Developing ... 1985 Royals come from behind twice to beat 1922 Browns 5-3 and 3-2. Gubicza's E-0 saves game. Scored sheet at bottom.
We went to our Midwestern Division for the second Statis-Pro All-Time Great match-up. Results of the double header will be posted below the line-ups, but first some notes.
This pits the 1922 St. Louis Browns and George Sisler's 0.420 batting average card with hits on 11-55 - the highest we've ever had on a card, against George Brett (0.335 batting average) and his 1985 Kansas City Royals.
One thing I changed on the batters sheets is to move the "Bats" column to column 4, since on every OUT results you need to see if the batter was an RN, RP, LN etc to determine where the out was hit. I list the batting order I am using down the left column, but and the 2.5 by Hal McRae indicates I am using him as the DH against left-handed pitching while the 2 by Jorge Orta indicates he hits 2nd instead against right-handed pitching.
On the pitcher's sheet, the first 4 pitchers I list are the rotation I am using, then the 5th pitcher listed is the closer, then the 2nd best reliever, etc.
The Browns potent line-up jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first three innings of the opener, but the Royals rallied to win 5-3. The key play was when Mark Gubicza entered in the 6th and with bases loaded came up with a ball to throw home for the out despite a 1-10 error range meaning almost any pitcher would have failed to make a play - but Gubicza is a rare E-0 so made the play.
The second game was played in St. Louis in 2022, meaning the home run range on deep drives was only 11-18 (as opposed to 11-58 in the first game in Kansas City 1985) and the pitchers batted instead of DHs. The Browns led 2-1 going into the 8th, but Hal McRae hit a pinch hit homer, then Willie Wilson followed with a rare homer.
The biggest difference from modern day baseball is having almost every ball put in play (as opposed to a home run, strikeout, walk or hit by pitch). In these two games 115 of 142 balls were put in play (81%). 34 of the 115 balls put in the play resulted in hits.
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