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 Team||W||L||GB||Win%||New Opponent||IF playoffs today|
|Houston||25||11||0||0.694||Milwaukee||AL West Pennant|
|New York||23||13||-2||0.639||NY Mets||AL East Pennant|
|Boston||21||15||-4||0.583||Cincinnati||Wild Card host|
|Cleveland||24||18||-4||0.571||4-2 v Pittsburgh||AL Central|
|Baltimore||20||16||-5||0.556||Chicago Cubs||Wild Card visitor|
|Chicago||22||20||-6||0.524||2-4 vs Washington|
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:
|C||Gary Sanchez||NY||7||3||1||2||1||Gm 3 HR in win|
|SS||Mike Moustakas||KC||3||1||0||2||1||2 RBI in Gm 3 win|
|Gm 1||Corey Kluber||Cle||2||3||1||1||0||2|
|Gm 2||Shohei Ohtani||LAA||3||2||1||1||1||7|
|Gm 3||Justin Verlander||Hou||3||2||0||0||1||1||Gm 3 win|
|Alex Claudio||Tex||4||7||4||4||0||6||Gm 1 loss|
|Craig Kimbrel||Bos||3||1||0||0||0||4||Gm 3 save|
|Mike Leake||Sea||3||4||1||1||0||2||Gm 2 loss|
|Andrew Miller||Cle||4||3||1||1||2||6||Gm 3 hold|
|Pos||AL All-Star Line-up||Team||AB||H||HR||RBI||R||Notes|
|RF||Gerardo Parra||Col||5||6||0||1||1||Gm 2 GW SF in 12th|
|DH||Joey Votto||Cin||7||2||1||1||1||Gm 2 HR|
|CF||Odubel Herrera||Phl||2||1||0||0||1||12th in 2b, GW R Gm 2|
|C||Buster Posey||SF||6||3||0||2||0||last 2 RBIs, rally short|
|Gm 1||Clayton Kershaw||LA||2||4||0||0||0||1|
|Gm 2||Chase Anderson||Mil||3||1||0||0||0||1|
|Gm 3||Carlos Martinez||Stl||3||2||1||1||1||4||Gm 3 Loss|
|Kyle Hendricks||Chi||2||1||0||0||0||2||Gm 2 W, 11th-12th|
|Corey Knebel||Mil||2||0||0||0||0||5||Gm 2 Win|
|Brandon Morrow||Chi||3||3||2||0||1||5||Gm 2 Save|
|Hector Neris||Phl||1||3||3||3||1||1||G3 collapse|
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 StandingsThe 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)
St. Louis 9-6
Los Angeles 6-9
New York 6-9
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!
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)|
|A Garcia Chi||10|
|L Garcia Chi||4|
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.