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spring is here (kinda)   Leave a comment

this may be my favorite time of the year … spring training. the pitchers and catchers have started reporting to camps. some are showing up with their winter girth (Joba or is it Jabba?) while others have been working out for the last several months and showing up in the best shape of their lives. i’m not casting stones at all since i’m carrying my weight and the weight of several small nations in my waistband, but then again, i’m not being paid an uber salary to be an athlete.  i would LOVE to have to work out all day every day and get paid for it.  somebody PLEASE offer me that gig.

the rest of the players should start straggling in over the next week or two (or longer for those awaiting renewed visas).  they will start running, throwing long toss, and get their swings refined before the spring training games get started.  players reporting to new teams, whether through trade or via free agency will be camp highlights as well.  will the newly signed free agent turn this club around?  and then you have new managers like clint hurdle of pittsburgh.  will his style help change the laughingstock pirates back into a legitimate team to contend?  probably not this year, but who knows.

every team is hopeful.  every team believes they have a chance.  even those who are perennial losers have hope that the stars will align and key players on other teams will fall to injury.  everyone is looking to those great prospects that are slipping into camp.  who will make the cut and who will be sent packing for the minors with dreams of being called up again mid-season?

i’ve even started gathering my little league team together.  our first full practice is the 25th of this month.  we’ll be about a month ahead of the other teams.  since we’re going to be playing a level up (5th and 6th playing against 7th and 8th), it’s important to get ready early.  the kids are all excited and have been asking about practices for a couple of weeks now.  it helps that the ice and cold weather have moved out of the area.  this week has been in the mid-70s every day.

yes, it’s a great time of the year.  it’s also a time when all the roto leagues start up and people blow the dust off their favorite tabletop baseball games.  i’m very active in Dynasty League and am in two separate leagues.  i run one of them which means i’ve already been firing on all cylinders trying to get the season prepared for our annual auction.  the other league starts up about a month later … early april to be exact.   then there is the Statis Pro Baseball League.  we’re gathering the troops and putting on the final touches to our inaugural season.

now that i’ve mentioned the SPBL let me give you some update  on a couple of things.  we have 9 for sure owners in place and are trying to nail down the tenth.  we’ve got one guy who will hopefully respond today, but if he doesn’t, that means we’ll have one opening to fill.  it’ll be a 10 team league and we’ll play 44 games using the 1974 season (retro, yeah, groovy).

the other item is the 1975 AL replay … i’ve been busy with a TON of family stuff over the last couple of months, but have started playing the games again.  watch for a posting in the next week with the latest games.

i just can never get enough baseball … i trust you’re the same way.

-chief

Posted 02/17/2011 by rick in 1975, Baseball, me, Statis Pro

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* 1975 Replay Stats Review   1 comment

april is done and now it’s time to take a good look at the stats as well as a comparison against the actual stats from the true ’75 season.

there are a couple of things that ran through my mind as i started this post.  first, in real life batters have ups and downs.  some start out slowly and continue to get stronger as the year goes on.  player A may bat around the mendoza line for april then go lights out the rest of the year and end up with a respectable year.  mark teixeira is an example of this type of player.  for his career he is a .233 hitter in april and a .294 hitter the rest of the regular season (those are career numbers).  and then there is the flip side with players that break camp playing lights out ball only to be hit with reality around the beginning of june or into the heart of july.  you see this a lot with pitchers.  maybe it’s the counter of when batters start to heat up, it’s because the pitchers are worse.  or is it better hitting because the pitchers go cold?  in the case of Statis Pro Advanced (or any other tabletop game on the market), either way, stats are, well, an ever moving target.  you can make numbers say what you want.  that’s the bottom line.  but how does it fit here where i’m looking for that seemingly elusive “statistical realism” in a game of baseball simulation?

the second thing i thought, and then discovered it’s veracity, was i don’t manage like those managers did.  this became HUGELY apparent when i compared SB, SB attempts, and sacrifice hits.  those numbers were appallingly different.  other than the yankees, i used all the starting lineups just as in real life.  how i used the bullpen and/or bench players was my own decision making.  below are the REAL LIFE vs REPLAY numbers for the stats are that are way out of whack.  again, this is due to my managing style, not the game design itself.

