Stars News Release

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Tonight the 1st Place STARS host the 4 Seed and Wild Card Winner Speakers for a 7 game series with the winner advancing to the OOTL World Series.

Tonight’s Matchup will be a repeat between the Speakers and Stars but it was 2010 when they last met in the playoffs.

Stars won that matchup and went on to win their first of TWO World Series Championships.

The Speaker’s hold 3 Titles themselves so the Managerial skills will be on display this evening as during the season this contest saw two sweeps one by each team and a high scoring slugfest……… with the Speaker’s holding a 6-4 advantage…….but the Stars did win the first 4 of seven that they played……..anything can happen tonight as these two powerhouse teams take the field.

Stars Management is nervous but excited as Kershaw and Arrieta are scheduled to Dual in Game 1.

Game 2 Matchup has Hellickson for Speakers and DeGrom Taking the mound for the Home Team.

Game 3 Stars go with Quintana and the Speakers rally with Martinez.

Game 4 Stars are still undecided on Cahill or Flynn but Speakers are confident in naming Ross as their go to guy for game 4.

First Pitch should be around 5:30 as the Speakers Bus is scheduled to arrive around 5 PM tonight.

Rumor has it that the Browns and AB’s will continue their series on Sunday as the Browns hold a 3-1 Game Lead.

Stars Press Release

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2017 Playoffs – Browns vs. ABs

The Browns and Arrogant Bastards got their series started tonight. 
 
Game 1: Montgomery v Hamels. The Brown got right to work in the top of the 1st. Ramirez led off the game with a double but he was thrown out by Trout on a Reyes single. Reyes went to 2nd on the throw and came in to score on an RBI single by Dozier. Trout leveled the scores with a dinger leading off the bottom of the 4th. In the Sharts 6th Dozier worked a 1-out walk off Jansen and stole second. With 2 outs Reddick was announced to pinch hit for Guyer and the AB’s went to the pen for Britton. The Browns decided to let Reddick bat and actually said “Josh you’ll just have to roll a homer and have it turned back to a double” and that’s exactly what happened to put the Sharts up 2-1. The Browns added 2 unearned runs in the 8th and Donnie Hart and Brad Ziegler closed out the game. Browns 4/9/1 Bastards 1/3/1 W) Montgomery L) Jansen S) Ziegler 
 
Game 2: Hill v Scherzer. Dexter Fowler led off the game with a second column triple and came into score on Reddick’s second column double to steak the Browns to a 1-0 lead. Brandon belt drove in 2 with a double in the 4th and another with a sac fly in the 6th. Fowler added a solo shot in the top of the 9th but the real star was Rich Hill. He went 8 2/3 of shut out ball allowing just 3 hits (all doubles) and 3 walks while striking out 12. When Healy rapped a 2-out double in the 9th Hill was denied a chance at a CG/SH and Pedro Strop got pinch hitter A. Gonzalez to end the game. Browns 5/9/0 Bastards 0/3/1. W) Hill L) Scherzer (CG) 
 
Game 3: Lester v Phelps. This time it was the AB’s getting on the board first as Ozuna singled, Gattis walked and Andrus singled in run, all with 2 outs in the 2nd. The Browns got that run right back on a Dozier solo HR in the bottom of the 2nd. Big Papi put the AB’s back in front with a lead off homer in the 4th and Saladino added another round-tripper in the 5th to make it 3-1 AB’s. Bastards 3/5/0 Browns 1/5/0 W: Bedrosian L: Lester (CG) S: Davis
 
Game 4: Cueto v Santana. The Sharts got things started in the 3rd when Belt walked, Salvy Perez singled and Maybin slapped an RBI single to make it 1-0. The AB’s went 10 up, 10 down before Trout singled in the 4th, but he was unable to get past 1st. In the 5th Fowler led off with a single, stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a Belt fielders choice. Maybin made it 2-0 with his second RBI single of the day. With a 2-0 lead the Browns pulled Cueto after 5 innings of 2-hit work in favor of Donnie Hart. Hart and Matt Bush kept the Bastards off the board while the Browns got 3 more runs in the 6th and one in the 8th to push the series lead to 3-1. Browns 6/9/0 Bastards 0/2/0 W) Cueto L) Santana
 
The series will either resume Wednesday or next weekend.

ABs 2017 Regular Season

I had some good luck late in the season to force a deciding game for first but sometimes that 1/36 chance goes against you.

Some quick notes
Shutouts
AB’s shut out their opponent 9 times and was shutout 10 times
AB’s go 17-9 in one run games
That’s all I’ll give up at this time

I accomplished my goal of a 5th straight playoff appearance with my highest finish in that stretch.
After a slow start, not pulling the plug on one deal and pulling it on another the team came together In the middle part of the season.

Good luck to Tony, Brian, Kevin and Bob in the playoffs. It’s down to 5 for the title.

Manager Steve

Worst Possible Scenario

After going 21-15 in the 1st Period, the Speakers slip to 12-15 in the 2nd, and then start off the 3rd Period well before losing each of their final 6 series to finish 14-13.

In the 3rd, the offense slashes a robust .200/.247/.319 (just .195/.244/.305 vs. RHP) and gets thoroughly out-homered, 28-13. Additionally, with Fielding 1 defense everywhere on the diamond, the Speakers commit 14 errors in the final 27 games. Basically, they found every way to lose games, never came from behind, and usually never scored against the opposition pen (unless the runs were completely meaningless).

Speakers staff prevented only 17.9% of walks this season. Speakers hitters lost 21.5%. The Speakers slugged just 65 homers and lost 27 while opponents mashed 100, losing only 19. Speakers pitching prevented 29.6% of singles; Speakers hitters lost a whopping 34.6% of singles–more than a third!

Individually, NL MVP Kris Bryant finished the season with 2 HRs (.184/.276/.285). We get that 90 games is hardly a valid sample size, so let’s further the agony:

Posey – .198/.262/.307
Machado – .204/.244/.341
Simmons – .171/.202/.222
Swanson (with a .300+ card as a +4 against LHP) – .171/.190/.293.

No Speaker reached double-digit home runs. None had more than 3 SBs. (It’s hard to run when you’re always playing from behind and can’t get on base.)

Starters went 34-36, which tells plenty about getting into early holes and never recovering. Speaking of scoring (or lack thereof), the Speakers were blanked 10 times this year. That’s more than 11% of the OOTL season!

Julio Teheran shut out the Speakers on only 3 hits (no walks) in the final regular season game. The Speakers rolled just 6 hit numbers and never moved a runner. (Only one runner got as far as 2nd base, but was doubled off on a line drive.) In fact, Teheran faced only 1 over the minimum, thanks to 2 DPs. That should have brought down the curtain on a sad, sad season of getting consistently out-rolled. However, …

… To make matters worse, a playoff appearance means nothing more than ranking lower in draft order.  Even if this team somehow gets past the 4-5 match-up, facing the 1st seed doesn’t bode well for a team that can’t do anything well.

Down to the Wire

Sounds like this week may decide quite a bit.

Can the Lemonheads hang on or are the ROLLING MATLOCKS going to catch them?

The Bastards will finish at least 2nd for the first time since returning – no 4/5 this year!!!! And no Stars in their first round.

All 5 playoff positions are up for grabs!!!!

So many scenarios….

The Speakers and Eliminators square off on Thursday I believe. As well as the Stars and Wahoos. The Wahoos are playing the already eliminated Plague today. The Wahoos figure significantly in the playoff positioning as well the draft positioning. ALL RISE! Who gets the former Bastard?????

Next Sunday should determine 1st as the Bastards will visit the Stars.

Good luck to those wanting to win as well as those that don’t!!!!!

Manager Steve