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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Let's start before the break. The 2004 M's are going to be mathematically under .500 at the break around the middle of May at their current pace.


Friday, April 23, 2004

Don't sweat it Mike. I am grateful for the work you put in on this league. We had some great discussions, learned a lot, and were entertained through the spring-training and early-season doldrums. All in all, a great success. If the M's are under .500 at the break, let's do it again.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Ugh. I almost made it through two different sim leagues without screwing something up! It all started with me being lazy and letting the program schedule the world series games for me. Of course it did not know anything about the regular season and I missed that it gave 116'ers home field. I played the first three games before I noticed and Sodo won 2 out of 3. I then noticed it and I really thought hard about just letting it go, but 116'er have a slightly better road record. I never posted these games and I decided to fix it. I just deleted the other scheduled games, scheduled some new ones on top and let it rip. Again Sodo was up 2 - 1 and I posted the results. Obviously I did not look at the box scores as both John and Kevin let me know that they were a mess. All the starters immediately were removed from the games. Of course this is because the silly computer assumed I was playing a second game on each day and the starter had already pitched! Ugh!

So, the answer here is to pretend these games never happened. I have rescheduled the World Series games for one week later with the same starting rotation. The results are now posted...and AGAIN Sodo is up 2-1...I guess it was meant to be. No stats though as I can't separate these games from the bogus ones.

Sorry about the mess. We'll finish up the league this week, just in time for the M's to start playing good baseball!

Monday, April 19, 2004

As surprised as I am to even BE in the World Series, in game one it looks like my virtual manager pulled Hudson after just one inning to put in Plesac. Plesac. That's a wacky move, even for the playoffs.

I'm due for a long ball very soon. Pujols won't stay hidden forever.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Sodo Oh No closes out their series with Mariner Musings with a ninth inning, 3 run shot, off the bat of Mr. MIA for the entire season, Jason Giambi. Neither starting pitcher made it far in the contest. Schilling was knocked out after 3.1 innings, giving up 7 runs, Wells got the hook after giving up the same number of runs in 4.1 innings.

Then it was a battle of bullpen attrition. Sodo went through 5 relievers and Musings 4. Pitch totals for the game were 170 and 163 collectively. With 4 errors and 13 free passes this game is certainly never going to be called a classic matchup.

In the other series the 116ers closed out Mariner Optimist with a 10-2 pasting, thus winning their series 4 games to 2. Onesixteeners went yard 5 times including 2 Sosa bombs.

Onesixteeners vs. Sodo Ohno in the fall classic. Games commence on Monday....

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

The best pitching staff in the regular season (by runs against, at least) is giving up 6 or more runs in every game in the playoffs and finds themselves down 3-1. Got em right where we want em!

Kent and Edmunds combine to lead Sodo to another 1 run victory. The winning run scores in the top of the 9th when Edmonds doubles home Kent who had walked. Tight pitching duel between Mulder and Contreras.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Mariner Musings scores in the 14th inning on a wild pitch to win pivotal game 3.

I'm back and the playoffs have started.

Enjoy...it's more fun than the M's right now.


Monday, April 12, 2004

Playoffs, anyone?

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Mariner Optimist: "No one is going to win 20 games, but Mariners Weekly's Carlos Zambrano may LOSE 20. Its not too late to pull him out of the rotation!"

Never! My season is so far gone, I'll just shoot for the dubious record of most losses in a season by one pitcher.

For the sheer sake of rubbing it in...

Musings and San Shin enter the final game of the season tied. Winner goes to the playoffs. Loser... well, loses.

Mark Mulder does not bring his A-game and the Musings fall back 8-0 after just 4 innings.

But Larry Walker and Gary Sheffield crank home runs in a 5-run fifth inning for the Musings. 8-5 San Shin.

Steve Reed comes in to pitch the seventh for MM and promptly gives up a walk, a single, a walk and a balk. 9-5 SS with three frames to play.

Bottom of the seventh. Chris Capuano on the mound for SS. He retires Gary Sheffiedl on a liner to second. Frank Thomas singles. SS pulls the plug on Capuano and brings in Tim Spooneybarger who pops Bret Boone up to left. Two out. J.D. Drew comes to the plate. Two-run home run. 9-7 San Shin.

Top of the eighth. Mariano Rivera enters the game to face the demon-bats of San Shin's Murderer's Row. Melvin Mora grounds weakly to first. Edgar Martinez draws a walk. Barry Bonds flies out to center. Two out. Mike Lowell singles, and Edgar hustles to second. Rivera blows his magic cutters by Magglio Ordonez for the strikeout. Still 9-7 San Shin.

Bottom of the eighth. B.J. Ryan replaces Spooneybarger. He gets Jose Reyes to ground to second but walks the heavyweight Brad Ausmus. (What's the manager thinking?! Mike Lieberthal's sittin' on the bench, for crying out loud!) SS pulls Ryan and brings in closer Matt Mantei to finish off the Musings. Larry Walker flies out to center. Wildness still plagues The Shin as Eric Chavez draws another walk and Ausmus advances to second. Next up: Gary Sheffield, who's 1-3 on the evening with a walk and solo homer. He doubles to left. Ausmus blazes around third and scores. 9-8. Chavez is right behind him, the tying run. Here comes the throw from Bonds. Mora takes the cutoff. Here comes Chavez around third. Mora turns a seamless relay, firing home. Chavez is out at the plate to end the inning! 9-8 San Shin.

