Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kings of the Cellar - August 26

The race heats up. At the beginning of June, there was only one team in contention for the Kings of the Cellar Championship. Now there are three.

The 50-76 Philadelphia Phillies remain Kings of the Cellar. They are 4-3 since the last update, but lost the last two games. Hot on Philly's heels are the 50-74 Colorado Rockies, who trail by a game. They are 2-5 since the last update and just broke a four game losing streak. Also a game behind the Phillies are the 51-75, and Cellar tease, Miami Marlins. As with the Rockies, the Marlins are 2-5 since the last update and just broke a four game losing streak.

Today's honorable mention goes to the 62-63 Baltimore Orioles. They are 3-7 in their last ten games and are on a six game losing streak. The defending Kings of the Cellar Champion 62-63 Arizona Diamondbacks are 4-3 since the last update, losers of their last two games. The Diamondbacks are 12.5 games behind the Phillies, but the season isn't over yet.

The former Milwaukee Brewers...no, not those Milwaukee Brewers. Okay, let's use another version of this team. The former St. Louis Browns continue their series against the Kansas City Royals. At least the Royals is the only name this team has ever gone by. The now Baltimore Orioles lead the series 260-206, but have lost four straight to Kansas City dating back to last season. They first met on May 9, 1969, then the Royals notched their only victory against Baltimore until 1971, winning 4-2. The longest game went to 16 innings twice, first on May 28, 1979 (Royals won 5-4) and June 15, 1996 (Royals won 7-6). The most runs each team scored against the other was 15. Baltimore won 15-5 on May 9, 2003 and Kansas City did it twice. The Royals won 15-2 on August 16, 1992 and 15-5 on April 29, 1999. They only met in the playoffs once and that was the ALCS last year, when the Royals swept the O's 4-0.

Will Philly hang on to drink all of the beer in the Cellar? Will the Rockies fall far enough to evict the Phillies? Will Miami stop being such a tease?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Last Place Update - August 19

Oh Miami, you're such a tease. Just when you think the Marlins would take the cellar, as Lucy did with Charlie Brown, Miami pulled the football at the last second.

The 46-73 Philadelphia Phillies remain Kings of the Cellar. However, there is new competition on the scene. The 48-69 Colorado Rockies, with their 2-8 record in the past ten games, are only three games behind the Phillies. Philly is 4-6 in their last ten games, losers of their last four. The 52-69 Oakland A's have overtaken the 53-66 Boston Red Sox as the AL's worst team and enjoy a two game lead over the Red Sox. Oakland just snapped a seven game losing streak, but they still have to work to hold on to the title.

Today's honorable mention goes to former Kings of the Cellar champion, the 59-59 Washington Nationals. They're 3-7 in their last ten games and 5-13 since July 31. The defending Kings of the Cellar Champion 58-60 Arizona Diamondbacks are 12.5 games behind the Phillies and 8-9 in August. At this point, barring a collapse, Arizona is no threat to repeat.

So what happened to Miami? The 49-70 Marlins, on the cusp of restocking the cellar fridge with beer, did some winning and are now in a dead heat with the Rockies at three games back. No, it's not a monumental accomplishment, but then again, we're not talking about the race for the World Series. Miami is 6-4 in the last ten games, winners of four straight. They face the 51-70 Milwaukee Brewers and Philly this week, so that winning may continue. Or they may tease us again and lose.

The former Philadelphia Athletics host the former Brooklyn Atlantics today. That's what the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers were called in their first years of play. The A's lead the series 21-14, winners of their last three meetings. They first met in the 1974 World Series, when Oakland won 4-1. The next time was in 1988, when the Dodgers also won 4-1, featuring an injured Kirk Gibson's Game 1 game winning homerun. Their longest game went to 17 innings on June 17, 2006, when the A's won 6-5. The most runs Los Angeles scored on the A's was 7, in a 7-1 win on August 28, 1997 and an 11-7 loss on July 13, 2001. The most runs Oakland scored on the Dodgers was on June 11, 1999, a 12-6 victory.

