It has been a while. Here are the September/most of August Rankings.
1. John Cronin: He crushes the league in pitching strikeouts with 135 (3.14 K/Game). He also adds a second place 64 HR. He has thrown 1 of two no-hitters this season and has the single-game K record with 10. He recently beat 2 of the top 5 players in the league in a 2 vs 1 game. He also has the record for consecutive shutout innings pitched with 12. He has a 27-16 record.
2. Joe Cronin: He is demolishing the league in HR with 80(2.42 HR/Game). He is up in 3rd place in K's with 63. He has the single game HR record with 11. His record isn't so good for an MVP candidate. He is only one game over .500 with a 17-16 record.
3. Joe Hubly: He started out slow, but has caught fire and is pushing himself into the MVP race. He has a a third place 29 HR and 4th place 53 K's(2.3 K/Game). He is working hard and should get 60 K's and 35 HR. His record isn;t very great at 9-14.
4. Howard Cronin: He is sitting at .500 with 14 wins and 14 losses. He has a 2nd place 64 K's (2.29 K/Game) and 4th place 13 HR. He is a workhorse pitcher who can get the job done. He has surpassed his personal single-season HR recors with 13 this year.
5. Sarah Nelson Cronin: She has been a breakout pitcher this season. She has been getting better and better as the season has progressed. She has 42 K's and 4 HR. She is a top-5 HR hitter and pitcher. Her record doesn't show how good she is. She is 6-17.
6. John K. Hubly: He has only played in 4 games and is 1-3, but he has been one of the best pitchers of the month. He has 18 K's (4.5 K/game). He also has 3 HR.
7. Father-Son Duo, Pat Cronin-Andrew Cronin: They have both played great when they come. Pat has 6 K's and 8 HR (1.6 HR/Game). Andrew threw the first Perfect Game of the season. Andrew had driven in many runs and hit a HR. He also has 4 K's.
8. Mother-Daughter Duo, Karen Cronin-Rose Cronin: Karen has 18 K's and 2 HR. She hasn't played much recently. She has one of the few grand slams of the year. Rose started out fantastic with zero losses. Eventually she was shelled by John Cronin, but she has recovered nicely and has thrown 14 K's and adds 3 HR.
9. Thomas Randolph: Thomas played great when he was here. He Has 10 HR (2 HR/game) and 1 K. He some great games with acrobatic catches and long HR.
10. RJ Convento: RJ played in only one game, but went out in style with 1 K and 3 HR.
1. Joe Cronin – Joe overtakes John in the for the top spot in the power rankings due to his powerful performance during Week 9 play. He started out the first game with a mellow one HR game. He exploded in his 2nd game of the day (a 1v1 matchup versus John) with a league record 11 HR’s, the third time this season that he has set a league record for HR’s in a game (First 5, then 7, now 11). In his final game he generated 6 of 7 runs (1 Solo HR, 1 Grand Slam HR, 1 bases loaded walk) to nearly power Sarah Cronin to her second win of the year. That game displayed the weakest part of his game, his defense, where he dropped a sure out fly ball in the bottom of the 5th inning which started a furious comeback by the opposing team. Joe and Sarah ended up losing that game, which was a poor end to a great day for Joe, who still ended up with a winning record for the day (2 Wins-1 Loss).
2. John Cronin – John slips down to the second spot in the power rankings this week due to his losing record (1 Win – 2 Losses) and poor performance in his 1v1 matchup against Joe Cronin (Gave up 11 HR’s in 1 game, lost 17-8). While he started out the week poorly with two straight losses, he was able to scrape out 4 K’s and 5 HR’s in those two losses. He ended the day on a strong note, with 2 HR in the bottom of the 5th inning to spur a comeback victory over Joe and Sarah’s team. John and Joe have battled back and forth for the top spot in the power rankings all season and it will only be a matter of time before John finds a way back to the top.
3. Howard Cronin – Howard holds the third spot in this week’s power rankings. He is currently second in the league in K’s with 47 K’s on the season. He has a stellar 2.35 K/Game average. The main reason he has risen up to the third spot in the rankings has been his power surge as of late. He began the season as a strong contact hitter with weak power numbers. Through the first six weeks, he only had 2 HR’s. In the past 3 weeks, he has exploded for 7 HR’s to bring his season total to 9 HR’s. That power streak has also propelled him to an 11-9 record on the season. He is sitting in a great spot for the stretch towards the end of the season.
