Heading into week three

Greetings, blog fans. Hope you had a restful weekend…and I hope your favorite football team didn’t lose in as excruciating fashion as my Steelers did.

But again, I digress (I might just re-name the blog this). We’re heading into the third week of the AFL season. Ten games is enough to draw some conclusions, right? OK, maybe not, but that’s what the ability to update this puppy regularly can fix. So here are some things I definitely see:

  • The Saguaros will not win the AFL Championship. At 1-9 and six games out., it’s best to look at individual achievement on that club. And there has been some, with Brendan Harris leading the league with a .542 average to top a club with seven hitters over .300. And on the pitching side…ummm, well, Randy Beam has a 2.08 ERA in two outings. His is the only ERA on the team under 5.50 (the Saguaros have a 10.59 team ERA). I’m not sure, but I think that’s not very good.
  • Brandon Wood will break the AFL homer mark. I know, daring, considering he needs just three to tie. Rumor has it the Angels shortstop prospect hit three out while playing a video game during his day off on Sunday. Nine homers in 10 games. At that rate, Wood will hit approximately 27 homers.
  • Josh Anderson will not draw a walk. … or strikeout. The Astros speedster has hit .471 in eight games. He has yet to draw a walk or strikeout while going 16-for-34 at the plate and a perfect 4-for-4 in steals.
  • The Solar Sox will catch the Scorpions. I don’t know, I just wanted to fuel the fire for that huge Surprise-Mesa rivalry.

OK, enough  musings for today. I’ve added some new league-wide stats to track,  in addition to ERA and batting average (thanks to AFL media guide author Michael Holden for that). Hope it adds to your enlightenment and education. Kevin Czerwinski is heading to the desert for some MiLB.com coverage and will blog on site for us from time to time in the near future.

And, if you didnt’ see it yet, be sure to bid on the great Derek Jeter autographed ball MLB.com is auctioning off to raise proceeds for the second annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. Bidding runs through the end of October.

All-time batting average record: .292 (2004)
2005 average: .313

All-time worst ERA: 5.32 (2004)
2005 ERA: 6.21

All-time homers: 243 (1997)
2005 homers: 77 (on pace for 246)

Note on homers: The record for homers per game is 1.82, set in 2001. This year, balls are going out at the rate of 2.57 per game.

All-time runs per game: 12.07 (2004)
2005 RPG: 14.2

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