Sunday, April 22, 2018

NFL Draft Takes Most Early Talent From; 1) LSU, 2) Bama, 3) Texas, 4) Stanford, 5) Ohio State

While college seniors prepare for graduation in the coming weeks, the following student-athletes chose to instead enter this week's NFL draft before their senior year of college football. We took a look at the teams hurt the most by talented players leaving early.

We calculated 25 points for losing a player who would be one of the first few picks, all the way down to 2 points for a player who left early but might not even be drafted. Admittedly I go into more detail on the student-athletes leaving early for the NBA draft and the projections for all remaining players and their teams (click here), but the NHL, baseball and NBA drafts are not until June so here is the focus on this week's NFL draft.

The hardest hit team was LSU, which loses running back Derrius Guice (23 of 25 possible points), defensive backs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver (20 and 19), linebacker Arden Key (18), center Will Clapp (C) and then some minor players in Toby Weathersby and Travonte Valentine (tackle and nose tackle both worth two points). All together, that tallies 100 points even.

We list LSU's players first on the table below, and then we list the rest of the teams who lost someone early to the draft in alphabetical order. This worked out nicely because Alabama appears first alphabetically and happens to also be the second hardest hit with 87 points lost between five players. However, you will have to scroll down alphabetically to see the next three hardest hit in Texas, Stanford and Ohio State. I will actually be on Ohio State's campus for graduation weekend due to working on a redistricting ballot measure in the state for www.takeback.org - which has more student signups there than on any other campus. We will keep updates coming at www.pudnersports.com.

TeamPlayers lost to draft before senior yearValuePos
LSU1 rank, LSU lost 7 early entrees100Team 1
LSUDerrius Guice23RB
LSUDonte Jackson20DB
LSUKevin Toliver19DB
LSUArden Key18LB
LSUWill Clapp17C
LSUToby Weathersby2T
LSUTravonte Valentine2NT
Alabama2 rank, Alabama lost 5 early entrees87Team 2
AlabamaMinkah Fitzpatrick24DB
AlabamaCalvin Ridley24WR
AlabamaRonnie Harrison21DB
AlabamaBo Scarbrough16RB
AlabamaDa'Ron Payne2NT
Arizona St.36 rank, Arizona State lost 3 early entrees18Team 36
Arizona St.Christian Sam15LB
Arizona St.JoJo Wicker2DT
Arizona St.Sam Jones2G
Auburn8 rank, Auburn lost 4 early entrees58Team 8
AuburnCarlton Davis22DB
AuburnKerryon Johnson21RB
AuburnJeff Holland12LB
AuburnKamryn Pettway2RB
Benedictine47 rank, Benedictine lost 1 early entrees2Team 47
BenedictineMatt Fleming2WR
Boise St.27 rank, Boise State lost 1 early entrees23Team 27
Boise St.Leighton Vander Esch23LB
Clemson29 rank, Clemson lost 4 early entrees22Team 29
ClemsonDeon Cain10WR
ClemsonTaylor Hearn8G
ClemsonRay-Ray McCloud2WR
ClemsonVan Smith2DB
Colorado28 rank, Colorado lost 1 early entrees23Team 28
ColoradoIsaiah Oliver23DB
Florida14 rank, Florida lost 3 early entrees43Team 14
FloridaTaven Bryan22DT
FloridaAntonio Callaway19WR
FloridaEddy Pineiro2K
Florida St.18 rank, Florida State lost 4 early entrees32Team 18
Florida St.Tarvarus McFadden14DB
Florida St.Josh Sweat14DE
Florida St.Auden Tate2WR
Florida St.Jalen Wilkerson2DE
FSU21 rank, FSU lost 2 early entrees27Team 21
FSUDerwin James25DB
FSURyan Izzo2TE
Georgia15 rank, Georgia lost 2 early entrees42Team 15
GeorgiaRoquan Smith25LB
GeorgiaTrenton Thompson17DT
Houston41 rank, Houston lost 1 early entrees13Team 41
HoustonKyle Allen13QB
Indiana42 rank, Indiana lost 1 early entrees13Team 42
IndianaSimmie Cobbs13WR
Iowa12 rank, Iowa lost 2 early entrees48Team 12
IowaJames Daniels24C
IowaJosh Jackson24DB
Kansas35 rank, Kansas lost 1 early entrees18Team 35
KansasDorance Armstrong18DE
Kansas St.43 rank, Kansas State lost 2 early entrees11Team 43
Kansas St.Byron Pringle10WR
Kansas St.DJ Reed2DB
Louisiana-Monroe48 rank, Louisiana-Monroe lost 1 early entrees2Team 48
Louisiana-MonroeJJ Dallas2DB
Louisville6 rank, Louisville lost 3 early entrees65Team 6
LouisvilleLamar Jackson25QB
LouisvilleJaire Alexander24DB
LouisvilleGeron Christian16T
Marshall39 rank, Marshall lost 1 early entrees15Team 39
MarshallChase Litton15QB
Maryland17 rank, Maryland lost 2 early entrees35Team 17
MarylandDJ Moore23WR
MarylandJC Jackson12DB
Miami16 rank, Miami lost 4 early entrees38Team 16
MiamiRJ McIntosh18DT
MiamiKendrick Norton10DT
MiamiMark Walton9RB
MiamiCourtel Jenkins2DT
Middle Tennessee46 rank, Middle Tennessee lost 1 early entrees5Team 46
Middle TennesseeRichie James5WR
NC St.19 rank, NC State lost 2 early entrees32Team 19
NC St.Will Richardson16T
NC St.Nyheim Hines16RB
Nebraska40 rank, Nebraska lost 2 early entrees14Team 40
NebraskaTanner Lee9QB
NebraskaNick Gates6T
Nevada49 rank, Nevada lost 1 early entrees2Team 49
NevadaVosean Crumbie2DB
Notre Dame10 rank, Notre Dame lost 3 early entrees56Team 10
Notre DameQuenton Nelson25G
Notre DameJosh Adams16RB
Notre DameEquanimeous St Brown15WR
Ohio St.5 rank, Ohio State lost 3 early entrees65Team 5
Ohio St.Denzel Ward25DB
Ohio St.Sam Hubbard21DE
Ohio St.Jerome Baker19LB
Oklahoma13 rank, Oklahoma lost 4 early entrees47Team 13
OklahomaMark Andrews22TE
OklahomaOrlando Brown21T
OklahomaDu'Vonta Lampkin2DT
OklahomaDwayne Orso-Bacchus2T
Ole Miss38 rank, Ole Miss lost 1 early entrees16Team 38
Ole MissBreeland Speaks16DE
Oregon St.45 rank, Oregon State lost 1 early entrees10Team 45
Oregon St.Ryan Nall10RB
Penn St.22 rank, Penn State lost 1 early entrees25Team 22
Penn St.Saquon Barkley25RB
Pittsburg St.50 rank, Pittsburg State lost 1 early entrees2Team 50
Pittsburg St.Juante Baldwin2DB
Pittsburgh24 rank, Pittsburgh lost 3 early entrees25Team 24
PittsburghBrian O'Neill22T
PittsburghJordan Whitehead2DB
PittsburghQuadree Henderson2WR
Purdue51 rank, Purdue lost 1 early entrees2Team 51
PurdueEddy Wilson2DT
San Jose St.52 rank, San Jose State lost 1 early entrees2Team 52
San Jose St.Frank Ginda2LB
SMU20 rank, SMU lost 2 early entrees31Team 20
SMUCourtland Sutton24WR
SMUTrey Quinn7WR
South Carolina26 rank, South Carolina lost 1 early entrees23Team 26
South CarolinaHayden Hurst23TE
Southeastern Louisiana53 rank, Southeastern Louisiana lost 1 early entrees2Team 53
Southeastern LouisianaMaea Teuhema2T
Southern Miss54 rank, Southern Miss lost 1 early entrees2Team 54
Southern MissKorey Robertson2WR
Stanford4 rank, Stanford lost 4 early entrees70Team 4
StanfordHarrison Phillips21DT
StanfordJustin Reid18DB
StanfordDalton Schultz17TE
StanfordQuenton Meeks15DB
Tennessee32 rank, Tennessee lost 3 early entrees19Team 32
TennesseeRashaan Gaulden10DB
TennesseeJohn Kelly7RB
TennesseeReginald McKenzie2DT
Texas3 rank, Texas lost 6 early entrees82Team 3
TexasConnor Williams23T
TexasMalik Jefferson22LB
TexasDeShon Elliott14DB
TexasHolton Hill12DB
TexasMichael Dickson7P
TexasChris Warren4RB
Texas A&M30 rank, Texas A&M lost 1 early entrees21Team 30
Texas A&MChristian Kirk21WR
Texas Tech44 rank, Texas Tech lost 1 early entrees11Team 44
Texas TechKeke Coutee11WR
Toledo55 rank, Toledo lost 1 early entrees2Team 55
ToledoOlasunkanmi Adeniyi2DE
UCF31 rank, UCF lost 2 early entrees19Team 31
UCFJordan Akins18TE
UCFTre'Quan Smith2WR
UCLA9 rank, UCLA lost 4 early entrees57Team 9
UCLAJosh Rosen25QB
UCLAKolton Miller24T
UCLAJordan Lasley6WR
UCLAAustin Roberts2TE
UNC56 rank, UNC lost 1 early entrees2Team 56
UNCAndre Smith2LB
USC11 rank, USC lost 4 early entrees55Team 11
USCSam Darnold25QB
USCRonald Jones22RB
USCDeontay Burnett6WR
USCRasheem Green2DT
Virginia Tech7 rank, Virginia Tech lost 3 early entrees59Team 7
Virginia TechTremaine Edmunds25LB
Virginia TechTim Settle20DT
Virginia TechTerrell Edmunds14DB
Wake Forest37 rank, Wake Forest lost 1 early entrees17Team 37
Wake ForestJessie Bates17DB
Washington25 rank, Washington lost 1 early entrees24Team 25
WashingtonVita Vea24NT
Washington St.34 rank, Washington State lost 2 early entrees18Team 34
Washington St.Hercules Mata'afa17DE
Washington St.Tavares Martin2WR
Western Kentucky57 rank, Western Kentucky lost 1 early entrees2Team 57
Western KentuckyJoel Iyiegbuniwe2LB
Wisconsin33 rank, Wisconsin lost 1 early entrees19Team 33
WisconsinNick Nelson19DB
Wyoming23 rank, Wyoming lost 1 early entrees25Team 23
WyomingJosh Allen25QB

