Monday, August 23, 2010

20 Resims: Final Rankings

Here's the complete list of all teams and their final ranking.

Also, this VERY IMPORTANT zip file contains all the details on the 20 resims:

- Team Summary Data including season by season standings
- Career Batting and Pitching Lines
- Single Season Batting and Pitching Lines.
- Statistical Summary (Leader boards and All Star Teams)

This effectively ends the ATB XII season, though, I may have forgotten something so don't be all too surprised to see a post or two in your inbox over the next few weeks.

Thanks so much for playing and hope to see ya next year!

#20, 61 Wins - Downsouth Brews
#19, 66 Wins - The Sons of Pitches
#18, 67 Wins - Potomac Rage
#17, 69 Wins - Willets Point "Mechanics"
#16, 70 Wins - Planet 10
#15, 71 Wins - Cleveland Steamers
#14, 74 Wins - Rochester Beau Brummels
#13, 78 Wins - Rusty Kuntz Traveling All-Stars
#12, 77 Wins - Eugene Psycho Llamas
#11, 83 Wins - Otherton Fish Biscuits
#10, 84 Wins - Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters
#9, 82 Wins - Bostons Terrier
#8, 85 Wins - Helena Handbasket
#7, 87 Wins - Big Mac Speical Sauce
#6, 88 Wins - San Diego Puff
#5, 90 Wins - John McDonald Fanclub
#4, 95 Wins - DC Chips
#3, 96 Wins - Dumai's Wells Oathbinders
#2, 96 Wins - Sonoran Black Diamonds
#1, 103 Wins - Lusitania Death Speakers

Resim Power Alley - #1, Lusitania Death Speakers

#1 – Lusitania Death Speakers
Owner: Mike S


I don’t have a whole lot to add to this ranking as the numbers speak for the themselves. All 5 starters make the Sub 4.00 ERA Club, 4 different relievers make the sub 3.25 ERA Club, and they led the league in runs scored. The Death Speakers made the playoffs each season and won an incredible 16 division titles. Their max win potential was the highest at 124 as well as the 116 mark for most wins in any resim.

Quite simply, they dominated on offense, defense, and pitching to the tune of an average of 103 wins per season. The bested the 100 win mark an inconceivable 80% of the time.

One item that Mike may have set a new trend with is on-base percentage. His team ISO was 2nd to worst in the league, and was expected to be a deterrent to run scoring. Take a look at the chart below, depicting team rank in ISO and runs scored – see if you can tell which team doesn’t belong

Team………………………ISO………………Runs Scored
Mechanics………20th…………………14th
Speakers…………19th…………………1st
Handbasket……18th…………………18th
Brummels…………17th…………………17th

The key to their success was their team .385 on base percentage. Only one starter had a mark below .365 and four of them scored better than .380. It will be interesting to see if this effects draft strategy next season, with owners passing by some early round power guys like Ken Griffey Jr (Rd5 - .306 OBP, 33 HR) for the likes of Edgar Martinez (9th Round, .302 / .380 . 424)

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Ted Williams: .350 / .464 / .545, 33 HR, 126 R, 138 RBI
Rd2 – King Kelly: .346 / .424 / .450, 27 2B, 114 R
Rd9 – Edgar Martinez: .302 / .380 / .424, 41 2B, 116 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd3 – Bill Bernhard: 19-10, 3.43 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 260 IP, 89 K
Rd5 – Johnny Podres: 16-9: 3.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 226 IP, 98 K
Rd10 – Kevin Milwood: 17-8, 3.63 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 226 IP, 71 K
Rd14 – Andy Pettitte: 15-9, 3.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 198 IP, 86 K
Rd 21 – Hank Aguirre: 7-5, 3.92 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 110 IP, 56 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd17 – Jim Poole: 2.45 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 64 IP
Rd8 – Jeff Zimmerman: 2.82 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 38 Sv
Rd13 – Jeff Grey: 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 82 IP
Rd19 – Huston Street: 2.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 70 IP

Bust Draft Pick
I couldn’t find any and keep a straight face

Value Draft Pick
Rd19 – Huston Street


Resim Power Alley - #2, Sonoran Black Diamonds

#2 – Sonoran Black Diamonds
Owner: Justin P

Our world champions check in at #2 overall. This was a great team that was Top 5 in both pitching and batting. The Black Diamonds averaged 96 wins per season, made the playoffs 18 of 20 times, and won the second most division titles in all the re-sims at 9.

Barry Bonds led the offense with impressive stats - .413 OBP, an average of 63 (!) HR per year, and 157 RBI. Lady Baldwin is now the best strikeout man in the league, averaging 342 per season while three relievers had ERA’s in the two’s.

