This season will be home to multiple milestones, here are a few.
Sarah Cronin: First career HR. 30 K's (26 right now)
Joe Cronin: 100 career HR (60 Right Now) 100 career K's (60 right now)
John Cronin: 100 K's this season (93 right now). 100 career HR's (68 right now) 300 career K's (289 right now)
Howard Cronin: Personal Best 10 HR in a season (9 right now). 25 career HR (18 right now)
Joe Hubly: 30-30 (26 K's-12 HR)
The second half of the season will be filled with new players and stars, along with downfalls. So, who will be the stars and downfalls? Here are my second half predictions.
Stars: Howard Cronin, Joe Hubly, Rookies
Howard Cronin has the makings of a superstar. He is finding his HR swing and is second in the league in strikeouts. He will add to his HR total. He is one away from a career high 10 on the season.
Joe Hubly has played in 12 games this season. John Cronin has played in 29. If Joe Hubly had played in 29 games, He would have roughly 30 HR and 60 K's. That would make him the league's second best pitcher and a solid HR hitter. We will see those stats if he plays more in the 2nd half.
There will be rookie debuts coming up in the second half. At least one of them will shine. The father-son duo of Andrew and Pat Cronin look tough to beat. They could easily be the stars of tomorrow.
Slumps: Mae Cronin, Veterans
With Mae moved to Minneapolis, she will see a dip in games played, which means less stats. She is already 0-2 with 3 K's. She will be lucky to get 10 K's and 1 HR.
Down the stretch we will see some of the ol' veterans tire out and start losing it. It could easily be one of the current stars. It could....be you.
Myth: Some of the closest, nail-biting games have been 1 on 1 games between John Cronin and Joe Cronin
Truth: When John and Joe play, usually one of them dominates the other.
This season in 1v1 games, John is leading the series 3-2. Joe has crushed in the last two matchups with a combined score of 31-9. John won the first 3 matchups with a combined score of 15-4.
Here are their five matchups with stats:
1. 5-3 John won. John 8 K's no HR, Joe 9 K's 1 HR.
2. 7-1 John won. John 4 K's 1 HR, Joe 7 K's no HR.
3. 3-0 John won. John 10 K's 2 HR, Joe 6 K's no HR. *No-Hitter by John
4. 14-1 Joe won. John 4 K's 1 HR, Joe 8 K's 5 HR.
5. 17-8 Joe won. John 2 K's 4 HR, Joe 3 K's 11 HR. *Record 11 HR's by Joe
TOTAL 35-24 Joe. John 28 K's 8 HR. Joe 33 K's 17 HR.
John has had some tough outings recently while Joe has recovered from his 3 game losing streak. John limited Joe to 1 HR in 3 games, but then gave up 16 in two games. Joe has figured out his power and has brought his pitching along for the ride in his past 2 games.
Each player has had his dominance, such as John's no-hitter and Joe's 11 HR game. They both have been consistent in non-1v1 games. Who knows what will happen next.
Everybody is looking forward to the debuts of up-and-coming rookies. As we enter the second half of the season, we will see new debuts each week.
We have seen many this season already such as Travis McKinley, Paul Cronin, Thomas Randolph and Paul Jay. Each player has had his own first at-bat, but what about other possible 2013 call-ups like Andrew Cronin and John Hubly. We all saw the talent in the 2013 A.L.S. Charity Wiffleball Tournament, could we see the some of the top stars of the tournament play? Sarah Cronin, one of the Brandt Boys?
Stop by each week and play a game or two. We look forward to seeing you
I have come up with a new statisctic to fully measure a player's ability to play wiffleball. The stat is John's Combined Statistics or JCS. The formula to figure out JCS is: HR+K=JCS. For example, here are the top 5 players based on JCS.
John Cronin: 116, 4.84/game
Joe Cronin: 75, 4.69/game
Howard Cronin: 51, 3.00/game
Joe Hubly: 33, 3.00/game
Sarah Cronin: 18, 1.64/game
The second number is JCS per game, which determines the average K's and HR per game.
There is an add-on to it. You can add in win-differential you want to. If you add in win-differential, you call it JCS+W. John Cronin's JCS+W is 122. You would subtract points if their win-differential is negative, Howard Cronin's JCS+W would be 50. This twist would give Rose a JCS+W of 17. She has a JCS of 12.
Give me an email and tell me what you think. Do you have a stat? Post it in an article like this.
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