4. Joe Hubly – Pitching is the name of the game for Joe as he has racked up 26 K’s in only 12 games so far this season. His K/Game is third in the league at 2.17. He also has a powerful presence at the plate with 12 HR for a 1 HR/Game average. He had a big game in week nine, launching 2 HR’s including the walk off home run to win the game in the bottom of the 5thinning. Inconsistent appearances have been his downfall this season as he has only appeared in four out of nine weeks’ worth of play. He hopes to maintain a more consistent appearance record as the season continues.
5. Sarah Cronin – Sarah takes the last spot in this week’s power rankings. She is tied for 4th in the league in strikeouts with 26. She is beginning to master her control over pitches on the inner half of the strike zone, a skill which can prove deadly when not protected against by unwitting batters. She has flashes of brilliance at the plate but still is waiting to hit her first home run during league play. (She hit one over the fence at the tournament this past weekend.) If her bat comes around with a bit of power to end the season, she will be a force to be reckoned with.
Almost Made It – (Those who had notable performances but were unable to crack the top five.)
Joe Marier – Joe had a great debut this past week winning both of his games. He threw 5 K’s and hit 2 HR. With such a small sample size, he was unable to make it into the top five but if he continues to display this level of ability it will not be long before he is in.
Rose Cronin – Rose has the best winning percentage in the league (of those who have played more than 5 games). But she lost on Sunday so she dropped out of the top five in this weeks rankings.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. John Cronin- John is on pitching fire recently. He had 14 K on Sunday. He also added 11 HR, including a 6 HR game. He has 12 consecutive shutout innings. He had back-to-back complete game shutouts. He went 4-1 on Sunday. He has 85 K's and 31 HR. He is averaging 3.55 K/Game and 1.3 HR/Game.
2. Joe Cronin- He had another fine week. He had 11 HR and 1 K. He went 2-2. His record still isn't above .500, but it will be soon if he can keep his consistent power numbers with a league-leading 38 HR. He has 37 K's. He is averaging 2.38 HR/game and 2.32 K/Game. He had a record 7 HR in one game.
3. Thomas Randolph- Thomas is a breakout rookie star who has 10 HR in 5 games. He is 4-1. HR come naturally to him. He has 2 K and 10 K's. He is averaging 2 HR/Game.
4. Howard Cronin- 4 HR and 8 K on Sunday to bring his totals to 45 K and 6 HR. His record needs work at 8-9, but he makes up for his record with K's and, recently, HR. He is averaging 2.65 K/Game.
5. Sarah Cronin- Sarah got her first win along with 9 K's. She is now in the top 5 for K's with 18. She is on pace to get many more.
6. Joe Hubly- He didn't have the week he wanted to have with a disappointing 0-2 record with no stats. He will bounce back though, as he usually does and put up the numbers which make him one of the league's best. He has 23 K's and 10 HR in 11 Games.
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.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. Joe Cronin- It's about time he moves into #1. He had a powerful day with 7 HR, including a record-setting 5 HR game. He went 2-0 to make his record 4-4. His pitching was good, but could be better. He threw 10 K in two 1 v 1 games. He took the lead in the league in HR with 16. He has 31 K's.
2. John Cronin- He had a poor game 1 (4 K, 1 HR in a 14-1 loss), but then recovered in his second game (7 K, 2 HR in a 6-2 win). He leads the league in K's ( by far, the next closest person is Howard Cronin with 32) and wins (9). He has 53 K's and 15 HR. He is averaging 3.79 K/Game and 1 HR/Game.
3. Howard Cronin- He had a fine day with 11 K's. He is in second with 32 K's. He has a record of 4-6. He is averaging 3.2 K/Game.
4. Joe Hubly- He is in the top 5 for all stat categories with 4 wins, 8 HR and 20 K's. He can play very well after the first inning. He hasn't been sharp pitching in first innings, giving up a grand slam in each outing.
5. Rose Cronin- She has a perfect record at 5-0 and hit a HR on Sunday. She is a fine pitcher with 11 K's. If she keeps improving as she has been, she will maintain a perfect record through the whole season.
