Category Archives: Season/Chapter Summary

Blazers Chapter 1 Review

The New Milford Blazers finished chapter 1 with a BDBL best 22-6 record, which is only good for a 2 game lead over Salem in the McGowan.  The Blazers went a ridiculous 9-1 in one run games, 6-0 in extra innings and 11-1 on the road.  An 11-5 home record isn’t too shabby either.

 

Hitter of the Chapter was Freddie Freeman.  The big off season free agent acquisition went 288/398/596 with 7 HR, 21 runs scored and 17 RBI.  As a team the Blazers hit a lackluster 256/335/434.  “We didn’t get the bats going early and are lucky to have the record we do,” said GM Anthony Peburn.

 

Pitcher of the Chapter was another free agent signing in Craig Kimbrel.  Kimbrel converted 12 of 13 saves to pace the BDBL to go along with a 1.20 ERA and 23 K in 15 IP.  As a team the Blazers put up a 2.73 ERA, tops in the BDBL.  The 15 team saves is on pace to be record setting.  “Our pitching really carried us.  It really is amazing to do this with Kershaw only starting 2 games,” said Peburn.  ” We have over used some guys, especially Devenski, but the recipe has worked.”  New Milford will have to hope for this again in chapter 2 as Kershaw is only projected to start 3 games.

 

Peburn points to not only the hitting woes, but 12 unearned runs allowed as things the team needs to improve going forward.

 

Chapter 2 is highlighted by series against division rival Salem as well as first place Ravenswood and the disappointing but dangerous Jamboree.

Transactions:

The Blazers reacquired longtime IF Jed Lowrie and 1B Jesus Aguilar on minor league deals and released Chad Pinder and Kodi Medeiros.    “We have been waiting way to long for Kodi to work out his mechanical problems and Chad was beaten out in AAA by Erik Gonzalez.  We wish them both the best.  Lowrie and Aguilar are veterans who can possibly start next year.”

 

In other news, Los Altos signed former Blazer Brent Eibner to man CF against lefties.  Eibner, as you may remember, was chided by BDBL pundits as being a AAAA player.  Congrats to Brent on his new opportunity.

Blazers Chapter 5 Recap

The Blazers go 19-9 in Chapter 5 and clinch a BDBL record 6th straight division crown.

Co-Hitters Of The Chapter were David Peralta and Mookie Betts.  Peralta, who went on an epic 5 game tear to vault himself into the MVP race with Choo hit 5 HR and had a 341/406/612 line.  His 100 RBI are tied for second in the OL behind teammate Choo.  His .354 average and .605 slugging % are tops in the league.  Betts led the team with 6 HR and 22 runs scored.  He leads the OL in runs with 107 and is tied for second in hits.

As a team, the Blazers had a 261/316/466 line with 40 HR.

 

Pitcher Of The Chapter was Hisashi Iwakuma.  He started 3 games, won all of them, and had a 2.84 ERA.  Kershaw led the team with 4 wins and KRod had 10 saves.  The team ERA was 3.31.

 

2016 final transactions were adding 1B Xavier Scruggs and injured pitched Robbie Erlin and dropping Jose Pirela and Colin Moran.

 

3 wins in chapter 6 will extend the Blazer record to 8 straight seasons with 90 or more wins.  13 wins in chapter 6 will extend the Blazer record to 5 straight season of 100 or more wins.  This will be no easy task with likely playoff foes Los Altos and Flagstaff on the docket.

 

Blazers Chapter 4 Recap

 

Blazers go 10-14 in chapter 4 to end a record 33 chapter win streak.  When half of your starts are by guys who will not start on your playoff roster, you can expect a dreadful 4.31 team ERA.  Tanaka was pitcher of the chapter with 2 wins to lead the team.

When you rest your first baseman and others, you can expect a pitiful 740 OPS.  Peralta was hitter of the chapter with a 1.309 OPS with 6 HR (snubbed for OL hitter of the chapter) and 19 RBI.  Choo led the team with 20 RBI and continues to lead the league.

 

Blazers made 2 trades acquiring Felipe Rivero to solidify the bullpen and Mark Teixeira to add a stud hitter to the middle of the line up, with the Blazers giving up Mike Matuella and Tyler Anderson in the process.

 

The Blazers reaquire Rickie Weeks, with Connor Gillespie, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jose Pirela as free agents, cutting ties with Andrew Bailey, Daniel Nava, Brendan Ryan and Tyler Wilson.

