UTAH PIONEERS

2019 Instructions

Welcome to playing against the 2019 expansion team- the Utah Pioneers. Legends say, a family of Pioneers took a seven-month trek from New Jersey to settle in the high desert of Utah looking for opportunity and a new way of life. This team will remind some of the prior legendary squads from New Jersey, as the Pioneers’ hitter friendly ballpark is identical. 

Path to the Playoffs

The Pioneers get on base, but there's not a slew of power hitters where you can sit back, roll, and expect the routine HRs. I think Sale will be fine, but the remaining starters and swingmen need to be watched closely. Since Sale pitches the second game, that should give most bullpen guys the rest they need to get in the box score in games 3 and 4. I like to double switch.  Beyond a straight forward Voit PH for White (1B), GMs can  get Voit in the game in the pitcher's spot and stay in for White with the pitcher (and the future PH) batting at clean up. I know stealing is old school, but Jankowski and Quinn have wheels to get into scoring position. They have the green light. I have many clutch hitters.

2019 Active Roster


Maldonado, Martin

Catcher (starter)

 

Eovaldi, Nathan

Starting Pitcher

Mesoraco, Devin

Catcher

 

Sale, Chris

Starting Pitcher

White, Tyler

First Base (starter)

 

Porcello, Rick

Starting Pitcher

Voit, Luke

First Base

 

Miley, Wade

Starting Pitcher

Altuve, Jose

Second Base (starter)

 

McCullers, Lance

Swingman/Middle Relief

Frazier, Adam

Second Base/Reserve OF

 

Wood, Alex

Swingman/Middle Relief

Camargo, Johan

Shortstop/3B (starter)

 

Pena, Felix

Swingman/Middle Relief

Correa, Carlos

Shortstop (starter vs. LH)

 

Sipp, Tony

LH Specialist

Bregman, Alex

Third Base (starter)

 

Barnes, Matt

RH Specialist/Closer 2

Gonzalez, Carlos

Right Field (starter)

 

Hicks, Jordan

Set-up/Closer 3

Jankowski, Travis

Centerfield (starter vs. RH)

 

McHugh, Collin

Primary Closer

Bader, Harrison

Centerfield (starter vs. LH)

 

 

 

Dickerson, Corey

Leftfield (starter)

 

 

 

Quinn, Roman

Outfielder

 

 

 

Minors


Alcantara, Sandy

 

 

Vacant

 

Lucchesi, Jody

 

 

Vacant

 

Tucker, Kyle

 

 

 

 

Overview

Utah looks to score runs while our pitchers try to keep the ball in the park. Team strengths are pitching along with a tenacity of our hitters to get runners on base (OBP) placing pressure on opponents’ pitching. While a handful of players hit for power, manufacturing runs in the bottom half of the line-up is needed. PCL GM projections suggest this team will win enough to make the playoffs.  But the dice still need to be rolled.

The management serves ice cream to all players after the game. To earn a double scoop, players need to be in the box score. Pioneers like to double switch, and to get the triple scoop talented Voit into the remainder of the game by the 5th or 6th inning. This can be done by PH hitting for White after 2 ABs (not PAs), or for Jankowski in a clutch situation in the 5th or later and staying in the game. Managers need to be active in assuring match-ups vs. RH & LH pitching. Box scores should be such that many position players earn two scoops.  Cross-checking match-ups when new pitchers enter the game is a good idea. I like pinch hitting for Maldonado (C) in the 5th+ inning to get a rally started when we are behind.

Starting Line-ups


Lineup1 vs. LH (want to bat LH)

Lineup2 vs. LH (want to bat RH)

Lineup3  vs. RH (want to bat LH)

Lineup4 vs. RH (want to bat RH)

Lineup 5, vs. R

LF

Dickerson*

2B

Altuve

2B

Altuve

2B

Altuve

 

CF

Bader

CF

Bader

LF

Dickerson*

LF

Dickerson*

 

 

3B

Bregman

3B

Bregman

3B

Bregman

3B

Bregman

 

 

1B

White/Voit (> 5th)

1B

White/Voit (> 5th)

1B

White/Voit (> 5th)

1B

White/Voit (> 5th)

 

 

RF

Gonzales*

RF

Gonzales*

RF

Gonzales*

RF

Gonzales*

 

 

