana Baseball

Louisiana Baseball
I am dedicating a portion of my writing this year to Louisiana Baseball. Reason is;

1. I was born in Louisiana, but now live in Texas so feel compelled to give my home state some love.

2. I have 3 nephews playing high school baseball in Louisiana with aspirations of playing after high school.

3. Louisiana is the sportsman paradise for its abundance of hunting and fishing opportunities and is known for its “Swamp People” as portrayed by the hit television series and famous comedian/chef Justin Wilson. Only in Louisiana does Justin Wilson become “Justone Wilsewn”. What you may not know is Louisiana is a HOT BED for baseball.

Time Out Time Out!

Before I began talking about Louisiana baseball, I need to share something with y’all as a sports fan. This isn’t Louisiana and it isn’t baseball. What happen a few days ago in Texas High School Sports needs to be celebrated. The Cuero Gobblers won the Class 4A Division II Football State Title in part to a MVP with emphasis on MVP performance, by University of Texas signee, Jordan Whittington. The all-time 4A title game rushing record was 311 yards set in 1978, Nineteen – Seventy – Eight, that’s 40 years ago, by NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Eric Dickerson of Sealy. Whittington rushed for 334 yards on 28 carries to lead Gobblers over Texarkana Pleasant Grove 40-28. Whittington not only now owns the 4A rushing record, but the overall 11-man record set by Aledo’s Johnathan Gray in 2010 rushing for 325 yards vs LaMarque. In a post-game interview Whittington said “It’s overwhelming but all the credit goes to God, the team, and the fans and without them I wouldn’t be able to do it. Congrats to Jordan Whittington and best of luck to him at UT in Austin, Texas.

Highlight of Whittington’s Performance from Fox Sports Southwest

Now Back to Louisiana Baseball.

I love baseball and I love history and I think it helps to know those that came before you. Gives you an appreciation for the game and its ability to stand the test of time. A mutual respect for the player(s) that persevered in a time where mere survival wasn’t easy. In this case I’m going way back way back to where it all started. Baseball was predominately a game confined to the state of New York. Soldiers of the Civil War brought baseballs home with them and soon the game became widespread. What we know today as the National League was formed in 1871 as the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP) and remained such until 1875. The Philadelphia Athletics was the 1871 Champion while the Boston Red Stockings won the title from 1872 – 1875. In 1876 the association changed its title to the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs. One of the Pioneers of Louisiana Baseball is John Peters. April 8th, 1850 John Peters was born in New Orleans. Lived his childhood through the Civil War.
As documented by Baseball Reference, May 23rd, 1874 John Peters made his debut as Short Stop for the Chicago White Stockings of the NAPBBP as the 220th player to sign with the NAPPB now a division of Major League Baseball. Peters at age 24 years and 54 days is the first Louisiana born to make it to the SHOW. Peters was the everyday short stop for the 1876 Pennant Winning White Stockings in their first year as part of the National League. The stockings boasted a 52-14 record, that’s .788-win percentage. Equates to 127 wins in todays 162 game season. WOW! A few of Peters 1876 teammates were HOF Catcher Deacon White, Batting Title Champion Ross Barnes, Al Spalding, yes, the founder of Spalding sporting goods, (Goodbye Mr. Spalding, the famous homerun call in the movie “The Natural”), Cal McVey and Cap Anson. Peters finished 4th for the batting title in 1876 hitting .351 behind teammate Ross Barnes hit .429, George Hall hit .366 and teammate Cap Anson hit .356. How cool of a year it must have been for those guys that summer. Winning the pennant and celebrating the country’s 100th birthday.

