8/26/2013 7:50 PM
interesting how all my teams starting losing like crazy at the same time
8/26/2013 11:39 PM
Mine too - it was right around Game 1.
8/27/2013 10:37 AM
lol
8/27/2013 3:35 PM
When are we going to get a toughest/easiest divisions round up so we can all complain about our poor luck?.....so far my luck has to be among the worst - the worst team in my 70 mil division is 2 games above .500, my 100mil division has the 3 best teams in the league in it (NL) and my 120 mil division's worst team is playing .538 ball and happens to be mine!
8/27/2013 5:56 PM
Here is a list of all the divisions, sorted by the sum of the seeds.  Low number = lots of top seeds.  I also included the cumulative winning% of the teams in each division.

Sal Cap SeedSum Division & LgNo Wins Losses Winning%
70M 60 NLE 105791 158 114 0.581
120M 81 NLE 105789 155 105 0.596
90M 86 ALC 105793 138 134 0.507
90M 94 NLW 105770 135 137 0.496
120M 96 NLC 105798 141 131 0.518
90M 100 ALC 105770 148 124 0.544
80M 101 ALC 105792 137 135 0.504
110M 103 NLE 105777 140 132 0.515
110M 106 ALE 105799 138 134 0.507
70M 123 ALE 105790 123 149 0.452
80M 123 NLW 105806 131 141 0.482
100M 124 ALC 105782 141 131 0.518
100M 127 ALW 105771 132 140 0.485
120M 127 ALW 105798 138 134 0.507
100M 127 NLE 105782 142 130 0.522
110M 131 NLC 105788 129 143 0.474
100M 133 ALE 105786 157 115 0.577
100M 133 NLE 105805 119 153 0.438
90M 136 ALC 105781 147 125 0.540
100M 137 ALC 105771 138 134 0.507
80M 137 ALE 105785 133 139 0.489
120M 139 NLW 105779 128 144 0.471
120M 141 NLC 105802 147 125 0.540
70M 142 NLE 105763 140 132 0.515
90M 143 ALW 105784 132 140 0.485
120M 148 NLE 105779 138 134 0.507
70M 150 ALC 105803 136 136 0.500
90M 152 ALC 105784 145 127 0.533
100M 152 ALW 105782 146 126 0.537
120M 153 ALE 105779 151 121 0.555
90M 153 NLW 105781 135 137 0.496
100M 154 NLE 105786 129 143 0.474
70M 154 NLE 105790 130 142 0.478
100M 156 ALE 105771 144 128 0.529
120M 156 ALW 105802 138 134 0.507
70M 156 NLC 105803 138 134 0.507
100M 156 NLE 105771 146 126 0.537
80M 157 NLC 105769 136 136 0.500
80M 158 NLC 105785 136 136 0.500
120M 158 NLW 105789 124 136 0.477
90M 161 ALE 105781 135 137 0.496
80M 162 ALW 105785 127 145 0.467
80M 164 NLE 105806 159 113 0.585
110M 167 NLC 105777 118 154 0.434
110M 171 ALE 105801 131 141 0.482
70M 171 ALE 105803 148 124 0.544
70M 173 ALC 105791 140 132 0.515
110M 173 ALW 105777 140 132 0.515
80M 174 ALW 105792 149 123 0.548
80M 175 ALC 105806 133 139 0.489
110M 175 ALW 105801 150 122 0.551
120M 176 ALE 105798 136 136 0.500
120M 177 ALC 105789 137 123 0.527
90M 177 NLC 105784 127 145 0.467
110M 177 NLE 105788 135 137 0.496
70M 178 ALE 105791 127 145 0.467
90M 179 ALE 105793 147 125 0.540
110M 179 NLW 105799 130 142 0.478
90M 180 ALE 105784 140 132 0.515
80M 180 NLE 105769 132 140 0.485
80M 181 NLW 105785 149 123 0.548
90M 182 NLC 105793 139 133 0.511
70M 183 ALC 105763 138 134 0.507
100M 183 ALE 105805 143 129 0.526
80M 184 ALC 105769 148 124 0.544
80M 184 ALW 105769 140 132 0.515
110M 185 NLC 105801 140 132 0.515
100M 186 ALW 105805 135 137 0.496
110M 188 NLE 105801 124 148 0.456
70M 189 NLC 105790 133 139 0.489
90M 189 NLE 105784 147 125 0.540
120M 191 ALE 105802 144 128 0.529
100M 191 NLW 105805 141 131 0.518
110M 192 ALW 105788 136 136 0.500
120M 192 NLE 105798 149 123 0.548
100M 193 ALC 105805 140 132 0.515
70M 193 ALE 105763 140 132 0.515
100M 196 ALC 105786 129 143 0.474
90M 196 ALW 105793 139 133 0.511
70M 197 NLC 105763 146 126 0.537
110M 198 ALC 105788 155 117 0.570
120M 199 NLC 105789 120 140 0.462
70M 202 ALW 105790 137 135 0.504
110M 203 ALC 105801 130 142 0.478
80M 203 NLE 105785 133 139 0.489
80M 206 NLW 105769 123 149 0.452
100M 207 ALE 105782 129 143 0.474
80M 208 ALE 105806 130 142 0.478
70M 209 ALW 105803 135 137 0.496
110M 210 NLW 105777 141 131 0.518
90M 211 NLE 105793 119 153 0.438
110M 214 ALE 105788 129 143 0.474
110M 216 ALC 105799 145 127 0.533
90M 217 ALW 105770 137 135 0.504
90M 218 NLE 105781 133 139 0.489
80M 221 ALE 105792 119 153 0.438
70M 222 ALW 105763 129 143 0.474
120M 222 ALW 105779 135 137 0.496
110M 222 ALW 105799 133 139 0.489
110M 223 NLW 105801 141 131 0.518
110M 224 NLE 105799 130 142 0.478
120M 225 ALC 105802 123 149 0.452
70M 225 ALW 105791 129 143 0.474
70M 228 NLW 105763 123 149 0.452
120M 229 NLC 105779 139 133 0.511
70M 230 NLE 105803 125 147 0.460
80M 231 ALW 105806 134 138 0.493
70M 231 NLW 105790 147 125 0.540
110M 232 ALC 105777 137 135 0.504
100M 232 NLW 105786 143 129 0.526
110M 232 NLW 105788 132 140 0.485
80M 233 NLC 105792 130 142 0.478
80M 234 NLE 105792 145 127 0.533
90M 240 NLC 105781 137 135 0.504
120M 240 NLE 105802 140 132 0.515
70M 241 ALC 105790 146 126 0.537
80M 241 ALE 105769 137 135 0.504
100M 241 ALW 105786 127 145 0.467
80M 241 NLW 105792 136 136 0.500
100M 243 NLC 105786 131 141 0.482
90M 245 ALW 105781 129 143 0.474
120M 246 ALW 105789 125 135 0.481
70M 247 NLW 105791 136 136 0.500
120M 248 ALC 105779 125 147 0.460
90M 249 NLC 105770 141 131 0.518
70M 250 NLC 105791 126 146 0.463
80M 250 NLC 105806 129 143 0.474
120M 259 NLW 105802 124 148 0.456
110M 260 NLC 105799 140 132 0.515
100M 263 NLC 105782 124 148 0.456
100M 263 NLC 105805 138 134 0.507
90M 273 NLW 105793 134 138 0.493
110M 275 ALE 105777 140 132 0.515
100M 275 NLW 105782 134 138 0.493
120M 279 ALC 105798 116 156 0.426
120M 280 ALE 105789 119 141 0.458
90M 283 NLE 105770 130 142 0.478
100M 288 NLC 105771 123 149 0.452
90M 292 ALE 105770 125 147 0.460
120M 294 NLW 105798 136 136 0.500
100M 296 NLW 105771 133 139 0.489
90M 300 NLW 105784 125 147 0.460
70M 302 NLW 105803 134 138 0.493
80M 308 ALC 105785 138 134 0.507
8/27/2013 5:59 PM
Here is your toughest division, based on pre-season rank..

