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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
09:59 PM - August 5, 2015. Written by TTU38Alum
Matchup Preview *|* August 29, 2015
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#20 Arkansas Razorbacks
(0-0, 0-0 Away)
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(0-0, 0-0 Home)


LUBBOCK - In what has come as a major surprise to both programs, Texas Tech's Aug. 29 opener against No. 20 Arkansas has been moved to Lubbock, where the Razorbacks rolled the Red Raiders 49-28 one year ago.

"This actually turned out to be a great deal for us," Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. "This match-up has benefited both universities so well that we have agreed to extend it two more years on the terms that we'll travel to Fayetteville in 2016 and 2017."

The Red Raiders, who finished the 2014 season at 4-8 - their worst season since 1990 - will be looking to right the ship in 2015 and a payback win against a rising Arkansas program could really build some confidence before heading in to a tough Big 12 schedule.

"We're ready to put last year behind us," Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Not just myself, but us coaches, the players and all of Red Raider Nation. We're ready to put it as far behind us as we can because we like to win and that's what everyone expects of the Red Raiders."

Many questions about the 2015 Red Raiders are still to be answered in two weeks when the season kicks off as fall camp has been closed to the media. Who will start at quarterback for the scarlet and black?

"We'll see," Kingsbury said. "Both Davis (Webb) and Pat (Mahomes) have been neck-and-neck and it'll be a tough decision that should work itself out before then."


Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes showed flashes late last season.

The Red Raiders will rely heavily on senior running back DeAndre Washington, who rushed for 1,103 yards last season - the most a Red Raider has put up since 1998. Receivers Jakeem Grant and Devin Lauderdale are also poised to have a big season for Texas Tech.

"We really have what we think is a special group of guys that work as hard as anyone," Kingsbury said. "I think some people will be surprised this year."

Defensively the Red Raiders will lean on Pete Robertson - who finished last season with 12 sacks - Branden Jackson, Micah Awe and a young, but promising secondary.


Robertson finished with 12 sacks in 2014.

Prized defensive tackle recruit Breiden Fehoko will start his career with already-high expectations. The former four-star recruit could have gone virtually anywhere in the country, but signed with the Red Raiders mainly because of family ties.

"Breiden will be big for us," Kingsbury said. "He was an early graduate that went through spring ball with us and we're talking about a guy that was one of the strongest guys on our roster the day he stepped on campus."

After Arkansas, Texas Tech hosts UTEP before starting Big 12 play at home against No. 2 TCU Sept. 12.
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
09:14 PM - August 5, 2015. Written by TTU38Alum
2015 NCAA Football Pre-Season Top 25


RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Ohio State 0-0 1496
2 TCU 0-0 1420
3 Alabama 0-0 1347
4 Baylor 0-0 1275
5 Oregon 0-0 1205
6 Michigan State 0-0 1138
7 USC 0-0 1072
8 Florida State 0-0 1008
9 Auburn 0-0 945
10 Georgia 0-0 885
11 UCLA 0-0 827
12 Ole Miss 0-0 770
13 Notre Dame 0-0 715
14 LSU 0-0 663
15 Clemson 0-0 612
16 Arizona State 0-0 563
17 Georgia Tech 0-0 515
18 Wisconsin 0-0 470
19 Missouri 0-0 427
20 Arkansas 0-0 385
21 Mississippi State 0-0 345
22 Oklahoma 0-0 307
23 Boise State 0-0 271
24 Tennessee 0-0 237
25 Stanford 0-0 205

Others receiving votes: Arizona 175, Miami 146, Louisville 120, Texas 95, Oregon State 72, Florida 51, Michigan 32, Nebraska 15

