Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sim 9A Complete - Two win streaks continue

We are behind 1 day - so this weeks schedule

9a - Monday night
9b - Tuesday night
9c - Wednesday morning
9d - Wednesday night
9e - Thursday night

13 in a row for Hockenberry; 7 in a row for Camorr

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Week 9 Transactions

  • Helena signs Jim Turner 1937, drops Fred Toney
  • Shamokin signs Travis Hafner 2006, Stan Spence 1944, and Kevin Saucier 1981; drops Earl Averill, Willie Randolph, Randy Tomlin
  • Appalachian signs Dave McNally 1968, drops Jimmy Rollins

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sim 8C Complete

State of the National League

Yesterday, we briefly explored the American League playoff picture, today we focus on the National League where the divisional races are heating up.

Starting in the East with are immediately faced with a conundrum.  Just about all season long the Jeff City Blausers have led the division despite sporting a negative run differential.  Over the course of a few weeks it means nothing, in late July however, it does make you pause.  Can this squad really keep it up despite being outscored?  Well, they've lost 4 in a row and coupled with a 4 game win streak from Chatanooga, the Blausers now lead by just 3.5 games.   They're just 4-8 against Chatanooga with 10 left to play.

The Central is race between what may feature the two best teams in baseball.  The defensive powerhouse Manhunters cling to a 1.5 game lead over the Pinata Beaters, and the two have been separated by only a few games all year long.  Martian sports the most wins in ATB, despite scoring 2.8 runs per game, a remarkable achievement if you stop and think about that.  Spanish Harlem is 2nd in the league in wins and 1st in Run Differential and have a very slight advantage head to head, winning 8 of 15.   This race is too close to call, but the loser looks to be the Wild Card winner - Spanish Harlem currently holds an 11 game advantage.

Finally in the West, Capetown and Grumman are neck and neck, struggling to stay above .500 while punishing each other at the same time (they've split 12 games to date).  Waiting in the wings is Lakeview, currently 4.5 back with a poor -60 run differential.  While they are not out of the race completely, one must figure they are an extreme long shot.  Cape Town may be the most interesting team in ATB, struggling to find wins despite a +90 RD.  Their actual record vs Pythagorean record is historically bad - an incredible -10.  I went back several years and this is the worst mark in recent history.  It is strange - despite the best offense in the National League, they are just 1-40 when trailing as of the 7th; they are also 12-20 in 1 run games.

The NL race for the playoffs is one of division title or bust.  Compared to the AL, fewer teams are in the hunt, but you could argue a lot more is at stake in the NL East and West.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sim 8B Complete

State of the American League

The AL is experiencing a very interesting season, one in which the top 2/3s of the league is simply beating up on the bottom one third.  8 teams are above .500, and the 'worst' of those eight has a very good winning percentage of .531, which would be good enough for 86 wins over 162 games.

Three teams are taking a drubbing, with the Hillbillies and Cyclones on track for 100 loss seasons, and the Brews on track for a 108 loss season.  It leaves one team in no man's land - Helena - 7 games below .500 and and 8.5 games out of the Wild Card

Overall, each one of those 8 teams I mentioned are within two games of a playoff slot, the race for which promises to deliver a great stretch run.

Who has the edge?
In the East it appears the Gentleman Bastards  will win the division comfortably.  Seattle is sticking around, 7 games a back, but have put very little pressure on the Bastards all season long.   The Bastards have the better run differential and even though they have 7 head to head games remaining, lets give Camorr the division for the sake of argument.

The Central is entirely up for grabs.  St. Paul had a 6 game lead at one point recently, but have now dropped 5 in a row, giving South Boston and New Amsterdam a chance to get back in the race.  They are 1 and 2 games back respectively.  On paper, South Boston is the team to beat - sitting at +76, the best run differential in the league, and have a very well balanced attack.  Despite a pen with great names - Dennis Eckersley, Cla Meredith, BJ Ryan - they are just 3-11 in contests tied in the 7th.  Even an average showing here would have them leading the division.

The West is currently led by Hockenberry, who are clinging to a 4.5 game lead over Port Hawkesberry.  Again using run differential, the Scholics are the better team but that is just part of the story.  They've lost 5 of 9 against the Puffins, and have 13 head to head games left to play.  Give Hockenberry the edge for now, but this division is up for grabs.

That leaves us with the 5 Wild Card contenders.  Below is the standings as of the sims of Sunday night:

GB* W-L   Team
0.0 53-43 St Paul Doppelgangers
0.0 54-44 Seatle Pilots
2.0 50-44 Port Hawkesberry Puffins
2.0 52-46 Fort Worth Hunters
2.0 52-46 New Amsterdam Highlanders
* Not official, remember, we have a current division leader in this list.

Should be a very exciting 2nd half of the season.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sim 8A Complete

Brouthers Heads to Shamokin in 4 Player Deal

To Shamokin:
Dan Brouthers: Av/91,  .252 / .344 / .381, 4 HR, 39 R, 48 RBI, 341 AB
Ben Sheets: 2-4, 3.91, 50.2 IP, 51 H, 12 BB, 44 K

To Appalachian
Bill Terry: Ex/110, .266 / .295 / .383, 7 HR, 32 R, 59 RBI, 376 AB
Don Newcombe: 2-2, 2.49 ERA, 61 IP, 47 H, 19 BB, 19 K

Handbasket, Hunters Swap Beltre and Ott

Helena receives Mel Ott
(Fr/88 D, .223 / .304 / .423, 727 OPS, 15 HR, 39 R, 46 RBI, 260 AB)

Fort Worth receives Adrian Beltre
(Vg/46 D, .193 / .294 / .331, 565 OPS, 13 HR, 25 R, 39 RBI, 332 AB)

Week 8 Transactions

  • Miners pick up Harry Brecheen 1948, drop Dave McNally
  • Puffins pick up Russ Pythias 1927, drop Roger Bresnahan; Release Norman Yokely
  • Blausers pick up Jake Peavy 2007 and 2014 Aroldis Chapman; drop Travis Hafner and Dallas Keuchel

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sim 7D Complete

Playoff Picture:  9 AL Teams, 6 NL Teams

Monday, March 14, 2016

NL Takes the All Star Series!

It's as close as one can get in a 5 game series, with the NL winning 3 games to 2.  Both team scored 25 runs in the 5 game set.

Game 1 - HR's by Gibson, Mantle, and Lajoie, power to NL 8-4 win.
Game 2 - AL storms back behind Arrieta, win 5-3.
Game 3 - Mantle 10th inning HR gives NL series lead with 7-6 victory.
Game 4 - Potter, Gehrig team upu for 7-2 blow out, forces game 5.
Game 5 - Maddux shuts down AL, 5-3.  NL secures  home field advantage for World Series.

Sim 7B Complete

Just 1 game tonight due to the All Star Break

Saturday, March 12, 2016

National League All Star Rotation

SP 1 - Bucky Walters (Martian)
SP 2 - JGreg Maddux (Tatooine)
SP 3 - Kevin Millwood (Cape Town)
SP 4 - Noodles Hahn (Planet 10)
SP 5 - Jimmy Key (Spanish Harlem)

Tug McGraw (Martian)
Armando Benetiz (Jeff City)

Steve Kline (Tatooine)
Michael Pineda (Spanish Harlem)
Buddy Groom (Martian)

American League All Start Rotation

SP 1 - Walter Johnson (Appalachian)
SP 2 - Jake Arrieta (Hockenberry)
SP 3 - David Cone (Appalachian)
SP 4 - Nels Potter (New Amsterdam)
SP 5 - Bill Bernhard (Seattle)

Tim Burke (Helena)
Tom Gordon (Seattle)

Joe Nathan (Port Hawkesberry)
Jeff Zimmerman (Fort Worth)
Scot Atchison (St. Paul)

Friday, March 11, 2016

National League All Star Lineup

1. John McGraw, 3B (Jeff City)
2. Norm Cash, 1B (Planet 10)
3. Barry Bonds, LF (Cape Town)
4. Jimmie Foxx, DH (Chatanooga)
5. Bryce Harper, RF (Spanish Harlem)
6. Mike Trout, CF (Cape Town)
7. Josh Gibson, C (Grumman)
8. Nap Lajoie, 2B (Spanish Harlem)
9. Honus Wagner, SS (Martian)

Back Up Outfielders
Mickey Mantle (Lakeview)
Joe Jackson (Spanish Harlem)
Heavy Johnson (Fox City)

Back Up Infielders
Ben Taylor (Tatooine)
King Kelly (Lakeview)
Pop Lloyd (Cape Town)

American League All Star Lineup

1 - Fred Dunlap, 2B (Port Hawkesberry)
2 - Deacon White, 2B (Port Hawkesberry)
3 - Lou Gehrig, 1B (South Boston)
4 - Babe Ruth, LF (New Amsterdam)
5 - Oscar Charleston, CF (Fort Worth)
6 - Babe Herman, RF (Brooklyn)
7 - George Hall, DH (New Amsterdam)
8 - Eddie Mathews, 3B (Fort Worth)
9 - George Carr, SS (Port Hawkesberry)

OF Bench
Orator Shaffer, Camorr
Frank Robinson, Downsouth

IF Bench
Mark McGwire, Downsouth
Ross Barnes, Hockenberry
Willie McCovey, Helena
Rick Wilkens, Forth Worth

Week 7 Transactions

  • Brews pick up Mel Stottlemeyer 1965, drop Hal Schumacher
  • Hillbillies pick up Corey Kluber 2014 and Joe Sambito 1980, drop Harry Brecheen and Ron Reed
  • Solo Artists pick up Chili Davis 1984 and Preacher Roe 1948, drop Aroldish Chapman and Carl Crawford
  • Handbasket pick up Bobby Veach 1919, Herman Long 1894, and Dutch Leonard 1914; release Milton Bradley, Dick Lundy, and Cliff Melton
  • Miners pick up Jimmy Ryan 1888, DL Cal McVey

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sim 6E Complete

Miners, Lakers announce 4 player deal

To Shamokin
Fernando Rodney (1.46 ERA, 37 IP, 32 G(
Scott Stratton (3-3, 3.53 ERA, 58 IP, 5 GS)

To Lakeview
Chris Sale (7-5, 2.70 ERA, 17 GS)
Joe Berry (4.24 ERA, 34 IP)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sim 6D Complete

Tudor traded for Sheffield

Lakeview parts with Gary Sheffield (.735 OPS in 200 AB) and receives John Tudor (4-10, 4.58 ERA, 17 GS) in return

Friday, March 4, 2016

Week 6 Free Agent Transactions

  • Helena picks up Fred Toney 1915, release Chet Brewer
  • Tatooine picks up Herb Score, release 1956 Corey Kluber
  • Lakeview picks up Terry Pendleton 1991, drops Frank Chance
  • Lakeview picks up Rico Petrocelli 1969, drops Herman Long
  • Hockenberry  picks up Tom Williams 1916, drops Joe Sambito
  • Port Hawkesberry picks up Orel Hershiser 1988, places Norman Yokely on the DL

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sim 5C Complete

Tatooine & Appalachian Announce 6 Player Deal

To Tatooine
Addie Joss:  2-8, 3.95 ERA, 93 IP, 91 H, 22 BB, 37 K
Harry Stovey: .273 / .330 / .421, 8 2B, 8 3B, 1 HR, 23 R, 15 RBI
Roger Maris:  .081 in 68 AB

To Appalachian
Ben Sheets: 1-6, 3.64 ERA, 72 IP, 70 H, 17 BB, 44 K
Cecil Cooper:  .252 / .288 / .321, 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 12 R, 13 RBI
Cool Papa Bell:  .182 in 44 AB