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Tuesday, May 24

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                   PRESIDENTS WEEK FOUR POWER RANKINGS (thru 5/22) 

1.      Royals (9-2-1)- Back on top again after a stressful week of them looking up at another team in the rankings. Nothing a little therapy and a 3-0-1 performance couldn’t cure, as the ship has been righted. They are giving up 4.3 runs a game. People, this is why their #1 so please no nasty emails/texts.

2.      Marlins (9-1-2)- They are probably wondering what they have to do to get to #1 after a 3-0 week especially since they beat the Royals head to head. The answer is nothing just keep winning and they can laugh at me on the winners podium in mid-June.

3.      Phillies (8-3-2)- The Phils didn’t like the rarified air of #1 too much while nabbing both player/rookie of the week last week. Truth be told they had some key injuries in their 1-2-1 week. We may now have started a POTW jinx as both winners went down with injuries extending the DL list to 4 players.

4.      Angels (6-4-2)- they are positioned for another run after last week. They had a 1-0-2 week including two great extra inning contests one going ten innings. In their tie with the Royals there was an insane level of intensity at the field from both coaches and players. For a minute I wondered if I had created a monster with these weekly rankings then I realized no I love it.

5.      Astros (5-3-2) – A 1-1-1 week gets you dropped in this poll and I am getting worried that their promise will go unfulfilled. There is still clear distance between #6 but really fellas lets get it going!

Presidents Power Rankings through Week 5/15/16

I am using metrics this week instead of my usual random baseless observations and which Managers are on my “good list” at the time.

1.     Phillies (7-1-1) - The Phillies have the best runs differential in the league by far at 4.6 no one else is even at 4. They handily beat the Royals on Saturday.  They have good consistency through all three classes and a couple are having career years

2.     Royals (6-2) – They get knocked out of the #1 slot by losing big matchups on consecutive Saturdays.  And after a couple of losses Mrs #6 says if you are going to lose then you might as well try to get better grades instead and makes a strong statement. I am still not worried about the Royals as they have the lowest runs given up by game (3.75) by a healthy margin over anyone else. My experience tells me that’s the most important stat come playoff time.

3.     Marlins (6-1-2) – This “slight” should give them more motivational fodder vented at the poor President.  Fact is they have two ties, ties are for the NHL, they are still hanging around the field waiting for the Home Run hitting contest to decide the winner. (But I really do like this team).

4.     Astros (4-2-1) – Still waiting for these guys to bust loose. They have a signature win vs. the Phils on opening weekend and beat the Marlins. They have a 15 player roster that’s a disadvantage as we all know but Chuck is a team player, league first!

5.     Angels (5-4) – Team is coming on with three wins in a row. Roy figures it out eventually (4 straight AL Finals).  Jon Weber filled in the last week for  Roy and even he couldn’t mess up a good thing that’s the direction this team is moving.

Other: Athletics are the only team other than the top 5 to have a positive run differential.

Presidents Power Rankings (Week Two)  

1. Royals (4-1) - Kept the #1 slot with their Mothers Day victory but with the White Sox suspended tie and a close loss to the Marlins and goes to show they don't have as much room for error as originally thought. To this point they are still the favorite at the start of every game.  

2. Marlins (4-1-1)-  A tie against a good Phils teams and knocking off the undefeated Royals the Marlins continue their disrespect tour. Tough to argue that they have a very talented team that is getting battle tested with the league's toughest schedule to date.  

3. Phillies (4-1-1)-  No surprise that Jack has the Phils playing best in the big games (Marlins, Astros). Bottom line is the their last two draft classes are paying off and Jack's teams rely on their entire roster, no one drafts the later rounds better. Scouting pays off.  

4. Astros (3-2)-  Big fall from last week but both losses were close and winnable. I still like this team a lot.  

5. Padres (2-2)- A 2-0 week including a big win versus the Astros. The team has the pedigree to be successful and no one is fooled by Ed Weatherbee's "aw shucks" act, he likes to win.  

Improving but not ready to break top 5 yet- Mariners, Athletics

 

 

 

Presidents Power Rankings Week One Edition: 

 

  1. Royals  (3-0) – Team looks focused with 3 relatively easy wins  and a fourth game that was suspended due to darkness with  the score tied. No kinks in the armor showing yet on the mound or with their attitude. The rookies are fitting in well to the “Royal Way” and have already learned all of the nicknames. They even have “deep depth”  with coaches when you have the luxury of bringing in John Sannella to “sub” in on Saturday.