- Highlighted denotes Texas Tech opponent.
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
10:35 AM - August 5, 2015. Written by apetroski
Hartford Hawks at Drake Bulldogs
Mar 28, 20081ST2NDSCORE
Hartford (23-13)242448
Drake (35-0)463076
Hartford Hawks
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
W. Cole283-92-41-2310009
Y. Moore284-111-50-0040009
J. Carroll283-70-00-0550006
M. Nwakamma283-70-04-54110110
J. Schneck114-50-00-0211028
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
N Siema-- DID NOT PLAY --
C. Wroa172-51-21-2001026
J. Graham-- DID NOT PLAY --
T. Dyson-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS19-444-116-9141230548
TEAM TOTALS19-444-116-9141230548
Drake Bulldogs
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Adam Emmenecker192-50-00-0350014
Leonard Houston198-104-61-22330121
Josh Young196-104-70-00300016
Bucky Cox202-60-02-2920006
Austin Petrauskas286-81-22-215301115
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Rayvonte Rice92-40-10-0100004
Klayton Korver92-41-20-0000005
Brent Heemskerk81-40-11-2110103
John Michael Hall-- DID NOT PLAY --
Alex White-- DID NOT PLAY --
Jacob Baryenbruch-- DID NOT PLAY --
Josh Parker91-30-00-0011002
TEAM TOTALS30-5410-196-8311842376
Dynasty: apetroski
09:57 AM - August 5, 2015. Written by Fridge Combat
Bolts Insider




Remember, full game highlights available here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQw2p9aygx8


August 28 - 10:00PM,
San Diego Stadium,
San Diego, CAL



With their last game of the Preseason finally here, the Chargers wanted to finish with a bang, or at least at .500!
The Cardinals lost their last game against the Bengals, not that that means much, but they'll also be looking to beat the Bolts to stay above .500 and give them some momentum going into the Regular Season.

The Cardinals started with the football, at which point we should note, they would be without speedy RB Andre Ellington this week, due to injury. He was replaced by third year man Stepfan Taylor, who looked to fill his teammate's shoes, he did so with aplomb!

The Cards looked dominant through the air and on the ground, with Taylor ripping off gain after gain against this 'soft' defensive front. It wasn't long before rookie RB David Johnson would run it in from a 3yd toss.

The Chargers response to this? Very little. Once again Melvin Gordon could find nothing on the ground and they looked stagnant through the air. Soon it would lead to a 3 and out.

Luckily, the defense was able to crank down before the end of the Qtr. Even despite a 29yd pass to WR John Brown, the Bolts managed to hold this offense from storming all the way to the endzone, and instead just a FG.
End of the 1st, Cards up 10-0.

Despite their best efforts, the Chargers 2nd team couldn't muster anything either, and were too forced to punt.

The Cardinals second teamers, on the other hand, had clearly been watching lots of football of old! In a drive that only consisted of two passing plays, RB Johnson and even FB Robert Hughes, powered downhill all the way to the redzone. Ending in a 1yd run by Hughes for the TD.

With the game quickly getting out of hand, the Chargers needed some spark from somewhere! This came in the form of a 24yd pass to WR Dontrelle Inman. But, as the Bolts approached the endzone, three plays weren't enough, bringing up 4th & 2. Down by 17, the Bolts decide to go for it, which would be great, but an interception by OLB Alex Okafor, (credited with a sack two plays earlier), dashes that plan and the Chargers first points.




Whoops!: Whoops indeed. Clemens turns the ball over and the Chargers still have no points with just over a minute in the half!



Thanks to a sack by rookie OLB Kyle Emanuel however, the Cards would not be able to turn their last drive into points. Thus ending the madness!




With a pitiful amount of offensive yardage, it's no surprise the Cards dominated the game thus far!



It seemed the Chargers would go on as they had all day, with seemingly no success on the ground. However, a couple of nice long pass plays soon put TE Antonio Gates in the endzone from 13yds out. Chargers get their first points of the game.

Unfortunately, veteran QB Drew Stanton was undeterred by the Chargers sudden momentum. A beautiful 13yd pass to WR J.J. Nelson put the Cards on the board again. Young CB Shaquille Richardson was caught just out of position and was unable to make a play.
Stanton was perfect 5/5 on the drive, adding to his already perfect game.

The Chargers' struggles on Offense continued, as Clemens overthrows some passes, leading to another quick 3 & out.

Stanton continued to look like Peyton Manning, until a few nice plays by the defense finally forced a few incompletions. The Cards would settle for the field goal, going ahead 27-7.

The Cardinals kept bringing the pressure, forcing Clemens to run around like a mad man to make plays. Luckily, he did. Ending the drive with a 2yd TD to TE Ladarius Green. Clemens has continued to show some real guts under adversity.

