Pebble Beach Resorts - Host of the 2010 and 2019 U.S. Open

2018 Instructions

Peb managed to have the best non-playoff team record last year, fading in the end. They are strongest this year in the bullpen (use them hard!), and they do have some boppers. Hopefully they will be in the mix for a playoff spot again this year.
As “orange face” often says: “we’ll see”. Hey, our team colors are orange!  We could use him as our mascot!

Hitting

Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1, vs. L

Lineup 2, vs. L

Lineup 3, vs. R

Lineup 4, vs. R

Lineup 5, vs. R

6

Segura

6

Segura

6

Sogard

6

Segura

6

Segura

7

Conforto

9

Santana

3

Belt

7

Conforto

7

Conforto

4

Lemahieu

4

Lamehieu

9

Santana

4

Lemahieu

4

Lemahieu

3

Santana

2

Castillo

7

Conforto

9

Santana

9

Santana

2

Castillo

7

Hernandez

4

Lamehieu

3

Belt

3

Belt

3

Belt

3

Aguilar

5

Happ

5

Happ/Sogard (a)

8

Pollock

8

Pollock

8

Pollock

8

Nimmo

8

Pollock/Nimmo (b)

5

Aguilar

5

Sogard

5

Happ

2

Knapp

2

Castillo/Knapp (c )

2

Castillo

Versus:
Kershaw, Paxton, Montgomery, Hill, Ryu

Versus:
Bumgarner, Happ, Ray, Hamels, Lester, Quintana, Wood, GGonzalez, Corbin

Versus:
Despaigne, Lamet, Roark, Williams, Darvish, E.Ramirez, Martinez, Nova, Stratton, Kuhl, Hernandez, Taillon, J.Ramirez, Scherzer, Arrieta

Versus:
All Right Handed Pitchers not listed in Lineups 3 or 5

Versus:
Delgado, Gray, Davies, Weaver, Norris, Hellickson, Greinke,  

Additional Notes on Lineup #4

Guidelines on Positions
We have only 13 position players this year, but lots of options at most positions (we have 4 utility players that play almost every position). The most frequent use is discussed below:

 

Overall, I have only 13 position players so we cannot do a lot of early switches:

WHEN YOUR LEFTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
For righty relievers entering the game within the first 4 innings, no changes unless you have no other lefty relievers. If you have no other lefty relievers or in the 5th or 6th, Hernandez is thanked and excused from 3B, and consider bringing in Belt for Aguilar if we are ahead.

WHEN YOUR RIGHTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
Castillo comes in for Knapp. At 1B, Belt stays in if it is close, but Aguilar subs in if we need to dig out of a big hole. Hernandez can come in if Sogard is playing 3B, and your lefty reliever kills lefty hitters.  Otherwise, wait until later in the game to get the best 3B COMPARE option.

Double-Switching
I like this to minimize the number of pinch hitters I must use for the pitcher’s batting slot. 3B and LF are the best spots.

Defense Matrix – Starters are listed first and the best defensive players are in bold. Subject to the above notes under Guidelines on Positions, look to move to the best defensive player with a lead of 3+ in the 7th, 2+ in the 8th, and any lead in the 9th. This strategy should include consideration of the player’s spot in the lineup favoring removal after a late AB:


C

1B

2B

SS

3B*

LF

CF

RF**

Castillo

Belt

Lemahieu

Segura

Hernandez

Conforto

Pollock

Santana

Knapp

Aguilar

Sogard

Sogard

Happ

Hernandez

Hernandez

Hernandez

 

Hernandez

Happ

Hernandez

Sogard

Nimmo

Happ

Happ

 

Knapp

Hernandez

 

Aguilar

Happ

Conforto

Conforto

 

 

 

 

Flores

Belt

Nimmo

Nimmo

(*) Don’t worry about 3B defense, it’s ugly no matter what you do. If Hernandez is available late and I am ahead, I would rather he play LF.
(**) Santana is not the best fielding RF, but he never comes out.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting / Pinch running

 

Pitching

Starting Rotation

 

YOUR GAMES (to play at your park)

 

 

My Games (played at The Clambake)

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

BAG

Wood

Godley

Nola

 

 

Nola

Wood

Davies

 

LVB

Wood

Godley

Davies

 

 

Nola

Wood

Kuhl

 

SBM

Wood

Godley

Davies

 

 

Godley

Wood

Nola

 

SCT

Nola

Godley

Davies

 

 

Kuhl

Nola

Davies

 

AZL

Wood

Godley

Davies

 

 

Nola

Wood

Davies

 

AUG

Nola

Godley

Kuhl

 

 

Nola

Wood

Kuhl

 

LAN

Wood

Godley

Davies

 

 

Kuhl

Wood

Davies

 

HAW

Wood

Godley

Davies

 

 

Nola

Wood

Kuhl

 

CHI

Nola

Godley

Davies

 

 

Kuhl

Wood

Davies

 

PBC

XXXXX

XXXXX

XXXXX

 

 

XXXXX

XXXXX

XXXXX

 

STL

Wood

Godley

Nola

 

 

Godley

Wood

Nola

 

VBS

Wood

Godley

Nola

 

 

Godley

Wood

Kuhl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divisional Games – AWAY GAMES

 

Divisional Games – Home Games

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

CHI

Nola

Godley

Kuhl

Davies

 

