Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Orsino Board

I have tweaked the Orsino Board just a bit. I found, after two replays, that the HR reduction was too severe, and so have reduced it. After using this through the first month of my 1964 project, I find that the new arrangement is like Baby Bear's porridge--just right. You can find the Orsino Board above, with the stand-alone pages just below the blog header.
The new tweak to the Orsino Board is Goldilocks-approved!

Friday, February 9, 2018

1964 NL End of April Report

Hot on the heels of the American League report for April 1964, we have the NL report! The Giants have the top spot at month's end, but are closely pursued by several clubs. The Pirates feasted on Met, Brave and Cub pitching to post some gaudy offensive numbers. The Reds, on the other hand, are unlike any Reds team I have ever used. They pitch brilliantly, but can't score. Then we have the incredibly punchless Houston Colt .45's in last place averaging one and a third runs per game. 

The standings:

SFG 11-4  --- 
STL  10-4  0.5
PHI  9-6  2
PIT  9-6  2
CIN  9-7  2.5 (best 1-run record 5-0)
LAD  7-9  4.5
CHC  6-8  4.5
MIL  6-8  4.5 (worst 1-run record 2-6)
NYM  4-11  7
HOU  4-12  7.5

The Cardinals and Reds showed off superb moundsmen, while the Mets gave up nearly 7 runs per game.  The pitching: (league ERA 3.39)

STL  1.81 (most CG 7, least runs against 29, least HR against 5)
CIN  2.17  (most K's 125)
HOU  2.63  (tie most shutouts 3, least CG 1)
SFG  3.01  (tie most shutouts 3, most saves 5)
PIT  3.15  
PHI  3.33  
LAD  3.61  (most HR against 17)
MIL  3.99  (tie most shutouts 3)
CHC  4.80  (least K's 59, tie least saves 1)
NYM  5.69  (most runs against 102, tie least saves 1)

As noted, the Pirates feasted on weak opposition pitching, while Houston can't hit for average or power and can't run either. What's a mother to do? Batting: (league avg. .234)

PIT  .291  (most runs 95, tie most doubles 25, most triples 10)
CHC  .265
SFG  .259  (most HR 19, tie least triples 0, tie most GIDP 17, least times shut out 0)
PHI  .252  
STL  .249  (least GIDP 5)
MIL  .237  (tie most doubles 25)
CIN  .214  (most caught stealing 7)
LAD  .213  (most steals 15, least HR 4)
NYM  .205  (least caught stealing 0, tie least doubles 15, tie most GIDP 17)
HOU  .161  (least runs 22, tie least doubles 15, tie least triples 0, most times shut out 5, least steals 1)

Fielding (avg is IP divided by errors)
PHI  17.25  (least errors 8)
LAD  14.20  (least DP turned 4)
SFG  13.47  
HOU  12.53
MIL  11.27
STL  11.27
PIT  10.77
NYM  9.71
CIN  8.54  (most errors 18)
CHC  8.13  (most DP's turned 24)

The margin by which the Dodgers and Cubs are last and first respectively in DP's is wide. The NL shows much more fielding balance than the AL. This may be because the AL is the weaker offensive league and so the Bases Empty board is used more. That board yields more errors than the others. The NL is where it should be, but the AL is error-happy so far.

There are some surprises on the leader boards!

Jim Maloney, the Jack Kralick of the NL!
ERA (14 IP):  Maloney-cin 0.79, O'toole-cin 0.82, Gibson-stl 0.84, Gibbon-pit 0.90, Johnson-hou 1.07, Bruce-hou 1.17, Marichal-sf 1.38, Law-pit 1.82, Jay-cin 1.90, Craig-stl 1.93

WINS:  Gibson-stl 4-0, Maloney-cin 3-0, Stallard-ny 3-0, Marichal-sf 3-1

All 3 of Bob Bruce's losses have been 1-0.
LOSSES: Bruce-hou 0-3, Cisco-ny 0-3, Farrell-hou 0-3, Nottebart-hou 0-3, Jackson-chi 1-3, Tiefenaur-mil 1-3