But, as has been the story thus far, the Cardinals continued to shred the defense for the TD. They even went as far as to go for two! At least on this drive the Bolts showed a bit of aggression, laying some decent hits in.

With the game entirely out of reach, the Bolts decided not to just lie down and take it. Going no-huddle, Clemens stormed the offense down the field, for pride's sake. Their tenacity paid off, with a 9yd catch and run by Green, able barrel over defenders for his second TD of the night.

Unable to recover the onside kick, the Cardinals tacked on another FG to put the game totally out of reach. With such a defecit, the Chargers decide to play it safe, and kneel the ball, running out the clock.


Final Score: ARI - 38 SD - 21



Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers
Aug 28, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Arizona Cardinals (2-1)10772145
San Diego Chargers (1-2)0071421
Team Stats Comparison
ARISDG
Total Offense443342
Rushing Yards9211
Passing Yards351331
First Downs2116
Punt Return Yards140
Kick Return Yards40198
Total Yards497540
Turnovers02
3rd Down Converstion45
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion10
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4/13/0
Penalties12
Posession Time23:0316:57
Arizona Cardinals
San Diego Chargers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
K. Clemens24/3532932
P. Rivers3/51400
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
B. Oliver671.20
D. Woodhead252.50
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
D. Inman58617.20
A. Gates55911.81
J. Jones45513.80
T. Reese4317.80
D. Woodhead3206.70
B. Oliver25728.50
L. Green2115.52
J. Phillips11717.00
K. Allen177.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
D. Fluker10
C. Hairston01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
D. Stuckey - FS7000
D. Perryman - MLB6000
T. Williams - OLB5000
E. Weddle - FS5000
S. Richardson - CB4000
T. Palepoi - DE4000
J. Wilson - SS3000
K. Emanuel - OLB2200
S. Williams - CB2000
J. Attaochu - OLB2000
B. Flowers - CB2000
P. Robinson - CB1000
D. Butler - MLB1000
J. Verrett - CB1000
M. Ingram - OLB1000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
N. Novak0/03/330
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
P. Scifres311939.70
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
J. Jones511623.20
T. Reese25829.00
B. Oliver12424.00



Another loss for the Chargers takes their final Preseason record to 1-3, ironically, their only win coming against the Superbowl Champs.
Today however, the Chargers just seemed to lack passion, or drive, or something!
The defense was a mess, again, recently they had been kept in the game by a big play offense. Alas, this was not the case today. Although Clemens tried as much as he could to keep the game competitive, a complete lack of a running game and some good pressure, made that a tough proposition.

While we all know that Preseason is pretty pointless from a spectators perspective, it is a chance for the young guys to get their reps and help the coaching staff see who their good depth players might be. So whilst the final record might not be important, a win here might have built some confidence going into the Regular Season, especially since Arizona is their first opponent!


Offensive Gameball: TE Ladarius Green; Ok, so we could all argue that Kellen Clemens deserves this award three time in-a-row. But he did miss some easy throws because of pressure. But he did complete 2 TD passes, 2 of which, were to Mr. Green.
Considered the successor to Antonio Gates, Green already has huge pressure to fill Hall of Fame sized shoes. Eventually though, he will get his shot, and we are excited to see what may come. Until then, building a repor with your QB can't hurt, and being able to score when your number is called, helps too!




Two on the Day: Many fans have been waiting for Green to get in the starting lineup, perhaps that day is coming shortly.



Defensive Gameball: OLB Kyle Emanuel; It was really hard to pick anyone from the defense this week, but as a late-round rookie, Kyle Emanuel is quietly having a good Preseason. At least he kept up the tempo with a two sack performance, when everyone else seemed asleep.



