Saturday, October 17, 2020

Dominican Republic and Venezuela Edging SEC in 10-team Statis-Pro Baseball; Click for Each Team's Summaries

The following are the results of our first 2 rounds of games using these Statis-Pro cards based on where players were born or played college baseball before making the majors. Each card is the same as the one that comes in the complete set of cards and how to play instructions.  Results of each game and grid of record against each team is on this google sheet.

These results are actually through four games for each team (winner gets credit for a 3-game sweep for wins by 5+ wins, or else 2 games to 1 win). You can search each team as listed below to find the summary of each of their games to date, as well as a picture of each scoresheet:

Best OffensesWLRuns/GmHRBA
Dominican Republic936.3140.293
ACC666.340.300
Venezuela935.590.288
Pac-12574.040.211
Cuba393.8100.236
Japan-S.Korea663.850.205
Big-12663.860.203
SEC752.840.213
Mexico572.350.195
Puerto Rico481.820.194

The defending champions Dominican Republic is tied for first in overall offense (6.3 runs scored per game) with the ACC and tied for first place (9-3) with defending runner up Venezuela. They are way ahead with 14 home runs, while Cuba is second with 10 homers, just ahead of Venezuela with 9. The top three batting averages (.300 for ACC, .293 for Dominican Republic and .288 for Venezuela) are 52 points better than the rest of the league. Bold indicates 1st place, italics for 2nd place, and underlined for 3rd place). 

When the top 2 offenses match-up for two games, Marcel Ozuna hit three homers in one game and Fernando Tatis went 5 of 9 for the Dominican Republic, making him 7 for his last 14 with 3 homers. The ACC is powered by a hero from last year's World Series and from this year's World Series - the Nats' Trea Turner went 4 of 9 for the ACC and the Dodgers' Will Smith went 5 of 10 with 2 homers. For Venezuela, Peralta had two 3-run homers in one game, and Altuve went 4 of 8 in the same series. All details are below in the scoresheets and summaries. Cuba's sluggers include one of the best platoons ever with 2020 Playoff hero Randy Arozarena, who bats third against lefty and homered in his most recent game, and 2019 Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez (Astros) bats in the same spot against righties and homered in the next game.

Best DefenseR/GmSt IP
Starter KsStarter ERA
SEC1.255.7
281.98
Venezuela1.754.9
201.37
Mexico3.504.6
160.98
Dominican Republic3.755.0
254.50
Japan-S.Korea4.004.9
223.20
Big-124.505.2
143.48
Pac-124.755.3
334.71
Puerto Rico4.755.0
244.05
ACC5.503.3
89.00
Cuba6.253.5
177.71

Mexico was picked to finish last in the league, but their starters have done an incredible job of giving them 4 or 5 great innings for an 0.98 ERA, the best in the majors. However, in overall runs allowed per game they are only 3rd in overall runs allowed - giving up around 3 runs a game after the starter leaves for an overall average of 3.50 due to a number of players needing to play out of position in the field and weaker middle relieving until they get to great 8th and 9th inning closers. Agrazal, Gonzalez and Loasiga have all giving scoreless starts of between 4 and 6 innings, but do not have the endurance for long starts.

The SEC is the truly dominant pitching staff, with Scherzer (6 IP, 1 ER, 12 K), Gray (7,0,4) and Buehler (5.2, 1, 9) all dominating and only Woodruff (4,3,3) struggling a little the first time through the rotation. The Pac-12 may have the most dominant 1-2 punch with 13 strikeouts each for Bauer (8 innings, 1 run) and Cole (8,2) who had terrible defense behind him and was the hard-luck loser against the best start to date - Japan's Yu Darvish (no hitter with 13 strikeouts).

Sample Cards:

To give two examples if what the cards look like if you want to play your own games, Acuna's card shows he on Venezuela's team in this set, he was born in Venezuela, and in the MLB packet he is on Atlanta's team (Ven/Ven/ATL). Scherzer is on the SEC team, he pitched for the University of Missouri, and in the MLB set he is on the Washington Nationals.



