With the actual World Series now featuring an 84-win team tied up at a game apiece with a 90-game team, we are ready to put the two 100-win teams on the field for their Statis-Pro 2023 playoff debuts where rust from sitting out the wild card series is not a factor.
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers both dominated both the real MLB season and our Statis-Pro season using projected cards to earn a bye in both in the playoffs.
Of course for the second straight year in real baseball the bye proved to be a curse, as both 100-win rusty teams went down. However, it should not be a factor in Statis-Pro as they both prepare for their first series with the two wild card series winners Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs.
Two lefties in Game 1 in LA - Cubs Justin Steele and Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
Two righties in Game 1 in Atlanta - Phillies Zach Wheeler at Braves Spencer Strider
In checking our cards against the end of season rosters, keep in mind a 10-or 15-day DL does not keep a player out of our game, so Charlie Morton can start in the Braves series and David Peralta can start in the Dodgers series.
The players without a card get a temporary card as noted by the notes after the comma for certain players. We don't anticipated 7 of the 9 temporary cards being used because they are either the weakest PB 2-4, or one of the two weakest batting cards (either a home run range of 27 or 27-28.
However, both teams add one excellent reliever who gets a PB 2-8 card - and the pen was the only weakness of both teams. Both are right handers and have maximum innings pitched of 2 innings, which means you should usually only use them for one inning BUT they can come into finish and innings and pitch the next.
Ryan Brasier was injured much of last year so did not have a card before coming back strong with the Dodgers. Pierce Johnson actually had a 4.02 ERA for the whole year, but that was because he pitched the first half in Colorado. In Atlanta he had an ERA below one and was used as a closer. Note below the rosters, we keep it simple and just write in the names of the players on each team that will use each temporary card along the bottom of that card.
|C||Sean Murphy||Travis d'Arnaud|
|1B||Matt Olson||Nicky Lopez, 0.632 LN c/d|
|2B||Ozzie Albies||Vaughn Grissom|
|3B||Austin Riley||Luke Williams|
|SS||Orlando Arcia||Nicky Lopez, 0.632 LN c/c|
|CF||Michael Harris II||Kevin Pillar, 0.664 RN c/c|
|RF||Ronald Acuna Jr.|
|DH||Marcell Ozuna||Chadwick Tromp|
|St 1&2||Spencer Strider||Max Fried|
|St 3&4||Charlie Morton, allow||Bryce Elder|
|Rel 1&2||Raisel Iglesias||A.J. Minter|
|Rel 3&4||Kirby Yates||Joe Jimenez|
|Rel 5&6||Pierce Johnson, 2-8 RHP 2 IP||Daysbel Hernandez, 2-4 RHP 2 IP|
|St Extra||Allan Winans, 2-4 RHP 6 IP|
|C||Will Smith||Austin Barnes|
|1B||Freddie Freeman||Miguel Vargas|
|2B||Mookie Betts||Enrique Hernandez|
|SS||Miguel Rojas||Amed Rosario|
|LF||David Peralta, allow, 0.675 LN C/D||Chris Taylor|
|DH||J.D. Martinez||Michael Busch|
|St 1&2||Clayton Kershaw||Bobby Miller|
|St 3&4||Lance Lynn||Ryan Pepiot|
|Rel 1&2||Evan Phillips||Brusdar Graterol|
|Rel 3&4||Joe Kelly||Ryan Brasier, 2-8 RHP 2 IP|
|Rel 5&6||Caleb Ferguson||Alex Vesia|
|St Extra||Emmet Sheehan, 2-4, RHP 7 IP|