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Dynasty: Fridge Combat
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
03:40 PM - August 4, 2015. Written by TTU38Alum
2015-16 Texas Tech Athletics Schedule


Aug. 29 Arkansas
Sept. 5 UTEP
Sept. 12 *TCU
Sept. 19 Sam Houston State (FCS Northwest)
Oct. 3 at *Kansas
Oct. 10 *Iowa State
Oct. 17 at *West Virginia
Oct. 24 at *Oklahoma
Oct. 31 *Oklahoma State
Nov. 7 *Kansas State
Nov. 10 Loyola (MD)
Nov. 14 vs. *Baylor (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
Nov. 14 Prairie View A&M
Nov. 15 Loyola (IL)
Nov. 22 San Diego (Tournament)

Nov. 26 at *Texas
Nov. 29 S. Carolina State
Nov. 30 at LSU
Dec.. 2 at Fresno State
Dec. 4 Auburn
Dec. 17 Houston
Dec. 29 at Air Force
Jan. 1 at *Kansas
Jan. 5 at *Oklahoma State
Jan. 10 *West Virginia
Jan. 12 *TCU
Jan. 19 at *Texas
Jan. 24 at *Oklahoma
Jan, 26 at *Kansas State
Jan. 31 *Baylor
Feb. 2 *Iowa State

Feb. 2 Troy
Feb. 3 Troy
Feb. 4 Troy
Feb. 6 at UCR
Feb. 7 at UCR

Feb. 7 at *TCU
Feb. 9 at *West Virginia

Feb. 9 Middle Tennessee
Feb. 10 Middle Tennessee
Feb. 11 Middle Tennessee
Feb. 13 at Air Force
Feb. 14 at Air Force

Feb. 17 *Texas
Feb 17 at Oregon State
Feb. 18 at Oregon State

Feb. 21 *Kansas State
Feb. 23 *Oklahoma

Feb. 24 at Michigan State
Feb. 25 at Michigan State

Feb. 28 at *Baylor
March 1 at *Iowa State

March 3 Rice
March 4 Rice

March 6 *Oklahoma State
March 8 *Kansas

March 9 at Arkansas-Little Rock
March 10 at Arkansas-Little Rock
March 16 UCF
March 17 UCF
March 24 *Missouri (double-header)
March 25 *Missouri
March 30 at Memphis
March 31 at Memphis
April 7 *Texas A&M (double-header)
April 8 *Texas A&M
April 13 at *Oklahoma
April 14 at *Oklahoma
April 15 at *Oklahoma
April 21 at *Kansas State
April 22 at *Kansas State
April 28 *Baylor (double-header)
April 29 *Baylor
May 1 at *Nebraska
May 2 at *Nebraska
May 5 *Kansas
May 6 *Kansas
May 7 *Kansas
May 11 at *Oklahoma State
May 12 at *Oklahoma State
May 13 at *Oklahoma State


- Post-Season Games TBA
Denotes a football game.
Denotes a basketball game.
Denotes a baseball game.
*Denotes Big 12 Conference Game

Schedules were designed to be as close to possible as Texas Techís real 2015 schedule, but in some cases, dates and opponents have changed.
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
03:28 PM - August 4, 2015. Written by TTU38Alum
(This post is reserved for annual statistics, records, hall of honor and things of that nature.)
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
02:42 PM - August 4, 2015. Written by TTU38Alum
(Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Texas Tech University or any of its athletic programs, staff members or athletes, nor is it affiliated with any other university, professional, minor league or high school program referenced here. This is a fictional account of sports happenings based on video games for Playstation 3 and Playstation 2, is nothing more than a hobby and is not for profit. All of that being said, Red Raider fans and sports fans in general are welcome to live vicariously through the virtual, fantasy ups and downs of the Red Raiders.)

Long Live the Matadors

a Texas Tech Athletic Director Mode Dynasty



I'm starting an athletic director mode dynasty. How it works:

I will play football games on NCAA Football 14 (PS3), basketball games on College Hoops 2k8 (PS3) and baseball games on MVP 07 NCAA Baseball (PS2) all with Texas Tech. Seasons will overlap as they do in real life so weíll follow a comprehensive yearly calendar.

I had one of these going with Navy, called ďMaking HistoryĒ in Spring of 2014 and after being inactive for more than a year, I decided to give it another go with a program that interests me more so I deleted that to start this.

The depth and complexity of this - while running with three games on two platforms - makes it difficult to do a career mode and hop around to different schools, so I wanted to start at a Power 5 program and stay put. I didnít want to start with a school that is currently on top in any sport, or at least not football or basketball. After weighing my options from coast to coast, I finally accepted that Texas Tech just so happens to be the exact type of situation Iím looking for - a school with a ton of potential and enough history, yet plenty of room to grow.