The following is a summary of each game for each team. The teams are listed alphabetically and each game is listed in reverse chronological order:

ACC Games:

Dominican Republic 6, ACC 1 (Sweep). The Dominican Republic then scored 5 more in the first three innings of the second game, and held onto the sweep 6-1 to improve to 9-3 and drop the ACC to 6-6.

Dominican Republic 15, ACC 7 (sweep, max runs recorded in line is 10). After the ACC moved into 1st with a 6-0 mark by blitzing Cuba. The scored 7 more runs against the defending champion Dominican Republic, but it was not nearly enough. Ozuna hit 3 of the Champs 7 home runs - all in the first 5 innings, for the 15-7 win that gave them sweep credit and tied the two teams at 6-3.

ACC 9, Cuba 3 (sweep credit): The lack of pitching for Cuba became an alarm bell after a second straight sweep left them 0-6, having been outscored 17-6 in the two games. They have two of the top relievers in Chapman and Raisal Iglesias, but had to use them earlier in the game to get out of jams, and ran out of arms as Smith's 2nd homer or the game, a 3-run homer, made it 9-1 after 8 top secure the 5-run lead needed for a sweep. The other Iglesias, shortstop Jose, hit a 2-run homer in the 9th to add to Alvarez earlier homer, but they still fell short 9-3.

ACC 8, Cuba 3 (sweep credit): In the only offensive explosion in the first set of games with all aces pitching, the ACC jumped on Peacock (we let Cuba have Miami-born players) for 3 in the 1st and then a 3-run homer by Brad Miller (Clemson-St. Louis) helped the ACC get the 1st sweep (win after +5 lead after 8 innings).

Big-12 Games:

Big-12 5, Cuba 3. Arrieta (TCU) won the second game with 1 run allowed in 7 innings. The weak Big-12 bullpen surrendered a 2-run homer to Roberts in the 8th to cut it to 5-3, but that was the final.

Cuba 6, Big-12 3. Muncy (Baylor) led off the game with a Homer to start a 3 run first for the Big-12, but Perez settled down to not allow anything else, and Cuba's killer PB2-9s Iglesias and Chapman locked down Cuba's 1st win, 5-3. Robert homered in both games.

Big-12 5, Dominican Republic 4: The Big-12 used a 3-run pinch hit HR by Orf and a 2-run homer by Mayfield and then clung to a 5-4 win against the powerful defending champion Dominion Republic. Three DEEP drives by the Dominican Republic were all caught for long outs (we play these games as neutral batter-hitter parks, meaning each DEEP drive is a homer on a 11-48 or caught by the wall on a 51-88). Ramirez started the 9th with a homer, and then Marshall issued two walks to (like the SEC against Mexico in Game 2) but the winning run on base in the 9th, but Marshall induced a ground out by Cano to end the game.

Dominican Republic 5, Big-12 2: McBroom's 2-run homer off the defending champs ace Castillo gave the Big-12 a 2-0 lead. However Meija proved the hero for the Dominican Republic, reaching all 4 times including scoring the tying run after a single, and then delivering a 2-out, bases loaded single in the 7th, though he did take a wrong turn at 1st base and was thrown out.

Cuba (or Miami-born) Games:

Big-12 5, Cuba 3. Arrieta (TCU) won the second game with 1 run allowed in 7 innings. The weak Big-12 bullpen surrendered a 2-run homer to Roberts in the 8th to cut it to 5-3, but that was the final.

Cuba 6, Big-12 3. Muncy (Baylor) led off the game with a Homer to start a 3 run first for the Big-12, but Perez settled down to not allow anything else, and Cuba's killer PB2-9s Iglesias and Chapman locked down Cuba's 1st win, 5-3. Robert homered in both games. The 2020 Playoff hero Randy Arozarena homered. He bats third against lefties, while 2019 Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez (Astros) bats in the same spot against righties, and would homer in the 5-3 loss.

