While Alex Cabrera may be raking for Tiburones it is the Caribes that are on top of the Venezuelan League. Caribes was leading the league last time we did our update in early November. They are not the only teams to remain stagnate. The top four teams have not changed positions since the last time myworld did an update.
Caribes de Anzoatugui 9-7 (27-15)
Cory Aldridge (.393, 9, 29) continues to hit. He has had multiple hit games in five of his last seven games, raising his average ten points since our last update. He has also walked 30 times to put his OBA at .500. Niuman Romero (.267, 5, 15) continues his base on balls pace (31) resulting in a team leading 38 runs scored. Oscar Salazar (.285, 6, 29) had a two game spree of seven RBIs, tying him with Aldridge for second place. Jose Castillo (.335, 6, 30) is the team RBI leader.
Mark Serrano (3-1, 2.95) has only given up two or less runs in seven of his eight starts. In his last four starts covering 24 innings he only gave up three runs. T.J. McFarland (1-2, 2.97) has given up a homerun in his last three games and has seen his ERA rise more than a run. Pedro Rodriguez (5-0, 2.55, 3 saves) and Jean Toledo (3-1, 1.66, 3 saves) have been sharing the closer responsibilities, with Toledo closing out more games.
Navegantes de Magallanes 9-8 (24-17)
The Caribbean veteran and cousin of Mariano, Ruben Rivera (.353, 2, 5) has smoked the ball early in his arrival. Six of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases and he has an extra base hit in his last six games. Mario Lisson (.257, 11, 39) continues to strike out at a high rate (45) but his RBI production is top on the team. His 11 homeruns are tied for second in the league, four behind Alex Cabrera.
Mitch Lively (6-0, 1.09) has not given up more than two runs in his eight starts. In four of those starts he has not given up a run, accounting for three of his six victories. Anthony Lerew (1-1, 2.53) has recently moved into the starting rotation. In his four starts he has given up five runs in 23 plus innings. Deolis Guerra (0-1, 1.72, 4 saves) has been their most effective closer to date, though he appears to be now working setup for Jean Machi (1-1, 3.48, 2 saves), their usual closer.
Tigres de Aragua 9-9 (21-20)
Hector Gimenez (.223, 9, 34) drives in the runs despite his low average. Ronny Cedeno (.329, 1, 11) is a recent addition to take over the shortstop duties. He has driven in six runs in his last four games. Alex Romero (.324, 2, 23) has an incredible 23/9 walk to whiff ratio. Wilson Ramos (.265, 1, 6) recently has joined the team, changing his mind about not playing winter ball this year. Oswaldo Arcia (.304, 7, 19) had two four RBI games within a five game span of each other.
The best starter is Yohan Pino (4-4, 3.65). After him all the ERAs are in the five or above category. Dakota Watts (3-2, 2.84, 3 saves) has taken over the closer role.
Leones del Caracas 8-9 (20-21)
Jesus Aguilar (.299, 11, 32) has been the big power bat, trailing only Alex Cabrera in homeruns. Daniel Mayora (.346, 6, 24) has been the most consistent bat. He is also showing more patience at the plate, drawing 8 of his 11 total season walks in his last seven games, putting together an 8/3 walk to whiff ratio when compared to his season 11/23 total.
Cuban Yoanner Negrin (4-2, 3.47) has been their most consistent starter. He pitched five shutout innings his last start and has two shutout performances in his last three starts.
Tiburones de La Guairá 9-7 (19-21)
Despite his 41 years of age Alex Cabrera (.407, 15, 4) has put up triple crown numbers. He has hit 10 homeruns in his last 9 games with one three homer game and two two homer games. Luis Sardinas (.354, 9, 16) sits behind Andrus and Profar for the Rangers shortstop job, but if he continues to slap eight hits in three games he could win the job. Only 10 of his 45 hits have gone for extra bases. Salvador Perez (.341, 0, 4) has recently come over to take over the catching duties.
After a 15 day absence Edgmer Escalona (2-1, 2.29) got a start and only gave up two runs on two hits in five innings. On the down side he did walk five. Jesus Delgado (5-1, 2.00, 1 saves) likes the vulture wins. Chris Reed (1-0, 3.65) threw six innings of shutout ball to pick up his first win. He is happy to extend his season.
Aguilas del Zulia 7-11 (19-24)
Aguilas is using Marwin Gonzalez (.375, 0, 6) in a utility role. None of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases. Jose Pirela (.309, 3, 25) is poising himself for the second base job should Cano leave the Yankees as a free agent. He had a five RBI game during a streak in which he drove in a run in five consecutive games. Ernesto Mejia (.255, 8, 22) is stuck behind Freddie Freeman and could be a good Japanese sign. He leads the team in homeruns as well as strikeouts (38). Ender Inciarte (.289, 1, 13) is second in the league in stolen bases with 13 in 15 attempts, but his average has dropped by 100 points since the last update.
Roy Merritt (2-2, 2.52) had given up only one run in his last three starts before getting toasted for five runs in his most recent start. He has given up a homerun in his last four starts. Alex Torres (0-1, 8.53) has had two horrid starts. He has walked six in six plus innings.
Cardenales de Lara 9-6 (17-22)
Paulo Orlando (.301, 2, can still be the first outfielder from Brazil to make the major leagues. The veteran Joe Thurston (.313, 2, 13) sparks this offense. He had a streak where he scored two runs in three consecutive games. Joc Pederson (.255, 5, 13) has upped his average a couple points compared to last update.
Red Patterson (2-1, 3.35) has had a couple five run games to ruin his ERA. Chris Jakubauskas (1-1, 3.83) dazzles them with guile. He had one bad six run outing, but his other eight starts he has not given up more than three runs. He only has 16 strikeouts in 42 innings and the opposition is hitting him at a .274 clip. Nestor Molina (2-3, 2.89, 2 saves) has taken a loss in two of his last nine appearances.
Bravos de Margarita 6-10 (17-24)
Wilmer Flores (.750, 0, 2) has been a hard man to get out, but it still hasn’t stopped the Bravos from dropping to the cellar. He has six hits in 8 at bats, including two walks. Carlos Rivero (.304, 8, 24) has shown some pop with his movement from Caracas to the Bravos. In 14 games with the Bravos he is hitting .347 with six homeruns.
Henry Sosa (2.25) has recently joined the starting rotation. The only two runs he has given up were two solo bombs. Bryan Price (0-1, 1.89, 6 saves) picked up three saves in his last three appearance, but hasn’t been seen in a game since November 16. Not critical for a bottom feeder to have a closer. Mark Rogers (0-1, 27.00) got a start and walked four batters, getting the hook in the second inning when he could not find the plate.