Left to Right: John Peters, Al Spalding, Ross Barnes, Cap Anson, Deacon White, Cal McVey

Peters in his hay day was great with the bat and the glove. Peters lead the league in put outs in 1879 with 280 and 1880 with 277. Peters played 11 seasons for 5 teams, the White Stockings, the Milwaukee Grays, the Providence Grays, the Buffalo Bison’s, and the Pittsburgh Allegheny’s finishing his MLB career in Pittsburg June 11th, 1884 at age 34 years and 64 days. But like plenty professional athletes Peters was not ready to put up his spikes. Peters played for 2 minor league organizations following up his release from Pittsburg, Springfield Illinois of the Northwestern League and Stillwater Minnesota of the Northwestern League.

Peters’ stats for his career:
WAR 13.7 AB 2693 Runs 373 Hits 748 Batting Avg .278

About half of Peters playing career was with the Chicago White Stockings. The White Stockings kept that name until 1889 and eventually became the Chicago Cubs. So, the first Louisiana born player to play in the MLB was a member of the Chicago Cub Franchise.
John Peters died January 4th, 1924 at the age of 73 years and 271 days in St. Louis, Missouri and is buried at the Old St. Marcus Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pretty cool stuff, I think on my next trip to St. Louis I will try to find his grave and pay it a visit!

Following Peters other Louisiana born players to make it to the SHOW is 255 with 5 making it to the Hall of Fame, Center Fielder/Right Fielder Willard Brown of Shreveport, Catcher Bill Dickey from Bastrop, Pitcher/Right Fielder Ted Lyons from Lake Charles, Mel Ott played All 3 outfield positions, 2nd Base and 3rd base from Gretna, Pitcher Lee Smith from Jamestown. Most recent Louisiana native to make it to the SHOW is Short Stop Blake Trahan born in Lake Charles went to High School in Kinder, college at University of Louisiana Lafayette, MLB with the Cincinnati Reds. Each episode this season I will feature a Louisiana player from the past and present.

Left John Peters Photo Baseball Almanac Right Blake Trahan Photo MLB Cincinnati Reds

I hail from St. Amant, Louisiana a rural area in Ascension Parish between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Many locals refer to the area as Duck Roost. Hence the “Swamp People” stereotype I was referring to earlier. The most notable Baseball Player coming out of St. Amant is Pitcher Ben Sheets. Went on to pitch at University of Louisiana Monroe, the 2000 USA Olympic Team Gold Medal while pitching a complete game 3 hit shutout against Cuba, followed by a great MLB career including the Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor.

St. Amant High School Players to have their names called in Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft held annually in June:
Short Stops:Brady Babin 9th round by the Florida Marlins, Kim Batiste 3rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies, Reid Brignac 2nd round to Tampa Bay Rays, Andy Sheets went to Louisiana State then to Seattle Mariners in the 4th round, Jason Williams went to Louisiana State then to the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round.
Pitchers: Ben Sheets went to University of Louisiana Monroe then to Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round, Rob Bergeron Rookie Ball with the Salt Lake City Trappers, Brad Delatte went to Nicholls University then Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round, Jeremy Robinson went to Northwest Florida then to Tampa Bay Rays 47th round, Jordy Templet went to University of Louisiana Lafayette then to Toronto Blue Jays in the 17th round, Wade Walker went to University of Louisiana Monroe then to Chicago Cubs in the 16th round, Blayne Enlow 3rd round to the Minnesota Twins.
Catcher: Joe Lewis went to Louisiana State and San Jacinto then to San Diego in the 3rd round.
Third Base: Casey Lambert went to Alabama then to Colorado in the 24th round.
Infielder: Rick Haydel to University of Louisiana Lafayette then to Arizona Diamondbacksi n the 11th round.

