Here is the tracker sheet for our league games, just to give one idea of how you may want to track your season. We've scheduled out all 10 of our team's opening series, so we have the starting pitchers listed.
If one of our relegated five teams has a great first half of the real MLB season, we sometimes add them and have them play catchup. Last year we had the AL and did this with the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates have the early lead for consideration, with a 7-5 record so far in real MLB play.
We note the Home Run ranges for each ballpark on the table. Note that San Diego passed the New York Mets as the top pitchers park this year, with only an 11 being a Home Run on a Deep drive and 12-88 being a deep drive caught (all runners advance). By far the best hitters park of our 10 is Cincinnati which has homers fly out on 11-63. Because this disadvantages a pitch, when Reds pitchers are on the road homers allowed by a Reds pitcher occasionally change to outs, just as when Snell starts at Philadelphia in the opener, the lowest OUT number on an opposing batters card will be a home run (see note at the bottom of Snell's card).
A separate adjustment is made to batter's cards to accomplish the same thing, so Padres batter cards are improved slightly, while pitchers cards are downgraded slghtly, while the reverse is true for Reds players.
As those of you know who have followed us in the past, we play a fun rule that each game actually counts as a 3-game series, credited as 2 games to 1 for the winner UNLESS the winner leads by at least five runs at the end of 8 innings without using their reliever with the best ERA, in which case they get credit for a 3 games to 0 series win. Teams have the same 14% chance of sweeping a 3-game series as they do having the 5-run lead after eight innings.
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