Saturday, May 28, 2011

Players of the Week - Sim 5

Thanks in large part to Dick Allen, the Otherton Fishbiscuits went 12-2 in Week 5, capturing the Wild Card lead in the American Division. Allen batted .429 with a .939 slugging, he smacked 7 home runs while recording 18 RBI.








Despite the play of Mariano Rivera, the DC Chips swapped places with the aforementioned Fish Biscuits. Rivera did his job though, hurling 16 innings of relief giving up just 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 13 and recorded a 0.61 RCERA.







Friday, May 27, 2011

Power Alley "Great 8"




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Power Alley - Week 5


  • +3 Otherton Fishbiscuits
  • +2 Big Dan and the Lady's
  • +2 T
  • -2 Kakadu Didgeridoos

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Standings Summary - Week 5

aka, here come the Fishbiscuits!



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All Time Greatest Team Competition Update

The ATB All Time Greatest Team competition is approaching 100,000 games played and the champion is remains utterly and completely in doubt. In fact, the general feeling is that after 40 seasons in the books, the next 10 likely will not add any clarity to the affair.

As of today, the Manetheren Red Eagles lead with 3528 wins and 85 'bonus wins' for their playoff prowess. Right behind them are the Lusitania Death Speakers with 3527 wins and 85 'bonus wins'. The 1-win difference is completely meaningless after this many games played.

Confusing things ever further are the Pangea Tyrannosaurus Rex ATB X team. This team is 108 'real wins' out of third but are quite simply an awesome playoff team. They have been to more World Series than any other team and have an outstanding 11-4 record in them. Their 11 titles are more than any other two teams combined. In some circles, this constitutes a champion more than regular season wins.

Further complicating the discussion is the basic idea that no two ATB leagues are alike. We've ranged from 14 to 24 teams per a league, changed the player pools, and have had computer managers in some leagues and not others. How can you compare teams in such drastically different 'era's' in good faith. I am going to think on this, but for now, it is interesting to see which ATB league is fairing the best.

Average Wins Per Season
81 Wins - ATB IX
81 Wins - ATB XII
77 Wins - ATB X
76 Wins - ATB VII
76 Wins - ATB VIII
75 Wins - ATB XI

Manetheren was from ATB IX and Lusitania ATB XII. Removing the best and worst teams of each league from calculation:

81 Wins - ATB XII
79 Wins - ATB IX
78 Wins - ATB X
76 Wins - ATB VIII
75 Wins - ATB XI
74 Wins - ATB VII

Interestingly enough, no matter how you slice it the top two teams in our competition do appear to have a competitive edge due to their original league structure.

The next 10 seasons should be exciting!

Here are the World Series winners in ascending order from the first sim onwards:

Speakers XII
Neanderthals XI
Speakers XII
Chips X
Oathbinders XII
Tyr Rex X
Tyr Rex X
Speakers XII
Oathbinders XII
Red Eagles IX
Tyr Rex X
Chips X
Tyr Rex X
Red Eagles IX
Pilpoppers VII
Speakers XII
Pilpoppers VII
Pilpoppers VII
Red Eagles IX
Chips X
Tyr Rex X
Oathbinders XII
Oathbinders XII
Tyr Rex X


The Good, the Great, and the Ugly - Week 5





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Thursday, May 26, 2011

How 'Bout them Fishbiscuits

Roughly two weeks ago (DMB time) the Otherton Fishbiscuits were riding a 3-game losing streak and mired in an overall 3-7 slump. In 4th place, 14 games out of first, their prospects for the rest of the season looked rather bleak. So much so, that owner Brian B questioned why Babe Ruth, in his words, was so "crappy".

Fast forward to current time at the end of Sim 5, the Fishbiscuits are soaring. After a 12-2 sim they now are in the lead for the Wild Card and cut the deficit for the division title to 7 games.

