2020 Instructions                      

Peb got shuffled into the West in the PCL’s latest restructure, which was very unfortunate considering the other teams’ talent. The singers are very righthanded with hitting this year which will help in selected parks, but they will need solid starts and effective relief to give them a shot at a winning record. I don’t think they could make it if it was a 162 game season, but dice and cards have a strange way in shorter seasons. Longer way of saying they need luck!

Hitting
                                                             Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1, vs. L

Lineup 2, vs. L

Lineup 3, vs. L

Lineup 4, vs. R

Lineup 5, vs. R

Lineup 6, vs. R

4

A Cabrera

 

 

 

 

4

A Cabrera

4

Solano/A Cabrera (a)

4

Solano

7

Ervin

 

 

 

 

9

Joyce

9

Joyce

6

Segura

2

Murphy

 

 

 

 

5

Anderson

5

Anderson

5

Anderson

3

Alonso

 

 

 

 

3

Alonso

3

Alonso

3

Alonso

9

Braun

 

 

 

 

2

McCann

7

Braun

7

Braun

6

Segura

 

 

 

 

7

M Cabrera

6

Segura

8

Cain

8

Cain

 

 

 

 

8

Cain

2

McCann

2

Murphy

5

Seager

 

 

 

 

6

Segura

8

Cain

9

Joyce

All lefties

N/A

N/A

Alcantara, Desclafani, Lyles, DakHudson,

deGrom, SGray, Yamamoto, Archer, Syndergaard, Lamet, Mikolas, Castillo, Darvish, Musgrove, Teheran, Davies, Marquez, Maeda, JGray, Samardzija, Eflin, Scherzer, Wheeler, Paddack, Bauer, Stroman

Folty, Greinke, Leake, Peralta, Canning, McHugh, Glasnow, Strasburg, Hendricks, Buehler, Gallen

Notes on Lineups:
In Lineup #5, Asdrubel Cabrera starts at LVB, SBM, STL, UTP and VBS. Solano starts the other venues

Guidelines on Positions
       

 

WHEN YOUR LEFTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
If I am way ahead and you do have a later lefty reliever available, then Seager and Ervin can stay in and there are no other changes either. If it is close or if you have no lefty relievers, then go ahead and make the platoon switches at those two spots. Later in a close game, get the best COMPARE option.

WHEN YOUR RIGHTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
Murphy comes in at C, Seager at 3B and Ervin to RF if the game is close. No changes if I am way up. Otherwise, wait until later in the game to get the best COMPARE option.

Double-Switching
I like this with Happ, but also in general if you have switched arms.

Defense Matrix – When possible and with a late lead,I would like Murphy at C, Solano at 2B and Ervin in RF. Don’t worry about the other positions, except get Melky out of there with any lead after 6.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting / Pinch running

 

Pitching

Starting Rotation

 

ROAD GAMES YOU PLAY

 

 

Home Games – I Play

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

BAG

Paxton

Weaver

 Soroka

 

 

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

PBC

 XXXXX

XXXXX 

XXXXX 

 

 

XXXXX 

XXXXX 

XXXXX 

 

SBM

Paxton

Nola

 Weaver

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

SCT

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

 

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

LVB

Paxton

Nola

Weaver 

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

UTP

Paxton

Nola

Weaver 

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

LAN

Paxton 

Nola

Weaver

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

CDS

Paxton 

Nola

Woodruff 

 

 

Paxton

Soroka

Woodruff

 

CHI

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

 

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

AGN

Soroka

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

 

Paxton

Nola 

Woodruff 

 

STL

Paxton

Nola

Strahm

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

VBS

Paxton

Nola

Woodruff

 

 

Paxton 

Soroka

Woodruff

 

 

 

 

 

Divisional Games – ROAD GAMES

 

Divisional Games – Home Games

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

BAG

 Soroka

Nola 

 Weaver

 Paxton

 

 Soroka

Nola 

 Weaver

 Woodruff

SBM

 Soroka

Nola 

 Weaver

 Paxton

 

 Soroka

Nola 

 Woodruff

 Paxton

SCT

 Soroka

Nola 

 Weaver

 Woodruff

 

 Soroka

Nola 

 Weaver

 Woodruff

Starters Summary

Pretty solid starting rotation and huge quantity of innings in pen. Nola is the workhorse, but I like to make frequent changes to try to take advantage of splits from the 6th or 7th inning, so complete games will be rare for the others.