The purpose of this is more for the storyline aspect and not to destroy every opponent in every sport in every game. In football I could probably go undefeated for 75 seasons straight but thatís not the purpose of this, so I will be tweaking playbooks, sliders and self-made rules as much as possible to keep it as realistic as possible, for as long as possible. Jumping from sport to sport, following the comprehensive schedule makes it interesting because Iím essentially re-figuring out a new game when basketball starts at the peak time of football season and again, once I get in the flow of playing hoops, itís time to start baseball. That kind of mixes it up to keep it more interesting and to keep my teams from becoming too dominant due to overplay.

Let me start by giving credit where credit is due and laying the foundation for each sport.

Football:
I'll be using Charter04's Heisman Sliders with 7 minute quarters and JoshC1977's 2015-16 Roster. Last but not least, conference realignment updating was made easy thanks to Brendan's Conference Realignment Guide.

Recruiting Restrictions and Incentives:
- I can only over-sign by two players in any year.
- At least 80 percent of my recruiting class must come from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
- If I win a BCS game, only 60 percent of the following class must come from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
- Only 10 percent of my recruiting class, rounding up, can be four-stars. (i.e. 14 scholarships = one four-star; 15+ scholarships = two four-stars) and at least ⅓ of my class must be two-star recruits.
- After a 10-win season, 25 percent of my class can be four-star or better and only 10 percent two-star.
- After a conference championship or BCS Bowl, ⅓ of my class can be four-star or better and two-stars are optional.
- Should my team ever win a national championship, then Ĺ of the class can be four-star or better.
- If my team ever gets too dominant then I'll raise these restrictions and/or switch to coach mode. (Played NCAA for a solid 15-16 years).

Basketball:
-I'll be using AuburnAlumni's All-American sliders - 13 minute halves - and purduefan14's 2014-15 rosters. If Bpurc22's 2015-16 rosters are done before I get to the basketball part of the year then I will reboot this particular basketball dynasty using those. Finally, conference realignment was made easy thanks to zack4070's Ultimate Conference Realignment for 2014 and Beyond.

Recruiting Restrictions and Incentives
- Recruiting is fairly difficult on here, at least for me, so at this point restrictions take care of themselves and an incentive is actually getting a solid player Iím after. This is subject to change in the future if necessary.

Baseball:
-Iíve only touched this game once so Iím going to start with defaults and make adjustments as necessary.
-Iím unaware of any way to change conferences on here, so unfortunately itís the old 12-team Big 12 schedule. Iíll be sure to schedule games against TCU and West Virginia, assuming I get to create my schedule in future seasons.
-Iím a rookie at this game and not a baseball guy by any means, but I will do my best to make the rosters as accurate as possible to Techís.
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
Sunday, August 2, 2015
01:04 PM - August 2, 2015. Written by Burge88
Hello, I will be doing a Franchise with Texas Rangers in MLB 15 the Show. I will update after every series. I am doing this to keep people interested informed, and to keep track of milestones and interesting trades within the franchise.
Dynasty: Burge88
Saturday, August 1, 2015
03:20 PM - August 1, 2015. Written by pfeifere1


St. Louis Rams Opponents

2015 Record:
2016 Record:
2017 Record:

Chicago Bears (-)


Cincinnati Bengals (-)


Buffalo Bills (-)


Denver Broncos (-)


Cleveland Browns (-)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-)


Arizona Cardinals (-)


San Diego Chargers (-)


Kansas City Chiefs (-)


Indianapolis Colts (-)


Dallas Cowboys (-)


Miami Dolphins (-)



Philadelphia Eagles (-)


Atlanta Falcons (-)


San Francisco 49ers (-)


New York Giants (-)


Jacksonville Jaguars (-)


New York Jets (-)


Detroit Lions (-)


Green Bay Packers (-)


Carolina Panthers (-)


New England Patriots (-)


Oakland Raiders (-)


Baltimore Ravens (-)


Washington Redskins (-)


New Orleans Saints (-)


Seattle Seahawks (-)


Pittsburgh Steelers (-)


Houston Texans (-)


Tennessee Titans (-)


Minnesota Vikings (-)
Dynasty: pfeifere1
03:18 PM - August 1, 2015. Written by pfeifere1


Season Schedule


Dynasty: pfeifere1
02:53 PM - August 1, 2015. Written by pfeifere1

St. Louis Rams

It has been 11 seasons since the Rams have tasted the playoffs, a drought that has frustrated the St. Louis hopeful. In the 2004 season, they defeated the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field 27-20 before falling hard to the Atlanta Falcons 47-17 in the Georgia Dome. Since then the Rams have only had 1 non-losing season. With a dominating defense and new faces on the offensive end, the Rams hope to compete in a highly competitive NFC West that boasts the last three NFC representatives in the Super Bowl (Seattle twice and San Francisco once).

