Monday, November 10, 2014

Season 16 Wrapup

Tampa takes the crown in Season 16!

Season 16 of Kenny Powers has concluded and after a most intriguing postseason, Tampa Bay has been crowned the World Series Champs!   In a stacked NL playoff bracket, it seemed likely that a #6 seed could make it through, but that's exactly what happened as Tampa Bay downed Buffalo, St. Louis and Tucson before defeating Pawtucket in a hard fought 7-game series.   Tampa Bay's success can be greatly attributed to Ellis Brock, who capped off a record breaking regular season with an impressive postseason that lead to a World Series ring.  This is Tampa Bay's and original owner (and world creator) dmurphy104's first title in Kenny Powers, after watching division rival Oklahoma City hoist the trophy five times.   Congrats!

Now, let's take a look at some of the individual award winners!

American League - Sherman Dunston, San Francisco - .323 AVG 43 HR 118 RBI
Dunston is one of the premier hitters in all of Kenny Powers with elite power and splits and plus contact and batting eye.   He cashed in on his tremendous hitting skill set by taking the AL MVP award.  He also won a Silver Slugger award this season as well.  At just 25 years old, Dunston will surely rack up a slew of awards in what is sure to be a hall of fame caliber career.

National League - J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu - .313 AVG 61 HR 137 RBI
Ganzel took home his second MVP trophy, also having won it in Season 14, with a power season for the ages crushing 61 home runs.  Ganzel is also one of the elite hitting talents in all of Kenny Powers and will continue to make an impact for seasons to come, as he'll be 29 entering Season 17.  He also won a Silver Slugger award and made the All-Star team in Season 16.

American League - Ralph Moseley, Detroit - 27-3 2.48 ERA 219 K
Moseley was a pretty easy choice for AL Cy Young, given his win total was 2nd most in Kenny Powers history, to go along with the rest of his impressive numbers.  Moseley is one of the up and coming pitchers as he will be 25 going into next season.  He's officially arrived with his first Cy Young award, and has many great seasons ahead.  He also made the All-Star team in Season 16.

National League - Ellis Brock, Tampa Bay - 23-6 1.65 ERA 279 K
Brock was a no-brainer for NL Cy Young, as he had an epic season in which he broke into the top 5 single season marks in six different categories, including setting the all-time record for single season WHIP (0.84).  Brock also propelled his team to a World Series title with multiple dominant postseason performances putting him on par with real life counterpart Madison Bumgarner.  He'll be 27 going into next season, so he should be making headlines for seasons to come.

American League - Emmanuel Moya, Florida - .261 AVG 17 HR 60 RBI 50 SB
National League - Sean Hollins, Indianapolis - .303 AVG 37 HR 97 RBI

That concludes the Season 16 Wrapup!  Thanks to everyone for a great season, and look forward to another great one after a hopefully quick rollover to Season 17.  Spread the word about Kenny Powers and send anyone interested my way!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Season 16 League Leaders

With the playoffs in full swing, it's a good time to reflect back on the regular season and look at the league leaders.   Let's get right into it!

In the AL, Weldon Rando has not slowed down, stealing 108 bases, only getting caught once!  That's the 2nd most stolen bases in Kenny Powers history, and he now owns the top 5 highest season totals in stolen bases.  He also led the league in runs (134). Sherman Dunston led the league in OBP, SLG and OPS.  What an amazing hitter! Andy Minor had the third highest single season hits total in Kenny Powers history (224).

On the NL side, it was J.C. Ganzel who led the most major categories.  He had 61 home runs, coming in at 5th all-time, and also tied for the league lead in RBI, and led the league in hits and OPS.  Luis Navarro led the league in Runs and OBP, in leading Oklahoma City to the best record this season.

Here are the complete offensive leaders!

American League

Batting Average Bob Patterson Detroit .350
Home Runs Butch Borland Scranton 52
RBI Javier Sivilla Pawtucket 144
Stolen Bases Weldon Rando Toronto 108
Hits Andy Minor Kansas City 224
Runs Weldon Rando Toronto 134
OBP Sherman Dunston San Francisco .412
SLG Sherman Dunston San Francisco .591
OPS Sherman Dunston San Francisco 1.003

National League

Batting Average Morris Washington Rochester .328
Home Runs J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 61
RBI Shane Curtis Rochester 137

J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 137
Stolen Bases Howie Hooper Burlington 57
Hits J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 198
Runs Luis Navarro Oklahoma City 127
OBP Luis Navarro Oklahoma City .446
SLG Richie Lombard San Juan .655
OPS J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 1.024

In the AL, it was a tale of two pitchers. Matty Posada led the league in ERA, Strikeouts, WHIP and tied for the lead in Quality Starts and Complete Games.  Ralph Moseley led the league in Innings Pitched and Wins, and tied for the lead in Quality Starts and Complete Games.  His amazing 27 wins blew the field away, and is in fact the second most in Kenny Powers history!