Can Philly hang on in the cellar? Will the Rockies take over or will Miami stop being such a tease and get the job done?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Last Place Update - August 12

This is getting to be fun. What was a dominating performance is now a real competition. The current Kings of the Cellar, the 45-69 Philadelphia Phillies, is only half a game in front of the collapsing 45-68 Miami Marlins. The Phillies are on a two game losing streak, but Miami is keeping it interesting by going on a two game winning streak. The AL's worst team right now, the 50-63 Boston Red Sox are no threat to either team by being 5.5 games behind Philly.

Today's honorable mention goes to the New York Jets. Yeah, I know it's not baseball related, but how often does a 6th round draft pick from last season seal his fate by breaking the jaw of the starting quarterback? Geno Smith will be out for six to ten weeks. An honorable mention also goes to the New Orleans Saints' defensive staff for its personnel assignment woes during the Black & Gold scrimmage. If that continues, a 7-9 record may be the least of their worries.

Okay, die-hard baseball fans, today's honorable mention also goes out to two teams. The 61-50 New York Yankees and the 61-53 Houston Astros are sporting matching four game losing streaks. The Astros are 3-7 in their last ten games while the Yankees are 4-6 in their last ten.

The defending Kings of the Cellar Champion, the 56-56 Arizona Diamondbacks, host Philly tonight. The Phillies lead the series 64-57 and are 3-2 against Arizona this season. However, the Diamondbacks won the last two games. They first met on May 7, 1998 and the Phillies won 4-1. These two teams never met in the postseason. They went to extra innings 14 times, with Philly going 6-8. Speaking of extra innings, their longest game went to 18 innings on August 24, 2013. Arizona won that game 12-7. The most runs the Phillies scored on the Diamondbacks was on August 20, 2009, when they won in a rout 12-3. The most runs Arizona scored on Philly actually happened over the last two days. The Diamondbacks spanked the Phillies 13-3 on Monday and 13-1 yesterday.

Will Philly hang on to the beer in the cellar? Will Miami take over? Will Boston continue to stand outside the door as an also-ran?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Last Place Update - August 4

Ah, the game's afoot! The 41-65 Philadelphia Phillies' dominance of the beer in the cellar has almost disappeared. For now, the Phillies are still Kings of the Cellar. They lead the 43-63 Miami Marlins by two games and the 44-63 Milwaukee Brewers by 2.5 games. The 47-59 Boston Red Sox ended their rapid descent to the cellar and even allowed the 47-60 Oakland A's to reign as the AL's worst team right now.

Thanks to Philly's going 3-2 since the last update, the 1962 New York Met's record of futility is safe for another year.

Today's honorable mention goes to the 56-49 Los Angeles Angels. They are 2-8 in their last ten games and just broke a six game losing streak. However, their losing streak cost the Angels the lead in the AL West, which the former Kings of the Cellar Champion Houston Astro's now own.

The defending Kings of the Cellar Champions, the 51-53 Arizona Diamondbacks are treading water and appear to be no threat. They are 11 games behind the Phillies and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

Philly faces the NL West leader, Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. According to mcubed.net, the Phillies are 922-1,179 against the Dodgers, dating back to 1890, including a 1-3 record against them this season. They first met on April 28, 1890, when the Brooklyn Bridegrooms spanked the Phillies 10-0.

Will Philly hog all the beer in the cellar? Will Miami kick in the door and take over?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kings of the Cellar - July 29

Hope your summer is going well. Sometimes a break is all a team needs, because when you think they get comfortable in the cellar, they surprise you.

Today's Kings of the Cellar, the 38-63 Philadelphia Phillies are doing some winning. However, they still have a 4.5 game lead over their next closest competitor, the 42-58 Miami Marlins. The 44-57 Boston Red Sox are the AL's worst, but they're six games behind Philly. The Red Sox are playing like they want the beer in the Cellar by going 2-8 in their last ten games and 3-12 since July 10. Unlike Boston, the Phillies are 9-1 in their last ten games, winners of their last five. The Marlins are 4-6 in their last ten games and are 7-12 since July 4.

Today's honorable mention goes to the past Kings of the Cellar champion, the 52-46 Washington Nationals. The NL East Division leaders are 3-7 in their last ten games and are 1-3 since July 23.

The defending Kings of the Cellar Champion 48-51 Arizona Diamondbacks are 11 games behind the Phillies and are enjoying a four game winning streak. At this time, they are no threat to repeat.