Since moving to St. Louis, the Rams have compiled an overall record of 153-184-1, have won the NFC West three times, have a 6-4 playoff record, made it to two NFC Championship games (1999, 2001), and have won one Super Bowl (1999).

A new era begins under owner Eric Pfeifer who has been a lifelong fan and now lives the dream of owning his childhood team.
Dynasty: pfeifere1
Friday, July 31, 2015
12:18 PM - July 31, 2015. Written by apetroski
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2020 Final Independent Standings Conference Standings - Updated: Jan 8, 2021
TEAMRECPCTCONFPFPASTRK
#6 Navy12-1.920-475280L1
#7 South Carolina11-2.840-470294L1
#11 Army11-2.840-398281W1
#9 Penn State10-3.760-546384L1
#20 Georgia Tech10-3.760-467281W1
#22 Louisville10-3.760-441291W3
#17 Virginia Tech9-4.690-472344W3
#19 Notre Dame8-5.610-460359W4
West Virginia8-5.610-471344L3
Cincinnati8-5.610-418339L1
Southern Miss7-5.580-327290L2
Boston College7-6.530-352372L1
Rutgers6-6.500-282368W1
Miami6-7.460-366434L1
Florida State5-7.410-379365W1
Akron5-7.410-301391L1
Pittsburgh5-7.410-355368L5
Syracuse5-7.410-321444W1
Texas5-7.410-467418W1
Connecticut4-8.330-301350L1
East Carolina4-8.330-296441L2
UCF3-9.250-339414L1
Tulane3-9.250-241441W1
Memphis2-10.160-268355L5
Temple2-10.160-246415L6<
Dynasty: apetroski
Thursday, July 30, 2015
03:03 PM - July 30, 2015. Written by mkilcNYR
Hey all, before we recap the Padres/Rockies series just a trade announcement to go through that happened the night of the Dodgers v. Rockies game.

Trade Alert 4/19 The Tigers and Royals have agreed to swap players. The deal is:

Royals- Getting CF Rajai Davis (34 years old, 79 overall, B ) on the Kansas City Royals

Tigers- Getting 1B/DH Kendrys Morales (31 years old, 76 overall, C ) on the Detroit Tigers

This deal went down in the late hours of April 19th with the two AL Central rivals swapping players looking for a way to improve their bench more or less. Morales was having a horrible start to the year for the Royals sitting with a .164 average through the first 2 weeks of the season. He was mainly getting pinch hit AB's as the DH duties had fallen to Erik Kratz who has had a rebirth in KC hitting .250 as a backup catcher/DH on the team. Davis is still speedy and is a true speed threat off the bench or backing up Cain which is why KC made the move.

The Tigers meanwhile had Rajai Davis who was in decline as far as attributes go (everything -1 with Contact R and Vision at -2) to begin the year. That combined with a CF platoon of Gose/Bernard and the contract status of Kendrys Morales (under contract for 1 more year giving them a competent player to use in a rebuild) gave the Tigers that final push to make a deal.

Now on to the games!

Game One: The Padres rolled into town for a 4 game set against the Rockies who were looking to try and build upon the solid performance that was turned out in LA over that 3 game series. Unfortunately it was not to be in Game 1. Ian Kennedy looked like he did in his days as a prospect for the Yankees as he went 8 innings striking out a season high 13 (!!!!) Rockies while scattering only 4 hits and walking 2.

Kyle Kendrick meanwhile was manhandled giving up 8 hits over 6 innings before being relieved by Adam Ottavino who threw a great 3 innings in relief striking out 2 and giving up 0 hits to keep that ERA at 0.00 in these few appearances since coming up from AAA.

