Saturday, August 29, 2015

S32 Playoff Picture, Record Breakers

Playoff Picture (if the season ended today)
*In the event of a tie, last season's record was used as a tie-breaker

By Current Record (40 games remaining):
AL North Champ: Milwaukee (77-45)
AL East Champ: Chicago (68-54)
AL South Champ: Nashville (88-34)
AL West Champ: Salem (82-40)
AL Wildcard 1: Anaheim (68-54)
AL Wildcard 2: El Paso (66-56)
NL North Champ: Scranton (76-46)
NL East Champ: San Juan (82-40)
NL South Champ: Texas (77-45)
NL West Champ: Oklahoma City (63-59)
NL Wildcard 1: Houston (73-49)
NL Wildcard 2: Jacksonville (63-59)

AL Matchups:
(4) Chicago vs. (5) Anaheim
Winner faces (1) Nashville

(3) Milwaukee vs. (6) El Paso
Winner faces (2) Salem

NL Matchups:
(4) Oklahoma City vs. (5) Houston
Winner faces (1) San Juan

(3) Scranton vs. (6) Jacksonville
Winner faces (2) Texas

Notes:
-Boston would be out of the playoffs.  They have a streak of 5 straight division titles and 7 consecutive playoff berths.
-The AL North would fail to earn a wild card berth for the 10th consecutive season.
-Milwaukee is on pace to win 102 games, but would not earn a first round bye.  Nashville is on pace to win 117, while Salem is on track to win 109.  
-El Paso would make only their 3rd playoff appearance in franchise history...in buffalo_rob's 3rd season.
-Jacksonville would earn their first playoff berth is 6 seasons and Houston would make their first in 7 seasons.
-Seattle would fail to make the playoffs after being the NL's #1 seed during the past 4 seasons.
-San Juan would earn a #1 seed for the first time in franchise history.
-Playoff owners blapo21, buffalo_rob, horvie78, erichanville, and brentcnb have never won a HBD World Series.


By Exp PCT (Expected Winning Percentage) – determined by run differential:
AL North Champ: Milwaukee (.641)
AL East Champ: Chicago (.509)
AL South Champ: Nashville (.679)
AL West Champ: Salem (.702)
AL Wildcard 1: Anaheim (.570)
AL Wildcard 2: El Paso (.516)
NL North Champ: Scranton (.621)
NL East Champ: San Juan (.687)
NL South Champ: Texas (.631)
NL West Champ: Seattle (.518)
NL Wildcard 1: Houston (.578)
NL Wildcard 2: Jacksonville (.528)

AL Matchups:
(4) Chicago vs. (5) Anaheim
Winner faces (1) Salem

(3) Milwaukee vs. (6) El Paso
Winner faces (2) Nashville

NL Matchups:
(4) Seattle vs. (5) Houston
Winner faces (1) San Juan

(3) Scranton vs. (6) Jacksonville
Winner faces (2) Texas

Notes:
-The AL first round matchups would be the same.  Salem would earn the #1 seed, while Nashville would drop to #2.  AL playoff teams El Paso and Chicago are over-achieving according to expected winning percentage.  Kansas City would only be a game away from a wild card berth.
-In the NL, Seattle would win the West instead of Oklahoma City, who would be out of the playoffs.  The bye and wild card teams would be the same.  Jackson would be in contention for a wild card spot. 


League Leaders:

Listed below are the Pine Tar Season 32 league leaders in various statistical catagories, their projected total after the remaining 40 games, and the Pine Tar all-time record holders for those categories.  Players who are on-track to tie or break a record have been noted with bold font.

CategoryLeague Leader - S32 TotalProjected TotalPine Tar Record Holder - Total
Batting AverageJo-jo Frandsen (PHI) - .342.342Randy Podsednik - .398
HomerunsTony Caballero (SJU) - 4661Jim Blair - 69
Runs Batted InWendall Werth (NAS) - 122162Bob Wood - 203
Stolen BasesFrank Starling (CHI) - 6080Brandon Kline - 166
Runs ScoredBartolo Ortiz (SJU) - 110146Ronald Clyburn - 169
OPS %Rickie Halama (SJU) - 1.0981.098Frank Martin - 1.240
Pitching WinsW.Sizemore, B.Conroy - 1621R.Meyers, R.Randall - 25
Earned Run AvrOmar Mercedes (IA) - 1.861.86John Rucker - 1.79
WHIPYoshinori Zhou (LAA) - 0.940.94Tim Daubach - 0.87
OAVOmar Mercedes (IA) - .196.196Tim Daubach - .177
SavesAlex James (NAS) - 43573 Tied - 54
Pitching StrikeoutsLonny Gonzalez (SAL) - 175232Warren Hargrave - 273
Complete GamesWilt Sizemore (HOU) - 79D.Shipley, W.Sizemore - 15
IF Plus PlaysAlex Ordonez (CSP) - 2331Travis Fiore - 40
OF Plus PlaysJ.D. Sele (ELP) - 1925Hank Truman - 37
OF AssistsE.Mendez, N.Charles - 912Ariel Villano - 27
Caught Stealing %
Catcher ERA
Rodrigo Vizcaino (JAC) - .48
Miguel Alberro (HOU) - 3.02
.48
3.02
Justin Carson - .612
Nolan McClellan - 2.34

