Saturday, March 30, 2013

Power Alley - Week 8



+8 Carlisle "Mechanics"
+3 Leesburg Snowhole

-3 DC Chips
-5 North Valley Bears
-3 Lancaster Pretty Ladies
-5 Colorado Green Sox

Friday, March 29, 2013

Players of the Week - Sim 8


Rogers Hornsby (Detroit Tigers)
.389 / .459 / .759, 1.218 OPS, 19.9 RC, 5 HR, 10 R, 13 RBI




Red Ryan (Carlisle "Mechanics")
3-0, 0.00 ERA, 19 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.58 WHIP, 0.79 RCERA

Week 9 Transactions

1) Blackbirds DL Bill Swift, add Don Sutton 1972
2) Green Sox drop Steve Sax, Add Dustin Pedroia 2008
3) Helena drop Lady Baldwin, add David Price 2012
4) Pandas drop Jake Peavy, PU Noodles Hahn 1904
5) Fishbiscuits DL Ezra Sutton, PU Ray Dandridge 1941
6) Blackbirds DL Van Mungo, add Stan Coveleski 1920
7) Green Sox drop Rawley Eastwick, Add Joe Magrane 1988
8) Helena Drop Rod Carew, add Jack Fournier 1925
9) Blackbirds DL Nels Potter, add Dan Wheeler 2009
10) Helena drop Ken Boyer, sign Eddie Yost 1959
11) Helena drop Miguel Montero, sign Johnny Bassler 1924
11) Helena drop Nellie Fox, sign Newt Allen 1929

Standings Summary - Week 8


The American League team of the week is once again the Sparta Hoplites.  I tried to make a case for the 11-4 Carlisle "Mechanics" but Sparta simply had a better week, outscoring their opponents by 43 runs (76 RF, 33 RA) wich more than doubled Carlisle's run differential.  

The Hoplites are firing on all cylinders.  Their offense was good in Week 8 (.272 / .352 / .406) but it was their pitching that made them team of the week.  Incredibly, just one pitcher - Jerry Reuss - had an ERA over 2.75 and his was well below the league average anyway.  It's worth a list:

0.00 ERA - Eric Gagne (9 IP)
0.00 ERA - Andrew Bailey (1 IP)
1.59 ERA - Bobby Jenks (5.2 IP, and finally gave up a run!)
1.64 ERA - Greg Maddux (22 IP)
1.80 ERA - Warren Hacker (25 IP)
2.14 ERA - Kevin Brown (21 IP)
2.25 ERA - Kevin Saucier (4 IP)
2.45 ERA - Steve Howe (7.1 IP)
2.74 ERA - Frank Sullivan (23 IP)
3.46 ERA - Jerry Reuss (13 IP)

There were four offensive stars this week as well.  Orator Shaffer hit .390 / .439 / .542, Chipper Jones had a .460 OBP, Rico Petrocelli smacked 5 home runs, and Edgar Martinez continued a quietly great season batting .339 / 397 / .464.

En route to their 11-3 record, the Hoplites swept the Green Sox, took 2 of 3 from the Fanclub, and 4 of 5 from the All Stars.  They also split a 2 game series with the Beau Brummels and had sole victory over the Brews.  Only once did they yield more than 4 runs.




Over in the National League, Spanish Harlem continued the torture on owner Justin P.  A great team despite being prone to extended winning and losing streaks, the Pinata Beaters opened up a 9 game lead on the division thanks to a stellar 12-2 sim.

The opened the week with a 7 game winning streak, sweeping the Bears and Panda's after concluding rubber match with the Biscuits with a victory.  After losing two in a row at the hands of the streaking Miners, they kicked off an in progress 5 game winning streak salvaging the last game against the Miners then taking two each from the Pretty Ladies and the Bears.

It's bad news for the league that the struggling Jesse Tannehill turned his season around this week.  In three starts he went undefeated, completing two games, and gave up just 11 hits in 25 innings.  John Tudor and Harvey Haddix were stellar too, combining to give up just 9 runs in 6 starts.

Oscar Charleston must be battling the flu as the star center fielder batting just .340 / .476 / .500.  Not too worry as the team's infielders filled the roles of superstar.  Cupid Childs batted .426 / .446 / .648, John Olerud led the team in RBI and Wade Boggs had a .932 OPS.



Wild Card Standings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sim 8E Complete


Stater and Reliever ERAs


STARTERS
3.28 - Fishbiscuits (706 IP)
3.60 - Hoplites (700 IP)
3.68 - Shadows (701 IP)
3.79 - Pinata Beaters (690 IP)
3.87 - Red Eagles (663 IP)
3.92 - Bears (662 IP)
3.92 - Wildlings (665 IP)
3.97 - Beau Brummels (680 IP)
4.06 - Miners (661 IP)
4.07 - Snowhole (650 IP)
4.22 - Tigers (648 IP)
4.34 - Fanclub (573 IP)
4.40 - Chips (610 IP)
4.42 - "Mechanics" (584 IP)
4.52 - Traveling All S (611 IP)
4.59 - Red Lectrods (613 IP)
4.70 - Burnt Ends (600 IP)
4.90 - Green Sox (645 IP)
4.95 - Four (587 IP)
5.11 - Pretty Ladies (638 IP)
5.22 - Pandas (593 IP)
5.28 - Blackbirds (570 IP)
5.35 - Brews (599 IP)
5.48 - Handbasket (571 IP)