In the NL, it was a one man show.  It was a truly epic season for Tampa Bay's Ellis Brock, winning the pitching triple crown (league lead in ERA, Wins and Strikeouts) and also led the league in WHIP, Innings Pitched and Quality Starts.  He set a new record for single season WHIP, ranked 2nd all time in ERA and Quality Starts, 3rd all-time in Strikeouts, 5th all-time in Innings Pitched, and tied for 5th all-time in Wins.  What a season.  Honorable mention goes to Jim Forbes of Burlington for leading the league in Complete Games and Shutouts.

Here are the complete pitching leaders!

American League

ERA Matty Posada Nashville 2.48
Wins Ralph Moseley Detroit 27
Strikeouts Matty Posada Nashville 240
Saves Douglas Schlereth Pawtucket 46
WHIP Matty Posada Nashville 1.02
Innings Pitched Ralph Moseley Detroit 257.2
Quality Starts Valerio Baez New Britain 25

Matty Posada Nashville 25

Ralph Moseley Detroit 25
Complete Games Matty Posada Nashville 7

Ralph Moseley Detroit 7
Shutouts Yamid Tapies Chicago 3

Ham Sampson Seattle 3

National League

ERA Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 1.65
Wins Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 23
Strikeouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 279
Saves David Silva Tampa Bay 44
WHIP Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 0.84
Innings Pitched Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 268.0
Quality Starts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 33
Complete Games Jim Forbes Burlington 8
Shutouts Jim Forbes Burlington 3

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Season 16 Final Power Rankings

The regular season has come to an end in Season 16, and it's on to the playoffs, but before then we'll check in with the final power rankings of the season.  Oklahoma City takes the top spot, with an amazing regular season.  They look like a strong favorite to three-peat, but there are a glut of teams behind them capable of taking it all as well.  It's going to be an interesting postseason for sure, as no team will have an easy road.  Good luck to the playoff teams, here are the final rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 112 50 1 Unbelievable season, will be tough to beat in playoffs
2 St. Louis 98 64 2 An excellent season for them, pitching staff looking good
3 Detroit 97 65 3 Looking like a strong contender in the AL for sure
4 New Britain  96 66 11 Another great stretch run, they're hot at the right time
5 Pawtucket  97 65 7 Right there with the other AL teams, very well balanced
6 Tucson 96 66 4 That they are a wild card shows how tough the NL is 
7 Buffalo  96 66 9 Excellent pitching led them to another great season
8 Little Rock  91 71 10 Definitely a sleeper in the AL playoffs, very nice numbers
9 Seattle 91 71 5 Not a great stretch run, but had division wrapped up
10 Tampa Bay 89 73 17 Late season surge got them into the playoffs
11 Honolulu 86 76 6 The pitching fell apart for them at the end, leaving them out
12 Nashville  89 73 14 Very nice season, just missed getting into the playoffs
13 Kansas City 82 80 18 Not a bad season at all, had a very nice run the last 40 
14 Toronto 89 73 8 Rough stretch run, but they have a very nice offense
15 Rochester 82 80 13 Didn't play well the last 40 games, still on the fringe
16 Burlington 77 85 20 They won their division, which was a step forward for them
17 Oakland 75 87 25 Looked good down the stretch, as the pitching was better
18 Salt Lake City 77 85 12 They fell apart some the last 40, but good offensive numbers
19 Indianapolis 77 85 22 Numbers aren't bad, so next season looks good for them
20 Syracuse 76 86 16 Excellent pitching numbers, but offense struggled some
21 San Juan 75 87 28 Winning record the last 40, with improved pitching stats
22 Richmond 73 89 26 Not a bad stretch run, offense looks pretty solid
23 Florida 73 89 19 Making strides, as pitching staff starts to take shape
24 Scranton 74 88 15 Pitching rocked the last 40, but still great offensive numbers
25 Chicago  71 91 21 Rough last 40 games, but the stats aren't horrible at all
26 Pittsburgh 67 95 27 Pitching was an issue, but they had a good offense
27 San Francisco 67 95 24 Did not perform well the last 40, despite good offense
28 Louisville 67 95 31 Over .500 the last 40 games, definitely a positive sign
29 Cleveland 61 101 29 Offense showed some potential but pitching not great
30 Memphis  68 94 23 Pretty rough last 40 games, but good pitching overall
31 Helena 66 96 30 Improved down the stretch with better pitching numbers
32 Vancouver 57 105 32 Wasn't able to recover from early season pitching issues