This team had no weaknesses, they just weren’t as good as our #1.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Barry Bonds: .259 / .413 / .604, 63 HR, 134 R, 157 RBI
Rd5 – Jim Thome: .246 / .354 / .467, 41 HR, 107 RBI
Rd4 – Jim Gentile: .247 / .345 / .459, 38 RH, 115 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd2 – Lady Baldwin: 19-10, 3.19 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 259 IP, 342 K
Rd7 – Al Orth: 17-10, 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 251 IP, 111 K
Ed Siever was oh so close at 4.05

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd11 – Al Grabowski: 2.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 52 IP
Rd9 – Cla Meredith: 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 37 Sv
Rd 17 – Pat Jarvis: 2.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 49 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd12 – Orator Shaffer had a .688 OPS. Not a terrible bust by any means.

Value Draft Pick
Rd17 – Pat Jarvis

Sunday, August 22, 2010

All Time Manager Ranking Update

With his second career world series win and the most career victories of all time, Justin P moves into first place in the All Time Manager rankings. His 645 Power Points narrowly surpass Lou P, who moves into second with 643 points.

Here is the new top 10 and current rankings for all owners with a squad in ATB XII.

TOP 10
1) 645 Pts - Justin Petronzi
2) 643 Pts - Lou Poulas
3) 631 Pts - Mike Smitko

4) 582 Pts - Steve Chippendale
5) 572 Pts - Sean Seeley
6) 568 Pts - Brad Peterson

7) 558 Pts - Jason Bernarndon

8) 543 Pts - Johnny Kondovski

9) 526 Pts - TJ Olszewski
10) 524 Pts - Elliot Goldbetter


Rank for ATB XII Owners
1) 645 Pts - Justin Petronzi
2) 643 Pts - Lou Poulas

3) 631 Pts - Mike Smitko

4) 582 Pts - Steve Chippendale

6) 568 Pts - Brad Peterson

7) 558 Pts - Jason Bernarndon

9) 526 Pts - TJ Olszewski
11) 501 Pts - Jeff Burns

12) 491 Pts - Joe Terry

13) 485 Pts - Mike Thanasides & Zach Bernstein
16) 428 Pts - Matt Brody
17) 427 Pts - Ivar Anderson
18) 421 Pts - Kevin Crowley

20) 413 Pts - Leane Sarubbi

21) 385 Pts - Brian Barnes

24) 367 Pts - Shotgun Spratling

25) 360 Pts - Jay Hattem
31) 297 Pts - Allen ? 35)
235 Pts - Richard Madachik

41) 198 Pts - John Wolford

Keep in mind longevity is a key metric here and new owners need to be active for a considerable # of seasons to not suffer a point penalty.

Here are the Top 20 Owners for all time winning percentage (no minimum)
1) 0.619, Steve Chippendale
2) 0.611, Scott Carter
3) 0.604, Justin Petronzi
4) 0.601, Jason Bernarndon
5) 0.596, Lou Poulas
6) 0.585, Mike Smitko
7) 0.549, Bruce Nalepka
8) 0.537, Sean Seeley
8) 0.537, Joe Terry
10) 0.528, Brad Peterson
11) 0.525, Elliot Goldbetter
12) 0.522, Mike Thanasides & Zach Bernstein
13) 0.515, Michael Rippe
14) 0.512, Larry Caggiano
15) 0.509, Leane Sarubbi
16) 0.500, Jeff Burns
17) 0.498, Joe Poulas
18) 0.496, Johnny Kondovski
19) 0.495, Jay Seeley
20) 0.482, TJ Olszewski

Finally, all the detail can be found here.

Resim Power Alley - #3, Dumai's Wells Oathbinders

#3 – Duma’s Wells Oathbinders
Owner: Lou P


I won’t write-up my own team, but will point out only two squads made the playoffs at least 19 times and never had a losing season.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Stan Musial: .313 / .362 / .524, 30 2B, 16 3B, 27 HR, 106 R, 134 RBI
Rd2 – George Brett: .321 / .364 / .476, 19 HR, 108 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd3 – Babe Adams: 15-10, 3.72 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 201 IP, 89 K
Rd6 – Harry Brecheen: 13-9, 3.76 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 194 IP, 119 K
Plus 3rd through 5th starters had ERA’s between 4.13 and 4.20

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd10 – Billy Wagner: 2.59 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 84 IP
Rd8 – Mariano Rivera: 2.70 IP, 1.07 WHIP, 31 Sv
Rd16 – Bruce Sutter: 2.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 85 IP
Rd21 – Steve Mingori: 3.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 81 IP
Shout out for Troy Percival, dropped by the Potomac Rage in mid season, and his 3.31 ERA.

Bust Draft Pick
Rd11 – Candy Nelson? Can’t decide if I like his .440 OBP or hate his .215 AVG and .236 SLG

Value Draft Pick
Rd 28 – Frank Sullivan: 12-9, 4.17 ERA, 175 IP

Resim Power Alley - #4, DC Chips

#4 – DC Chips
Owner: Steve C

Four teams remain to vie for the #1 ranked resimmer. In alphabetical order: DC Chips, Dumai’s Wells Oathbinders, Lusitiania Death Speakers, and the Sonoran Black Diamonds. Three of them advanced to the League Championship round, a number right about where you would expect in any given season.