RELIEVERS

2.15 - Hoplites (280 IP)
2.54 - Wildlings (329 IP)
2.57 - Shadows (252 IP)
2.70 - "Mechanics" (364 IP)
2.72 - Fanclub (371 IP)
3.13 - Pandas (362 IP)
3.15 - Red Eagles (323 IP)
3.25 - Chips (352 IP)
3.26 - Pinata Beaters (276 IP)
3.39 - Miners (305 IP)
3.51 - Fishbiscuits (234 IP)
3.66 - Traveling All S (337 IP)
3.72 - Blackbirds (343 IP)
3.82 - Four (365 IP)
3.83 - Bears (298 IP)
3.90 - Pretty Ladies (337 IP)
4.10 - Beau Brummels (275 IP)
4.10 - Burnt Ends (338 IP)
4.24 - Handbasket (363 IP)
4.30 - Red Lectrods (335 IP)
4.33 - Snowhole (285 IP)
4.65 - Brews (337 IP)
4.84 - Green Sox (307 IP)
5.10 - Tigers (281 IP)


ATB Value - Week 8

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/ATB_Value.xlsx

Average wOBA by Position
.299 - C
.299 - SS
.313 - 3B
.315 - 2B
.317 - RF
.318 - LF
.324 - CF
.325 - 1B
.330 - DH






RSAA - Week 8

http://www.alltimebaseballsim.net/RSAA.xlsx

4.37 - Average Starter ERA
3.62 - Average Reliever ERA


 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blackbird Bench Almost as Good as Oscar Charleston


Team Batting With 2-Out and RISP


0.827 OPS, 0.271 / 0.344 / 0.483 - Miners
0.826 OPS, 0.267 / 0.346 / 0.480 - Shadows
0.804 OPS, 0.275 / 0.335 / 0.469 - Brews
0.798 OPS, 0.288 / 0.357 / 0.441 - Handbasket
0.786 OPS, 0.285 / 0.385 / 0.401 - Pinata Beaters
0.772 OPS, 0.273 / 0.348 / 0.424 - Four
0.771 OPS, 0.282 / 0.360 / 0.411 - Red Eagles
0.770 OPS, 0.225 / 0.339 / 0.431 - Fanclub
0.769 OPS, 0.260 / 0.319 / 0.450 - Beau Brummels
0.764 OPS, 0.279 / 0.329 / 0.435 - Pandas
0.760 OPS, 0.262 / 0.320 / 0.440 - Snowhole
0.753 OPS, 0.260 / 0.343 / 0.410 - Green Sox
0.721 OPS, 0.256 / 0.346 / 0.374 - Fishbiscuits
0.714 OPS, 0.227 / 0.296 / 0.417 - Bears
0.703 OPS, 0.240 / 0.325 / 0.379 - Blackbirds
0.700 OPS, 0.250 / 0.353 / 0.347 - Hoplites
0.694 OPS, 0.249 / 0.330 / 0.364 - Wildlings
0.678 OPS, 0.219 / 0.288 / 0.391 - Traveling All S
0.674 OPS, 0.220 / 0.267 / 0.407 - Tigers
0.663 OPS, 0.226 / 0.308 / 0.355 - Burnt Ends
0.645 OPS, 0.212 / 0.286 / 0.360 - Pretty Ladies
0.625 OPS, 0.237 / 0.290 / 0.335 - "Mechanics"
0.618 OPS, 0.230 / 0.281 / 0.337 - Red Lectrods
0.610 OPS, 0.214 / 0.292 / 0.318 - Chips

Sim 8D Complete

Tough Day to Be in the NL West

The Great, the Good, and the Ugly - Week 8



Unsung Hero's of the Contenders

Great's like Oscar Charleston and Pedro Martinez are cornerstones of winning ball clubs but they can only get you so far.  A true contender needs successful role players as well, and here's some recognition to the little known hero's I spotted while perusing the league reports.

The definition of contenders was purposely kept strict to reduce the research (sorry!); the teams below are within 3 games of a Division or Wild Card Race

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Sparta Hoplites
Frank Sullivan, SP

On a staff with Greg Maddux and Kevin Brown, it's easy to forget the 3rd starter Frank Sullivan.  Drafted in the 16th round, Sullivan was hardly a critical player for owner Sean S but at the same time, as 3rd starter to begin the season Sullivan had an important role.  He's been great winning 8 of 13 with a 3.35 ERA.  Opponents have managed just 133 hits against him in 150 innings.

Manetheren Red Eagles
Norman Yokely, SP

Similar to Sullivan, Yokely was a mid round (16th) selection to be inserted into the back end of the rotation as 4th starter.  He's been much better than advertised, going 11-3 with a 3.42 RCERA (3.14 CERA).