Top of the ninth. Rivera K's Andres Galarraga. Fonzy Soriano lines out to first. Jason Phillips singles, and it's back to the top of Shin's killer lineup. Carlos Beltran follows with another single, as the Shin look for an insurance run. But Rivera retires Mora on a fly to right. 9-8 San Shin.

Bottom of the ninth. Big Hurt Thomas leads off and coaxes a walk from the still-wild Mantei. Tony Graffanino comes in to pinch run. Boone pops out to the shortstop. One down. Mantei just can't seem to find the plate as J.D. Drew, who homered in his last at bat, draws yet another base on balls. Up strolls Vernon Wells with two on and one out. A drive to the gap could score both runners, win the game and send Musings to the playoffs. Wells has also grounded into more double plays than any other hitter in the Musings lineup. You can't script drama like this.

Mantei paces around the mound. He takes off his cap and wipes the sweat from his brow. He's not looking too confident. Wells taps the dirt from his cleats as he gets the signs. He digs into the batter's box and sucks in a deep breath. The runners take their leads.

Here's the pitch from Mantei. Wells swings and drives it deep... deep to left center. Bonds and Beltran give chase... and watch the ball sail over the fence! The Musings are going to the playoffs! The Musings are going to the playoffs! Vernon Wells has just blasted a dramatic walk-off three-run homer, and the Musings send the Shin home 11-9. The Musings overcome an early 8-run deficit to win the most important game of the season!

My, oh my!

(God, I'm getting desparate for real baseball.)

Friday, April 02, 2004

Well, that's why I'm not doing a playoff - there is no way a team would want to burn a starter just to determine seedings...in real life anyway :-)

If we do a one-game playoff, make Shawn Chacon my starter for the playoff.

In either case, move Chacon out of my playoff rotation - Armas, Pineiro, Williams, Dubose will be my rotation for the first round. Chacon moves into the relief roles, 1st in a blowout and 3rd in long relief roles.

Congrats to Sodo Oh No - league co-champion!

What?!?!?! What is this football? Where's my one-game playoff for the division title?

I shouldn't gripe, since I have done well against the Onesixteeners, but I figure if you're going to custom setup the playoffs, you should be able to setup a custom one-game playoff for the league title.

Sets up an interesting decision as far as setting up rotation as well. We'd both have to burn a starter to do it.

Ouch.

It's fitting, though, that I lose yet another one-run game to prevent a tie with Mariner Musings.

Good luck in the playoffs, everyone!

Not only that but the Optimist scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th, in the last game of the season to scramble into that 1st place tie. Optimist leads the league in run differential. I'll be mailing out the ballots for MVP, Cy Young, 10th player and executive of the year early next week.

It's over! And what a finish. Sodo slumps their way to a first place tie with the Optimist. And tough break to San Shin, the team with the second best run differential misses the playoffs. That must feel great to have your team match the M's performance over the last two years. Congratulations to the playoff teams and thanks everyone for playing!

So I didn't cover ties for teams that made the playoffs at the start but the obvious thing to do is use head-to-head record for the seeding. Sodo was 10-8 against the Optimist so we will be the #1 seed (BTW, that puts us against Musings in the first round, the only team we have a losing record against, 7-11). So the playoff series will be Sodo Oh No vs Mariner Musings and Mariner Optimists vs. Onesixteeners.

Now the bad news...I'm on vacation next week and probably will not have internet access :-(

I'll get the playoffs going right when I get back. I will be assuming a four man rotation. If you want to do something different let me know through email. I'll play the first three games of each series Monday and then play them one game per day to let the tension mount.

Thanks again to everyone for playing.

That's really been the difference between a good staff and a bad one in this league. Walks and home runs allowed. Most of the teams are allowing almost 1 hit per inning pitched. Sodo's doing great in walks allowed, K's and home runs allowed. Electric "stuff" is great in a pitcher but if you can't find the plate with it you're doomed.

BTW - The Sodo brain trust was discussing tanking the rest of the season to end up a 2nd seed to avoid playing San Shin. His team scares the heck out of us. I don't care if we do sport an 11-7 record against him in the regular season. We're not incredibly confident that our starting pitching can stand up to his slugging in the playoffs.

In still other interesting statistical news, San Shin has the top (bottom?) two pitchers in BOTH the home runs allowed and triples allowed category.

San Shin: doing wonders for your slugging percentage! [thumbs up]

Thursday, April 01, 2004

In other interesting news... Jim Edmonds leads Javy Lopez 61-60 in the home run race. Javy Lopez looks like he will lead the league in RBI and has 164(!) now (maybe Baltimore is really smart with their idea of platooning Lopez & Pudge) - its worked great for me. Curt Schilling has the top ERA in the league by more than half a run.

No one is going to win 20 games, but Mariners Weekly's Carlos Zambrano may LOSE 20. Its not too late to pull him out of the rotation!

Holy Cow! The Optimist is now just 3 games back of Sodo Oh No with 6 games to play. And a 4 games series looms. Now, if we can just manage to avoid that Schilling fella...

Even more importantly, The Safe is only one game back of MarinersWeekly and has 3 games against said team in which to battle it out for last place. Now that my team is improving I bet you guys are glad this season isn't 300+ games. Uh-huh.

Wow, how exciting a finish is this going to be?

With five games left to play for both teams, San Shin and Mariner Musings battle it out for the final playoff spot. Before the season-ending three-game series between the two teams, each has a two-game affair with a playoff-bound squad -- the Shin vs. the Optimist, and Musings vs. Onesixteeners.

I have a feeling this will come down to the last game of the season. And the winner gets a first-round date with top-seeded Sodo Oh No.

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