Coming in at #4 are the DC Chips. We previously saw a natural divide between the 12th and 11th ranked teams, which were separated by 6 wins (77 vs 83). A similar divide now separates the 4th and 5th ranked teams. The Chps averaged 95 wins, five more than Fanclub, enough of a variance to know they were squarely the better club.

It’s obvious this was one of the elite teams – 95 average wins, a +142 RD, 8 seasons of 100 or morewins, a .900 OPS batter, and several great pitchers. One number that sticks out is 114 resim wins – not Max Win potential, but the actual number of wins recorded in one of the resims. Incredible. What exactly went right?

On offense, Tip O’Neill was his usual great self with a .935 OPS and 73 extra base hits. Eddie Mathews was also about average with 35 HR and a .815 OPS. The three biggest differences were Arky Vaughan who batted .319 / .410 / .445, Johnny Mize with an .800 OPS, and Jack Clark’s 35 homers.

Their rotation was top notch:
Braxton: 23-7, 3.50 ERA
Sanders: 19-10, 3.36 ERA
Conway: 12-4, 3.72 ERA
Scott: 17-12, 4.27 ERA

But their pen was the key to it all:

Joe Neale: 18-6, 202 IP, 1.87 ERA, 109 Appearances
Frank Killen: 13-3, 152 IP, 3.25 ERA, 101 Appearances
Mike Jackson: 7-1, 3.14 ERA, 52 IP

Interestingly, Killen is listed as a bust down below, and deservedly so. He averaged a 4.72 ERA over the 20 sims, had 4 seasons in the 5.00’s, and even had one season with a 6.46 ERA in 141 IP. This season however, he excelled, and it was his only time with an ERA under 3.50 and just the third time under 4.00

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Tip O’neill: .352 / .405 / .514, 51 2B, 14 3B, 11 HR, 113 R
Rd3 – Eddie Mathews: .265 / .341 / .469, 33 HR, 114 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd20 – Ben Sanders: 18-11, 3.50 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 255 IP, 239 K
Rd7 – Garland Braxton: 15-11, 3.83 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 236 IP, 135 K
FA – Pete Conway: 11-7, 3.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 156 IP, 151 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd9 – Joe Neale: 209 IP, 2.56 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
Rd16– Mike Jackson: 3.03 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 69 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd8 – Frank Killen. How the mighty have fallen. Once regarded as the best “per inning” pitcher in ATB, Killen has been reduced to a mop up role in future sims. His new average ERA is a worthless 4.72 after correcting for a major statistical error in his DMB line.

Value Draft Pick
Rd20 – Ben Sanders. How doe the Chips find great pitchers each year? This year Sanders in Round 20 and Conway as an in season free agent.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Resim Power Alley - Recap of 5th through 20th

4 Team's remain, who will be #1?

#20, 61 Wins - Downsouth Brews

#19, 66 Wins - The Sons of Pitches
#18, 67 Wins - Potomac Rage
#17, 69 Wins - Willets Point "Mechanics"
#16, 70 Wins - Planet 10
#15, 71 Wins - Cleveland Steamers
#14, 74 Wins - Rochester Beau Brummels
#13, 78 Wins - Rusty Kuntz Traveling All-Stars
#12, 77 Wins - Eugene Psycho Llamas
#11, 83 Wins - Otherton Fish Biscuits
#10, 84 Wins - Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters
#9, 82 Wins - Bostons Terrier
#8, 85 Wins - Helena Handbasket
#7, 87 Wins - Big Mac Speical Sauce
#6, 88 Wins - San Diego Puff
#5, 90 Wins - John McDonald Fanclub

Resim Power Alley - #5, John McDonald Fanclub

#5 – John McDonald Fanclub
Owner: Jason B

The first thing that struck me in compliing the Fanclub data was how much their starting pitching over performed in the regular season. It ended up not impacting their win total when compared with the re-sims, but this kind of discrepancy in ERA’s is hard not to notice:

Player………………Season…………20 Resim
Martinez……………2.70…………………2.30
Hughson………………2.67…………………3.68
Cooper…………………2.33…………………3.80
Earnshaw……………3.68…………………4.49

¾ of the rotation was much better in ATB XII then the resim’s. Earnshaw bested his “baseline” ERA 0.81 while Hughson came in a full run better, and Cooper an astounding run and a half better.

On offense, only Norm Cash was a very good hitter. 5 regulars had OPS scores of .702 or worse, odd for a Top-5 caliber team, and all the more reason pitching was their key to success. This was somewhat intentional, as Jason paid a premium for defense for the sake of offense.