San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
Apr 20, 2015123456789RHE
San Diego (5-8)020002000480
Colorado (5-6)000000000041
W: Kennedy (2-0) L: Kendrick (0-1)


Game Notes: Wil Myers extended his hitting streak to 8 games for the Padres with a hit in the 8th inning. Rookie Kyle Parker didn't collect a hit but had a good day going 0-1 while walking 2 times (only walks Kennedy allowed). LeMahieu bobbled a ball in the 5th committing his 6th error already on this young season.


Game Two: The Rockies have so far gotten off to a disappointing start to being the 7 game homestead against San Diego and there was a lot of fear in the air as David Hale took the ball for the Rockies, his 8.59 ERA and all. Surprisingly Hale quieted the haters in the crowd throwing 8 strong innings and having quite a rebound game scattering 4 hits, getting 6 K's while only walking 2.

While Hale performed well so to did his opposite Brandon Morrow. Morrow went 7 innings picking up 8 K's and scattering 4 hits while only walking 2 before turning the game over to his bullpen.

It would take 10 innings before Upton crushed a Eddie Butler fastball in the top frame to give the Padres a 1-0 lead that would stand. Butler took the rare loss this season (and made a rare mistake out of the pen) as Craig "BlitzCraig" Kimbrel closed it out for his 3rd save of the season.

Padres at Rockies |
Apr 21, 2015123456789ExtrasRHE
San Diego (6-8)0000000001160
Colorado (5-8)0000000000060
W: Kelley (1-0) L: Butler (3-1) S: Kimbrel (3)


Game Notes: The Rockies have now not scored a run in 28 innings dating back to the last game of the Dodger/Rockies series. The absence of key offensive figures is absolutely being felt now. Will Myers singled again to push his hitting streak to 9 games. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 10th after Butler allowed the solo homer. Hawkins has lowered his ERA to exactly 1.00.


Game Three: With the Rockies now mired in a scoreless streak that feels like it's been a lifetime, they turn to their veteran starter Jorge De La Rosa to get the job done and pick up a win in the 3rd game of the series. He went to work right away and delivered an 8 inning gem scattering 4 hits while only surrendering 1 run and getting 6 K's. As good as he was the Rockies had not yet scored going into the bottom half of the 7th and the fear was palpable going up and down the Colorado lineup of suffering yet another shutout. To this point James Shields was firing darts but this would be the inning that pushed him from the game.

Nick Hundley doubled with 1 out and with Shields pitch count nearing 100 Bud Black called Troy Vincent out of the pen to come and deal with the weakened bottom of Colorado's order, assuming that a fresh arm could easilyy dispatch with Parker and Barnes. While Parker struck out swinging on 4 pitches, Brandon Barnes took a 0-2 fastball and launched it into left field giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The Rockies faithful were ecstatic and the thin air was blamed (or celebrated) for having obviously caused the homer. Morneau would later drive in Blackmon in the 8th to give the Rockies a 3-1 victory and snap a 3 game losing streak.

San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
Apr 22, 2015123456789RHE
San Diego (7-8)000001000140
Colorado (5-9)00000021X391
W: De La Rosa (1-1) L: Vincent (0-2) S: Axford (5)


Game Notes: This was the 2nd straight game that a Colorado starter went 8 innings. Oxford picked up his 5th save and lowered his ERA to 1.92. Will Myers once again went 1-4 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.


Game Four: The Rockies sent staff ace (defacto ace really) Jordan Lyles to the mound in the last game of the longest home stand series yet to try and even out the series 2-2. He did ok for himself throwing 7.1 innings while only giving up 1 run on of all things an Andrew Cashner single that scored pinch hitter Will Venable. The Rockies however answered in stile in the bottom of the 8th with back to back up home runs by Tulowitzki and Morneau to make it 2-1 Colorado.

John Axford came out of the pen to try and get his 6th save of the year but would promptly give up a 2 out, 2 run homer to Yangervis Solarte that made the score 3-2 Padres. In would come Craig Kimbrel to try and stave off the Rockies in the bottom half of the inning and he too suffered and struggled. Willin Rosario singled home Brandon Barnes from 3rd to tie this one all up at 3-3 and forcing extras. It would be Drew Stubbs who would hit a sac fly in the 11th that scored Mike McKenry from third to give the Rockies a 4-3 walk off win!

