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12/3/2013 12:02 AM
What's the record for this sort of agony?  My 2003 prog team just lost four (4) consecutive games via walk off HR.  All of the games were against division rivals, of course.  We had a 9th inning lead in each game (1 run, 2 runs, 3 runs and 3 runs).  The pitchers who gave up the walk off HRs were not tired.

Imagine reading this at the bottom of every boxscore under the "Player of the Game" heading:

12/1 pm: Hideki Matsui hits walk-off home run 
12/1 pm2: Miguel Tejada hits walk-off home run
12/2 am: Randall Simon hits walk-off home run
12/2 pm: Rondell White hits walk-off home run

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12/3/2013 6:25 PM
Here is a weird box score - 6-3, 11 innings. So far so good. But first, it was 0-0 through ten. Then...see who the starting pitcher was on the losing side - Mr. Harvey Haddix himself - yes, THAT Harvey Haddix. AND...he pitched a 10 inning one-hitter !

http://www.whatifsports.com/slb/Boxscore.aspx?gid=21365373&pid=1&pbp=0&tf=9.95


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12/3/2013 10:48 PM (edited)
In the uncapped Entire Database Pick 6 league, 1914 Dutch Leonard and 1964 Bill Henry have contributed to two combined no-hitters in a span of 31 games.  On the first they were helped by 1907 Nick Maddox and 1915 George Dumont.  2006 Jonathan Papelbon assisted on number two just 11 days later.

Sandwiched between these two no-hitters, I also had 1964 Dean Chance and 1942 Mort Cooper combine on a no-hitter in a $120M Open-style league.  Three no-hitters in an 11-day span.

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12/4/2013 8:11 AM
Posted by skunk206 on 12/3/2013 10:48:00 PM (view original):
In the uncapped Entire Database Pick 6 league, 1914 Dutch Leonard and 1964 Bill Henry have contributed to two combined no-hitters in a span of 31 games.  On the first they were helped by 1907 Nick Maddox and 1915 George Dumont.  2006 Jonathan Papelbon assisted on number two just 11 days later.

Sandwiched between these two no-hitters, I also had 1964 Dean Chance and 1942 Mort Cooper combine on a no-hitter in a $120M Open-style league.  Three no-hitters in an 11-day span.

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Is this a "Nolan Ryan" thingy, ---with 3 different catchers ???



12/8/2013 10:50 PM (edited)
Thinking of using 1961 Norm Cash?  Here's a home park you might want to avoid: Comerica.

I drafted Cash for contrarian23's 5-league franchise tourney -- 5 different caps, 60-70-80-90-100M, players from one franchise, no clones across all 5 teams.  

I added Cash late to my 100M team, because his is one of the great Tiger offensive seasons and I wanted to use him somewhere.  The problem was, I couldn't afford his salary ($9.4M) at any cap other than 100M, and I'd already decided to use Comerica (-2/-2 for HR) for that cap.  My 70-80-90M teams were using Bennett Park (+3/+3 for HR) which would have worked better for Cash and his 41 real life HR.  

At any rate, I figured Cash would do okay.  His RL line is .361/.487/.662.  How big a dent could a pitchers' park put in that?

-- In road games Cash did fine, hitting .331/.458/.518 with 15 HR.  

-- Home games, not so much: .303/.438/.391 with 3 HR.

With my $9.4M stud hitter batting like Luke Appling at home, I missed the playoffs -- by two games.

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12/8/2013 10:47 PM
Something You Don't Often See in a Prog Dept.

Here's how the AL East looked in the No Whining Progressive, 1981 season, 117 games in:

Toronto Famous Blue Raincoats 46-71 0.393 - - 3-7 L4 26-33 20-38 0-0 crazystengel  
Detroit LeSabres 45-72 0.385 1 - 3-7 L4 18-40 27-32 0-0 bdevil86  
Baltimore Dudes 41-76 0.350 5 - 3-7 L1 17-41 24-35 0-0 footballmm11  
1981 Boston Redcoats 36-81 0.308 10 - 4-6 W2 17-42 19-39 0-0 chargingryno  

I saved the standings that day because I knew it would mark the collective low point for the division.  Over the final 45 games of the season we would play 21 division games each, thus boosting us to these lofty heights at season's end:

Toronto Famous Blue Raincoats 70-92 0.432 - x 6-4 L1 37-44 33-48 0-0 crazystengel  
Detroit LeSabres 68-94 0.420 2 - 5-5 W1 30-51 38-43 0-0 bdevil86  
Baltimore Dudes 57-105 0.352 13 - 5-5 W1 27-54 30-51 0-0 footballmm11  
1981 Boston Redcoats 49-113 0.302 21 - 4-6 L1 21-60 28-53 0-0 chargingryno  

Yes, my horrible team is going to the playoffs.  We would have finished last in 3 of the other 5 divisions (and 1 game up on last in a 4th division).  We had the lowest salary in the entire league at $51.2M (to put things in perspective, the highest team salary was $91.2M, 12th was $74.8M).  We had 1089 real life innings. We had only one pitcher with more than 140 real life innings.  Our top hitter salaries: $4.3M, $4.1M and $3.4M, and no other hitter over $3M.