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Norm Cash: .310 / .417 / .470, 23 HR, 93 R, 105 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd1 – Pedro Martinez: 22-9, 2.30 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 294 IP, 294 K
Rd9 – Ted Hughson: 15-15, 3.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 258 IP, 263 K
Rd11 – Mort Cooper: 15-14, 3.80 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 244 IP, 138 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd12 – Ted Abernathy: 2.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 97 IP
Rd17 – Paul Wilson: 3.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 74 IP
Rd14 – Dan Quisenberry: 3.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 117 IP
FR – Kasuhiro Sasaki: 3.07 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 36 Sv

Bust Draft Pick
Rd3 – Al Kaline: .255 / .327 / .362, 648 PA

Value Draft Pick
Rd17 – Paul Wilson


Resim Power Alley - #6, San Diego Puff

#6 – San Dieg Puff
Owner: Brad P

The first round upset winner over the Lusitania Death Speakers, this 6th rating only works to further prove that the Puff victory was in fact an upset. Not to say this wasn’t a very good team, it certainly was. They had winning seasons in 18 of the 20 resims, featured a balanced attack on both offense and pitching, and was our our first team to never fall below 80 wins.

Their lineup was marked with 9 above average players, none of whom fell below a .700 OPS. One can’t help but wonder how good the offense could have been with a thumper. Brad’s first 5 picks were all batters, but picking 19th, all the great batters were long off the draft board.

The leader of the pitching staff as 29th rounder Scott Stratton, and he was sorely needed. The rest of the rotation averaged a 4.72 ERA leaving a lot of work for the bullpen. The relievers were up to the task however, and aside from the two greats listed below, four others had ERA’s uner 3.65.

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Josh Gibson: .294 / .339 / .497, 27 HR, 93 RBI
Rd5 – Sam Thompson: .314 / .417 / .479, 27 2B, 26 3B, 10 HR, 93 R, 95 RBI
Rd1 – Ty Cobb: .328 / .379 / .435, 38 2B, 118 R, 87 SB

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd27 – Scott Stratton: 12-10, 3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 181 IP, 168 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd6 – Dennis Eckersley: 2.40 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 39 Sv, 81 IP
Rd7 – Rob Murphy: 9-4, 3.10 ERA, 1,44 WHIP, 123 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd14 – Cliff Melton. Maybe stretch, andy 14th rounder has risks, but I am sure Brad wanted more than a 4.87 ERA out of his pre-season #1 starter.

Value Draft Pick
Rd27 – Scott Stratton (best value pick of the draft?)


Resim Power Alley - #7, Big Mac Special Sauce

#7 – Big Mac Special Sauce
Owner: Mike T

Thanks to a potent offense built around the long ball, the Special Sauce franchise recording 14 winning seasons and were playoff bound 15 times. Mark McGwire, Willie Stargell, and Reggie Jackson combined for 138 home runs. Mike Tiernan (.774 OPS) was also a solid player, and with several low OBP power guys, his .384 mark was of great use.

The main area keeping the Special Sauce from a higher ranking was their pitching staff. Outside of Randy Johnson, their average starters ERA was 4.56. Interestingly, the top 4 most used relievers combined for an ERA of 4.42 and the next four most used combined for an ERA of 3.44. Obviously, this suggests a non optimal usage pattern.

Lastly, in Sim 1 the Sauce scored 962 runs; in sim 3 the gave up just 686 for a whopping RD of +276. That equates to a sweet 113 Max Win potential.

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Mark McGwire: .222 / .360 / .504, 52 HR, 102 R, 118 RBI
Rd4 – Willie Stargell: .259 / .316 / .532, 46 HR, 103 R, 135 RBI
Rd10 – Reggie Jackson: .247 / .336 / .489, 39 HR, 102 R, 123 RBI
Rd3 – Benny Kauff: .294 / .374 / .437, 32 2B, 111 R

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd1 – Randy Johnson: 15-12, 3.84 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 233 IP

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
None

Bust Draft Pick
Rd9 – Curt Schilling: 5.13 ERA, 202 IP

Value Draft Pick
Rd20 – Mike Tiernan: .277 / .390 / .384


Friday, August 20, 2010

Resim Power Alley - #8, Helena Handbasket

#8 – Helena Handbasket
Owner: Joe T


The Handbasket are a team that helps proves pitching is they key to ATB success. We’ve seen many teams that rate highly in offense and poorly in pitching, only to find themselves at the bottom of the standings in most resims. Helena changes this, with the 6th best team ERA but just the 18th rank OPS. Despite having a miserable team offense (though admittedly with 1 superstar) Helena made the playoffs and finish ranked 8th. You just can’t win with poor pitching.

How bad was the offense? 4 starters had OPS of .750 or higher, close to the league average. However, the bottom of the order featured four players with an OPS under .600 (Ozzie Smith, Gil McDougald, Buddy Bell, Ivan Rodriguez).