MLB105791 Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE
East W-L PCT GB L10 STRK M Home Away Live GPL Owner Rating
sucking in the 70s (WISC1) 43-25 0.632 - 6-4 W2 - 18-17 25-8 0-0 0 newarkwilder 90328
We'll do better next time! 42-26 0.618 1 4-6 L1 - 21-13 21-13 0-0 0 jfranco77 130094
WC1 70M ALPHAS 38-30 0.559 5 6-4 W3 - 16-19 22-11 0-0 0 ybjsports 68238
All Tomorrow's Parties 35-33 0.515 8 7-3 L1 - 13-21 22-12 0-0 0 brianjw 32326
8/27/2013 6:00 PM
Here is your toughest division, based on current W-L%.

MLB105789 Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE
East W-L PCT GB L10 STRK M Home Away Live GPL Owner Rating
Batting Around 44-21 0.677 - 8-2 W4 - 23-10 21-11 0-0 0 Contracted 46001
Show them the Doerr! 40-25 0.615 4 5-5 W1 - 21-13 19-12 0-0 0 cubbies84 12523
Yellow Submarine 36-29 0.554 8 6-4 W1 - 18-15 18-14 0-0 0 besterateam 21420
Challenged At Sicks 35-30 0.538 9 3-7 W2 - 20-14 15-16 0-0 0 mildnhazy 30588
8/27/2013 6:03 PM
Here are the pre-season ranks for the owners in these two divisions...

