Monday, February 29, 2016

Sim 5B Complete

Here come the Hunters - 6 in a row

Great Pick Off Move I had to Share

Manhunters and Piñata Beaters Promise Standout Race for NL West Title

The race NL Central title is a doozy, featuring the high octane offense of Justin P's Spanish Harlem Piñata Beaters vs the stingy pitching of Joel Q's Martian Manhunters.  The two squad's have the best records in the National League and, unfortunately for them, are pitted directly against each other this season.

We all know Justin – a stalwart ATB owner that currently ranks #1 overall in the All Time Power rankings.  His Beaters attack the baseball, and currently sit first overall in the National League with 266 runs scored.  Their high octane offense is led by rookie sensation, Bryce Harper, circa 2015.  While he's cooled off a bit lately, Harper has been worth the early round draft choice batting .299 / .401 / .480 and leads his team in Runs Batted In and Home Runs.  It is not a one man show however, as Nap Lajoie (.770 OPS), Joe Jackson (.821 OPS), Mike Piazza (.751 OPS), Cy Seymour (.866 OPS), and Derrek Lee (.872 OPS) are all having solid years.

We don't yet know Joel very well, but that is about to change. While an ATB rookie, Joel has many seasons of historical DMB simulations under his belt.  His Martian squad counters with a below average offense, but keep in mind they play in 1914 Forbes Field, and extreme pitchers park:  92/92, 92/92, 92/92, 20/20.  Given the park, Honus Wagner is having a season for the ages - .292 / .357 / .452 and leads the team in OPB, SLG, OPS, Doubles, Home Runs, Runs, and RBI.  The rest of the offense is struggling, batting .231 / .310 / .317 as a whole.

That hasn't slowed the Manhunters down though, as their pitching staff is excellent.  Their team ERA is under 2.00 and I have no idea who to give the most accolades to.  Is it Bucky Walters and his 1.77 ERA in 122 IP?  How about Buddy Groom and his 0.00 ERA in 25 IP?  Six total regulars (starters or relievers) have ERAs under 2.00.  Incredible.

It's been the year of the pitcher across the National League and the Beaters  ERA of 3.10 is only good enough for fourth in the league, and not too far off from the league average of 3.27.  The rotation is led by John Smoltz, and Justin made a great choice in the draft, selecting the starter from 1996, a year that has not been used since ATB 8.  It's paid off - the righty is 9-1 with a 2.23 ERA.  The rest of the rotation is solid with only Mike Caldwell struggling.

The Martians currently have a narrow 1 game lead, thanks in part to a 5-3 head to head record against the Beaters.  With the schedule unbalanced towards divisional rivalries, these two squads face off another 14 times, the winner of which will undoubtedly decide this race.

Pitching Leaders

Batting Leaders

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Standings Summary

Players of the Week

Willie McCovey (HEL): .294 / .379 / 1.059, 13 HR, 13 R, 21 RBI, 21.2 RC, 1,438 OPS

Jimmy Key (SPA): 3-0, 0.82 ERA, 22 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 14 K, 0.59 WHIP

Friday, February 26, 2016

Week 5 Transactions

  • Helena signs Dolph Camilli 1937 and Dick Lundy 1927, releases Tom Williams and Kevin Saucier
  • New Amsterdam signs Bert Dorr 1882, drops Josh Donaldson 2015
  • Hockenberry drops Rico Petrocelli, signs Joe Sambito 1980
  • Appalachian signs Jimmy Rollins, drops Pete Rose.

Helena and Hockenberry at it Again

Imcredibly, in two seperate trades, they two division rivals also swap catchers.  With the two teams seperated by just a handful of games, this is the ultimate challenge trade.  In fact, so was the first one earlier today.

To Helena
Darrell Porter: .161 / .217 / .232, in 56 AB

To Hockenberry
Johnny Bassler: .207 / .278 / .215 in 121 AB

Finaly, the craziness continues as both teams had a bit of change in heart - Omar Vizquel, traded minutes earlier, heads back to Hockenberry for reliever Tom Williams (11.2 IP, 0 ER).

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Helena and Hockenberry Swap OF'ers and SS

To Helena
Rocky Colavito - .293 / .356 / .512 in 41 AB
Omar Vizquel - .254 / .299 / .302 in 126 AB

To Hockenberry
Fred Lynn - .190 / .239 / .339 in 189 AB
Rico Petrocelli - .166 / .277 / .307 in 163 AB

Sim 4E Complete

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sim 4C Complete

Breaking News - Bagwell Out Almost 6 Weeks

The injury happened in the fourth against Boston - Pascual Perez plunked him with a fastball.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sim 4B Complete

Sim 4A Complete

Sorry for delay, my youngest was in the finals for a CYO basketball league - champions!!

Sim 4B will be run as scheduled tonight.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week 4 Transactions

I missed one team:

Helena picks up William Bell 1925, Chet Brewer 1928, and Joe Hoerner  1966, drops Roy Halladay, Frank Sullivan, Joe Sambito

  • Lakeview picks up Ugeth Urbina 1998, drops Billy Pierce
  • Tattoine picks up Corey Kluber 2014 and Carl Crawford 2010, drops Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins
  • Spanish Harlem picks up Tony Fernandez 1987 and Bobby Avila 1954, drops Juan Lagares and Paul Hines
  • Port Hawkesberry picks up Jose Valverde 2003, drops Sadie McMahon
  • New Amsterdam picks up Ray Dandridge 1941, drops Tanner Roark

Friday, February 19, 2016

Standings Summary

Players of the Week

Eddie Mathews (FW): .397 / .462 / .862, 1.324 OPS, 8 HR, 13 R, 19 RBI

Walter Johnson (APP): 3-0, 1.96 ERA, 23 IP, 13 H, 2 BB, 19 K, 1.30 RCERA

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sim 3D Complete

Tatooine / Spanish Harlem Trade

Tatooine sends Jesse Tannehill (4th Rd, 1-4, 3.91), Cy Seymor (5th Rd, .629 OPS, 125 PA) and Derek Lee (10th Rd, .582 OPS, 46 PA)

to Spanish Harlem for Ben Taylor (8th Rd, .868 OPS, 133 PA), George Gore (7th Rd, .769 OPS, 135 PA), and Cecil Travis (12th Rd, .796 OPS, 102 PA)

RSAA Update

I can't post the file until tonight, but here is the top 20.  Joe Nathan has yet to give up an ER.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Week 3 Transactions

Jeff City Blausers add Ken Sanders 1970 and Brad Lidge 2004, drop Fred Toney and Jim Turner

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sim 2C Complete

Sorry for lack of blog updates, work has been challenging.  Hopefully better next week!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sim 2B Complete

Players of the Week - Sim 1

(forgot to post)

Ken Williams (PH): .348 / .436 / .804, 7 HR, 10 R, 17 RBI, 15.1 RC/27

Dizzy Dean (GRU): 2-0, 3 GS, 24 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 19 K, 0.38 ERA

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kevin Mitchell Hit Chart

11 hits:  8 home runs, 1 double - he's slugging .800

Power Alley Week 1

For the new owners - this is simply a 60/40 split on Pythagorean/Actual Win Percentage projected over the rest of teh way.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Week 2 Transactions

  • Miners claim Willie Randolph 1980 and waive Augie Galan 1945
  • Solo Artists claim Jimmy Rollins 2007, release Marty Marion 1902
  • Zeros pick claim Frank Chance 1905, release Bill Bradley 1902

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sim 1D Complete: 9-0 for Camorr

Jinx not working...

Top of the Line New Players Start out Hot

John J of the Brooklyn Cyclones started a trend, taking 2015 Zach Grienke at the end of the 2nd round.  A few picks later, Lou P selected 2015 Jake Arrieta for his Hockenberry squad.  Not be outdone, Spanish Harlem jumped on 2015 Bryce Harper early in the 4th.

Each of these were high risk propositions, as players such as Addie Joss, Babe Adams, and Roger Clemens were still available to Brooklyn and Hockenberry, and Justin P had several established players available to him as well, such as Fred Carroll, Billy Hamilton, Benny Kauff, an Willie Stargell.

While much too early to draw any conclusions, each owner must be pleased with their selections. 

  • Harper has started all 7 games and has a .900 OPS, leading the Beaters in home runs and RBI
  • Greinke, while not able to record a win, has 2 Quality Starts, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched.
  • Arrieta has been even better, winning both starts and giving up just 2 earned runs and 9 hits over his 15 innings of work.  Opponents are batting .140 off of him.

On the other hand, Dizzy Dean has a 0.60 ERA and Rod Carew a .515 OBP - it is most definitely early!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Unlimited Lineups Canceled

I've been too wishy washy this year, I apologize!  A great email from a concerned included this this today:

I fear if I didn’t make “daily” changes , I could be at a disadvantage compared to owners who did make daily changes.
But, that’s what benches are for and how we drafted our teams (at least I did).
If I could make daily changes, I might have drafted more “situational” guys who would do well in certain parks, against certain pitchers, etc.
Instead, I drafted “versatile” guys who fit across broad spectrums.
I like the finite boundry of once a week and then let the CM take it from there.

I wasn't thinking along these lines, and unlimited changes is against the spirit of the league paramaters.  So - back to old way:

Lineups due 8 PM on Sunday's, and you can make substitutions in-week only to accomodate for injuries.

- 15 Days Simulated Per Week
* Sunday - Lineups and Free Agents Due 8 PM+ 3 Days Run
* Monday - Thursday - 3 Days Run per night
* FA Requests for the next week are due Fridays, 5 AM.
* Waiver process will be run by me on Friday.
* By Friday midnight I will let owners know if they got the players in question
* Cycle starts again, lineups due Sunday, 8 PM

Sim 1C Complete - Camorr Remains Undefeated