           SB     SBA    SAC
REAL      186     308     76
REPLAY     60      94      7

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here all this time i thought i was a big proponent of small ball only to discover, based on the info above, i’m obviously more in line with earl weaver’s philosophy than billy-ball.  that’s a blow to my psyche.  just a side note before going further that the SB% of both was relatively the same (60.3% in real life v. 63.8% in the replay).  granted, i probably only sent the better SB chances so my percentage would be slightly higher anyway unless the system was faulty (which i don’t think it is).  i’m still stunned by these numbers, though.  308 SB chances in the month of May?  it would seem they were sending anyone that could get on base.  :-)  and my sacrifice numbers are just pathetic.  that’s pure managing or mis-managing depending on your view.

now lets look at some of the other stuff.  batting average was down a bit and, not surprisingly, OBP, as well.  real life was .246 and .324 respectively against replay numbers .238 and .306 respectively.  slugging was up a bit as the replay saw more extra base hits while posting fewer overall hits.

           Hits    2B    3B    HR
REAL       1740   302    53   140
REPLAY     1717   306    57   144

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offensively there were some oddities in the numbers as well.  not tremendous, but enough to watch going forward.  walks were down considerably and strike outs were up, but just slightly.  hit by pitches and double plays were also up.  out of these numbers the most alarming to me was the lack of walks.  this partially contributes to the lower OBP and ERA results.

            BB     K    HBP    GDP
REAL       785   1007    53    174
REPLAY     656   1082    64    201

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from a pitching perspective complete games are down as are the intentional walks.  again, managerial style has a huge affect on that.  ERA is down from 3.62 in real life to 3.42 in the replay.  almost everything was down with the exception of strike outs and HR.  below is some numbers for comparison.

             IP      H      R     ER     IBB     BB      K    HBP
REAL       1897   1740    894    762      45    785   1007     53
REPLAY     1896   1717    784    720      10    656   1082     64

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i was amazed at how closely the IP were to real life.  this was purely coincidence, i’m sure, as i used actual games played.  there were a handful that were rain shortened and a handful that went extra … but to be within 1 inning of actuals was kind of cool.  as i mentioned before the intentional walks is a managerial thing.  and maybe because i didn’t intentionally walk the additional 35 there were more strike outs and/or double plays because of those.  there may have also been more extra base hits because of those fewer free passes.  hard to say.  looking at the numbers above, though, i’m thinking i may have been fortunate not to have more errors.  real life had 110 more runs scored and only 42 more earned runs.  i haven’t been keeping defensive statistics.  i have, however, kept all of my score sheets so if YOU want to go back and track all of them, you’re welcome to.

i have neither the time nor inclination to go through player by player and do comparisons.  i will tell you some stand outs that seem strange.  Gary Sutherland’s highest home run total in a season was 6 and it happened to occur in 1975.  in the replay, in april only, he’s got 5.  he has a small range.  32-33 or something like that.  and he’s just gotten fortunate more often than usual.  Gaylord Perry can’t buy a win with the Indians.  his record is a surprising 0-6 through april.  his ERA is 5.29 while in real life it was 2.63.  of course, cleveland has the worst ERA in the replay with a 4.29.  maybe that’s why they’re dead last in the AL East for the replay.

i’ve updated the leader board thru april 30th.  if you’d like a more in-depth look at the stats, i can send you the whole sha-bang.  but if you want THAT, you’ll need to subscribe to the site.  just send me an email if you would like it.

-chief

Posted 12/15/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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* april 30th is in the book   Leave a comment

let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 30, 1975 …
.

DET 200 000 101 - 4 8 0
MIL 000 100 001 - 2 5 1

DET: Lemanczyk (W, 1-0) 8.0, Hiller (Sv, 3) 1.0; Freehan 9.0
MIL: Slaton (L, 4-2) 7.0, Hausman 1.0, Murphy 1.0; Porter 9.0

DET home runs: Horton (6)
MIL home runs: Lezcano (2)

The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead with a two run homer
by Willie Horton in the first inning.  The homer was the sixth
of the year for Horton and tied him for the league lead with
Reggie Jackson and Billy Williams of Oakland.

Milwaukee struggled a bit during the first three innings before
hitting the scoreboard with a solo home run by Sixto Lezcano
in the bottom of the fourth.

Detroit starter, Dave Lemanczyk, settled down after that and kept the Brew Crew
in check the rest of the way.  In the bottom of the ninth John Hiller came in to shut
down the Brewers and preserve the win.  He made it scarier than it should have been
allowing one run and leaving the tying run stranded at second when he struck out
the final batter of the game.  But a win is a win and the Tigers didn't allow this game
to get away.

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CLE 000 00 - 0 4 1
BOS 010 0* - 1 2 1
* Game called due to rain

CLE: GPerry (L, 0-6) 4.0; Ellis 4.0
BOS: Tiant (W, 2-2) 5.0; Montgomery 3.0, Blackwell 2.0

CLE home runs: none
BOS home runs: Lynn (3)

Gaylord Perry may be having one of his unluckiest seasons in his career.  He was pitching
well, but sees the game end short when a drizzle turns into a rain which turns into a rain
out.  He gave up only two hits.  The first was a solo homer by rookie, Fred Lynn.  That
would be all the scoring in the shortened game.