CG:  Maloney-cin 3, Marichal-sf 3

IP:  Maloney-cin 34, Koufax-la 32.2, Marichal-sf 32.2, Gibson-stl 32, Short-phi 32

K's:  Maloney-cin 36, Short-phi 33, Koufax-la 28, Gibson-stl 27, Bruce-hou 26, Drysdale-la 26

The Baldy contemplates Gene Mauch's brilliance.
SAVES:  Baldschun-phi 4, Larsen-sf 3, Schultz-stl 3, Henry-cin 2, R.Miller-la 2, Tiefenaur-mil 2

He cannot be stopped! Despite a very ordinary card, he just keeps getting on base.
BATTING (38 ab):  Clendenon-pit .410, Carty-mil .400, Brock-chi .389, Bertell-chi .388, Bailey-pit .377, Clemente-pit .373, Mota-pit .368, Gonzales-phi .360, Cepeda-sf .345, Callison-phi .316

HR:  McCovey-sf 5, Brock-chi 4, Javier-stl 4, Lynch-pit 4, Menke-mil 4, Pinson-cin 4

RBI:  Pagliaroni-pit 17, Menke-mil 15, Cepeda-sf 14, Santo-chi 13, Taylor, phi 12, Alley-pit 11

He scores runs for SF.
RUNS:  Brock-chi 16, Mays-sf 14, J.Alou-sf 13, Bailey-pit 13, Callison-phi 13, Clemente-pit 12, Gonzales-phi 12

DOUBLES: Menke-mil 8, Clendenon-pit 7, W.Davis-la 6

TRIPLES:  Johnson-cin 3, Santo-chi 3

STEALS:  Wills-la 9, 5 tied with 3. (Amazingly, Brock has none, though he's been caught once.)

GIDP:  Rojas-phi 5, 4 tied with 4.

ERRORS:  Cardenas-cin 6, Pagan-sf 5, Rojas-phi 5

Surely the Cubs will never trade this Brock kid! See you next time for the end of May report.

KEEP CALM AND ROLL 66's!

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

1964 End of April AL Report

April is finished in my 1964 AL, and although the Yankees are, to no one's surprise, in first place, the story of the early going is the challenge by the upstart Washington Senators, not to mention the Cleveland Indians as well!

The AL standings through April 30th, 1964: 

NYY  9-3  ---
CLE  9-5  1
WAS  9-6  1.5  (best 1-run record 5-1, best x-inn record 2-0)
DET  7-6  2.5
LAA  8-7  2.5
BAL  6-6  3
CHW  6-6  3
KCA  5-8  4.5
BOS  4-10  6
MIN  4-10  6

Washington began the season 0-3, but have won 9 of 12 to move up to third. It's been a very rough start for the Twins, who can't get anybody out, and the Red Sox, who dealt with a rash of injuries. Roman Mejias is no Tony Conigliaro--that much has been established!

Special for Dave: WAS, DET, BAL, BOS and MIN have yet to toss a shutout. NYY, LAA, BAL, CHI and KCA have yet to be shut out. Interesting, because offense was down in April and yet shutouts stayed low. Just 7 league-wide so far. 

PITCHING (league 3.55)
LAA  2.32
NYY  2.58  (most saves 5, least runs against 34)
WAS  3.02  
CHW  3.20  (least K's 67)
CLE  3.31  (most CG 7, tied for least saves 1)
BAL  3.77  (least CG 0, least HR against 5)
DET  3.80  
KCA  4.00  (tied for least saves 1)
BOS  4.46
MIN  5.14  (most K's 102, most runs against 74, most HR against 19)

BATTING (league .224)
NYY  .249  (least caught stealing 1)
DET  .244  (most runs 62, least GIDP 4)
CHI  .244  (least doubles 9, least HR 6) 
BAL  .238  
CLE  .228  (tied for most steals 9)
LAA  .225  (tied for most steals 9, tied for most GIDP 15)
MIN  .215  (most HR 16)
BOS  .210  (most doubles 26, least steals 0, least runs 41)
KCA  .201  (tied for most GIDP 15)
WAS  .192  

FIELDING (avg is IP divided by errors)
BAL  26.25  (least errors 4, no unearned runs given up)
NYY  18.00
CHW  15.67 (least DP's turned 6)
MIN  14.00
WAS  10.00  
BOS  6.94  (most DP's turned 17)
DET  6.69
LAA  6.48  (tie most errors 21)
CLE  5.95  (tie most errors 21)
KCA  5.57 tie most errors 21)

Errors are high. I had too many pitcher errors in my '67 AL replay, so I made adjustments and my '69 NL came out perfect. But my '56 NL was short on errors, so I tweaked again, and perhaps should not have; so far '64 is looking like '67 again. 10 of LAA's 21 errors have been by pitchers.  Over many replays, even the worst teams clear 6, but here I have two teams below 6.  Stay tuned. 

Check out Rudolph, who barely made the 12 inning requirement. It's Washington magic!
ERA (12 IP):  Chance-la 1.64, Pizarro-chi 1.69, Aguirre-det 1.84, Kralick-cle 2.06, Kline-was 2.13, Rudolph-was 2.13, Downing-ny 2.45, Roberts-bal 2.50, Peters-chi 2.59, Belinsky-la 2.61 

WINS:  Kralick-cle 3-1, Wickersham-det 3-1

LOSSES:  Arrigo-min 0-3, Kaat-min 1-3, Pena-kc 1-3

IP:  Kralick-cle 35, Chance-la 33, Wickersham-det 32, Osteen-was 31

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
CG: Kralick-cle 4, several tied with 2 

K's :  Kralick-cle 29, Kaat-min 23, Wilson-bos 23, Chance-la 22, Tiant-cle 21, Ford-ny 20, Pena-kc 20

SHUTOUTS:  Kralick-cle 1, Newman-la 1, O'donoghue-kc 1, Pizarro-chi 1, Segui-kc 1

"In the mornin'...in the evenin'...ain't we got fun?"
SAVES:  Kline-was 4, Radatz-bos 3, Stafford-ny 3, Wilhelm-chi 3 

BATTING (32 ab):  Piersall-la .465, Aparicio-bal .394, Fregosi-la .392, Maris-ny .375, Hall-min .354, Richardson-ny .327, Howard-ny .308, Whitfield-cle .308, Hinton-was .304, Fl. Robinson-chi .304

A giant astride the Earth.
HR:  Gentile-kc 6, Powell-bal 5, Fregosi-la 4, Killebrew-min 4, Mantle-ny 4, Oliva-min 4, B.Robinson-bal 4 

RBI:  Fregosi-la 14, McAuliffe-det 13, Whitfield-cle 13, Gentile-kc 12, Hall-min 12, B.Robinson-bal 12

RUNS:  Tresh-ny 12, Davalillo-cle 11, Fregosi-la 11, McAuliffe-det 11

"Wingy" terrorizes AL hurlers.
DOUBLES:  Bressoud-bos 6, Piersall-la 6, Whitfield-cle 6

TRIPLES:  7 tied with 2.

STEALS:  Hinton-was 5, Aparicio-bal 4, Davalillo-cle 3, Pearson-la 3

GIDP:  Knoop-la 4, Colavito-kc 3, Jimenez-kc 3, Yaz-bos 3

ERRORS:  Causey-kc 5, Green-kc 5



Coming soon: 1964 NL report.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

No Joy In Beertown: Yanks Take Series in 7

Tough to take! The Braves took the first two games at home, and built a 3 games to 1 lead, but couldn't finish off the mighty Yanks in my 1956 replay World Series. 

In game 1, Warren Spahn outdueled Whitey Ford 2-0, helped by a 2-run Joe Adcock round tripper. The Braves took game 2 in thrilling fashion on a walk-off homer by Eddie Mathews for a 5-4 win.

In New York, the Yanks won behind Don Larsen 5-2, before falling 8-1 in game 4. Game 5 saw Ford blank the Braves 4-0 to make it three games to two and keep New York alive.

Game 6 was an ugly blow-out, with the Bombers amassing 17 hits in a 14-1 shellacking of the home team. Only Eddie Mathews's 2-out homer avoided a shutout.

Game 7 was scoreless until the 5th, when a Hank Bauer triple scored Larsen. In the 6th, though, Del Crandall's 2-run double gave the Braves the lead, 2-1. Not to be denied, the Yankees overwhelmed the Braves with 4 in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th, for a 7-2 win and a 4-3 Series win as well. Don Larsen, with 2 strong wins, is WS MVP. I have to admit, even though my team lost, it was a very good WS.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joy In Beertown--Braves Hold Off Dodgers, Take '56 Flag

The Braves held off the never-say-die Dodgers and took the 1956 NL pennant in my replay, clinching on the third-to-last day of the season on their way to 96 wins and a final 4 game margin. The Beertown club boasted batting champ Hank Aaron (.337) and HR leader Joe Adcock (43) as well as a formidable starting duo of Spahn (22-11) and Burdette (18-8). As they await the Yankees and the World Series, here are the final numbers:

MIL  96-58  ---  
BRK  92-62  4  (most Sept. wins 17-9)
CIN  88-66  8  (best Sept. record 16-8, best 1-run record 31-16, best X-inn record 11-3)
STL  84-70  12
PHI  72-82  24
CHI  66-88  30
NY  65-89  31
PIT  53-101  43  (worst Sept. record 5-19, worst 1-run record 16-28, worst X-inn record 4-9) 

PITCHING
MIL 2.75  (most SHO 25, most CG 64, least K's 651, least runs against 473, least HRvs. 117)
BRK  3.27  
CIN  3.70  (most saves 49, least CG 24)
PIT  3.78 (least saves 11, most HRvs. 150)
PHI  3.78
STL  3.82  
CHI  4.15  (most K's 848, most runs against 727, least shutouts 9)
NY  4.29  

BATTING
STL  .261  (most runs 731, most doubles 258, tied most triples 55, tie least times shutout 11)
CIN  .256  (most HR 181, least triples 35)
BRK  .255 
MIL  .250  (least steals 10, tie least times shutout 11)
CHI  .241  (tie most triples 55, least GIDP 94, least doubles 172)
PHI  .239  (most GIDP 135, least caught stealing 25, tie least HR 98)
PIT  .236  (least runs 480, most caught stealing 37, tie least HR 98, most times shutout 25)
NY  .230  (most steals 83)

FIELDING (average is IP divided by errors)
BRK  16.61  (least errors 83)
CIN  14.95
PHI  13.37 (most DP's 150)
STL  12.98
MIL  12.92
NY  12.71
CHI  10.68  (tie most errors 129, tie least DP's 114)
PIT  10.52  (tie most errors 129, tie least DP's 114)


ERA (154 IP min.) : Burdette-mil 1.94, Newcombe-brk 2.02, Spahn-mil 2.10, Conley-mil 2.51, Rush-chi 2.64, Simmons-phi 2.64, Dickson-stl 2.66, Friend-pit 2.67, Craig-brk 2.76, Crone-mil 2.87

WINS: Newcombe-brk 22-7, Spahn-mil 22-11, Burdette-mil 18-8, Craig-brk 18-10

LOSSES: Kline-pit 7-21, Munger-pit 7-17

CG: Newcombe-brk 23, Spahn-mil 20, Dickson-stl 19, Burdette-mil 17

K's: Jones-chi 191, Spahn-mil 176, Haddix-phi 164, Antonelli-ny 159, Friend-pit 159

IP: Newcombe-brk 294.1, Spahn-mil 291.1, Dickson-stl 270.1, Friend-pit 269.1, Rush-chi 262.2

SHO: Newcombe-brk 9, Spahn-mil 7, Antonelli-ny 5, Conley-mil 5, Craig-brk 5

SAVES: Freeman-cin 41, Grissom-ny 29, Bessent-brk 28, Lown-chi 21, R.Miller-phi 20

BAvg (416 ab min.)  Aaron-mil .337, Boyer-stl .314, Bailey-cin .310, Fondy-chi .300, Kluszewski-cin .291, Dark-stl .290, Banks-chi 286, Musial-stl .285, Snider-brk .285, Ashburn-phi .283, Jackson-brk .283


HR:  Adcock-mil 43, Robinson-cin 39, Snider-brk 37, Bailey-cin 35, Mays-ny 32, Mathews-mil 31

RBI: Snider-brk 120, Musial-stl 108, Mathews-mil 107, Hodges-brk 103

RUNS: Robinson-cin 112, Snider-brk 107, Musial-stl 105, Aaron-mil 104, Boyer-stl 102

2B: Robinson-cin 43, Aaron-mil 40, Jablonski-cin 40

3B: Bruton-mil 23, Musial-stl 14, Aaron-mil 13

HITS: Aaron-mil 207, Boyer-stl 198

STEALS: Mays-ny 49, Gilliam-brk 36, White-ny 20

GIDP: Musial-stl 21, Ennis-phi 20, Jablonski-cin 20

ERR: Groat-pit 43, Baker-chi 33

League stats vs (actual):

AB--41,669 (41,849)
H--10,256 (10,716)
AVG--.246 (.256)
R--5,032 (5,275)
2B--1,731 (1,659)
3B--381 (372)
HR--1,070 (1,219)
SB--353 (371)
CS--256 (242)
GIDP--906 (954)

ERA--3.69 (3.77)
IP--11,012 (11,063.1)
K--5,941 (5,694)
SHO--123 (67)
SAVES--219 (200 or 196 depending on source)
CG--322 (360)
ERR--858 (1,082)
DP--1,048 (1,191)

Some thoughts: Errors usually come out right for me, but this replay they were short, and I am pretty certain I know why. I halved the frequency of results 23 and 41 with the bases empty, which are errors. I did it because the errors are so random. and result in shortstops on Fielding Three teams getting a lot of extra errors, along with some others. It skews individual fielding, but results in better total error numbers when left alone. I can't imagine how many errors Groat might have had if I had not done what I did. The flip side is, less errors, less scoring, to some degree, and scoring was low.

April was a shutout-fest, with 21 shutouts in 50 games. The pace slowed after that, but I was never going to duplicate the 67 actual shutouts. I can't explain April except for the small use of lesser starters, but it was just plain cold dice, I think, for the most part. 

Now then, home runs. They have been down in my last two replays, after being over-abundant every replay before that. This coincides with my 14 year absence from the hobby, so maybe the cards have been changed? My Orsino Board does knock down about 45-55 HR over a season like this one, but it also added 9 inside the park Hr's. So, 6 less homers per team is negligible. It doesn't explain the gap I had in this, or my last replay. I will be lessening the effect of the Orsino Board HR reduction for my next project (1964 MLB), but I am not eliminating it altogether because it creates platoon effects that I like. 

Doubles always seem to be high. They were here, too. However, this is the first replay I have ever played where the IP were LOW. I have always wondered why they are always high. Maybe because I play a lot of '60's seasons with a lot of low scoring marathon extra inning games? There were very few of those this time. Anyway, it was nice to buck the trend.


There was one cycle (Pete Whisenant of the Cubs in April), one no-hitter (Newcombe late in the season against NY), one 4 HR game (Bailey of the Reds in August), 4 triple plays (2 by the Phillies) and the longest game of the year was at St. Louis when the Cards topped the Reds in 18 innings in July. The most K's in a game was 12, accomplished twice by Sad Sam Jones of the Cubs, both times in August. I started on June 29th, 2017 and finished December 20th, 2017, so a little less than 6 months. This does not count the World Series, which is kind of unofficial, since I am just pulling the Yankees out of their pack without having played the AL. This was my first '50's replay and I have enjoyed it.

A so-long song for my pet, Eddie Mathews. The song is from 1956!