#Summer Newsletter 2018



Playoffs: North Dakota vs Bay City
Playoffs: Future Wax vs. "What Eric Said"?
World Series: North Dakota vs. Future Wax
Minutes of Annual Meeting 3/31/2018
Summer Study #1: Who Have We Burned?
Summer Study #2: I'm a Pham!
Summer Study #3: Which Team Was Better - North Dakota or Future Wax?
Summer Study #4: 2014 Draft Analysis
SOMBILLA All-Star Count
 


 

Playoffs

 

North Dakota vs. Bay City   (at Holliston, March 7, 2018)

 

Background: Chosen 2nd (tied with Tom) by the pre-season prognosticators, North Dakota starts out a respectable 9-7 but then slumps in December (4-8) and by the midway point is in 6th place at 13-15.  Refusing to panic in either direction, selling off stars or trading draft picks (or in truth, simply can’t close any trades), the team catches fire after the new year, sweeping Future Wax as part of an 8-game winning streak in January.  Two more sweeps (Eric and Tom) and it’s down to the final night of the season and an ND-WES showdown; ND winning the finale in 10 innings to secure first place.
 
Picked 5th before the season, Bay City starts 5-7, but, helped by a sweep of Eric on 12/10 is tied for 4th at 15-13 at the mid-season break. A 10-6 January (series wins over Jeff and Harold) has her in 2nd place on 1/31 at 25-19.  But she slumps badly in February (4-8), losing 3 of 4 to lowly Oceanus in her final series a week before the end of the regular season.  She sweats out the final night, when word comes from Maryland that lowly Oceanus has knocked Constantinople out, after Bay City fans were all but certain they’d be forced into a one-game playoff with CN. 
 

This was the third post-season meeting between the ancient rivals.  The last time these teams met in the post-season was in 2012 under the same circumstances, with ND in first place, BC in fourth.  That series was a 4-game annihilation by Bay City, featuring a game one 20-2 rout.

 

The teams split the season series 4-4.

Game 1:

This time around, Bay City picked up right where they left off six years ago, when 3 of the first 4 hitters singled, and then Beltre (in his first BC post-season at bat) smacked a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 before the crowd had even taken their seats.  It was the highlight of Bay City’s series.  Yelich cracked a 2-run homer for ND in the bottom of the first to make it 4-2, and in the 4th Goldschmidt’s rbi double makes it a 4-3 game.  But Darvish, AJ Ramos, and Britton yield just one hit the rest of the way and BC takes a surprising 1-0 series lead.

Game 2:

Undeterred, ND strikes first in game 2 on Pedroia’s 3rd inning rbi. A pinch-hit rbi single for Devon Travis off Kimbrel in the 5th ties it for BC, 1-1.  (Remarkably that was one of only 3 hits BC got off ND relief in 6 games).  The North Dakota manager takes an extended bathroom break after the 5th inning.  TMI?  Perhaps, but it was the turning point in the series.  After returning refreshed and lighter, ND plopped down 4 runs in the 6th, thanks to a leadoff HR by Betts, a bases-loaded walk by Carpenter off Montgomery, followed by Ortiz’s bases loaded single. ND wins 5-1.
 
Game 3:

The series shifted to Bay City for game 3, and it was all North Dakota, which scored in six of the 9 innings, featuring a balanced attack with 6 players getting rbis to win 9-2.  Marco Estrada (6-0, 4.04 in the regular season) pitched a CG 4 hitter, saving the bullpen for the remainder of the series.

Game 4:

This game was a nail biter.  Petey’s sac fly in the 2nd inning held up until the 7th, when BC’s C. Correa (2 doubles previously) scores S. Rodriguez with a sac fly to tie it 1-1.  In the 9th, ND’s W. Ramos singles and is bunted to 2nd by Lindor.  Fowler then singles but Ramos (1-8 to score with one out) is held up at 3rd.  Pedroia follows with a bp single (1-10 ) to score Ramos and ND takes a 2-1 lead.  Reed and N. Jones pitch a scoreless 8th and 9th and ND has a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Game 5:

Backs against the wall, Bay City fell behind 1-0 early in game 5 on Ortiz’s solo shot in the first.  But in the 3rd, O. Herrera drives in Posey, and then deGrom throws away a routine grounder for another run and Castellanos finishes the scoring with an rbi single to make it 3-1 BC.  Devenski and W. Davis shut down ND until the 9th when ND manages to load the bases.  AJ Ramos comes in and strikes out Lindor.  It’s up to Wilson Ramos, and AJ wins the Ramos vs Ramos battle to end the game, and BC stays alive.

Game 6:

Back in Gackle Park for game 6, BC strikes first when Fowler misplays a flyball into a single and 2-base error to score 2 runs.  But Lindor’s bases-loaded single ties it 2-2.  In the 4th, ND loads the bases with one out for Carpenter.  He doubles in two runs, but Fowler is thrown out trying to score.  Next batter up, Big Papi doubles in Carpenter and it’s 5-2.  That’s all the efficient ND bullpen would need as they close out the series, pitching the final 4 innings yielding no hits.

It needs to be said that Robin could not get any timely rolls when she needed them all series, missing quite a few 1-10 BP singles and some BP homers as well, while ND rolled fairly well in general.

Star of the series was the entire North Dakota bullpen:  2-0, 19.3 inns, only 3 hits!, 4 walks, 22K, 1 ER, 0.47 ERA, 2 saves.  The entire ND staff had a 1.73 ERA.
Honorable mention: Big Papi  .348 (8 for 23), 2 homers, 6 rbi

 

Bay City 4  North Dakota 3
North Dakota 5  Bay City 1
North Dakota 9  Bay City 2
North Dakota 2  Bay City 1
Bay City 3  North Dakota 1
North Dakota 5  Bay City 2
  
North Dakota wins series 4 games to 2



Playoffs:

Future Wax vs. “What Eric Said?”  (at Hopkinton March 8, 2017)

 

Background: 

The SOMBILLA’s surprise of the year, “What Eric Said?” was picked for last place in the pre-season poll.  But Manager of the Year Jeff shocks the league by winning 3 of 4 from Tom on opening night, followed by a sweep of Jed to close out November 8-4.  He holds steady with a 9-7 November and is tied for first place with Harold at 17-11 at the break.  He silences the naysayers (most of them anyway) with a 12-8 January that includes another sweep of Jed and he has a two game lead (see below) at the end of January.  Jeff is nosed out of first place on the final night of the season but not before his figurative middle finger to the prognosticators has been raised.