Starting Pitcher Notes


Aaron Nola 202 IP

So, Aaron graduated but I got him back…twice the salary for ½ the card. Hmmm. Pedestrian year but hopefully an innings eater. He goes 20 times, but he is not “long and hard” anymore. Goes until dots, but batter by batter in the 7th if it is close. PH for him in the 7th or 8th if we are tied or down. Only pitches into 8th if we are way up, and I don’t envision complete games since he would be in dots in the 9th.

James Paxton 160 IP

LEFTY starter, also goes 19 times. Goes until dots, but batter by batter in the 6th if it is close. PH for him in the 6th or 7th if we are tied or down. Never pitches 8th as he since he would be in dots. Because of the diamonds v righty hitters, I tried to keep him out of most bandboxes, but he is still going at BAG, LAN and UTP. Quick hook in those parks where going 4-5 innings is the expectation, especially since he is only a “5 inning” SP. The other way he gets yanked before dots is when a Ly crusher (JD Martinez types, (you know who you are), as well as “4L” or greater hitters. If a bop makes a difference in the game, we need to either intentionally walk him (if possible and makes sense), or find a Ry reliever. Long way of saying “don’t let a Ly masher beat him”.

Mike Soroka 175 IP

20 starts and same notes as Nola.  I would hate to see a stack of lefty hitters in the 7th or 8th. 

Brandon Woodruff 122 IP

20 starts and same notes as Nola and Soroka, except that the 122 innings means strict 6 inning max. Might not need to PH for him in top of 6th as he is a 4 hitter.

Luke Weaver 64 IP

10 starts with an excellent card, but 64 innings mean he is also on a strict 7 inning limit. OK to PH for him in top of 7th if we need to get something going

Matt Strahm 115 IP

Matt’s notes are primarily below under relievers, but I elected to give him one start at STL. Ken, 5 whole innings would be delightful but not necessary. The diamonds don’t hurt as much in your park, but his total bases are ugly, so go for the “quick hook mentality”, and same notes as Paxton above.

Specific innings limitations

When applicable, it is referenced above. I don’t leave a starter in even if he is pitching a no-no. Tough noogies.

 

Bullpen

Peb’s pen has 297 innings plus Strahm’s 115 for those out of control games.


Closer

Geovanny Gallegos (74 IP) was very expensive, but he is my shut down guy and with all those innings, you can use him as a 2-inning closer.

Lefty Set-up/co-closer  

Felipe Vazquez (60 IP) also has a pretty tough card (for his final year before a life of jail bars). He can close, setup or even come in earlier to shut down an early fire.

Situational - Righty gets the Ry

Robert Stephenson (65 IP) is tough on Rys (the initial reason you would go to him, but he is decent enough against lefties that is ok to whether those hitters. Just not a string of 4-5 in a row. He is also the setup/closer when Gallegos and Vazquez are not available.

Situational - Righty gets the Ly

Austin Adams (32 IP) is nails against lefty hitters, but the innings restriction means he must be used to shut down a mid-game fire and then get out of there. One inning’ish per series.

Long/Mop

John Gant (66 IP) is better v righty hitters but all those walks keep him away from late game nail biters. Mostly he is the long man in the middle of a game. He can also be a mop if Strahm is not available. Same notes for lefty, Matt Strahm (115 IP), except that he is also used late in games as a “5 hitting PH option. Strahm is more the mop and Gant is more the long man.

Have fun!

 

 
 

 

 

 

2019 PCL Awards:

2020 PCL Tournament Champs: Bay Area Giants

2019 Champs: Las Vegas Bandits

2019 MVP Voting:

MVP: Ronald Acuna, CHI

Cy Young: Jacob deGrom, LAN

2019 ALL STARS:

C: Wilson Ramos, AGN

1b: Tie: Freddie Freeman, CHI and David Freeze, BAG

2b: Jose Altuve, Utah

SS: Trevor Story, SCT

3b: Alex Bregman, Utah

OF: Ronald Acuna, CHI

OF: Mookie Betts, CDS

OF: JD Martinez, AGN

Manager: Gordon

GM: Gordon

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