Southern California Trojans

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PCL Champions!

2019 Team Instructions: 2019 PCL Preseason Tournament Champions!

The 2018 Trojans made the PCL playoffs, but were upset by the Black Sox in the semis.  Although the season didn’t end with a championship, the Trojans continued to build a strong power base and they should be in the mix for the 2019 title.  We waived the 2018 PCL MVP Giancarlo Stanton due to an overcrowded outfield, but we return all-stars Trevor Story, Anthony Rendon, Javy Baez, Kris Davis, Ozzie Albies, and added others who will contribute to the offense in 2019.  We signed Max Muncy who had a tremendous year with the Dodgers and Muncy will bat high in all lineups.  The pitching will also contribute greatly to the team’s playoff chances with the addition of #1 Max Scherzer, #4 Jon Lester, and breakout years from #2 Mike Folty and #3 Zack Wheeler.  The bullpen is loaded with top talent and should provide good support for the starters.

Path to the Playoffs: Southern Cal should score a lot of runs in most games.  This should give the top three starting pitchers (Scherzer, Folty, and Wheeler) some easy wins.  When Lester and Glasnow start, these are considered bullpen games and the pen will need to come in early and often to limit opponent’s scoring opportunities.  If the Trojans can do that then these are very winnable games. 

Starting Line-ups

 

STD vs. L

L vs. L

STD vs. R

L vs. R

R vs. R

1.

Story,ss

Story,ss

Story,ss

Story,ss

Story,ss

2.

Albies,2b

Reddick*,rf

Muncy, 1b

Winker*,lf

Muncy, 1b

3.

Rendon,3b

Rendon,3b

Rendon,3b

Rendon,3b

Rendon, 3b

4.

Muncy, 1b

Muncy, 1b

Baez, 2b

Muncy*, 1b

Baez, 2b

5.

Diaz,c

Diaz,c

Davis, lf

Baez, 2b

Davis, if

6.

Reddick,rf

Albies,2b

RF*

Polanco*, rf

RF*

7.

Davis,lf

Polanco,lf

Diaz, c

Reddick*, cf

Diaz, c

8.

Almora, cf

Almora, cf

Almora, cf

Diaz, c

Almora, cf

9.

 

 

 

 

 

WEST

 

 

 

 

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

BAG

Bum, Montgomery

 

Buehler, Roark,

 

Anderson, Richards,

CDS

 

Rodriguez

Morton, Pivetta, Wright

 

Verlander

HAW

 

Corbin

 

Lorenzen, Urena, Velasquez

Cole, Sanchez

LVB

Freeland

 

Rodriguez

Archer, Teheran

Poncedeleon

PBC

Paxton

Strahm, Eflin

Nola, Woodruff

Arrieta, Ross

 

SBM

Happ, Hill

Kershaw

 

Peralta, Castillo, Musgrove

 

EAST

 

 

 

 

 

STL

 

 

 

 

 

AZL

Heaney

Elias

 

 

Lugo, Buchholz, Williams, Stripling

AGN

 

 

Cole, Gant, Hernandez, Maeda,

Chacin, Mikolas

 

CHI

Hamels

 

 

Marquez

Gausman, Hendricks, Hellickson

LAN

Matz

 

Strasburg

deGrom, Nova

Greinke

UTP

Sale, Miley, Wood

 

 

Eovaldi, Pena, Porcello

McCullers

VBS

Quintana, Holland

 

Martinez, Godley

 

Barria

Total

14

6

15

18

16

Notes: Winker is the default starter in rf on the road.  However, Polanco starts over Winker in both the STD and R vs R lineups in rf at Utah, Hawaii, Chicago, Lancaster, and Arizona.  Both Winker (lf) and Polanco (rf) start in the L vs. R lineup.

Special Lineup Notes

 

Batting Notes By Position

Catcher

Nine is enough.  Diaz starts and he comes out after 9.

1b:

Muncy starts and doesn’t come out.

2b:

Baez starts against righty pitchers and Albies against lefties. If your lefty pitcher comes out, use compare to evaluate if Albies is better than Baez vs your new righty pitcher.

Baez always stays in the game once he’s in.  So, if Baez starts don’t take him out.

SS:

Story starts and doesn’t come out.

3b:

Rendon starts and doesn’t come out.

OF:

LF: Davis starts and only comes out for D late in the game.

CF: Almora plays most of the time; Reddick should be in cf if you have to bat L.

RF: Winker and Polanco share RF, but Cespedes is my best OF hitter vs RHP.  He can PH and stay in the game in RF.  Reddick should hit for Cespedes bat against LHP.

8th inning defense should be Polanco in lf, Almora in cf, and Reddick in rf.

 

 

Batting Instructions

PH vs. L

Albies, Baez, Polanco, Iannetta

PH vs. R

Cespedes, Duda, Polanco

Additional Comments

 

Hit and Run

Do not hit and run.

Bunting

Pitchers only.

When your R starter is out

Reddick comes in for Winker for defense as soon as a lefty reliever comes in.

When your L starter is out

Baez hits for Albies unless your pitcher favors righty batters significantly.  Cespedes or Polanco bat for Reddick depending on the results of a compare.  If all three are basically even leave Reddick in for defense.

MISCELLANEOUS


Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting

Pitchers sacrifice, even with two strikes.

Base running

Run all the A’s with aggressiveness (75% or better).

Score at 65%, or 55% with two outs.

Send trailers to second aggressively, to third conservatively

Send low percentage trailer when a runner is also coming home and the chances of him scoring are marginal without help (between 50-70%) and the game beyond the 5th inning and it’s close (between ahead by 5 runs and down 2 runs).  If the chances of him scoring are greater than 70% then don’t create an additional out by sending a low percentage trailer.  The only exception is if the pitcher is coming up and you are not going to PH for him.  In that case, try to create a run prior to his at-bat by sending the trailer!

Throwing

Outfield throws/cutoffs: Generally be conservative early in the game and more aggressive late in the game.

Always get the sure out on Defense Option plays, unless (1) the chances of the leading runner being safe are less than 35%, or (b) its past the 7th inning and it allows the leading or winning run to score.

  1. Best Defense

C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Diaz

Muncy

Baez

Story

Rendon

Polanco

Almora

Reddick

Iannetta

Duda

Albies

Baez

Baez

Davis

Reddick

Polanco

 

 

Muncy

 

Muncy

Reddick

 

Winker

 

 

 

 

 

Cespedes

 

Cespedes

 

Intentional Walks

Use this aggressively, epically late in tight games with runner on base.  Don’t let your best hitter beat us!  


 

Pitching Rotation

 

Road Games

 

 

Home Games

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game

#4

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game

#4

WEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAG

Glasnow

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Glasnow

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

CDS

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

HAW

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

LVB

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

PBC

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

SBM

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

 

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

Wheeler

EAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STL

Glasnow

Wheeler

Lester

 

 

Lester

Wheeler

Glasnow

 

AZL

Glasnow

Scherzer

Lester

 

 

Lester

Wheeler

Glasnow

 

AGN

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

 

 

Lester

Wheeler

Glasnow

 

CHI

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

 

 

Lester

Wheeler

Folty

 

LAN

Lester

Scherzer

Folty

 

 

Lester

Scherzer

Glasnow

 

UTP

Wheeler

Scherzer

Folty

 

 

Folty

Scherzer

Wheeler

 

VBS

Glasnow

Scherzer

Folty

 

 

Folty

Wheeler

Glasnow

 

Notes: Scherzer=20; Folty=20; Wheeler=20; Lester = 20; Glasnow = 10.

Starter

Comments

Scherzer

Old fashioned “long and hard” applies here.  Max pretty much pitches into the 8th or 9th innings every start.  He will start game 2 of most road series and gives the bullpen a day off.  Keep him in the game until the 7th (even in dots).  PH for him if we’re losing after the 7th or if he’s in dots.

Folty and Wheeler

They pitch until dots or they are PH for if we’re losing beyond the 6th.

Lester

Lester is our lefty “opener.”  He follows the “rule of 3” very closely.  He’s out if he allows 3 runs or more or goes into dots.  He is typically out after 3 innings and Oberg or Stock are in.  The only path to Lester staying in the game is if SCT is ahead by 2 or more runs after the 3rd and Lester hasn’t allowed 3 runs.  Essentially, Lester only stays in if he is pitching well or we are scoring a lot of runs.  Glasnow can also eat some mid-game innings after a Lester opening if he’s not starting in the series.

Glasnow

Glasnow is the righty “opener” and follows the same guidelines as Lester.  Watson is a good guy to bring in after Glasnow opens.

BULLPEN:

Type

Pitcher

Closer:

Ottavino (78 innings).  With 78 innings, Ottavino can pitch 2-inning saves.  He is a great choice to close for anyone not named Scherzer.

Stopper:

Doolittle (45 innings).  Doolittle comes in at anytime to stop a rally.  He should come into the game in high leverage situations: runners in scoring position. He should pitch frequently, but typically only to end an inning.  He will only continue on into the next inning to face 2 out of 3 strong lefty batters.

Setup:

Watson (66 innings) is a good choice to follow Doolittle into in the game and pitch 2+ innings.  He is another lefty who will force a tough choice on your lineup.  This sets up either Oberg or Ottavino to face a weaker lineup later on.

Situational:

 

    -R’y gets R’y:

Oberg (59 innings)

    -R’y gets L’y:

Giles (50 innings)

    -L’y gets L’y:

Doolittle (45 innings)

    -L’y gets R’y:

Watson (66 innings)

Longman/mop-up:

Stock (40 innings); Glasnow (112 innings)

Additional comments:

Glasnow (112 innings): Glasnow is the long man.  He is not as good as Oberg or Watson but better than Stock or Giles.  Glasnow can come in early in the game after a rally is stopped.  Glasnow is a good choice to bring in after Lester fails and Doolittle bails him out.  Glasnow is a 3-inning reliever and can pitch all of them.  Glasnow is mopup only at Utah, Chicago, and Bay Area due to the 5 diamond HRs vs. RH hitters.

Giles (50 innings): Gile is a righty who gets lefties out.  He’s not terrible either way, but not a pitcher I want in high leverage situations vs. right-handed hitters.  I do trust him against lefties.  Don’t worry about the number of innings he pitches on the road.

Stock (40 innings):  Stock is a righty who does best against righties.  He keeps the ball in the park and will do a decent job keeping us in the game.  Stock is not a pitcher I want in high leverage situations vs. left-handed hitters.  I do trust him against righties.  Don’t worry about the number of innings he pitches on the road.

Final comments: Have a good season!

 

 

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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