  2. Astros (3-0) - Chuck likes his team you can hear it his voice. His 15’s are performing as expected and rookies are already contributing to wins. He is 3 deep with his assistants this year which says to me that everyone wants to get on the winning bandwagon.

  3. Marlins (2-1)- Marlins lost their showdown with Astros by a run in a game that could have gone either way and they were missing a key member of their pitching staff. A third win was suspended due to darkness which may end up going their way in a brokered onvention. I must take a hit for my preseason rank for the fish and I have been reminded about it by many on that sideline, getting dissed by thirteen year olds is humbling.

  4. Phils (1-1) – team has a light schedule so far, jury is still out , not enough of  a sample to move them up or down at this point.

  5. White Sox (1-1)- another team with a light sample but after an opening day thrashing by a good Marlins team and a suspended tie versus Royals, they put on the cleanest performance  I have seen this year in beating the Angels 7-1.  A very impressive rookie class caught my eye. Until I saw it in person I had forgotten about the Pat Barbera factor the guy is straight money as a coach (assistant).

 

 Presidents Power Rankings (Pre-season version)

 

1. Royals- the defending champs are returning all but three players and have ten high schoolers on their roster of 14. Last year they surprised and were not the prohibitive favorite, this year how will they do as the favorite? The coaches and players take Spring Babe Ruth very seriously and they get points from me for that. The coaches often refer to their players by their uniform #'s even in the offseason and have been seen taking strolls around the lake discussing team strategy.  They are a few steps ahead of all others talent-wise entering April.

 

2. Astros- saying Chuck is due would be an understatement. His draft class two years ago was underrated at the time now looks to be brilliant (so you know it must have been luck). The strong 15 year old class gives Chuck what we call "deep depth". It's all about developing reliable arms and getting these players to buy in to "selling out" (a football term that Chuck has translated to baseball).

 

3. Angels- Roy downplays his team every year, saying things like "no pitching", "we are going to be terrible".  I don't know if it is a strategy (like Jack) or blissful ignorance. Bottom line is because of the "organization" his team is basically up by two runs before every game starts.  The Angels will never lose because they are underprepared but they can and have lost because they "over think".

 

4. Phillies- Jack's teams according to him prior to most seasons couldn't beat the Little Sisters of the Poor. His teams always either overachieve or with his stacked teams basically run the table. There is enough to work with and solid pitching that no one is going to want to draw the 8-time champs come playoff time.

 

5. Pirates/Padres- I like the Padres because they have been there before and have some good top-end talent. They will need to thread the needle this year after losing a strong graduating class including the leadership of "The Legend". The Pirates have struggled as a franchise since their 2012 dominant season leading to a championship. Will their veteran and talented roster translate to the field? They got a later start this Spring than all the other teams so I am going to be in the "show-me" mode with them for awhile.

 

Tough omission:  Marlins- sneaky good with pitching

 

National League- The senior circuit for most all of my tenure has been stronger then the AL but last year was an exception. The ship has been righted and all five teams could be worthy of a WS appearance in 2016. Nothing will surprise me once the playoffs start but I am going to go with the Astro's breaking down the door finally after knocking on it for years, as they best Chuck's nemesis (Jack) in the NL Final.

 

American League- Heads will roll on Howard St. if the defending champs mess this one up. Will see how much late help the Angels get from Southboro to totally rule them out. The Mariners will be much improved and have a shot at the AL Final if Matty Tighe goes out in the playoffs like his brother did when he was 15.  Enjoy any wins versus the A's this year as there won't be many the next two seasons and ditto for the White Sox or are in rebuilding mode. I like the Royals to go back with a chance to repeat like their brethren from 2010 did by edging out the Angels again in the AL Final.

 

World Series- Will be worthwhile just watching Chuck on this stage as he faces off against the man he has been in an "uneasy alliance" with for many years. In the end the Royals who have "been there, done that" will remain cool and focused and prevail providing they remain hungry. They will also become the first franchise to achieve two "back to backs" and their 5 titles will be creeping up on the Phillies 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Regular Season game schedule now posted on the RBRL Calendar

 

We have achieved our goal of $8000 for the Moscariello Ballpark scoreboard and park signing! Thank you to all of the RMHS alumni and baseball community contributors for your generosity. Anyone whom still would like to make a donation to upgrade the Moscariello Ball Park venue can do so by sending a check (made out to RBRL) to:  Jeff Pierce, 12 Pearl St. Reading, MA. Thank you!