As is apparent below, they did feature one of the best bullpen’s in the league as well.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Mickey Mantle: .294 / .375 / .505, 38 HR, 111 R, 129 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd10 – Derek Lowe: 12-11, 3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 203 IP
Rd15 – Teddy Higuera: 12-10, 3.88 ERA, 198 IP
Interestingly, Atlee Hammacker, Dave McNally, and Larry Dierker all had ERA’s between 4.07 and 4.24

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd12 – Joe Nathan: 2.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 22 Sv
Rd6 – Tim Burke: 2.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 94 IP
Rd13 – Dennys Reyes: 3.11 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 19 Sv
Rd12 – Chris Hammond: 3.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 68 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd2 - Albert Pujols. Tough call here, Pujols is not a bad player but you need more offense out of a second round pick: .284 / .356 / .430, 21 HR, 100 RBI

Value Draft Pick
Rd30 – Willard Schmidt: 90 IP, 3.83 ERA, 1.46 WHIP

Resim Power Alley - #9, Bostons Terrier

#9 – Bostons Terrier
Owner: Jeff B


We’ve crossed the halfway point and into the Top 10 re-sim teams. Boston’s Terrier, despite having fewer wins, fewer winning seasons, and a slightly worse RD than the 10th ranked Gargle Blasters comes in ranked one slight higher. Why? Playoff prowess. Terrier made the playoffs almost twice as much and even won two division titles along the way (Sim 2 and 4).

They key to their success was offense. Eight players reached an .800 OPS, more than any other team we’ve seen to date. Their team average OPS was 5th overall and their overall runs scored ranked 8th.

As we’ve seen with several other teams as well, starting pitching was the downfall for Terrier. Their best starter was their #5 man, Eppa Rixey picked up off the free agent market during the year. Their 2-4 starters had ERA’s of 5.13, 5.87, and 4.96.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Rogers Hornsby: .319 / .383 / .479, 20 HR, 117 RBI
Rd9 – Mel Ott: .283 / .373 / .453, 24 HR
Rd2 – Joe Jackson: .329 / .372 / .447, 39 2B, 104 R
Rd4 – Bill Dickey: .308 / .355 / .456, 16 HR

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd8 – Jonathan Papelbon: 82 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd5 – Hank Greeenberg: .236 / .304 / .422, .726 OPS in 546 AB

Value Draft Pick
Rd30 – Damaso Marte: 94 IP, 3.67 ERA

Resim Power Alley - #10, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters

#10 –Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters
Owner: TJ Olszewski


The Garlge Blasters had a winning record 65% of the time and once reached the 99 win plateau, though with a not so impressive +24 Run Differential.

Overall, this is a solid team with that was routinely in the playoff hunt each season. There were few glaring holes, but few true superstars. No starter had an ERA under 3.50 and no batter reached a .900 OPS. At the same time, their team ERA was 7th overall at 4.11, and their OPS was Top 10 too. In truth, they probably would have made the playoffs a few more times had they kicked Camilo Pascual and his 5.90 ERA in 32 starts to the curb.

Their max win potential was a bit low for the 10th seeded team, and interestingly just 1 win higher than their actual results in Sim 1.

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Jeff Bagwell: .294 / .343 / .504, 38 HR, 101 R, 124 RBI
Rd1 – Nap Lajoie: .335 / .373 / .471, 47 2B, 110 R

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd 16 – Dizzy Dean: 12-10, 3.79 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 202 IP
Rd 10 – Ted Lyons: 13-11, 4.01 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 200 IP (Close enough!)

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd7 – Gabe White: 75 IP, 1.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 37 Sv
Rd 13 – Armando Benitez: 46 IP, 2.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd9 – Rocky Colavito: .233 / .309 / .373, 601 AB

Value Draft Pick
Rd16 – Dizzy Dean


Sonoran World Champions!

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Sonoran Black Diamonds 2, Dumai's Wells Oathbinders 1
The Black Diamonds are ATB XII Champions. Congrats Justin P!

Lady Baldwin was up to his old tricks this night, clinching the series with an 11 K, 8 hit performance, pitching into the 9th. He tired in the 9th and required Cla Meredith to close it out in a tight spot, the the Black Diamond faithful still adore him.

An exciting 9th inning almost sent the series to a 7th game. After recording an out to start the inning, Baldwin gave up back to back singles to pinch hitter Felipe Alou and Jack Glasscock. Star third basemen George Brett, riding the pine to start the night, came in as a pinch hitter ripped a double down the the third base line making the score 2-1. In came Meredith who ran the count full to Ray Grimes before walking him, loading the bases for the Oathbinders best hitter, Stan Musial.

Meridith drilled the second pitch from Meredith, but it was a one hopper right to third base. Glasscock was forced at home for the second out. The next batter Rudy York struck out on 5 pitches to end the game, and end the series.

There was more excitement earlier in the game too. All the Black Diamond runs came in the 4th when Dumai's Wells starter Noodles Hahn lost complete control of his pitches. Robin Yount and Barry Bonds each singled to start the inning, and were followed by a Fred Dunlap walk, a Fred Lynn sac fly, another walk to Dave Winfield , and then a bases loaded walk to Jim Gentile for the second run.

Starting Lines
- Hahn (DWO): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
- Baldwin (SBD): 8.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K

Notes
- In the top of the 5th, Joe Kelley (DWO) was tossed from the game arguing a questionable called third strike
- Series MVP goes to Al Orth who was magnificent in 2 starts: 16 IP, 0.56 ERA, 11 H, 5 K.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

World Series Game 5

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Sonoran Black Diamonds 4, Dumai's Wells Oathbinders 0
Not much to get into tonight. Al Orth pitches a complete game shutout, giving Sonoran a 3-2 lead in the ever so important Game 5. The key blow was a 5th inning 2-run homer by Fred Lynn.