Article by John Cronin
1. John Cronin – John tore up the league in a blaze of glory this week. In his first game he threw a No-Hitter and had 10 K’s. He also added 3 HR over the course of the day to bring his season total to a league leading 12. He is either on top of the league or tied for the lead in all categories (including losses). His strong season so far combined with a big week keep him on top of the ranks this week.
2. Joe Hubly – Joe missed this week, but maintains 2nd place in the power rankings due to his Win/Loss record and power totals. He is third in HR with 8, averaging 1.0 HR per game. While he may not rack up the counting stats at the same rate as others, his 4 wins give him a strong standing in relation to the other players on this list.
3. Rose Cronin – Rose jumps up in the rankings this week due to her pitching a complete game win and tacking on 6 K’s and 1 HR. She holds the best record in the league at 5-0. While her counting stats may not look impressive (only 11 K’s and 1 HR), her record shows that she is a strong player and a force to be reckoned with as the season continues.
4. Joe Cronin – Joe is the definition of a player whose numbers make statisticians drool but whose potential has yet to be realized when it comes to results in the Win column. He leads the league in K’s per game (3.5) and HR per game (1.5), but his wild ways make him an easy target for opposing pitchers and hitters leading 4 losses and only 2 wins. He struck out 10 times in his loss to John Cronin this week and looked horrible in general. He came through with 2 HR in his second game, but struck out in every other at bat. He will look to turn around his game as the All-Star break approaches and hopes to have a breakthrough in the second half.
5. Howard Cronin – Howard is a solid player with a good bat and excellent command on the pitching mound. He is second in the league in K’s with 21. His power numbers are lacking, which contribute to a poor showing in 1v1 games, but his ability to put the ball in play is a strong asset in games where he has a teammate on base. He helped lead a late inning rally this week to send the game into extra innings.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. John Cronin- He leads the league with 6 wins, 32 K's and 9 HR. Without a doubt, he is #1. He averages 3.2 K/game and .9 HR/Game.
2. Joe Hubly- He is #2 in both HR(8) and K(20). He averages 2.5 K/game and 1 HR/Game. He wasn't present at week 4. His record(4-4) isn't the best, but he makes up for that with consistent power and pitching.
3. Joe Cronin- Reflecting on K/Game and HR/Game, I noticed that he is a fine player with tremendous averages. In four games he has 15 K's and 7 HR. he has 3.75 K/Game and 1.75 HR/Game. the bad thing about Joe is his record(1-3). He just isn't winning yet.
4. Howard Cronin- He hit another HR this week. He is on fire right now. He is 4-3 with 19 K's and 2 HR. he has 2.72 K/Game. He will continue to do well in the future.
5. Rose Cronin- Rose played this week and got another win with a K. She is now 4-0, the best record in the league.
6. Karen Cronin- She hit another HR this week. She is also on fire with a 2 HR in the past 2 weeks.
Article by John Cronin
1. John Cronin- Recovered from his elbow injury, he went on on rampage and hit 4 HR this week. He added 10 K's. He is looking good and should do just as well next week. His on pace to be the first to get 10 wins. He struck out too many times this week though. He leads the league in K's (27) and tied for first in HR (8).
2. Joe Hubly- He had a phenomenal outing and hit 3 HR and threw 13 K's. He wasn't in attendance in week 2, but he more than made up for his absence. He swings the bat like an ax and hits many HR. He is tied for first in HR with 8. He is second in the league with 20 K's. His overall record is 4-4, but that will raise if he can pitch well in the first inning, he gave up 13 combined runs in 2 poor first innings against Karen Cronin and John.
3. Howard Cronin- He hit his first HR of the season this week. He added 3 K's to raise his season total to a 3rd place 18. With this burst of power and consistent strikeouts, he is on pace to break career highs. His overall record is 3-3.
4. Karen Cronin- She slammed a grand slam this week and threw 9 K's. She is in the top 5 for both K's and HR. Her record (1-2) doesn't properly reflect the potential she has. Look for her to climb above into the standings. She has been training for wiffleball by playing tennis.