Saturday, August 22, 2015

S32 All-Star Blog

Pine Tar's Season 32 All-Star game took place this past week with the American League trouncing the National League by the score of 9-2.  Milwaukee's Buddy Berry was named the Most-Valuable Player, as his 3-run homer in the 6th inning gave the AL an insurmountable lead.  Aurelio Osuna (Salem) was the winning pitcher, while Roberto Lopez (San Juan) suffered the defeat.  Homeruns were hit by Berry, Roger Byrne (Chicago), Cristobal Izquierdo (Salem), Brian Woolf (Salem), and the NL's Eddie Tomlin (Colorado Springs).  Salem's Izquierdo had an outstanding game, going 3 for 3 with a homer, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.  

Teams with the most All-Star selections:
Salem Volcanoes (jkenned) - 8
San Juan Dw'Arfy Mojados (jibe) - 6
Scranton Red Barons (reggie988) - 5
Nashville Merchants (blapo21) - 4
Milwaukee Magnitude (horvie78) - 4
Seattle Strikers (ghutton9) - 3
St. Louis Arch Angels (Flucie) - 3

Teams with zero All-Star selections:
New York Damage Controllers
Dover Dinklebergs
Durham Doormats
Tampa Bay Thunder
Omaha Oracles
Wichita Tornadoes
Cincinnati Firestorm
Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's

All-Stars by Division
AL West - 13
NL North - 9
NL East - 9
NL West - 8
AL North - 6
AL South - 6
AL East - 5
NL South - 4

*Links are posted - click on an individual player's name to open their HBD profile

First Time All-Stars – American League

First Time All-Stars – National League

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A statistical minute

PINETAR FRANCHISE HISTORY

I took each team and examined how many seasons they finished in each place.

TEAMS THAT ARE LISTED IN ALL CAPS MEANS THAT THE CURRENT COACH HAS MORE SEASONS AT THAT FRANCHISE, THAN ANY OTHER COACH IN THAT FRANCHISE

Team                                    FIRST     SECOND         THIRD          FOURTH     WS App    WS title
NL NORTH
Scranton Red Barons               8              4                       6                       13                3                1
IOWA CITY HAW.               7               6                      9                         9                2                 1
New York Highlanders           15              8                      6                       2                  5                 2
Wichita Tornados                    1              13                    10                      7                  2                 2

NL EAST
San Juan Dw'Arfy Mojados      3             3                       6                     19                 0                 0
JACKSONVILLE                    18            2                       7                       4                 4                  1
CINCINNATI FIRE                  5            10                    8                        8                 0                 0
PHILADELPHIA MONE.        5            15                    8                        3                  0                0

NL SOUTH
Texas Galveston Wave             7              8                   5                       11                   0               0
Houston Roughnecks              12             6                   8                         5                    5               2
JACKSON JUGGERNA.       7              4                  11                        9                   2                2
LOUISVILLE ARF ARF.       5             13                  7                         6                    0               0

NL WEST
SEATTLE STRIKERS         16               6                   7                        2                     2              2
OKLAHOMA CITY PR.       1               6                 11                       13                    0              0
ALBUQUERQUE KOM.       4              9                   5                        13                   2              1
Colorado Springs Skysox       10            10                  8                        3                     4              2

AL NORTH
Milwaukee Magnitude              3             6                 19                        3                     0               0
Kansas City Yardbirds             9             8                   3                       11                    4               3
Dover Dinglebergs                  16            4                    1                       10                    2               0
NEW YORK DAMAG.          3           13                    8                        7                     2              1

AL EAST
Chicago Thugs                         8            8                     6                        9                     3              2
ROCHESTER RENEGA.       8             6                    9                        8                      1             0
BOSTON PILGRIMS            8             4                   10                       9                      1             1
DURHAM DOORMATS       7            13                    6                       5                      2             0