Tiant, pitching for the Bosox, scattered four hits over five innings for the shut out.
"The ball was slippery today, but I throw pretty good," Tiant said after the game.
Good enough, El Tiante.  Good enough.

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BAL 100 210 000 - 4 12 0
NYY 000 001 000 - 1  8 0

BAL: Torrez (W, 2-1) 9.0; Duncan 9.0
NYY: Dobson (L, 1-3) 9.0; Munson 9.0

BAL home runs: Don Baylor (3)
NYY home runs: none

Dobson struggled early in the game allowing ten base runners
in the first five innings.  He was helped tremendously by his
defense as they turned double plays in the first three innings
to get him out of those jams.  Ultimately those first innings
would come back to haunt him as the Yankees offense struggled
against the O's starter.

Mike Torrez, who walked a season high ten batters in his first
outing of the season for the Orioles, walked only two while getting
customarily good defense from the Oriole club.  

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CAL 004 000 100 - 5 9 0
KCR 000 000 000 - 0 4 1

CAL: Tanana (W, 1-0) 9.0; Rodriguez 9.0
KCR: Fitzmorris (L, 2-2) 7.0, Pattin 2.0; Martinez 9.0

No home runs

This game looked like it might be a good matchup.  California was sending a solid
pitcher to the mound with young, southpaw Frank Tanana.  He seemed good enough
to keep the Royals bats struggling.  Fitzmorris, pitching for the Royals, wouldn't
be quite as good as Tanana, but the Angels offense wasn't as potent.  Should make
it an even game.  It wasn't.

Tanana did just what he was supposed to do.  He kept the Royals hitters off balance
throughout the game.  He allowed two infield singles in the second inning and then didn't
give up another hit until the bottom of the eighth.  When the game was over he yielded
four hits, one walk and struck out eight en route to a complete game shut out victory.

Meanwhile Fitzmorris threw batting practice in the top of the third inning allowing the
Angels to bat around.  He was hindered by an error by Wohlford that allowed a run in and
extended the inning.  Before the third was over he had given up four runs, two earned.

And while the Royals were facing a tough left hander, their offense continues to
struggle this season.  Their team record dropped to 11-9 and their team batting average
is dead last in the league at .210.

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CHW 002 030 001 01 - 7 13 3
TEX 020 121 000 00 - 6 13 4

CHW: Bahnsen 4.1, Forster 1.2, Osborn 3.0, Upshaw (W, 1-1) 2.0; Downing 11.0
TEX: Bibby 7.0, Foucalt 1.1, Merritt (L, 0-1) 1.2, Thomas 1.0; Sundberg 11.0

CHW home runs: none
TEX home runs: Spencer (1), Howell (1)

There are good games, average games, and then these games.
The longer this game went on, the more I wanted to just leave
the stands like so many fans would have if this were an actual game.
Every time these two teams take the field I cringe at just how
atrocious their fielding is.  Today they faced each other and the
game would be just painful to watch.

Texas drew blood first when they got the Chisox defense bumbling in the
second inning.  Hargrove hit a single to left field that Nyman mishandled
allowing Hargrove to get to second on the error.  Howelll and Sundberg both
walked to load the bases with two outs.  Tovar hit a double to drive in two,
but Sundbeg missed the sign at third and tried to score on the play and was
thrown out.

The White Sox came right back in the top of the third when Downing singled and moved
to third on a double by Pat Kelly. Both runners scored on a Carlos May single to center
to tie the game at two.

The Rangers retook the lead when Roy Howell hit his first homer of the season in the
bottom of the fourth inning.

Texas showed their ability to bobble the ball in the top of the fifth when Toby Harrah
let a ball hit off the end of his glove and allowing a run to come in.  Chicago would
score three runs, only one earned.

Bahnsen wasn't to be outdone in his ability to give away games and took it upon himself
to let the Rangers tie the game when Jeff Burroughs doubled and Jim Spencer homered.
That would be all for Bahnsen.

The Rangers scored another run in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead 6-5 and the
score would remain there until the top of the ninth inning.  

Foucault was on the mound for the Rangers and trying to close out the win.  He didn't.
With one out he allowed a double by Pat Kelly.  Orta lined a shot back at Foucault who
took the hit off his pitching hand.  It was an infield single that moved Kelly to third and
Foucault to the locker room.  Merritt came in to see if they could get the save.  Stein,
pinch hitting for May hit a double play grounder to first, but sure handed Mike Hargrove
misplayed the ball and Kelly scored.  It was the third error by the Rangers in the game
breaking a 2-2 error tie with Chicago.