1 brianjw
10 ybjsports
22 jfranco77
27 newarkwilder

7 mildnhazy
9 Contracted
25 cubbies84
40 besterateam
8/27/2013 8:25 PM
Posted by schwarze on 8/27/2013 5:59:00 PM (view original):
Here is your toughest division, based on pre-season rank..

MLB105791 Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE
East W-L PCT GB L10 STRK M Home Away Live GPL Owner Rating
sucking in the 70s (WISC1) 43-25 0.632 - 6-4 W2 - 18-17 25-8 0-0 0 newarkwilder 90328
We'll do better next time! 42-26 0.618 1 4-6 L1 - 21-13 21-13 0-0 0 jfranco77 130094
WC1 70M ALPHAS 38-30 0.559 5 6-4 W3 - 16-19 22-11 0-0 0 ybjsports 68238
All Tomorrow's Parties 35-33 0.515 8 7-3 L1 - 13-21 22-12 0-0 0 brianjw 32326
My league but thank God not my division. Hey does Jim Edmonds suck for anybody else as bad as he does for me? I have him in multiple leagues, and he is hideous in all of them. I benched him in one for a 200k replacement
8/27/2013 8:27 PM
WOW, that first list confirms my initial reaction when I saw my division draws. OUCH!
8/27/2013 8:28 PM
Posted by schwarze on 8/27/2013 6:00:00 PM (view original):
Here is your toughest division, based on current W-L%.

MLB105789 Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE
East W-L PCT GB L10 STRK M Home Away Live GPL Owner Rating
Batting Around 44-21 0.677 - 8-2 W4 - 23-10 21-11 0-0 0 Contracted 46001
Show them the Doerr! 40-25 0.615 4 5-5 W1 - 21-13 19-12 0-0 0 cubbies84 12523
Yellow Submarine 36-29 0.554 8 6-4 W1 - 18-15 18-14 0-0 0 besterateam 21420
Challenged At Sicks 35-30 0.538 9 3-7 W2 - 20-14 15-16 0-0 0 mildnhazy 30588
Also my league. Hmmmm. Might explain my less than stellar record
8/27/2013 8:46 PM
So, there are 24 Divisions at each cap.  If you got an average draw your average division strength ranking would be 12.  Here are mine:

Sal Cap SeedSum Division & LgNo Wins Losses Winning% Rank at Cap ybj
70M 60 NLE 105791 158 114 0.581 1 x
90M 100 ALC 105770 148 124 0.544 3 x
80M 101 ALC 105792 137 135 0.504 1 x
120M 141 NLC 105802 147 125 0.54 5 x
110M 173 ALW 105777 140 132 0.515 6 x
100M 241 ALW 105786 127 145 0.467 18 x
8/31/2013 2:57 PM
I'd like to see a ranking of owners who did not use '08 Joss for any of their teams and I'd like to propose he be blacklisted from next year's tournament.  What do you say schwarze?
8/31/2013 4:07 PM
I don't blacklist players unless it's a specific blacklist theme.  I usually do a better job with era-specific themes.  For whatever reason, I didn't have any modern-day only themes in round 1.  I won't make that mistake again.
8/31/2013 10:12 PM (edited)
Posted by EasyE7273 on 8/22/2013 10:48:00 PM (view original):
Posted by EasyE7273 on 8/13/2013 8:45:00 PM (view original):
1/6 of the way through - an overall record of 77-84 (.481). Was hoping for .500 so I am not that far off. Hoping for a better next 162 games. $70M team in trouble with fatigue. Two teams might be contenders for playoff spots, the others are done.
1/3 of the way through the championship. Overall record of 158-166 (.488), not much of an improvement since the 1/6 mark. I like to evaluate my clubs at the 54 game mark - after playing 1/3 of the season you pretty much know where you stand as far as competitiveness goes.

Here are my teams at this point:
  • $ 70M: 31-23, 2nd Place, 1GB
  • $ 80M: 28-26, 1st Place, 2GA
  • $ 90M: 24-30, 4th Place, 13GB
  • $100M: 27-27, 2nd Place, 3GB
  • $110M: 19-35, 4th Place, 16GB
  • $120M: 29-25, 2nd Place, 5GB
We'll see how things go from here. It appears that four of the six teams have a chance of making the postseason while two are toast. I'm pretty happy with that since my finishes in the this tournament are usually in the 70's and I'd like to realistically move up 12 spots from my last finish. Another goal is to finish the regular season with an overall record of .500 or better. I've hit the mark several times which has been followed with a 1-5 or 2-4 and have not been able to pass the mark. Hoping I can get closer at the halfway point of the season and we'll really know where things are headed.
Well, we are halfway through now. Our overall record is 242-244 (.498) and are hovering near our goal of .500. A quick look at each team:

$70M (Voodoo Child): 43-38 (Home: 18-23, Road: 25-15), 3rd Place, 6GB.

