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    2021 season

    I could only afford 4 starting pitchers this season so I went with a 4 man rotation. They've been amazing, but I keep hoping I would build a lead so I could rest them and not get to the playoffs with them at 25% SeaFat. But Charleston and Kannapolis refuse to let up and I'm not getting the opportunity.

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    That's a great plan, but I'm not surprised that the owners in that division aren't giving you the opportunity to run away with it!

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    Kannapolis is starting to be annoying. They started the year slowly and I thought, finally, this is the year I get to coast to a playoff spot. But somewhere around the end of June they just instantly transformed into a much better team. Started the year 37-37, since then are 32-9... so it looks like it's going to be a battle.

    In Charleston we're also going with a 4-man rotation for the most part... it would be working better if last year's Cy Young winner Jeffrey Riley didn't completely forget how to pitch this year, but the other guys have done their jobs. First baseman Kim Bradley is having a season for the ages on offense for us, hopefully it will be enough. If we make it to the playoffs then it will be time to avenge that massively disappointing performance last year where we got swept by Asheville.

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    Re: 2021 season

    Albany is also going with a 4-man rotation....sort of. It's 4 guys and my boy Daniel Hill, who I'm desperately trying to get to the top spot on the all-time wins list. He won 4 straight starts in June-July to get tied with the great Roger Spates at 367 wins, but otherwise has been bombed pretty much every time out. I'd say please, just one more win and I can put him out to pasture, but David Garza is in the rear view mirror at 356 and is a year younger (40 vs 41).

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    Re: 2021 season

    Asheville is collapsing and on a 4-13 stretch. My starters are tired and usually only make it 5 or 6 innings. Then with my budget bullpen they have to hold their breath for the rest of the game. Overall my bullpen is 9-22 with 16 blown saves.

    Also Kannapolis and Greensboro are both surging. Asheville may not even finish in the top half of the division.

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    Re: 2021 season

    Kannapolis and Asheville are tied at 89-64, and we're about to face off in a 4-game series.
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    Re: 2021 season

    For their first season, the Hagerstown Suns managed to win 69 games with a bunch of neglected guys. Most of all, while the franchise had a minus 171 differential last season, those guys played their buts out to finish with a tiny minus 15 this year. That's a great improvement!

    Now, the new managerial team is looking to get full scouting next season to build a solid franchise for years to come.

    The Suns will bright in a near future!

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    Re: 2021 season

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Park View Post
    For their first season, the Hagerstown Suns managed to win 69 games with a bunch of neglected guys. Most of all, while the franchise had a minus 171 differential last season, those guys played their buts out to finish with a tiny minus 15 this year. That's a great improvement!

    Now, the new managerial team is looking to get full scouting next season to build a solid franchise for years to come.

    The Suns will bright in a near future!
    Love it.

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    Re: 2021 season

    Well the 106-win RiverDogs lose to 86-win Albany... we couldn't even win a single game against them despite beating them 6 out of 9 in the regular season. I mean, I don't expect to dominate Albany because that team is always good in the playoffs... but getting swept is pretty disappointing considering the season we had.

    Series recap:

    Game 1: Arthur Johnson on the mound, 22-6, 2.27 ERA in the regular season. Should be a good pitcher's duel with Jason Morales. Instead Johnson inexplicably gives up 7 runs in 5.1 innings, the most runs he's given up all season. 10-2 blowout loss as a result.

    Game 2: Benjamin Wiley pitches the way Johnson should have pitched, 8 innings of 1-run ball. But of course this is the game we get shut out by Leonard Williamson, and so we lose 1-0.

    Game 3: Carson Sims on the mound, 15-6, 2.46 ERA in the regular season. Surely we have the advantage here... in his last 28 starts he hasn't given up more than 4. So naturally, he gives up 7 in 3.2 innings. You would think we were facing the 1927 Yankees with the way our Cy Young caliber pitchers are getting clobbered.

    Game 4: 5-3 loss, season over.

    Meanwhile, while Albany's offense is making our elite starting pitchers look like 50k scrubs, our offense (top 5 in runs scored in the league) gets completely shut down by Michael Perine of all people... a 24-year-old rookie with an ERA of 5 in the regular season. Against the RiverDogs? 2 runs allowed in 10.2 innings.

    Home runs, regular season: Charleston 305, Albany 209
    Home runs in this series: Charleston 2, Albany 11

    Anyway congrats to OC who will be taking that team to their 11th World Series, facing either LA or Washington. The Nats have had their share of playoff frustration as well, with only one World Series in 9 chances... and meanwhile LA has never won it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as Albany will lots of rest while LA and Washington look to be locked in a close battle, tied 2-2 right now.
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    Re: 2021 season

    Quote Originally Posted by EtaCar927 View Post
    Well the 106-win RiverDogs lose to 86-win Albany... we couldn't even win a single game against them despite beating them 6 out of 9 in the regular season. I mean, I don't expect to dominate Albany because that team is always good in the playoffs... but getting swept is pretty disappointing considering the season we had.

    Series recap:

    Game 1: Arthur Johnson on the mound, 22-6, 2.27 ERA in the regular season. Should be a good pitcher's duel with Jason Morales. Instead Johnson inexplicably gives up 7 runs in 5.1 innings, the most runs he's given up all season. 10-2 blowout loss as a result.

    Game 2: Benjamin Wiley pitches the way Johnson should have pitched, 8 innings of 1-run ball. But of course this is the game we get shut out by Leonard Williamson, and so we lose 1-0.

    Game 3: Carson Sims on the mound, 15-6, 2.46 ERA in the regular season. Surely we have the advantage here... in his last 28 starts he hasn't given up more than 4. So naturally, he gives up 7 in 3.2 innings. You would think we were facing the 1927 Yankees with the way our Cy Young caliber pitchers are getting clobbered.

    Game 4: 5-3 loss, season over.

    Meanwhile, while Albany's offense is making our elite starting pitchers look like 50k scrubs, our offense (top 5 in runs scored in the league) gets completely shut down by Michael Perine of all people... a 24-year-old rookie with an ERA of 5 in the regular season. Against the RiverDogs? 2 runs allowed in 10.2 innings.

    Home runs, regular season: Charleston 305, Albany 209
    Home runs in this series: Charleston 2, Albany 11

    Anyway congrats to OC who will be taking that team to their 11th World Series, facing either LA or Washington. The Nats have had their share of playoff frustration as well, with only one World Series in 9 chances... and meanwhile LA has never won it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as Albany will lots of rest while LA and Washington look to be locked in a close battle, tied 2-2 right now.
    Albany is not your typical 86-win team; they are a team built for the playoffs....with a 3-man playoff starting rotation who went 52-20 during the regular season, while the rest of the staff combined to go 34-54. Offensively, a late September call up, 20 year-old James Weeks, has provided a spark by hitting well over .400 in the postseason.

    Of course none of that negates EtaCar's completely valid point: why did the clearly better team get swept in this series, and why did a starting rotation even better than Albany's trio get lit up the way they did? It's true in CSFBL even more so than real baseball: find a way to get your team into the postseason, and from there, all bets are off; anything can happen.

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