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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by joebaseball View Post
    ...Green and Flores have been going at it so far this season, with one or the other leading in HR's and Slugging throughout the season. 1 & 2 in Slugging, 2 & 3 in RBI, and 1 & 2 in HR's... even their batting avg's are close, .320 to .310... Quite a rivalry they have going. Both are young, Green is 26 and Flores is 24... Green has a slight edge in most of the stats...
    Wow. In another league I'm in, my 2B just hit #43 in game #88. Here, Green hit #29 in game #61. And to think: Green was picked at #36 in the 2nd round!
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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Trabuco has been surprisingly competitive, putting together a 35-29 record that leaves us 2.5 games back of 2nd place in the ever-competitive Robert Jamerson division. Free agency has been especially kind, where we've landed some major contributors:

    • SP Lafountain: the 36-year-old veteran has put up a 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 5-5 record with 4 CG
    • SP Tyler: this 25-year-old PSFA has recorded a 6-5 record with 6 CG behind a 4.98 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in his debut season
    • 3B Williams: this 29-year-old defensive wizard has never hit for average, but he's racking up 2Bs and BBs for a .741 OPS. He's 2nd in range among qualifying Psi Phi 3B with a 3.87.
    • C Clubb: in 15 games so far, he has clubbed 4 HRs and 5 2Bs for a .662 SLG% and 12 RBI. He's guaranteed to come back to earth, but his bat has more than made up for the loss of 3B Jones, who was traded to move up in the draft.

    Veterans 2B Williams and C Bahena have continued to get on base at an excellent clip, and 4th-year OF Hancock has hit .370/.397/.889 with 7 HR in the last 14 games after a terrible start to the season. All 3, along with SP Lafountain, are still available for trade. We would listen for offers for 3B Williams and C Clubb as well.

    The most exciting development for Trabuco has been the pitching of rookie SP Grassi, who was the main trade piece in last year's deal with Chicago that sent out veteran SP Carl He. We were expecting a mid-rotation starter, but Grassi so far has been our staff ace with an 8-4 record, 2.26 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 8 CG, 10/13 QS, and even a save during an early season bullpen appearance. Rookie RF Reich, picked up from Williamsburg in the deal for veteran SP Brown, has contributed an .838 OPS at the age of 21.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    I'm about to rename the Horrors to the Streakers as so far this season it seems to be all or nothing with this team. After the low point start, the Arkham team put together a solid May and went 23-5 for the entire month, including an impressive 16-2 run through our Robert Smith division rivals. Of course, after our hot streak we immediately went cold again, currently on a 3-10 downswing as we play through the Aycock division (or rather they play through us based on the results). Still, things are not looking bad for the aging team overall, as there are plenty of solid performances keeping the team afloat.

    SP, Arnold Wright - the vet who was picked up off Free Agency at the beginning of the season when the team desperately needed someone who could stay on the mound has put together a 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 12 games started so far.
    CL, James Troia - our most reliable pitcher is our closer, who has 18 saves, a 2.08 ERA and 0.77 WHIP, and is a current frontrunner for Fireman of the Year, including a performance where he pitched 5 hitless innings in extra inning relief to claim a win.
    3B, Christopher Phillips - another Free Agency vet, who was brought in to replace our ailing original 3B, is batting a solid .304 and a .397 OBP, which is sadly the second highest on the team after our top performer Jimmie "Ol' Reliable" Lee.
    LF/DH, George Brouillete - after a slow start in the ball contact department, our long ball expert has settled into a .298 batting average and a whopping .617 slugging percentage, which includes 4 home runs in the last 5 games

    Our biggest question marks right now are our CF duo of Paul Wolfe and Jerrod Perkins - Wolfe is supposed to be our speedster and base stealer, but is having a hard time getting on base first to steal them, and Perkins was brought in from free agency to complement Wolfe's lower endurance and give us a fielding boost when Wolfe needed rest, but hasn't quite found any groove to speak of when he's at the plate. There's also 3B Paul Marsh, who is currently riding the pine due to an abysmal starting performance and Phillips filling in his position much more reliably. We're paying the guy $3.5 mil to warm the bench though, so releasing or trading him to free up some salary may be in the cards in the near future.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Alaska and Trabuco had quite a pitchers duel a couple games ago. Alaska SP Larry Molloy threw 10 innings and 122 pitches. He gave up a 3-run homer to 2B Robert Williams in the 3rd inning, but Molloy followed that up with 7 scoreless innings. CL Clarence Walter replaced Molloy in the 11th with the 3-4-5 hitters due up. Walter got the first two batters out, but he gave up a solo HR to rookie RF Manuel Reich that gave Trabuco a 4-3 lead.

    Trabuco SP Horacio Bennett did them one better. He gave up the lead in the bottom of the 9th on a solo HR by 3B Sheldon Miles, but Bennett finished the 9th and held Alaska scoreless in the 10th. He remained on the mound in the 11th protecting a 1-run lead, where he got the top of the order to hit 3 straight groundball outs to close out the game. In total, Bennett faced 39 batters and threw just 89 pitches. He gave up 11 hits (no walks) but induced 5 GIDP, with one of those double plays coming just before the game-tying HR by Miles.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Houston continues to roll at 50-18, just a few games off a 120 win pace. Going to be very difficult to achieve that, but we keep the outside chance alive.

    Before the last sim, we had the top 3 project Cy winners in Gary Coats, Brandon Gross, and Eric Rains. They are currently 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively, with Thomas Beauchamp joining them at #6. Rounding out the rotation is Jay Goodman, who at times has lead ROY projections but is right now at #3 there.

    They are all pretty good pitchers, but the defense probably deserves most of the credit, especially in the cases of Coats, Gross, and Goodman. We have the following RAs this year:

      78  
    52   63
         
     99 96 
    94   97
         
      52  

    the best I can remember having on a team. The only real problem is the occasional tendency for the bats to fall asleep as we have no real dominant guy. Russell Martin is playing well, but he's below what he needs to be to really carry the offense. At least he's conscious of it enough that he's looking at taking a pay cut next year.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Knowing we could have some drastic swings in salary this year that were impossible to predict. Do we want to lax on hard cap penalty for a season? Thoughts?

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    ...The Arkham Horrors lived up to their name in a 3 game series vs the Charlotte Dragons. The series went 11,12 and 12 innings played with Arkham winning each by 1 run, 2-1, 3-2, 1-0. Charlotte was held to 2 hits, 3 hits and 3 hits and reliever Thomas Moore took the loss in all 3 games. He had successfully converted 10 of 11 saves previously.
    ..."Credit where credit is due," said joebaseball, owner/manager of the Dragons. "At least our starters showed up to play. Arkham(45-32) leads the Robert Smith Division by 3 games...

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by christo0425 View Post
    Knowing we could have some drastic swings in salary this year that were impossible to predict. Do we want to lax on hard cap penalty for a season? Thoughts?
    My gut feeling is that if there is a situation big enough to warrant a suspension for 1 flip, it's probably not going to change much in flip 2. And at that point, might as well keep it for flip 1.

    For example, if my salary is close to the cap next year, I'll try to get under. If I end up over the cap enough to where it's not feasible to get under short of cutting key players, I'm not likely to do that in flip 2 any more than after this coming flip. One year does give some allowance for making trades to get back under at least.

    I'd just wait and see since there's no reason not to, but I'm guessing that it won't be necessary to change things up.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    One thing we could do—for the 2094 season only—is to give owners more time than usual to get under the cap. Here are two possibilities for an extended deadline:

    • Start of the draft. Any team over the cap when the 2094 draft begins gets a 10-pick penalty in the 2094 draft. If they have already traded their 2094 pick, then the penalty applies in the next season where they have not yet traded their pick.
    • Trade deadline. For the teams that remain over the cap after the trade deadline, subtract the salaries of their 2094 draft picks and see whether they are still over the cap. If they are, then a 10-pick penalty applies in the 2095 draft.

    The first possibility seems easier to implement: it's less work on the part of commissioners, and it doesn't introduce uncertainty for what we do in 2095 if the team remains over the cap (drop another 10 picks? penalty in 2096?).

    This would provide an extended grace period for owners to get under the salary cap. It can be hard to work trades in the preseason, with many owners pursuing free agents. This way, over-cap owners can see their team's early season performance, see the draft board, have extra time to make trades, have time to lower scrub salaries, etc.

    Then, in 2095, we would revert to the normal approach for draft pick penalties. Or who knows? We might even prefer to assess penalties at the start of the draft going forward.

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    Re: 2093 season discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by joebaseball View Post
    ...The Arkham Horrors lived up to their name in a 3 game series vs the Charlotte Dragons. The series went 11,12 and 12 innings played with Arkham winning each by 1 run, 2-1, 3-2, 1-0. Charlotte was held to 2 hits, 3 hits and 3 hits and reliever Thomas Moore took the loss in all 3 games. He had successfully converted 10 of 11 saves previously.
    ..."Credit where credit is due," said joebaseball, owner/manager of the Dragons. "At least our starters showed up to play. Arkham(45-32) leads the Robert Smith Division by 3 games...
    I was going to come here and highlight this series too, as another example of the Horrors' overall baffling player performance lately. While this particular series turned out positively for the Arkham players, it's been a recent problem where the team gets their hits but can't convert them to scores. Charlotte was held to 2, 3, and 3 hits but comparatively the Horror batting staff had 8, 11, and 7 hits on the board. While their pitchers turned up this time around and managed to keep the opposing run count low, it hasn't always worked out in our favor. In a 6-5 loss to Louisville, the Horrors put up 12 hits that led to their 5 runs, but Louisville took the win with only 7. And in an earlier 2-1 loss we had 7 hits compared to the Tribe Power's 5.

    We've been experimenting with lineup order but no matter how we adjust the lineup, it feels like our hitters are always out of sync and not chaining together their hits for maximum scoring opportunity. The prime example is RF Jimmie "Ol' Reliable" Lee who with a near-league-leading .349 batting average, and yet that has translated to the second least amount of runs of the team's regular lineup. The Horrors lead the league in the overall team batting average and slugging percentage, so it feels like our wins should be a little more comfortable than the one or two-run squeakers we keep producing. We're not complaining, but if we're gonna make it into the playoffs we're going to have to start reliably turning more of our hits into points.

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