SS

Correa

SS

Correa

SS

Camargo+

SS

Camargo+

 

 

2B

Altuve

LF

Dickerson*

CF

Jankowski*

CF

Jankowski*

 

 

4

Maldonado

4

Maldonado

C

Maldonado

C

Maldonado

 

 

Versus:
Any pitcher who is better at getting out RH hitting compared to LH hitting

Versus:
Any pitcher who is better at getting out LH hitting compared to RH hitting

Versus:
Any pitcher who is better at getting out RH hitting compared to LH hitting

Versus:
Any pitcher who is better at getting out LH hitting compared to RH hitting

Versus:

 

Additional Notes on Lineups: Voit comes in after White has 2 ABs (not PAs). Correa should not bat against RH pitching.  Bader (1st Choice) and Quinn (2nd) enter the game should you bring in a LH pitcher. Jankowski should not bat against LH pitching. Quinn is more balanced than either Jankowski or Bader.

Guidelines on Positions (*= left handed; + = switch)

 

WHEN YOUR LEFTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME REPLACED BY A RIGHTY
As Correa and Bader come to bat, adjust lineups so that Camargo (SS) and Jankowski (or Quinn) (CF) bat vs. when your RH are in the game. Correa and Bader should not be hitting vs. a Righty.

 

WHEN YOUR RIGHTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME REPLACED BY A LEFTY
As Jankowski (CF) comes to bat, Voit can PH and stays in the game at 1B (replacing White) and/or PH with Bader or Quinn, and see if a double switch in the line-up makes sense. Jankowski should not be hitting vs. LH pitching. No other changes needed.

IF UTP IS TRAILING GOING INTO THE 6TH-9TH: Use the compare feature and pinch hit for Maldonado, and Jankowski (if he comes to bat in the clutch). It's ok to use swear words on my behalf.

IF UTP IS WINNING GOING INTO THE 8TH or 9TH: Bring in the best defense available. See defense matrix below.  Follow my starting pitching and bullpen instructions below.

When switching out players, find the best pinch hitter for the situation first – do not just use the guy you are going to replace the position player with.

Double-Switching
I like the double-switch. Situations include when bringing in the closer, and new players for defense…perform a  double switch which results in the UTP pitcher will be batting later on in the new batting order.   

Defense Matrix – Best Defense in Bold – Look to use in the 8th inning onward with a lead


C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Maldonado

White*

Altuve

Correa

Bregman

Dickerson

Bader

Gonzalez

Mesoraco

Voit

Frazier

Camargo

Camargo

Jankowski

Jankowski

Jankowski

 

Mesoraco

Bregman

Bregman

 

Quinn/Frazier

Quinn

Quinn

* White will likely be out of the game after registering 2 Abs. In UTP blow-outs where the Pioneers are up 5+ runs…. Voit's ABs are not needed, rest Voit and replace White with Mesoraco.  Voit can enter the game later if it gets close.  Voit, if available, can be used to replace Mesoraco defensively in the 9th.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting / Pinch running

Starts: Eovaldi (19); Sale (20); Porcello (14); Miley (14); McCullers (9); Pena (8); Wood (6)

Pitching Rotation:Road East LOOK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

at AZL

Eovaldi (1)

Sale (1)

Miley (1)

Wood (1)

at AUG

Eovaldi (2)

Pena (1)

Porcello (1)

Miley (2)

at CHI

McCullers (1)

Sale (2)

Porcello (2)

Miley (3)

at LAN

Eovaldi (3)

Sale (3)

Porcello (3)

Pena (2)

at STL

Eovaldi (4)

Sale (4)

Porcello (4)

Miley (4)

at VBS

Eovaldi (5)

Miley (5)

Porcello (5)

Wood (2)

 

 

 

 

 

Pitching Rotation: Road West LOOK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

 

at BAG

Eovaldi (6)

Sale (5)

Pena (3)

 

at CDS

McCullers (2)

Sale (6)

Porcello (6)

 

at HAW

McCullers (3)

Sale (7)

Porcello (7)

 

at LVB

Eovaldi (7)

Sale (8)

Pena (4)

 

at PBC

Eovaldi (8)

Sale (9)

Porcello (8)

 

at SCT

Eovaldi (9)

Sale (10)

Miley (6)

