CHICAGO BLACK SOX
 

                   

2019 Instructions                                                                    

Welcome back to Black Sox Baseball, home of the 2017 Paradise Canyon League Champions, and 2018 WS runners’ up. Looking to hang another championship pennant up for next year’s instructions! We reloaded our bats in the auction but I am afraid the pitching decisions may burden the away Manager a bit. We have a lot of arms and innings to throw at you (428 innings in the pen) but the key for the Sox will still be to try to out slug you. There are not a lot of decisions to make on offense – just roll the dice. All your work will be on the pitching side, but I am giving you a lot of choices! The games may go a little longer, but hopefully that means you are having fun!

For the 2019 Active Roster – Please see official PCL Rosters Spreadsheet

                                                                     Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1, vs. L

Lineup 2, vs. L

Lineup 3, vs. R

Lineup 4, vs. R

Lineup 5, vs. R

6

Turner

6

Turner

6

Turner

 

 

6

Turner

3

Freeman*

3

Freeman*

8

Acuna

 

 

9

Acuna

7

Acuna

9

Acuna

3

Freeman*

 

 

3

Freeman*

5

Machado

5

Machado

5

Machado

 

 

5

Machado

4

Gennett*

4

Gennett*

4

Gennett*

 

 

4

Gennett*

2

Hundley

2

Hundley

7

Span*

 

 

8

Grichuk

8

Grichuk

8

Grichuk

2

Molina

 

 

7

Span*/Williams*

9

Souza

7

Span*

9

Williams*

 

 

2

Molina

 

Heaney, Bumgarner, Montgomery, Matz, Freeland, Paxton, Happ, Miley, Sale, Holland, and Quintana.

 

Elias, E.Rodriguez, Strahm, Hill, Kershaw, Lester, Ryu, and Wood.

 

(Erlin and Newcomb, if Bob brings them up too)

 

Williams, Chacin, Mikolas, Wright, Degrom, Nova, Strasburg, Archer, D.Rodriguez, Teheran, Arrieta, Eflin, Ross, Castillo, Musgrove, Lopez, Syndergaard, Taillon, Pena, Porcello, Godley, and Martinez - and Senzatela.

 

 

Buchholz, Lugo, Stripling, Gant, Hernandez, Maeda, Anderson, Buehler, Richards, Roark, Morton, Pivetta, Verlander, Greinke, Flaherty, Nola, Foltynewicz, Glasnow, Scherzer, Wheeler, Wacha, Eovaldi,   McCullers and Barria.

Additional Notes on Lineups

Guidelines on Positions

WHEN YOUR LEFTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
Hundley exits immediately – do not wait for his turn at bat. Souza can stay in (1) with any lead, or (2) if batting without runners in scoring position – otherwise replace with Span. After the 7th Best Defense is priority with any lead, best match-up dictates if tied or trailing.

WHEN YOUR RIGHTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
Pull Williams at next at bat if facing a lefty reliever using best pinch-hit option and replace with Span defensively. Everyone else stays put. In the 8th and 9th Best Defense is priority with any lead, best match-up dictates if tied or trailing.

In the 6th and 7th
Same “auto pulls” on Hundley and Williams if facing a righty/lefty reliever; Best Match-up with a 2-run lead, tied or trailing.

Double-Switching
We do not do this.

Defense Matrix – Best Defense in Bold – Look to use in the 8th inning with a lead


C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Molina

Freeman

Gennett

Turner

Machado

Acuna

Grichuk

Souza

Hundley

 

Flores

 

Moran

Span

Acuna

Grichuk

 

 

 

 

Flores

 

 

Williams

MISCELLANEOUS

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting / Pinch running

 

Pitching Rotation

 

YOUR GAMES (played at your park)

 

 

My Games (played in The Black Diamond)

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

BAG

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

 

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Gausman

 

CDS

Hamels

Hendricks

Gausman

 

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hamels

 

HAW

Hamels

Hendricks

Gausman

 

 

Marquez

Hamels

Gausman

 

LVB

Marquez

Hendricks

Hamels

 

 

Marquez

Hamels

Gausman

 

SBM

Hamels

Hendricks

Gausman

 

 

Marquez

Hamels

Gausman

 

SCT

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

 

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hamels

 

UTP

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

 

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hamels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVISIONAL AWAY GAMES

 

Divisional Home Games

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

AZL

Hamels

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hamels

Hellickson

Gausman

AGN

Marquez

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

Gausman

LAN

Hamels

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

Hamels

PBC

Marquez

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hamels

Hellickson

Gausman

STL

Hamels

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hendricks

Hellickson

Hamels

VBS

Marquez

Hellickson

Hendricks

Gausman

 

Marquez

Hamels

Hellickson

Gausman

 

Managing the Starters

The goal with any of the starters is to get us through the first few innings without too much damage. We may get a good outing once in a while where the starter goes deep, but it likely will not happen too often. These guys can be pulled at any time – not just when they hit “dots” and no one takes one “for the team”. You manage them similar to Coors Field – the goal is to “stay in touch” through the first 3-4-5 innings, but after that you can hit the pen really hard. Leads of 3 runs or less after 5 innings need to be managed by the bullpen in most cases. It is a combination of being a bit patient, but willing to pull the trigger before the starter gives up a three-run homer to put it out of reach.

