As seen in the critically acclaimed show High and Tight, Justin Verlander is now in the Wombat Hall of Fame. A three time champ (so far), and he'll likely remain one of the top statistical players in Wombat history for some time. Greatly deserved, my boy.
He was the only clear cut candidate for the class of 2019, but let's look at who could make it in 2020 and beyond.
Robinson Cano - Will likely end his career top 5 in Wombat all time hits, runs, and RBI's. First overall pick in 2012, and has 1 ring (2013, with the Kingslayers). First player to ever be traded with a "Cannot be kept" condition attached. Overall, he's a very solid candidate, just not as great as the rest of the current Hall of Fame members.
Edwin Encarnacion - Barring injury or meltdown, he'll end the year top 3 in Wombat history in RBI's and home runs. No rings though, and while he's got the counting stats, he doesn't really have that one massive MVP like year. I'm kinda meh on his candidacy.
Ryan Braun - Currently top 15 in 4 out of 5 offensive categories, in all time wombat history. He's got 1 ring, and has the distinction of the player being kept the longest by any team (Dean kept Braun from 2008 through 2017). If you care about PEDs, then he's got an asterix next to his name.
Mike Trout - Just a little too early probably. Even if he was hit by a meteor tomorrow, he'd still make it, despite not having the years to get the counting stats going. For sure one of the league's greatest players ever.
Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer- Like with Trout, it's just a matter of time for these two.
Zach Greinke - He's got a lot of counting stats, and one of the more dominant seasons in Wombat history. He's got 1 ring so far, and I could see him pitching in Wombat for another 3-4 years before hanging it up. Very good chance of making it in in 2020 or later.
Stephen Strasburg - He's got 4 titles already, and is one of the all time leaders in WHIP and ERA. He'll move into the top 15 in strikeouts this year, and only go up on that. It's early, but he's definitely on the hall of fame track.
Curtis Granderson - More like the Hall of Very Good probably, but then again, he does hold the most iconic moment in Wombat history...
Dong of the Week:
Max Muncy: “Bumgarner said ‘don’t watch the ball, run’, and I just told him if he doesn’t want me to watch the ball, go get it out of the ocean.”
Also Max Muncy:
Transaction of the Week:
6/5/19 5:38 PM ET
Sonny Gray SP | CIN - Traded from Two Starts
Austin Riley 3B | ATL - Traded from Two Starts
David Dahl LF | COL - Traded from Fuzzy Kiwis
Christian Walker 1B | ARI - Traded from Fuzzy Kiwis
Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC - Traded from Fuzzy Kiwis
Out of the numerous trades over the last few weeks, this one may be my favorite. On the surface, it's a solid deal for both teams. Hendricks is a younger vet, with a good track record, and Dahl/Walker are pieces that can get scorching hot at times. On the other side, Austin Riley has been a monster for the Braves, and even with regression, is considered one of the better prospects to come up in awhile. Plus you know I love me some Sonny Gray.
The real reason I love it is this though:
Every trade should have a mandatory shit talk session right afterwards. This one went on well after this, with talks of Sonny Gray's ineptitude, Dahl's injury history, and more. Good stuff.
Our first two time MVP winner this year is also a back to back winner. Lucas Giolito is an ace now apparently, which is fantastic. Fuck you to high hell, Matt.
Apologies to Edwin Encarnacion, Geritt Cole, Pablo Lopez, Cole Hamels, and Corey Seager
Week 1: Mike Clevinger - Kingslayers - 12 INN, 2 HA, 4 BBI, 22 K, 0.500 WHIP, W
Week 2: Austin Meadows - Ham Sandwiches - 12-22, 0.545 BA, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, SB, 5 BB
Week 3: Joey Gallo - Kingslayers - 11-23, 0.478 BA, 2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, BB
Week 4: Jose Abreu - Kev Bombs - 12-21, 0.571 BA, 2 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB
Week 5: Michael Chavis - Kingslayers - 11-27, 0.407 BA, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, SB, 5 BB
Week 6: George Springer - Cold Notes - 14-27, 0.519 BA, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB
Week 7: Chris Sale - Kev Bombs - 12.1 INN, 7 HA, 5 BBI, 27 K, 5 ER, 3.649 ERA, 0.973 WHIP
Week 8: Renato Nunez - Megalomaniacs - 10-25, 0.400 BA, 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB
Week 9: Lucas Giolito - Moonschatz - 15.1 INN, 8 HA, BBI, 19 K, 3 ER, 1.761 ERA, 0.587 WHIP, 2 W
Week 10: Lucas Giolito - Moonschatz - 7.2 INN, 3 HA, 2 BBI, 11 K, 0.652 WHIP, W
Week 1: Cody Bellinger - Time Consumers - 20-44, 0.455 BA, 2 2B, 3B, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 17 R, SB, 3 BB, CS
Week 2: Ronald Acuña - Fuzzy Kiwis - 12-22, 0.545 BA, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, SB, 4 BB
Week 3: Christian Yelich - Killer Pandas - 10-24, 0.417 BA, 8 HR, 16 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB
Week 4: Trevor Story - Killer Pandas - 10-25, 0.400 BA, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, SB, 2 BB
Week 5: Ryan Braun - Time Consumers - 12-26, 0.462 BA, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, SB, BB
Week 6: Hyun-Jin Ryu - Schatzy Turtles - 17 INN, 5 HA, BBI, 15 K, 0.353 WHIP, 2 W
Week 7: Josh Bell - Kaiden's Krew - 11-27, 0.407 BA, 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB
Week 8: Anthony Rizzo - Power Bolts - 14-28, 0.500 BA, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, SB, 2 BB
Week 9: Trevor Richards - Time Consumers - 12 INN, 3 HA, 3 BBI, 13 K, ER, 0.750 ERA, 0.500 WHIP, 2 W
Week 10: Walker Buehler - Fuzzy Kiwis - 15 INN, 7 HA, BBI, 20 K, ER, 0.600 ERA, 0.533 WHIP, 2 W
Dan's Culture Recommendation of the Week:
I'm through 3 of the 5 episodes so far, and it's a cool mixture of historical drama and slight horror? Maybe more creepy/disturbing horror genre, then jump scare type. Either way, good so far.
Games of the Week:
AWL: Cold Notes @ Kev Bombs
The Cold Notes unexpectly are trying to get back in the playoff race again, after a Sunday night trade for Yandy Diaz, Wade Miley, and Marcus Stroman. They'll face off against another team who is on the outside looking in, the Kev Bombs. Kevin was a single hit away from winning this past week, but just missed out on the W. He'll look for Chris Sale to get his revenge for him, against his old team.
NWL: Fuzzy Kiwis @ Killer Pandas
The Kiwis edged out a win against the Two Starts this past week, keeping them afloat in the playoff race. Unfortunately for them though, they face one of the two NWL East giants, in the Killer Pandas. The Pandas only two losses are both against their rival Time Consumers, but they do sport the league's best breakdown, at an impressive 56-13-1.