Thursday, June 14, 2012
20 Resims: #7 Ee-Yah Orators
20 seasons are automatically simulated and compiled. No lineup changes are allowed and injuries are turned off. Through a formula that considers Win-Loss record, Playoff Appearances, and Pythagorean Record the teams are ranked in order from worst to first.
Special thanks to Justin B who provided the formula and methodology behind the raw park OPS values, which provides a new way to interpret park factors.
Similar to the 8th ranked Brighton Shadows, Mike S’ Ee-Yah Orators were a team that showed hints of greatness but ultimately fell short of elite thanks to a few questionable draft picks.
The Orators featured many of the key elements all memorable teams draft. A great pitching staff? Check, see Pedro Martinez and reliever Rafael Betancourt. Superb defense? You bet with Hughie Jennings, Chase Utley, and Keith Hernandez taking the field every day few teams were better. Position scarcity? Covered – King Kelly and the aforementioned Jennings. What they needed, however, was a middle of the order type of player, and what they drafted was Larry Doby in the 4th round.
We can’t pin everything on Doby. Utley was anemic at the plate, 5th Rounder Josh Hamilton was a disappointment, and with those holes, carrying Jimmy Williams and Tommy Holmes in the lineup everyday became problematic as well. In a park that only slightly favored pitchers, six regulars (including 2 platoons) didn’t crack a .700 OPS.
Getting back to their lack of a middle of the order batter, here are the resim results for their round 4, 5, and 6 selections:
Doby: .247 / .325 / .345 in centerfield
Hamilton: .291 / .318 / .418 in left
Holmes: .267 / .310 / .287 in right
Playing the “what if” game again, how about Lip Pike (.754 OPS) in center field, Albert Belle (.869 OPS) in left, and Goose Goslin (.750 OPS) in right field. Each was available at the time the Orators drafted, and the difference is pronounced to say the least.
Overall however, this was still a very good team. The pitching was great thanks to Pedro and a quality bullpen (see below). The rotation was better than many expected, with Deacon Phillippe, David Cone, and Larry Dierker all measurably better than the average ATB starter.
Cap Anson was a great find (.373 OBP), even if drafted perhaps a bit early, and King Kelly is still a top flight catcher despite a pronounced dip in results (.308 / .383 / .362) vs. ATB Career line of .328 / .413 / .398).
The team won 7 division titles, was 5th in Run Differential, and made the playoffs 9 of 20 times. They are also our first team to win 100 games in any single re-sim season and sunk below 80 wins just twice.
800 OPS Batters:
Not one player was even close to .800 Remarkable for the 7th ranked team
Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Pedro Martinez: 2.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 20 W, 280 IP
Deacon Phillippe: 3.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
David Cone: 3.59 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Larry Dierker: 3.76 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Rafael Betancourt: 2.44 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 37 Saves
Greg Holland: 3.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 84 IP
Mike Myers: 2.61 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 61 IP
Jonathan Broxton: 3.14 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 45 IP
Best Value Draft Pick
Either Holland (24th) or Jim O’Rourke (again in the 24th) with a .706 OPS.
Bust Draft Pick
Rd 4: Larry Doby, who had an OBP close to .400 in the 79 resims.
Tally so Far
#24 - Downsouth Brews
#23 - Leesburg Snow
#22 – dogphin29
#21 – Team America World Police
#21 – Uncle Robbie’s Daffiness Boys
#19 – Indiana Black Sox
#18 – Haven Tommyknockers
#17 – Planet 10 Red Lectroids
#16 – North Podunk Banana Bears
#15 – Willets Point “Mechanics”
#14 – Saginaw Slammers
#13 – Helena Handbasket
#12 – Rusty Kuntz Traveling All Stars
#11 – Spanish Harlem Pinata Beaters
#10 – DC Chips
#9 – John McDonald Fanclub
#8 – Brighton Shadows
#7 – Ee-Yah Orators