5. Joe Cronin- He is currently on a 10 day exclusive top secret wiffleball mission in Alaska with Sarah. He should return with more power and strikes than how he started the season. Despite being gone, he has maintained good position in the HR and K's stat categories. He has 7 HR and 15 K's.
6. Mae Cronin- She stopped by to play this week and fired 3 K's. She has an 0-2 record, but she has great team spirit and makes her teammates laugh. She is a great team chemistry booster that you always want on your team.
Article by John Cronin
1. John Cronin – Last season's MVP had another strong showing this past Sunday tacking on 2 wins to bring his win total up to a league leading 4 total wins. He also added 10 strikeouts, bring his total K’s up to a league leading 17. His K/Game is at a solid 2.83. His struggles with an elbow injury are keeping his power numbers down with only 4 HR in 6 total games, but he will bounce back in a strong way over the next few weeks as he recovers.
2. Joe Hubly – While absent from games this past week, Joe maintains a top spot in the power rankings due to his combination of pitching and power hitting. He is averaging 1.4 K/Game and 1 HR per game. He also is tied for 2nd in total wins with 3. We’ll see how he fares as the season progresses, but he definitely has had a strong start.
3. Joe Cronin – He came out strong this past Sunday with a monster pitching performance (9 K’s) in his first game and a monster power hitting performance in his second game (4 HR). He now leads the league in HR’s with 7 total. His K-rate (3.75/Game) and HR rate (1.75/Game) are tops in the league, both high rates are telling of his potential as a player. He would be ranked higher on the board, but he is prone to wild pitching which has contributed to a 1-3 record.
4. Howard Cronin – Last year’s CY Young winner has started the season right where he left off last year. He has continued his dominance on the pitching mound, racking up 15 Ks in 4 games, tied for first in the league with 3.75 K/Game. His record sits at 2-2. He’s always a dangerous opponent due to his pitching prowess but a lack of power at the plate (0 HR in 4 games) has contributed to a .500 record so far on the season. An uptick in power would see him climb the power rankings dramatically over the next few weeks.
5. Paul Jay – Another player who was absent this past week, Paul came out blazing in his debut appearance last week with 6 K and 3 HR in 3 games. He’s got a lot of potential for the rest of the season and will look to capitalize on it as the summer progresses.
6. Sarah Cronin – Sarah brings a positive attitude and solid pitching to each and every game. While her strikeout rate isn’t eye-popping (1 K/game), she accurately pitches to contact which can lead to some quick innings if her defensive teammates are fielding well. She hit the ball solidly yesterday and appears to be turning a corner offensively which could bring about some good scoring opportunities for future games.
7. Rose Cronin – Rose blasted out of the gates with a 3-0 record on Opening Day and wasted no time in resting on those laurels to focus on her guitar playing abilities. While she’s a solid player to have on your team, the biggest issue is getting her on the field and away from her musical instruments. Perhaps a guitar string will snap on an upcoming Sunday and we’ll see her climb back up in the rankings as a result.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. Joe Hubly- He has 7 K and 5 HR in 5 games. Great start. He leads the league in HR and tied for K. Keep in mind though, that he played 5 games. All other players got in 1-3 games. He has a 3-2 record. He will miss next week.
2. John Cronin- 7 K,3 HR in 3 games. 2-1 record. If you factor in that he played 3 games, he is averaging 2.34 K/Game. Joe Hubly is only averaging 1.4 K/Game. Both players have 1 HR/Game. He took a tumble sliding into 2nd base and landed on his arm funny. He still closed the game and pulled of a save against Joe Hubly and Howard Cronin. He is on the 5 day DL.
3. Paul Jay- 6 K, 3 HR in 3 games. 2-1 record. He has shown tremendous power and hustle in his 3 games. He has a unique 1 armed power swing. He knows how to smack the ball over the fence. 2 K/Game and 1 HR/Game.
4. Rose Cronin- 4 K, 0 HR. 3-0 Record. Somehow, she gets the job done and wins. 1.34 K/Game. I don't know what else to say. She can play the guitar really good.
5. Joe Cronin- 2 HR, 3 K. 0-2 record. He is doing fine, but he is losing. He has 1.5 K/game and 1 HR/game. He almost hit a walk-off hit in his final game of the day. He should be fine, but he will miss the next 3 weeks for vacation.
Article by John Cronin