In the top of the eleventh Orta came to bat and he hit a single to right field.  Burroughs
charge the ball, but didn't get his glove all the way down and the ball rolled right on by him.
Orta would make it to third base on the single plus two base error by Burroughs.  Thomas
came in to pitch and proceeded to give up a single to Stein, allowing the go ahead run to
cross the plate.

Bottom of the eleventh.  Cecil Upshaw is on the mound trying to close out the game and
preserve a win.  He strikes out Lenny Randle.  Jeff Burroughs lines to short, but Bucky Dent
is right there for out number two.  Mike Hargrove singled to keep the Ranger hopes alive.
Jim Spencer then hits a grounder to Dent's right side.  Dent comes up withe ball and fires
across the diamond, but the ball is thrown poorly and Muser can't dig it out and it gets past
him.  Hargrove stops at third and Spencer is at second on the two base error.  But Harrah
ends the game (mercifully) with a grounder to short.  The Chisox win on the scoreboard 7-6,
but the Rangers beat them in errors 4-3.  The scoreboard is the only win that matters.
Seven errors combined in the game.  U-G-L-Y.


Oakland at Minnesota canceled due to weather (using ‘As Played’ schedule)

and now a preview of May 1, 1975:

CLE (JPerry 0-2) @ BOS (Lee 1-3)
DET (Ruhle 1-0) @ MIL (Broberg 3-1)
CHW (Kaat 3-2) @ TEX (Wright 1-0)
BAL (Palmer 2-1) @ NYY (Hunter 5-0)
CAL (Figueroa 0-1) @ KCR (Briles 0-3)

Posted 12/10/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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december and there’s lots going on   Leave a comment

its december and there is a lot going on.  the holidays are here and that always puts a slowdown in the path of the ADD brain.  all these parties, get-togethers, special dinners, family gatherings … don’t these people know we’ve got tabletop baseball games to talk about and play!?  obviously not.  you would think in my 45 years those in my life would have learned my ways by now, but nope.

my wife had been out of town helping my stepdaughter who went into labor a week ago.  her water hasn’t broken, but she’s had continual back labor pains for a full week.  the hospital, a military hospital, has told her, “go home, do some walking.  if your water breaks or the contractions get worse, come back.”  but while the mrs was away, i was fully responsible for my stepson who has Duchennes MD.  that’s a monumental task that the entire family chips in to help since he is unable to do anything for himself.  but with my wife gone, all of the primary needs fell on my shoulders.  gaming came to a major slowdown for me for about a week.

this weekend is a couple of parties, some private coaching sessions, and continuing to get the brand new SPBL (statis pro baseball league) fully functional.  speaking of the SPBL, we have ONE OPENING.  first come, first serve.  the league will start in March, though the prep work is well under way.  our season will only be 50 games long and there will be plenty of time to get those done.  playing online.  it’s gonna be a blast.  you KNOW you want in.  so email me and let me know!

the 1975 AL replay had been in a major slowdown since thanksgiving.  but last night i had some time and locked myself away with the cards in front of me.  i had a blast as i went through several games and was able to conclude april 30th.  today and tomorrow i’ll get the write ups done and posted, so watch for those soon.

the next big step will be doing some analysis between april 1975 real life vs april 1975 replay.  soon, friends, soon.

-chief

Posted 12/08/2010 by rick in 1975, Baseball, me, Replay, Statis Pro, Tabletop Games

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* april 29th is in the books   Leave a comment

let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 29, 1975 … see if you can find a trend.
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CLE 011 410 000 - 7 10 1
NYY 000 011 000 - 2 10 1

CLE: Hood 3.0, Buskey (W, 2-0) 3.0, Eckersly 2.0, LaRoche 1.0; Ashby 9.0
NYY: Gura (L, 0-2) 3.1, Wallace 2.2, Tidrow 2.0, Lyle 1.0; Munson 9.0

No home runs

Two lefties faced off in the Bronx, but the rain started falling 
in the top of the fourth. The stoppage, with the Tribe ahead 
2-0, would require both starting pitchers to be removed when
the game resumed.

The Yankees went to Wallace who proceeded to throw gas on
the fire and the Indians plated four more runs after the rain
delay.  They added one more in the sixth.

The Yankees seemed helpless in trying to figure out the slew of Indian bullpen arms. 
They were able to post a run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, but that 
would be all they would muster as their offense continues to be anemic.