There were many 'hero's' on the week, almost too many to choose from:
.429 / .475 / .929 - Dick Allen (Player of the Week)
.295 / .450 / .766 - Babe Ruth (rising to Brian's diatribe)
.395 / .480 / .465 - Eddie Stanky
.361 / .477 / .500 - Pete Browning
.313 / .421 / .594 - Hank Aaron
.315 / .435 / .490 - Willie McCovey

12 IP, 0.75 ERA - Turk Farrell
11 IP, 3.27 ERA - Sparky Lyle
13 IP, 3.46 ERA - Fernando Valenzuela

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Sim 5E Complete




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No Games This Sunday

Due to the holiday weekend, sim 6 will start on Monday night instead of Sunday night. Lineups are still due Sunday 8 PM.

We'll push everything back one day, with sim 6E being played Friday.

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it"
...Pericles' Funeral Oration as quoted in History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides




Standings Charts - Week 5

aka "Here Come the Lady's"






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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finally Tonight...

Two fun pitching Before and After pitching stats.

Before and After Randy Johnson took the field for 3 innings in a extra frame affair on May 22:

6-2, 64 IP, 53 H, 1.55 ERA - before
0-3, 18 IP, 23 H, 7.64 ERA - next 4 starts thereafter

PLUS

Big Dan's rotation before and after moving away from the 4 man:

4.12 ERA, 28-24: Before
2.48 ERA, 14-2: After

I take pride in the fact it was partly my suggestion

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The Worst 9th Inning Ever

A special 'thanks' to Willets Point owner Matt B for sending this in, and another 'thanks' to Big Dan owner Mike S for driving home the point of how bad this was.

On June 12 the division and historical rivals Hathsin (Me) and Big Dan (Mike, who sits next to me at the office by the way) faced off in a key opening series match-up. After jumping out to an 8-4 lead, Hathsin called on their star closer Goose Gossage who couldn't nail down a save in the 9th with 2 outs and nobody on.

The first problem was that Goose entered the game early, in the 7th, and of course was still in the game trying to close it out the 9th. In all he tossed 55 pitches, almost as much as both starting pitchers combined.

The ninth started off fine with a quick two outs but everything imploded thereafter:

- After going 0-2 on Lenny Dykstra, Goose walked him on 4 straight pitchers
- Frank Fennelly singled, putting runners on 1st and 2nd
- A-Rod walked on 5 pitches, loading the bases.
- Jesse Burkett singled, scoring the 1st run and keeping the bases loaded
- Joe Gordon walked in run
- Finally, the Hathsin Manager Profile Devil had enough of Goose.
- Tom Niedenfuerer comes into face one of the worst players in the history of ATB. Wally Schang, who is batting .134 / .200 / .141. Yes, that OPS of .341 is worse than the batting average of 5 other players this year.
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Schang works the count full and lines a 2-run single between 2nd and 3rd, giving Big Dan the lead.

- To top things off, Hathsin tried to make a comeback in the 9th. With no outs and man on first, up strides Big George Hall, the Survivor of Hathsin; one of the players whose batting average is better than Wally Schang's OPS. Hall has been awesome this year, batting .364 / .406 / .579, leading the league in triples and RBI. Even though my sac bunting is set as low as possible, Hall does it anyway and the Survivors lose a precious out, very quickly and meekly ending the game soon thereafter.

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RSAA Update

Starters
-34.1 - Maddux,Greg, 1995 (WPM)
-19.5 - Martinez,Pedro, 2000 (GCG)
-19.2 - Braxton,Garland, 1928 (KD)
-17.9 - Lee,Cliff, 2010 (GCG)
-17.5 - Titcomb,Cannonball, 1888 (P10)
-17.4 - Conway,Pete, 1888 (HS)
-14.9 - Bernhard,Bill, 1902 (NSD)
-14.1 - Sanders,Ben, 1888 (BDL)
-13.3 - Brown,Kevin, 1996 (P10)
-12.5 - Johnson,Randy, 2004 (NSD)

Closers
-11.1 - Neale,Joe, 1890 (DC)
-10.9 - Papelbon,Jonathan, 2006 (KD)
-7.2 - Putz,J.J., 2007 (RKA)
-6.5 - Zimmerman,Jeff, 1999 (BDL)
-4.8 - Eckersley,Dennis, 1990 (LM)
-4.1 - Murphy,Rob, 1986 (NSD)
-2.6 - Percival,Troy, 1995 (P10)
-2.6 - Howe,Steve, 1994 (GCG)
-2.6 - Bailey,Andrew, 2009 (OFB)
-1.6 - Mesa,Jose, 1995 (NO)