 

at SBM

Eovaldi (10)

Sale (11)

Porcello (9)

 

 

Games Played in Utah

Pitching Rotation: Home East


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

AZL

Eovaldi (11)

Sale (12)

Miley (7)

Wood (3)

AUG

Eovaldi (12)

McCullers (4)

Porcello (10)

Pena (5)

CHI

McCullers (5)

Sale (13)

Miley (8)

Wood (4)

LAN

Eovaldi (13)

Sale (14)

Pena (6)

Miley (9)

STL

Eovaldi (14)

Sale (15)

Miley (10)

Wood (5)

VBS

Eovaldi (15)

McCullers (6)

Miley (11)

Porcello (11)

Pitching Rotation: Home West


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

 

BAG

Wood (6)

McCullers (7)

Miley (12)

 

CDS

McCullers (8)

Sale (16)

Porcello (12)

 

HAW

McCullers (9)

Sale (17)

Porcello (13)

 

LVB

Eovaldi (16)

Sale (18)

Pena (7)

 

PBC

Eovaldi (17)

Pena (8)

Miley (13)

 

SCT

Eovaldi (18)

Sale (19)

Miley (14)

 

SBM

Eovaldi (19)

Sale (20)

Porcello (14)

 

 

Managing the Starters

The goal with most of the starters is to get us deep enough into the game and be able to turn it over to the bullpen.  Go long and hard with Sales, and he can pitch while in dots early.  The rest of the starters should be pulled when either in dots, or when they have given up 3 to 4 runs (see individualized guidance below).  Eovaldi and Miley pitch a maximum of 6 innings. Pena pitches a maximum of 7 innings. Besides Sales, with all other pitchers (Percello, McCullers, Woods)  it's a 'batter-by-batter" approach from the 6th inning on. Once the 6th inning is reached, at the first signs of trouble (i.e., man on 2nd), go to the bullpen. The pen has ample innings. The last thing I want to see is staying too long with a starter who then gives up the lead, or puts the game out of reach. 

Starting Pitcher Overview


Nathan Eovaldi (SP)
111 IP
(some patience)
19 Starts
(6 Innings Max)

He is the first starter in the rotation but treat him similar to a #3 starter.  He's slightly more effective vs. RH hitting. His innings are limited, and should go a maximum of 6 innings (6 Max).  From there, the fresh UTP bullpen can take over. He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 3 runs in his limited innings for each start.  There are a number of better options in the pen that cool LH hitting.

Chris Sale (SP)
158 IP
(very patient)
20 Starts
(No Limitations)

UTP's ace. But he is lefthanded.  However, even in dots, he's still a stud.  He's slightly better vs. LH hitting. He pitches long and hard.  Once the 7th inning is reached, replace if in dots unless we are up by 3+ runs…and in such cases, let him pitch batter by batter)….once in dots late in a close game (≤ 3 runs), if runners get into scoring position, use compare to find best set-up or closer options.  In that comparison, if Sale remains the best option, then stay with him. Ok for Sale to pitch the CG if we are up by 3+ runs.  I don't mind winning 9-5 with Sale getting a CG.

Rick Porcello (SP)
191 IP
(less patience)
14 Starts
(No Limitations)

Similar to Eovaldi as he is better versus RH hitters. He is gopher ball prone vs. LH hitters and will see more starts in the bigger parks. He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 4 runs in his starts. Don't let a LH power hitter beat him if it is late in the game.  If the game is close, please go to the bullpen in the 7th on….to preserve the win.  Complete games happen for Porcello only if we are up big.

Wade Miley (SP)
81 IP
(less patience)
14 Starts
(6 Innings Max)

LH pitcher…and my 5th starter.  Balanced card.  Good card, but he's still a LH pitcher. He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 4 runs in his starts.  He has inning limitations, and should pitch a max of only 6 innings each start. 

Lance McCullers (Swing)
128 IP
(Some patience)
9 Starts
No Limitations

The best of my THREE swingmen. A RH who cools the LH hitter. He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 3 runs in his starts. Pena is a good replacement option early should McCullers go into dots. When not starting in the series, McCullers is a good option for pitching middle relief but is also good enough for the set-up stage of the game (6th-8th innings). With 9 starts, he will have about 65 innings available for relief.