Projected 1st Round March Madness Match-ups; Recent Transfer Winners and Losers

After another 100+ updates this weekend on transfers, signings, NBA departures and other college basketball moves, here are the projected 1st round March Madness games based on player projections at www.valueaddbasketball.com (allow edits at https://tinyurl.com/y9mr9uu4). After the list, we lay out recent moves and which colleges were the biggest winners and losers.


RnkTeamValue ProjectionConfSeed1st Round NCAA Match-ups
1Kentucky67.07SEC1Lehigh/Texas Southern Winner
2Villanova57.26BE1Stephen F. Austin/Howard winner
3Kansas56.58B121Vermont
4Nevada56.55MWC1New Mexico St.
5Oregon55.99P122St. Francis PA
6Auburn55.56SEC2Northern Kentucky
7Duke54.37ACC2UC Davis
8Mississippi St.49.22SEC2Rider
9North Carolina48.92ACC3Liberty
10UCLA46.17P123Belmont
11Gonzaga45.87WCC3Georgia St.
12Syracuse45.27ACC3Marshall
13Tennessee45.05SEC4Lipscomb
14Maryland44.78B104UNC Greensboro
15LSU44.15SEC4Harvard
16Virginia44.12ACC4Buffalo
17Virginia Tech41.66ACC5Loyola Chicago
18Ohio St.41.55B105Houston
19North Carolina St.41.5ACC5Davidson
20Marquette41.45BE5BYU/Michigan winner
21Michigan St.41.44B106Washington/San Diego St. winner
22South Dakota St.40.36Sum6Indiana
23USC39.83P126Alabama
24Florida39.7SEC6Notre Dame
25Texas39.33B127Boston College
26Montana39.18BSky7Iowa St.
27Miami FL38.22ACC7Creighton
28Arizona St.38.02P127Wisconsin
29Northeastern37.88CAA8Northwestern
30Florida St.37.62ACC8TCU
31Kansas St.37.5B128Providence
32Iowa36.88B108Texas Tech

And here are teh biggest winners and losers in recent updates at https://tinyurl.com/y9mr9uu4.