And how did the highest salaried team do?  Pretty good.  They won 102 games.  But they finished 3rd in their division, behind teams that won 113 and 108 games, so unlike the team with the lowest salary, they will miss the playoffs.

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12/13/2013 11:14 PM
If you think the 102-win team from the above post was unlucky, consider the 2nd and 3rd place teams below from a 12-team 1924 progressive (only the top team made the playoffs):

East  W-L  PCT GB MagN  L10  STRK Home Away Live Owner LIVE
Washington Corruption 121-41 0.747 - x 7-3 W7 58-23 63-18 0-0 zizzo24  
Boston Ball Busters 118-44 0.728 3 - 6-4 L1 65-16 53-28 0-0 cccp1014  
1924 Cleveland Spiders 108-54 0.667 13 - 6-4 W3 58-23 50-31 0-0 thunderkat  
Detroit Tigers 84-78 0.519 37 - 5-5 W1 37-44 47-34 0-0 gmahr888  
Chicago Southside Sinatras 78-84 0.481 43 - 3-7 L3 34-47 44-37 0-0 glowguy  
New York Yaks 38-124 0.235 83 - 3-7 L5 16-65 22-59 0-0 crazystengel  
 
In 23 previous seasons of this prog, only one team ever won more than 117 games.  Boston thus finished with the 3rd highest win total among 292 teams in this prog's history -- and did not get to the post-season.

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12/15/2013 12:09 AM
I'm not sure this is a believe it or not, but what the heck.....
In a recent game, I scored 36 runs. (Dodger Stadium).
1 homerun.
13 of 14 players who batted had  2 or more hits.
All 14 had an RBI and scored 1 run.
In the 7th inning, 16 runs scores.  15 of those scored with 2 outs.
It was the most runs one of my teams ever scored in a game or an inning.
1/7/2014 1:31 PM
So, how often do you sweep the season series against an opponent in the same league?  How often does it happen against a team that makes the playoffs?

In MLB107176, finn2030's twist theme based off players that appeared in exactly 1 major league game, my team (Make Mine a Double Espresso) swept the season series, 12-0, versus Drawdexer's team, Cuppa Charlie.  Both of our clubs won our respective divisions, with 90+ wins, and as far as I can tell Drawdexer was not resting his starters in our head-to-head games or anything like that.  Most of the games were pretty close, but still, 12-0 is a pretty dominating performance against a playoff-caliber opponent.

Anyone want to guess the outcome when these 2 teams met in the ALCS?  If you guessed that we lost in 4 straight, you win the prize.  12-0 in the regular season, 0-4 in the playoffs.  Believe it, or don't!
1/7/2014 1:37 PM
how about in the first season of the SS/HH dual progressive 1920/1970 - I won my division and swept the second place team in my division 14-0.  The second place team (mark10287's team) actually won the wild card and then we met in the LCS.  I went on to sweep him 4 games to none for an 18-0 record against him in one season.  Believe it or don't.
1/18/2014 11:27 AM
Worst Performance by a Pitcher in a Closing Role

From an 80M TOC, fourth game of the first round.  My team is up 2 games to 1, but enters the bottom of the 9th trailing 11-6.  It's not a save situation, but the opposing team brings in their Closer A, 2010 Edward Mujica.  Mujica is at 100% and has an ERC# of 2.65.

The first batter hits a home run, making it 11-7

The second batter hits a home run, making it 11-8.

The third batter hits a single, which is by far the best result Mujica will see today. 

The fourth batter hits a home run, making it 11-10.

The fifth batter hits a home run, making 11-11.

The sixth batter hits a home run, making it 12-11.



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1/18/2014 12:42 PM
Hmm...I think I recognize that Tigers team, since it (a) came from the Franchise Tournament I ran and (b) is now my next opponent in that very TOC.
1/18/2014 12:50 PM
I also note that this game gave "Boys of Summer(s)" a new meaning as OF Champ hit 2 HRs and P Ed hit 1.  Finally, Champ's walkoff shot was, apparently, Fiskian.  Nice touch by WIS with the "high off the left field foul pole" description.
1/18/2014 1:03 PM
Of the five home runs hit that inning, two "just" cleared the wall, one "barely" cleared it, and Champ's hit the foul pole.  I'm disappointed the one remaining home run didn't bounce off an outfielder's head, Canseco-style.

www.youtube.com/watch
1/25/2014 9:09 AM
A 1964 progressive league team. I traded a draft pick and a decent OF for Carl Yastrzemski.  Yaz doesn't help that much this season (the league's first), as I have some OFs that hit well in various platoons, but is the number 4 OF and number one PH so even with his only good 1964 stats he gets as many ABs as possible. 

We got Yaz a few games ago. He has 14 ABs so far with a HR. 

So, we are down in the 8th inning 6-2. We score two runs. We score another in the 9th. Runner  on second. Two outs. 

Does the SIM bring in Yaz ? Yes it does ! um...to pinch run (!). With Yaz now on second with his lightning speed (6 SB, 5 CS), Joe Gaines, batting .172 is brought in to pinch hit for All-Star SS Maury Wills (batting .255). Gaines strikes out. We lose 6-5. 

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