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Season 16 Power Rankings # 3

It's time to head down the home stretch of the regular season in Kenny Powers, but before we do it's time to check in with the power rankings to see how the races are stacking up.  At the top, Oklahoma City holds on to #1, posting the best record since the last rankings.  No sign of a drop off here.  St. Louis continued their positive momentum from the last rankings period, and jumped again up to #2.  The next handful of teams are extremely close and difficult to rank, but it was Detroit, Tucson and Seattle rounding out the top 5.  It's going to be an interesting stretch run for sure, good luck and here are the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 83 39 1 Still winning and had the best record since the last rankings
2 St. Louis 74 48 5 Still have momentum from a big 2nd quarter of the season
3 Detroit 72 50 6 Playing well and the pitching staff is coming into its own
4 Tucson 72 50 7 On a nice run, great offense, and pitching is good too 
5 Seattle 71 51 9 Pitching dropped off slightly, but offense has improved 
6 Honolulu 67 55 11 Best pitching staff in Kenny Powers, and offense is up too
7 Pawtucket  70 52 4 The offense dropped off some, but pitching was better
8 Toronto 71 51 13 Hot since the last rankings with numbers up all around
9 Buffalo  71 51 2 Excellent pitching, but offense is down since last rankings
10 Little Rock  68 54 3 Big decline in offense yielded mediocre results this period
11 New Britain  68 54 15 Pitching improved a lot, helping them get back in the fold
12 Salt Lake City 60 62 20 Pitching is improved, nice run since the last rankings 
13 Rochester 66 56 14 Offense is down, but they are still getting it done
14 Nashville  67 55 12 Number aren't great since halfway point, but haning in 
15 Scranton 63 59 8 Monster offense slowed down, and pitching is a bit rough
16 Syracuse 59 63 23 On a good run with significant improvement all around
17 Tampa Bay 64 58 10 Good pitching staff, but aren't getting much on offense at all
18 Kansas City 59 63 16 Pitching is up, but offense slowed down some, which hurt
19 Florida 55 67 25 Numbers up across the board, playing very well right now
20 Burlington 54 68 29 Major improvement and a very good record since midsesaon
21 Chicago  58 64 17 Numbers look better, but not win total, so tough luck here
22 Indianapolis 58 64 18 Offense fell off some, pitching was better but not great
23 Memphis  58 64 21 The offense is struggling here, the pitching seems all right
24 San Francisco 54 68 22 Still putting up nice offense, but pitching not quite there yet
25 Oakland 52 70 27 Very similar to San Fran, pitching hasn't taken the next step
26 Richmond 53 69 24 Not much offense here since the midway point of the season
27 Pittsburgh 50 72 28 Record not that bad since the halfway point, a good sign
28 San Juan 53 69 19 Rough going since last rankings, numbers down overall
29 Cleveland 45 77 26 Offense improved, but pitching has been rocked as of late
30 Helena 47 75 32 They showed some improvement, so rebuild is coming along
31 Louisville 46 76 31 They improved as well overall, good to see positive signs
32 Vancouver 44 78 30 The offense dropped off, so it's been rough going for them

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Season 16 Power Rankings # 2