Highlights of the 4 St. Amant Players Making it to the SHOW

Kim Batiste
Andy Sheets   https://www.facebook.com/walbeckbaseballacademy/videos/1263649250371074/
Ben Sheets   https://youtu.be/_3jyoakkekA
Reid Brignac https://youtu.be/07Mvy3v1O0c

Most recent St. Amant draftee out of high school is Blayne Enlow selected in the 3rd round of the 2017 June amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins. Many viewed Enlow as first round quality but many teams weren’t sure they could sign Enlow due to his commitment to LSU. The Twins took a chance in the 3rd round and offered Enlow a signing bonus equal to a much higher draft slot selection. Enlow is in his second season of Minor League Baseball. Other baseball players from St. Amant High School to play at the collegiate level, Brandt Boudreaux, Scott Boudreaux, Chris Bourgeois, Wet Delatte,Matt Delaune, Gary Duhe, Dexter Fontenot, Larson Fontenot, Brennan Grant, Eddie Hymel, Justin Manton, Mickey Martinez, Nathan McCorkle, Madison Nickens, Ivan Prejean, Adam Sevario, Austin Tanner, Derrick Townsend, Dustin Weaver, Jorda Young III.

Previous St. Amant coach Bob Lemon won state titles in 1993, 94,95 and 2004. Current St. Amant Coach now in his 7th season is Troy Templet reaching the state quarter finals 4 of the last 6 years. Other high schools in Ascension Parish with great success is Dutchtown in Geismar lead by Coach Schexnaydre, won state in 2004 and quarter finals in 2018 and East Ascension won state in 2003, now coached 1 year by Kade Kowen. 2018 making it to the Bi District round.

Trivia on St. Amant Baseball, the inaugural season was spring of 1979 yours truly (Glynn Parent Jr) varsity catcher as a sophomore. Two sport All American Billy Cannon Jr of Broadmoor tagged up from 2nd base attempting to score on a foul ball hit to the warning track in right field. We relayed him out at the plate, but he rolled me like a bowling ball down the lane headed for the pins. I showed the ball to the ump like Pudge Rodriguez did in 2003 with the Miami Marlins vs San Francisco Giants play to end the NLDS. I don’t know what it looked like, but this is what it felt like.

Pudge Highlight

How ironic is it that this play is a San Francisco Giant taking out the catcher, and this play is no longer allowed by Major League Baseball when Giant Catcher Buster Posey was injured by a similar play when Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins tagged up on 3rd on a shallow fly ball.

Posey Highlight

Little more St. Amant Baseball Trivia, Spring 1980 St. Amant makes the post season for the first time. I as the lead off batter drew a walk to lead off the first making me the first St. Amant Gator Post Season Base Runner.  All that and 50 cents use to get you a cup of coffee. Now you need more like $1.50 to go with that story to get convenience store coffee. Hint, keep the story to yourself if you really want that cup of coffee. Clerk likely think you’re crazy and ask you to make like a tree and leave.

Next episodes we will dig into what many say is the hottest bed of Louisiana Prep Baseball players and that is Calcasieu Parish. Home of Barbe High School in Lake Charles under the leadership of Coach Cecchini, Sulphur High School in Sulphur and Sam Houston in Moss Bluff. In 2010 Barbe High School had 3 players selected in the June Amateur Draft. In the same area is college McNeese State having 2 players selected in the 2010 draft.

According to NOLA.com 33 players were drafted in the 2018 amateur draft with ties to Louisiana. I will reduce that number to 27 players drafted that were in Louisiana High Schools or in Louisiana Colleges due to 6 of those NOLO.com draftees are from out of state high schools that were LSU signees.

Road Worthy Games MLB – NCAA – High School 

With the Houston Astros making the playoffs and winning the 2017 World Series and predicted to win the AL West in 2019 along with LSU receiving a preseason ranking of #1 in NCAA Division I Baseball every game the Geaux ‘Stros of Houston and Geaux Tigers of LSU play will be road worthy.  I will pick a few and list them below. In high school there is a lot of parity. Anytime there is a match up between the Ascension Parish Schools; St. Amant, East Ascension and Dutchtown along with Baton Rouge area schools Catholic High, Central and Zachary or the Calcasieu Parish Schools mentioned above those games are ROAD WORTHY!

HIGH SCHOOL
February 28th (Thursday) Texas 4A Semi Finalist Jasper vs Barbe High School in Lake Charles
March 14th-16th- (Thursday-Saturday) Sulphur Tors Host Tournament of Louisiana High Schools Finest Baseball Teams.
May 8th-11th (Wednesday-Saturday) LHSAA State Baseball Tournament

NJCAA

February 23rd (Wednesday) Baton Rouge CC travels to Decatur, MS to Play NJCAA Div 1 Preseason Ranked # Wallace St CC Hanceville, AL

March 15th & 17th (Friday & Sunday) Baton Rouge CC travels to Eunice, LA to Play NJCAA Div 2 Preseason Ranked #1 LSU-E Eunice, LA

March 16th (Saturday) Baton Rouge CC host NJCAA Div 2 Preseason Ranked #1 LSU-E in Baton Rouge Pete Goldsby Field

April 3rd (Wednesday) NJCAA Div 1 Preseason Ranked #6 Cisco Wranglers of Cisco, TX travel to Waco to Play DH NJCAA Div 1 Preseason Ranked #10 McLennan Highlanders

April 6th (Saturday) NJCAA Div 1 Preseason Ranked #6 Cisco Wranglers of Cisco, TX host a DH vs NJCAA Div 1 Preseason Ranked #10 McLennan Highlanders

April 12th & 14th (Friday & Sunday) Baton Rouge CC host NJCAA Div 2 Preseason Ranked #1 LSU-E in Baton Rouge Pete Goldsby Field

April 13th (Saturday) Baton Rouge CC travels to Eunice, LA to Play NJCAA Div 2 Preseason Ranked #1 LSU-E Eunice, LA

 

NCAA
February 15th-17th (Friday-Sunday) Preseason Ranked #14 University of Texas travels to Lafayette to play a 3 game series vs #38 Ranked University of Lafayette.
February 25th (Wednesday) LSU travels to Natchitoches to play 2018 Southland Conference Champs Northwestern.
May 21st-26th SEC Conference Tournament in Hoover, Alabama Home of AA Birmingham Barons
May 23rd-26th Southland Conference Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas
May 31st-June 2nd NCAA Regionals
June 7th-9th NCAA Super Regionals

MLB – Games in Houston
April 5th Friday Home Opener vs the 97 games winner Oakland A’s
April 8th-10th Monday-Wednesday New York Yankees
April 25th-28th Thursday-Sunday AL Central Champs Cleveland Indians
May 24th-26th Friday-Sunday 2018 WS Champs Boston Red Sox
May 27th-29th Monday-Wednesday Chicago Cubs
June 11th-12th Tuesday-Wednesday NL Central Champs Milwaukee Brewers
July 5th-7th Friday-Sunday Los Angeles Angles Mike Trout
August 23rd-25th Friday-Sunday Los Angeles Angles Mike Trout
September 20th-22nd Friday-Sunday Los Angeles Angles Mike Trout

Goodbye Tal’s Hill

I attended the final home game of the 2016 Astros Season.  A day game, I mention that due to only being able to attend 2 Day Games season.  After the game Astros fans had the opportunity to take a photo on Tal’s Hill as a Memory of this unique land mark of the Houston Astros Home Field.  Tal’s Hill as written by AP Hunter Atkins published by the Washington Post.  As I get in line and wait my turn to get my photo and pay my respects to Tal’s Hill the last home game of the season starts to seep in.  The Astros loss starts to seep in.  The very likely fallen short of the post season starts to seep in.  The sadness seeps in.  With this group of Astros Fans showing solidarity for Tal’s Hill and sharing their favorite baseball moments, baseball travels, baseball player, and so on.  I couldn’t help but reminisce about the 2016 Astros Season and how they fought back from such a dismal April (7-17) to make the season exciting.  I also couldn’t help but think of some of the mistakes made during the year that could have easily put 3 – 5 more games in the W column.  Future blog dedicated to 5+ games that should have been W’s. Base running mistakes, lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, starting pitching, relief pitching struggling at times, quite a few could of, would of, should of type opportunities.  Then I think of accomplishments like Jose Altuve’s 1000 hits, also his multiple categories as American League Leader.

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The expectations of Alex Bregman, the hype, the struggle then the resurgence.  “Geaux Bregman”

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The signing of Cuban star Yuli Gurriel.  All these baseball thoughts circling my head like the orbit of the earth, the moon and the stars.  Astros pun intended hahaha.  Once I got my pic on Tal’s Hill it’s time to leave, actually they require you to leave because some crazy fan likely to hang out all night.  Just saying.  On my way out I bump into the Seattle Mariners players leaving as well. In a most unique fashion, I might add, Rookie Hazing.

marinersrookiehazing This was so cool to witness.  Only one exit open with Astros security on hand to make sure fans egress the building.  This exit is opposite end of the ball park from where I am parked.  No problem here. I get to walk around the entire complex and ponder more baseball memories.

HOW COOL IS THAT!

Next Blog/Podcast My Walkabout Minute Maid Park

 

Baseball is BorING? NOT !!!

Baseball is the farthest thing from boring. It’s a thinking mans game. The mental energy between pitcher catcher and batter on each pitch can marvel a physics professor. The fan that can’t see or feel that is missing out on a wonderful experience.  Listen to the Audio Prior to clicking the Link    Audi0 To be Continued Link.

Wild Card Countdown 10-9-8

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Astros finish in Oakland with a Sweep.   Climbing Mount Wild Card Sure is Steep.  Houston’s 10-9-8 countdown starts now, for this Reason We only have 10 Games left in the regular Season.  Coming home for 4 versus the Angels.  No more games against the Rangers.  Followed by 3 versus Seattle.  Those 7 games will be a Battle.  A day of rest for the body and Mind.  Because Mount Wild Card has been a very tough Grind.  The final countdown 3-2-1. At the end of this road it will all be Done.  In Los Angeles for these Games.  It will take all 3 to stake a Claim.  To the wild card so many teams sought After.  But only 2 teams get to enjoy this Laughter.  So let the wild card countdown Begin.              10 more games until the END.

21 Days Left in MLB, A Look Back and A Look Forward. September Baseball is Here

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Baseball has so many numbers that create stats that one could submerse themselves to the point of pure exhaustion and merely just swipe the surface of all that’s available to stat geeks and historians alike.  In effort to be able to start and end this blog I will choose to review win streaks and the current chase to the post season, AKA “September Baseball“.  According to MLB Rare Feats a winning streak of 21 games or more has happened only twice in the modern era. The New York Giants in 1916 hold the MLB record of 26 consecutive games.  The Chicago Cubs in 1935 won 21 straight.  The Rare Feats link shows each MLB Franchise and their respective win streak length.

The premise for this  is there is currently 21 days left to the MLB regular season.  Knowing MLB doesn’t play 21 days straight any team not bringing a win streak into the last 21 days of the season, post September 11, 2016, will not be capable of equaling the mentioned rare feats.  The fun part here is to look at where your team is in the current post season race and what kind of a streak that they would need to pull off making this years post season bid.

Where was your MLB Team August 21st, 2016 (21 days ago)?  Notables American League (AL) East had a lot of shuffling over the  past 21 days.  The Toronto Blue Jays were leading the division by 2 games but going 8-12 over the past 21 days while the Boston Red Sox went 11-8 to take over the division lead.  The New York Yankees have gone 13-6 over that same stint and put themselves in the AL Wild Card (WC) Race.  The interesting part here is the Yankees were sellers at the mid season trade dead line trading arguably the two best relievers in MLB being Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and possible one of the best post season hitters in Carlos Beltran. In the AL Central the Detroit Tigers went 11-7 to put them 10 games 0ver .500 and solid in the AL WC Race.  In the AL West the Texas Ranger’s went 11-7 to keep there lead over the 11-7 Houston Astros.  In the National League (NL) East the New York Mets won 14 games the most of any MLB team during the past 21 days giving the Mets sole possession of that 2nd NL WC spot over the St. Louis Cardinals going 9-10 losing the top WC spot and falling to 3rd in the NL WC race. The NL Central Chicago Cubs continue their wining ways going 12-6.  The NL West Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants were tied at 68 wins each.  The Dodgers went 12-6 while the Giants went 8-9 giving the Dodgers a 3 game lead in the Division.  The Giants Lead the NL WC over the red hot Mets by 1.5 games.  The Giants will not be pulling off anything like that 26 game streak of 1916 but it will likely take something very notable to either hold off the Mets or take over the Dodgers.

Where is your team going?  Well if you believe in streaks and or the team coming in hot, I hope you are a New York Yankee or New York Mets fan.  If not you hope those teams aren’t coming into your town and hope they are going to the team that is in your way.  Division Races in the AL East and the NL West are the only ones worth discussing.  The Giants travel to Los Angeles for a 3 game series and host the Dodgers for the final 3 games of the season.  That should play out to be some good SEPTEMBER BASEBALL.  The AL East Division Leader Boston Red Sox will host the Orioles, Yankees, and Blue Jays and travel to Baltimore and New York.  WOW!  What a gridlock this could turn out to be.  How much fun is it to watch the Yankees and the Red Sox face off anytime during the year now put it in SEPTEMBER with post season ramifications on the line.  Not to mention final season for David Ortiz “Big Pappi”.  I cant hardly wait to watch these two division races unfold!  Looking at the WC races the NL has the Giants, Mets and Cardinal’s. Three historic franchises grind it out.  The Mets are the hottest team in MLB with the easiest schedule in front of them, at least on paper.  The Mets host the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and travel to the Miami Marlins and finish on the road versus the Phillies.  All 3 teams the Mets play are below .500 and are currently playing below .500 ball.  The Cardinals will host the Cubs bringing with them the best record in all of MLB then go on the road to San Francisco for some head to head wild card games.  While on the road the Cards will play Colorado and Chicago Cubs finishing up at home against the losing trending Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The strange issue here is the Cards don’t paly well at home. The Cards are the only team in post season contention that have a losing record at home. The Giants have the division games versus the Dodgers previously mentioned  and host wild card contending Cardinals.  Giants other games will be against the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies. The AL West WC is just as exciting especially with all the AL East division stuff going on.  Only one team will come out the division leader the others all fall to the wild card race.  Added to the AL East gridlock to the  AL wild card is the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros.  Both the Tigers and the Astros are playing winning ball however with 5 teams involved in the race it gets very complex.  The Astros and the Tigers will not need a franchise best 12 game or 14 game winning streak respectively but will need to go on a winning streak of 8-10 games to take control of their respective spot because the Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays and Yankees will paly so many head to head games that they cant all lose.

So there you have it.  Let me know where your team is and how they plan to impact SEPTEMBER BASEBALL!

Bryce Harper Media Darling or Post MVP Hype

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Bryce Harper, the 2015 NL MVP and deservingly so I might add, is getting a lot 2016 media coverage including MLB.com Morning Lineup post by Cut4.  In this column author Chris Landers writes “He hits dingers seemingly on command,”.  I say to that, WHAT!  With only 24 home runs this season Harper is ranked 50th tied with Houston Astros Evan Gattis.  Landers then writes “he flips his bat. But it’s not just any bat flip — it’s a bat flip of calm disdain, as if he’s offended that this piece of lumber is still in his presence after having done its duty:”  According to the linked video I totally agree with Chris Landers outlandish description of the Bryce Harper bat flip.  But was Harpers outlandish bat flip necessary?  Look I’m good with some celebration and even a bat flip.  But at what point have these celebrations gone too far.  I think Bryce Harper is celebrating this one too much.  I mean ok Harper is reigning MVP and that allows you some amount of swagger.  But when not having anything close to an MVP type year I think one should reign it in a bit.  Harper is 50th in HR’s, 121st in batting avg, and 43rd in RBI’s.  Those numbers hardly earn a commentary as pronounced by Chris Landers including the video clips posted as “Wait, hold on, we need several more looks at that to give it proper tribute. The flip:”  With this type of publication on social media, Cut4 is not only condoning this behavior but promoting it.

Tell me how you feel about the excessive bat flip movement in baseball.

MLB Road To 90

In Honor of My Dad Glynn Parent Sr Brother Jeff Parent, Brother-In-Laws Bryan Hollis and Brent McGibboney and Nephews Easton Hollis, Luke McGibboney, Cohen Parent and Pierson Parent who fought flood waters of South Louisiana for days and have not stopped as they move straight into clean up and restoration.

Here is where the AL Wild Card Race is and where the Astros are positioned along with what I been saying will practically solidify a playoff spot.  90 Wins

Astros Road to 90 looking grim so does the WC. I use 90 w’s because history shows that 90 w’s gets a playoff birth over 90% of the time. This year that will be the case again. It will be very close to that number. If a team makes the AL WC with less than 90 it will take help from another team. In other words that team will not control their on destiny. So here is where they are now.

AL Div leaders

Toronto 70-54 38 games to go. 20 wins to 90 = 526 ball

Cleveland 71-51 40 games to go 19 wins to 90 = 475 ball

Texas 73-52 37 games to go. 17 wins to 90 = 459 ball

WC
Boston 69-54 39 games to go 21 wins to 90 = 538 ball

Baltimore 68-56 38 games to go 22 wins to 90 = 579 ball

Seattle 66-57 39 games to go 24 wins to 90 = 615 ball

Detroit 65-59 38 games to go 25 wins to 90 = 658 ball

Houston 65-60 37 games to go 25 wins to 90 =676 ball

Kansas City 64-60 38 games to go 26 wins to 90 = 684 ball

I included KC for 2 reasons, currently an 8 game win streak and reining World Champs. So in the words of Phil Mickelson when the media would give Tiger Woods a chance to win the tournament 11 strokes back on Saturday. In a frustrated interview Phil said so everybody 11 strokes back still has a shot right?!

So back to the WC race.  Leaders Boston and Baltimore both in the AL east battling with Toronto for the division are setting the WC pace.
One of the biggest things hurting the Astros going forward is they have the least games to play. One could argue that’s a day of rest. Good argument. Opportunities for a W is premium. Seattle and Boston have 2 more opps than Houston. All the others in the WC race have 1 more opp than the Astros. So there is the road to 90.
The other way I like to play with the numbers is using 500 ball by the contender. So 500 ball by Baltimore, bottom WC seed, is 87 w’s. So still the other teams have more opportunities than the Astros that doesn’t change. What changed is the total number of W’s and the win %. So for Houston that’s 22 more W’s and 595 to tie Baltimore and all Baltimore has to do is win 19 more games playing mediocre 500 ball.
Steep uphill climb for the Astros to the WC. If they reach the pinnacle you will have witness a top 10 finish of all time and or a top 10 collapse of all time.

Hope this was a little something to divert all the flood and post flood work yall have been doing.

Major Accomplishment

Awesome week of MLB action this past weekend. Trout of the Los Angeles Angels robs a grand slam at the Seattle Mariners. I find this very fitting with Ichiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins getting his 3000th MLB hit. You might ask how is that fitting. Well here is what I see. Ichiro started off his career in Seattle. Yes the series in Seattle was a weekend to honor Ken Griffey Jr’s accomplishments and Trout would compare to Griffey Jr much more than to Ichiro but I see a great player on his way out doing what he does everyday, hit the baseball, and a young player that has become the face of Major League Baseball doing what he does everyday and that’s make great defensive plays. These accomplishments were done on the same day and Trouts play was in the location where it all started for Ichiro Suzuki as a MLB player. A Great Day for Major League Baseball!

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