ACC 9, Cuba 3 (sweep credit): The lack of pitching for Cuba became an alarm bell after a second straight sweep left them 0-6, having been outscored 17-6 in the two games. They have two of the top relievers in Chapman and Raisal Iglesias, but had to use them earlier in the game to get out of jams, and ran out of arms as Smith's 2nd homer or the game, a 3-run homer, made it 9-1 after 8 top secure the 5-run lead needed for a sweep. The other Iglesias, shortstop Jose, hit a 2-run homer in the 9th to add to Alvarez earlier homer, but they still fell short 9-3.

ACC 8, Cuba 3 (sweep credit): In the only offensive explosion in the first set of games with all aces pitching, the ACC jumped on Peacock (we let Cuba have Miami-born players) for 3 in the 1st and then a 3-run homer by Brad Miller (Clemson-St. Louis) helped the ACC get the 1st sweep (win after +5 lead after 8 innings).

Dominican Republic Games:

Dominican Republic 6, ACC 1 (Sweep). The Dominican Republic then scored 5 more in the first three innings of the second game, and held onto the sweep 6-1 to improve to 9-3 and drop the ACC to 6-6.

Dominican Republic 15, ACC 7 (sweep, max runs recorded in line is 10). After the ACC moved into 1st with a 6-0 mark by blitzing Cuba. The scored 7 more runs against the defending champion Dominican Republic, but it was not nearly enough. Ozuna hit 3 of the Champs 7 home runs - all in the first 5 innings, for the 15-7 win that gave them sweep credit and tied the two teams at 6-3.

Big-12 5, Dominican Republic 4: The Big-12 used a 3-run pinch hit HR by Orf and a 2-run homer by Mayfield and then clung to a 5-4 win against the powerful defending champion Dominion Republic. Three DEEP drives by the Dominican Republic were all caught for long outs (we play these games as neutral batter-hitter parks, meaning each DEEP drive is a homer on a 11-48 or caught by the wall on a 51-88). Ramirez started the 9th with a homer, and then Marshall issued two walks to (like the SEC against Mexico in Game 2) but the winning run on base in the 9th, but Marshall induced a ground out by Cano to end the game.

Dominican Republic 5, Big-12 2: McBroom's 2-run homer off the defending champs ace Castillo gave the Big-12 a 2-0 lead. However Meija proved the hero for the Dominican Republic, reaching all 4 times including scoring the tying run after a single, and then delivering a 2-out, bases loaded single in the 7th, though he did take a wrong turn at 1st base and was thrown out.

Japan-S.Korea (and born in Hawaii) Games:

Venezuela 17, Japa-S.Korea (max 10 runs recorded on line). Peralta hit two 3-run homers and Venezuela's .432 batting average and 6 HRs were both the best batting marks of the 1st 2 series for any team (20 total games).

Venezuela 2, Japan-S. Korea 0. Lopez shut down Japan for 7 strong innings with 9 Ks, the turned it over to the dominant closers Castillo and Vazquez to complete the shutout, as Peralta's RBI double and Aguilar's homer provided the 2-0 wins.

Japan-S.Korea 11, Pac-12 3 (sweep, record max of 10). A rare offensive explosion from Japan was led by homers by Tsutsugo, Choi and Choo.

Japan-S. Korea 2, Pac-12 0: Darvish no-hit the Pac-12, and only missed a perfect game due to hitting Conforto with a pitch in the 4th. Cole had a duel no-hitter into the 6th despite terrible fielding, until Ohtani homered. Later in the inning Tsutsugo hit a grounder down the line that third baseman Lamb misplayed into an RBI double for the 2-0 final. Under the new stamina system Darvish PB dropped to a PB: 2-8 for the 8th and PB: 2-7 for the 9th (averages 5-6 innings per appearance, so his remaining SR is eliminated at the end of the next inning, the 7th).

Mexico (or Central American born) Games:

Pac-12 7, Mexico 6 (10 innings). The normally light-hitting Mexican team exploded in the 1st two innings with 2-run homers by L. Urias, Paredes and Kirk to take a 6-2, but the team's normal strength, the bullpen, let it slip away for a 2nd straight game. Healy went 4 for 4 including the RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings and an earlier homer.

Pac-12 5, Mexico 1. Bauer dominated for 8 innings except for a HR by Kirk, but had to wait until he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 8th to go ahead, with his pinchhitter Semien delivering the key 2-run double. The normally dominant Osuna allowed 4 runs in the 8th without retiring an opposing batter.

Mexico 1, SEC 0: The Mexican pictures continued to look like Fernando Valenzuela, with four pitchers combining for a 3-hits shutout against the powerful SEC line-up. Second inning singles by R. Urias, R. Urias and then Arauz (whose grounder got past the 1st baseman) gave Mexico their only run to secure a surprise split. Gallego dodged a bullet in the 9th when Bradley and Alonso singled to put the winning run on base, and then Yastrzemski blasted a clutch batting foul home run, before striking out.

SEC 2, Mexico 1: Light-hitting Mexico led most of the way on a third inning homer by Arauz off of Schweizer (Mizzou), and the game ended with Camargo driving a clutch batting (BD) drive just foul that would have made it 3-2 Mexico.  However two Red Sox came though for the SEC with Bradley delivering one of his 3 hits to load the bases with 2 outs in the 6th then pinch hitter Benintendi  drawing and RBI-walk to break the shutout. J. McCann the led off the 8th with a Homer for the 2-1 win.

Pac-12 Games:

Pac-12 7, Mexico 6 (10 innings). The normally light-hitting Mexican team exploded in the 1st two innings with 2-run homers by L. Urias, Paredes and Kirk to take a 6-2, but the team's normal strength, the bullpen, let it slip away for a 2nd straight game. Healy went 4 for 4 including the RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings and an earlier homer.

Pac-12 5, Mexico 1. Bauer dominated for 8 innings except for a HR by Kirk, but had to wait until he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 8th to go ahead, with his pinchhitter Semien delivering the key 2-run double. The normally dominant Osuna allowed 4 runs in the 8th without retiring an opposing batter.

Japan-S.Korea 11, Pac-12 3 (sweep, record max of 10). A rare offensive explosion from Japan was led by homers by Tsutsugo, Choi and Choo.

Japan-S. Korea 2, Pac-12 0: Darvish no-hit the Pac-12, and only missed a perfect game due to hitting Conforto with a pitch in the 4th. Cole had a duel no-hitter into the 6th despite terrible fielding, until Ohtani homered. Later in the inning Tsutsugo hit a grounder down the line that third baseman Lamb misplayed into an RBI double for the 2-0 final. Under the new stamina system Darvish PB dropped to a PB: 2-8 for the 8th and PB: 2-7 for the 9th (averages 5-6 innings per appearance, so his remaining SR is eliminated at the end of the next inning, the 7th).

Puerto Rico (or New York born) Games:

SEC 5, Puerto Rico 3. Puerto Rico jumped to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, but Alonso (Florida) hit 2 homers to tie it, and then in the 9th Renfroe, who hit a massive homer for the Rays in the real world series game, blasted a 9th inning walk off homer off closer Diaz. Based on the line-ups ops and starting rotations era, the loaded SEC was picked 2nd of 10 teams behind the Dominican Republic and just ahead of Venezuela. The series made them 7-5 in third place and expecting to contend - 2 games behind those two teams after 12 games.

SEC 4, Puerto Rico 0. The SEC road Gray's 7 innings if 3 hit ball to a 4-0 win, but Correa threw Yaz out at home on a grounder to third in the bottom of the 8th to prevent them from recording a 5-0 sweep. Because Puerto Rico has three Clutch Defense 5, gold glove nominees at shortstop, Lindor playa SS, Baez plays 2b and Correa plays 3b.

Venezuela 7, Puerto Rico 0 (sweep). Flores hit 2 HRs, and Suarez went 4 innings and combined with four relievers on a shutout.

Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 3 (10 innings): Puerto Rico won on 2 pinch hits. Rosario's pinch hit homer in the 5th tied the game 3-3, and after 2 great defensive plays by Lindor kept it tied, Panik delivered a pinch hit single in the 10th for the win.

SEC Games:

SEC 5, Puerto Rico 3. Puerto Rico jumped to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, but Alonso (Florida) hit 2 homers to tie it, and then in the 9th Renfroe, who hit a massive homer for the Rays in the real world series game, blasted a 9th inning walk off homer off closer Diaz. Based on the line-ups ops and starting rotations era, the loaded SEC was picked 2nd of 10 teams behind the Dominican Republic and just ahead of Venezuela. The series made them 7-5 in third place and expecting to contend - 2 games behind those two teams after 12 games.

SEC 4, Puerto Rico 0. The SEC road Gray's 7 innings if 3 hit ball to a 4-0 win, but Correa threw Yaz out at home on a grounder to third in the bottom of the 8th to prevent them from recording a 5-0 sweep. Because Puerto Rico has three Clutch Defense 5, gold glove nominees at shortstop, Lindor playa SS, Baez plays 2b and Correa plays 3b.

Mexico 1, SEC 0: The Mexican pictures continued to look like Fernando Valenzuela, with four pitchers combining for a 3-hits shutout against the powerful SEC line-up. Second inning singles by R. Urias, R. Urias and then Arauz (whose grounder got past the 1st baseman) gave Mexico their only run to secure a surprise split. Gallego dodged a bullet in the 9th when Bradley and Alonso singled to put the winning run on base, and then Yastrzemski blasted a clutch batting foul home run, before striking out.

SEC 2, Mexico 1: Light-hitting Mexico led most of the way on a third inning homer by Arauz off of Schweizer (Mizzou), and the game ended with Camargo driving a clutch batting (BD) drive just foul that would have made it 3-2 Mexico.  However two Red Sox came though for the SEC with Bradley delivering one of his 3 hits to load the bases with 2 outs in the 6th then pinch hitter Benintendi  drawing and RBI-walk to break the shutout. J. McCann the led off the 8th with a Homer for the 2-1 win.

Venezuela Games:

Venezuela 17, Japan-S.Korea 3 (max 10 runs recorded on line). Peralta hit two 3-run homers and Venezuela's .432 batting average and 6 HRs were both the best batting marks of the 1st 2 series for any team (20 total games).

Venezuela 2, Japan-S. Korea 0. Lopez shut down Japan for 7 strong innings with 9 Ks, the turned it over to the dominant closers Castillo and Vazquez to complete the shutout, as Peralta's RBI double and Aguilar's homer provided the 2-0 wins.

Venezuela 7, Puerto Rico 0 (sweep). Flores hit 2 HRs, and Suarez went 4 innings and combined with four relievers on a shutout.

Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 3 (10 innings): Puerto Rico won on 2 pinch hits. Rosario's pinch hit homer in the 5th tied the game 3-3, and after 2 great defensive plays by Lindor kept it tied, Panik delivered a pinch hit single in the 10th for the win.

Pictures of scoresheets for all games listed above.

If you want the complete play-by-play for any game, you can find a picture of the 2-game series below:

Pac-12 5, Mexico 1, then Pac-12 7-6 in 10 inn




Venezuela 2, Japan-S.Korea 0, then Venezuela 17-3 (sweep)



SEC 4, Puerto Rico 9, then SEC 5-3





Dominican Republic 15, ACC 7 (sweep), then DR 6-1 (also sweep).

We added a complete box score for this series.

Game 1123456789 RHE Gm 2123456789 RHE
ACC102201001 7123 ACC000000001 170
Dominican Republic73221000x 15120 DR13100010x 690

ACC (LLL 7-15)PoPAHWEB ACC (LLL 1-6)PoPAHWEB
Trea TurnerSS5111 Trea TurnerSS4100
Will SmithC5220 Will SmithC4110
Kyle Seager3B5110 Kyle Seager3B4100
Brad Miller2b5120 Brad Miller2b4010
Derek Dietrich1B5020 Derek Dietrich1B4200
Adam DuvallLF5304 Adam DuvallLF4200
Derek FisherCF5110 Derek FisherCF3000
Ryan BraunRF5100 Brian Goodwin^CF1010
PitchersP0000 Ryan BraunRF4000
Charlie BlackmonPH1100 PitchersP0000
Adam EngelPH1101 Charlie BlackmonPH1000
Chris TaylorPH1100 Adam EngelPH1100
Chad PinderPH1000 Chris TaylorPH1000
Brian GoodwinPH1000       
ACC Totals 451396 ACC Totals 35830
             
DR (WWW 15-7)PoPAHWEB DR (WWW 6-1)PoPAHWEB
Fernando Tatis JrSS6216 Fernando Tatis JrSS4300
Jose Ramirez3B5101 Jose Ramirez3B4000
Juan SotoRF5020 Juan SotoRF4201
Marcell OzunaLF5329 Marcell OzunaLF4100
Gary Sanchez1B5000 Gary Sanchez1B4103
Miguel Sano2B5201 Miguel Sano2B4103
Robinson CanoC5201 Robinson CanoC4010
Starling MarteCF5403 Starling MarteCF4103
PitcherP2000 PitcherP3000
Rafael DeversPH1000 Rafael DeversPH1000
Nelson CruzPH1000       
Ketel Marte2B1000       
DR Totals 4614521 DR Totals 369110


ACC 1IPRDec ACC 2IPRDec
Weaver17L Hjelle24L
Leone13  Doolittle21 
Kelley12  Green20 
Gallen23  Bard21 
Kline10      
Farmer10      
Hahn10      
ACC Totals815  ACC Totals86 
         
DR 1IPRDec DR 2IPRDec
Lamet35  Severino70W
D. Castillo10  Clase10 
Leclerc10W Neris0.71 
Montero11  Suero0.30 
Rodriguez10      
Dolis10      
Colome11      
DR Totals97  DR Totals91

And this scoresheet corresponds to the box score above.



Cuba 6, Big-12 3, then B12 won 5-3




SEC 2, Mexico 1 and Mexico 1, SEC 0


Dominican Republic 5, Big-12 2 and Big-12 5, Dominican Republic 4

Japan-S.Korea 2, Pac-12 0 (Darvish no-hit the Pac-12) and ,Japan 11, Pac-12 3 (sweep).



Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 3 (10 innings) and Venezuela 7, Puerto Rico 0 (sweep).





ACC 8, Cuba 3 (sweep credit) and ACC 9, Cuba 3 (sweep credit)


League Rules and Sample Lay-out of cards to start game.

1. We all 2-game series, with 4-man starting rotations, but with each team throwing either their No. 1 pitcher and No. 4 pitcher in a series, or the No. 2 and No. 3 so there is no advantage if one team played more games then the other.

2. Relievers can pitch one inning in one of the games in each 2-game series, with the following exceptions:

a. A reliever who averaged at least 2 innings per appearance can pitch 2 relief innings.

b. A pitcher who comes in during an inning can either finish the inning, or if he retires everyone he faces in that inning, then he can keep pitching until he allows anyone to reach base or the end of the next inning.

3. We count each game as a 3-game series. Because a team has the same 14% chance of winning by at least 5 runs as the 14% chance of sweeping a 3-game series, we give the winning team credit for 2 wins and the losing team credit for winning 1 game, unless both of the following two things occur to award the winning team all 3 wins for a "sweep:" 

a. The winning team was ahead by at least 5 runs at the end of the 8th inning, and

b. The winning team did not use their best reliever available for the game through those 8 innings. The best reliever is defined as the reliever available for that game (not resting due to pitching in a preivous game) with the best projected Neutral ERA on the team.

4. If the game goes into extra innings, each extra inning is started with the last player to make an out in the previous inning on second base, and if he scores the run is recorded as unearned. 

5. Pitchers bat (we provided 10 relievers for each team, so they should have sufficient arms).

6. You do not need a board to play, but here is what our set-up looked like for the game we were lining up in what turned out to be Yu Darvish no-hitter against the Pac-12.




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