RnkRecent ChangeBiggest Recent WinnersLoserValue
75Omer YurtsevenGeorgetown in 2020NC State7.04
78Ashton HagansKentuckyhis highschool7.00
174Blake FrancisRichmond in 2020Wagner5.88
212DeSean MurrayNot yet knownAuburn5.45
297MaCio TeagueAvailable in 2020UNC Asheville4.89
326Ryan WelageXavier in 2020San Jose State4.66
328Brandon WilliamsOregon/Crystal BallNone4.65
382Austin ReavesNot yet knownWichita St.4.32
442Zach JohnsonMiami FLFlorida Gulf Coast4.10
440Ronnie HarrellDenverCreighton4.10
444Courtney RameyLouisville/Crystal BallNone4.09
469Carlton Bragg 15New Mexico in 2020Arizona State3.98
502Kassoum YakweConnecticutSt. John's3.85
505Marcus BurkAvailable in 2020Campbell3.84
598Justin GorhamAvailable in 2020Towson3.57
656Juwan GrayAvailable in 2020San Diego3.35
669David CaraherSt. John's in 2020Houston Baptist3.32
783Nick NortonDrakeUAB2.97
830Austin NehlsBall St.Central Connecticut State2.78
846Joseph ChartounyMarquetteFordham2.75
880Eric LockettNot yet knownFlorida International2.66
897Jacob YoungRutgersTexas2.63
908Antwann JonesMemphis/Crystal BallNone2.60
930James AkinjoGeorgetown/Crystal BallNone2.56
957Matthew MoyerVanderbilt in 2020Syracuse2.50
974Jordan JonesAvailable in 2020Charleston Southern2.46
1060Jordan NoblesOaklandEastern Michigan2.23
1090Izaiah BrockingtonUnknownSt. Bonaventure2.20
1114CJ JonesNot yet knownArkansas2.19
1134Mason FaulknerAvailable in 2020Northern Kentucky2.14
1149Josh McFolleyAvailable in 2020Detroit2.11
1162Bobby PlanutisNot yet knownMount St. Mary's2.07
1172Tyler HarrisMemphis/Crystal BallNone2.06
1242Jy'lan WashingtonTennessee StateLouisiana Tech1.90
1260Justin ThomasAvailable in 2020Northern Illinois1.88
1290Nedeljko PrijovicMaine in 2020Texas State1.82
1301Tarin SmithConnecticutDuquesne1.81
1310Aaron CalixteOklahomaMaine1.78
1343Blake HinsonMississippi/Crystal BallNone1.70
1382Andy Van VlietWilliam & Mary in 2020Wisconsin1.63
1432Caleb McConnellRutgers/Crystal BallNone1.50
1519Lukas KisunasArizona/Crystal BallNone1.35
1800Payton WillisMinnesotaVanderbilt1.06


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

15 players being dropped from Value Add Projections - Headed for NBA

As a follow-up to other articles, here are all the players being dropped from the Value Add Basketball database of 2019 projections, still leaving more than 5,400 players or open roster spots. Khyri Thomas has actually been added back into the database because he did not sign an agent.

Player out of ProjectionsHeightTeam losing playerValue
Mikal Bridges #256-foot-7Villanova11.06
Jalen Brunson #16-foot-2Villanova10.44
Moe Wagner #136-foot-11Michigan8.58
Landry Shamet #116-foot-4Wichita State8.17
Khyri Thomas #26-foot-3Creighton/could go NBA   8.03
Anfernee Simons6-foot-4High School7.80
Malik Newman #146-foot-3Kansas7.42
Marcus Derrickson #246-foot-7Georgetown6.86
Hamidou Diallo #36-foot-5Kentucky5.64
Mustapha Heron #56-foot-5Auburn5.38
Lonnie Walker #46-foot-5Miami FL5.09
Trevon Duval #16-foot-3Duke4.38
Justin Jackson #216-foot-7Maryland1.18
Drew Edwards #256-foot-4Providence0.77
Dikembe Dixson #106-foot-7Chicago State0.40
Fred Sims #146-foot-4Chicago State0.30

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Statis-Pro Standings, Pre-season ranking based on cards and Results (2018 Rosters, 2017 Player Cards) - All-Star results added

We keep the updated standings of the current AL season we are playing here, and while the sample size of games is low enough that there are always some surprises (think of the Mets start early this year), right now our season lines up with four of the same five teams in line for the playoffs as in actual play. The exceptions is the lowly Orioles are actually one game ahead of the real-life surprising Mariners for the last playoff spot. The White Sox have also played well above their real season.

The two differences between the real season and our simultaneous play is that we use cards based on last year's stats, and we let anyone on the roster play even if they are injured or suspended. Two of the reason the White Sox and Orioles are better in Statis-Pro are the great hitting cards of Colby Rasmus, who was actually out most of the season before quitting baseball again, and Welington Castillo, who looked like a big time pick-up in our game but has been serving an 80-day suspension in real life. All that and the variable luck plays in a short season and here are the AL standings followed by how our All-Star games went in Statis-Pro.

AL TeamWLGBWin%New OpponentIF playoffs today
Houston251100.694MilwaukeeAL West Pennant
New York2313-20.639NY MetsAL East Pennant
Boston2115-40.583CincinnatiWild Card host
Cleveland2418-40.5714-2 v PittsburghAL Central
Baltimore2016-50.556Chicago CubsWild Card visitor
Seattle1917-60.528San Diego
Chicago2220-60.5242-4 vs Washington
Kansas City1719-80.472Atlanta
Oakland1620-90.444Colorado
Minnesota1422-110.389Philadelphia
Los Angeles1422-110.389Miami
Tampa Bay1422-110.389NL
Texas1422-110.389LA Dodgers
Toronto1323-120.361Arizona
Detroit1323-120.361San Francisco

NL Wins All-Star Series two games to one with two cliffhanger wins


Game 1 (NL 4, AL 3) – As soon as Clayton Kershaw was gone, Carlos Correa’s homer and Gary Sanchez rbi as part of a 2 of 3 days gave the NL a 2-1 lead and a 7-3 edge in hits through three innings that held up into the 7th inning.

However, a 2-run homer by the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and solo shot by the Rockies Trevor Story rallied the NL in the 7th and 8th to take a dramatic 4-2 lead with Corey Knebel striking out the side in between for the win and the Cubs Brandon Morrow pitching through an error, walk and hit in the 9th for a dramatic opening game win.

Game 2 (NL 2, AL 1 in 12 innings) Brandon Morrow appeared ready to wrap up a Game 2 shutout when the NLs great defense (3b Arenado throwing a runner out at home, and Molina throwing Trout out stealing) was replaced with a dropped line drive at first base by Posey and a rare bobbled pitch by Molina to let a runner get to third who then scored an unearned run to force extra innings.

However, Herrera doubled in the top of the 12th and Parra’s sac fly to right clinched the series with a 2-1 12th inning run once Hendricks worked the 11th and 12th for a win as he induced Judge to ground into a double play to end the 11th and Altuve to strikeout to end the game.

Game 3 (AL 5, NL 2) Gary Sanchez was moved in front of Adrian Beltre in the lineup for Game 3 – and belted a homer-hitting after Yankees teammate Aaron Judge to spark the AL to salvage a game. Justin Verlander pitched three scoreless innings, and Mike Moustakas came off the bench to drive in two more runs for a 5-0 lead.

The NL did get to Ranger Alex Claudio to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Indians-Red Sox combo of Andrew Miller and Craig Kimbrel was once again shut down to get the Hold and the Save to salvage the final of the three games and actually give the AL the better run differential.

While the NL won the series on two cliffhangers, the AL not only had a 9-8 edge in run differential in the three-game series and destroyed the NL in the futures game 7-2 as Ohtani went three shut out innings for the win. Tampa’s Field hit two homers for 5 RBIs, and the Yankees Austin had two runs and doubles on a three of four day, and the White Sox Palka added a single and an RBI triple.

