Hawaii Ali’iAlii

2018 Season Instructions

 

Welcome to Hawaii baseball in 2018! Welcome to the new home ballpark of the Alii, Thunderstruck! A trip to Phoenix this pre-season did the Alii some good. For once the GM did not mess up his auction and now it is up to “CM” to bring it all home.

Offensively this team is all about balance. A lot of on base and an ability to run can put some pressure on the defense – and hopefully with every lineup having 35+ in diamonds, a big fly here and there can make the difference. We do not move a lot of guys in and out during the game. Generally speaking the same guys that start will finish it out hopefully making the Home Team Manager’s job easy from the offense side of things.

For our pitching I think the key - as with every team - will be using the bullpen effectively. I do not have any visions of any starter getting easily through the 7th – maybe Greinke - who leads off in all road 3-game series. Everyone else is a pretty quick hook. After watching the CHI/HAW games, starter “management” is really important. The back end of the bullpen should be used extensively when the game is close.

2018 Active Roster

Hitters                                                                   Pitchers         


Catchers:

 

 

Starters:

 

Yadier Molina

 

 

Zack Greinke

 

Jorge Alfaro

 

 

Jose Urena

 

 

 

 

Antonio Senzatela

 

Infielders:

 

 

Rich Hill

 

Ryan Zimmerman

 

 

Patrick Corbin

 

Adam Lind

 

 

 

 

Dee Gordon

 

 

Bullpen:

 

Kolten Wong

 

 

Fernando Rodney

 

Eugenio Suarez

 

 

Wade Davis

 

Brandon Crawford

 

 

Arodys Vizcaino

 

Miguel Rojas

 

 

Andrew Chafin

 

 

 

 

Raisel Iglesias

 

Outfielders:

 

 

Michael Lorenzen

 

Charlie Blackmon

 

 

 

 

Marcell Ozuna

 

 

 

 

Bryce Harper

 

 

 

 

Adam Duvall

 

 

 

 

Scott Schebler

 

 

 

 

Minors at Hanalei Cove


Brandon Drury

 

 

Alex Reyes (IR)

 

J.P. Crawford

 

 

Will Smith (IR)

 

 

 

 

Vince Velazquez

 

Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1 v. Left

Lineup 2 v. Left

Lineup 3 v. Right

Lineup 4 v. Right

Lineup 5 v. Right

4

Wong

4

Gordon

4

Gordon

4

Gordon

4

Gordon

5

Suarez

5

Suarez

5

Suarez

5

Suarez

5

Suarez

9

Harper

9

Harper

9

Harper

9

Harper

9

Harper

8

Blackmon

3

Zimmerman

7

Ozuna

7

Ozuna

7

Ozuna

3

Zimmerman

8

Ozuna

8

Blackmon

8

Blackmon

3

Zimmerman

7

Schebler

7

Duvall

3

Zimmerman

3

Lind

8

Blackmon

2

Molina

2

Molina

6

Crawford/Rojas (b)

6

Crawford

6

Rojas

6

Crawford

6

Crawford/Rojas(a)

2

Molina

2

Molina

2

Molina

Versus:
Kershaw, Ray, Paxton, and Montgomery.

Versus:
Bumgarner, Hamels, Happ, Wood, Lester, and Quintana.

Versus:
All Right Handed Pitchers Not Listed in Lineups 4 or 5

Versus:
AZL, BAG, STL, Roark, Williams, Kuhl, Darvish, E.Ramirez, Nova, and Scherzer.

Versus:
Anderson, Delgado, Davies, Weaver, Gray, and Norris.

Notes on Lineups:

Positions / Platoons / Injury Situations

We really do not have much in the way of platoons. Injury moves and back-ups are as follows:

 

Double-Switch Options
 C – Alfaro for Molina, per the above.
1B – Zimmerman/Lind/Duvall/Rojas – but only when trailing. If leading, please err for best defense.
More Injury Comments
See above individual comments, but the biggest injury concern for the lineup would be Harper. If he goes down move Blackmon to bat 3rd, everyone else moving up, and either Duvall or Schebler to LF batting 6th (Ozuna to RF). With everyone else just use your best judgment using the above guidelines.

Early Exits
The Lefty Starter: Duvall and Schebler exit at their next at bat (unless facing a lefty reliever). No other changes.

The Righty Starter (for a lefty reliever): The only place to look is at 1B or SS, and the only reason to make a move is if it is a big at-bat to break the game open (in other words a runner or two on base, and hopefully in scoring position). Pinch-hit with the best hitter option then replace the position per the above direction. Otherwise everyone just stays put.

After the 7th: Always best defense with a lead, consider pinch-hit for catcher/shortstop if trailing (above).

BEST DEFENSE (in bold)


C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Molina

Zimmerman

Gordon

Crawford

Suarez

Ozuna

Blackmon

Harper

Alfaro

Rojas

Wong

Rojas

Rojas

Duvall

Harper

Ozuna

 

Duvall

Rojas

Suarez

 

Schebler

Ozuna

Schebler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing the Ali’i

Situational Strategies

PITCHING

Pitching Rotation

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ROAD GAMES YOU PLAY

 

 

Home Games – I Play

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

BAG

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

 

Hill

Urena

Senzatela

 

LVB

Greinke

Urena

Corbin

 

 

Corbin

Urena

Senzatela

 

SBM

Greinke

Senzatela

Corbin

 

 

Corbin

Urena

Senzatela

 

SCT

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

 

Greinke

Urena

Senzatela

 

AZL

Greinke

Senzatela

Corbin

 

 

Greinke

Urena

Corbin

 

AUG

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

 

Greinke

Urena

Hill

 

LAN

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

 

Greinke

Urena

Hill

 

HAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHI

Hill

Senzatela

Corbin

 

 

Hill

Urena

Senzatela

 

PBC

Greinke

Hill

Urena

 

 

Hill

Urena

Senzatela

 

STL

Greinke

Hill

Corbin

 

 

Hill

Urena

Corbin

 

VBS

Greinke

Hill

Urena

 

 

Hill

Urena

Senzatela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

AZL

Urena

Greinke

Corbin

Senzatela

 

Corbin

Greinke

Urena

Senzatela

AUG

Urena

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

Hill

Greinke

Urena

Senzatela

LAN

Urena

Greinke

Hill

Senzatela

 

Hill

Greinke

Urena

Senzatela

Starts:  Greinke (20); Urena (20); Senzatela (20); Hill (19); Corbin (11)

Managing the Starters

The “Ace” is Greinke but after that we will have a pretty quick hook for the rest. All the starters including Greinke need to be “cruising” (big leads late) in order to complete games. As they are not expected to go past 7 innings there should not be any usage issues to concern yourself with for the starters. Greinke leads off in all 3-game series on the road which hopefully give us 6-7 innings of work, leaving the starters in games 2 and 3 to go anywhere from 4 to 6 innings. Use a quick hook for games 2 and 3 and do not wait until “tired” or “dots” to pull the starter. There is no “rule of 4”- we can score runs but the goal is to stay in touch (not trail by 3 or more runs) so out at the first sign of trouble after the 4th. No one takes one for the team – that is what Lorenzen and Iglesias are for. Individual starter instructions as follows.

Starter Notes:

Zack Greinke (202 IP) – Long and Hard. He is the ace of the staff and only comes out before the 7th if “tired” or in danger of giving up a really big inning that can put the game out of reach. He can complete games when cruising with a big lead, but I do not want him to face a “masher” late in the game if it represents the tying run. Patience early as his card values should allow him to go deeper in games, but do not let it get away in the latter third of the game.
Jose Urena (170 IP) – Only six starts on the road. Solid and balanced starter just occasionally leaves one up and over the plate. Do not expect him to go deep into games. He always pitches with a healthy bullpen behind him so 6 innings is great work – and if he starts the 7th then there was divine intervention. In any close game look to pinch-hit for him after 5 or 6 innings of work. An automatic pull when tired.

Rich Hill (136 IP) – A lefty that is lights out against the righty hitter, but a relative disaster against the lefty hitter. So, if you have more than three lefties in the lineup he will probably have a shorter leash. Have patience with him through the first 5 innings but after that you can look to the pen in close games. Rare for him to go too far beyond 6 or 7 innings unless he has a lead of three runs or more. Never faces the left hand hitting tying run after 6 innings of work. An automatic pull when tired.

Antonio Senzatela (135 IP) – Going 5 to 6 innings is a good outing. Similar instruction as to Urena. He can start the 7th with a lead of 4 runs or more, but quick hook if a runner or two gets on and never faces the tying run in the 7th or tying run on deck after that. An automatic pull when tired.

Patrick Corbin (190 IP) – A decent lefty starter (is there such a thing?) but he does not go deep in games. Five innings is a solid outing and he should not start the 7th unless he has a real, real big lead. A quick hook is fine and you do not need to wait until he is tired to pull – do not let the game get away early. He is batter-by-batter after the 4th. Typically Iglesias or Lorenzen are first in for him.

 

Managing the Bullpen

We have 6 relievers to use but 380 innings worth of relief. Generally speaking if we have a lead in the bottom of the 6th we will want to start looking at the bullpen to close it out. Using 4 relievers in a game is probably more the norm than it is the exception – and we can go a batter or two at a time.

It is a pretty simple template to follow. Vizcaino and Chafin are the guys to “stop the rally” at any time in the game, and especially in innings 6 to 8. Lorenzen and Iglasias are the longer work guys (though there may be situations where the former two and go an inning + in a game). Davis and Rodney are there to close it out. Just be aware of what relievers you use early in the series so we still have reasonable “options” in Game 3 (or 4). That is why Greinke leads off every series – hopefully given a little rope he can get us into the 7th saving a bit of bullpen. Individual use guidelines, below.

Bullpen Notes:

Fernando Rodney (55 IP)

He is our closer. He comes in at any time in the 8th or starts the 9th in all save situations. No 2-inning saves so he does not start the 8th.

Wade Davis (59 IP)

Davis is the 7th / 8th inning set-up guy and alternate closer. He also fills the “righty get lefty” role. Can pitch as early as the 6th, but generally he is reserved for the later innings.
 

Arodys Vizcaino (57 IP)

A “lights out” guy against the righty, he has a bit of a walk issue against the lefty hitters. He is a short-work guy as a “1” inning reliever so typically he is used to stop a rally or come in where you anticipate two of the next three hitters to be right handed. Can be used at any point in the game.

Andrew Chafin (51 IP)

Only lefty in the pen. Can come into the game at any time and because he is a “1” inning guy generally anticipate shorter work (only an inning + at a time). Faces line-ups where you anticipate two out of the next three hitters are left handed or less effective versus the lefty. Can face a righty hitter or two but not a string of them.
 

Raisel Iglesias (76 IP)

Another “lights out” guy against the righty but generally goes when you need extended work (multiple innings) so he will come in at earlier points in the game. Even having said that he can be used at any point in the game as needed. He would typically be first guy in when Corbin or Senzatela is the starter. Also another “closer” against righty lineups.

Michael Lorenzen (83 IP)

The long guy and/or mop-up reliever. Still a decent card he pitches in the earlier parts of the game – usually first in after the rally has been stopped but still in the early part of the game. Typically the first guy in if we have an early exit by Hill or Urena.

                                                                                                                                                       
Aloha!

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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