PCL 2018 Champion Santa Barbara Mooners

PCL 2018

2018 Instructions

Last year we rebuilt. It appears we made it about 2/3 of the way. We should be .500+ and be making a run for the final playoff spot. The problem is that SCT and HAW may both be better than the Mooners. We shall see. Pitching is the name of the game, with lots of singles. Have fun!
Strategy for Road Play
Pitching is the key, scratch out every run possible, and try not to beat me too bad. LOL!
2018 Active Roster
Pitchers:


Name

L/R

MLT

Grad

Comments

Clayton Kershaw

L

LAN

2019+

$36  148 innings

Yu Darvish

R

LAD

2020

$40 187 innings

Erasmo Ramirez

R

SEA

2021

$1 131 innings

Dan Straily

R

CIN

2020

$7 182 innings

Robbie Ray

L

ARZ

2020

$1 162 innings

Edwin Diaz

R

SEA

2020

$19

Pat Neshek

R

COL

2019

$21

Matt Bowman

R

STL

2018

$15

Jake McGee

L

COL

2021

$5

Chase Bradford

R

NYN

2021

$1 34 innings

Sergio Romo

R

SFN

2018

$2

Kyle Crick

R

SFN

2021

$1 32 innings

Hitters:


Name

L/R

MLT

Grad

Comments

Travis d’Arnaud

R

NYN

2018*

$2

Willson Contreras

R

CHI

2020

$18

Freddie Freeman

L

ATL

2018*

$25

Carlos Asuaje

L

SDN

2021

$1

Howie Kendrick

R

LAN

2020

$1

Didi Gregorus

L

ARZ

2018*

$5

Travis Shaw

L

MIL

2021

$6

Derek Dietrich

L

MIA

2019

$2

Eduardo Nunez

R

SFN

2020

$3

Manual Margot

R

SDN

2021

$4

Jarod Dyson

L

SEA

2021

$1

Raimel Tapia

L

COL

2021

$2

Jon Jay

L

STL

2018*

$1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minors:


Hernan Perez

R

MIL

2020

$1

Jaime Garcia

R

STL

M

$1

David Dahl

L

COL

2020

$12 IR

Cameron Maybin

R

ATL

2019+

$1

Matt Adams

L

ATL

M

$1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injury Backup

infield

So many choices, use compare

outfield

So many choices, use compare

 

 

Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1, vs. L

Lineup 2, vs. L

Lineup 3 vs. R

Lineup 4, vs. R

Lineup 5, vs. R

Lineup 6, vs. R

8

Margot

 

 

8

Dyson

8

Dyson

 

 

 

 

9

Jay

 

 

9

Jay

9

Kendrick

 

 

 

 

7

Kendrick

 

 

5

Shaw

3

Freeman

 

 

 

 

3

Freeman

 

 

3

Freeman

2

Contreras

 

 

 

 

2

Contreras

 

 

7

Nunez*

5

Shaw

 

 

 

 

4

Nunez

 

 

6

Gregorius

7

Nunez*

 

 

 

 

5

Dietrich

5

D’Arnaud

2

Contreras

6

Gregorius

 

 

 

 

6

Gregorius

 

 

4

Asuaje

4

Asuaje

 

 

 

 

Use vs.
HOME and road except lineup 2

Use vs:
SCT, PBC,

Use vs
HOME and at AZL, STL,VBS

Use vs: SCT, AUG, PBC, CHI, LAN, HAW,LVB,BAG

Use vs.

Use vs: VBS

*Nunez and Tapia

In lineup 3 and 4, compare Nunez and Tapia. If Tapia is better, then go with him. Limit Tapia to 8 AB’s per road series.

Strategy vs lefty
We have tons of on base, so we should have lots of base runners. For the most part, just let them get on base and hope a hit brings some home. Nunez, Kendrick and Margot can run.

Strategy vs righty
Still a lot of on base, but we can run a bit more. Dyson, Kendrick, Nunez, Tapia, even Shaw. Try to run, think to bunt a guy over, try the hit and run when a runner held on makes him a B.

 

1B Freeman is the guy. Do not remove him. Kendrick(vs lefty) and Shaw(vs righty) main backups

2B Asuaje vs. righty. Nunez vs the lefty

SS Gregorius all day every day. Nunez can back up

3B Shaw vs righty, Dietrich vs the lefty. D’Arnaud play at SCT and PBC vs lefty. Replace with Shaw if lefty comes out.

C Contreras all day every day. D’Arnaud backs up.

LF Nunez, Kendrick, and Tapia will all see time here. Limit Tapia to 8 AB’s per road series.

CF Margot vs lefty, Dyson vs righty

RF Jay plays most of the time and is balanced. Kendrick also plays here, but if I have a lead after 6 innings then remove him for Jay.

OF In general, Jay plays most of the time. Dyson splits center with Margot. If they both end up leaving, Jay goes to CF. The trio in LF: whoever doesn’t start can be used to PH and create double switches. Just keep in mind that Nunez backs up SS, so he is the main guy. He can move around during the game from LF/RF, to 2B or 3B as needed

 

Platoon / Injury Lots of guys have injuries, but we are VERY versatile. So use compare. The only position without lots of backup is SS, where Nunez backs up. So when he starts, he should stay in, just in case. But he can move around to multiple positions.

Do not remove: Freeman, Gregorius, Contreras once in the game

Rarely remove: Kendrick, Jay

Always remove: Dyson vs a lefty

What to do in the 7th, because Bob asked!
If I have a 2+ run lead in the top of the 7th, bring Margot in to LF, Dyson in CF if available.

Player Usage Limitations:
Asuaje has only 307 AB’s, but only plays vs righty and bats 8th, so he should be fine. Tapia only has 160 AB’s, so if he starts, remove him in blow outs. Lots of injuries, but lots of backups, so we will be ok.

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting

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C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Contreras

Freeman

Asuaje

Gregorius

Shaw

Starter

Dyson

Jay

D’Arnuad

Shaw

Nunez

Nunez

Dietrich

Margot

Margot

Jay

 

Kendrick

Kendrick

 

Nunez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intentional Walks

Not a fan of this. Only for the monsters like Trout.

 

Pitching Rotation

You play these

 

Road Games

 

 

Home Games

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

BAG*

Ramirez

Darvish

Straily

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

LVB

Ramirez

Darvish

Straily

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

SBM

None

none

none

 

 

none

none

none

 

SCT

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

AZL*

Straily

Ray

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Kershaw

Straily

 

AUG

Ramirez

Darvish

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Ramirez

 

HAW

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Straily

 

LAN

Ramirez

Kershaw

Straily

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Ramirez

 

CHI*

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Straily

 

PBC*

Ray

Straily

Kershaw

 

 

Ray

Darvish

Straily

 

STL

Ray

Straily

Kershaw

 

 

Ramirez

Kershaw

Straily

 

VBS

Ramirez

Ray

Straily

 

 

Ray

Kershaw

Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

SCT

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

Straily

 

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

Straily

LVB

Ramirez

Kershaw

Darvish

Straily

 

Ramirez

Darvish

Kershaw

Straily

BAG*

Ramirez

Kershaw

Darvish

Straily

 

Ray

Darvish

Kershaw

Straily

Kershaw 20, Straily 18, Darvish 20, Ray 20, Ramirez 12

 

Starter#1 Kershaw
(long and hard)

148 innings and is a stud vs righty. Gets hurt by the lefty. Should average 7-8 innings a start. Once you get into the 7th, you can pull him if he has given up 4 runs, goes into dots, or the bullpen is better with a left-handed lefty masher like Votto or Harper up. The only time he should pitch the 9th is a no-no. 8 innings max otherwise.

Starter#2 Darvish
(use patience)

Lots of innings and a good card except a few ballpark HR’s. He should also go 7-8 innings, and complete games with a 3+ run lead. Once the 8th begins, go batter by batter as Neshek is better.

Starter#3 Ray
(use patience)

A lefty, but a great card both ways. Some days he will throw a CG. Other days the lefty mashers will get him by the 5th. If he gives up 4 runs or goes into dots, then pull him. If he is cruising, leave him in. Bowman in small parks or Romo in large parks are good early choices for him to go 2-3 innings. Ramirez is also a choice if he is not starting in your series.

Starter#4 Straily
(use less patience)

Ok, he kinda sucks. Use the rule of 4 and get him out early. Bowman and Romo are good early. McGee can go in early vs a bunch of righties, and a few lefties. If you pull him in the first 4 innings and Ramirez is NOT starting in the series, he would be a good long man. In other words, out after 4 innings unless a 5+ run lead. Then you get stretch batter by batter.

Starter#5 Ramirez
(typical 5th starter)

He is better than Straily in the big parks, not as good in the small parks. When he is not starting, he can go to the pen as a long man.

Specific innings limitations:

 

Additional comments: 

If any of my pitchers is throwing a no hitter, they should be allowed to stay in and attempt to complete it. After giving up a hit, they can be pulled based on my instructions.Kershaw, Darvish, and Ray are my big guns. As they go, so will the Mooners. Try to get into the 8th most of the time. With a lead, hand the ball to Neshek in the 8th/9th.

BULLPEN

R’y closer:

Neshek has the 8- 9th and can do 6 out saves when needed, although I would prefer more like 4 out saves. Don’t risk the game though. 62 innings

L’y closer:

McGee can be used against righties who don’t cream lefties. Are there any of those?  He is more of a mid-game option. 57 innings

R’y setup:

Bowman, Diaz, and Romo fit here, but Bowman is the best of the three, as he is most balanced and does not have a HR issue. They all have around 60 innings, so feel free to use them, especially when Straily and Ramirez start.

L’y setup:

McGee is best suited to see more righties then lefties, but he can pitch to lefties.

6-8TH INNINGs

Romo or Diaz in first, unless you do the combo listed below. Bowman in the 7th-8th, with Neshek coming in as needed as early as the 8th.

6th inning

Bradford/Crick combo is an option. One kills the righty, the other the lefty. Think of them as one guy, so I am good using them in the 6th as a pair to go one solid inning. They have 34 and 32 innings, so as one guy think 66. Use the 2 of 3 or 3 of 5 rule as to who to bring in first. Then play it by ear.

Situational:

 

-R’y gets R’y:

Neshek, Bradford

-R’y gets L’y:

Bowman, Crick

-L’y gets L’y:

nope

-L’y gets R’y:

McGee

Longman/mopup:

Ramirez when he is not starting

Additional comments:

The plan is for Kershaw, Darvish, and Ray to go 7-8. Darvish and Ray may complete games with a 2+ run lead, but go batter by batter with the 2 run lead as Neshek is better. I am hoping to get 5 innings from Straily and Ramirez, but use the rule of 4 with them. Neither should be in after 7 innings unless I have a 5+ run lead. Then go batter by batter. If they get crushed in the 1st or 2nd inning they can clean up their own mess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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