Relievers
-14.6 - Rivera,Mariano, 2008 (DC)
-7.1 - Betancourt,Rafael, 2007 (GCG)
-6.4 - Galvin,Pud, 1875 (DC)
-6.2 - Sutter,Bruce, 1977 (GCG)
-6.1 - Cormier,Rheal, 2003 (RKA)
-6.0 - Jackson,Mike, 1998 (OFB)
-5.9 - Sanders,Ken, 1970 (BBB)
-5.7 - Nen,Robb, 2000 (HH)
-5.6 - Meredith,Cla, 2006 (ICB)
-5.6 - Boyle,Henry, 1884 (JMF)

Of interest, the average starting pitcher ERA this year has been 4.43. The average reliever ERA, 3.50.

RSAA
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ATB Value Update


Top 5 By Position
Catcher
0.327 - Carroll,Fred, HS
0.307 - Gibson,Josh, OFB
0.293 - Cochrane,Mickey, NSD
0.292 - Campanella,Roy, KD
0.291 - Porter,Darrell, HH

First Base
0.312 - Foxx,Jimmie, DB
0.302 - McCovey,Willie, OFB
0.302 - Brouthers,Dan, BDL
0.301 - Gehrig,Lou, KD
0.297 - McGwire,Mark, TG

Second Base
0.322 - Hornsby,Rogers, TG
0.318 - Barnes,Ross, LM
0.307 - Collins,Eddie, GCG
0.297 - Dunlap,Fred, RKA
0.288 - Stanky,Eddie, OFB

Third Base
0.299 - McGraw,John, LM
0.298 - Rosen,Al, RKA
0.296 - Brett,George, P10
0.289 - Beltre,Adrian, HH
0.288 - Johnson,Howard, WPM

Shortstop
0.309 - Vaughan,Arky, WPM
0.308 - Jennings,Hughie, HS
0.298 - Wright,George, BBB
0.293 - Boudreau,Lou, KD
0.286 - Nelson,Candy, BDL

Left Field
0.363 - Bonds,Barry, ICB
0.321 - Gonzalez,Luis, JMF
0.288 - Williams,Ted, HS
0.286 - Clarke,Fred, GCG
0.286 - Jones,Charley, BDL

Right Field
0.337 - Ruth,Babe, OFB
0.319 - Herman,Babe, TG
0.317 - Maris,Roger, DB
0.303 - Hall,George, HS
0.293 - Swartwood,Ed, HS

Center Field
0.323 - Mantle,Mickey, NSD
0.311 - DiMaggio,Joe, DB
0.302 - Cobb,Ty, DC
0.298 - Duffy,Hugh, NO
0.298 - Doby,Larry, DC

Designated Hitter
0.332 - Murcer,Bobby, GCG
0.302 - Jackson,Reggie, BBB
0.299 - Giambi,Jason, BDL
0.281 - Thome,Jim, OFB
0.256 - Belle,Albert, JMF

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Sim 5D Complete


Sorry for the lack of writeups this week, the real job called too often!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Players of the Week - Sim 4

I am not sure that Pete Conway (Hathsin Survivors) was any better than Greg Maddux this week, but I did like the idea of giving the POW Award to a) someone new, and b) a young 21 year old phenom. Conway's line: 2-0 (3 GS), 0.44 ERA, 21 IP, 12 H, 17 BB, 1.15 RCERA.






Alternatively, we do know that Barry Bonds of the Island Creek Bivalves was most definitely the best batter in the game. He led the league in OBP, slugging, and home runs. His line: .326 / .574 / .907, 1.481 OPS, 8 HR, 16 RBI.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Young Phenoms

Think on this.

A young 21 year old in his first full year in the majors; he's illiterate, fresh out of the South Carolina mills, thrust onto the scene of not just the 1911 pennant race facing Walter Johnson, Smoky Joe Wood, and Big Ed Walsh, but thrust into a bizzaro world facing those historic peers along with future greats such as Pedro Martinez and olde tyme legends like Cy Young.

He's Shoeless Joe Jackson circa 1911, the youngest batter in ATB, is off to a hot start under these formidable circumstances. For the first place Helena Handbasket's he's batting .312 with 16 doubles, and is on pace for a 100 R / 95 RBI season.

Elsewhere, a 22 year old Californian with the weight of the world on his shoulders thanks to a triple crown trophy in the minors and a 145 RBI rookie campaign, is batting third for a first place team. Ted Williams (1941), after a slow start, is batting .294 / .422 / .447 for the high flying Hathsin Survivors.

More impressive is the story of 1875 Pud Galvin. An 18 year old rookie from the pre-light bulb era, recently purchased from a local town team, is mowing down the greatest batters baseball has ever seen. In 26 games, Galvin now has a 1.29 ERA and holding opponents to a .175 batting average for the DC Chips.

It's the league of the young as pitchers aged 18-22 have the best ERA in the game. Along with Galvin, Scott Stratton, Cannonball Titcomb, Pete Conway, Bert Dorr, and Fernando Valenzuela (among others) have dominated the first two months of the season.

On offense,taking into consideration the general late start batters enjoy, the 21-24 year old's are also averaging better stats in general. Jimmie Foxx, Ed Swartwood, Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr, and Fred Carroll are all leaders at their positions.

Overall, here is the breakdown:

Batter OPS
.764: 21-24 year olds
.748: 25-29 year olds
.736: 30-34 year olds

Pitcher ERA
3.81: 18-22 year olds
4.07: 23-26 year olds
4.04: 24-30 year olds
4.16: 31-35 year olds

The Good, the Great, and the Ugly - Week 4


Power Alley - Week 4


  • +6: Rusty Kuntz
  • +5: Island Creek
  • +3: Helena
  • -5: Newark
  • -5: Londonderry
  • -5: Bridgewater

Standings Summary - Week 4

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Great Feats Update

5/20 - Didgeridoos win their 2nd 17+ inning game in 3 weeks

5/21 - Joe Jackson (HH) rips 3 doubles

5/22 - Pedro Martinez (GCG) records an 85 GS

5/24 - Lipe Pike (BBB) gets 5 hits

5/26 - Lou Gehrig (KD) drives in 6 on two home runs

5/27 - White Ford (KD) records an 88 GS

5/28 - Cannonball Titcomb (P10) strikes out 13 and records an 85 GS
5/28 - Randy Johnson (NSD) strikes out 13 in 7 innings

5/30 - Nap Lajoie (KD) gets 5 hits
5/30 - Lady Baldwin (BDL) strikes out 12

6/1 - Greg Maddux (WPM) records an 85 GS

6/2 - Scott Stratton (GCG) records an 87 GS
6/2 - Cannonball Titocomb (P10) strikes out 12

Sim 4E Complete




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Standings Charts - Week 4





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Players of the Month

Following up on a solid April, Barry Bonds of the Island Creek Bivalves turned in a magnificent May leading the league in OBP, SLG, OPS, Runs Created, and RC/27. He was 1 off the pace for most home runs as well. His line: .280 / .485 / .634, 1.119 OPS with 10 HR, 23 R, and 25 RBI.





It should come as no surprise to learn Greg Maddux of the Willets Point "Mechanics" is the ATB Pitcher of the month for May. Maddux, winner of both the Sim 1 and Sim 2 Pitcher of the Week award finished the month undefeated with 6 wins in 6 starts. His line: 50 IP, 37 H, 6 B, 37 K, 0.90 ERA, 1.64 RCERA, 1.49 CERA.

Sim 4D Complete


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All Time Great Team Competition Update

Through Season 28!
  • Manetheren has taken the lead from Lusitania (only .8 game lead per season average)
  • Pangea now has more WS titles than any other two teams combined!
Top 15 Teams:
1) 0 GB-Manetheren Red Eagles IX
2) 1 GB-Lusitania Death Speakers XII
3) 4 GB-DC Chips XII
4) 4 GB-DC Chips X
5) 4 GB-Pangea Tyrannosaurus Rex X
6) 6 GB-Franlin Lakes Pill Poppers VII
7) 7 GB-Dumai's Wells Oathbinders XII
8) 9 GB-La Chap au Sts Neanderthals XI
9) 9 GB-Sonoran Black Diamonds XII
10) 9 GB-Franklin Lake Pillpoppers VIII
11) 9 GB-Bellevue Freakin' Franch XI
12) 11 GB-Dyersville Black Sox IX
13) 12 GB-Malkier Golden Cranes X
14) 12 GB-CosaNostra Deliverators IX
15) 12 GB-Hudson County Holy Rollers VIII

All the appropriate files are linked on the right.