 

Pre-season favorite Future Wax starts 8-4 out of the gate, and a .500 December has Randy at 16-12 just a game out of first place at the break. Getting swept by ND early in 2018 begins a sub-.500 January (5-7) but the teams are still bunched up:

 

Standings 1/31/18:

                         W   L     Pct   GB
"What Eric Said?"       29  19    .604   --

Bay City                25  19    .568    2
North Dakota            20  16    .556    2

Constantinople          23  21    .528    3
Future Wax              21  19    .523    3
New Orleans             20  20    .500    5
Stone Buddha            18  22    .450    6
Oceanus                 12  32    .273   15

 

A 9-7 February, helped by a sweep of Eric is good enough for Randy to snag 3rd place.

 

Randy had his way with Jeff in the regular season beating him 6-2.

 
Game 1:

Scherzer won the first game, 7-4, with Porcello giving up 3 homers on his own card. 

 

Game 2:

FW won the second game by a score of 6-2, the key moment being a pinch hit grand slam by Stanton in the 5th inning.

 

Game 3:

Braun hits a 3-run shot in the first inning of game 3, and FW cruised to a 5-0 win.

 

Game 4:

Jeff had some fight left, though, putting together 14 hits while using 8 pitchers to grab an 8-4 win and avoid a sweep.

 

Game 5:

The next game started off well for Jeff: he jumped to a 3-1 lead on a Freeman bomb. But FW responded with 12 hits, 8 walks, and 11 hits over 5 innings -- and it was all over. FW wins 12-4 to advance to the World Series. 

 

Future Wax 7  “What Eric Said?” 4

Future Wax 6  “What Eric Said?” 2

Future Wax 5  “What Eric Said?” 0

“What Eric Said?” 8  Future Wax 4

Future Wax 12  “What Eric Said?” 4

 

Future Wax wins series 4 games to 1

 


World Series

 

North Dakota vs. Future Wax  (at Holliston March 11, 2018)

 

Background: It is the eighth post-season meeting between bitter rivals ND and FW but the first one since 2005. The teams faced each other in the post-season 4 consecutive years from 1998-2001.   It is the 4th World Series matchup, with North Dakota having won in 1996 and 2000, and Future Wax (with Andrew at the helm) winning in 2004. 

 

North Dakota won the season series 6-2.

 

Game 1:

Future Wax took the first game with a sustained offensive attack, scoring 11 runs across six frames off deGrom. Scherzer was solid, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits over 6-2/3, for an 11-3 win. 

Game 2:

Fowler's 3-run homer off Bumgarner in the 4th inning was the deciding play in game 2. Hill, Jones, Reed, and Kimbrel combined to limit FW to 3 hits. Final score 4-1 North Dakota. Series tied 1-1. 

Game 3:

North Dakota destroys Aaron Sanchez in game 3, with homers by Ortiz (2-run) and Contreras (3-run). FW was shut out until Braun's 3-run blast in the bottom of the 9th. Too little, too late. North Dakota wins 9-3, going up 2 games to 1. 

Game 4:

Future Wax gives the ball to their ace, Scherzer: he Ks 10 while allowing only 3 hits and 1 run (Goldschmidt homer) over 6-2/3. FW offense reignites, scoring 10 runs: Braun homers twice and Dozier reaches base 5 times. Series tied 2-2 after a 10-1 FW victory. 

Game 5:

Bumgarner falters again in game 5, giving up a 3-run bomb to Cruz, followed by a solo shot to Ramos in the 1st. Fulmer is brilliant, taking a no-hitter into the 8th – broken up by a Braun ballpark single. ND wins 8-0, going up 3-2 in the series. 

Game 6:

With their backs against the wall, FW turns to Kershaw (who had pitched only in relief to this point). He holds ND to 2 hits and 1 walk over 5 innings. Dull, Ryan, Law and Oh then combine for 1 hit over 4 innings (a Goldschmidt HR). Future Wax knots the series 3-3, with a 4-1 victory. 

GAME SEVEN!

Scherzer vs Estrada. Machado doubles in Murphy to put FW up 1-0 in the 2nd. ND responds in the bottom half of the inning. A Lindor walk, Pedroia single, and Ramos double gives Arnie a 2-1 lead. ND threatens in the 6th, with 2 on and no outs, but Oh plays fireman, striking out Goldschmidt and Lindor, then inducing a harmless ground out from Betts. Murphy then homers off Andrew Miller in the 7th to tie the game. In his final SOMBILLA game, David Ortiz made a heroic bid to put his team ahead, doubling with Ramos on first. But Ramos is thrown out at the plate (18 rolled on a 1-12 chance), preserving the tie. 

In the bottom of the 8th, Addison Reed serves up a homer to Addison Russell, giving Future Wax a 1 run lead with 2 innings to go. 

Lindor leads off the bottom of the 9th with a single against Law. Dull comes in, striking out Betts and Pedroia, then inducing a ground ball that Dozier handles easily for the final out. 
Gackle Park goes silent as Future Wax dogpiles the game savior, in the only Dull moment of this exciting season finale.
 

Future Wax 11  North Dakota 3

North Dakota 4  Future Wax 1

North Dakota 9  Future Wax 3

Future Wax 10  North Dakota 1

North Dakota 8  Future Wax 0

Future Wax 4  North Dakota 1

Future Wax 3  North Dakota 2

 

Future Wax defeats North Dakota 4 games to 3

 

 

 


THOUGHTS WHILE SCUBA DIVING TO FIND LEAKS IN THE POOL

 

 

Minutes of Annual Meeting and Draft March 31, 2018

 

1.  Dues.   For the second year in a row, everyone is paid up!

 

2. Awards Voting - 5 points for 1st place, 3 for 2nd place, 1 for 3rd place.  Since managers cannot vote for their own players, 7 votes would be a unanimous vote. 

 

MVP               1    2    3   Tot

D. Ortiz          4         1   21

Freeman, WES?     3    2        21

Bryant, NO        1    3    2   16

D. Murphy, FW          1    3    6

Andrus, WES?           1    2    5

Yelich, ND             1         3

                                  

Cy Young          1    2    3   Tot

Scherzer, FW      5             25

Bumgarner, FW     2    1    1   14

Sale, NO               3    2   11

Tillman, WES?     1         1    6

Arrieta, CN            2         6

The late J. Fernandez,NO 1  2    5

Hill, ND               1    2    5

 

Manager of the Year  1    2    3    Tot

Jeff                 4    2         26

Randy                3    2    2    23

Robin                1    2    2    13

Arnie                     2    4    10

 

3.  Presentation of the Richman Cup by last year's champion, Tom, to this year’s champion, Randy.  Tom brought with him all three plaques/trophies:  the giant goon sized trophy, the old original plaque, and the actual Richman Cup itself.  However, Randy did not take possession of the Richman Cup; Tom promised to have it engraved with the new champion’s name.  As of press time, Tom still has the Cup.  Presumably it will be ‘re’-presented on opening night.

      

 

4.       Rule change proposals

 

a.       Agreement on cutting players and waiver draft.   We spent a few minutes agreeing to the time for the waiver draft and cutting of players.

 

b.       Hunter Pence rule revisited. We agreed to revisit this rule that was voted down last year 6-2 to allow limited hitters as post-season additions (which would be in addition to the existing rule that allows a post-season team to substitute as many unlimited hitters who had once been on the roster during the season for the same number of batters who ended the season on the eligible playoff roster).  A revote was taken and it was voted down 5-3.

 

c.           Ohtani rule.  Currently pitchers are only allowed to hit using their pitcher’s hitting card if they are actually pitching in the game.  Randy pointed out this would be unfair for Ohtani, assuming he is in the league next year.  We all agreed by acclamation that Ohtani would be an exception to this rule.

 

And that’s it!  One of the shortest annual meetings on record.

 

5.          Card burning.  For the second time ever, we burned three players, Jung Ho Kang (who didn’t have a card, but Harold donated last year’s Kang to the cause), Robin’s Steven Wright (also cardless this year) and obscure unusable lefty reliever Joes Torres, (who was arrested for domestic violence in the offseason).

 

6.          Draft Notes –

 

This was the second year of our new draft rules.  Jed had the most chances with 13, and he appointed Robin to roll for him.  Eric had 8 and Tom and Harold one each. In a mild upset, Eric beat out Jed for the first pick.  Harold beat out Tom for 3rd.

 

The rules say that the order switches in round 2, but then reverts to the final regular season standings for rounds 3+.  Tom and Harold tied for 5th in the regular season and split their season series.  The 2nd tie-breaker for rounds 3+ is a separate rolloff, so Tom and Harold rolled off again and Harold won that.

 

Retread report:

 



 

SUMMER STUDY NO. 1 – A brief history of card burning.

First published in 2006, now revised and updated.

Until 1998, Robin was in charge of all card burning decisions. The first documented card burning is from 1984, when we burned Bucky Dent.  Card burnings for  years prior to 1984 have not been documented, although it is believed that the annual SOMBILLA card burning did begin before 1984.

1985 - Mike Torrez

1986 - Pete Rose

1987 - Pete Rose

1988 - Steve Garvey

1989 - Glenn Hoffman

1990 - Bill Buckner

1991 - Gary Carter

1992 - Gary Carter

1993 - Gary Carter

1994 - Matt Young

1995 - Jack Morris

1996 - Darryl Strawberry

1997 - Mike Greenwell

At the ’97 draft, before we burned Mike Greenwell.  Land proposed formalizing the card burning process by allowing for nominations and putting the card burning to a vote. His proposal passed 7-2.

1998 –Tony Phillips and Wil Cordero

1999 - Wil Cordero

2000 - Nominations were received for John Rocker, Al Martin, Daryl Strawberry, and Bobby Chouinard, the most number of nominations ever. The votes were Rocker 5, Martin 1 (Eric abstained). John Rocker was then burned.

2001 - The only nomination received was for Bobby Chouinard, who was then burned.

2002 - The winning choice was to burn Ruben Rivera. The card of Derek Jeter watched and cheered.

2003 - The winning choice was to burn David Wells, who was then burned. If we’d had a copy of his book we’d have burned that too.

2004 - There was a lot of sentiment around burning ‘alleged’ steroid user Barry Bonds. There was also a lot of momentum for burning another Future Wax bad boy, rapist Ramon Castro. Some tried to argue creatively that, if it hadn’t been for the steroids, Bonds would be a rapist too. In the end, that speculation proved to be no match for actual facts, and Castro was burned.

2005 - Robin had previously proposed resurrecting an old Canseco card and ‘injecting’ it, although she was vague about how that would be accomplished. As a result, we kept it simple and burned Barry Bonds.

2006 – As usual we burned Barry Bonds.

2007 - There was discussion of pouring gas onto an old Uegeth Urbina card and igniting it, but in the end we burned Brett Myers.

2008 - We burned 3-time SOMBILLA Cy Young Award winner, adulterer and steroid user Roger Clemens.

2009 - The league voted to burn A-Rod. However, Tom refused to allow his extra (non-laminated league-issued) A-Rod to be burned and after much hand wringing, we moved on without a card burning for the first time in draft history.

 

2010 - I printed off a computer version of A-Rod and an old computer version of Clemens (to prevent a reoccurrence of last year when the league voted to burn A-Rod, but Tom refused to allow his A-Rod to be burned). Jeff offered up Brett Myers as well, and for the first time ever, we had a triple burning. There was brief concern as the pyre grew to record heights.

 

2011 - After a brief discussion, Jed’s nomination of Nyjer Morgan, an all-around jerk, was approved and he was burned. Appropriately, a day or two later, he was referred to in the press as “the fiery Nyjer Morgan.”

 

2012 - After a brief discussion about burning John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, and/or Ryan Braun, the consensus was to burn Manny Ramirez.

 

2013 - The league very much wanted to burn A-Rod.  But he is usable for Tom.  After Harold promised to snail mail his copy of A-Rod to Tom, Tom finally agreed to the burning.  (Robin adds that Ryan Braun is the early front-runner for next year’s burning – only because ‘banned for life’ A-Rod won’t have a card).

 

2014 - The league burned both A-Rod and Ryan Braun without much controversy.

 

2015 - The league burned Ervin Santana, who had just been suspended for PEDs.

 

2016 -The league burned Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes.

 

2017 – As A-Rod was not usable, Tom again let us burn him.

 

Card Burning Leaderboard

A-Rod 5

Gary Carter 3

Pete Rose 2

Wil Cordero 2

Barry Bonds 2

Roger Clemens 2

Brett Myers 2

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER STUDY NO. 2 – I’m a Pham!

 

In the wake of Harold’s drafting of former North Dakota OF Tommy Pham 3rd overall, I wanted to verify if that was indeed a record and decided to turn it into a study.  Turns out it only tied the record, set by Ryan Dempster & Estaban Loaiza, both of whom were originally cut by the ill-fated Jed & Clint duo, and Matt Clement, cut by Tom.  Who knew?

What other players have been re-drafted in the first two rounds, and how have they fared after being redrafted? Chagrined former manager in parenthesis. Stats shown are those after being redrafted.

