Thursday, May 18, 2023

Ryan and Texas dumps California 9-4 to Clinch Championship Pool

After catching up on the current rosters, we returned to our all-time World Baseball Classic Plan. Nolan Ryan won the division clincher to propel Texas to join Puerto Rico for two of the four spots in the championship pool with a 9-4 win. Ryan allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. When California loaded the bases in the top of the 7th a current Houston Astro Ryan Pressly induced an inning ending double play grounder from the only non-Hall of Fame California hitter Graig Nettles, who had homered his previous at bats. 

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In a game of Hall of Famers against Hall of Famers, Texas jumped on California's starter Bob Lemon for 10 hits and 8 runs - despite the fact that Lemon has the highest SR in the game at 25 so was still pitching at his full strength as a PB 2-8 the whole way. California should still make the playoffs, but Texas joins Roberto Clemente and Puerto Rico in getting the buy for winning their division, while three teams are still alive in the South for the final spot (Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Florida). 

If California were to give up 9 runs or more in a second straight game against Texas, they fall below Asia and be eliminated as the 4th place team in the Pacific. If they lose while allowing eight or fewer runs, then they would finish third and face the third place team in the South in a one-game play-in to make the preliminary round. If they beat Texas in the finale, they would finish second and go into the preliminary playoff round of four teams to try to earn the final spot and join Texas and Puerto Rico in the championship round.

California Batters      Pos   AB   R    H     RBI    Other
Alan Trammellss4110 
Joe Gordon2b4112HR
Barry Bondsrf3110 
Ted Williamslf4020 
Joe DiMaggiocf4011 
Eddie Murray1b4010 
Gary Cartercf3000 
Graig Nettles3b3111HR
Bob Lemonp1000 
Tony Gwynnph1000 
Ernie Lombardiph1000 
Total .250 Bat Ave 32484 
California PitchersIPHRERWK
Bob Lemon4108822
Max Fried200022
Mark Prior110002
Larry French121101
Texas BattersPosAB RBI Other 
Joe Morgan2b31202w,sb
Tris Speakercf21222b
Eddie Mathews3b41212b
Frank Robinsonrf4122hr,2b
Ryan Presslyp0000 
Cecil Cooperph0001sf
Joe Nathanp0000 
Trevor Storyss5000 
Ernie Banks1b3211hr
Ross Youngslf42303b
Biz Mackeyc4111 
Nolan Ryanp2000sf
Curt Floodph1000 
Total .406 Bat Ave 329138 
Texas PitchersIP ER 
Nolan Ryan (W)6.153328
Ryan Pressly1.200000
Joe Nathan131100

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Game 2 - California 2, Texas 0

In the second game Lefty Gomez came through with 7 innings of shutout pitching in a 2-0 California win. This puts California in the 4-team first playoff pool. Only one of those Four teams will advance to the championship pool with Texas, Puerto Rico and one other team. California finished 2nd place based on runs allowed - as they allowed 17 runs to 25 runs allowed by Central America, since both were 3-3 and split their series as the first tie-breaker. Joe DiMaggio hit the game-winning home run in the second inning.

1-game playin - Central America vs. 3rd place team in South (currently Dominican Republic). Winner Advances to preliminary playoff pool.

Preliminary Playoff pool
Winner of playin joins poll of 2nd place teams, including California and 2nd place finisher in the North and South.

Championship Pool
Winner of 4-team preliminary poll joins Puerto Rico, Texas, and winner of the South poll.

RankDivision/TeamW  L   RunsAllowedGames Left
StandPacific (top 3 advance)WLRSRARemaining
1Texas #422518Done
2California &332017Done
3Central America pi332125Done
Stand     North (top 2 advance)W  L   RS   RARemaining
1Puerto Rico #401810Canada
2Pennsylvania221617New York
3Canada131112Puerto Rico
4New York13612Pennsylvania
StandSouth (top 3 advance)WLRSRARemaining
1Florida &3195Cuba
2Venezuela &311510Dominican Rep
3Dominican Republic &2288Venezuela

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