Felix Pena (Swing)
93 IP
(less patience)
8 Starts
(7 Innings Max)

This swingman is very good vs. RH hitting, but he struggles vs. LH hitting.  A short leash on this pitcher. He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 4 runs in his starts.  McCullers is a good replacement option early should Pena go into dots.  Go to the bullpen in the 7th, even if he is up big.  When not starting in the series, Pena is a good option to face an inning of RH hitters in middle relief.  In relief, try to put him in when the line-up for the inning is mostly RH. I estimate with the 8 starts and pulling him in the 7th inning (or sooner if in dots), he will have about 40 innings of relief pitching available.

Alex Wood (Swing)
152 IP
(less patience)
6 Starts
No Limitations

Yes, it is true. UTP has three LH pitchers who can start.  Wood is fairly balanced.  He's removed once in dots, and should not be allowed to give up more than 3 to 4 runs in his starts. Plenty of better bullpen options, and even if winning the game, look to replace him in the 6th or 7th, unless we are up big (5+ runs). When not starting in the series, Wood is for middle relief, or the mop up guy in blow outs.  He has plenty of innings.

Managing the Bullpen

 

UTP has a deep and strong bullpen.  There are at least two swingmen available per every series, with the 3rd swingman starting.  McCullers is a Righty who shuts down the Lefty. Pena is a Righty who shuts down the Righty, and Wood is a lefty who is balanced.  All swingmen not starting can come in early should the starter(s) struggle.  Wood can be used for mop-up games (+/- 7 runs by the 5th inning; +/- 5 runs by the 8th inning). Sipp is a Lefty who is balanced, but with limited innings…. He can pitch an inning of middle relief in a series as needed. Sipp should be used when there are ≥ 3 run  differences in the score.  In the set-up roles, McCullers (Righty who stops the LH) is a solid option….and UTP also has Barnes (Righty who stops RH hitters), and Hicks (Righty who stops RH hitters). These set up pitchers can pitch to an occasional lefty (1 in 3 batters; or 2 of 5 {33%-40% of line-up} is LH).  Hicks or Barnes can also serve as back up closers should McHugh not be available….do the compare. McHugh is a 2 inning rated closer, lots of innings, and can start the 8th or come in anytime thereafter if UTP is tied, or ahead by 3 runs or less. 

Relief Pitcher Overview

Closer

Collin McHugh (72 IP) is the “closer”.  He can start the 8th or anytime thereafter in any save situation.  He's the go-to man (unless Sale is pitching and not in dots) in any save situation (≤ 3 runs).  If not available, Jordan Hicks or Matt Barnes (do compare feature) are the secondary closers. Barnes is best used when UTP is up by more than one run (due to his +7 hold rating).

RH Set-up and Middle Relief (against the predominant LH lineup)

Lance McCullers (128 IP), if not starting in the series can pitch in this role. Alternatives are Jordan Hicks (78 IP), and less so Matt Barnes (62 IP).

RH Set-up and Middle Relief (against the predominant RH lineup)

Felix Pena (93 IP), who is good vs. RH hitting… if not starting in the series, can pitch some early inning/middle relief vs. mostly RH lineups, or a stretch of RH hitters. Matt Barnes (62 IP) is excellent vs. RH hitting; however, he has a horrible hold rating. Barnes shouldn't be pitching if the tying run is on first and the runner can steal second. Jordan Hicks (78 IP) is also very good in this role.  Both Barnes and Hicks are the better option in a close game (+/- 3 runs or less).

LH Set-up or situational versus LH batters.

Tony Sipp (39 IP) can pitch when it's a smart move to bring in a LH pitcher.  The compare feature can tell you when Sipp will be at his best. Sipp can give up extra-base hits, and should not be on the mound if the tying run is on 1st. He can see a max of one inning per three or four game set.

Long or Early Relief (mop-up)

Any of the available swingmen mentioned above can be used. Early on, < 5th inning, Felix Pena can come in for Lance McCullers, or vice-versus…McCullers for Pena. Alex Wood (151 IP) can be used for mop-up games (+/- 7 runs by the 5th inning; +/- 5 runs by the 8th inning).  

Usage
Eovaldi, Miley, and Pena are three pitchers with usage limitations.  Follow my directions above, and if needed, I can have Wood start more than the 6 games I have him listed as starting.

 

 

 

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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