1. Joe Cronin – Joe maintains the top spot in this week’s power rankings due to his continued power surge, hitting three home runs in his first game and four in his second game bringing his season total to a league leading 23 (Averaging 2.3 HR/Game). Experts believe that there is a strong correlation between the power surge and the beard that Joe has been growing steadily since returning from vacation. They forecast that he will continue to mash taters with the best of them as long as the beard stays but if the beard is shorn from his face, he may experience his own personal Samson moment and return to weakness. His pitching performance this season has been steady, with 33 K’s in 10 games, for a 3.3 K/Game average. The largest weak point in his game currently is his defense as he leads the league in assisted home runs, due to the last game of the day where a fly ball bounced off his hands and over the fence for a home run.
2. John Cronin – John had a solid week to hold on to the second power ranking slot. He leads the league far and away in pitching with 68 strikeouts in 17 games (4.0 K’s/Game). His pitching dominance has propelled him to a league leading 11 wins and the only thing holding him back from the top spot is his penchant for giving up the long ball which has plagued his game lately. Since his no-hit, 10 K game on June 30th, he has surrendered 9 home runs in 3 games. He will look turn that around as the season reaches its apex. His power numbers have also been solid, he’s second in the league with 18 HR (1.06 HR/Game).
3. Howard Cronin – Howard brought the pain, both literally and figuratively, this past week. He hurled 5 K’s in a win over John Cronin and Joe Hubly bringing his total to 37, good for 2ndin the league. He suffered a nasty fall during that game and bumped his knee, which affected his baserunning. Hopefully he is able to recover during the week so that he can return to action this Sunday. His power hitting is still low (only 2 HR all season), but he continues to be one of the best contact hitters in the league and is tough to strikeout.
4. Joe Hubly – Joe returned to action this week with another steady week, hitting 2 homeruns in one game and striking out 3 batters in 3 innings of work. While he is 3rd in total HR, his HR/Game is 2nd in the league at 1.11 HR/Game. He is 4th in total K’s with 23, but his 2.56 K/Game average is on the low side. Casual observers chalk his low K rate up to a lack of pitching prowess, but experts attribute it to his willingness to defer pitching to his fellow teammates. By rotating innings with his teammates, he limits the number of innings pitched and thus racks up strikeouts at a lower rate per whole game. Were we to keep stats on a per inning basis, he would stack up towards the top of the league in his rates.
5. Rose Cronin – Rose remains in the top five of the power rankings due to her perfect record of 5 wins and 0 losses. Her counting stats aren’t impressive but it cannot be denied that she is an effective player given the win/loss record which she has accumulated. She also remains tops in the league in guitar riffs per evening. She will look to continue her winning ways as the season continues.
6. Sarah Cronin – Sarah came tantalizingly close to collecting her first win of the season last Sunday as her and Joe Cronin took a 1 run deficit into the bottom of the 5th inning. She was hitting well all game and Joe had already poked four balls over the fence, so a win was imminent as the possibility of collecting 2 runs was high. But halfway through the first at bat of the inning, the game was put on pause by an explosion up in the woods and a subsequent power outage. The delay was just enough to throw her and Joe off their game and the game ended with a strikeout and groundout. She continues to pitch well to contact while mixing in a strikeout here and there. Her batting has improved throughout the season, she flied out to the wall a few times this week and with a good gust of wind at her back she could easily hit her first homer of the season.
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