Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saturday in Review

At least from me.

Michael and I finished off our series. Despite being up 5-2 when the rain delay started (two weeks ago), a late almost-rally had me worried and I won the second game 5-0. The last game was an unexpected pitcher's duel when Barry Zito inexplicably had a good day, giving up 1 ER and 4 H in the first five. Still, I had no trust and pulled him late in the 6th for Marmol, to keep it a 1-0 game. At the top of the ninth Matt "I'm supposed to be pretty good" Holliday finally did something and hit a solo HR to tie it. Carlos "Me too" Beltran hit a single and stole second, then scored on a Garrett Atkins hit to go up 2-1.

Alas, Marmol was a bit wild, hitting Troy Tulowitzki, then giving up a home run to Robinson Cano, so Michael avoids the sweep. I've now finished my first tour, and am 8-10.

After the series, Michael and I played a few games of Race waiting for people, then one group did Descent while I taught some more bridge. We ended (at least I did) with a game of Tichu.

Thanks to Chris and Mr. Black for hosting.



At 9:12 AM, May 25, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

Some baseball stats...

Team ERA of 4.86 (Starters 6.07, Relievers 2.08). I have two starters with 9+ Eras (Lincecum, who has probably been unlucky, and Micah Owings, who probably hasn't ... actually Owings has been unlucky with a WHIP above 2, like Lincecum, but Owings card gives up extra base hits, so it's no surprise that don't get stranded often). Carlos Marmol is my winningest pitcher. with a K/9 over 10 and a WHIP slightly over 0.5.

Team Batting -- .280/.350/.427 for an OPS of .777.

Moises Alou has an OPS of 1.008, but he's only got 51 PA (since he sits out so often). I've got Beltran and Lowell over 0.9

Matt Holliday has a .197/.284/.423, but leads the team in walks (9) and HR (3). He also has a 4 game active hit streak. Mike Lowell has hit safely in 16 out of 18 games (longest streak 9, current streak 4). In one of his two no-hit games, he walked.

The surprise (so far) has been Jeff Francoer, batting .291 (but almost all singles).

Ryan Garko has been HBP 3 times in 30 PA.

FYI -- I traded Scott Billy Wagner (and Jake Westbrook) for Dustin McGowan (and some backup position player). Wagner is good, but so far I'd only used him for less than 2IP (since I have Rivera).

At 9:34 AM, May 25, 2008, Blogger scott said...

Jon and I played our second series allowing me to finish my first 18 games although I have yet to play Michael. I ended up playing 12 of my first 18 on the road so the next leg should be a lot more fun playing 12 of 18 at home. In game 1 of this series Zambrano was pitching well having only allowed 2 runs in 8 but Burnett was pitching better having gone 8 ip allowing only 2 1b's (back to back with 2 outs in the 4th) and 4 walks while striking out 8 and not allowing a run. My team had had a few warning track shots but given Jon's stadium that was to be expected. So my team entered the top of the 9th down 2-0. Howard started out by flying to center. Then Ortiz drew a walk. This got Moylan up in Jon's bullpen. Posada followed by drawing another walk. Burnett then uncorked a wild pitch sending Ortiz to third and Vizquel pinch running for Ortiz to second. After Guerrero draws a walk to load the bases Jon yanks Burnett and in comes Moylan. Hanley Ramirez hits a sac fly to right to score Ortiz and to tighten the score to 2-1 but leaving me down to my last out. Manny Ramirez strides to the plate only to be called back to the dugout and replaced with Johnny Damon to pinch hit. This gets more action going in Jon's bullpen. Damon proceeds to double off of Moylan's card scoring Vizquel and tying the game. At this point Josh Barfield, with what later turns out to true trade rumors swirling around him steps to the plate. Mr. clutch proceeds to draw a walk once again loading the bases. At this point Moylan is lifted for Speier. The switch but weak hitting Kaz Matsui is due up next; initially Matt Diaz starts to come out of the dugout apparently to pinch hit but is called back and Matsui strides to the plate. He delivers with a single scoring Amezaga pinch running for Guerrero and geting me the lead. Figgins follows with a single giving me a fourth run in the top of 9th to pad the lead to 4-2 and howard strikes out to end the inning; my having batted around. In the bottom of the 9th Zambrano gets one out and then allows somebody to reach base and so is pulled in favor of Downs who gets Bonds and another out to earn the save; final score 4-2.
Game 2 saw a somewhat unexpected pitching duel and Jon's starter James seeking some painful revenge. With one out in the top of the first James drills Manny Ramirez who has to leave the game and is replaced by Johnny Damon who steals second. After Guerrero flies to right for the second out Diaz singles scoring Damon. After a top of the second where James set my 6-8 hitters down 1-3 with 2K's we come up to the top of the third still up 1-0. Kaz Matsui leads off with a walk but is then cut down trying to take advantage of Jon's catcher's weak arm. H. Ramirez then draws a walk and manages to successfully steal second but two ground outs later the inning ends without any scoring. We move to the top of the 4th still up 1-0. Diaz leads off with a double. Posada singles to right getting Diaz to third. Ortiz hits a double play ball back to the pitcher scoring Diaz. Figgins singles to keep the rally alive but is then cut down trying to steal second. In the bottom of the 7th Jon gets a run back bringing the score to 2-1 and I bring Downs in to successfully stop the bleeding. In the top of the 8th with one out Damon strides to plate and is drilled by James and has to leave the game. I held on for a 2-1 win.
Finally the third game saw me triumph 9-5 with my boys hitting 3 HR's; 5 2b's; and going 1-3 in steal attempts against Dice K while Jon falls just short of knocking Wang out in the 2nd and 3rd innings and then failing to get traction the rest of the way as Wang settles down to complete the game. Moylan game in and pitched 3 ip facing the minimum 9 with a BB and a DP to get there for Jon.
I am up to 11-7.

At 9:36 AM, May 25, 2008, Blogger scott said...

I hope to have some hitting stats through 18 up later today; I am waiting on pitching stats until I get some information from Sean on my pitching from my previous series.

At 10:38 AM, May 25, 2008, Blogger scott said...

Team Batting -- .273/.355/.473 for an OPS of .827
David Ortiz has an OPS of 1.15
Jorge Posada 1.115
Diaz 1.500 in 22 PA (starting v LHP and pinch hitting)

At 2:26 PM, May 25, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Ok, my data is through 15 games. I don't think I'm going to get to play Michael any time soon, so I'll post what I have.

Team ERA 4.57
Starters ERA 4.79
Relievers ERA 3.60

My best starter is probably John Smoltz, my only undefeated starter (and my only righty starter, probably not a coincidence). I've used him in the number 4 slot so far, and he's gone 3-0 with an ERA of 2.95 (team best among my starters) in 21 1/3 IP.

Rich Hill, in the number 3 slot, is my second best, with an stellar10.9 K/9 over 24 innings. He's 2-1 in 3 starts with a 3.75 ERA.

My worst starter has been Noah Lowry, my 5th slot starter (can I make him 6th?) with a 7.31 ERA (more than 2 runs worse than any other starter) in 16 IP. He also has a WHIP of 2.13, also the worst on the team by far, and a K/9 of 2.3, which is pretty terrible (all my other starters have a K/9 of at least 7). In his RL 2007 season, though, his K/9 was only 5, so maybe that's to be expected. Going walk-walk-walk-grand slam (more or less), all with two outs, in a game against Jon didn't help his stats any. Still, his last start was 1ER over 6 1/3 (1.42 ERA), so maybe there's hope.

Jonathan Papelbon has been a STUD, with 6 saves in 6 opportunities with no runs allowed in 4 innings, a K/9 of 13.5, and a WHIP of 0.25, meaning he's allowed ONE baserunner in those 4 innings (congratulations, Scott).

Team BA .292
Team OBP 0.374
Team SLG 0.502
Team OPS 0.876
Team stolen base% 82% (18 of 22)

My best hitter has probably been my leadoff hitter, Alex Rios. He's hit .318 with 5HR (tied with A-Rod for the team lead) and 13 RBI (team best...I'm still wondering why my LEADOFF hitter leads the team in RBI). He strikes out only once in every 9.1 plate appearances and has an OPS of 1.006, my only regular player with an OPS of over 1. He's also 8 for 8 in stolen base attempts.

Jhonny Peralta has 2 triples in 54 AB. In real life 2007, he had 1 triple in 574 AB. He's on pace to exceed his RL total by, oh, about 19 triples. Clearly he's on the juice (at least in our SABBL league). And as his manager, I applaud that kind of dedication to his craft.

Derrek Lee, as I mentioned in a prior post, is my biggest underperformer, hitting .228 in 57 AB (real life he was a .298 hitter in 2007).

A-Rod is doing ok with an OPS of 0.996, which I can't really complain about. But he leads the team in strikeouts and is near the bottom of the team in RBI, which means he's GREAT when the bases are empty. If I recall correctly, all 5 of his HR have been solo shots.

Yorvit Torrealba has been the surprise, hitting .349 (RL 2007 BA of .255). And after crunching the numbers on the actual strat cards, he's actually NOT my best catcher, so I'm thinking about sitting him for Chris Snyder, who has a slightly better BA and OPS and a better arm behind the plate, even though Snyder is only hitting .188 in 19 AB. I think both should be regressing to the mean, and when that happens, I'd like Snyder to "regress" at the plate and Torrealba to regress on the bench. We'll see.


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