Nola

Godley

Kuhl

Davies

STL

Nola

Godley

Wood

Davies

 

Nola

Godley

Wood

Davies

VBS

Nola

Godley

Kuhl

Davies

 

Nola

Godley

Kuhl

Davies

# Starts:  Godley (20); Wood (20); Nola (20); Davies (18); Kuhl (12)

Starters Summary

I have Godley and Alex Wood who can go long, and the rest must be watched. (See bullpen notes below about the ocean of relief I have this year).  Nola can go deep, except at SBM or STL, and except against heavily lefty lineups (6 or more out of 9). Use the “PCL Rule” (i.e. PH in top of 4th, out if dots, pitched 4 innings, or if given up 4 runs) on Davies and Kuhl. All pitchers out if in dots. I envision Godley averaging 6.5 innings per game, 6 for Wood, 5.5 for Nola, and 4ish for Davies and Kuhl. I will PH for any pitcher in the 7th or later if we are losing, 6th or later with Nola against a big lefty lineup, and much earlier with Davies or Kuhl.

Starting Pitcher Notes


Zack Godley 155 IP

He is our #1 starter and he can go long and hard pitching until dots, or until late in a close game where his 3 diamond HRs v righties are scary in small parks with a Ry HR rating of 8 or more. In which case, if your bopper is up late (8th or 9th) in a tight game, consider going to the pen.

Alex Wood 152 IP

Very strong card, but he is a lefty. Beginning in the 6th and later, unless he is cruising, use the “2 out of 3” bullpen pitcher concept where we want to avoid pitching to a majority of crushers of lefties.

Aaron Nola 168 IP

Like last year Nola can hold his own against righty hitters, but lefties cause some trouble. He is capable of going deep, but should be closely monitored, beginning in the 6th and later, or if he is at SBM or STL. Again, the use of the “2 out of 3” rule should dictate avoidance of a majority of lefty hitters. Ok for him to go deep if you have 4 or fewer lefty hitters in the lineup.

Zack Davies 191 IP

Generally, use a quick hook attitude (“PCL Rule”) unless he is ahead and in a righty hitter bandbox (Ry BP HRs are 10+) where his 0 HRs and 0 BP HRs come in handy. Really hard for me to see him go into the 7th , ever. You can PH for him in the 6th or even earlier in tight games. He always pitches last, so bullpen availability will influence decisions as well. If I am decimated in the pen, Davies might have to go longer.

Chad Kuhl 157 IP

Chad is only pitching on the road at AGN, CHI and VBS. The “PCL Rule” use is the default usage rule here, unless he is cruising against AGN, or unless our pen got decimated in the first two games of the 4-game sets at VBS and CHI. Still a batter-by-batter decision after the 4th.

Specific innings limitations

None, but I can’t imagine it can ever be a good idea to let Kuhl or Davies go more than 7 innings, even if pitching a no-no.

 

Bullpen

I have 7 strong bullpen pitchers able to provide 440 innings of relief. In a 90-game league, there are only 810’ish total innings, and my pen is way stronger than my 3rd, 4th and 5th starters. So please hit the pen hard unless Zach Godley is cruising. Even though there no innings limitations with my starters, 5-6 innings out of any of them would be great. Many of the below listed relievers are “specialists”, so there are lots of “2 out of 3” type decisions and so 3-4 relievers per game should be the guideline.


Closer

Matt Albers (61 IP) when a Ry is preferred, and Felipe Rivero (75 IP) can set up or close games when a Ly is better. Either can go for a 2-inning save. Use and abuse these boys.

Righty Set-up  

Corey Knebel (76 IP) can work middle or late relief, particularly against predominantly Ly lineups. He is decent against Rys too, so it is ok to have him face some Rys. His weakness is with free passes combined with his +9 hold, so it would be good to avoid multiple speedsters.

Situational - Righty gets the Ry

Sam Tuivailala (42 IP). 4th best reliever and good balanced card other than that he yields bops to Lys, so be careful at BAG, CHI and LAN. Low innings means usually only 1 inning per game.  He can come in early to stop a rally, or he is the default setup /closer when the above three are unavailable.

Situational - Righty gets the Ly

Luke Weaver (60 IP) is nails against heavy Ly lineups, but his “8L” rating means he should not really face multiple Rys, especially in parks where the diamond HR is 8 or more.

Lefty

Brian Duensing (62 IP) is the second Ly in the pen (after Rivero) and decently balanced, so he is a good long man for innings 4-6.  He can also set up later if that’s who we are down to.

Long Man or Mop

Pedro Baez (64 IP) got demoted and promoted several times in the hours after the auction ended. At this point, I wish I had kept another hitter instead, but there you go. Use when the game is out of control, or his “3L” gives him some value against a Ly hitter or two.  Try to avoid Rys, though, if I am still in the game.

 

2017 PCL Awards:

2017 Champs:Chicago Black Sox

2017 MVP Voting:

MVP: Mike Trout, BAG

Cy Young: Tie. Noah Syndergaard, AZL and Kyle Hendricks, AGN

2017 ALL STARS:

C: Yadier Molina, HAW

1b: Miguel Cabrera, STL

2b: Robinson Cano, LVB

SS: Cory Seager, LAN

3b: Nolan Arenado, LAN

OF: Mike Trout, BAG

OF: Trea Turner, CHI

OF: Ryan Braun, AGN

Manager: Bob

GM: Jim

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