2012 VORG Season Preview – Scrabble-style

Lots of sites have written chapter and verse on the just-started season.  Player projections, won-loss predictions, awards prognostications.

Here at the VORG, we give you roster analysis based upon the Scrabble-acceptability of the names on the Opening Day ledger for each team.

If the player’s first or last name can be found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List, it will be listed in CAPS here.  The column headings “First”, “Last”, “Both” count up the specific Scrabble-qualifying names.

The “Score” column lists the total Scrabble score, excluding the possibility of double and triple-letter and double and triple-word squares.  The score for each player is based upon the tile distribution in a standard English Scrabble set.  If the name cannot be formed without the use of a blank (such as “BOBBY”), the score represents the actual tally (in the BOBBY example, that would be 11, not 14).

The number next to the team name in the total line gives the team’s tally of qualifying names.

In the National League, the Reds lead with 14 different qualifying players (either first or last names).  They also lead with 11 “First Names”.  They have a league-leading three players with a “bingo” (a play using all seven letters on one’s rack), helping them to an NL-best 319 points.  The Mets lead the league with 7 acceptable “Last Names”, while the Padres, Marlins and Cubs are tied for the league lead in “Both names” with 3.

Over in the American League, the Rangers and A’s lead the field with 13 different qualifying players.  Oakland, Texas, the Orioles and Red Sox each place 9 “First Names” on the list.  Boston leads the Majors with 333 total points, thanks in large part to FRANKLIN MORALES, the only player with bingos for both his first AND last names, good for a MLB-best 124 points.  The BoSox lead the league with 3 different players with bingos in their names.  The Tigers lead the league with 8 acceptable “Last Names”, and the Orioles are the only AL squad with 3 good “Last Names’.  The O’s lead the AL with 3 players with “Both names”.

TEAM First Last Score First Last Both
BAL NICK JOHNSON 77 1 1 1
BAL Jim JOHNSON 67 1
BAL PEDRO STROP 15 1 1 1
BAL TOMMY HUNTER 21 1 1 1
BAL Adam JONES 12 1
BAL JAKE Arrieta 15 1
BAL J.J. HARDY 12 1
BAL MARK Reynolds 10 1
BAL MATT Lindstrom 6 1
BAL MATT Wieters 6 1
BAL NICK Markakis 10 1
BAL TROY Patton 7 1
BAL 12 258 9 6 3
BOS FRANKLIN MORALES 124 1 1 1
BOS ALFREDO Aceves 61 1
BOS Ryan SWEENEY 63 1
BOS NICK PUNTO 17 1 1 1
BOS CLAY Buchholz 9 1
BOS Daniel BARD 7 1
BOS JOSH Beckett 14 1
BOS KELLY Shoppach 12 1
BOS MARK Melancon 10 1
BOS MATT Albers 6 1
BOS MIKE Aviles 10 1
BOS 11 333 9 4 2
NYY NICK SWISHER 73 1 1 1
NYY CORY WADE 17 1 1 1
NYY Andruw JONES 12 1
NYY Boone LOGAN 6 1
NYY CLAY Rapada 9 1
NYY Ivan NOVA 7 1
NYY MARK Teixeira 10 1
NYY Russell MARTIN 8 1
NYY 8 142 4 6 2
TAM Elliot JOHNSON 67 1
TAM James SHIELDS 61 1
TAM BEN Zobrist 5 1
TAM BURKE Badenhop 11 1
TAM David PRICE 9 1
TAM JAKE McGee 15 1
TAM JOSH Lueke 14 1
TAM MATT Joyce 6 1
TAM MATT Moore 6 1
TAM WADE Davis 8 1
TAM 10 202 7 3
TOR KELLY JOHNSON 79 1
TOR BEN Francisco 5 1
TOR Brandon MORROW 11 1
TOR COLBY Rasmus 12 1
TOR Sergio SANTOS 6 1
TOR 5 113 3 2
CHW Tyler FLOWERS 63 1
CHW BRENT MOREL 14 1 1 1
CHW JAKE PEAVY 28 1 1 1
CHW Addison REED 5 1
CHW BRENT Lillibridge 7 1
CHW Chris SALE 4 1
CHW HECTOR Santiago 11 1
CHW JESSE Crain 12 1
CHW JOHN Danks 14 1
CHW MATT Thornton 6 1
CHW Nate JONES 12 1
CHW WILL Ohman 7 1
CHW 12 183 8 6 2
CLE DAN WHEELER 67 1 1 1
CLE JOE SMITH 20 1 1 1
CLE Derek LOWE 7 1
CLE JACK Hannahan 17 1
CLE JOSH Tomlin 14 1
CLE TONY Sipp 7 1
CLE 6 132 5 3 2
DET PRINCE FIELDER 71 1 1 1
DET DON KELLY 16 1 1 1
DET Andy DIRKS 10 1
DET Danny WORTH 11 1
DET Delmon YOUNG 9 1
DET Duane BELOW 10 1
DET Gerald LAIRD 6 1
DET MAX Scherzer 12 1
DET Phil COKE 10 1
DET RICK Porcello 10 1
DET 10 165 4 8 2
KC Greg HOLLAND 61 1
KC Jason BOURGEOIS 62 1
KC Tim COLLINS 59 1
KC BILLY BUTLER 18 1 1 1
KC Aaron CROW 9 1
KC KELVIN Herrera 13 1
KC Lorenzo CAIN 6 1
KC MIKE Moustakas 10 1
KC 8 238 3 6 1
MIN Danny VALENCIA 63 1
MIN BEN REVERE 14 1
MIN CARL Pavano 6 1
MIN Denard SPAN 6 1
MIN GLEN Perkins 5 1
MIN Jared BURTON 8 1
MIN Jeff GRAY 8 1
MIN JOE Mauer 10 1
MIN JOSH Willingham 14 1
MIN MATT Capps 6 1
MIN MATT Maloney 6 1
MIN NICK Blackburn 10 1
MIN 12 156 8 4
LAA Kendrys MORALES 59 1
LAA TORII HUNTER 14 1 1 1
LAA BOBBY Abreu 11 1
LAA BOBBY Wilson 11 1
LAA DAN Haren 4 1
LAA Jered WEAVER 12 1
LAA JORDAN Walden 14 1
LAA MARK Trumbo 10 1
LAA PETER Bourjos 7 1
LAA RICH Thompson 9 1
LAA Scott DOWNS 9 1
LAA Vernon WELLS 8 1
LAA 12 168 8 5 1
OAK COCO CRISP 17 1 1 1
OAK Bartolo COLON 7 1
OAK CLIFF Pennington 13 1
OAK GRAHAM Godfrey 12 1
OAK GRANT Balfour 6 1
OAK Jemile WEEKS 12 1
OAK JERRY Blevins 15 1
OAK JORDAN Norberto 14 1
OAK JOSH Donaldson 14 1
OAK JOSH Reddick 14 1
OAK Ryan COOK 10 1
OAK Seth SMITH 10 1
OAK TOM Milone 5 1
OAK 13 149 9 5 1
SEA Jesus MONTERO 59 1
SEA Brandon LEAGUE 7 1
SEA Casper WELLS 8 1
SEA HECTOR Noesi 11 1
SEA JOHN Jaso 14 1
SEA TOM Wilhelmsen 5 1
SEA 6 104 3 3
TEX Derek HOLLAND 61 1
TEX COLBY LEWIS 20 1 1 1
TEX MARK LOWE 17 1 1 1
TEX Craig GENTRY 10 1
TEX David MURPHY 16 1
TEX JOE Nathan 10 1
TEX JOSH Hamilton 14 1
TEX KOJI Uehara 15 1
TEX MATT Harrison 6 1
TEX Michael YOUNG 9 1
TEX MIKE Adams 10 1
TEX MIKE Napoli 10 1
TEX NELSON Cruz 6 1
TEX 13 204 9 6 2
ATL Freddie FREEMAN 62 1
ATL Jonny VENTERS 60 1
ATL MIKE MINOR 17 1 1 1
ATL Brandon BEACHY 16 1
ATL CHAD Durbin 10 1
ATL DAN Uggla 4 1
ATL JACK Wilson 17 1
ATL KRIS Medlen 8 1
ATL MARTIN Prado 8 1
ATL MATT Diaz 6 1
ATL Michael BOURN 7 1
ATL TOMMY Hanson 12 1
ATL 12 227 8 5 1
MIA JOSH JOHNSON 81 1 1 1
MIA Omar INFANTE 60 1
MIA HEATH BELL 17 1 1 1
MIA JOHN BUCK 26 1 1 1
MIA CHAD Gaudin 10 1
MIA Donnie MURPHY 16 1
