BRASS BASEBALL LEAGUE
THE PRESSBOX

May, 2001

National League News
by Lenny Luchtefeld

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NL Notes

            Four teams are now at or above the .500 mark in the NL. Only one team, Ocala, is clearly having a great season. Ocala leads the West by an amazing 17 games.  Stanley is now starting to make a charge and has taken control of the NL Central. Stanley’s lead is 3 games over Fleetwood.  No team in the East is above .500.  Long Island managed only 12 wins in May but still leads Glen Allen by 2 games.  Fleetwood and Columbus are the front runners for the Wild Card spots. They are out in front of Glen Allen and Bloomington by 5 games.

NL EAST

LONG ISLAND TIGERS 12-16

The Tigers continues to lead the East but they are still under .500 as a team.  Thomas had another very good month and is carrying the load. Thomas is leading the league in average .360, hits 80 and homers with 20. Remlinger continues to lead the pitching staff with a 0.90 ERA and 8 saves. 

GLEN ALLEN METS 11-17

The Mets need to make something happen if they are going to take this division.  They fall another game back on the Tigers and continue to struggle on the road going 8-20 so far.  Lawton is 2nd in the league in hitting with .352 average. He also has 4 homers, 31 RBI’s and has stolen 16 bases. Bob Wickman is 2nd in the league with 13 saves. 

WAUWATOSA WIZARDS 12-16

The Wizards are taking steps to climb back into this divisional race.  With everyone above them struggling they seem to want to take advantage of the situation. Tucker is leading the Wizards attack with a .283 average, 10 homers and 33 RBI’s.  Elarton has 4 wins and a 3.57 ERA for the Wizards staff. 

RACINE HEAT 8-20

The Heat falls to 10 games out after 2 months and it appears as though the Heat will be looking to next season.  Another 8-win month doesn’t help their chances to get back into the race. Joe Randa is mister everything for the Heat.  He is 3rd in the league in hitting at .349, tied for the lead in hits 80, 9th in RBI’s with 41 and 8th in runs scored with 42.

 NL CENTRAL

STANLEY SIOUX 17-11

The cream has finally come to the top. Stanley finally takes control of the division and carries a 3 game lead. The offense started to take off this month as the raised their team batting average to .278. Alou is the teams MVP so far posting a 345. Average, 14 homers and 38 RBI’s. Helling is off to a great start at 9-2 with a 3.72 ERA. 

FLEETWOOD WALKERS 14-14

Another 14 win month for the Walkers in May. After being tied with Stanley for the lead in the Central division, they are now 3 games back.  The good news is they are tied with Columbus for a Wildcard birth.  Fleetwood may have to tighten up their defense at SS.  Valentin has already committed 12 errors in 2 months. Abreu has lead the offense with a .326 average with 9 homers and 36 RBI’s.   

COLUMBUS BUCKEYES 15-13

The Buckeyes also finds themselves 3 games out and tied with Fleetwood for a Wildcard spot.  Columbus climbed back to .500 and had the 2nd best record in the division this month.  Darryl Ward continues to be dominant with a .296 average with 15 homers and 38 RBI’s.  Randy Wolf is 4th in the league in ERA at 3.62.

BLOOMINGTON BEES 10-18

The Bees end May with 10 wins.  After being only 1 game out in April, they are now 8 back and seem to be dropping further out of the race. The Bees team hitting is respectable at .276 as Bichette is hitting .328 with 12 homers and 34 RBI’s. The pitching has been another story as they have posted a team ERA of 6.62. Jeff Weaver has already given up 24 homers. That’s 72 if your project it out. OUCH!  

NL WEST

OCALA OCELOTS 21-7

Ocala is the only NL team to be clearly over .500 after 2 months of tough play against the AL.  The Ocelots have the best record in the league and unless the wheels fall off, should have home field advantage in the playoffs. Helton has started to take charge this month and is now hitting .336 with 14 homers and 61 RBI’s.  Vazquez is off to a fine start posting an 8-1 record with a 3.30 ERA after 11 starts. 

GEM CITY WOLFPACK 7-21

The Wolfpack turn in just the opposite record as Ocala. 21 losses in the month dashed any hopes of a divisional title. The Wolfpack are still in 2nd but now find themselves 17 games out. Bagwell’s average is down (.276) but his other numbers are great. Bagwell has 19 homers and 49 RBI’s. The pitching staff continues to be the problem. Gem City has a 6.45 team ERA.  No hurler has and ERA under 5.00.  

NORTH GEORGIA YELLOW JACKETS 7-21

The Yellow Jackets had another disappointing month. North Georgia falls to 19 games out and it looks like a long season for the fans in North Georgia.  Brad Fullmer is still tearing it up batting .317 with 14 homers and 36 RBI’s.  Will Clark, in his last season, is also starting to heat up posting a .343 average with 8 homers and 25 RBI’s. 

METROPOLIS AVENGERS 4-24

Metropolis turns in another 4 win month.  Only 8 total wins after two months of play. The only question here is, who will they be taking with their first overall draft pick next year.  D. Bell leads the team in hitting with at .295 with 7 homers and 32 RBI’s. Lima (9) and Hill (8) have 17 losses between them with zero wins. The team ERA ballooned to 7.32.