ATB Value Historical Charts

Each week (hopefully) I plan on posting charts on a few players, graphing their ATB Value Scores as the year progresses.



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sim 4C Complete




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Now This is Something You Don't See Everyday

Randy Johnson at Third Base! Here's how it happened.

To be fair, it took a perfect storm of a 17 inning game, 15 total batters used, and hit by pitch injury. Regardless, one does wonder if the Diamond Mind engine is programmed for things such as this.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the Newark Slam Dumps coughed it up in the 7th thanks to a Sammy Sosa 3-run bomb. And after trading single runs in the 8th and 9th, the Dumps headed to extra innings vs the Kakadu Didgeridoos.
  • At this point in the game, the Slam Dumps used just one extra batter, Roy Thomas, who pinch hit for Sheree Magee in the 8th for a favorable righty/lefty pitching matchup. This was a fine move, down a run late in the game Magee was just 3-16 versus righties while Thomas had a .393 OBP against them. Thomas flied out to right and stayed in the game to play center.
  • The next move set the stage for Johnson. Wade Boggs, an average defender, left the game in the 10th so that Ray Dandridge, an Ex defender could play third base.
  • The next inning things started to get a little funky as the DMB engine wreaked havoc on the bench. Will Clark was sent to the plate in favor of shortstop Robin Yount, but of course couldn't play the position forcing Cecil Travis to enter the game.
  • In the 12th it happened again. Mickey Cochrane, the only backup catcher by the way, pinch hit for second basemen Hardy Richardson. Cochrane can't play middle infield any more than Clark can, and so Red Schoendeinst was summoned to take the field.
  • In two innings, two simple pinch hit plays required 4 players. This is something I wouldn't have done myself, but on the other hand the manager has to figure the game is going to end soon and a bench won't be needed for much longer.
  • Of the two, Clark's move was more defensible as he entered the game with a man on second and two outs. A run there likely wins the game. Cochrane on the other hand entered the game to lead off an inning, a strange place to burn two players and remove some flexibility with your back-up catcher.
  • Things finally came to a head in the 14th. Dandridge as you may recall, entered the game purely because of his Ex defense. He proceeded to get plunked by a pitch in his second at bat and was forced out of the game due to injury.
  • The only player left on the Slam Dump bench as the poor fielding Gavvy Cravath, a Fr rated right fielder. Playing him at third base would likely have been a disaster. So, the DMB engine turned to the pitching staff and found the Avg/50 fielding Randy Johnson. The game of course has no idea Johnson is a lanky semi-coordinated stick figure of a giant, and thought he was the best option. Andy maybe he was, for 3 innings not a ball was hit to him.
In summary - Kudo's to DMB for avoiding Cravath, but they shouldn't have been in that position to begin with. Of course, Johnson pitched two days a later and was shelled early, leaving in the second in his worst outing of the season. Coincidence?

RSAA Update

Top 10 by position below, full list here.

Staring Pitcher
-27.0 - Maddux,Greg, 1995 (WPM)
-16.9 - Martinez,Pedro, 2000 (GCG)
-15.3 - Titcomb,Cannonball, 1888 (P10)
-14.6 - Braxton,Garland, 1928 (KD)
-13.8 - Bernhard,Bill, 1902 (NSD)
-12.1 - Conway,Pete, 1888 (HS)
-11.6 - Johnson,Randy, 2004 (NSD)
-11.2 - Roberts,Robin, 1952 (DB)
-10.2 - Siever,Ed, 1902 (BBB)
-8.3 - Brown,Kevin, 1996 (P10)