Starters
- Orth (SBD): 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K
- Harry Brecheen (DWO): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notes
- Fred Dunlap (SBD) had two hits
- Reggie Smith (DWO went 3-4

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Resim Power Alley Bottom 10 Roundup

We've finished the bottom 10!

#20, 61 Wins - Downsouth Brews
#19, 66 Wins - The Sons of Pitches
#18, 67 Wins - Potomac Rage
#17, 69 Wins - Willets Point "Mechanics"
#16, 70 Wins - Planet 10
#15, 71 Wins - Cleveland Steamers
#14, 74 Wins - Rochester Beau Brummels
#13, 78 Wins - Rusty Kuntz Traveling All-Stars
#12, 77 Wins - Eugene Psycho Llamas
#11, 83 Wins - Otherton Fish Biscuits

Resim Power Alley - #11, Otherton Fish Biscuits

#11 – Otherton Fish Biscuits
Owner: Brian B


This has to bring a nice smile to Brian’s face. After a disappointing 77 win season (though with flashes of greatness) the Fishbiscuits gave a solid showing in the resims. Eleven times they finished above .500, making the playoffs in almost half of them. They topped out at 95 wins in 6 other times reached 88 wins or better. Out of curiosity, I looked up the 95 win season to see how close they came to the division title, and they weren’t all that near the top, finishing in 3rd place, 9 games behind the Death Speakers.

The strength of the team was their offense. Three players are listed below in the “800+ OPS” section, but 4 other regulars had OPS scores over .760 too. They hit an inordinate amount of HRs with sever different players at 18 or more.

Their difficulty of course, was the pitching staff. Half of their starting rotation had ERA’s north of 5.00 and outside the best two relievers, the balance had an ERA of 4.91.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Honus Wagner: .326 / .369 / .467, 18 3B, 117 R
Rd3 – Frank Robinson: .285 / .349 / .479, 34 HR, 116 RBI
Rd8 – Albert Belle: .295 / .341 / .485, 33 HR, 126 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None, but Charlie Sweeney was decent with a 4.29 ERA

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd18 – Bryan Harvey: 68 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd8 – Silver King: 12-15, 5.09 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

Value Draft Pick
Rd19 – Andrew Bailey: 85 IP, 3.56 ERA, 1.39 WHIP

Resim Power Alley - #12, Eugene Psycho Llamas

#12 – Eugene Psycho Llamas
Owner: Richard M

Our 12th ranked team begins to show some true hints of glory, the first to reach the lofty 100 “Max Win Potential” status. The combination of Sims 3 (808 runs scored) and 10 (674 runs against) is a powerful Pythagorean result, tied for 11th best.

In terms of wins, the Llamas resim average was very close to their actual ATB XII result. In fact this team is about as average as one can get – one or two very good players, they compete for the players about ¼ of the time, and have solid team totals (4.27 ERA, .717 OPS).

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Willie McCovey: .264 / .337 / .475, 35 HR, 104 RBI
Rd3 – Joe DiMaggio: .298 / .345 / .463, 25 HR, 108 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None, though Ed Walsh was close with a 4.06 ERA

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
None

Bust Draft Pick
Rd1 – Lefty Grove: 8-10, 4.55 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 151 IP

Value Draft Pick
Rd26 – Harvey Haddix: 107 IP, 3.76 ERA, 1.34 WHIP


World Series Game 4

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Dumai's Wells Oathbinders 5, Sonoran Black Diamonds 3
On short rest, Babe Adams pitches 6 strong innings giving up just 1 earned run en route to his first win of the series. The Oathbinders pen struggled again, but ultimately Billy Wagner nailed down the save getting Jim Gentile to ground out into a 1-out bases loaded double play to end the game.

The Oathbinders didn't score after the third, but the big blow came off the bat of John Olerud -a 3 run homer that gave Dumai's Wells a 4-1 lead.

Starters
- Adams (DWO): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Ed Siever (SBD): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB

Notes
- Joe Kelley (DWO) had three hits and three runs scored
- Barry Bonds and Jim Gentile (SBD) homered in the loss
- The Black Diamond pen was great behind Siever, three pitchers tossed 5 innings giving up just 1 run, and it was unearned.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

World Series Game 3

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Sonoran Black Diamonds 4, Dumai's Wells 3
In the third one run affair in as many games, the Black Diamonds take a 2-1 series lead with a 4-3 victory over the Oathbinders. In the 2nd and 8th innings the Black Diamonds hit 2-run homers (Jim Thome and Jim Gentile), and though they managed just one hit in between, it was enough to secure the win.

Both starters pitched well and while not tagged with the loss, the Oathbinder closer Billy Wagner had his second rough outing in a row, giving up the game winning home run.

Starters
- Hahn (DWO): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Carpenter (SBD)): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Notes
- Ken Griffey Jr (DWO) had three hits, two of them doubles
- Fred Dunlap and Chipper Jones (SBD) had 2 hits each

Monday, August 16, 2010

Resim Power Alley - #13, Rusty Kuntz Traveling All Stars

#13 – Rusty Kuntz Travelling All Stars
Owner: Shotgun Spratling

Pitching, or lack thereof, doomed the All Stars in ATB XII. With a very good offense, tied for first in OPS though 11th in runs scored, Shotgun tried to bludgeon opponents into submission. This was somewhat effective with Babe Ruth leading the way, but in the end the pitching was just too thin. Their team ERA in the resims was dead last at 5.02.

Still, this was a team that fell on some bad luck during the regular season, under performing their Average Resim win total by 5 games, and a full 17 games off their best resim effort. However, in resim #3 all went right – 906 runs scored, 802 runs allowed for a 90 win total and wild card slot.

Overall, they enjoyed 6 winning seasons and 4 playoff births.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Babe Ruth: .293 / .452 / ..639, 50 HR, 126 R, 130 RBI
Rd2 – Oscar Charleston: .313 / .355 / .497, 27 HR, 113 R, 119 RBI
Rd5 – Frank Thomas: .265 / .369 / .467, 21 HR
Plus Rd 13 John Reilly had a .798 OPS

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
None

Bust Draft Pick
Rd4 – Joe Wood: 202 IP, 4.72 ERA, 1.46 WHIP

Value Draft Pick
Rd 26 – Steve Ontiveros: 51 IP, 3.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

Resim Power Alley - #14, Rochester Beau Brummels

#14 – Rochester Beau Brummels
Owner: Leanne S
Just as we found a natural divide between the 17th and 18th ranked teams, another divide is present between the 15th rank Cleveland Steamers and the 14th Ranked Beau Brummels. The Beau Brummels are our first team to A) have a single winning season, let alone their 3, B) have a max win potential over 90, and C) make the playoffs at least once.

In season 9, most things came together Rochester and they won 83 games to make the playoffs as the last Wild Card entrant. For the first time we’ve seen too, they reached a positive run differential, in season 8

Things could have been much better for the squad too – they never completed their lasts 4 picks in the draft and never submitted a lineup.

800 OPS Batters
Rd10 – Babe Herman: .302 / .363 / .447, 18 HR, 109 RBI
Rd2 – John McGraw: .317 / .464 / .336, 114 R, 97 SB

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd1 – Walter Johnson: 15-13, 3.68 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 243 IP, 57 BB, 180 K
Addie Joss came close with a 4.04ERA in an average of 227 IP

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd11 – BJ Ryan: 72 IP, 2.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 3 8 BB, 78 K

Bust Draft Pick
Rd5 – Luke Appling: .269 / .334 / .291, 694 PA

Value Draft Pick
No standouts, but many worse players were picked long before BJ Ryan and Babe Herman

Resim Power Alley - #15, Cleveland Steamers

#15 – Cleveland Steamers
Owner: Kevin C

The Steamers ended up a team with no great superstars, but with few gaping holes either. Their rotation averaged a 4.60 ERA, by no means good, but not in the bottom third of the league either. Their lineup averaged a .722 OPS which again, was not good, but not awful.

The one glaring hole perhaps was their bench which averaged a .630 OPS and didn’t consist of many great defenders.

It should be noted that Hack Wilson hit 35 HR and drove in 99, though his batting average and on base percentage were a severe detriment to his overall productivity.

800 OPS Batters
Rd2 – Hugh Duffy: .322 / .359 / .452, 43 SB, 107 R

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None, but Johan Santana came close with a 4.10 ERA in 35 starts

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
None, but Tom Gordon had a 3.27 ERA in 37 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd7 – Guy Hecker: 6-9, 5.12 ERA, 1.60 WHIP as third starter

Value Draft Pick
Rd20 – Tom Gordon: 3.27 ERA, 37 IP, 16 BB, 30 K


World Series Game 2

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Sonoran Black Diamonds 5, Dumai's Wells 4
Contrary to original plans the Black Diamonds moved Lady Baldwin up a spot and it almost cost them. While maintaining a great strikeout rate, Baldwin gave up 4 runs and 11 hits in 7.1 innings of work, leaving the game down 4-3. However, the Sonoran offense won the game with 2 runs each in the 8th and 9th innings, giving both Mariano Rivera and Billy Wagner blown saves on the night.

In the top 8th Barry Bonds launched a 2-run homer to tied the game at 3. In the bottom have of the inning Reggie Smith answered for Dumai's Wells giving them another lead. It unraveled for them in the ninth however. After giving up the Bonds homer, Wagner started the ninth a single then two walks to load the bases. Rivera came in and retired two batters on scarifies flies before ending the inning with a strikeout.

Cla Meredith closed the game with 3 lazy flies on 7 pitches.