Here is the composite box for the All-Star Games:


PosAll-Start Line-UpTeamABHHRRBIRNotes
CFGeorge SpringerHou71000
SSCarlos CorreaHou72111
DHMike TroutLA71001
RFAaron JudgeNY82001
3BAdrian BeltreTex51000
CGary SanchezNY73121Gm 3 HR in win
2BRobinson CanoSea51000
1BEdwin EncarnacionCle63001
LFAndrew BenintendiBos51000
PosReservesTeamABHHRRBIRNotes
2BJose AltuveHou71000
SSJeimer CandelarioDet20000
CWellington CastilloChi62001
RFShin-Soo ChooTex41010
CFDelino DeShieldsTex10000
CFDustin FowlerOak10000
RFAvisail GarciaChi40000
1BJohn HicksDet21000
CFKevin KiermaierTB60001
3BFrancisco LindorCle10000
3B-SSManny MachadoBal51001
CRussell MartinTor00000
1BJoe MauerMin40010
LFWhit MerrifieldKC30000
SSMike MoustakasKC310212 RBI in Gm 3 win
P-DHShohei OhtaniLA10000
2BDustin PedroiaBos00000
PitchersIPHRERBBK
Gm 1Corey KluberCle231102
Gm 2Shohei OhtaniLAA321117
Gm 3Justin VerlanderHou320011Gm 3 win
Alex ClaudioTex474406Gm 1 loss
Dallas KeuchelHou310004
Craig KimbrelBos310004Gm 3 save
Mike LeakeSea341102Gm 2 loss
Andrew MillerCle431126Gm 3 hold
Chris SaleBos420014
PosAL All-Star Line-upTeamABHHRRBIRNotes
RFGerardo ParraCol56011Gm 2 GW SF in 12th
2BDJ LaMahieuCol45000
DHJoey VottoCin72111Gm 2 HR
1BCody BellingerLA51010
3BNolan ArenadoCol111000
CFMichael ConfortoNY41000
SSCorey SeagerLA50000
LFDavid PeraltaArz50000
CYadier MolinaStl80000
PosReservesTeamABHHRRBIRNotes
2B-3B-1BMatt CarpenterStl00000
1BFreddie FreemanAtl31000
2BScooter GennettCin71000
CFOdubel HerreraPhl2100112th in 2b, GW R Gm 2
CFEnder InciarteAtl41000
CFAndrew McCutchenSF70000
CFAJ PollockArz51001
CBuster PoseySF63020last 2 RBIs, rally short
1BAnthony RizzoChi21121
SSTrevor StoryCol53112
1BRyan ZimmermanWas43001
StartedAL PitchersTeamIPHRERBBKNotes
Gm 1Clayton KershawLA240001
Gm 2Chase AndersonMil310001
Gm 3Carlos MartinezStl321114Gm 3 Loss
Jake ArrietaPhl241004
Luis CastilloCin130000
Josh HaderMil110001
Brad HandSD200002
Kyle HendricksChi210002Gm 2 W, 11th-12th
Yoshihisa HiranoArz300024
Raisel IglesiasCin200011
Corey KnebelMil200005Gm 2 Win
Brandon MorrowChi332015Gm 2 Save
Hector NerisPhl133311G3 collapse
Jose UrenaMia000000
Felipe VazquezPit310002





The updates standings and final AL All-Star selections are now posted here.

(14 NL teams will play 14 AL teams WITH the DH after the games above, but Tampa Bay and St. Louis will be left out since they already played two interleague teams)

NL Standings

The NL went 55-41 in AL Statis-Pro games to date, which were all played with the pitchers batting. After the Oakland at St. Louis series, the next interleague series will all be played with the DH, but the following are the NL teams that did the best in my games against the AL. Keep in mind each NL team played it's games against one specific NL team, so some had touch challenges and some had easy challenges:

The official NL games are being played by my friend.

My friend does not use my quirky "game counts as 3-game series" system, so his records in the NL are straight up one statis pro game per game in the record. He took the top 8 teams as opposed to the whole league. He also played some interleague games with these 8 and even though he used the DH and I did not - seemingly giving the AL the advantage - the NL went 11-5 in those games which are part of the records below. While the AL seems to have the three best teams in actual MLB play, overall the leagues had actually split interleague games exactly 50-50 as of a few days ago. The Cubs are in 1st and if they met the 2nd best team in the league - Milwaukee - at this point, they would have only a 90 minute drive to Miller Park for way games. If they faced the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, they would have only a 4 1/2 hour drive to Busch Stadium.

National League Standings (does not include my AL interleague games)
Chicago          11-4
Milwaukee      10-5
St. Louis          9-6
Washington     7-8
Colorado         7-8
Los Angeles     6-9
New York        6-9
Arizona           6-9

Team Notes:
The Cubs establishing themselves.
Fewest runs allowed  (15gm/51 RA)
Best Run Differential  (15gm/  +19)

No surprise, most runs scored
Colorado  (15 gm/87 RS)
However, Home Runs
Milwaukee (15 gm/ 24 HR)
Colorado (15 gm/20 HR)

Obscure Stat of the Month
(I'm calling this a Statis-Pro Record)
The Dodgers lost to the Rockies 10-5,
and LA left 17 men on-base.  They had 13 hits
and a generous 9 walks from Colorado pitching.
So 5 runs scored and literally every other man was left out there!

All-Star Considerations


We will both figure out how to select our All-Star teams in the near future.

In the AL, I am also scoring MVP voting based on results. We play everyone without regarding for injuries or suspensions, and Cano and Judge are now tied for MVP with Indians starter Kluber.

Top All-Stars, MVPs MVP Points (top 3 players each game divide up 9 star points - max 5 for one player)
Judge NY 15
Cano Sea 13
Kluber Cle 13
Miller Cle 12
Verlander Hou 12
Beltre Tex 11
Merrifield KC 11
A Garcia Chi 10
Ohtani LA 10
Springer Hou 10
Correa Hou 9
Encarcacion Cl 9
Leake Sea 9
Mahtook Det 9
Moustakas KC 9
Sale Bos 9
Sanchez NY 9
Candelario Det 8
Castillo Chi 8
DeShields Tex 8
Duffy KC 8
Trout LA 8
Altuve Hou 7
Avilon Chi 7
Choo Tex 7
Faria TB 7
Keuchel Hou 7
Lindor Cle 7
Martinez Stl 7
Pedroia Bos 7
Benintendi Bos 6
Betts Bos 6
Brantley Cle 6
Cashner Bal 6
Cruz Sea 6
Davidson Chi 6
Fulmer Det 6
Joyce Oak 6
Kiermaier TB 6
Kimbrel Bos 6
Ozuna StL 6
Powell Oak 6
Sanchez Chi 6
Andrus Tex 5
Avila Ari 5
Bradley Bos 5
Castillo Cin 5
Cespades NYM 5
Chacin Mil 5
Contreras ChiC 5
Cozart LA 5
Cron TB 5
Desmond Col 5
Estrada Tor 5
Gattis Hou 5
Giolito Chi 5
Hicks NY 5
Martinez Det 5
Odorizzi TB 5
Pearce Tor 5
Perez KC 5
Richards LAA 5
Rizzo ChiC 5
Stroman Tor 5
Triggs Oak 5
Hiriano Ari 4 4
Andujar NY 4
Arrieta Ari 4
Barnhart Cin 4
Beckman Bal 4
Berrios Min 4
Bregman Hou 4
Cobb Bal 4
Deitrich Mia 4
Escobar KC 4
Field TB 4
Freeman Atl 4
Garcia Chi 4
Gibson Min 4
Goody Cle 4
Greinke Ari 4
Harrison Pitt 4
Healy Sea 4
Herrera KC 4
Incarte Atl 4
Junis TB 4
L Garcia Chi 4
Marisnick Hou 4
Martin Tor 4
McCutcheon SF 4
Olson Oak 4
Paxton Sea 4
Reed Mi 4
Roberts NY 4
Rosario Min 4
Sano Min 4
Santana Phi 4
Sequia Sea 4
Severino NY 4
Sotu... Was 4
Stanton NY 4
Allen Cle 3
Alonso Cle 3
Bauer Cle 3
Bour Mia 3
Buxton Min 3
Castro Bal 3
Chiranos Tex 3
Conforte NYM 3
Freese Pit 3
Gomes Cle 3
Gomez Tex 3
Gray NY 3
Gregorius NY 3
Gross Mi 3
Gurriel Hou 3
Haniger Sea 3
Happ Tor 3
Herrera Phi 3
Heyward ChiC 3
Hicks Det 3
Ianetta Col 3
Kershaw LAD 3
Mauer Min 3
Mengden Oak 3
Murphy Was 3
Nicasio Sea 3
Parker LA 3
Phelps Sea 3
Rivera LA 3
Sanchez Tor 3
Santana Min 3
Santiago Chi 3
Schebler Cin 3
Scherzer Was 3
Seager Sea 3
Shoemaker LA 3
Smoak Tor 3
Sucre TB 3
Trumbo Bal 3
Tulowitzke Tor 3
Upton LA 3
Votto Cin 3
Archer TB 2
Bleier Bal 2
Bonifacio KC 2
Britton Bal 2
Chapman Oak 2
Claudio TX 2
Cole Hou 2
Davis Oak 2
Delminico Chi 2
Donaldson Tor 2
Doolittle Was 2
Duda KC 2
Duffy TB 2
Gardner Phi 2
Giles Hou 2
Gonzalez Sea 2
Gordon KC 2
Hand SD 2
Harper Was 2
Kepler Cle 2
Lowrie Oak 2
Martin Det 2
McCann Atl 2
McCann Hou 2
Minor Tex 2
Moncado Chi 2
Moreland Bos 2
Morrison Min 2
Peacock Hou 2
Petit Oak 2
Piscotty Oak 2
Price Bos 2
Rasmus Bal 2
Reddick Hou 2
Schoe Bal 2
Tepera Tor 2
Urena Mia 2
Warren NY 2
Zimmer Cle 2
Anderson Chi 1
Anderson Mil 1
Beckham Mil 1
Bellinger LAD 1
Bruce NYM 1
Escobar Min 1
Grandal LAD 1
Green NY 1
Hechavarrio TB 1
Morales Tor 1
Parra Col 1
Posey SF 1
Ramirez Cle 1
Simmons LA 1
Store Col 1
Torres NY 1

Who is hot in the NL: 

David Peralta, Arz (19-39 .487) DJ LaMahieu, Col (19-47 .404) Matt Carpenter, Stl 5 HR Gerardo Parra, Col 11 RBI Anthony Rendon, Wsh 11 RBI Jose Martinez, Stl 11 Runs Scored Kyle Hendricks, Chi (3-0, 2.45) Who is not: Bryce Harper, Wsh (3-34, 0 HR, 0 RBI) Stephen Strasburg, Wsh (0-3, 4.75)

Update: We are adding rookie cards on a spreadsheet that lets you add any player you want in this google sheet. I based new cards on the MLB projected stats for the whole year, and going through rookie pitchers with more than 14 innings pitched Shane Carle of the Atlanta Braves is the only PB2-8 pitcher so far. I started the rookie batters just with their actual stats to get something on the page, and Houston has a Home Run 26-33, while the Yankees have 31-35 and 27-37 and Tampa Bay has a 42-43, but because the sample is small I will look at batters projections before actually playing with new rookies. This definitely makes the Yankees much stronger and the Astros and Rays a bit stronger than the rankings I have further down in this blog.

AL League Rules

Each game counts as a 3-game series. Winning team gets a 2-1 series win unless they win by at least 5 runs without extra innings, in which case they get a 3-0 sweep. Mathematically, it is just as hard to get a 5-run win as a sweep and run differential is a truer test in the short season.

Using 2017 Statis-Pro cards but current rosters. As long as someone is on the roster they can be used in a better role (eg a player with a better card from last year can play ahead of the player actually starting this year, or relievers who have better cards can be the closer. Also, relievers can be used to protect against a sweep (closer to hold a 5-run lead or keep a 4-run deficit from becoming a 5-run deficit.

Instructions for Playing Statis-Pro Baseball from MLB, to minors/youth/college to Japan (Ohtani vs. Suzuki)

Note: Leading into today's Home Run Derby we reviewed all 6 current MLB Divisions (see photo) and the greatest 42 Statis-Pro teams in the South, West, Central, and East going back to Honus Wagner's 1902 Pirates. Today we go worldwide by updating the instructions on how to play the game with Statis-Pro cards for Shohei Ohtani vs. Ichiro Suzuki from their Japanese Pacific League and how to make your own cards for any player you want to use with our free Statis-Pro game (moved to here) and an update on our own Statis-Pro season and NL winning 2 of 3 Statis-Pro All-Star games but with the AL dominating the futures game based on these Statis-Pro cards for new stars.

Learn to Play Statis-Pro in Minutes & Make Your Own Cards

To play, you only need only to choose which cards to use (use Dodgers & Yankees bottom of this post, get all current cards, or cards for all-time great teams, or type in a few stats to make your own like I did of Shohei Ohtani vs. Ichiro Suzuki from the Japanese League below). Once you have a pitcher and batters card in front of you are ready to play:

A. Two 6-sided dice to determine whether to use the pitcher's card based on his top PB (roll of 2-8 keeps it on Clayton Kershaw's card, or whether to use the batter's card (roll of 9-12 puts it on Aaron Judge's card).