Because of Philly's winning streak, they are 12 games ahead of the 1962 New York Mets, who were 26-75 after 101 games. The Phillies need only three more wins to make the '62 Mets' record of futility safe for another year.

Philly visits the Toronto Blue Jays this evening. The Phillies trail the series 21-29, including yesterday's win. Philly is 1-8 against the Blue Jays since July 3, 2011. They first met in the 1993 World Series, when Toronto won 4 games to 2. They went to extra innings four times, with the Phillies losing all of them. They last went to extra innings in May 2014.

Will the Phillies continue their winning ways? Will Boston surprise everyone and take the cellar?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kings of the Cellar - June 24

Welcome to the Cellar! It's cool in here on this hot summer day, so grab a beer and let's have some fun.

The 26-47 Philadelphia Phillies continue their reign as Kings of the Cellar, but they're only a half game ahead of the 26-46 Milwaukee Brewers. Both teams are fighting hard for the beer, with Philly going 2-3 since the last update and the Brew Crew going 2-4. Today's honorable mention goes to the 39-33 Los Angeles Dodgers. They're 3-7 in their last ten games and 1-4 in their last five.

The defending champion Kings of the Cellar, the 34-36 Arizona Diamondbacks are 3-3 since the last update and are 9.5 games behind Philly. At this time, they are no threat to repeat, but things could change.

After 73 games, the Phillies are six games behind the 1962 New York Mets, who were 20-53. Philly is a collapse away from catching up to the legendary Mets. For those of you who don't know, the team who came closest to breaking the Mets' record of futility since the 1962 season was the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who ended that season at 43-119. After 73 games, the 2003 Tigers were 18-55.

Philly visits the New York Yankees today. Believe it or not. the Phillies lead the series 14-12 and have won the last four meetings. Philly is 6-2 against the Yankees since 2009.

Does this mean Milwaukee will take the lead? Maybe. They face the Mets today. The Brewers trail the series 52-66 and are 2-2 against the Mets this season. Except for yesterday's game, none of them have been close.

Will Milwaukee kick Philly out and reclaim the cellar? Will Philly collapse and threaten the '62 Mets or '03 Tigers? Will the Diamondbacks try to make a return to the cellar?

Stay tuned.

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kings of the Cellar - June 17

Congrats to the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors!! Job well done! And hats off to the Cleveland Cavaliers for putting up a good fight, even with their key injuries.

The 22-44 Philadelphia Phillies are the MLB Kings of the Cellar for now. They are 1-9 in their last ten games, 1-12 in their last 13, and are on an eight game losing streak. Philly passed and is now two games ahead of the previous leader, the 24-42 Milwaukee Brewers. Today's honorable mention goes to the 34-30 Minnesota Twins, who are 2-8 in their last ten games and are 4-11 since June 2. The defending Kings of the Cellar Champion 31-33 Arizona Diamondbacks are ten games behind the Phillies and currently pose no threat to repeat.

The good news for the Phillies is that the 1899 Cleveland Spiders 20-134 record is safe for another year. The bad news is, although not likely, the 1962 New York Mets record of futility of 40-120 is still withing Philly's reach. After 66 games, the Mets were 18-48. For those of you who haven't read the Kings of the Cellar entries for MLB, the key stat in threatening or breaking the losing records is the number of wins, because of the differing numbers of games in a season over the decades.

Today, Philadelphia faces the Baltimore Orioles. Philly trails in the series 22-28 and are 2-9 against Baltimore since 2006. The Phillies last beat the Orioles 9-6 on June 8, 2012.

Speaking of Kings of the Cellar, the three-peat (2011-13) Kings of the Cellar Champion Houston Astros are doing what the repeat (2008-09) Kings of the Cellar Champion Washington Nationals are doing...winning. The 38-28 Astros lead the AL West by two games over the Texas Rangers and have the fourth best record in the MLB. Way to go Astros!

Congrats to the 2015 NHL Champion Chicago Blackhawks!! I hope my friends and Phriends from the great state of Illinois enjoy this championship win to the fullest.

Finally, drum corps season starts tonight. Good luck to my alma mater drum and bugle corps, the Phantom Regiment (DCI) and AtlantaCV (DCA)!!! Also good luck to the Louisiana Stars (DCI) in their second season!!

Have a great day!!!