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DET 000 110 400 -  6  9 1
BAL 024 220 02x - 12 14 1

DET: Lolich (L, 1-2) 3.2, Makowski 1.1, Bare 2.0, Hiller 0.0, Michael 1.0; Freehan 8.0
BAL: Grimsley (W, 2-1) 6.0, Jefferson 2.0, Jackson 1.0; Duncan 9.0

DET home runs: Horton (5), Rodriguez (2)
BAL home runs: Davis (3)

Two lefties faced off in Baltimore.  Lolich pitched well for the Tigers ... for 
one inning.  Then things got ugly.  He gave up two runs in the second and
three in the third capped off with a Tommy Davis two run homer.  The Tigers
were forced to go to their pen very early.  Makowski wasn't any better for
Detroit.  Bare barely pitched better.  Hiller went out with a blister and the pen
was gone, just like that.  Gene Michael came in and pitched the last inning
giving up a two run homer to close out the Baltimore scoring glut.

Grimsley, on the Baltimore side pitched nearly perfect through three.  He gave 
up a couple of runs in the fourth and fifth, but was doing well until the seventh.
In the seventh four consecutive hits ending with a three run homer by the 
original ARod (Aurelio Rodriguez) chased him from the game.  But the Tigers
couldn't score any further and the game ended 12-6.

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CAL 000 010 000 - 1 8 1
KCR 101 000 000 - 2 6 1

CAL: Hassler (L, 0-3) 8.0; Rodriguez 8.0
KCR: Splittorff (W, 5-0) 8.0, Mingori (Sv, 2) 1.0; Martinez 8.0, Stinson 1.0

No home runs

Two lefties faced off in Kansas City.  Hassler gave up only six
hits over his complete game, but two runs early.  Those two
runs would be hard to beat as California is the only team worse
than Kansas City in team batting average.  Both teams came
in with anemic offenses and a low scoring affair was only 
fitting.

Kansas City let Splittorff take the mound.  He's been dominant all
season long and nothing changed here.  He allowed eight hits and 
a single run before giving way to the pen.  Mingori came in and 
nailed down the save.

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CHW 000 010 020 01 - 4  6 1
TEX 210 000 000 00 - 3 10 2

CHW: Osteen 7.0, Forster 2.0, Upshaw 0.1, Gossage (W, 1-0) 1.2; Downing 11.0
TEX: Jenkins 7.1, Thomas 1.2, Umbarger (L, 0-1) 2.0; Sundberg 11.0

CHW home runs: Downing (1), Kelly (3), DJohnson (1)
TEX home runs: none

One lefty started ... the other was the only right handed starter on the day.
Jenkins, the righty for Texas, did an amazing job keeping the ChiSox off 
balance all game long until the eighth inning rolled around.  With the 
Rangers leading 3-1 Brian Downing led off with a single.  Slap hitter, Pat
Kelly, surprised everyone by hitting his third home run of the season.
This was a two run shot that tied the game.  The Rangers couldn't score
and we were heading to extra innings.

Umbarger took the ball for Texas and quickly moved through the tenth inning.
Upshaw took the hill for Chicago.  The first batter he faced was Tovar and he 
walked.  After striking out Davis, Lenny Randle singled.  Kelly got the ball in
quick and Tovar had to stop at second.  That would be all for Upshaw and 
Rich Gossage took over.  Two quick outs and we were headed to the eleventh.

Umbarger got two quick outs before Deron Johnson hit his first homer of the year
to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.  In the bottom half of the frame Gossage 
mowed through Grieve and Harrah striking them both out.  Roy Howell pinch
hit and tapped a weak grounder to second to end the game.

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Oakland at Minnesota canceled due to weather (using ‘As Played’ schedule)

and now a preview of April 30, 1975:

DET (Lemanczyk 0-0) @ MIL (Slaton 4-1)
OAK (Abbott 1-1) @ MIN (Blyleven 4-1)
CLE (GPerry 0-5) @ BOS (Tiant 1-2)
BAL (Torrez 1-1) @ NYY (Dobson 1-2)
CAL (Tanana 0-0) @ KCR (Fitzmorris 2-1)
CHW (Bahnsen 1-2) @ TEX (Bibby 1-2)

Posted 11/24/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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* april 28th is in the books   2 comments

let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 28, 1975 …
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DET 040 110 101 - 8 18 1
BAL 010 000 000 - 1  7 1

DET: Coleman (W, 2-2) 9.0; Freehan 9.0
BAL: Cuellar (L, 1-3) 3.0, Johnson 2.0, Reynolds 1.1, Alexander 2.2; Hendricks 9.0

DET home runs: Horton (2)
BAL home runs: none 

The O's have struggled to get things going early this season.
They came into this game with a 5-8 record and hoped to take an
easy one from Detroit, however the Tigers have been on a roll
winning 6 of their last 8 games.  The O's struggle would continue.