First  round

3rd – Tommy Pham, Harold 2018 (Arnie)

3rd – Ryan Dempster, Eric 2009 (Jed & Clint) 8-11, 5.90

3rd – Estaban Loaiza, Harold 2004 (Jed & Clint)  6-6, 4.14

3rd - Matt Clement , Eric 2003 (Tom) (13-8, 5.30)

4th – Joel Pineiro, Tom 2010 (Robin) (5-5, 5.81)

4th – Magglio Ordonez, Arnie 2008 (Jed) (.280, 18, 89)

4th – Jermaine Dye, Jed 2007 (Jeff) (.286, 13, 27)

4th - Jeff D'Amico, Matt, 2000 (Arnie) (4-5, 7.84)

5th – Michael Brantley, Jed  2015 (Robin) (.289, 6, 36)

5th – Jamey Wright, Robin 2000 (Robin) (3-6, 7.94)

6th – Daniel Murphy, FW 2017 (Arnie) (.312, 10, 42)

6th – Carlos Pena, Tom 2008 (Arnie) (.216, 40, 96)

 

Second round

1st – Frank Castillo, Matt 2000 (Land) Never played!

3rd –John Burkett, Eric 2002 (Eric) (2-3, 8.86)

4th – John Lackey, Harold, 2016 (WES?) (2-3, 7.20)

4th – Jeret Wright, Robin, 2004 (Eric) 5-2, 7.31 ERA

5th – Grant Balfour, Arnie 2009 (Robin) 1-4, 9 SV, 2.87

5th – Paul Wilson, Eric 2000 (Jeff) (0-3, 13 sv, 3.86)

6th – Ryan Madson, Harold 2018 (Future Wax and Bay City)

6th – Brett Myers, Jed 2011 (Jeff) appearing in both the first two studies! (5-6, 5.29)

8th – M. Young, Eric 2012 (Jeff)  (.280, 4, 19)

8th – J. Benoit, Harold 2011 (Tom) (2-1. 2.95)

8th – Mike (not Joe) Thornton, Tom 2009 (Arnie) 4-7, 6 SV, 5.74 

8th – Brad Radke, Tom 2005 (Matt) 4-5, 4.67 ERA, 52 K

8th – Tim Belcher, Arnie 1997 (Harold) (4-6, 7.55)

9th – Dave Nilsson, Jed & Clint 2000 (Future Wax) (.323, 16, 39)

Best performance by a retread in the first two rounds: Magglio Ordonez,4th overall by Arnie in 2008 (Jed) (.280, 18, 89).  Honorable mention: C. Pena Tom (40 HR) and Matt Clement, Eric (13-8)

 

Most popular spot: 8th pick in the 2nd round

Most likely to draft a retread in first two rounds : Eric has done it five times

Most likely to be chagrined at having former cut redrafted in first two rounds: Jeff and Robin (4)

Most likely to redraft own player in first two rounds:  Eric and Robin, 1 each

 

Part II

Who has had the most players redrafted, period?  Well, I’m not going to comb through 20 years of draft reports for that; doing the first two rounds was tedious enough.  But looking at the last five years can be done.  Plus it may be more relevant anyway.

 

Here are the totals for the past 5 drafts (2014-2018)

 

Players cut who were redrafted:

1. Robin 13

2. Jed 9

3t. RAT 8

3t. Jeff 8

3t. Harold 8

6. Arnie 7

7. Tom 6

8. Eric 2

 

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to Robin (who notes that this number is even more striking given that some of her players died and were thus unlikely to be drafted posthumously).  Eric appears to be the best ‘cutter.’  Or else his cuts are simply so crappy and useless there’s little chance anyone will ever want them again.  Hard to say.

 

This next category is somewhat more random; I don’t think anyone specifically scouts or targets players who have previously been in the league any more than other players.

 

Players drafted who were previously in the league:

 

1. Tom  13

2. Jed 9

3. Harold 8

4t. Eric 7

4t. RAT 7

6. Jeff  5

7t. Arnie 4

7t. Robin 4

 

And finally, who has redrafted their own players?

Jed, Robin, Harold, Tom – twice each

Arnie, Eric – once

RAT, Jeff – have not redrafted their own player in the past five years.

 

 

 


SUMMER STUDY NO. 3 – North Dakota vs. Future Wax - which team was better?

22 years ago I first published this study in the summer newsletter.  Back then, I was coming off a heartbreaking World Series loss to Andrew in 6 games.  That Series featured Dennis Martinez, Robin’s ace pitcher, traded to the Wax in mid-season (see “The Trading and Loan Scandal”) winning 2 games against me in the World Series.  It also featured my thinking that Bernard Gilkey had hit a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 8th inning of game 6, only to learn (after yelling and leaping around the room like a maniac) from Andrew, calmly sitting there waiting for me to return, that I had been looking on the wrong side of Gilkey’s card.  Like the Red Sox < 2004, I believed I would never win a SOMBILLA World Series in my lifetime.

That summer, I said:

“Which team was really better, North Dakota or Future Wax? What about before the big ransom trades? Who did the trades help more? And (again) which team was really better, North Dakota or Future Wax? To try to answer those questions, I played North Dakota against Future Wax on the trusty Strat-O computer for 1000 games, both before and after the big ransom trades.

Why do a study like this? Am I insane? (Of course, but sanity is not relevant.). I had nothing to gain and everything to lose. If it turned out North Dakota was better, then I was a lousy manager and should have won the World Series. If it turned out Future Wax was better, then that means that Future Wax really was better, a horrible thought.”

 

Here we are 22 years (and 5 North Dakota World Series titles) later, and I am coming off an even more heartbreaking World Series loss, in 7 games.  A one-run loss in the finale, which could have gone either way, missing a 1-16 HR chance, yada, yada, yada.

 

So, I pitted the two teams against each other for 2000 games.  What happened?

 

In summary, North Dakota kicked Future Wax’s ass.  In 2000 games, North Dakota won 1119 and Future Wax won 881, a .560 winning percentage.  Certainly statistically significant evidence that North Dakota was indeed the better team.  Here are some stats:

 

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

E

 North Dakota

.269

69890

9854

18815

3848

416

2736

9524

611

306

1167

 Future Wax

.247

69367

8675

17112

3113

406

2930

8404

270

159

1080

 

ERA

W

L

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

 North Dakota

3.96

1119

881

18053.2

17112

8675

7945

2930

5725

19185

 Future Wax

4.59

881

1119

17944.8

18815

9854

9146

2736

6763

16336

 

OK, not that big a surprise.  North Dakota did finish in first place, 4 games and 71 percentage points ahead of Future Wax. North Dakota led in every possible team stat category – except homers and errors.  Here are some interesting tidbits.  Facing only FW or ND pitching for 2000 games, here are the batting leaders:

 

D.Murphy

.328

T.Turner

.307

Y.Tomas

.297

M.Betts

.291

D.Ortiz

.288

 

Daniel Murphy, who finished 5th in the actual SOMBILLA with a .312 average, hit better against North Dakota pitching than he did against the rest of the league.

