Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cubs' Kimbrel Best Reliever Again?

When Craig Kimbrel entered my Statis-Pro game to Save a 7-5 win over the Mets last night I did a double take. He is a PB2-9, meaning one of the top 5% of all pitchers based on ERA adjusted for ballpark and FIPs, so in the game he the action is on his card 83% of the time (die rolls of 2-9) and batters card only on rolls of 10, 11 or 12.

But the shocker was that on his card he only allowed hits on 5% of roll (11-13 on the two 8-sided dice, so 14-88 is NOT a hit). My cards are based on a combo of the projected stats going into last year, and to a lesser degree, his less than seller actual innings last year. Further, I'd fixed the staris-pro formulas for accuracy, so most 2-9 pitchers now have hit ranges that go to at least 11-21.

Could the projections on fangraphs have been overly optimistic for his return? After he shut down the Mets in my game I checked his real stats this year. Oh, 6 appearances, 10 strikeouts, 1 hit and no runs allowed. Still early, but maybe he is back.

Now as far as both teams having 12 hits in the first game, that was the real fluke. I'm not sure that has happened all year in my game and not sure the real Cubs have 12 hits total in their first 11 games LOL.



Only 2 series left in Round 4 with the bottom of the rotations. We will have the ace pitchers starting again for that round. The games are tracked on this google sheet.




Monday, April 12, 2021

Quick method to track pitching rotations and available relievers in board games

This video shows a method for keep your player cards together for any table top baseball game.


The game I had just finished was the Padres 2-game domination of the Nats to catch the Dodgers in my early Statis-Pro Baseball season. However it can just as easily be used by those who play APBA, Strat-o-matic, the more Advanced Statis-Pro game or any other baseball Board game.

Below is the 2-game series I just finished, by far the highest scoring series of my season which also included my first homer by a pitcher on a random number of "18" for Corbin on the Nats.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

NL Statis-Pro Baseball Card Locator By Team

 Here are the players we found for all 15 NL teams based on current rosters. We do not use players that are on 60 day DL or whose return is indefinite. The fringe players listed are players for whom we used a card below based on their OPS (for batters) or ERA (for pitchers) based on ESPN projections. 

The players listed in small letters at the bottom of each team card just represent players whose card was found with another team and moved to this team.





To get player cards to play the Statis-Pro Baseball game, click on the pitchers and batters. If you do not find a particular player card, then find the card that has the closest OPS for batters or ERA for pitchers. We recommend clicking here and typing in the player's name in the box to see his projected OPS and ERA.

 There is no chance for clutch batting (BD) on any of these cards, and always use the Cht of P instead of an SN, RN, LN, SP, RP or LP.




Batters' Cards (click on image below and print)

Print copies of the sheet of cards below. Anytime you do not have a batting card for a player, estimate his OPS. You can use a "Projected OPS," or for a strong hitting pitcher you can use a Career OPS or just take your best guess. Pick the card with the OPS that is closest, .450, .500 etc. If the OPS is .424 or less than you will use one of the batting cards on the sheet above.


Extra Pitcher Cards

The following is an extra sheet of just the pitcher cards from the top row of the image above. Since you will most often need extra pitchers that rotate in our out of a team roster.





Hank Aaron Memorial Classic - Atlanta vs. Milwaukee

I'm pasting all the scoresheets on our 4th Round recap, but my Hank Aaron Memorial series of Atlanta at Milwaukee made me go back and pull up the Advanced Statis-Pro Baseball cards for the 1957 Milwaukee Braves. The late, great Hammerin' Hank won the MVP and the World Series that year.

This series was desperation time for the most disappointing team (Braves 6-12) risking digging a hole with a trip to the most surprisingly hot team (Brewers 13-5). 

In the first game Charlie Morton continued to look like the best No. 3 starter in the NL game with only one run allowed while striking out 10 in six innings. However, his last inning was scary after singles by Yelich and Vogelback and Morton hitting Urias with a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Narvaez then drove a potential game-clearing shot to right but Acuna, who had homered earlier, used his Clutch Defense 5 (highest rating) to not only make the catch but keep Yelich (on base running A) from tagging and scoring. Shaw then hit a DEEP drive that would have been a grandslam in some parks but was caught at the wall to end the inning. Shaw was later robbed in the 8th of a game-tying double on a drive down the line when Ozuna made a clutch catch.

In the second game it was the Brewers who barely held on. After the Brewers jumped in front 3-1, Freeman homered in the 4th then singled home Acuna to tie it 4-4 in the top of the 5th. 

