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2019 Instructions –

Augusta has made the playoffs 7 of the last 9 years, but advanced out of the first round only twice. Said without the optimism, they have missed the playoffs two of the last three years and have not won a playoff series in 5 years. This “slightly better than mediocre” mantra may play out again this year, or we could be “slightly worse than mediocre” again. We will hit a bit, and the starting pitching may be fine at home, but they will be susceptible to the lefty dominated lineups on the road.

The road to greatness will lie in the top three starters getting deep into games where the back end of the pen is legit enough to bring us home, combined with the last two starters picking up some wins here and there among their blowups. We hit enough at the top of the order to be relevant, but the defense is weak in a few lineups so late game changes in close games will be important. We could limp into the playoffs, where we can ditch the two weak starters…

But even if we don’t make it to the playoffs, it will be okay, because our golf course is better than yours.
           Starting Line-ups


Lineup A
vs Left ~ bat right

Lineup B
Standard vs Left

Lineup C
Vs L, bat L

Lineup D
Vs R, bat R

Lineup E
Std vs Right

Lineup F
Vs R, bat L

 

 

5

Turner, Justin

5

Turner, Justin

 

 

8

Taylor, Chris

8

Taylor, Chris

 

 

9

Martinez, J.D.

9

Martinez, J.D.

 

 

5

Turner, Justin

7

Gamel, Ben

 

 

3

Trumbo, Mark

3

Belt, Brandon

 

 

9

Martinez, J.D.

5

Turner, Justin

 

 

2

Ramos, Wilson

2

Ramos, Wilson

 

 

3

Belt, Brandon

9

Martinez, J.D.

 

 

8

Taylor, Chris

8

Taylor, Chris

 

 

2

Ramos, Wilson

3

Belt, Brandon

 

 

7

Braun, Ryan

7

Braun, Ryan

 

 

7

Braun, Ryan

2

Ramos, Wilson

 

 

4

Pirela, Jose

4

Pirela, Jose

 

 

6

Diaz, Aledmys

6

Riddle, JT

 

 

6

Diaz, Aledmys

6

Diaz, Aledmys

 

 

4

Fletcher, David

4

Pirela, Jose

All Leftys

 

 

Corbin, Patrick
Ryu, Hyun-Jin
Elias, Roenis
Strahm, Matt
Lester, Jon

 

All Other Rightys

 

 

Eflin, Zach
Pena, Felix
Maeda, Kenta
Chacin, Jhoulys
Marquez, German
Ross, Tyson
Mikolas, Miles
Velasquez, Vince
Castillo, Luis
Peralta, Freddy

 

Platoon / Injury


Positions:

C

Ramos starts everyday and will not come out much. Hedges is better defensively so he can come in for defense in the 9th (does not have to). Maybe part of a double switch with my closer.

1B

Belt is the first baseman in all but one lineup. Trumbo starts against leftys who kill leftys, but he comes out when the starter does. Once Belt is in, he stays in.

2B

Fletcher is the primary player, but doesn’t start much due to at bats limitation of 284. Pirela starts over half the games, but comes out after two ABs. Look to PH for Pirela and then bring in Fletcher to finish. If Fletcher gets hurt after Pirela leaves the game, Taylor comes in from CF to play 2B, Hamilton to CF.

SS

Diaz gets most of the playing time, Riddle starts against the Righty Killers. Riddle is better defensively so finishes for Diaz in the 9th.

3B

Turner all the time is the dream but injuries may be a problem. First injury backup is Diaz (Riddle to short if we are ahead or Taylor to Short and Hamilton to CF is an option if we are behind (compare Riddle and Hamilton). If Diaz and Turner are both hurt, Fletcher is the only 3B left on the team.

OF

Taylor in CF in all lineups, can play infield as an injury backup. Hamilton the backup CF. Martinez never comes out of RF. Braun is the mainstay in LF, Gamel starts in one lineup in LF and is the injury replacement to the corner outfielders.

Player Usage Limitations:

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting –

Two Outs Throwing

Less Than Two Outs Throwing

Play at

… on a

Throw if

cut if trailer

Play at

… on a

Throw if

cut if trailer

Home

Single

<70%

<40%

Home

Single

<60%

<40%

Home

Double

<75%

<40%

Home

Double

<70%

<40%

Third

Single

<85%

< lead runner

Third

Single

<70%

<40%

C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Hedges**

Belt

Fletcher

Riddle

Turner

Taylor

Hamilton**

Martinez

Ramos

 

Pirela

Diaz

Diaz

Braun

Taylor

Gamel

 

 

Taylor

Taylor

 

Gamel

 

 

Intentional Walks


Warren Spahn
Last Lefty to Start a Game
for the Augusta Nationals

 

 


Pitching Rotation


 

Away Games – Look here

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

 

@ BAG

Mikolas

Gant

Chacin

 

@ AGN

 

 

 

 

 

@ CDS

Mikolas

Gant

Chacin

 

@ AZL

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

@ HAW

Mikolas

Gant

Chacin

 