Padres at Rockies |
Apr 23, 2015123456789ExtrasRHE
San Diego (7-9)0000000120 0392
Colorado (6-9)0000000210 14110
W: Brothers (1-0) L: Kelley (1-1)


Game Notes: Rex Brothers came out of the pen to throw the 10th and 11th innings getting the win. He struck out the side in the 10th. Will Myers continued his hitting streak to 11 games now going 1-5 with a single in the 7th. The blown save in the 9th was the first for Kimbrel and the first for Axford this season.

The San Francisco Giants are waiting deck as there is no rest for the weary in this Colorado ball club. The matchups will be:

Game 1: Matzek (1-2, 716 ERA) vs. Hudson (1-0, 2.07 ERA)
Game 2: Kendrick (0-1, 4.67 ERA) vs. Lincecum (0-0, 4.08 ERA)
Game 3: Hale (0-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. Peavy (2-0, 3.26 ERA)

Side Note: After the end of each month I'll update the divisional and wild card standings.

Hope everyone comes out to see the Rockies take on the division leading Giants to end this 7 game home stand and close out the last home series of April!
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
12:07 PM - July 29, 2015. Written by apetroski
Wichita State Shockers at Drake Bulldogs
Mar 23, 20081ST2NDSCORE
Wichita State (22-10)363167
Drake (34-0)453479
Wichita State Shockers
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
F. Van Fleet285-82-44-42710116
T. Cotton286-123-61-21500216
Z. Bush287-151-32-22410117
D. Carter282-40-00-01130124
S. Morris286-100-12-25110014
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
E. Wessel-- DID NOT PLAY --
Z. Brown-- DID NOT PLAY --
R. Holland-- DID NOT PLAY --
R. Kelly-- DID NOT PLAY --
B. Wamukota-- DID NOT PLAY --
C. Henderson-- DID NOT PLAY --
R. Baker-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS26-496-249-10212031667
TEAM TOTALS26-496-249-10212031667
Drake Bulldogs
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Adam Emmenecker285-140-04-53710114
Leonard Houston285-133-80-01220113
Josh Young144-72-41-22210011
Bucky Cox285-70-00-011110010
Austin Petrauskas2814-193-80-012201131
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Rayvonte Rice70-20-10-0010010
Klayton Korver-- DID NOT PLAY --
Brent Heemskerk80-20-00-0210000
John Michael Hall-- DID NOT PLAY --
Alex White-- DID NOT PLAY --
Jacob Baryenbruch-- DID NOT PLAY --
Josh Parker-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS33-648-215-7311651379
Dynasty: apetroski
11:48 AM - July 29, 2015. Written by apetroski
Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Drake Bulldogs
Mar 21, 20081ST2NDSCORE
Lehigh (14-18)424082
#2 Drake (33-0)482886
Lehigh Mountain Hawks
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
M. Simelton285-90-23-31100313
A. Price286-93-44-44511119
C. Baltimore257-160-31-22610115
J. Chuku287-131-53-411321218
T. Kempton284-110-29-1014301017
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
C. Schaefer-- DID NOT PLAY --
B. Alston-- DID NOT PLAY --
J. Goldsborough-- DID NOT PLAY --
G. Piltsis-- DID NOT PLAY --
D. Carter-- DID NOT PLAY --
S. Cvrkaij-- DID NOT PLAY --
K. Ross30-10-00-0010000
TEAM TOTALS29-594-1620-23321943782
TEAM TOTALS29-594-1620-23321943782
Drake Bulldogs
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Adam Emmenecker255-120-13-41520213
Leonard Houston101-51-40-0010003
Josh Young122-91-62-2000007
Bucky Cox280-30-10-0411110
Austin Petrauskas2813-236-119-1018321141
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Rayvonte Rice125-71-10-03001011
Klayton Korver102-62-62-3110007
Brent Heemskerk62-20-00-0100004
John Michael Hall-- DID NOT PLAY --
Alex White-- DID NOT PLAY --
Jacob Baryenbruch-- DID NOT PLAY --
Josh Parker-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS30-6710-2716-19281153486
Dynasty: apetroski