Saturday, May 1, 2021

Video of Stacking Player Cards and Tracking Pitcher's Rest and Endurance (using Dodgers vs. Nats)

Here is another quick video on storing the players cards for quick play. The video shows how to place relievers who must rest behind starting pitchers until he is available to pitch again. Everyone can choose how to determine how long pitchers can stay in a game before they are tired, can pitch again, but here is how we keep track.

How long can a pitcher pitch in a game?

Statis-Pro uses an SR rating for the starting pitcher's endurance, and an RR rating for a reliever's endurance. That number is reduced if any of the following happen:

- The pitcher allows a runner to each base unless it is due to an error.

- The pitcher allows a run to score, unless that runner is on based due to an error.

- An inning ends.

For example, if a pitcher had an SR of 12 and he allowed a single it would drop to 11. If he walked the next batter it would drop to 10. If the next player hit a 3-run homer it would drop four more to 6 (one of another runner reaching and three more for 3 scoring). If he then retired the next three batters to end the inning, it would drop to 5 because the inning ended.

Once the SR or RR drops to 0 he would normally leave the game though he can stay in the game and his PB drops by 1 when he hits 0, and drops an extra 1 for every extra reduction based on any of the above. For example, a pitcher with the best PB:2-9 who ran out of SR or RR would drop to a PB2-8, then PB2-7, PB4-7, PB2-6, PB2-5, PB2-4, PB2-3, PB2-2 and if he dropped one more he would not have a PB. A pitcher completely out of a PB performs the same as a position player brought into pitch, the PB rating is skipped and the Random Number or Dice Roll of 11-88 is read immediately off the batter's card.

However, even if a pitcher still has SR or RR endurance, his PB can be reduced if he exceeds the following number of innings or batters:

Type of PitcherMax IPor Batters FacedRest Games
Starting PitcherAve IP + 1Ave IP x 43
Long Relief (ave. 2.1+ IP)281
Short Relief141

In addition to an SR/RR rating, each pitcher has an average number of innings pitched on their card.

For a starter, round that number up and then add 1 inning for the most innings he can pitch. For example, if a starter averaged 4.3 innings pitched, we round up to 5 and add one inning, so 6 innings is the most he can pitch even if he still had SR endurance remaining.

If he remains past the end of that inning, his PB drops 1 every batter even if he gets them out.

The only exception we make is if a pitcher is really on a roll, perhaps a perfect game after several innings, then we do let them calculated a "maximum batters faced" which is the average innings pitched x 4. so that same pitcher with an average 4.3 innings alternate batter count is 17, so could not take him past 6 innings anyway, BUT if a great pitcher averaged 6.7 innings pitched then he could instead pitch to 27 batters instead of 8 innings without a reduction, so he could theoretically take a shot at a perfect game.

The Long Reliever would normally pitch 2 innings max, but if he came in during an inning he can either finish that inning and the next for his 2 innings, or he can go up to 8 batters total. You might note that means he would average less than his 2+ average innings BUT we are letting him pitch every other game, so overall this let's him pitch just slightly more than he would in the season.

Likewise, the Short Reliever can pitch one full inning, or come in and pitch to four batters at full strength. Keep in mind a great PB2-9 like Chapman or Hader with an RR of 2 could be reduced 1st by simply allowing two baserunners, or finishing one inning and then allowing one baserunner. However, they are still very effective as a PB2-8, or even strong as a PB2-7.

How many games must pitchers rest after pitching?

During my league play I play all 2-game series and keep it simple. Each bullpen starts fresh for the series, and if a pitcher pitches in one game then they cannot pitch in the second game.

However, during my playoffs or when I have not played all 2-game series, I require relievers to rest based on the following:

RELIEVERS REST. If a reliever pitches to at least 5 batters they must skip the next game. If they pitch to at least 10 batters they must skip two games. If a player pitches in consecutive games, even if to fewer than 5 batters, they must sit out the next game.

STARTING PITCHERS REST 3 GAMES. Obviously pitchers really pitch in 5-man rotations now, but in our league we have them pitch every four games.

How long are position players injured?

When a player is injured on a Z-play, we only keep the player out for the remainder of the two game series - so even if injured in the first game they miss the remainder of that game and the second game of the series. In the playoffs, or if we were not playing 2 game series, we make them miss the remainder of the game plus one full game.

We do not use the Injury Rating traditionally used in Statis-Pro because we use projected stats and therefore do not us "fluke cards."

The injury rating is important when using cards from a single season to guard against a player with a unrealistically great player card due to hitting a few home runs in very few at bats. The biggest example in history of this was when Mike Schmidt put together one of the greatest seasons ever for a Home Run range of 28-38, and a little used player named Mickey Klutts had one of the best Home Run ranges ever of an even better 25-41 based on about 50 at bats and completely out of line with the rest of his career.

With those cards, Klutts injury was the highest so the first time he was injured he might miss 60 or 70 games, while if Schmidt was hurt he might just miss a game. However, the way we do it Klutts would have had a mediocre card based on his projected stats, and there would have been no need for a high injury rating.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff sir and thank you for sharing your created cards!