 

Home Run leaders:

 

D.Ortiz

469

C.Santana

385

B.Dozier

380

D.Murphy

333

M.Machado

316

 

RBIs:

 

D.Ortiz

1126

B.Dozier

1009

D.Murphy

957

C.Santana

932

C.Yelich

930

 

Pitching winning percentage was not all North Dakota:

 

 

W

L

Pct

A.Reed

60

34

.638

C.Kershaw

119

73

.620

R.Hill

111

70

.613

C.Kimbrel

47

33

.588

K.Herrera

39

29

.574

 

Wins

J.Cueto

184

M.Estrada

141

M.Fulmer

126

M.Scherzer

125

J.deGrom

121

 

ERA

 

N.Jones

2.97

A.Miller

3.01

C.Kershaw

3.06

A.Reed

3.17

S.Oh

3.44

 

But wait!  Things are different in a 7-game series.  The best pitchers start more often, the sludge (Teheran was 85-168 5.83) are banished to a mop-up role.  It’s a different analysis.  So, I decided to pit the teams into 100 best of seven series, even inputting the actual World Series starters into the Starter schedule that the computer allows for.

 

So what happened in the 100 Best of 7 Replays?  Here are some interesting facts:

 

North Dakota won 63 of the 100 series overall.

23 were won in 7 games

16 were won in 6 games

13 were won in 5 games

And 11 of the series were 4 game sweeps.

 

Of Future Wax’s 37 series wins:

11 were won in 7 games

15 were won in 6 games

10 were won in 5 games

And only 1 was a 4 game sweep.

 

So, overall, 34, or 1/3, went to 7 games as did the one in real life.  Some more tidbits:  David Ortiz was the MVP in 30 of the series.  (Max Scherzer was 2nd with 10 MVP awards).  Scherzer led the way with 20 Cy Young awards (Estrada was 2nd with 16).

 

In real life David Ortiz was 7 for 29 (.241), with 2 homers and 4 rbis (1 BB and 1 2B) in the World Series, his SOMBILLA swan song, not exactly MVP material.  Certainly, had he performed as well as the 30 David Ortiz’s who won World Series MVP awards in this simulation (including perhaps hitting a 2-run homer in the 7th inning of game 7 to take a 4-3 lead in his last SOMBILLA at bat, instead of just missing and hitting a double [in which Ramos got thrown out at the plate]), it would have made a nice poetic ending to a great season and a great career.  But it was not meant to be.

 

Combining this with the first study, it’s safe to say that North Dakota was the better team .Of course, instead of blaming David Ortiz, I could tip my hat to Manager of the Year runner-up Randy Divinski.  Or series MVP Max Scherzer (2-0, 2.33 ERA, 19.3 inns, 12 hits, 8 BB, 23 Ks).  Or blame myself for not being able to beat a team that the SOMBILLA computer at least believed to be inferior.  I still don’t feel any better after doing this study.

 

Post-script:  On the summer pool party/bbq circuit, I ran into Randy and we talked SOMBILLA and I mentioned I was doing this study.  Randy lamented about 2010 when Future Wax (39-17) was swept by Eric (29-27) in the World Series, and that he couldn’t imagine any computer simulation from that season in which Eric’s team could win four consecutive games against FW.  I guess we all have our SOMBILLA demons.

 



SUMMER STUDY NO. 4

 

Draft Analysis – 2014, by Tom Kinney (edited by Arnie & Robin)

 

It is time for the 4-year draft retrospective analysis of the 2014 (Cards 2013) draft. 

We have 4 SOMBILLA seasons, but note that we have partial or no data for the following seasons:

 

As a result, some of these teams players may lose out in the counting statistics (Wins, Saves, HRs, RBIs, and SBs) and be more maligned that they deserve.

Round 1:

1. Harold – Fernandez, Jose

10-4, 0 SV, 2.914 ERA, 172 K (139 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers/dead

2. Jeff – Puig, Yasiel

.310 / .358 / .430 / .788 (523 PA), 13 HR, 67 RBI, 14 SB

Still Owned

3. Jed – Bogaerts, Xander

.343 / .383 / .435 / .818 (115 PA), 1 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB

Traded Still Owned

4. Robin – Myers, Wil

.275 / .351 / .436 / .787 (296 PA), 12 HR, 37 RBI, 4 SB

Still Owned

5. RAT – Profar, Jurickson

 

Still Owned

6. Tom – Miller, Shelby

3-4, 0 SV, 4.48 ERA, 65 K (7.33 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers

7. Tom – Donaldson, Josh

.290 / .376 / .449 / .825 (737 PA), 34 HR, 97 RBI, 3 SB

Still Owned

8. Arnie – Yelich, Christian

.305 / .375 / .461 / .836 (317 PA), 13 HR, 38 RBI, 9 SB

Still Owned

Best Pick:  This was a great first round for hitting, and if we were to revisit it in 5 more years Bogaerts or Yelich might end up being the best picks.  But 5 years in, I have to go with Josh Donaldson who won a SOMBILLA MVP  and has been a contender for MVP in that other MLB universe.  His numbers in the first four years give him the edge and he is one of the top 3rd basemen in the current card set and he is alive.

Worst Picks:  The most disappointing pick in this round was most definitely Jurickson Profar, who is the very definition of a first round tease.  He was a Baseball America top prospect, played everywhere and did everything.  Health was his initial downfall and he just never developed into a major league star.

Other:..This draft has a number of pitchers who have passed on.  If not for a boating accident fueled by narcotics, the best pick laurels would have graced this young hurler’s head.  Alas, it seems that water and SOMBILLA pitchers do not mix.

Round 2:

1. Harold – Gray, Sonny

10-17, 0 SV, 4.33 ERA, 172 K (218.3 IPS)

Still Owned

2. Robin – Cole, Gerrit

8-10, 0 SV, 4.00 ERA, 119 K (153 IPS)

Still Owned

3. Jed – Wacha, Michael

1-2, 0 SV, 2.38 ERA, 33 K (34 IPS)

Still Owned

4. Jeff – Iwakuma, Hisashi

13-8, 0 SV, 3.93 ERA, 132 K (16.3 IPS)

Cut 2018 waiver

5. RAT – Rosenthal, Trevor

0-2, 2 SV, 7.45 ERA, 24 K (19.3 IPS)

Cut 2017 waiver

6. Eric – Calhoun, Kole

.212 / .244 / .355 / .599 (197 PA), 6 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB

Still Owned

7. Tom – Adams, Matt

.260 / .310 / .433 / .743 (277 PA), 9 HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB

Cut 2018 waiver

8. Arnie – Gomes, Yan

.256 / .290 / .422 / .712 (303 PA), 12 HR, 28 RBI, 0 SB

Traded Still Owned

 

Best Pick:  This is a difficult round to choose from; none of these players have developed into the stars that each of the managers hoped.  Iwakuma the older pitcher had a better record but has no future potential.  Cole the second in the round might have looked better if we had two more years of stats as he is a solid regular in MLB.  But the choice comes down to Sonny Gray and Gerrit Cole, both of whom have changed their MLB clubs. Gerrit gets the nod in that he has looked better over the last two years.

Worst Pick:  Trevor Rosenthal went to the pen in MLB to save his team and it was widely seen as the first stop to becoming a dominant starter.  Both STL pitchers in this round have had injuries and production issues and the talented Wax team moved on from Rosenthal, who never produced even in limited play.

Other: Back in 2014, in the first two rounds, I was deciding between taking two of these three: Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole and Sonny Gray, or taking one of the three and Donaldson.  It was clear that the two not taken were the next two starters and they were taken immediately.  If Donaldson (a converted catcher and maybe Moneyball player) had not panned out, then this draft would have been a real might of/could of/should of for CN.  (Note from Robin – I would have drafted the cuter Gray if he was there, and took Cole as the next best.)

Round 3:

1. Arnie – Nava, Daniel

.241 / .309 / .318 / .627 (223 PA), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB

Cut 2016 waivers

2. Jeff – Torres, Alex

1-0, 0 SV, 1.64 ERA, 22 K (22 IPS)

Cut After One Year

3. Jed – Hamilton, Billy

.274 / .366 / .275 / .641 (142 PA), 0 HR, 10 RBI, 25 SB

Cut 2018 waivers

4. Robin – Roark, Tanner

8-8, 2 SV, 4.02 ERA, 71 K (105.3 IPS)

Cut 2016 waivers, redrafted by Eric in 2017

5. RAT – Teheran, Julio

7-12, 0 SV, 5.75 ERA, 131 K (141 IPS)

Still Owned

6. Eric – Arcia, Oswaldo

 

Cut 2016 waivers

7. Tom – Melancon, Mark

7-8, 11 SV, 4.626 ERA, 68 K (103.3 IPS)

Still Owned

8. Arnie – Thielbar, Caleb

2-1, 0 SV, 1.08 ERA, 12 K (16.67 IPS)

Cut After One Year

 

Best Pick:  A round of temporary contributors – Billy Hamilton played good D and had a better on base then I expected but no extra base hits at all???  Tanner Roark contributed but the retread Mark Melancon was used in high leverage situations and came through more often then not.

Worst Pick:  Oswaldo Arcia left no indication that he ever played before he was cut.

Round 4:

1. Harold – Gregorius, Didi

.227 / .275 / .311 / .586 (418 PA), 7 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB

Still Owned

2. Robin – Siegrist, Kevin

1-0, 1 SV, 1.12 ERA, 13 K (16 IPS)

Cut claimed Cut 2018

3. Jed – Gyorko, Jedd

.216 / .281 / .406 / .687 (192 PA), 11 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB

Cut 2016 waivers

4. Jeff – Carpenter, David

1-1, 0 SV, 5.24 ERA, 21 K (22.3 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers

5. RAT – Cingrani, Tony

2-2, 0 SV, 5.50 ERA, 46 K (37.67 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers

6. Eric – Arenado, Nolan

.233 / .280 / .378 / .658 (325 PA), 8 HR, 30 RBI, 1 SB

Still Owned

7. Tom – Smyly, Drew

2-0, 2 SV, 2.48 ERA, 29 K (29 IPS)

Cut 2017 waivers

8. Arnie – Salazar, Danny

Still Owned

 

Best Pick: This comes close only because of Eric not reporting his stats.  If Didi had done a little more with the bat, he would be the choice. Nolan Arenado has been a perennial “1” and MLB MVP candidate and looking forward he gets the nod.

Worst Pick:  I am a big Danny Salazar fan and I always think the next year will be his year.  But he has yet to have one and he might never come through and as such has to be the worst pick.  He is still a lottery ticket but the solid relievers that everyone needs performed as expected or better.

Round 5:

1. Eric – Ozuna, Marcell

.270 / .324 / .468 / .792 (188 PA), 9 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB

Still Owned

2. Jeff – Thornburg,Tyler

1-1, 2 SV, 3.37 ERA, 16 K (26.67 IPS)

Cut After One Year

3. Jed – Walker, Taijuan

1-0, 0 SV, 3.00 ERA, 4 K (6 IPS)

Still Owned

4. Robin – Castellanos, Nick

.263 / .323 / .414 / .737 (232 PA), 9 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB

Still Owned

5. Harold – Howell, J.P.

3-2, 0 SV, 4.03 ERA, 24 K (22.33 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers

6. Eric – Miller, Brad

.214 / .421 / .237 / .658 (38 PA), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB

Cut 2016 waivers

7. Harold – Wheeler, Zach

Still Owned

8. Arnie – Davis, Khris

.247 / .341 / .443 / .784 (88 PA), 5 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB

Still Owned

 

Best Pick:  This was an uninspiring round with the tease of Taijuan versus potential hitters Ozuna and Castellanos.   Marcell has made it out of Miami after a career year, but the nod goes to Nick as he continues to be a solid contributor (and an atrocious fielder).

Worst Pick:  Zach Wheeler (see Danny Salazar) except that he has been so injured that he is no longer really much of a lottery ticket.  He might start someday but a dominant season would be a surprise for the ages.

Round 6:

1. Jed – Archer, Chris

3-4, 0 SV, 5.18 ERA, 85 K (74.67 IPS)

Still Owned

2. Robin – Ventura, Yordano

1-4, 0 SV, 6.42 ERA, 39 K (47.67 IPS)

Cut 2017 waivers/dead

3. Jed – Rendon, Anthony

.246 / .352 / .366 / .718 (227 PA), 7 HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB

Still Owned

4. Jeff – Colon, Bartolo

1-7, 0 SV, 5.58 ERA, 27 K (71 IPS)

Cut After One Year

5. RAT – Gennett, Scooter

.366 / .388 / .541 / .929 (85 PA), 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Cut 2016 waivers, redrafted by Tom 2018.

6. Eric – Medica, Tommy

 

Cut at some point

7. Tom – Gausman,Kevin

Still Owned

8. Arnie – Asche,Cody

Cut After One Year

 

Best Pick:  This round started with two potential star pitchers, one of whom died and one was traded to Arnie for the best pitcher in this draft (Kluber).  Anthony Rendon is a talented, oft-injured players who has strung together a solid 2 and half years that gets him the nod in this round.

Worst Pick:  If you look at the last two rounds, you might call this round for Gausman. Why is he not the worst?  He could have been, but we have to go with Tommy Medica who has not played in MLB since 2014.

Round 7:

1. Eric – Kintzler, Brandon

Cut After One Year

2. Harold – Sanchez, Gaby

.412 / .524 / .429 / .953 (63 PA), 0 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

3. Arnie – Crisp, Coco

.246 / .320 / .345 / .665 (194 PA), 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB

Cut After One Year

4. Robin – Vincent, Nick

2-1, 1 SV, 1.568 ERA, 14 K (17.3 IPS)

Cut After One Year

5. RAT – Cotts, Neal

2-0, 2 SV, 3.15 ERA, 22 K (20 IPS)

Cut After One Year

6. Eric – Wong, Kolten

 

Still Owned

7. Tom – Martinez, Carlos

12-3, 1 SV, 3.189 ERA, 138 K (144 IPS)

Still Owned

8. Arnie – Hochevar, Luke

1-0, 5 SV, .621 ERA, 35 K (29 IPS)

Cut After One Year

 

Best Pick:  Carlos Martinez has won a SOMBILLA Cy Young and even though he is having a tough 2018 he is a MLB #1 pitcher.  He was the second best pitcher selected in this draft.  

Worst Pick:  Six of these picks were picked primarily as one year filler and performed well enough or very well.  (A bit of an assumption in that Eric did not report stats this year.)   The worst pick goes to Wong as a player that has had enough potential to keep, but like Profar never seems to perform well enough to actually play in the SOMBILLA.  He still holds a roster spot despite that.

Round 8:

1. Harold – Navarro, Dioner

.324 / .342 / .493 / .835 (73 PA), 4 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

2. Robin – Owings, Chris

.294 / .308 / .519 / .827 (52 PA), 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB

Still Owned

3. Jed – Gattis, Evan

.211 / .269 / .416 / .685 (353 PA), 22 HR, 56 RBI, 0 SB

Still Owned

4. Jeff – Franklin, Nick

 

Cut 2016 waivers

5. RAT – Ross, Tyson

2-9, 0 SV, 4.70 ERA, 98 K (103.33 IPS)

Cut 2016 waivers, redrafted by Arnie, cut 2018

6. Eric – Norris, Derek

.157 / .173 / .231 / .404 (52 PA), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB

Cut 2018 waivers

7. Tom – Hoover, J.J.

0-0, 1 SV, 1.73 ERA, 16 K (26 IPS)

Cut After One Year

8. Arnie – Skaggs, Tyler

Cut After One Year

 

Best Pick:  Evan Gattis has been a consistent power threat if not a consistent hitter of the baseball edging out Chris Owings as the best of the round.

Worst Pick:  Tough choice but Nick Franklin as a non-contributor that held roster space the longest is the worst of the round by a hair.

Round 9:

1. Harold – Bradley Jr., Jackie

.221 / .298 / .377 / .675 (382 PA), 11 HR, 47 RBI, 1 SB

Still Owned

2. Jeff – Zunino, Mike

 

Cut 2016 waivers

3. Jed – Martin, Leonys

 

Cut 2016 waivers

4. Robin – Marisnick, Jake

 

Cut After One Week, but redrafted at least once

5. RAT – Mercer, Jordy

.255 / .293 / .483 / .776 (58 PA), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

6. Eric – Pollock, A.J.

.260 / .307 / .413 / .72 (218 PA), 5 HR, 21 RBI, 4 SB

Still Owned

7. Tom – Raburn, Ryan

.221 / .283 / .513 / .796 (113 PA), 10 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

8. Arnie – Davis, Rajai

.194 / .217 / .348 / .565 (69 PA), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB

Traded; Cut*

 

Best Pick:  This is a battle between Jackie Bradley Jr. and AJ Pollack, who have been good if inconsistent performers.  AJ Pollock looks to be the better performer going forward if he can maintain slightly better health in the future, so let’s give him the nod.

Worst Pick: Jake Marisnick gets the worst pick because he was cut within a week of being drafted.

*Other:  Rajai Davis was traded by Arnie to Robin after season.   He had a great card versus lefties that year but his stats do not reflect the quality of the cards.

Round 10-13:

1. Harold – d'Arnaud, Travis

.196 / .295 / .352 / .647 (105 PA), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

Cut 2017 waivers

2. Robin – Odorizzi, Jake

0-1, 0 SV, 4.50 ERA, 13 K (14 IPS)

Still Owned

3. Jed – Allen, Cody

7-5, 0 SV, 2.589 ERA, 121 K (97.3 IPS)

Still Owned (by Robin)

4. Jeff – Garcia, Leury

 

Cut After One Year

5. RAT – Villar, Jonathan

 

Cut After One Year

6. Eric – Alvarez, Henderson

Cut 2016 waivers

7. Tom – Johnson, Chris

.357 / .392 / .581 / .973 (74 PA), 5 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

8. Arnie – Kluber, Corey

16-18, 0 SV, 3.96 ERA, 264 K (274.67 IPS)

Traded Still Owned

1. Harold – Soriano, Alfonso

.206 / .289 / .342 / .631 (38 PA), 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

2. Jeff – Ryu, Hyun-Jin

3-5, 0 SV, 7.64 ERA, 60 K (68.34 IPS)

Cut After One Year

3. Jed – Kelly, Joe

3-3, 0 SV, 4.73 ERA, 21 K (45.67 IPS)

Cut After One Year

4. Robin – Murphy, Donnie

.317 / .359 / .641 / 1 (64 PA), 5 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

5. RAT – Dozier, Brian

.205 / .292 / .362 / .654 (489 PA), 21 HR, 63 RBI, 13 SB

Still Owned

6. Eric – Span, Denard

.293 / .328 / .421 / .749 (183 PA), 0 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

Cut 2017 waivers

7. Tom – Farquhar, Danny

0-3, 4 SV, 3.18 ERA, 30 K (22.67 IPS)

Cut 2018 waivers

1. Harold – Gentry, Craig

.259 / .394 / .273 / .667 (33 PA), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 SB

Cut After One Year

2. Robin – Satin, Josh

.351 / .385 / .513 / .898 (39 PA), 0 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

3. Jed – Eovaldi, Nathan

Cut 2016 waivers

4. Jeff – Santana, Ervin

Cut After One Year

5. RAT – Castillo, Welington

.218 / .291 / .221 / .512 (86 PA), 0 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

Cut After One Year

6. Tom – Wilson, Justin

3-1, 0 SV, 4.63 ERA, 27 K (23.3 IPS)

Cut After One Year

1. Harold – Rodriguez, Paco

 

Cut After One Year

2. Tom* - Quentin, Carlos

.291 / .366 / .610 / .976 (123 PA), 13 HR, 29 RBI, 0 SB

Cut After One Year

3. RAT – Loney, James

 

Cut After One Year

 

Best Pick:  Corey Kluber was the best pitcher taken in this draft if you look at MLB results.  His SOMBILLA record is a losing record but he continues to look to have a great future as he continues to be amongst the best pitchers in baseball.  Carlos Quentin had a great single season and almost was not even picked in this draft (had to trade to get him as my 13th pick).  I loved this draft in that not only did I select 13 players but I drafted two 12 round picks in future years to be part of my current roster

Waiver Wire:  This was an odd one as two players were cut who were drafted this year and never even settled in to their new draft homes – Jeff Marisnick (Round 9 by Robin) and James Loney (Round 13 by Future Wax).

