Saturday, September 9, 2023

Urias Suspended as Statis-Pro and MLB Playoffs Aligned Except for Cubs (in actual MLB) and Giants (in actual Statis-Pro)

The suspension of Julio Urias hurts the Dodgers Statis-Pro rotation, where he was the No. 2 starter as part of our only 4-man rotation of PB 2-8 starters. They still have two PB 2-8 starters going for their series with the Twins with Tony Gonsolin and Bobby Miller moving up from No. 3 and 4 to No. 2 and 3. However, in the next series against the Phillies it will hurt as Lance Lynn, only an average PB 4-7, will step into the No. 4 slot against the Phillies.

In our league, we use player cards unless a player is put on the 60-day DL, is dropped from the 40-man roster, or is unlikely to pitch again during the actual MLB season. Reports today are that Urias is not predicted to pitch again this year. All of our pitching match-ups for our last 13 series are listed below. The series do not need to be played in order, and it is fine if one team has played more games than another and is in a different part of their rotation since in such a case the match-up is still balanced because one team could be starting their 1st and 4th best pitcher while the other could be starting their 2nd and 3rd best pitcher.

The Urias suspension gives the Phillies a shot at our playoffs, with a better chance for a win in that game to follow the drubbing of the Marlins put our Statis-Pro standings in very close alignment with the actual Major League Baseball standings as most of our teams are through 60 of their 72 game season. The Padres were relegated after 48 games for missing the .400 mark, leaving nine Statis-Pro teams competing for six playoff spots. 

If both playoffs started today, we would have the same two byes in Statis-Pro and the MLB season (Braves and Dodgers) and three of the same four wildcard series (only the Giants would be in our Statis-Pro playoffs while the Cubs would be in the actual MLB playoffs).  The four teams in bold still have one series to finish their fifth time through their 4-man rotation. After that, each team has two more series, counting as 12 games total and going through their 4-man rotation one last time before our playoffs.
Seed  MLB Playoff Seeds Today     Statis-Pro Playoff Seeds Today       Wins  Losses   W%
1Atlanta BravesLos Angeles Dodgers (v. Det)36180.667
2Los Angeles DodgersAtlanta Braves (v. Oak)32220.593
3Milwaukee BrewersMilwaukee Brewers33270.550
4Philadelphia PhilliesArizona Diamondbacks (v. SF)28260.519
5Chicago CubsSan Francisco Giants (v. AZ)27270.500
6Arizona DiamondbacksPhiladelphia Phillies30300.500
 Next 4Next 4WinsLossesW%
7Miami MarlinsMiami Marlins30300.500
8Cincinnati RedsChicago Cubs28320.467
9San Francisco GiantsCincinnati Reds27330.450
10San Diego PadresSD Padres (relegated after 19-29)19290.395

Series 10 (No. 2 and No. 3 starters, next to last start) 

Ari vs. SF (Merrill Kelly and Tommy Henry vs. Alex Cobb and Alex Wood

LAD vs. zmin (Tony Gonsolin and Bobby Miller vs. Sonny Gray and Kenta Maeda

Series 11 (No. 1 and No. 4 starters for last appearance) 

Series 11.5 (No. 1 and 4 starters for 1st team listed, No. 2 and 3 for 2nd team listed) 

Atl vs. SF (Spencer Strider and Kyle Wright vs. Alex Cobb and Alex Wood) 

Mil vs. Mia (Corbin Burnes and Eric Lauer vs. Trevor Rogers and Johnny Cueto) 

Series 12 (No. 2 and 3 starters for both teams) 

Ari vs. Atl (Merrill Kelly and Tommy Henry vs. Charlie Morton and Max Fried) 

Mil vs. Phi (Brendon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta vs. Aaron Nola and Michael Lorenzen

Cin vs. LAD (Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo vs. Tony Gonsolon and Bobby Miller) 

Teams' winning percentages average about .025 overall in our Statis-Pro season because they do not play the relegated teams as often as during the actual Major League system. From among our three .500 teams now, the Giants get the top (5th) spot due to being 9-3 against the Phillies and Marlins, then the Phillies get the 6th spot because of sweeping the Marlins. The Phillies do have to face the Brewers and Dodgers their last two series.

The Marlins challenge is I accidentally used up excellent rookie Perez' last start against the Phillies, meaning a much weaker Cueto card will need to start twice in the last four games. The Giants series against the Diamondbacks is obviously key.

Click for the free Statis-Pro Master Baseball Game. Click here for 60 of the all-time great MLB teams, or on teams of many of the all-time great players on teams by nation or state with one sheet for each team. Or click on the 2023 pitchers and 2023 batters in card form. You simply print two teams cards and then either print theaster link above and fast action cards in master link or buy the dice to start playing. 

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