Starting Pitcher Overview

Germain Marquez
196 IP

He is the most expensive starter we have, but actually the #3 guy. He is always the #1 in the series rotation because of his #8 hitting card – so do not pinch-hit for him, even if you plan on pulling him for the next inning. Really, really tough on the righties but if you have 4 or more lefties in the lineup it will be a shorter outing. Only 7 road starts.

Kyle Hendricks
199 IP

He is the #1 just does not have a #1 card. Still he is the guy we hope gets us through 5-6 innings with every start. A bit tougher on lefties and the patience factor is dependent on the availability in the pen, especially in the 4-game sets. He is the “horse” you can go an extra batter to.

Cole Hamels
191 IP

A solid lefty – and a lefty. So, with only 7 starts on the road his instruction is similar to Hendricks because hopefully he is spotted correctly – just a little less patience. Typically 5-6 innings is as much as we can reasonably hope for.

Kevin Gausman
184 IP

Always last in the rotation, so you will know what you have available in the bullpen to provide the required relief. No patience with this guy. He may surprise us with a good start or two, but I would prefer you hit the pen really hard. Rule of 4 applies here with anything less than a 3-run lead.

Jeremy Hellickson
91 IP

Actually for a #5 starter… Same instruction as Hendricks, though a little less patience against the predominant righty lineups. 5-6 innings is a good start.

Specific innings limitations

All the starters can complete games with big leads, but they are also all out after 6 innings with leads of 3 runs or less. At best, they can go batter-by-batter until someone gets on after 6.

 

 

Managing the Bullpen

They are way stronger than the starters and have over 420 innings to use. We will use them. How I will use the pen in Chicago’s home games may be different than the instruction, below, so do not use any of your team’s away games with me as a guide rather follow as best the instruction below. Trying to make this as user friendly as possible.

The starters have a lot of innings – do not let that lull you into staying with them longer than necessary. We do not give in early in the game – go ahead and keep moving pitchers in and out as necessary to keep the game close enough for our offense to show up. The individual instruction, below, should guide your decisions. It is all about staying close through 6 innings and then doing whatever we can do to shut the door in the latter third and give our offense a chance. I want you to hit the bullpen early and hard.

Relief Pitcher Overview

Closer

Jared Hughes (78 IP) is the “closer”. He is the workhorse in the pen. He comes in at any time to start the 8th or can come in to the 9th in save situations. I will give you leave to use him in the 7th as long as the plan is to try to get him through the 8th and into the 9th before turning it over to one of the “Stoppers” in the 9th.

Set-up / Middle Relief and “Stoppers”

The “Stopper” can be used almost at any time and any of these three can fill a late inning closer role if needed. So basically it is innings 4 through 8 and even the 9th if Hughes is unavailable. They all have plenty of innings – and there is a lot of versatility to match against your lineups. Earlier in the game expect them to go an inning “plus” even longer against a favorable lineup. Later it can be more to the batter matchups.

Brad Hand (72 IP) is the lefty stopper. He strikes out a lot of opposing hitters. He can face a righty or two as well but not a whole string of them in a small park for righty hitters.

Joaqim Soria (61 IP) is the righty stopper against predominant righty lineups. He keeps the ball in the park. He can face a lefty or two in a string of righties. He is the first choice to close when Hughes is not available unless it is against a heavy lefty lineup.

Alex Colome (68 IP) is the righty stopper against predominant lefty lineups. He can face a righty or two in a string of lefties, but more cautious in small parks for righties.

Situational versus the Lefty

Adam Conley (51 IP) is the early lefty I have in the pen but no restrictions on him facing a right-handed hitter or two – just try to avoid big mashers and of course the diamond issue in smaller parks. He can be used anywhere – just a batter or a partial inning facing a tough lefty stretch. He is also the mop-up guy in blow-outs – which should not happen often!

Situational versus the Righty

Nick Wittgren (34 IP) is the situational “stopper” for the Sox. Only 34 innings he is a guy to shut down a rally against the righty hitters, and can face a lefty or two, but due to the innings limitation is used generally for shorter work. He keeps the ball in the park – great guy for the smaller parks.

Early Relief

Shane Carle (63 IP) a solid righty and very well balanced. He is not a mop-up, just his role is earlier in the contest. He also keeps the ball in the park. Carle can be used early – as first guy in – or in the early part of the middle innings to bridge to one of the stoppers.

 

”If you come to play ball in The Black Diamond, you better bring your sticks”

Four-time Paradise Canyon League Champions!

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

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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