Mike Cuellar got hammered in the second inning as he also struggled
to find the plate, walking three in the second frame alone.  He would end up walking five
in just three innings.  

The Tigers batters have been hot and continued to stroke the ball and being patient at the
plate.  And while the hitters were doing their job, it was Joe Coleman who may have surprised
the Oriles the most allowing only seven hits in the complete game victory.
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CHW 010 100 000 - 2 8 2
KCR 000 100 000 - 1 6 0

CHW: Wood (W, 2-4) 7.0, Gossage (Sv, 3) 2.0; Downing 9.0
KCR: Busby (L, 2-2) 9.0; Martinez 9.0

CHW home runs: none
KCR home runs: Mayberry (5)

Wood earned his first victory after dropping his last three starts and being
drummed out of two of them before the fifth inning.  Today he went seven
strong innings giving up only one run to the season long impotent Royals offense.

Busby, on the bump for the Royals, went the distance pitching a nice little ball
game while not getting any run support.  This has been an ongoing issue for the
Royals during the month of April.  Their team batting average is only .215.
Something will have to change to wake this ball club up.  They're a better team
than their record indicates.

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CLE 031 010 201 - 8 13 1
NYY 011 000 000 - 2  8 0

CLE: Peterson (W, 2-1) 7.0, Kern 2.0; Ellis 9.0
NYY: May (L, 1-1) 7.0, Mason 2.0; Munson 9.0

CLE home runs: Hendrick 2 (3), Ellis (2)
NYY home runs: none

The Indian bats woke up from their hibernation.  Granted they're
waking up about three weeks later than they should have, but
they ARE waking up.  Rudy May was the victim of the day as
New York's pitching continues to have its ups and downs on
the short season.

The tribe tallied three runs in the top of the second with a gaggle of
singles.  They added a solo run in the third with a George Hendrick
rope that cleared the wall by inches.  He would add another homer
in the top of the ninth, too.  

Meanwhile the Yankees were struggling with both their pitching and their hitting.
With the bullpen looking like swiss cheese after the recent double header, short
stop, Jim Mason, appeared on the mound in the top of the eighth inning.  He pitched
the last two innings giving up only one more run.  

"I haven't pitched since high school," Mason said after the game.  "It was kinda cool."

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and now a preview of April 29, 1975:

OAK (Abbott 1-1) @ MIN (Blyleven 4-1)
CLE (Hood 0-1) @ NYY (Gura 0-1)
DET (Lolich 1-1) @ BAL (Grimsley 1-1)
CAL (Hassler 0-2) @ KCR (Splittorff 4-0)
CHW (Osteen 2-0) @ TEX (Jenkins 1-1)

Posted 11/21/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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* april 27th is in the books   1 comment

let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 27, 1975 …
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Game One of Two
MIL 000 000 000 - 0  3 3
NYY 000 110 50x - 7 11 0

MIL: Broberg (L, 3-1) 6.0, Hausman 0.0, Rodriguez 1.1, Colburn 0.2; Porter 8.0
NYY: Hunter (W, 5-0) 9.0; Munson 7.0, Dempsey 2.0

No home runs 

Pitching has been the highlight of the Brewers this season. With the
Brew Crew coming into this game with a 12-1 record, they were
riding high and enjoying the ride as long as possible.  It came to a
screeching halt when Catfish Hunter took the mound for the home
team Yankees.

Hunter only allowed three hits and only two batters were able to reach second base.  His
ability to change speeds and hit his spots carried him through the entire game as he won
again, keeping his record unblemished at 5-0.

In this game it wasn't the pitching that did Milwaukee in.  It was the fielding.  An error in the
fourth inning led to an unearned run.  Another error in the seventh allowed a potential double
play ball into an inning stretching base runner.  The Yankees would end up scoring five times
in that particular frame.  But this was just game one of two.  Would the Brewers be able to
regroup for game two?

.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Game Two of Two
MIL 020 106 000 - 9 11 0
NYY 010 000 000 - 1 6 1

MIL: Champion (W, 3-0) 9.0; Porter 9.0
NYY: Medich (L, 1-4) 5.0, Wallace 0.0, Tidrow 3.0, Lyle 1.0; Hermann 9.0

MIL home runs: Money (4)
NYY home runs: No home runs

Pitching was not an issue for Milwaukee in the second game of the twinbill.
It was, however, a sore spot for the Yankees.  Medich continues to struggle
early in the season as his record drops to 1-4.  He gave up two quick runs
in the second inning and another two innings later.  The top of the sixth saw
Medich chased from the game as the first two batters reached base.  They
would both score off Wallace who only threw gas on the Brewers flame.