Closer
-8.3 - Neale,Joe, 1890 (DC)
-6.5 - Putz,J.J., 2007 (RKA)
-6.5 - Papelbon,Jonathan, 2006 (KD)
-4.5 - Betancourt,Rafael, 2007 (GCG)
-3.5 - Eckersley,Dennis, 1990 (LM)
-2.8 - Benoit,Joaquin, 2010 (WPM)
-2.5 - Bailey,Andrew, 2009 (OFB)
-2.4 - Murphy,Rob, 1986 (NSD)
-2.2 - Zimmerman,Jeff, 1999 (BDL)
-2.0 - Mesa,Jose, 1995 (NO)

Relief Pitcher
-7.1 - Rivera,Mariano, 2008 (DC)
-6.2 - Sanders,Ken, 1970 (BBB)
-5.6 - Cormier,Rheal, 2003 (RKA)
-5.5 - Sutter,Bruce, 1977 (GCG)
-4.5 - Myers,Mike, 2000 (GCG)
-4.2 - Saito,Takashi, 2007 (RKA)
-4.0 - Galvin,Pud, 1875 (DC)
-3.8 - White,Gabe, 2000 (JMF)
-3.5 - Dorr,Bert, 1882 (BBB)
-3.5 - Gregerson,Luke, 2010 (JMF)

ATB Value Update

Top 5 by position below, full list here.

Catcher
0.331 - Carroll,Fred, HS
0.306 - Gibson,Josh, OFB
0.302 - Porter,Darrell, HH
0.300 - Cochrane,Mickey, NSD
0.292 - Campanella,Roy, KD

First Base
0.330 - Foxx,Jimmie, DB
0.312 - McGwire,Mark, TG
0.308 - Olerud,John, GCG
0.303 - Brouthers,Dan, BDL
0.302 - McCovey,Willie, OFB

Second Base
0.330 - Barnes,Ross, LM
0.327 - Hornsby,Rogers, TG
0.309 - Collins,Eddie, GCG
0.306 - Dunlap,Fred, RKA
0.286 - Cano,Robinson, WPM

Third Base
0.327 - Johnson,Howard, WPM
0.320 - Jones,Chipper, DC
0.317 - Lindstrom,Freddy, NO
0.303 - Rosen,Al, RKA
0.297 - McGraw,John, LM

Shortstop
0.329 - Jennings,Hughie, HS
0.309 - Wright,George, BBB
0.307 - Vaughan,Arky, WPM
0.302 - Boudreau,Lou, KD
0.295 - Nelson,Candy, BDL

Left Field
0.344 - Bonds,Barry, ICB
0.308 - Gonzalez,Luis, JMF
0.297 - Williams,Ted, HS
0.294 - Clarke,Fred, GCG
0.286 - Yastrzemski,Carl, P10

Center Field
0.328 - Mantle,Mickey, NSD
0.327 - DiMaggio,Joe, DB
0.323 - Pike,Lip, BBB
0.303 - Doby,Larry, DC
0.298 - Duffy,Hugh, NO

Right Field
0.339 - Maris,Roger, DB
0.337 - Ruth,Babe, OFB
0.335 - Herman,Babe, TG
0.331 - Hall,George, HS
0.316 - Smith,Reggie, BDL

Designated Hitter
0.312 - Giambi,Jason, BDL
0.297 - Murcer,Bobby, GCG
0.284 - Jackson,Reggie, BBB
0.267 - Martinez,Edgar, KD
0.257 - Belle,Albert, JMF

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sim 4B Complete

Power Alley Great 8

Once a week I'll publish this chart, tracking the history of the Top 8 Teams as determined by Power Alley standings.

All Stars Notes

Shotgun sent in these interesting tidbits on his 20-26 Rusty Kuntz Traveling All Stars squad....

In Sim 4A the All Stars starting rotation increased their win total by 50%. In 46 starts heading into Sim 4, their starters had won exactly four times. This makes their bullpen a stellar 14-5.

Elsewhere, their catcher Elston Howard is now the only player in the game without a walk (minimum 100 at bats). Howard is batting .400 so he's doing something right.