MIA GABY Sanchez 10 1
MIA LOGAN Morrison 6 1
MIA MARK Buehrle 10 1
MIA MIKE Dunn 10 1
MIA RANDY Choate 9 1
MIA 11 255 9 5 3
NYM JOSH THOLE 22 1 1 1
NYM BOBBY Parnell 11 1
NYM Daniel MURPHY 16 1
NYM David WRIGHT 13 1
NYM Dillon GEE 4 1
NYM FRANK Francisco 12 1
NYM Jason BAY 8 1
NYM Justin TURNER 6 1
NYM MIKE Baxter 10 1
NYM MIKE Nickeas 10 1
NYM MIKE Pelfrey 10 1
NYM R.A. DICKEY 16 1
NYM 12 138 6 7 1
PHI CLIFF LEE 16 1 1 1
PHI HUNTER PENCE 18 1 1 1
PHI CHAD Qualls 10 1
PHI COLE Hamels 6 1
PHI JIMMY Rollins 19 1
PHI JOE Blanton 10 1
PHI JOE Savery 10 1
PHI JOHN Mayberry 14 1
PHI Laynce NIX 10 1
PHI 9 113 8 3 2
WAS BRAD Lidge 7 1
WAS CHAD Tracy 10 1
WAS HENRY Rodriguez 11 1
WAS JORDAN Zimmermann 14 1
WAS MARK DeRosa 10 1
WAS ROGER Bernadina 6 1
WAS TOM Gorzelanny 5 1
WAS 7 63 7 0
CHC REED JOHNSON 72 1 1 1
CHC Ryan DEMPSTER 63 1
CHC KERRY WOOD 20 1 1 1
CHC SHAWN CAMP 21 1 1 1
CHC Darwin BARNEY 11 1
CHC Jeff BAKER 11 1
CHC JOE Mather 10 1
CHC MATT Garza 6 1
CHC 8 214 5 6 3
CIN ALFREDO Simon 61 1
CIN Aroldis CHAPMAN 66 1
CIN Sean MARSHALL 63 1
CIN BILL BRAY 15 1 1 1
CIN HOMER BAILEY 21 1 1 1
CIN Bronson ARROYO 9 1
CIN DREW Stubbs 8 1
CIN JAY Bruce 13 1
CIN JOEY Votto 14 1
CIN JOHNNY Cueto 19 1
CIN LOGAN Ondrusek 6 1
CIN MAT Latos 5 1
CIN MIKE Leake 10 1
CIN WILLIE Harris 9 1
CIN 14 319 11 5 2
HOU Chris JOHNSON 67 1
HOU David CARPENTER 63 1
HOU MATT DOWNS 15 1 1 1
HOU BUD Norris 6 1
HOU Carlos LEE 3 1
HOU JORDAN Schafer 14 1
HOU Travis BUCK 12 1
HOU Wesley WRIGHT 13 1
HOU 8 193 3 6 1
MIL RANDY WOLF 19 1 1 1
MIL Corey HART 7 1
MIL JOHN Axford 14 1
MIL MAT Gamel 5 1
MIL Nyjer MORGAN 9 1
MIL Rickie WEEKS 12 1
MIL 6 66 3 4 1
PIT Evan MEEK 10 1
PIT Garrett JONES 12 1
PIT JOSH Harrison 14 1
PIT MATT Hague 6 1
PIT Neil WALKER 13 1
PIT PEDRO Alvarez 8 1
PIT ROD Barajas 4 1
PIT TONY Watson 7 1
PIT 8 74 5 3
STL MATT CARPENTER 69 1 1 1
STL Adam WAINWRIGHT 70 1
STL JAKE Westbrook 15 1
STL Jason MOTTE 7 1
STL Jon JAY 13 1
STL LANCE Berkman 7 1
STL LANCE Lynn 7 1
STL MARC Rzepczynski 8 1
STL MATT Holliday 6 1
STL TONY Cruz 7 1
STL VICTOR Marte 11 1
STL 11 220 8 4 1
ARI Miguel MONTERO 59 1
ARI Aaron HILL 7 1
ARI BRAD Ziegler 7 1
ARI Bryan SHAW 10 1
ARI Chris YOUNG 9 1
ARI HENRY Blanco 11 1
ARI J.J. PUTZ 15 1
ARI JOE Paterson 10 1
ARI JOE Saunders 10 1
ARI JOHN McDonald 14 1
ARI JOSH Collmenter 14 1
ARI WADE Miley 8 1
ARI WILLIE Bloomquist 9 1
ARI 13 183 8 5
COL REX BROTHERS 73 1 1 1
COL DEXTER FOWLER 26 1 1 1
COL Chris NELSON 6 1
COL Eric YOUNG 9 1
COL Esmil ROGERS 7 1
COL JORDAN Pacheco 14 1
COL JOSH Roenicke 14 1
COL MATT Belisle 6 1
COL MATT Reynolds 6 1
COL TROY Tulowitzki 7 1
COL 10 168 7 5 2
LAD Justin SELLERS 57 1
LAD MATT KEMP 18 1 1 1
LAD CHAD Billingsley 10 1
LAD DEE Gordon 4 1
LAD Jamey WRIGHT 13 1
LAD JERRY Hairston 15 1
LAD JOSH Lindblom 14 1
LAD MARK Ellis 10 1
LAD MATT Guerrier 6 1
LAD MATT Treanor 6 1
LAD MIKE MacDougal 10 1
LAD TONY Gwynn 7 1
LAD 12 170 10 3 1
SD JOE THATCHER 76 1 1 1
SD BRAD BRACH 19 1 1 1
SD JOHN BAKER 25 1 1 1
SD Anthony BASS 6 1
SD CHASE Headley 10 1
SD CORY Luebke 9 1
SD Huston STREET 6 1
SD Kyle BLANKS 12 1
SD NICK Hundley 10 1
SD WILL Venable 7 1
SD YONDER Alonso 10 1
SD 11 190 8 6 3
SF ANGEL PAGAN 14 1 1 1
SF MATT CAIN 12 1 1 1
SF Aubrey HUFF 13 1
SF Brandon BELT 6 1
SF Brett PILL 6 1
SF BUSTER Posey 8 1
SF CLAY Hensley 9 1
SF DAN Otero 4 1
SF HECTOR Sanchez 11 1
SF 9 83 6 5 2
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2 Responses to 2012 VORG Season Preview – Scrabble-style

  1. foothillsfan says:

    thanks for dropping into McCovey Cove, I mean McCovey Chronicles. You got some good winter activities going on here. I will try and keep an eye on VORG.

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