Everyone for Milwaukee was hitting in the second game.  Don Money slammed
his fourth home run in the last three weeks.   It was a three run blast in the
seventh off Wallace.

The Yankees didn't enjoy this series as they dropped two of three to the visitors.
This Yankee fan can only hope the next series against Cleveland will help change
the luck for the Big Apple's favorite franchise.

.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CLE 000 000 100 - 1  3 0
BAL 200 013 00x - 6 11 0

CLE: J.Perry (L, 0-2) 5.0, Eckersly 2.0, LaRoche 1.0; Ellis 8.0
BAL: Palmer (W, 2-1) 9.0; Hendricks 9.0

CLE home runs: Powell (1)
BAL home runs: Singleton (2), Belanger (1)

Jim Perry was hoping this would be the game where he got things
going in the right direction.  He's struggled this season, as has
the entire Indian pitching staff.  Today would be much of the same.

Perry gave up two quick runs when Bumbry singled in the first and
Ken Singleton homered to give the O's a two run lead.  With Jim Palmer
on the mound, it would be tough to come back.  

Perry gave up another run in the fifth inning as he settled a bit, but was
run from the game in the sixth inning.  With one out and both of Perry's runners
on base, reliever Dennis Eckersly gave up a three run blast to lightweight, Mark
Belanger.  Palmer quietly put the Tribe away in a complete game, dominating
victory.  The Tribe's only run came on a solo shot by Boog Powell.  His first of
the season.

.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOS 101 120 000 - 5 11 0
DET 202 000 000 - 4 11 0

BOS: Wise (W, 1-2) 7.0, Drago (Sv, 4) 2.0; Montgomery 9.0
DET: LaGrow (L, 1-2) 4.1, Walker 4.2; Freehan 9.0

BOS home runs: Lynn (2)
DET home runs: Sutherland (5), Horton (3), Colbert (1)

Both teams came in hoping they'd have enough pitching to carry them through
nine innings.  With pens depleted on both sides they were counting on their
starters to go deep into the game.

LaGrow gave up a triple to Evans in the first inning.  Yaz drove him home.
He was able to get out of the inning without further damage aided by a Jim
Rice double play grounder to second.

The Tigers came roaring back in their half of the first.  LeFores led off
with a single and advanced to second on a balk.  LeFlore continued to mess
with Rick Wise's head and he let a gopher pitch sail into Sutherland's
reach.  Sutherland, who has never had more than four homers in a season, is
swinging like a man with a corked bat.  Many around the league are starting
to wonder.  When asked about it after the game he said the doctor gave him
some pills that are helping him get better from a knee injury during spring
training.  He also said he's had a voracious appetite.

In the top of the third LaGrow allowed two singles and Griffin scampered home
on a ground out by Yastrzemski.  That tied the game, but not for long.

In the bottom half of the same inning both Horton and Colbert go back-to-back
yard to give them a two run lead.

In the fifth inning, leading 4-3, Yastrzemski singles off LaGrow.  The pen has
started to warm and it appears neither pitcher are going to be able to stay
in very long.  Rookie Fred Lynn digs in and then turns on a curve that didn't.
HELLO right field seats!  With the Sox now ahead 5-4 and LaGrow hitting the
showers, we'd see if Boston could manage to hang on to the lead.

Wise found his groove in the fourth and it carried through the seventh before
being lifted.  In the eighth inning Dick Drago came in to shut things down.
He did so, splendidly, earning his fourth save on the year with a two inning
outing.

.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CHW 000 600 040 - 10 14 0
KCR 000 000 000 -  0  6 2

CHW: Kaat (W, 3-2) 9.0; Downing 7.0, Varney 2.0
KCR: Dal Canton (L, 0-2) 3.0, Bird 4.0, Mingori 2.0; Martinez 8.0, Healy 1.0

No home runs

Dal Canton looked like he was doing well through three inninngs.
Then the bottom fell out.  The fourth inning was so incredibly
messy for the Royals pitcher.  But with only two available in the
pen, the young right hander needed to try to work through it.  He
gave up a single and a walk to start the inning.  After giving up
another single to load the bases, the mound visit came.  Doug Bird
and Steve Mingori were the only ones that could go today.  The
umpire broke up the meeting and the Royals hoped Dal Canton would
pull it together.  Instead it was a bases clearing double by Melton.  Still only
down by three runs, they hoped.  Dent singled, Melton scored, and the pen hurried.
When Downing singled, that was the end for Dal Canton.

Doug Bird came in and was told to go long.  He'd have to keep them off base so he
wouldn't wear himself out.  He did find closing out the fourth inning.  The fifth,
sixth, and seventh, too.  Then Bird gave up a couple of hits in the eighth and it
was apparent he was gassed.  Mingori came in, but he threw lighter fluid on the game
allowing a walk, double, and an intentional walk before an error by Cookie Rojas.
And just like that it was 10-0.

The reason it was 10-0 was because Jim Kaat was doing what he does best.  Moving
the ball in and out, changing speeds, fooling hitters.  He only gave up six hits
and never allowed more than one runner on base.  That's how you keep the scoring
at a minimum.  A great game by Kaat as he went the distance.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Game One of Two
OAK 021 030 000 - 6 8 0
CAL 000 000 020 - 2 7 0

OAK: Blue (W, 5-1) 7.2, Todd (Sv, 1) 1.1; Tenace 9.0
CAL: Singer (L, 3-1) 4.1, Kirkwood 3.2, Pena 1.0; Rodriguez 9.0

OAK home runs: Rudi (5)
CAL home runs: None

Singer had done well going into this game, but he'd be facing a brutal
opponent in Vida Blue. Add to Blue a dominating offense in the A's lineup
and it made for a scary day.  Rudi got the Athletics on the board with
a solo homer in the second inning.  Billy Williams also scored in the
frame as Singer battled with his control.

In the third inning Claudell Washington scored on a Williams double, 3-0.  In
the fifth inning back to back doubles and a ball hit to the track would be
enough to shake Singer from the mound.

With the A's up 6-0 after five innings Blue had it made.  He'd been throwing strong
all game long allowing only three hits through seven innings.  In the eighth, however,
he ran into some trouble.  Rodriguez walked to start the inning.  Remy singled to
right field, but Jackson came up firing and gunned Rodriguez trying for third.  Remy
moved to second on the throw.  Ramirez doubled Remy home and the Angels were on the board.
Nettles lofted a shallow fly to right.  Blue might be able to get out of this.  But then
Mick the Quick and Harper both singled and that was all for the southpaw.  Todd came
in and shut down the Angels.

.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Game Two of Two
OAK 000 100 001 02 - 4 5 0
CAL 100 010 000 00 - 2 7 2

OAK: Odom 0.1, Lindblad 4.0, Todd 1.2, Fingers (W, 2-1) 5.0; Fosse 8.0, Tenace 3.0
CAL: Figueroa 8.1, Scott (L, 0-2) 1.2, Pena 1.0; Egan 11.0

No home runs

You know what's better than a double header?  One that
has a good pitcher's duel and also goes extra innings.
It's everything the Angels fans could have asked for,
well, except for the outcomes.

Ed Figueroa was making his career starting debut.  He had already appeared
in a game as a reliever when the rest of the pen was toast.  He took the loss
in that game though he pitched well.

Figueroa had his ball moving quite a bit.  So much in fact that he had trouble
keeping it in the strike zone.  While he didn't give up many hits (two in 8.1
innings), he did give up 8 walks.  Fortunately the A's couldn't do much without
putting wood on the bat.  

In the fourth Claudell Washington walked with one out.  Figueroa never even
looked over to hold him on an in a flash he was gone.  Washington stole second
base on two different occasions.  Welcome to the big leagues, Ed.

California had put up a run in the first inning and another in the fifth to take a 2-1
lead.  But they lost that in the top of the ninth.  Figueroa, going for the complete
game gave up two walks and a single that allowed Herb Washington to score from
second.  Scott came in and got Garner to pop into a double play to end the threat,
but the score was knotted.

Fingers came in to start the seventh inning.  The A's had no one else in their pen
and they needed Fingers to go as long as needed.  He had been a spot starter earlier
in his career and it was not uncommon for him to go three innings to earn a save.
Just like the previous two innings, the ninth inning went quick and painless for
the handle barred righty.  Two strike outs and a grounder to end the inning.

The tenth inning went three up and three down for both teams.  In the tenth Rudi
led off with a triple off Scott.  The pen was up, but with a runner only 90 feet
away with no outs, it didn't look good.  Williams singled and Rudi gave the A's
the lead.  Kubiak doubled, but Williams, slow afoot had to hold up at third.
In comes Pena to shut it down.  Tenace walked.  Bases loaded with no one out.
North sent a hard grounder to third and the throw to the plate forced Williams.
Garner grounded out to short and Kubiak scored from third to bump the margin
to two.  That would be all, but it would be enough as Fingers struck out two more
in the process of closing the game.

.

The Texas at Minnesota double header was canceled due to weather (using AS PLAYED schedule)

and now a preview of April 28, 1975:
CLE (Peterson 1-1) @ NYY (May 1-0)
DET (Coleman 1-2) @ BAL (Cuellar 1-2)
CHW (Wood 1-4) @ KCR (Busby 2-1)

Posted 11/15/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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