AL SOUTH
Nashville Merchants              13              2                    3                     13                       4            2
ElPaso Arfydilos                     0               7                  11                    13                       0            0
TAMPA BAY THUND..      12             10                    4                      5                      5            2
Huntington Drunkin .......         6                9                  13                     3                       0           0

AL WEST
SALEM VOLCANOES      12                9                    4                     6                        4           3
Anaheim Skywalkers              9                8                    6                     8                        2           0
ST. LOUIS ARCH ANG.      7                5                    7                    12                       1           1
Omaha Oracles                      3                 9                   14                    5                        0          0




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

S32 American League All-Youth Team

Below is my top team of 30 American League players currently on MLB rosters who are 25 years-old or younger.  These are based on my opinion.  Some positions were more competitive than others.  Although statistics are listed, ratings were a major factor in determining the team.  If you think somebody got snubbed, feel free to discuss on the message board.


Season 32 American League All-Youth Team
(Click on a player’s name to view their HBD profile)

C:
Cesar Durazo (Salem): .341 OBP, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 39% CS, 3.35 cERA
Cesar Santos (Boston): .321 OBP, 18 HR, 67 RBI, 26% CS, 4.18 cERA

1B:
Angel De La Rosa (Nashville): .340 OBP, 43 HR, 114 RBI
Felipe Osoria (Kansas City): .329 OBP, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 13 SB, 17 Plus Plays
Francisco Cervantes (Omaha): .312 OBP, 31 HR, 87 RBI

2B:
Abraham Logan (Nashville): .288 BA, 27 HR, 92 RBI, 12 SB, .985 F%
Nate Harrison (St. Louis): .276 BA, 16 HR, 50 RBI, 21 SB, .986 F%, 11 Plus Plays

SS:
Jesus Esposito (Tampa Bay): .257 BA, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 15 SB, 15 Plus Plays
John Nix (Dover): .267 BA, 41 RBI, 36 SB

3B:
Wendell Werth (Nashville): S30 & S31 All-Star, .327 BA, 45 HR, 119 RBI, 20 SB, 18 Plus Plays
Andres Rivera (Omaha): .275 BA, 20 HR, 59 RBI, 23 SB

CF:
Fernando Espinosa (Rochester): .383 OBP, 32 RBI, 31 SB, .987 F%, 7 Plus Plays
Willie Johnson (Chicago): Rookie – 91 Range, 86 R-Split, 94 Speed

LF:
Stone Bennett (Chicago): .385 OBP, 36 HR, 110 RBI, 15 SB
Ernest Grimsley (Nashville): .314 OBP, 20 HR, 56 RBI, 6 Plus Plays

RF:
Michael Chong (Milwaukee): .260 BA, 39 HR, 119 RBI
Arismendy DeRojas (Anaheim): .284 BA, 18 HR, 54 RBI

DH:
Ron Atkins (Tampa Bay): .355 OBP, 36 HR, 112 RBI
Vince Tollberg (Milwaukee): Rookie – 94 L-Split, 84 R-Split, 77 Power

Starting Pitchers:
Lonny Gonzalez (Salem): S31 Cy Young, 22-6, 3.66 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .250 OAV
Esteban Mujica (Chicago): S31 ROY, 15-6, 2.26 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .195 OAV
Lariel Osuna (Nashville): 18-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .252 OAV
Rymer Tavarez (Salem): 18-7, 2.96 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .242 OAV
Alberto Rivas (Anaheim): 16-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .268 OAV
Brace Cota (Salem): 15-5, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .205 OAV
Michael Boyer (Chicago): 11-11, 4.39 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .251 OAV

Relief Pitchers:
Alex James (Nashville): 3 time All-Star, 43 Saves, 2.04 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .217 OAV
J.A. Burke (Chicago): 22 Saves, 3.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .268 OAV
Dillon Abbott (Omaha): 26 Saves, 3.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .253 OAV
Pedro Ontiveros (St. Louis): 4.75 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, .264 OAV

Honorable Mention:
C Tom Volstad (El Paso), C Edgar James (Rochester), 1B Kolten Doster (Durham), 2B Frank Starling (Chicago), 2B Phillip Bruske (Kansas City), SS Santo Herrera (New York), 3B Ricardo Sosa (Chicago), CF Sidney Zagone (Nashville), LF Harley Rose (Durham), LF Peter Komatsu (Huntington), LF J.D. Sele (El Paso), RF Russell Castillo (Anaheim), DH Vin Chavez (Boston), DH Brett Hiller (Chicago), SP Gio Esposito (Tampa Bay), SP Jamie Snow (St. Louis), RP Casper Corbin (Tampa Bay), RP Orval Jungmann (New York)