B. Two 8-sided dice of different colors (or this dice simulator or Fast Action Cards) to get a result of 11-88 to find on that card. Basically, one of four things happens; a, an OUT if the 11-88 shows K or Out; 2, the runner gets to base on a W or HBP; 3, any runners advance a base on a BK, PB or WP BUT if no one is on base those result in an Out; or finally, 4, the batter gets a hit (1b, 2b, 3b or HR).




In this case pictured, the blue dice roll of 9 put the results on Judge's card, and the 27 made it a home run. While I pasted samples of a full-line up with a pitcher for both the Dodgers and Yankees in 2017 to you can play a whole game this way, let's just play through an inning of Kershaw vs. Judge starting with that roll of a "9" and "27:"

Two-Dice (PB)Random Number (11-88)Result if Kershaw vs. JudgeNew Sitation
927Home Run1-0 Yankees, 0 out
532Strikeout on Kershaw's card1 out
315Single on Kershaw's cardman on first 1 out
1145Strikeout on Judge's card2 outs
485Out on Judge's card3 outs, inning over

To keep the game very simple, you can play out entire games or seasons that way. On hits, just advance runners as many bases as the batters except advance them an extra base if two outs (believe it or not, this is very accurate because an extensive study showed batters take an extra base just under one-third of the time (so with 2 outs but not with one or no outs is about right) and they were actually almost never thrown out trying to advance).

Keep in mind even if you only have 2 standard 6-sided dice you can roll them for the PB and then use a dice similator like this one to select two 8-sided dice (the result below would be the same 27 in our first example):



Same Basic Game Using Cards You Make Or Advanced Cards

You can actually make cards for any player you want for free just by entering the following numbers into this google sheet ...

PitcherBatter
Throws R or LBats R,S,L
Games PitchedPOS
Games StartedAB
Innings PitchedR
ERAH
K2B
BB3B
HHR
BB
SO
SB


... and the google sheet will calculate cards like this (I entered the numbers above for both players).
Rolling the same dice, you first look at the bolded number by PB (there is also a PB for passed ball further down - probably the one poor choice by the inventors!). The key to understanding these cards is that it is always showing you only the LAST number of the range - not the beginning and end like in the Kershaw and Judge cards above. (Advanced Notes: There are some notes by the batter card because some numbers translate to the letters for baserunning, stealing bases, bunting and defense in the advance game).

So in this case, the "10" in bold means that Ohtani is a PB: 2-10, and the 15 after the 1B: means he gets a hit on an 11-15, since 11 is always the first number. Then a 16 is a balk (BK), the 37 by strikeouts means it is 17-35 since it starts after the balk, etc. The numbers always end with an out through 88, so here that is 53-88 since outs start after wild pitches.

If the roll is on Suzuki's card his 1b: number is 35, so he has singles from 11-35, etc., including home runs in red from 45-47.

So to practice looking up the results on the created cards, let's say the same five rolls as we showed in Kershaw vs. Judge came up when Ohtini faced Suzuki using the cards above:





Two-Dice (PB)Random Number (11-88)Result if Ohtani v SuzukiNew Sitation
927Strikeout on Ohtani's cardBases empty, 1 out
532Strikeout on Ohtani's card2 outs
315Single on Ohtani's cardman on first 2 outs
1145Home Run on Suzuki's card1-0 Orix Blue Wave
485Out on Suzuki's card3 outs, inning over



Ohtani's 2-10 put the result on his result on the first roll, but later when a PB 11 put it on Suzuki's card he hit a home run because his home run range goes all the way up to 47.

Finally, when you first look at the Advanced cards like the ones I bought through this link for my 42-team league of great teams, they look a bit confusing but just focus on the key lines.

The big difference is to realize the same numbers are there (PB and RN) but you need to look at the column based on if the batter or pitcher is facing someone who bats or throws left-handed or right-handed.

So to take a New York match-up from the Eastern Division of my four All-Time divisions, Dwight Gooden's PB when facing a left-handed batter is in his far left column and you can find that he is a PB 2-7 (under vLH). When he faces a right-handed batter he was actually not quite as good with a PB of 4-7 (under v RH in middle of the 5 columns).

By the same token, if that roll puts the random number of Ruth's card you need to check to see if he is facing a left-handed pitcher (far left corner under vLH) or as in this case is in the middle column because he is facing a right-handed pitcher in Gooden (vs RH, 385 at bats, .379). Against lefties he only hit home runs on 16-27, while against righties he hit it out from 28-38.
Let's again run through the same five rolls of the dice for Gooden facing Ruth as we did for the other two combinations to see how the inning would have played out.

Two-Dice (PB)Random Number (11-88)Result if Gooden v RuthNew Sitation
927Triple on Ruth's cardMan on 3rd, 0 out33
532Strikeout on Gooden's card1 out37
315Single on Gooden's card1-0 Yanks, man on first 1 out311
1145Strikeout on Ruth's card2 outs315
485Out on Ruth's card3 outs, inning over319


So whether you make your own cards, order all current players with basis cards like Kershaw and Judge on eBay from bigdave32, or find all-time career superstars at sites like this one, the basic game can be played easily as soon as you are used to identifying where the PB and Random Numbers are for each dice roll.

Whichever cards you choose to use, the nice thing about the simple dice version is it can be easy to play even while traveling. Once you have the basic game down it is very easy to add base-running, fielding, clutch plays, unusual plays etc. by using a 20-sided die and printing out the free version of the game here.

I still use the Fast Action Deck when at home and with a desk surface in front of me, but I also find it easy to carry just the dice and a few teams to play the game on the road with a set-up like this:





A few other things I do for a more advanced game:


If you have played Statis-Pro baseball before, but do not have a set of fast action cards with you, you can instead roll the following dice for each batter (or use dice simulator for all at www.roll-dice-online.com):


A 20-sided dice for "Out" results that will replace all of the other parts of the Fast Action Deck by giving you the result of the out below.  You normally only need to look at the 20-sided die on an "Out" result, however if anyone is on base and that dies shows up as a "20" then you refer to the second page above for the interesting results that would result from a PB of BD, CD or Z on a Fast Action Deck. Advanced players should also check for an error if the other dice result in a hit on the batters card and the red die is 18 or 19. 

B. Check for Errors
As detailed in green on the 1st sheet, when the 20-sided die comes up as a 18 or 19 on either an out or a hit on the batter's card, then you check for an error.

You the 6-sided and 20-sided dice again. The 6-sided dice tell you which player might make an error based on the chart in green on the quick start pages. If you are rolling because of a hit on the on the batter's card, then you The 20-sided die is then compared to the "E" or Error rating by the player in that position on the defense. For example, if the Right Fielder were the position and Aaron Judge were in right field, you would see he has a RF E2. If the 20-sided roll is 11-20 then you subtract 10 from it BUT IT IS A CHANCE FOR A 2-BASE ERROR. Therefore if the roll is 1, 2 then Judge makes a 1-base error. On 3-10 he makes no error because that is higher than his E number. If the roll is 11-12 then Judge makes a two-base error, but on a 13-20 is not an error.

