Weekly Team Power Rankings

Monday, April 30th, 2040
Here are the current team power rankings for Tolkien Baseball:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Mirkwood Sylvan (122.7, +)
2) Bree Cheese (113.8, ++)
3) Isengard Raiders (113.8, ++)
4) Moria Miners (113.8, o)
5) Numenor Kings (112.8, –)
6) Ravenhill Darkwings (99.9, ++)
7) Rivendell Royals (99.8, –)
8) Bywater Bounders (98.9, +)
9) Dol Guldur Dragons (95.9, –)
10) Old Forest Merry Fellows (95.0, ++)
11) Lake Town Archers (94.0, ++)
12) Lothlorien Lumberjacks (92.0, +)
13) Grey Havens Stars (90.0, ++)
14) Minas Tirith Titans (87.0, -)
15) Misty Mountain Hops (84.4, –)
16) Weathertop Witch Kings (81.1, -)
17) Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (80.2, -)
18) Minas Morgul Slayers (80.1, –)
19) Bucklebury Fairies (79.1, –)
20) Dagorlad Disaster (78.2, +)
21) Dunharrow Devils (73.2, -)
22) Carrock Bears (71.2, –)
23) Minas Ithil Wyrms (54.4, +)
24) Erebor Eagles (49.4, -)

Bird Selected MC Player of the Week

Monday, April 30th, 2040
A battle-tested Tom Bird declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Dol Guldur right fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award.

He wrapped up the week with a .462 average, 12 hits in 26 at-bats, 2 home runs, 9 RBIs and 4 runs scored.

Looking at his season stats, Bird has compiled a .385 batting average and a .417 on-base percentage, while hitting 6 home runs and driving in 22 runs.

Big Bat Pays Off, Bonedragger Player of the Week

Monday, April 30th, 2040
25-year-old Huzhkrut Bonedragger sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award.

A newcomer to the league, Bonedragger made the establishment sit up and take notice, punishing opposing pitchers with a .480 average, 12 hits in 25 at-bats, 4 home runs and 8 runs batted in.

Where the Bucklebury Fairies first baseman goes from here, only the baseball gods know for sure, but Bonedragger certainly made his mark last week.

Currently Bonedragger is batting .272 with 5 home runs, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Fithraldor Causing a Stir in the Clubhouse?

Sunday, April 29th, 2040
Several members of the Weathertop Witch Kings have anonymously come forward to speak out against Mereahil Fithraldor.

“He’s a bad influence on the team and a lot of the guys are sick of him,” said one player.

For his part, Fithraldor scoffed at the assumption.

“If anyone has a real problem with me they should come and talk to me directly,” he said.

Grean at His Best, Blanks Minas Ithil

Saturday, April 28th, 2040
Phanra Grean shut down the Minas Ithil Wyrms today, blanking them 14-0 on 1 hit, ringing up 2 strikeouts and allowing 5 walks. The Bree Cheese pitcher appeared to get stronger as the game went on.

“I don’t know if I was getting any stronger,” Grean said after the game. “I feel like my mechanics were getting better. I was able to make some adjustments and get a little more comfortable out there.”

Checking out his stats for the season, Grean has racked up 3 wins and no losses in 5 starts, 3.82 ERA and struck out 23 batters in 30.2 innings.

Bywater Halts Argyll’s Hitting Steak

Friday, April 27th, 2040
The hitting streak that Rivendell second baseman Giacomino Argyll had kept going for 22 games was ended today by the Bywater Bounders. Argyll was stymied over 5 at-bats today, but the rest of his team picked him up, taking the 6-5 victory at The Water Park.

“Hitting streaks come and go,” Argyll said. “It did put a little pressure on me. It’s hard to be natural at the plate with something like that always in the back of your mind. If it had to end, I’m glad it was in a win.”

Argyll is hitting .386 this year with no home runs and 11 RBIs. He also has an OBP of .390, 1 walk and scored 9 times.

Argyll Runs Hit String to 20 Straight Games

Wednesday, April 25th, 2040
Win or lose, Giacomino Argyll just keeps on getting base hits — game after game after game. He picked up 3 more today and has now stretched his hitting streak to 20 games.

The Rivendell Royals second baseman went 3-for-5 today, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. His club was defeated 10-6 by the Minas Tirith Titans at Elrod Stadium at Finrod Field.

“It’s amazing to watch him hit right now, but I don’t think anybody’s really mentioning it,” one of his teammates said. “We just don’t want to jinx him.”
Giacomino Argyll doubled in the 1st, singled in the 3rd, singled in the 4th, flied out in the 6th and grounded out in the 9th.

Thus far this season Argyll has hit .447 with no home runs, 10 RBIs and scored 8 times.

Weekly Team Power Rankings

Monday, April 23rd, 2040
Here are the current team power rankings for Tolkien Baseball:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Rivendell Royals (130.2, +)
2) Numenor Kings (128.2, ++)
3) Mirkwood Sylvan (116.7, -)
4) Moria Miners (114.7, -)
5) Dol Guldur Dragons (108.2, -)
6) Isengard Raiders (107.2, +)
7) Misty Mountain Hops (98.7, ++)
8) Bucklebury Fairies (96.7, ++)
9) Bywater Bounders (95.7, ++)
10) Bree Cheese (94.7, –)
11) Minas Morgul Slayers (93.7, o)
12) Minas Tirith Titans (93.7, –)
13) Carrock Bears (88.3, –)
14) Lothlorien Lumberjacks (86.3, +)
15) Weathertop Witch Kings (86.3, –)
16) Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (84.3, -)
17) Lake Town Archers (84.3, ++)
18) Ravenhill Darkwings (80.3, –)
19) Dunharrow Devils (72.8, -)
20) Old Forest Merry Fellows (70.8, -)
21) Grey Havens Stars (69.8, –)
22) Dagorlad Disaster (64.3, -)
23) Erebor Eagles (53.8, +)
24) Minas Ithil Wyrms (40.4, -)

Cleverhelm Wins MC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, April 23rd, 2040
At the age of 28, Fral Cleverhelm might have some potential he hasn’t realized yet — if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dunharrow third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .379 batting average. For his efforts Cleverhelm collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award.

He racked up 11 hits in 29 at-bats, 4 home runs and 9 RBIs last week in 7 games.

So far this season Cleverhelm is hitting .280 with 5 home runs, 18 RBIs and 11 runs scored. He has 23 hits in 82 at-bats and a .302 OBP.

SC Awards Best Batter Prize to Hammerarm

Monday, April 23rd, 2040
Few players his age are still in the league, but Guggek Hammerarm of the Old Forest Merry Fellows clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 35-year-old designated hitter hit the ball with the consistency of someone ten years younger, which made Hammerarm a popular and well-deserved selection as Shire Conference Player of the Week.

He paced the Merry Fellows attack by putting up a .484 batting average, 15 hits in 31 at-bats, 8 RBIs and 5 home runs. Hammerarm also scored 8 runs.

So far this season Hammerarm has gotten 23 hits in 83 at-bats for a .277 batting average with 6 home runs. His stats include 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored. He has played in 19 games.