Shaw homered in the 6th to give.the Brewers back the lead, but in the top of the 9th threw away a grounder to third to put the speedy Incariarte at 2nd base with the potential game tying run. As it turned out, that was the only contact of the inning against the best pitching card in the NL, Hader, as he 




Saturday, April 10, 2021

Round 4 Statis-pro baseball matchups

 3rd - 4th round transition (3-team round robin)

Cincinnati (12-12) 7-5, 4-3 vs Arizona (15-9)

Split - Cincinnati 4-2, Colorado (10-14) 4-3

Arizona 8-2 (sweep)- 11-5 (sweep) vs Colorado

4th round

Split - Atlanta (9-15) 4-2 vs Milwaukee (16-8) 5-4

Split - Chicago Cubs (12-12) vs New York Mets (15-9)

Split - LA Dodgers (14-10) won 7-5 and Miami (10-14) won 5-4

Philadelphia (10-8) vs. San Fran (6-12)

Pittsburgh (4-14) vs. St. Louis (10-8)

San Diego (14-10) vs. Washington (11-13)

Set up for 3-team round robin followed by scoresheets of 6 games in round robin.








4th round scoresheets.




Cubs and Mets photo missing 

Standings - and playoffs if season ended today

Washington (5th) at LA Dodgers (4th), Winner faces Milwaukee (1st)

Philadelphia St. Louis playin (6th) At Arizona (3rd), Winner faces NY Mets (2nd)





Statis-Pro Board Set Up for Cards vs. Phils

 We spent the last couple of blogs outline how to put together playing cards for current MLB teams. Here us what the actual set up was during a game, right after the Cards Arendado singled and DeJong homered to give the Cards a 2-0 win in a pitching duel between aces.

You do not need the board to play the game, and dice can replace the multi colored fast action cards at the bottom. The green 24 on that card was the random number that was in DeJong's home run range.

In our setup, the bottom stacks for each team are the cards in the bottom order and the discard pile. Just above that stack is the starting pitcher in the game with the other 3 starters in the rotation under aces Flaherty and Nola.

The two stacks at the top are cards for the relief pitchers and bench batters. The extra card lists players for whom I do not have a card. For those players I look up the projected ERA or OPS to see which fringe card to use if I want them in the game.




The completed scoresheet shows the Cards pulling off two pitching dominated games, winning the nightcap 3-2 in 10 innings.

We have set the 4th round series after the 3-team round Robin between Arizona, Colorado and Cincinnati. The "Next" column shows the next opponent.




Statis-Pro Baseball Cards for All Players

Here are the players we found for all 15 NL teams based on current rosters. We do not use players that are on 60 day DL or whose return is indefinite. The fringe players listed are players for whom we used a card below based on their OPS (for batters) or ERA (for pitchers) based on ESPN projections. 

The players listed in small letters at the bottom of each team card just represent players whose card was found with another team and moved to this team.






To get player cards to play the Statis-Pro Baseball game, click on the pitchers and batters. If you do not find a particular player card, then find the card that has the closest OPS for batters or ERA for pitchers. We recommend clicking here and typing in the player's name in the box to see his projected OPS and ERA.

These estimate roughly how good a pitcher or batter would be rather than running all the calculations for a lot of temporary or new players.

Pitcher and Pitcher's Batting Cards (print image below)

the top 3 cards on this image are temporary pitcher cards. The numbers are all the same except for the most important one, the PB of the pitcher. To choose that pick the pitcher's expected ERA. The best source is a "Projected ERA" but if you don't have that you can look at career numbers or take your best estimated guess. The bottom two rows are batter cards for pitchers or very light hitting batters. Find an estimated batting OPS to choose that card. Normally give AL pitchers the first batting card (.150 OPS) and NL pitchers the second one (.200 OPS). However, if a pitcher or some other light hitting batter has a career OPS of around .250 to .400 then you can use the appropriate card on this sheet. In all cases with these batters, when they come to the plate skip the PB roll or fast action card, and go straight to the Random Number 11-88 to see the result on this card. There is no chance for clutch batting (BD) on any of these cards, and always use the Cht of P instead of an SN, RN, LN, SP, RP or LP.




Batters' Cards (click on image below and print)

Print copies of the sheet of cards below. Anytime you do not have a batting card for a player, estimate his OPS. You can use a "Projected OPS," or for a strong hitting pitcher you can use a Career OPS or just take your best guess. Pick the card with the OPS that is closest, .450, .500 etc. If the OPS is .424 or less than you will use one of the batting cards on the sheet above.


Extra Pitcher Cards

The following is an extra sheet of just the pitcher cards from the top row of the image above. Since you will most often need extra pitchers that rotate in our out of a team roster.