New Milford Chapter 3 Review

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The New Milford Blazers finish Chapter 3 at 18-6 and complete interleague play with a sparkling 12-4 record, adding to it’s record dominance over the Eck League in the past decade.

 

Pitcher of the Chapter was Clayton Kershaw who was 5-0 and has won 10 straight decisions.  “We expect him to start dominating in the second half, as he has the wins, but not the peripherals,” explains GM Anthony Peburn.  Jose Quintana was 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA and Brett Anderson was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA.  As a team, the Blazers pitched to a 2.59 ERA and a .629 OPS against and 1.10 WHIP.

 

Hitter of the Chaper was David Peralta, who lead the team with 5 HR and 23 RBI while slashing 313/344/566.  Mookie Betts went off for 340/409/610 with a team leading 21 runs and was 6-0 in SB.

At 58-22, the Blazers have an 18 game lead in the division and would have to be 6 games worse each of the next 3 chapters than either the ‘Tippers, ‘Buffs, or Lightning, so Blazers fans can pop the corks at the half way point.

 

 

 

Blazers Chapter 2 Recap

The New Milford Blazers followed up a successful 20-8 chapter one with an identical 20-8 chapter two, taking a 9 game lead in the McGowan division.

 

Hitter of the Chapter was again Shin Soo Choo who hit 9 HR and drove in 27 runs while scoring 29 with a 368/430/675 line.  He leads the BDBL with 57 RBI and leads the OL in RBI by 17.  Matt Carpenter led the team with 10 HR and his 1.026 OPS is second in the league to Choo’s 1.059.  The team as a whole hit 292/353/491 with 168 runs scored and 40 HR.

 

Clayton Kershaw was Pitcher of the Chapter with a 4-0 mark with a 2.76 ERA and 47K in 42 innings.  He has yet to go on a Kershawnian run this year.  Blake Treinen went 3-0 in 10 IP with  a 0.00 ERA and Iwakuma (4 wins) Anderson (3 wins) and Quintana (3 wins) accounted for most of the Blazer wins.  The team pitched to a 3.29 ERA.

 

Chapter 2 in 2016 will forever be known for the incredible run of 16 straight wins from the end of chapter one with 4 straight sweeps.

Blazers Chapter 1 Recap

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The New Milford Blazers finished a successful chapter one campaign at 20-8, five whole games in first place over Granite State.  The winning chapter was a record 29th consecutive winning chapter. The +60 margin was tops in the BDBL.

 

Hitter of the Chapter was Shin Soo Choo, who leads the BDBL with 30 RBI.  His 8 HR and 319/394/619 line pace a Blazer line up which average 5.3 runs per game, tops it the OL.  The 277/347/441 team line is second in the OL to Las Vegas.

3B Kelly Johnson performed well in a part time role with a 1.134 OPS and 4 HR, 11 R and 8 RBI.  Lead off man Matt Carpenter batted .330 with 22 R and 19 RBI while CF Mookie Betts led the team with 23 R and 4 steals.  “The top 3 in our line up were lethal,” boasts GM Anthony Peburn.  “We had nice balance.”

 

On the pitching end, Masahiro Tanaka, with a 3-0, 0.71 ERA in 6 games (3 starts) was Pitcher of the Chapter.  Ace Clayton Kershaw led the team with 4 wins (4-2) followed by Tanaka (3-0), Anderson (3-2), and Iwakuma (3-1).  Jose Quintana had an impressive 2-0, 2.84 ERA.  The team 2.78 ERA was second in the OL to Los Altos.  “When you score an average of 2.5 runs a game more than you give up, you win lots of ball games,” explains Peburn.  “The scary thing is our closer blew 3 saves.  We could have been 23-5.”

 

New Milford started the season running in place splitting the first two series against Western Kansas and Granite State, but then went off on a 16-4 run, taking 3 of 4 from Kansas City, Salem, Las Vegas and Los Altos before finishing the chapter with a convincing 4 game sweep of New York.  “It was a great start.  Better than we were hoping for.  Unfortunately we don’t have as many cupcakes on the chapter 2 schedule.”

 

New Milford is set to face tough Ravenswood and Flagstaff squads in Chapter 2 as well as an upstart Bear Country team and a rematch at home with Granite State.

 

Chapter 1 Transactions:

Released: Aaron Barrett and his 9.95 ERA and 15 baserunners in 6.1 IP and farm hand

Gavin Cecchini.  “Aaron wore out his welcome with his poor showing in the pen.  Gavin was a numbers game at AAA.”

