Thursday, April 28, 2005
Can I get the Jesse Crain freakshow replaced with Troy Percival already, commish? I can't very well exert my Awesomeness if the league is colluding against me.
And Team Three True Outcomes? I like it. Note the 26 stolen base attempts, which is way below the average. I think I *will* sit back and wait for the three-run homer, thankyouverymuch.
I hereby nominate the Guam Guamaniacs as Team Gritty.
Look at this
Homeruns: 250 (2nd place Optimist has 204)
Walks: 722 (2nd place Oh No Metz has 602)
K's: 1199 (2nd place Bloomquist has 1187)
A team batting average of .257, but a slugging percentage of .474
I'll have to see how TTTC fared against Bobble Heads whose pitching staff leads the league in fewest walks and homers allowed.
Amazingly, playoff contender Western Sounders pitching has given up 20 more homers than any other team, but also leads the league with 20 complete games.
Sodo Mike's pitching staff is a debacle with a team ERA of 5.60 which is more than a half run worse than the second worst team. But that ain't all. They easily lead the league in unearned runs as well with 90, so that all told they have given up 15% more runs than the second worst team and almost 50% more than the best. Ouch.
Here are some calls for best/worst pitchers drafted:
23) Jason Schmidt, OPT - 2.73 ERA, 19-6, MBSBL Cy Young Favorite
92) Rich Harden, CRI - 3.59 ERA, 13-7
118) Bobby Madritsch, OPT - 4.05 ERA, 16-5
164) Trevor Hoffman, WES, 18 of 20 saves.
189) Braden Looper, CRI, 22 of 25 saves.
190) Wilson Alvarez, MET - 3.85 ERA, 10-7
197) David Bush, AWE - 4.07 ERA, 17-5
34) Oliver Perez, OPT - 6.90 ERA, 3-4 before being cut. Whoops.
40) Bartolo Colon, GUA - 5.60 ERA, 7-16.
67) Livan Hernandez, REV - 5.68 ERA 6-15.
79) Brad Lidge, OPT, 5.27 ERA, 7 Blown Saves
85) Doug Davis, SOD, 6.41 ERA, 8-13.
110) Matt Clement, BLO - 6.69 ERA !!! 4-18 Record !!! The Anti-Cy Young.
117) Greg Maddux, WES - 5.85 ERA, 9-13
153) Jason Marquis, KEN - 7.00 ERA, 5-17
174) Luke Hudson, OPT - 7.73 ERA, 3-7 record and cut.
205) C.C. Sabathia, BOB - 7.56 ERA, 1-5 record before mercifully cut
333) Jeff Suppan, SOG - 6.59 ERA, 5-16
Because I'm better at this than you are. Just like Billy Beane is superior to the rest of the GMs.
Last year, I had the best team as well, but somehow my superior team lost it in the playoffs. Of course the guy running the simulations won it all somehow. Coincidence?
This year, Sodo is out and Oh No is on the ropes, so who knows, maybe the playoffs won't be fixed. Or maybe my 4-9 record vs Team Awesome will catch up to me. Just remember, I'm Billy Beane, so the playoffs are all luck.
No matter how it turns out, you know I'm better than you.
It just goes to show you that games in April count as much as games in September.
In the top of the 9th Tino Martinez pinch hit for my SS Pokey Reese. Instead of inserting Menechino in at SS ( he had the day off). The computer did the following...put Menechino in for Loretta at 2nd base, moved Koskie from 3rd to SS (where he has no defensive rating) and then put Tino Martinez in at 3rd base (again no defensive rating at that position and despite the fact that normal starting 3rd baseman Ramierez was on the bench). I guess the computer takes those days off very literally. I held on to win 6-5 with only Meninchino getting a defensive chance in the 9th....
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
For those who like pitching duels, though, I've found the July 6 game between the Boobleheads and Sounders. Not a no-hitter, but there were only 7 total hits and 3 total walks for both teams combined. Willis earned the 1-0 win, allowing only 2 hits in 8 2/3 innings, Gagne picked up the save by getting Teixeira to fly out to left on an 0-2 pitch. Lima suffered the complete game loss, allowing only 5 hits and NO walks in a full 9 innings. The WHIP for the game was an impressive 0.55. There were two triples and three doubles, but no home runs.
Just noticed more about that game. Alou's triple in the second inning came just after Willis picked off Walker on first. Ouch! The Sounders defense reciprocated in the top of the third when Figgins caught a screamer off of Fick's bat, and was able to walk over to third base and double off Valentin who had just tripled with one out. The next time Fick was up to bat, Figgins had his comeuppance, as he booted the grounder and Fick reached. After Polanco followed that with his own error, Rolen doubled to right center and Fick ended up scoring the game's only run - an unearned one. So I suppose better than the WHIP of 0.55 is the game's ERA of 0.00.
It must be that my team, well, let's just say that we've been through quite a few pitching coaches already. I'll get the games posted tonight.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Team Awesome has won 19 of its last 24 games to pull into a three-way tie for first place. Credit goes to David Bush, an awesome bullpen, and the best offense in the league. Get out of my way.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Incidently, on our standings page, what does MGN stand for (between Runs Allowed & Magic Number)? If I am going to suck at something--as my -47 would attest--I'd like to know exactly what I am sucking at!
After deciding they needed to bolster their offense for the stretch run Oh No Metz has agreed to acquire Mark Loretta from Sodo Mike in exchange for starting pitcher Juan Dominguez and 2b Todd Walker.
Dominguez joined Oh No part way through the season and had become a fixture in the starting rotation. He went 8-4 for Metz with a sterling 3.69 ERA. Todd Walker was a disappointment for Oh No compiling a batting average barely over .200 in over 100 games. Sodo manager Mike stated "We know Walker is a quality player, we're hoping a change of scenery will help him re-establish his hitting stroke."
Loretta joins Oh No and gives them an immediate leadoff threat. Oh No had been using Lance Berkman in the leadoff role. Manager Metz stated "While Lance's .400+ OBP in the leadoff role has been a blessing, we haven't been making use of his power and ability to drive in runs. By shifting him down into the #2 hole we hope to jump start our offense."
Taking Dominguez's place in the starting rotation for Oh No is Dave Williams. Williams had been pitching mop up relief for On No. He was demoted early in the season after giving up 15 home runs in 30 innings pitched. Early results on Williams return to starting are mixed. He went 4 &2/3rds innings in his first start giving up 6 runs in the loss. His second start was also a loss but he pitched much better, going 7&1/3, giving up only 3 hits and 2 runs. The big news is that he kept the ball in the park in both starts. Manager Metz is keeping Williams under tight scrutiny. Oh No is 4&1/2 games out of the final playoff spot with 50 games left in the season.
Manager Metz also announced some further lineup changes for Oh No as a result of the Loretta trade. "We'll be shifting around the batting order. I need to get Ramirez more at bats with men on base", spoke the sage field leader.
Is this the last deal for Oh No? "We've got a few irons in the fire. Never say never", spoke veteran GM Metzvasi. "There are a few athletes we have our eyes on."
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
I'm so glad I got Harden :)
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
If anyone is interested in a trade (for equal value) I'm open to it. I need to make some changes so I can try to get back in this.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
In the first game, Jason Schmidt got shelled in an 11-4 loss.
No worries, in the sixth game of the series, Jason Schmidt got his revenge with this NO-HITTER. He struck out 15 and walked 5.
This game really has not mastered the walk yet. I've got Schmidt walking FIVE? Orlando Hernandez walking EIGHT?
And, oh yeah, my last start Bobby Madritsch gives up seven runs in 1/3 of an inning. And I won, 8-7! Sounders pitcher Greg Maddux somehow gave up FOURTEEN hits and seven runs in 7 innings. FOURTEEN hits! His pitch count? 88. No wonder Bobby Madritsch is 10 and freakin 1. This team never says die!
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Dotel had these stats in the real world
and these stats in our world
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
It appears that my middle infield's fielding acumen is a genuine asset, as my record seems better than my batters' or pitchers' appearances on the stats leader board would indicate. Figgins and Uribe and Castilla seem to get to more balls and make fewer errors than most 2-ss-3 infields. Figgins is also an asset as a batter and runner with a decent .307 avg. and a league leading 10 triples. But it's Edmonds that's been carrying my team offensively, having produced the "Game-Winning RBI" in 11 of the last 45 games (11 of the last 28 wins)!
Roberts pinch hitting for Podsednik
9-3 2 --- 00 Podsednik grounded a single between first and second (X)
9-3 2 1-- 30 Chavez walked, Roberts to second (BBBB)
Team Awesome 6, Bloomquist Fan Club 4 (16)
There were four runs scored in the first 15 innings of the game.
Perhaps most impressively, I only needed to use four pitchers, half as many as Trent in a losing effort.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Rf ^ 1,82
(rf ^ 1.82) + (ra ^ 1.82)
30308.39 / 64327.72 = .471158
I don't know if this is the intention of the program or not, but it is pretty cool.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
1 Chacon HAY 29
2 Shouse HAY 29
3 Smoltz HAY 29
4 Madson HAY 28
5 Seay HAY 28
1 Chacon 3
6 Shouse 3
Friday, April 08, 2005
0-5 0 --- 30 Mohr walked (BBBB)
0-5 0 1-- 21 Walker reached on an infield single to third, Mohr to
Crain now pitching
0-5 0 12- 11 Reese popped out to short (BSX)
0-5 1 12- 30 Berkman walked, Mohr to third, Walker to second (BBBB)
0-5 1 123 31 Giles walked, Mohr scored, Walker to third, Berkman to
0-6 1 123 31 Varitek walked, Walker scored, Berkman to third, Giles to
0-7 1 123 32 Thome walked, Berkman scored, Giles to third, Varitek to
0-8 1 123 32 Koskie walked, Giles scored, Varitek to third, Thome to
Remlinger now pitching
0-9 1 123 10 Mabry lined a single down the right field line, Varitek
scored, Thome scored, Koskie to third (BX)
0-11 1 1-3 12 Mohr struck out (CSBS)
0-11 2 1-3 20 Walker lined a single to shallow center, Koskie scored,
Mabry to second (BBX)
0-12 2 12- 11 Reese flied out to left (CBX)
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Let's get some more chatter from the other members....
Oh No has gone 6-4 since the rotation and playing time shakeup. I think the team meeting we had where the players "cleared the air" really helped get the "team chemistry" in sync.
Games? What games?
he started and predictably lost 11-6
he came in to CLOSE a 2-1 Schmidt win, and predictably gave up 4 runs in ninth
got his first save
I hate to mention it, but Jason Schmidt is pitching ungodly and is carrying my team. 9 quality starts in 9 tries, 3 shutouts, and a 0.89 ERA. The rest of my starters are Madritsch (5.09), Orlando Hernandez (6.82), Oliver Perez (7.01), and Luke Hudson (8.59).
Here's is Brad Lidge blowing save in 9th and staying in to lose game 13-10 in 11 to Team Awesome. Team Awesome sure likes my pitching (they are 6-3 against me) - here's them scoring 10 runs on Oliver Perez in the first.
And my favorite starting pitching debacle comes against the Intimidators where Hernandez walked 11 batters in 125 pitches in 4 innings!
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Please add Juan Dominguez to my roster as my 25th player and modify my manager profile (sent to Mike in an email) . Time to star auditioning for a new 5th starter and adjusting roles in the bullpen.
I've also modified playing time for some of the regulars and changed my manager profiles to "put the game in motion". All things I think Bavasi and Hargrove would do after starting 15-23.
My team is doing worse then even I expected mostly because my players aren't hitting. If this continues I'll have to "shuffle the lineup". Then I'll start grabbing guys off the waiver wire and plug them into the starting 9.
Here is a David Wells 3-hit complete game shutout of the Sounders followed the next night by a Brandon Webb 5-hit complete game shutout of the Mike's.
Monday, April 04, 2005
I still need to do a lot of testing before I announce to the world but it seems to be working.