@ CHI

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

@ LVB

Mikolas

Gant

Hernandez

 

@ LAN

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

@ PBC

Mikolas

Gant

Chacin

 

@ STL

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

@ SBM

Mikolas

Gant

Maeda

 

@ UTB

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

@ SCT

Mikolas

Gant

Chacin

 

@ VBS

Gant

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

 

HOME GAMES BELOW - Do Not Use These

BAG

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

AGN

 

 

 

 

 

CDS

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

AZL

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

HAW

Maeda

Mikolas

Hernandez/Gant

 

CHI

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

LVB

Maeda

Mikolas

Hernandez

 

LAN

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

PBC

Maeda

Mikolas

Hernandez

 

STL

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

SBM

Maeda

Mikolas

Hernandez

 

UTB

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

SCT

Maeda

Mikolas

Chacin

 

VBS

Maeda

Gant

Chacin

Hernandez

 

 

Starter Comments:

These guys come out when in dots if it is still a game. If were blown out, let them go for a while to save the pen, if it is still a game, yank them.

Gant

He starts 19 times and can average 6 IP. He can pitch the 7th inning if ahead or tied at East teams, not at West. I will monitor him at home. If he gets pulled early often, he will get his 20th start versus Hawaii at home (this was to be his 20th). Only out before the sixth if he is in dots. Balanced card. Can hit for him before his last inning to be pitched (top of 6th or 7th depending on above) if he is behind by 4 runs, or behind 2 or 3 with ducks on the pond. Never pitches the 8th, even with a perfect game.

Mikolas

Average against Leftys and destroys Rightys. If you have 4 or more righty bats in the lineup, we want him to go 7 or 8 innings. If you are lefty loaded, we would love to see him go deep but it won’t happen as much. Only out before the sixth if he is in dots. Prefer to hit for him in top of 7th or 8th against lefty dominated lineups. Can hit for him in the 6th if he is behind by 4 runs, or behind 2 or 3 with ducks on the pond. Can pull him in bottom of 6th or later if he is in trouble. Only pitches 8th or 9th if rolling and facing rightys.

Chacin

Poor man’s Mikolas. Gives up a bit more against each, but still much better vs R. Similar to Mikolas but out earlier (hit for him in 6th or 7th unless righty dominated lineup, can hit for him in the 5th with men on and trailing, only pitches 8th if rolling and facing rightys.)

Maeda

Oops, now we have a poor man’s Chacin. Still better than average vs rightys, but lefty dominate lineups will give him trouble. Only out before the 6th if in dots, or if about to be in dots and men on and facing a lefty in the 5th. Same “hit for him” rules as Chacin. No reason for him to be pitching to a lefty in the 7th or later. He has 125 IP so can average 6.25 innings per start, with his lefty issues, he will never use all of these innings. If he is tight, I will pull him early at home, but he won’t be.

Hernandez

Marginally qualified to be a 5th starter with 10 or 11starts. Comes out after 5 innings pitched or when he goes into dots if it is still a game. If we are blown out, let him go awhile. But you don’t have to care because all of his starts are at home.

Innings limitations:

Gant has a 6IP max limit except at East teams where his limit is 7. Maeda can face righty batters only in the 7th, he will not get to his 6.25 IP/game average that is available. See above for details on both.

BULLPEN Solid closing cards. The first four should pitch the last three innings of a close game. Chavez can be trusted to get us there, and Ziegler is living off of his past glory and hoping to be a great $1 value next year. We will wear Ziegler’s arm out when we are blown out, hopefully not too often.

Yates

63 IP

Closer. Balanced. Can come in during the 8th and look for the six out save.

Cole

36

Alternate closer. Also balanced. Low innings so one per game. Can be a Stopper earlier in the game in a critical spot.

Hudson

46

Set up, really a closer against the lefty/switch lineups but not balanced enough to be a closer vs Right. A great choice for 3-6 outs against teams with lots of leftys.

Rondon

59

Set-up – Balanced. 59 IP but only a 1 endurance, so he is a great choice to eat an inning a game in the 5th through the 7th. Can appear twice per series on average.

Chavez

95

Mop and Set up in small ballparks. Tons of innings but too many diamonds (would be a great card without the homers). Good choice for 6 outs (or more) if Maeda or Hernandez comes out early.

Ziegler

74

Set up rightys, and MOP. 74 innings, but leftys beef him way too much to be in close games. If any of the starters chokes early and we are blown out, this is the guy. See if he can get 6-9 outs to save the rest of the pen.

 

 

2018 PCL Awards:

2018 Champs: Hawaii Alii

2018 MVP Voting:

MVP: Giancarlo Stanton, SCT

Cy Young: Zach Greinke, HAW

2018 ALL STARS:

C: Buster Posey, STL

1b: Anthony Rizzo, LAN

2b: Daniel Murphy, AZL

SS: Zach Cozart, LVB

3b: Kris Bryant, CHI

OF: Giancarlo Stanton, SCT

OF: Charlie Blackmon, HAW

OF: JD. Martinez, AGN

Manager: Jim

GM: Jim

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