Whoa



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sim 4A Complete

























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Reviewing the New Players

(This was lost in the blogger outage)

As of the end of play today, we've completed approximately 25% of season. It's still too early to make definitive claims on the success of the new players, but at the same time, owners definitely have a feel for their potential return on investment.

For instance, the most intriguing pick on draft day was of course, Ross Barnes. The Londonderry Machine drafted the Ex fielding second basemen in the first round and he has excelled, batting .336 / .407 / .450 with 7 doubles and 5 triples.

Contrast this success story with that of the Bridgewater Brazen Beanballers. They jumped on starting pitching relatively early, relying on two 1800s pitchers Denny Driscoll and Candy Cummings. The two have combined for an awful line: 30 IP, 50 H, 18 BB, 11 K, 9.50 ERA.

Incredibly the Beanballers drafted 13 new players this season and most of them are panning out. 3rd rounder Mike Schmidt now has a .335 OBP and 9 HR and they've received tremendous value from their 12th and 13th round picks, Lipe Pike and George Wright. Pike is batting .353 / .384 / .453 and Wright .336 / .354 / .500. Or how about Henry Gruber, a 21st round selection installed as their 4th starter - he's appeared in 8 games, 4 of them starts, and compiled a great 3.23 ERA.

The Hathsin Survivors have also been very lucky, receiving great return on 5 players:

6th rd - Cal McVey - .333 / .365 / .423
7th rd - George Hall - .391 / .444 / .667
25th rd - Ed Swartwood - .322 / .375 / .475

and

9th Rd - Jim Devlin - 13 IP, 1.38 ERA
10th Rd - Goose Gossage - 29 IP, 3.10 ERA

Elsewhere, there have been a host of stellar pitchers:

0.57 ERA - Luke Gregerson (JMF), Rd 20
0.64 ERA - Mike Myers (GCG), Rd 23
1.08 ERA - Joaqin Benoit (WPM), Rd 13
1.42 ERA - Pud Galvin (DC), Rd 24
2.70 ERA - Henry Boyle (JMF), Rd 26
2.76 ERA - Steve Howe (GCG), Rd 15

Here's the complete list of results for all the new players.

Great Feats - 3D

(This was lost in the Blogger Outage)

5/16 - Willie Keeler (NO) records 5 hits.Link

Players of the Week - Wk 3

Mark McGwire of the Texas Gringo's is named Batter of the Week. McGwire powered the Gringo's with 8 HR and 19 RBI and put up a league leading Week 3 OPS of 1.225 (.456 OBP, .769 SLG).







For the second week in a row, Greg Maddux of Willets Point is named Pitcher of the Week. Maddux was even more impressive than last week, going 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 0.88 RCERA. He made 4 starts, lasting 25 innings and giving up just 20 hits and 2 walks while striking out 17.

The Good, the Great, and the Ugly - Week 3

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Power Alley - Week 3


+5 Planet 10
+4 Willets Point
+3 John McDonald

-5 Otherton
-4 Downsouth
-3 Rusty Kuntz

Standings Summary - Week 3

Sim 3E Complete

Blogger has experienced a 2-day outage. These were actually run Thursday as planned.





Thursday, May 12, 2011

% of Team's Total HR's

Just found this interesting - Frank Robinson has hit 53% of his team's home runs! Here is top 5.

53% - Frank Robinson (NSD) - 19 HR
38% - Bobby Murcer (GCG) - 3 HR
37% - Reggie Smith (BDL) - 10 HR
36% - Bret Boone (NO) - 4 HR
33% - Mark McGwire (TG) - 15 HR

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sim 3D Complete

(This was lost in the Blogger Outage)




League Reports

Total Number of Injuries by Team

Poor DC...

112 Days - DC
88 Days - LM
62 Days - BDL
58 Days - NO
41 Days - OFB
41 Days - JMF
39 Days - HS
38 Days - ICB
31 Days - KD
27 Days - TG
27 Days - NSD
17 Days - P10
17 Days - GCG
16 Days - DB
13 Days - BBB
7 Days - RKA
4 Days - WPM
0 Days - HH

Great Feats - 3D

5/16 - Willie Keeler (NO) records 5 hits.

Sim 3D Complete




League Reports

Standing Charts - Week 3

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