Starters
- Baldwin (SBD): 7.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Brecheen (DWO): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Notes
- Robin Yount and Jim Gentile (SBD) had RBI's
- Joe Kelley (DWO) doubled, tripled, and had an RBI

Sunday, August 15, 2010

World Series Game 1

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/world_series_ATBXII.htm

Dumai's Wells 2, Sonoran Black Diamonds 1

In a pitchers duel, the Oathbinders take game 1 in large part thanks to Stan Musial, who in his first game back from injury, homers and starts a ninth in rally to break a 1-1 tie. With the score tied, the Black Diamonds stuck with setup man Joe Grzenda to start the ninth, but he gave up back to back singles to Musial and George Brett before yielding to stud closer of the year, Cla Meredith. Meredith recorded one out, but gave up a single to Reggie Smith to end the game 2-1.

Starters
- Orth (SBD) - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Adams (DWO) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Notes
- Smith (DWO) had three hits
- Steve Mingori (DWO) pitched three innings of relief and got the win (1 hit, 3 K's)
- Fred Lynn (SBD) homered in the loss, one of just 4 SBD hits on the night

Resim Power Alley - #16, Planet 10

#16 – Planet 10
Owner: Ivar A

What might have been. Ivar selected a solid squad for most of the draft but in the end to many of the middle round picks underperformed considerably. Think about it – three well above average league starters plus very good core lineup that began with Larry Walker and Jason Giambi. Perhaps not 90+ win potential, but certainly above .500 and nowhere near as bad as the 63 wins Planet 10 accumulated during the regular season.

So what went wrong? The offense. Goose Goslin (.554 OPS) may be the worse second round pick of all time and all batters taken after the 8th round averaged a .636 OPS.

Javy Lopez deserves mention as a power hitting catcher averaging 28 home runs per season.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Larry Walker: .283 / .353 / .488, 32 HR, 108 RBI
Rd3 – Jason Giambi: .279 / .390 / .441, 20 HR, 106 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd6 – Jack Chesbro: 12-13, 3.50 ERA, 1,33 WHIP, 214 IP, 80 BB, 138 K
Rd16 – Cannonball Titcomb: 11-12, 3.67 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 201 IP, 86 BB, 248 K
Rd7 – Jesse Tannehill: 11-12, 3.86 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 201 IP, 49 B, 111 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Robb Nenn had a 3.25 ERA but didn’t qualify with just 36 IP

Bust Draft Pick
Rd2 – Goose Goslin: 370 AB,.173 / .231 / .323, 39 RBI

Value Draft Pick
Rd22 – Don Sutton: 3.66 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 99 IP
Honorable mention to Titcomb, a 16th Rounder


Resim Power Alley - #17, Willets Point Mechanics

#17 – Willets Point Mechanics
Owner: Matt B

The Mechanics would have rated higher, but in the confusion of the 20 resims, a new lineup wasn’t submitted and one of their better pitches, Cy Blanton, was left out of the starting rotation. Still, it is telling that Matt, an active owner, piloted his team to 76 regular season wins, just one better then the best win total of the 20 resims.

The resim pitching was dreadful outside of Greg Maddux, and their offense had similar issues outside of Dan Brouthers, one of the more underrated players in the game today.

Finally, it is worth noting that there is a natural dividing line between the 17th ranked Mechanics and the 18th -20th ranked teams. The Brews had twelve 100 loss seasons, the Pitches had six the Rage eight, and this squad had just 1.

800 OPS Batters
Rd3 – Dan Brouthers: .328 / .393 / .461, 42 2B, 107 R

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Rd1 – Greg Maddux: 15-12, 3.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 234 IP, 45 BB, 138 K

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rd8 – Kent Tekulve: 3.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 77 IP, 28 BB, 21 K
Rd10 – Tug McGraw: 3.14 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 69 IP, 21 BB, 47 K

Bust Draft Pick
No obvious busts, but you need more productivity out of a 5th round right fielder:
Tony Gwynn: .350 SLG, 0 HR, 41 RBI

Value Draft Pick
Rd 27 – Earl Combs: 369 AB, .300 / .385 / .380


Resim Power Alley - #18, Potomac Rage

#18 – Potomac Rage
Owner: Jay H


For a team that averaged 67 wins, this offense was surprise. Led by MVP Lou Gehrig, the Rage also two players top 25 home runs (Al Rosen and Pedro Guerrero) while Steve Evans hit 40 doubles and 13 triples.

The real issue with this team was the pitching staff. With an average starter ERA over 5.00 it was impossible for the offense to make up the slack. Of note, you may recall Zack Greinke’s success in the exhibitions games. His final re-sim line was ugly: 4.90 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 185 IP.

While never a .500 team, in Sim 11 they scored 802 wins while in Sim 20 they gave up just 662. Had their offense and pitching staffs peaked in the same year, they would have won around 85 games.

800 OPS Batters
Rd1 – Lou Gehrig: .304 / .411 / .583, 37 HR, 111 RBI

Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
None

Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
None

Bust Draft Pick
Rd 3-Dwight Gooden: 10-15, 4.72 ERA

Value Draft Pick
Rd 21-Keith Foulke: 29 IP, 3.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP