Sunday, September 15, 2019

Seeing Dorsett, Talking to Swann; Wrap up end of Statis-Pro Baseball Season

NL EastWinsLossesWin%WcGBBest CaseRemaining (if necessary)
WC vs. NYM
WC at Atl
Other WCWinsLossesWin%GBBest CaseRemaining
SD46410.528-4EliminatedSF2 Ar2
SF42420.500-4EliminatedSD2 Ar2
Ari35420.403-8.5EliminatedSD2 SF2 LA1
Previously eliminated: Miami, Pittsburgh, Colorado.

Dodgers (55-32 .632) and Cubs (49-41 .544) already in playoffs as NL West and Central Champs. AL Wildcards Rays vs Twins, Winner vs. Indians. Yankees vs. Astros.

To play Statis-Pro baseball yourself click this google sheet (includes cards for all MLB players and instructions) and two 6-sided dice, two 8-sided dice and one 20-sided die.

In the Statis-Pro Season 24 of 30 teams finished within 2 games of what their record would have been is they had their real life winning percentage. Click here for a full breakdown.

My Facebook explanation of why I focus only on Statis-Pro baseball and Value Add Basketball on this blog on a weekend where I saw Tony Dorsett at the Pitt at Penn State game appears at the bottom of this blog - but first the final 17 Statis-Pro games to determine the final 3 NL playoff teams:
  • NL East Round Robin in order played (Marlins eliminated) 
Click here for the NL round robin divisional year end Statis-Pro games played before this blog.
  1. Nationals L 1-3 (to Braves), Anibal Sanchez, 5, PB: 2-6 vs. Braves, Bryse Wilson, 5, PB: 4-7 (6), Result: Wilson and top 3 Braves relievers one-hit the powerful Nats line-up, a 2nd inning HR by Eaton.
  2. Nationals W6-3 (to Braves), Stephen Strasburg, 2, PB: 2-8 vs. Braves, Mike Soroka, 2, PB: 2-7, Result: Turner's 3-run walkoff HR broke 3-3 tied in 9th to move Nats into first.
  3. Phillies L2-4 (to Braves), Nick Pivetta, 3, PB: 4-7 (7) vs. Braves, Dallas Keuchel, 3, PB: 2-7, Result: Donaldson 2-run HR tied it 2-2 in 5th, then Markakis, Swanson and Flowers. Hamilton PR, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored game winner.
  4. Mets W 8-4 (v Nats), Steven Matz, 4, PB: 4-7 (6) vs. Nationals, Erick Fedde, 4, PB: 4-7 (7), Result: ex-Giant Panik's PH RBI single in 6th helped Mets hold 5-4 lead, until Alonso's 3-run HR in top of 9th let them save reliever Diaz (like Familia and Wilson great in the game if not in real life). Nats drop to 50-37 tie for Braves in NL East with 1 game left for each team.
  5. Mets W2-1 (v Wash), Marcus Stroman, 3, PB: 2-7 vs. Nationals, Patrick Corbin, 3, PB: 2-8, Result: Pitchers duel ended with Nats ace reliever walking three straight batters to force go-ahead run, then Diaz (a great PB2-9 in game) shut down Nats for the win leaving door open for Braves to win division with win in final game.
  6. Phillies W6-5 (v Braves), Vince Velasquez, 4, PB: 2-6 vs. Braves, Mike Foltynewicz, 4, PB: 2-7, Result: Braves chance to clinch ended with "what if" walk off HR by McCutchen to overcome Donaldson hitting 2-run HR and beating 2 throws home. Nats and Braves will play one-game playoff for NL East unless Mets clobber Phillies 5 games to 1 to force 3-way tie or 6-0 (would require two wins by 5 or more runs each).
  7. Phillies L6-7 (to Mets), Jake Arrieta, 2, PB: 4-7 (6) vs. Mets, Noah Syndergaard, 2, PB: 2-7, Result: McNeil's 2 homers and RBI double combined with 5 scoreless relief innings eliminated the Phillies.
  8. Phillies L3-4 (to Mets), Ranger Suarez, 5, PB: 2-4 (5) vs. Mets, Zack Wheeler, 5, PB: 2-6, Result: McNeil homered and doubled again, the latter pushing Phils closer Robertson into the game before the 9th to preserve a Phils 3-2 lead. With him gone, Rosario hit a 9th inning grounder down the third baseline that Franco (Clutch Defense 3) failed to make a play on, resulting in an RBI double. Cano then hit a walk off double.  The Mets practically guarantee themselves the 2nd playoff spot to face the loser of the Braves-Nats 1-game playoff for the NL East - unless the Giants or Padres can go 10-2 in remaining games against each other and the Diamondbacks.
NL West Games to be played if teams still alive for wild card:
  1. Padres L1-4 (vs. Giants), Dinelson Lamet, 2, PB: 2-7 vs. Giants, Jeff Samardzija, 3, PB: 2-6, Result: Samardzija pitched 7 innings of 2-hit ball to keep the Giants hopes alive and take the Padres to the edge of elimination (needing to get credits for "Sweeps/5-run wins" in their last three games to survive). Giants first four hitters (Pillar, Belt, Posey and Austin) singled then Padres starter Lamet booted a grounder and Longoria hit a sac fly to give Samardzija all the support he needed.
  2. Padres W12-3 S (vs. Giants), Eric Lauer, 5, PB: 2-5 vs. Giants, Shaun Anderson, 4, PB: 2-5, Result: Padres came in needing to register sweeps in their last three games (winning and leading by at least 5 runs at the end of the 8th without using top reliever). A 2-run HR by Renfroe in the 1st, then 2-run double by Kinsler and 2-run triple by Tatis in the second put them on their way to a 12-3 barrage to eliminate the Giants. If the Padres do the same to the Diamondbacks two games in a row, then they would get a one-game playoff with the Mets to try to take the last wild card spot.
  3. Padres, Robbie Erlin W5-2 (vs Giants), 4, PB: 4-7 (6) vs. Diamondbacks, Luke Weaver, 4, PB: 4-7 (6), Result: Tatis and Machado homered in the 1st and the Padres stretched the lead to 5-2 and loaded the basis in the 5th inning. However, the great Diamondback's bullpen shut it down from there to leave the Padres with a win but not the 5-run sweep they needed to stay alive - leaving the Mets as the final wild card team.
  4. NL East 1 Game Playoff: Braves (Foltynewicz) at Nationals (Fedde). The Nats overcame a collision between Soto and Eaton in the 4th inning that took them out of the game (Z-play) and two errors to secure a 3-0 win and the NL East title. The Braves will host the Mets in the Statis-Pro Playoff game.  Turner singled in 2-runs in the 5th, and a third run scored in the 6th when Zimmerman scored on an attempted double play (Gx6) on Suzuki's grounder with men on 1st and third. The Braves loaded the bases in both the 7th and 8th, but Rosenthal and Doolittle pitched out of the jams to preserve the shutout. Nats 3, Braves 0.

  • The games below were not played because all playoff spots were secure. The playoff bracket and results are kept here.
  1. Padres, Joey Lucchesi, 3, PB: 2-7 vs. Diamondbacks, Zac Gallen, 3, PB: 4-7 (6), Result:(played only if Padres "Sweep" 1st game vs. Diamondbacks with 5+ run win)
  2. Giants, Andrew Suarez, 2, PB: 4-7 (7) vs. Diamondbacks, Matt Andriese, 2, PB: 2-7, Result: (not necessary)
  3. Giants, Conner Menez, 5, PB: 2-5 vs. Diamondbacks, Taijuan Walker, 5, PB: 2-6, Result: (not necessary)
  4. Dodgers, Walker Buehler, 1, PB: 2-8 vs. Diamondbacks, Robbie Ray, 1, PB: 2-7, Result: (not necessary)
  5. Cardinals, Alex Reyes, 2, PB: 4-7 (7) vs. Reds, Alex Wood, 2, PB: 2-7, Result: (not necessary)
  6. Cardinals, Miles Mikolas, 5, PB: 4-7 (6) vs. Reds, Kevin Gausman, 5, PB: 4-7 (7), Result: (not necessary)
My Facebook Note along with photo of Dorsett:

When seeing Tony Dorsett at the Pitt at Penn State game this weekend, and talking to Lynn Swann on the phone recently, I should explain why the blog focuses only on baseball and basketball. I love football and hockey, have children with soccer and track scholarships - but I don't believe I have much to add in writing or creating games and/or player cards for those sports. I am a stat guy, and the Value Add Basketball game I developed of great teams, and starter game to let people try out Statis Pro Baseball Advanced stem from sports I believe you can break down analytically - and for that reason sports you can following even when on a business trip where you lose the ability to watch games on TV. So here are the final 17 games I'll play in Statis-Pro minus any between teams who clinch or are eliminated. It started with a blast with Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals playing a great Statis-Pro series with the actual game in the background on TV. Both should join my Statis-Pro playoffs with Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs Tampa Bay Rays Minnesota Twins Cleveland Indians Houston Astros New York Yankees and one other NL team based on these final games. I want to wrap up in time to start my Value Add Basketball season between 48 of the greatest college hoops teams of the century.

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