John McDonald Fanclub
Ken Sanders, RP extraordinaire

Sanders has been used in multiple roles this season, and has settled in as the team's #1 Long Reliever and #1 setup man versus righties.  The 18th rounder has pitched in 96 innings, winning 8 of 10 with a 2.43 ERA.

Rusty Kuntz Traveling All Stars
Carlos Pena, 1B

It's difficult to maintain a high batting average when playing home games in the Baker Bowl (90 park factor for singles) so Pena has been forced to become a bit more one dimensional than he may have been accustomed too (when in Rome right?).  The 14th rounder is second on the team in RBI (57) and third in home runs (26) holding down the cleanup spot in the All Star lineup.

Carlisle "Mechanics"
Robin Roberts, SP

Nice run by the "Mechanics", after their poor start I was surprised to seem them just 2.5 games out of the playoffs. Roberts is the teams 4th starter, an especially important role when considering their 5th starter, John Smoltz, is really a closer playing out of position.*  Roberts has been great - 8-5, 3.04 ERA - extreme value for a 21st round draft pick.

* Several teams have tried this during the year with mostly poor success.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Brighton Shadows
Darren Daulton, C

Despite being drafted in the 19th Round, Daulton was intended to the Shadows starting catcher - their backup, Johnny Kling, was drafted in the 24th.  Daulton has been one of the best catchers in the league with 21 HR's in 251 at bats, his OBP is respectable at .329 while he slugs almost as much as 2nd rounder Josh Gibson

Spanish Harlem Pinata Beaters
Ed Siever, SP

Who needs role players when you have Oscar Charleston.  In truth, it seems Justin P is getting exactly what he needs out of just about every player on his roster - no major surprises for good or ill.  We'll give credit to 10th rounder and 4th starter Siever, whose 13-6 with a 2.94 ERA.

Shamokin Miners
Tommy Holmes, OF

.301 / .340 / .543 with 21 HR in 322 AB.  That is one heck of a line for an 11th rounder and Holmes has to be wondering what left he has to prove to become a full time player.

North Valley Bears
Ed Reulbach, SP

The Bears are in a bit of a spiral, hopefully not so bad that it leaves them out of the playoffs.  One of the key's to their rebound will be 5th starter Ed Reulbach.  The righty has performed very well this year (6-2, 3.50 ERA, 103 IP, 86 H) and NL West teams should expect owner TJ O to either bump him up in the rotation or at least make him start every 5 days.

Puerto Cabellas Pandas
Phil Cavaretta, 1B

This is my kind of unsung hero.  17th round first basemen who fights his way to the top of the lineup thanks to a .385 on base average.  He's on pace for 90+ runs, 25 doubles, and 15 triples.

There are dozens of other players, some on these same very teams, that all have been drafted late and are performing better than expectations.  Here's to their success, and here's to 1998 Scott Brosius!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sim 8B Complete

That's 9 in a row for North Valley who dipped into 2nd place tonight

Comish's Leaders - Week 8




Summary of Trade Results

Most Mutually Beneficial Trade - Catfish Hunter for Eddie Cicotte


Swapping Problems Didn't Solve Any Problems


A One Sided Disaster


Maybe the ex-Great is hiding an Injury?


A Potential One Sided Disaster, but Still Too Early To Know


Is a Top 10 2B worth an average 1B and an average Starting Pitcher?


Both Parties Grudgingly Satisfied, but Hoped for More


I am Sure One of These Will Turn it Around and it's not Neftali Feliz


Why Trade Only to Avoid Using?
Manny Dropped Outright, Gehringer Went to the AL Central



Tip O'Neill Goes Nuts in 8A

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3
12 of 13, not bad...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Power Alley - Week 7


+4 Rochester Beau Brummels
+2 The Wall Wildlings
+2 Leesburg Snowhole

-2 Downsouth Brews
-3 Puerto Cabellas Pandas

Friday, March 22, 2013

Standings Summary - Week 7

Sorry - no writeup this week

Wild Card Race

Wildlings Team of the Week


Snowhole Team of the Week



Players of Week - Sim 7


Babe Ruth (Colorado Green Sox)
.341 / .474 / .977, 1.451 OPS, 8 HR, 12 R, 11 RBI



Nip Winters (Leesburg Snowhole)
3 GS, 2-0, 1.08 ERA, 25 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 24 K

Week 8 Transactions


1) NFB claim Manny Ramirez 2000, drop Dustin Pedroia
2) CGS PU Rheal Cormier 2003, drops Bill Lee
3) PCP PU Andy Van Slyke 1992, drop Jacoby Ellsbury
4) SM PU Mike Caldwell 1978, drops Noodles Hahn
5) JMF PU Frank WIlliams 1986, drops Wes Westrum
6) SPB picks up Swartwood 1883, drops Hoyt
7) SH picks up Bob O'Farrell 1922, DL's Fred Carrol
8) NFB activates Duke Snider, drops Jack Fournier
9) JMF PU Greg Minton 1979, drops Darrel Evans
10) SPB PU Brian Downing 1979, DL King Kelly