The regular season is half way over for Kenny Powers Season 16, which means it's time for another edition of the power rankings!  Oklahoma City is as strong as ever on top and is the team to beat once again.  Buffalo leads the challengers at #2, and behind them is a pack of teams looking to separate themselves from the rest of the competition.  It will be an interesting 2nd half of the season for sure.   Good luck, here are the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV   Comments
1 Oklahoma City 56 25 1 As strong as ever, they are the team to beat once again
2 Buffalo  50 31 2 Numbers have been down the last 40, but still solid for sure
3 Little Rock  48 33 7 Cracked the top 3 with solid numbers across the board
4 Pawtucket  48 33 10 Getting it done with tremendous offense and decent pitching
5 St. Louis 48 33 17 Tied with OKC for best record the last 40, making a run 
6 Detroit 47 34 3 Bats cooled off some, but still looking like a contender 
7 Tucson 46 35 4 Offense is down as of late, resulting in a mediocre last 40 
8 Scranton 46 35 11 Offense is crushing it, pitching better, but still an unknown
9 Seattle 47 34 5 Pitching looking great, but it didn't lead to a big run yet 
10 Tampa Bay 45 36 16 Great pitching here is well, can they get enough offense? 
11 Honolulu 44 37 9 Improving with outstanding pitching, offense is not there yet
12 Nashville  46 35 6 Significant pitching improvement, but bats down some
13 Toronto 45 36 18 Very nice last 40, despite numbers being down overall 
14 Rochester 43 38 20 Hot since the last rankings, offense has been much better
15 New Britain  44 37 15 They're playing fairly well, and could inch their way up 
16 Kansas City 40 41 23 Great offensive team, and pitching has seen a nice bump 
17 Chicago  40 41 25 Over .500 since the last rankings, always a good sign 
18 Indianapolis 41 40 8 Struggled since last rankings, but still lead their division
19 San Juan 40 41 14 It hasn't been pretty for them the last 40, but hanging in
20 Salt Lake City 36 45 22 Record is a surprise, as their numbers are pretty good
21 Memphis  40 41 28 They're coming around some, as the pitching is fairly solid
22 San Francisco 38 43 19 Pitching took a step back, but getting some nice offense
23 Syracuse 36 45 24 Owner replaced recently, so this is a team in transition
24 Richmond 38 43 13 Offense couldn't keep up hot start, and pitching is struggling
25 Florida 30 51 29 Pitching is coming around, but the offense has not yet
26 Cleveland 33 48 12 Rough going the past 40, as numbers are significantly down
27 Oakland 34 47 21 Offense has been down, but pitching improved some 
28 Pittsburgh 31 50 26 Better pitching, but offensive production dropped signifcantly
29 Burlington 29 52 27 Pitching was roughed up, and in a tough park for offense
30 Vancouver 30 51 30 They've had issues with pitching fatigue, but offense is up
31 Louisville 29 52 32 Pretty good rebound from an awful start, so we'll see
32 Helena 28 53 31 It's rebuild mode for them, so it's all about the future for now

Monday, September 8, 2014

Season 16 Power Rankings # 1

Season 16 has kicked off, and we're now about a quarter of the way through, which means it's time to check in with the power rankings!  No changes in the top 2 as Oklahoma City remains on top, with Buffalo right behind them at #2.  Detroit moves up 1 to #3 with solid play all around thus far.  After that 4 new teams cracked the top 10 and others are off to good starts as well.  Looks like its going to be a very competitive race with a lot of new teams in the mix.  Good luck, and here's the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 28 13 1 Strong as ever, so they hang on to the top spot for now
2 Buffalo  27 14 2 Showing they are a formidable #2 with a great start
3 Detroit 25 16 4 The offense is rolling and they are getting nice pitching too
4 Tucson 27 14 14 Out of the gates fast with strong numbers across the board
5 Seattle 24 17 8 Nothing spectacular here, but they are getting it done
6 Nashville  25 16 11 Despite pitching getting rocked, they are winning so far
7 Little Rock  24 17 17 Outstanding numbers so far vaults them back into top 10 
8 Indianapolis 23 18 12 Leading their division, albeit with not the greatest numbers
9 Honolulu 21 20 3 Offense isn't where it was last season, but still good team
10 Pawtucket  21 20 5 Offense rolling as usual, but it hasn't translated to W's yet
11 Scranton 22 19 16 Number one offense, but pitching has been getting lit up 
12 Cleveland 22 19 15 Pretty solid numbers so far, we'll see if they can keep it up
13 Richmond 22 19 18 Solid offense so far, but pitching isn't quite top level yet 
14 San Juan 22 19 24 Solid pitching and good enough offense, looking good 
15 New Britain  21 20 6 Numbers underwhelming to date, but they can turn it up
16 Tampa Bay 21 20 9 Great pitching, but offense isn't rolling, so they fall some 
17 St. Louis 20 21 10 Numbers almost identical to Tampa, so same story here
18 Toronto 21 20 13 Getting the offense, but pitching has been a bit shaky
19 San Francisco 21 20 21 Looks like some of their FA signings have helped them 
20 Rochester 19 22 7 They can bounce back if bats get going, nice pitching here
21 Oakland 20 21 19 Pitching has been an issue, but offense is pretty good
22 Salt Lake City 18 23 23 Pretty good numbers, so sound like a little bad luck so far
23 Kansas City 20 21 28 Pitching has been inconsistent, but bats have been there
24 Syracuse 19 22 30 Great pitching with little offense, where did the owner go?
25 Chicago  17 24 25 Middle of the pack numbers wise, so not yet at next level
26 Pittsburgh 17 24 20 Struggling with pitching, but nice offensive numbers so far
27 Burlington 17 24 26 Usual Burlington pitcher's park numbers so far, so we'll see
28 Memphis  19 22 29 Offense not producing much, pitching has been decent
29 Florida 13 28 22 Offense has been almost non-existent, leading to some woes
30 Vancouver 15 26 32 Pitching has been flat out shelled and not much offense
31 Helena 15 26 27 Clearly in rebuild mode, so numbers aren't surprising
32 Louisville 10 31 31 Worst pitching and 2nd worse offense usually doesn't work