We are dead last with a BA of .252 and 20th in OBP at .326 - Fortunately, we are 2nd in ERA at 3.52 and 1st in WHIP (1.29) along with being 2nd in CG with 10 and lead the league with 5 shutouts. The team is 19-11 in one-run games and has overachieved as our expected winning percentage is .490.  Individually, '03 John Smoltz has been remarkable going 19 for 19 in save opportunities while sporting a WHIP of 0.63 over 30 innings.

Second Half Outlook: We're struggling with fatigue and there is no indication that the bats are going to come around. Not likely to make the playoffs but feel that we're still part of the chase.

$80M (.267 BA & 3.02 ERA): 42-39 (Home 25-13, Away 17-26), 2nd Place, 2GB.

Another weak hitting club as we're 21st in the league with a BA of .248 and 22nd in OBP (.304). We are third in steals at 152 at a 73% success rate. Our pitching staff ERA of 4.02 ranks only 15th but our WHIP is 10th at 1.32. Our fielding percentage of .983 places us 4th in the league.  This team is also overachieving based on the expected winning percentage of .456 - we are 5 games above that mark; 13-9 in one run games and 6-6 in extra inning games.

Second Half Outlook: I'm keeping my fingers crossed and am going to go against the numbers and say that I believe this team can be a division winner. I only hope I drafted enough innings.

$90M (St. Louis Cardinals 1969-1993): 40-41 (Home: 19-21, Road 21-20), 3rd Place, 13GB.

Team finished the last 15 games with a 12-3 record. Looks like they will tease me into believing that a wild card run might be possible even though we are 4 back. We are 13th in the league with a BA of .263 but are 2nd in SB with 96 (no Vince Coleman on the roster). Our 3.82 ERA places us 10th but our WHIP of 1.26 is 4th overall. We are 9th in fielding percentage (.981) as well. '85 John Tudor is only 8-4 in 22GS but does have a WHIP of 1.02 - the bullpen is killing him. '80 George Hendrick is tied for the ML lead with 71 RBI. Our 7-14 record in the division is awful.

Second Half Outlook: The division race is over, our only hope is a wild card spot. There will be 6-7 teams fighting for that spot making it a long shot. We are hot right now so at least we have that going for us.

$100M (1986 White Sox & 1990 Reds): 42-39 (Home 19-22, Away 23-17), 2nd Place, 1GB.

Another one of my teams that can't hit a lick with a BA of .234 and OBP of .298, both last overall. Pretty pathetic. Our ERA is 3.42 which is 4th in the league and we're 7th in WHIP (1.29). We also lead the league with an OAV of .240 and are 7th in fielding percentage (.982).

Second Half Outlook: We are going to need to start hitting if we are going to stay in the playoff race. We are only 1 GB but the division leader has underachieved. It will be a tough go but hope is alive.

$110M (Call to the Bullpen is Sponsored By): 31-50 (Home 18-23, Away 13-27), 4th Place, 20 GB.

22nd in BA at .254, 21st in OBP .319. 22nd in ERA at 5.58 and 21st in WHIP at 1.59. Just awful. On the bright side we have made the least amount of errors (36) and are tied for the league lead with a fielding percentage of .988.

Second Half Outlook: More gloom and doom. This team alone is killing my chances of finishing with an overall record of .500 - guess I should have went the platoon route here as I had initially planned to do.

$120M (Rolling the Dice): 44-37 (Home 26-14, Away 18-23), 2nd Place, 6 GB.

Another terrible offense, last in the league with a BA of .240 and 23rd in OBP at .311. We are 1st overall in ERA (3.47), WHIP (1.25), and OAV (.225). We're tied for second in fielding percentage at .988. Individually, '95 Greg Maddux has started 18 games and has an ERA of 1.85 and WHIP of 0.93 but has a record of only 8-6. Our division record of 10-11 and one-run games of 13-18 is hurting our performance.

Second Half Outlook: Being six out in the division is going to make it difficult to win the division but since we are only 2GB in the wildcard, I think this team has a solid chance to make the playoffs. It would be sweet if I could do so without using the magic season of 1908 that it seems many teams used.

Overall, I am pleased to be where I am at considering that I haven't played the baseball SIM in a couple of years. We'll see if we can manage to keep up the pace of close to .500 - I will be happy with that. I would love to finish about a dozen slots above my starting rank as well. Realistically, I am outclassed by some amazing owners here and this is my once chance to compete with the best and I really enjoy it - win or lose. Thanks to schwarze for allowing me to be part of it.

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