We are good to go on the fields as of tonight 4/11 !!

All practices now displaying on RBRL Calendar page.

Attention:

The 13 year old player draft is scheduled for Tuesday March 30th. Players will find out their new team by April 1st! 

Royals 2015 Story "From Worst to First" click here (see story in menu) 

Week Four awards announced! (Click Here) 

The Presidents Pre-Playoff Power Rankings:

1.       Angels (11-5)   Odds on World Series Champion favorites when they are on their game they are head and shoulders the best team in RBRL.  When they sleep-walk through a game like with Friday nights 9-0 pasting by the Marlins they are beatable. Long arduous season playing with Roy’s required intensity can wear his teams down but they appear refreshed for another post season run.  Past three seasons for Angels (AL Final loss-AL Final loss- WS loss) predicting this is the year they break down the gate. Roy’s pre-season refrain of “no pitching” was quickly rectified on draft day getting a top 13 year old arm and with Connor Ehl’s breakout season on the mound.

2.       Astros (11-5)  In a rebuild year Chuck has turned some magic with less hitting but strong pitching and defense. Least runs allowed in the league by an 18 run margin. Often on the mound it is Petrillo and Gibbs and pray for rain but the formula is working and everyone “does their job”, players one through thirteen. Solid favorite here to return to the World Series for first time since they took El Prez’s team (Athletics) down in 2005.

3.       White Sox (8-6-3) Strange season for a team that should have opponents crying “uncle”. Finally peaking and at the right time, have gone 5-0 since the Memorial Day weekend meltdown versus the Royals.  Only the Angels have more firepower in their batting order and I am predicting that the schizo Sox advance past the Royals.

4.       Royals (10-4-2) Can’t take their record away from them with the least losses in the league but finished the regular season (2-4) and sensed some swagger lost during the final two weeks of the season.  Algeri’s post game speech on Sunday had a tinge of sadness in it (yes the man has emotions) as he departed for a short getaway knowing he may not be there for his teams last game. Team needs to improve from Sunday’s sloppy effort to see their coach back in the saddle for AL Final. Team is one year away from championship form in my judgment.

5.       Padres (10-5-1) Padres threw away “literally” their chance at the #1 NL seed in their Saturday showdown with Astros. They still have enough to advance to the Spring Classic.  The fun loving Pad’s are going to have to get more focused if they are to beat the hot Marlins on Tuesday, will be curious if there is any hangover effect from the late game collapse on Saturday.

 Barely on the outside: Marlins (9-7) Jack Malley’s three year plan  “man or myth” we will find out this post season. Regardless the “king slayers” are making Jamie Lannister proud these past couple of weeks.

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Webster's Phillies Sit on Top of the RBRL throne (again)

Week Six RBRL Recap and POTW Awards are now posted

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Week Three Recap and Awards now posted (click)

Week Two Recap and Player of the Week in the Reading Patch (click) .

Week One Recap now posted on the Reading Patch

Reading Babe Ruth players have a big hand in State Hockey title victory:

Dateline March 16, 2014 at the TD Banknorth Garden, current Pirate player Matt Thomson scored the game winning goal with a slap shot from the left point on the power play which proved to the difference maker in the Rockets 4-1 victory over Braintree.

Prior to that Jake Barbera from the Mariners 2011 class put Reading on the board 1-0 with a nice feed from Mike Thomson his former Mariner teammate. The back breaking goal was scored by former Angel Sean Verrier with a highlight reel marker after a nice rush and pass from former Blue Jay Mike Seibold.

Thomson left no doubt with his empty netter in the last minute for the final 4-1 count.

Congratulations to the many RBRL current and former players that are members of the 2014 D1 State Champs.

2012 RBRL Players of the Week

2012 RBRL Weekly Roundups

Unveiled: Phillies 2011 Season Video

Please contact Jeff Pierce at 781-944-7552 or japierce1@comcast.net if you have any questions.


   
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