Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2013 National League All-Star Team





First Basemen
  • Freddie Freeman, Braves
  • Psul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks*
  • Joey Votto, Reds
Second Basemen
  • Matt Carpenter, Cardinals*
  • Daniel Murphy, Mets*
  • Brandon Phillips, Reds
Third Basemen
  • Pedro Alvarez, Pirates*
  • David Wright, Giants
  • Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
Shortstops
  • Ian Desmond, Nationals*
  • Jean Segura, Brewers*
  • Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
Outfielders
  • Domonic Brown, Phillies*
  • Jay Bruce, Reds
  • Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
  • Carlos Gomez, Brewers*
  • Matt Holliday, Cardinals
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  • Nate Schierholtz, Cubs*
  • Wil Venable, Padres*
  • Jayson Werth, Nationals
Catchers
  • Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers*
  • Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • Buster Posey, Giants
Designated Hitter
  • Chris Johnson, Braves*
Pitchers
  • Aroldis Chapman, Reds
  • Tyler Clippard, Nationals
  • Jose Fernandez, Marlins*
  • Zack Greinke, Dodgers
  • Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • Craig Kimbrel, Braves
  • Cliff Lee, Phillies
  • Edward Mujica, Cardinals*
  • Sergio Romo, Giants*
  • Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
  • Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals*
Manager
  • Don Mattingly, Dodgers

2013 American League All-Star Team





First Basemen
  • Chris Davis, Orioles
  • Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
  • Prince Fielder, Tigers
Second Basemen
  • Robinson Cano, Yankees
  • Jason Kipnis, Indians*
  • Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Third Basemen
  • Adrian Beltre, Rangers
  • Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  • Evan Longoria, Rays
Shortstops
  • J. J. Hardy, Orioles*
  • Jed Lowrie, Athletics*
  • Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
Outfielders
  • Chris Carter, Astros*
  • Coco Crisp, Athletics*
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
  • Alex Gordon, Royals
  • Torii Hunter, Tigers
  • Adam Jones, Orioles
  • Nick Markakis, Orioles
  • Alex Rios, Rangers
  • Mike Trout, Angels*
Catchers
  • Joe Mauer, Twins
  • Salvador Perez, Royals*
  • Carlos Santana, Indians
Designated Hitter
  • David Ortiz, Red Sox
Pitchers
  • Bartolo Colon, Athletics*
  • Yu Darvish, Rangers*
  • Greg Holland, Royals*
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners*
  • Jim Johnson, Orioles
  • Matt Moore, Rays*
  • Joe Nathan, Rangers
  • Mariano Rivera, Yankees
  • David Robertson, Yankees
  • Max Scherzer, Tigers*
  • C, J. Wilson, Angels
Manager
  • Eric Wedge, Mariners

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2012 National League All-Star Team





First Basemen
  • Freddie Freeman, Braves*
  • Adam LaRoche, Nationals*
  • Joey Votto, Reds
Second Basemen
  • Jose Altuve, Astros*
  • Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks
  • Brandon Phillips, Reds
Third Basemen
  • Chase Headley, Padres*
  • Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
  • David Wright, Giants
Shortstops
  • Starlin Castro, Cubs
  • Jose Reyes, Marlins
  • Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
Outfielders
  • Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
  • Ryan Braun, Brewers
  • Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
  • Jason Heyward, Braves*
  • Matt Kemp, Dodgers
  • Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks*
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  • Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
  • Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Catchers
  • Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • Buster Posey, Giants
  • Carlos Ruiz, Phillies*
Designated Hitter
  • Matt Holliday, Cardinals
Pitchers
  • Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals*
  • Matt Cain, Giants*
  • Aroldis Chapman, Reds*
  • Johnny Cueto, Reds*
  • R. A. Dickey, Mets*
  • Gio Gonzalez, Nationals
  • Cole Hamels, Phillies*
  • Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • Craig Kimbrel, Braves
  • Jason Motte, Cardinals*
  • Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
Manager
  • Mike Matheny, Cardinals

2012 American League All-Star Team





First Basemen
  • Chris Davis, Orioles*
  • Prince Fielder, Tigers
  • Albert Pujols, Angels
Second Basemen
  • Robinson Cano, Yankees
  • Ian Kinsler, Rangers
  • Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Third Basemen
  • Adrian Beltre, Rangers
  • Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  • Kyle Seager, Mariners*
Shortstops
  • Elvis Andrus, Rangers
  • Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
  • Derek Jeter, Yankees
Outfielders
  • Alex Gordon, Royals
  • Curtis Granderson, Yankees
  • Josh Hamilton, Rangers
  • Adam Jones, Orioles
  • Josh Reddick, Athletics*
  • Mike Trout, Angels*
  • Mark Trumbo, Angels*
  • Josh Willingham, Twins
  • Ben Zobrist, Rays
Catchers
  • Joe Mauer, Twins
  • A. J. Pierzynski, White Sox
  • Carlos Santana, Indians
Designated Hitter
  • Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays*
Pitchers
  • Ryan Cook, Athletics*
  • Matt Harrison, Rangers*
  • Felix Hernandez, Mariners
  • Jim Johnson, Orioles*
  • Joe Nathan, Rangers
  • David Price, Rays
  • Fernando Rodney, Rays*
  • Chris Sale, White Sox*
  • Rafael Soriano, Yankees
  • Justin Verlander, Tigers
  • Jered Weaver, Angels
Manager
  • Robin Ventura, White Sox

Thursday, September 27, 2012

AL Eastern Conference Round 1: (2) 1997 AL vs. (3) 2008 AL

The 1997 AL All-Star Team vs. The 2008 AL All-Star Team

The second AL Eastern Conference Round 1 match pitted the second seed 1997 AL All-Star Team against the 3rd seed 2008 AL All-Star Team. To review, here are how the pitching match-ups and lineups were determined:
  • The pitching rotations were set based on the All-Star Series results posted on bdj610's Topps Baseball Card Blog (you can click on each of the links on the sidebar to see each year's match-ups).
  • The lineups for the first six series were set, with each position player in the starting lineup twice.
  • The seventh series was done in an anything goes format, where the lineups were randomly determined, spot starters were used (SBS only allows up to five names for the rotation).
  • The series was not run in a best-of-seven (first to four wins). All seven series are run regardless of the outcome.
So let's begin with the season summary for both teams.

The 1997 AL All-Stars finished second in their division with a 91-71 record. The 2008 AL All-Stars finished third with a 75-87 record.  The 1997 AL All-Stars took the season series against the 2008 AL All-Stars 10-8.

For the tournament, each series consists of 10,000 simulated games. The winner of each series = the winner of a game. Here are the results from the seven series simulations:

  • Game 1: 2008 AL vs. 1997 AL, Cliff Lee (08) vs. Roger Clemens (97). The 97 AL team wins 6,217 games out of 10,000 simulations.
  • Game 2: 2008 AL vs. 1997 AL, Roy Halladay (08) vs. Brad Radke (97). The 97 AL team wins 5,004 games. The 2008 AL team had the lead most of the series, but the 97 AL team overtook them in the final 500 games.
  • Game 3: 1997 AL vs. 2008 AL, Andy Pettitte (97) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (08). The 97 AL team wins 5,942 games.
  • Game 4: 1997 AL vs. 2008 AL, Randy Johnson (97) vs. Gavin Floyd (08).  The 97 AL team wins 7,015 games.
  • Game 5: 1997 AL vs. 2008 AL, Jamie Moyer (97) vs. Joe Saunders (08). The 97 AL team wins 5,412 games.
  • Game 6: 2008 AL vs. 1997 AL, A. J. Burnett (08) vs. Pat Hentgen (93).  The 97 AL team wins 5,728 games.
  • Game 7: 2008 AL vs. 1997 AL, anything goes. The 1997 AL team wins 6,103 games.

The 1997 AL All-Star Team advances to the second round thanks to a 7-0 series sweep. They will face the 1999 AL All-Star Team in the second round in a (1) vs. (2) seed match-up.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

AL Eastern Conference Round 1: (1) 1999 AL vs. (4) 1993 AL

In figuring out how best to post the results for each series, it has taken me a while to get the results for each postseason series onto the blog. I think I have it figured out though. Bear with me as it's a first attempt.

The 1999 AL All-Star Team vs. The 1993 AL All-Star Team

The first AL Eastern Conference Round 1 match pitted the first seed 1999 AL All-Star Team against the 4th seed 1993 AL All-Star Team. Here are how the pitching match-ups and lineups were determined:

  • The pitching rotations were set based on the All-Star Series results posted on bdj610's Topps Baseball Card Blog (you can click on each of the links on the sidebar to see each year's match-ups).
  • The lineups for the first six series were set, with each position player in the starting lineup twice.
  • The seventh series was done in an anything goes format, where the lineups were randomly determined, spot starters were used (SBS only allows up to five names for the rotation).
  • The series was not run in a best-of-seven (first to four wins). All seven series are run regardless of the outcome.

So let's begin with the season summary for both teams.

The 1999 AL All-Stars won their division with a 98-64 record. The 1993 AL All-Stars finished fourth with a 72-90 record, and won the tie breaker with the 2005 AL All-Star team thanks to a 10-8 head-to-head season series.  The 1999 AL All-Stars took the season series against the 1993 AL All-Stars 13-5.

For the tournament, each series consists of 10,000 simulated games. The winner of each series = the winner of a game. Here are the results from the seven series simulations:

  • Game 1: 1993 AL vs. 1999 AL, Jack McDowell (93) vs. Pedro Martinez (99). The 99 AL team wins 8,090 games out of 10,000 simulations.
  • Game 2: 1993 AL vs. 1999 AL, Randy Johnson (93) vs. Bartolo Colon (99). The 99 AL team wins 5,337 games.
  • Game 3: 1999 AL vs. 1993 AL, Mike Mussina (99) vs. Kevin Appier (93). The 93 AL team wins 5,393 games.
  • Game 4: 1999 AL vs. 1993 AL, Aaron Sele (99) vs. Jimmy Key (93). The 93 AL team wins 5,180 games.
  • Game 5: 1999 AL vs. 1993 AL, Orlando Hernandez (99) vs. Pat Hentgen (93). The 99 AL team wins 7,050 games.
  • Game 6: 1993 AL vs. 1999 AL, Mark Langston (93) vs. David Wells (99). The 99 AL team wins 5,429 games.
  • Game 7: 1993 AL vs. 1999 AL, anything goes. The 1999 AL team wins 5,889 games.

The 1999 AL All-Star Team advances to the second round thanks to a 5-2 series win. They will face the winner of the (2) 1997 AL All-Star Team vs. (3) 2008 AL All-Star team. The results for this series will be posted shortly.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Friday, September 21, 2012

Redemption Tournament

For the sixteen teams that finished in fifth or sixth place, I thought it would be nice to give them a second chance. You know, with that much star power on the roster, the team as a whole can't really be that bad...can they?

So what I did was create a new series for the SBS to allow the sixteen teams to play 162 games against each other (AL vs. AL, NL vs. NL, and a set of interleague games between teams), to see which would be crowned "Best of the Rest" (or is that "Worst?")

Each of the eight teams would play 11 games against each other home and away, and 8 games against one opponent from the other league (4 home and 4 away). To review, these were the sixteen teams that were eliminated during the regular season (along with their season records that got them here in the first place):

  • AL Eastern Conference Division 1 (AL Stadiums)
  1. 2005 (Detroit) 72-90
  2. 1991 (Toronto) 70-92
  • AL Eastern Conference Division 2 (NL Stadiums)
  1. 1996 (Philadelphia) 77-85
  2. 1988 (Cincinnati) 71-91
  • AL Western Conference Division 1 (AL Stadiums)
  1. 1987 (Oakland) 72-90
  2. 1989 (Anaheim) 70-92
  • AL Western Conference Division 2 (NL Stadiums)
  1. 1990 (Chicago N) 68-94
  2. 1992 (San Diego) 60-102
  • NL Eastern Conference Division 1 (AL Stadiums)
  1. 1993 (Baltimore) 76-86
  2. 1991 (Toronto) 56-106
  • NL Eastern Conference Division 2 (NL Stadiums)
  1. 1994 (Pittsburgh) 67-95
  2. 1988 (Cincinnati) 62-100
  • NL Western Conference Division 1 (AL Stadiums)
  1. 1987 (Oakland) 70-92
  2. 1989 (Anaheim) 62-100
  • NL Western Conference Division 2 (NL Stadiums)
  1. 2004 (Houston) 79-83
  2. 1990 (Chicago N) 60-102
Here are the results of the "Redemption Season"


If you can't see the picture, here are the "Redemption" standings (compared with their regular season records):

American League:
  • 88 AL ALL-STAR 100-62 (71-91, 29 game improvement)
  • 96 AL ALL-STAR 95-67 (77-85, 18 game improvement)
  • 05 AL ALL-STAR 84-78 (72-90, 12 game improvement)
  • 92 AL ALL-STAR 83-79 (60-102, 23 game improvement)
  • 91 AL ALL-STAR 77-85 (70-92, 7 game improvement)
  • 87 AL ALL-STAR 73-89 (72-90, 1 game improvement)
  • 89 AL ALL-STAR 73-89 (70-92, 3 game improvement)
  • 90 AL ALL-STAR 71-91 (68-94, 3 game improvement)
National League:
  • 04 NL ALL-STAR 103-59 (79-83, 24 game improvement)
  • 94 NL ALL-STAR 92-70 (67-95, 25 game improvement)
  • 90 NL ALL-STAR 88-74 (60-102, 28 game improvement)
  • 93 NL ALL-STAR 86-76 (76-86, 10 game improvement)
  • 87 NL ALL-STAR 83-79 (70-92, 13 game improvement)
  • 89 NL ALL-STAR 65-97 (62-100, 3 game improvement)
  • 88 NL ALL-STAR 64-98 (62-100, 2 game improvement)
  • 91 NL ALL-STAR 59-103 (56-106, 3 game improvement)
The 1987 and 1989 AL All-Star Teams shared the same 73-89 record, sixth best in the AL. However, after reviewing the game logs of the 22 games these two teams played head-to-head, the 1987 team won the season series over the 1989 team 13 games to 9.

Overall, all 16 teams had better records facing each other than when they faced their regular competition.  If there is one thing I have to point out, it's that the 1991 NL All-Star Team is probably the worst among the 50 (including the 2011 rosters that are not participating in the tournament) I created, even with the addition of two extra relievers.  If I remember correctly, when my 1991 All-Star teams faced each other, not only did the 1991 AL All-Stars dominate the seven 10,000 game simulations (the only team to sweep their opponent), but in the one-game All-Star Game, the AL shut out the NL 2-0.

The reason why I had them play a full season of games was so that I could seed each team into the Redemption Tournament.  For each league, the 1st seed will take on the 8th seed, 2nd seed vs.7th seed, the 3rd seed plays the 6th seed, and the 4th seed plays the 5th seed.  The teams will compete in a best-of-seven series of 10,000 games, the winners move on until there is one AL and one NL team left standing.  Those two teams will compete for the right to be called the "All-Star Redeem Team."  

So based on the standings, here is the bracket for the Redemption All-Star Tournament:


For those who can't see the picture, the redemption tournament brackets are:

American League:
(1) 1988 AL vs. (8) 1990 AL
(4) 1992 AL vs. (5) 1991 AL
(3) 2005 AL vs. (6) 1987 AL
(2) 1996 AL vs. (7) 1989 AL

National League:
(1) 2004 NL vs. (8) 1991 NL
(4) 1993 NL vs. (5) 1987 NL
(3) 1990 NL vs. (6) 1989 NL
(2) 1994 NL vs. (7) 1988 NL

If anything, it keeps the teams active while the other 32 play in the real tournament.  

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama