2014 JLB Mid-Season Report

By Dan Hausman, G.M. Reston Roundabouts

The pride I feel in having the honor to write the 2014 JLB Mid-Season Report is immense. The ritual and pageantry of the report is nearly unmatched in JLB history. I wholeheartedly revere the tradition of voting for All-Stars and having the first place teamÕs GM write an accompanying report that we have developed through fourteen season of JLB play. It deeply saddens me that three teams chose not to select 2014 JLB All-Stars and chose to keep their players out of the big game. Not since 2004, when not even a single team voted for end of year award winners, has there been such a showing of disrespect to JLB tradition. Join me in publicly ridiculing the Clams, Arsenal, and Firemen. On to the report:

 

First-Half Standings:

Reston Roundabouts:    104 Points (11 R, 10 HR, 8 RBI, 10 SB, 10 AVG, 12 W, 12 SV, 12 K, 8 ERA,11 WHIP)

Sterling Starfish:                101.5 Points (10 R, 12 HR, 12 RBI, 7 SB,7 AVG,8.5 W,11 SV,11 K,11 ERA,12 WHIP)

Alexandria Alleycats:     83 Points (6 R, 11 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB, 6 AVG, 11 W, 4 SV, 8 K, 12 ERA, 10 WHIP)

Manassas:                             82 Points (8 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 12 SB, 11 AVG, 8.5 W, 10 SV, 7 K, 9 ERA, 6 WHIP)

Herndon Heroes:              81 Points (9 R, 8 HR, 10.5 RBI, 11 SB, 9 AVG, 7 W, 9 SV, 3 K, 7 ERA, 7 WHIP)

Centerville 66ers:            74.5 Points (12 R, 9 HR, 10.5 RBI, 9 SB, 12 AVG, 6 W, 3 SV, 6 K, 3 ERA, 4 WHIP)

Great Falls Grenades:   59 Points (7 R, 6 HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, 3 AVG, 4 W, 7 SV, 5 K, 10 ERA, 9 WHIP)

Clifton Clams:                      48 Points (3 R, 7 HR, 5 RBI, 8 SB, 5 AVG, 5 W, 8 SV, 4 K, 1 ERA, 2 WHIP)

Springfield Spacemen:  48 Points (4 R, 5 HR, 2 RBI, 5 SB, 1 AVG, 10 W, 1 SV, 9 K, 6 ERA, 5 WHIP)

Arlington Arsenal:            44 Points (5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB, 8 AVG, 2 W, 6 SV, 1 K, 4 ERA, 8 WHIP)

Fairfax Firemen:                33 Points (1 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 AVG, 3 W, 2 SV, 10 K, 5 ERA, 3 WHIP)

Falls Church Foxes:          22 Points (2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 SB, 4 AVG, 1 W, 5 SV, 2 K, 2 ERA, 1 WHIP)

 

The Starfish are challenging the Roundabouts for the title in a monumental race. Never before have two teams ended with over 100 standings points in a single season. The Alleycats, Manassas franchise, and Heroes are fighting for the final two cash spots with the 66ers remaining on the fringe. An effective trade or two could mean all the difference for these teams. The Clams, Grenades, and Arsenal have given up on cashing after a disappointing first half and are joining the Spaceman, Firemen, and Foxes in playing for the future.

 

2014 JLB All-Star Team:

It is my honor to present to you the 2014 JLB All-Star team!

 

Catcher:

*Jonathan Lucroy, Starfish - 27, 6, 32, 3, .340

            All-Star level play may get Lucroy promoted from his job-sharing arrangement in Sterling.

 

First Base:

*Paul Goldschmidt, Roundabouts – 66, 16, 58, 0, .308

            Congratulations Paul!

Albert Pujols, Grenades - 54, 15, 56, 4, .276

Albert insisted on playing as a Grenade; perhaps he just prefers R&B to classic rock.

 

Second Base: 

*Jose Altuve, Manassas – 44, 2, 24, 37, .332

            The little guy embodies the spirit of the ________; what a spark plug.

Howie Kendrick, Foxes – 52, 4, 43, 11, .290

                  Two years in a row for Howie; single-handedly carrying the Foxes to last place! 

 

Third Base:

* Edwin Encarnacion, Roundabouts – 57, 26, 69, 2, .276

            Congratulations Edwin!

 

Shortstop:

*Troy Tulowitzki, Roundabouts – 71, 21, 52, 1, .349

Congratulations Troy!

Alexei Ramirez, Spacemen – 45, 8, 41, 15, .278

                  Providing Spacemen fans with a reason for optimism; short-term apathetic optimism

 

Outfield:

*Nelson Cruz, Alleycats – 56, 28, 74, 3, .289

            KRUZZZZZZ. Big time pop without the PEDs.

*Mike Trout, Manassas – 65, 22, 74, 10, .310

            He IS the star of all the stars. Multiple votes were made for Trout for 2014 through forever.

*Michael Brantley, Heroes – 57, 13, 58, 10, .318

It is safe to say that BrantleyÕs agent and Danny White are not on good terms.

Charlie Blackmon, Manassas – 45, 13, 45, 14, .287

            Charlie came out of nowhere. We will see if he can keep it up.

                 

 

UTIL:

* Victor Martinez, Starfish – 35, 15, 39, 1, .349

            The aging DH is showing unprecedented power; shrewd signing.

 Dee Gordon, 66ers – 41, 1, 19, 35, .273

Dee could be a presence atop the 66ers lineup for years to come; and he doesnÕt need TJ.

 

Starting Pitchers:

*Johnny Cueto, Alleycats – 10, 0, 141, 2.13, .89

           Beisbol for all and for all BEISBAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

Mashahiro Tanaka, Manassas – 11, 0, 126, 2.67, 1.11

                  No pain no gain with this risky signing; this may actually be a success, even with TJ.

Scott Kazmir, Roundabouts – 10, 0, 102, 2.22, .96

                  Congratulations Scott!

Julio Teheran, Spacemen – 9, 0, 111, 2.31, 1.01

                  Providing Spacemen fans with a reason for optimism; real optimism this time.

Jon Lester, Alleycats – 8, 0, 112, 2.12, 1.15

                  JonÕs re-established himself as an ace after years of decline in his first season with the CatsÕ.

Sonny Gray, 66ers – 7, 0, 89, 3.01, 1.24

                  Sonny is doing his best to step up in one of the most disappointing rotations in JLB.

Corey Kluber, Grenades – 5, 0, 87, 3.30, 1.19

                  Check out the Corey Kluber Society on Fangraphs for more information.

 

 

Relief Pitchers:

Jonathan Papelbon, Heroes – 2, 22, 33, 1.21, .86

                  Papelbon has halted years of regression after joining the Heroes.

Rafael Soriano, Starfish - 1, 15, 26, 1.42, .99

                  Rafael was inexplicably sent to AAA for a stretch during the season. I smell something fishy.

Zach Britton, Manassas – 0, 15, 23, 1.55, .93

                  A ground-ball heavy lefty reliever is an uncommon sight in the back of JLB pensÕ.

Francisco Rodriguez, Manassas – 3, 26, 50, 2.65, .90

                  No reliever is washed up in JLB, ever.             

 

 

Lineup:

2B – Jose Altuve

SS – Troy Tulowitzki

CF – Mike Trout

RF – Nelson Cruz

1B – Paul Goldschmidt

3B – Edwin Encarnacion

DH – Victor Martinez

C – Jonathan Lucroy

LF- Michael Brantley