1c. Check for BD, CD or Z Plays (if roll 20 and anyone on base)
The dice similate the normal PB of 2 to 12, but not the BD, CD or Z plays that make Statis-Pro extra exciting. Therefore, when a roll of "20" occurs then you used the other four dice in a different way. Instead of looking at the PB on the pitcher's card and RN on the batter or pitcher card, you read the 
two 6-sided dice to determine if the play is a Clutch batting play (2 to 5), clutch fielding play (6 to 9) or Z play (10 to 12). 

Clutch Batting. On a 2 to 5 the Random Number roll of 11 to 88 is used for the Clutch Batting on the batter's card which can result in a bases-clearing double, triple or home run, or nothing (a foul ball).

Clutch Fielding. On a roll of 6 to 9, you need to look at the two 6-sided dice to determine which fielder has a chance for a clutch play. Using the player's CD of 1, 2, 3 or 4 refer to the chart on the Quick Start page in yellow and the defender will either make a great play - often a double play - or nothing will happen and roll again using normal play.

Unusual Plays. On a roll of 10 to 12 you use the Random Number roll of 11 to 88 is used on the Z chart above, which can result on unusual plays from ejections to rainouts to triple plays.

2. Items if you do not have a board, Charts

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2a.      Charts for taking extra base on hit, BD, CD, Z play

Statis-Pro Boards gave charts for a runner to try to take an extra base on a hit. However, it was the one part of the game that was unrealistic since further studies showed that runners only advance from 1st to 3rd on about 30 percent of singles, and are only thrown out a little over 1% of the time 

Therefore, the simple one-sided die roll in the quick start pages is actually more accurate than these original charts. Basically a roll of 1,2 or 3 lets a fast baserunner (OBR: A) or base stealer
(SP: A) take the extra base or steal about half the time without a close play, while a B can only
take the base without a close play 33% of the time on a  or 2, and an OBR or SP C can only take the base without a close play 17% of the time.  However, with 2 outs runners have a better chance,
so a roll of "4" gives an OBR A, B, C or even D the extra base. The runner or base stealer are
not out if they are not fast enough - they can only be thrown out on a roll of 6.

If the first roll is 6, then the fielder has a chance to throw the runner out. Refer to the outfielders throwing arm "T5, T4, T3 or T2" and roll the die again and if the number is lower or equal then
the fielder throws the runner out and if not the runner is safe.
On a steal, if a 6 comes up then a TA throws the would be base stealer out regardless, but if not roll again and a 1-2 means the runner is thrown out by the catcher whether he is a TB or TC, and if the roll is 1-4 then the basestealer is out only if the cather is a TB (Remember TA throws out without a 
2nd roll). In any case, if the outfielder or catcher fails to throw the player out then he is safe ahead
of the tag.

However, if you prefer to use the Board Charts we provide them below, BUT suggest the following
changes to make them more accurate.

1. Lower the safe range listed below by 20 with 0 or 1 out, and if there are 2 outs use the numbers below but do not add 20. Also, if the runner advances AND the random number is between 11-18 then a batter with either an OBR A or B takes another base on the throw attempt at the runner, and if the number is 21-28 AND the runner advances than only a batter who is OBR A can advance.

2. However, if the Random Number is NOT within the range listed then simply keep the runner at the base as he saw he probably could not make it to the next base. The runner is only thrown out on the following Random Numbers in all scenarios:

81-82 = T5 throws out runner trying to advance, others hold.
83-84 = same as above, except T4 or T5 throws runner out.
85-86 = same as above, except T3, T4 or T5 throws runner out
87-88 = runner trying to advance thrown out.


2b. Bunt and Steal Option

If you want to bunt you are given an option with the 6-sided in the QuickStart pages at the top. The original "bunt for hit" chart in Statis-Pro was completely unrealistic because it always advanced the runners. However, the 6-sided die option in the QuickStart above, or you can roll the 20-sided die instead of the 6-sided die for a steal or bunt and use the chart below, with the chance for a hit included in addition to sacrafices (technically a batter does either bunt for a hit or sacrafice, but for purposes of accuracy in results, all of these options are more accurate).

Steal OptionBunt Option
DieSteal attempt (add 1 to roll if 3B)DieBunt
1Catcher throws out (others hold)1Single for Batter OBR A-C, otherwise Sacrifice
2Catcher TA-B throws out (others hold)2Single for Batter OBR A-B, otherwise Sacrifice
3Catcher TA-B throws out (others hold)3Single for Batter OBR A-B, otherwise Sacrifice
4Catcher TA throws out (others hold)4Single for Batter OBR A, otherwise Sacrifice
5Catcher TA throws out (others hold)5Single only if Batter OBR A AND Sac AA, otherwise Sacrifice
6Hold6Sacrifice
7Sp AA steals, others hold7Sacrifice
8Sp AA steals, others hold8Sacrifice
9Sp AA steals, others hold9Sacrifice
10Sp AA steals, others hold10Sacrifice if batter Sac AA-CC, otherwise lead runner out
11SP A steals, others hold11Sacrifice if batter Sac AA-CC, otherwise lead runner out
12SP A steals, others hold12Sacrifice if batter Sac AA-BB, otherwise lead runner out
13SP A-B steals, others hold13Sacrifice if batter Sac AA-BB, otherwise lead runner out
14SP A-B steals, others hold14Sacrifice if batter Sac AA, otherwise lead runner out
15SP A-C steals, others hold15Sacrifice if batter Sac AA, otherwise lead runner out
16SP A-C steals, others hold16Popout
17SP A-D steals, others hold17Lead runner thrown out
18SP A-D steals, others hold18Lead runner thrown out and if runner on first, then double play with both him and batter thrown out
19Roll 20-sided die again, if roll equal or lower than catchers E number then 1-base error, otherwise runner holds19Roll 20-sided die again, if roll equal or lower than catchers E number then 1-base error, otherwise runner holds
20Same as 19 except 2-base error20Same as 19 except 2-base error


For experienced players simply trying to replace a missing set of Fast Action Cards with dice, you must read no further. However, the next section plays out a sample game for those who were not familiar with Statis-Pro baseball and are learning the game for the first time.

Yankees vs. Dodgers Sample Game

You can start by playing a sample game here between the Yankees and Dodgers, and then see "Make or Order Your Own Cards" (my order from big32dave at eBay was emailed within 2 hours or calculate on this google sheet) below whether to manage current or all-time major league players or player cards for minor league, college, American Legion, high school or even little league players.

3a.      Sample game with Dodgers and Yankees player cards to play your first game


Here we include player cards for nine Yankees to bat against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and nine Dodgers to bat against Yankee CC Sabathia. To try out the game, choose your line-up for both teams from the cards below and we will start with Clayton Kershaw against Aaron Judge.