Friday, August 22, 2014

Season 16 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 16 is on the horizon as spring training winds down, so it's time for the preseason power rankings before the regular season kicks off.  The teams at the top are familiar names, as back-to-back champion Oklahoma City takes the top spot.  They seem to get a key Free Agent each season, and this season it was Sherman Perez.  #2 Buffalo and #3 Honolulu, both coming off 100 win seasons, will again try to dethrone OKC as kings of the NL, and have the talent to potentially do it.  Detroit comes in at #4 as the top AL team, and will certainly face challenges from #5 Pawtucket and #6 New Britain.  Will these teams rule their leagues or will other teams surprise and crack the top echelon of the Kenny Powers World?  It will be interesting to see!   Good luck to all in the regular season and here are the complete rankings!

Season 15

Team  W L    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 102 60 Poised for another great year and added Sherman Perez
2 Buffalo  108 54 Gunning for Oklahoma City as always and looking strong
3 Honolulu 106 56 Had league's top pitching last season, will make a run too
4 Detroit 98 64 Well balanced team that could take next step this season
5 Pawtucket  91 71 Wagner will help the pitching staff, have great offense too
6 New Britain  98 64 They should be in the thick of it in the AL, nice all around
7 Rochester 80 82 Numbers were much better than 80-82 record last season 
8 Seattle 101 61 Lost a couple of guys, but still have a solid core group 
9 Tampa Bay 83 79 Tough being in OKC's division, but they have the talent 
10 St. Louis 90 72 If they get a little more from the bats, they will move up 
11 Nashville  82 80 Mediocre record last season, but numbers looked good 
12 Indianapolis 85 77 Could build on their division title from last season for sure
13 Toronto 88 74 Losing Wagner hurts, we'll have to see if they can adjust
14 Tucson 82 80 Pitching needs to improve this year for them to move up
15 Cleveland 69 93 Made some nice free agent adds, so should be better 
16 Scranton 79 83 Great offense, but pitching hurt them a bit last season 
17 Little Rock  80 82 Numbers are about in the middle of the pack, so we'll see
18 Richmond 80 82 We'll see if the new owner can reign in the pitching staff
19 Oakland 73 89 Pitching was an issue here too, but offense is very solid
20 Pittsburgh 74 88 Had a couple of nice signings, which should help them out
21 San Francisco 63 99 Very active in FA, signing 3 of top 10, so it's looking up
22 Florida 77 85 They've been improving last few season, and could step up
23 Salt Lake City 68 94 Added a huge bat in Franco, we'll see if they step it up
24 San Juan 84 78 May be an adjustment period with transition to new owner
25 Chicago  72 90 Pretty off season for the offense, but could rebound there
26 Burlington 72 90 Tough park for hitters, but they've improved last few seasons
27 Helena 76 86 Rebuilding, as 4-time Cy Young winner Hurst was traded
28 Kansas City 71 91 Offense is not bad, can new owner get pitching in shape?
29 Memphis  65 97 Rough going last season, their ranking is always volatile
30 Syracuse 68 94 Offense was bad last season, new owner may rebuild here
31 Louisville 65 97 They've been rebuilding, the offense was up last year though
32 Vancouver 62 100 They were bad all-around last season and rebuilding as well