Acquired:  SS Greg Garcia, who will report to AAA and take Cecchini’s roster spot for the Illuminati.  The Blazers also reacquired OF Tyler Collins. “Tyler may take the 25th man spot on the big club for some series as a left handed power bench bat and spot OF starter.  He will be on the shuttle frequently,” said Peburn

 

Quick hits:

-New Milford was 14-2 at home in chapter 1, tops in the BDBL.  “Time to change the rules again,” quipped Peburn.

Matt Thornton a 1 M investment last year had a 0.71 ERA in 38 IP and started 2016 with a 0.00 ERA in 8.2 IP.  Not bad for a 1 M investment.

Matt Albers threw 9 IP in Chapter 1 and gave up 1 hit, his only baserunner of the chapter.  So close to a no hitter (spread out over 11 games)

-New Milford’s sub par 6-6 road record was a better winning percentage than 7 other OL teams had for the entire chapter.

 

2016 Season Preview

2016 Season Preview

 

2016 Blazers Preview




New Milford (AP)  After a disappointing end to the 2015 season with yet another loss in the OLCS to the Los Altos Undertakers, the New Milford Blazers are primed to win the McGowan Division again and return to the playoffs for a 6th straight year.  “We have to get this OLCS monkey off of our backs,” says NM GM Anthony Peburn.  “We’ve had a great run over the last 7 years, with 7 straight seasons of 90 wins or greater, 5 straight division championships, 4 straight 100+ win seasons, and absolutely NOTHING to show for it.  We think this could be the year, but we’ll need to make a few deals to do it.”

Back are many key players from the 2015 division champs including perennial CY contender Clayton Kershaw to lead the staff.  “Coming in top 2 in the CY race is fun and all (which is all Kershaw has done in his short career), but I would trade it all in a heartbeat for a trophy,” he states.  “I think our starters are as good as ever.”  Returning from part of an epic rookie class is #2 starter Masahiro Tanaka.  He will be followed in the rotation by newcomers Adam Warren and Hisashi Iwakuma to form one of the best front four in the BDBL.  Mainstay Jose Quintana and a healthy Brett Anderson give the Blazers plenty of depth in the rotation.

The bullpen is anchored by Francisco Rodriguez.  K-Rod will close games and looks to break Pat Neshek’s one year old save record.  Matt Thornton and Darrin O’Day return to set up K-Rod from the left and right side respectively.  Charlie Furbush and Matt Albers are a second dominant lefty righty combo.  Aaron Thompson was brought back to the organization which drafted him out of high school to pair with Blake Treinen to form a third, albeit less imposing lefty righty combo.  Aaron Barrett will return to be the other arm in the pen.  “We will look during the season to improve one or two spots in the pen for the playoffs,” explains Peburn.  “Because the rest of the division punted, we have time to find the right deal.”

The offense is lead by returning captain 2B Matt Carpenter and super sophs Mookie Betts and David Peralta.  “Carp will reprise his role at the top of the line up and Peralta and Mook will start in center and left respectively, as they have earned that right. The departure of Werth and Pearce were OK with us as these two dynamic youngsters are top of the order bats.”  Shin Soo Choo will regain his starting RF spot which he lost mid season to Werth last year.  Big 2015 FA signing Troy Tulowitzki will man SS and Kelly Johnson will platoon at 3B with Jed Lowrie who was brought back on a FA deal.  Clint Robinson has the first shot at the 1B gig in a platoon role with FA Martin Maldanodo.  “We will also look to upgrade at 1B, but feel Clint and Maldy can get the job done in the short term.  We also like having a third guy who can play C on the roster, and one with a VG arm.”  Speaking of catcher, Jason Castro returns in a platoon role with promising rookie James McCann.  Derek Dietrich returns as a big lefty bench bat and Blazer fan favorite Ryan Raburn will be the big RH batter off of the bench.

“This team has goals,” states Peburn.  “We are trying to win 90 games for a (BDBL record) 8th straight year, the McGowan division for a (BDBL record) 6th straight year, 100 wins for a (BDBL record) 5th straight year, and then hopefully advance to the World Series.  We realize these are lofty goals, but we are on a plateau as an organization.  Eventually plateau’s end, so we are either going to go up or down.  We hope like hell we go up before we go down.  But we do it one game at a time.”  Only time will tell.