Once you determine which pitcher is playing which batter, you will get a dice or card result from 2 to 12 to first determine whose card controls play based on the pitcher's PB rating (in this case PB 2-8 for Kershaw), and then through a result of 11-88 on that card. These numbers can be generated in one of three ways shown in these pictures:

1. If you have or can get a Statis-Pro Fast Action card deck you flip one card to get the PB (the first card below shows a "9" so it would be on Judge's card), then a second card to get the "Random" number (on the second card below the Random number is "27" which would be a home run because Judge's card shows a home run occurs on a 25-35 on his card. (Not that if the PB number were lower it would have been on Kershaw's card, and been in his stikeout range of 23-46.

2. You can generate the same results by rolling two traditional 6-sided dice and adding up the total of the dots (in this case "9" based on the blue dice to give the same result as the PB9 if you were using cards). You also need two 8-sided dice with the first number entering the "10s" number (we use yellow here so the "2" in yellow indicates the total will be 20-something) and the second die with a "7" on it makes the roll 27 to yield the same result as the card - a home run for Judge. The 20-sided roll of 1 day is used in advanced rules below.

3b. Pictures of cards and dice alongside on-line dice and Fast Action Cards




3. If you do not have the Face Action Cards or the dice, you can simply generate the rolls randomly on line by going to www.roll-dice-online.com. You need to first click "6" for Numer of Sides and Roll Dice - in this case generated a total of 3 + 6 that must be added together to total of 9 as the PB. You then must hit "8" by Number of sides for the random number and in this case the order is important as the "2" and then "7" rolls in the middle roll is read as 27 - the home run for Judge. The 20-sided roll of 1 day is used in advanced rules below.
Then bring up the next Yankees hitter from the cards below to complete a 9-man line-up, and then do the same for the Dodgers to face the pitcher CC Sabathia to play a game using basic baseball rules with outs and hits as indicated on the cards. To play a very basic game, simply keep track of what base each player is on and how many outs there are in each inning. If you do not yet want to use the advanced rules below on baserunning, then simply have runners on base move as many bases as the batter who hit the ball, but with two outs let them go an extra base (1st to 3rd or 2nd to home on a single or score from 1st on a double). This is actually surprisingly accurate as runners actually take an extra base on a hit almost one-third of the time and are actually thrown out trying just over 1% of the time.

Here are the rest of the Yankees in addition to Judge and Hicks above to give you the 9-man line-up.



One the Yankees have 3 outs in the first inning, CC Sabathia can pitch against the nine Dodgers below his card.






3c. Make or Order Your Own Cards


Making or Ordering the Rest of the Player cards for this or any past season, or for American Legion, college, high school, little league or the Minor Leagues.

Once you get more cards and can pinch hit or change pitchers, you can add these factors.

To get extra cards, you can order sets of cards for this or previous seasons through eBay for as little as $10, or even type in the stats to calculate your own cards on this google sheet.  You just need the following stats to type into the google sheet and create new cards.


PitcherBatter
Throws R or LBats R,S,L
Games PitchedPOS
Games StartedAB
Innings PitchedR
ERAH
K2B
BB3B
HHR
BB
SO
SB

3d. Advanced Rules: Relief Pitchers and Pinch Hitters

Kershaw's SR is 11, which is his endurance. Every time he gives up a hit, walk, hits a batter with a pitch (HBP), throws a wil pitch (WP) or allows a run, lower that by one number. If Judge did hit a home run against him that would be a hit and a run allowed and his SR would drop from 11 to 9. Once he gets to 0 you start to take numbers off of his PB. So if he was down to an SR "1" and then gave up a solo homer to Judge, then he would be at zero so the run and hit Judge scored would instead lower his PB from 2-8 to PB: 2-6 and you would normally take him out of the game for a reliever.

When playing a series or season, a pitcher who starts a game should rest the next 3 games, a reliever who faces at least 12 batters should rest 2 games, and a pitcher who faces at least 6 players should rest 1 game.

4. My season and personal tweaks


4a. Avoiding ridiculous players


A few personal tweaks as I play:


Occasionally a player will have a ridiculously good card based on just 20 inning pitched or 50 at bats, making it appear he is the best batter or best pitcher in the league. I put the following caps on players if they played less than half - or even less than one-quarter of the season:

Very part-time player


(40 or fewer position games, or 8 or fewer starts as a pitcher, or 16 or fewer relief appearances). For these very part-time players:

A batters Home Run range can be no better than 32-36 (5 home run numbers and strikeouts on the card must start by 37). Therefore a player who had a 41-42 for home runs would push those two homers down the card to a 35-36, and then push the same number of triples, than doubles down to the lower numbers. If a player had a 21-28 on home runs (8 home run numbers) then they could only keep 5 home run numbers and would thus be a 24-28 on home runs.

A Very Part-time pitcher cannot have a PB higher than 207.

Half-time player


 (80 or fewer position games, 16 or fewer starts as a pitcher, 32 or fewer relief appearances).

A batters home run range can be no better than 32-38 (7 home run numbers).

A pitchers PB can not be a 2-9, so much be lowered to a PB 2-8.

4b.      International Rules for extra innings


One last option is to play the new international rules for extra innings. The version I am using is that beginning in the 10th inning the next two batters scheduled up basically get intentional walks - so the third batter of the inning always comes up with runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs until someone wins the game. (the actual rule allows managers to pick where to go to in the lineup for those 1st two players to put on base starting in the 11th inning, but I just keep it to the next two batters in the line-up in the 11th).

4c. Rest Rules


The other variation I use is to count every game as a 3-game series with goes to the winner of the game 2 games to 1 UNLESS they win by at least 5 runs, in which case they are awarded a 3 games to 0 edge in the record. If you do this the home team is still allowed to hit in the bottom of the 9th if they are ahead but by less than 5 runs in order to try to turn it into a sweep.

To prevent one ace reliever from coming in and pitching a bunch of innings, I do not allow a pitcher to appear in as many innings as his RR (so an RR of 3, can only appear in part or all of 2 innings).

4d. Tips on storing the team's cards between games.

The following groupings of cards within a team let's you keep track of the pitching rotation and which relievers need to sit out a game or two:

i. 4 cards facing you can start with the starting pitcher who should start the next game. Behind him an backward can be any reliever who needs to skip that game because he faced at least 6 batters last game or 12 batters the game before. Then the pitcher who will start the next game, with any relievers reversed behind him who pitched to at least 12 batters and thus needs to rest that game. Then the 3rd and 4th pitchers, with 4th being the one who started the last game.

ii. The relievers who are rested to pitch the next game can then all be put in any order facing away from you under the starters.

iii. The bench players who do not usually start can then be under the relievers but facing toward you.

iv. The 8- or 9- man line-up (depending on if you are using the DH) would then be facing away from you at the bottom of the stack

Therefore the next time you are ready for the team to play, once side has the starting rotation, the other the starting line-up, and all pitching and bench reserves are in the middle.

4e. Season Blog


Here is my season blog.