2012 Card Set Results:

Team

Stats

Arnie

.267 / .333 / .357 / .69 (705 PA), 12 HR, 47 RBI, 13 SB

Eric

 

Harold

.288 / .357 / .374 / .731 (353 PA), 9 HR, 43 RBI, 4 SB

Jed

.323 / .378 / .427 / .805 (246 PA), 6 HR, 35 RBI, 8 SB

Jeff

.223 / .282 / .420 / .702 (383 PA), 23 HR, 53 RBI, 3 SB

Robin

.290 / .330 / .494 / .824 (267 PA), 10 HR, 32 RBI, 2 SB

Tom

.286 / .360 / .499 / .859 (581 PA), 39 HR, 107 RBI, 2 SB

Wax

.252 / .303 / .362 / .665 (307 PA), 6 HR, 30 RBI, 3 SB

 

Team

Stats

Arnie

3-1, 5 SV, 0.788 ERA, 47 K (45.7 IPS)

Eric

 

Harold

7-7, 0 SV, 2.76 ERA, 115 K (107.7 IPS)

Jed

11-17, 2 SV, 5.17 ERA, 192 K (268 IPS)

Jeff

5-8, 0 SV, 3.63 ERA, 77 K (101.7 IPS)

Robin

12-7, 4 SV, 2.85 ERA, 80 K (104 IPS)

Tom

12-11, 7 SV, 3.98 ERA, 191 K (199 IPS)

Wax

5-5, 4 SV, 4.72 ERA, 115 K (106.7 IPS)

 

Total Reported SOMBILLA Statistics:

Team

Stats

Arnie

0.260 / 0.321 / 0.398 / 0.719 (1194 PA), 38 HR, 99 RBI, 19 SB

Eric

0.245 / 0.293 / 0.391 / 0.684 (1201 PA), 29 HR, 102 RBI, 9 SB

Harold

0.238 / 0.308 / 0.356 / 0.664 (1112 PA), 27 HR, 118 RBI, 5 SB

Jed

0.310 / 0.358 / 0.430 / 0.788 (523 PA), 13 HR, 67 RBI, 14 SB

Jeff

0.243 / 0.316 / 0.386 / 0.702 (1029 PA), 41 HR, 115 RBI, 31 SB

Robin

0.281 / 0.341 / 0.458 / 0.799 (683 PA), 28 HR, 83 RBI, 5 SB

Tom

0.282 / 0.354 / 0.474 / 0.828 (1324 PA), 71 HR, 197 RBI, 5 SB

Wax

0.231 / 0.304 / 0.376 / 0.68 (718 PA), 26 HR, 87 RBI, 15 SB

 

Team

Stats

Arnie

19-19, 5 SV, 3.52 ERA, 311 K (320.3 IPS)

Eric

 

Harold

23-23, 0 SV, 3.79 ERA, 368 K (379.7 IPS)

Jed

20-22, 2 SV, 4.83 ERA, 278 K (370.7 IPS)

Jeff

15-14, 0 SV, 3.70 ERA, 264 K (257.7 IPS)

Robin

20-24, 4 SV, 4.10 ERA, 269 K (353.3 IPS)

Tom

27-19, 19 SV, 3.70 ERA, 373 K (418.7 IPS)

Wax

13-25, 4 SV, 5.32 ERA, 321 K (321.3 IPS)

 

Draft Summary:

Round

Best

Team

Worst

Team

1

Donaldson

CN

Profar

Wax

2

Gerrit Cole

Robin

Rosenthal

Wax

3

Melancon

CN

Arcia

Eric

4

Arenado

Eric

Salazar

Arnie

5

Castellanos

Robin

Wheeler

Harold

6

Rendon

Jed

Medica

Eric

7

C-Mart

CN

Kolten Wong

Eric

8

Gattis

Jed

Nick Franklin

Jeff

9

Pollack

Eric

Marisnick

Robin

10+

Kluber

Arnie

10+

Quentin

CN

 

Best Draft:  Surprisingly, I have to say that CN had the best draft.  Jed has the most players still owned in the league by far with 8 (3 teams have 5, 2 teams have 4, one has 3 and one has 1) but strangely he only has 4 that he picked and Kluber from Arnie. CN, though, has the best one year and 4 year statistics in the league from this draft for both hitters and pitchers, showing that it was a balanced draft.  CN drafted -- Miller,S, Donaldson,J, Adams,M, Melancon,M, Smyly,D, Gausman,K, Martinez,C, Hoover,J, Raburn,R, Johnson,C, Farquhar,D, Wilson,J and Quentin,C. 

Worst Draft:  This was a fight between Jeff, who has only 1 player left from this draft; Wax who had 2 of the first 3 rounds’ worst picks; and Eric, who has no pitching to show for the draft.  Jeff has some pretty good stats over the 4 years surveyed, which lessens the negative of having only their first round player (Puig) still in the league.  Future Wax gets the worst draft prize because of the early round showing.  Wax drafted -- Profar,J, Rosenthal,T, Teheran,J, Cingrani,T, Gennett,S, Cotts,N, Ross,T, Mercer,J, Villar,J, Dozier,B, Castillo,W

 And Loney,J* (cut shortly).

 


HOW IS YOUR TEAM DOING?

 

Here is our first unscientific look ahead to the 2018 cards (due out in January).

 

 

THE 2018 SOMBILLA/FOX SPORTS ALL-STAR COUNT

 

 

Arnie (10) – Betts, Contreras, Corbin, Cruz, deGrom, Goldschmidt, Kimbrel, Lindor, Ramos, Yelich

 

Jed (10) – Abreau, Altuve, Brantley, Choo, Crawford, Kluber, Nola, J. Ramirez, Story, Votto

 

RAT (8) – Baez, Blackmon, Gomes, Greinke, Machado, Scherzer, Springer, Suarez

 

Eric (7) – Arenado, Berrios, E. Diaz, Hader, Molina, Severino, Verlander

 

Jeff (7) – Bregman, Cain, Chapman, Freeman, Lester, Markakis, Realmuto

 

Tom (6) – Doolittle, Gennett, Haniger, Harper, Segura, Trout

 

Harold (6) – Bauer, Hand, K. Jansen, Judge, JD Martinez, Sale

 

Robin (4) – Albies, Cole, Perez, Posey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOMBILLA Opening Day: Sunday, November 3!