April 14, 2014

May 1, 1984 - A Blue Jay Beating

Game #291 - Texas Rangers, 0 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 2

The two "T" teams of the American League decided to play two games.  That worked out better for Toronto than Texas.

In game one Dickie Noles took the hill and made it to the seventh inning while scattering seven hits and five walks.  He only gave up two runs, and reliever Odell Jones struck out three Jays to keep up the strong effort.  But Luis Leal was even better against the injury ravaged Rangers.  Gary Ward and Curtis Wilkerson were serving their last two games of injury, and Pete O'Brien is back on the DL too.  That impacted the Rangers' bats, as they only managed six hits against Leal.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Dickie Noles
Player of the Game - Leal, CG SHO, 2K's

Game #292 - Texas Rangers, 7 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 8

The Texas bats woke up for game two, but so did Toronto's.  Cup of coffee player Kelly Gruber, on the active roster because of an Alfredo Griffin injury, went 1-16 in the real 1984, but that hit was a homer.  Gruber has defied the odds and totaled three taters in limited action, including two in this game.

Toronto had a 7-6 lead in the seventh when Larry Parrish hit a solo shot to tie the game.  It remained at that score heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Rangers closer Dave Schmidt toed the rubber.  Lloyd Moseby poked a single for his first hit in the double header.  He promptly stole second base.  With Moseby in scoring position, George Jorge Bell roped a double to score the walk-off hit.  In seven games Schmidt has four saves and three losses.  It's all or nothing with that guy.

Winning Pitcher - Roy Lee Jackson
Losing Pitcher - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Bell, 4-5, HR, 2B, SB, 2RBI's, walk-off winner

April 13, 2014

May 1, 1984 - So Much Powder Blue

Game #289 - Kansas City Royals, 12 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 2

This game was pretty close until the Royals unloaded for eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings.  Relievers Rick Waits, Pete Ladd, and Jack Lazorko got crushed.  Six different Royals (Willie Wilson, Pat Sheridan, George Brett, Jorge Orta, Frank White, and Dane Iorg) had multiple hits. 

Winning Pitcher - Bud Black
Losing Pitcher - Don Sutton
Player of the Game - Black, CG, W, 7K's, ER
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett, Robin Yount, Don Sutton

Game #290 - Minnesota Twins, 3 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Dave Henderson's home run plated himself as well as Orlando Mercado, who reached on a Lenny Faedo error.  But Gary Gaetti hit a solo shot in the fourth and Tim Teufel knocked in two in the sixth to give the Twins the lead.  But Dave Hendrson wasn't done for the day.  With two runners on, he launched his second homer of the game and tallied all five RBI's for the Seattle victory!

Winning Pitcher - Mike Stanton
Losing Pitcher - Frank Viola
Save - Ed Nunez
Player of the Game - Hendu, 2-4, 2HR's, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

April 5, 2014

May 1, 1984 - Catchers FTW

Game #287 - New York Yankees, 6 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

The Pale Hose jumped to the early lead in the bottom of the first with a solo shot by Tom Paciorek, a triple by Harold Baines, and an RBI single from Vance Law.  The Yankees responded with a big second inning when they sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs.

The game was tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh when Rick Cerone poked one over the fence to take the lead.  He added another RBI in the eighth to preserve the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Losing Pitcher - Floyd Bannister
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Rick Cerone, 2-4, HR, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield

Game #288  - Boston Red Sox, 6 @ Detroit Tigers, 8 (11 innings)

Easily one of the most exciting games of the year.  Things started off all Boston.  Rich Gedman (another heroic catcher) launched a solo home run in the second.  He followed it with a three run jack in the third, and Boston was up 5-0.  Dwight Evans doubled home Rick Miller to pad the lead in the sixth, 6-0.

Oil Can Boyd was cruising through six innings of work before finally giving up two runs in the seventh.  He couldn't finish the inning but did end up with eight strikeouts for the day. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Detroit tied things up.  John Henry Johnson gave up three straight hits before a Jackie Gutierrez error had plated two runs.  Johnson was lifted for Charlie Mitchell, but Mitchell committed an error himself to close the Red Sox lead to just one run.  Lou Whitaker hit a sacrifice fly to score Darrell Evans and miraculously it was a tie game again.

Willie Hernandez pitched the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings, allowing only one runner on a Marty Barrett single.  In the bottom of the eleventh Bob Stanley took the hill for Boston.  He coaxed a pop up from Alan Trammell, but Kirk Gibson roped a double.  With Gibby on second, Lance Parrish dug into the batter's box and - BLAM! - knocked it out of the park!!!  Walk-off homer!!!  Tigers come back from a six-nothing deficit to win!!!

Winning Pitcher - Willie Hernandez
Losing Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Player of the Game - Lance Parrish, 2-6, walk-off homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

March 30, 2014

May 1, 1984 - May Day

Game #285 - Cleveland Indians, 7 @ Baltimore Orioles, 6

April is behind us, and Cleveland was excited for that.  They responded to the calendar change with seven big runs.  Despite Bert Blyleven getting roughed up for four runs in under six innings, the Tribe managed to stay ahead of Baltimore.  That included a major jam in the bottom of the ninth, when a sub-optimal Ernie Camacho had runners on first and third with no outs.  But Rich Dauer flied out weakly, Gary Roenicke struck out, and Al Bumbry launched one to the warning track, but into Otis Nixon's glove. 

Winning Pitcher - Bert Blyleven
Losing Pitcher - Scott McGregor
Save - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - Andre Thornton, 3-5, HR, 4RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Bert Blyleven, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #286 - Oakland A's, 3 @ California Angels, 12

Oakland is missing the injured Rickey Henderson in their lineup.  Though they had a 2-1 lead after four, the Angels combined for 10 runs between the fifth and seventh innings.  Many of the Halo's contributed to the win, including a solo homer from Reggie Jackson, but the unusually hot Gary Pettis secured his fourth "player of the game" honors, falling a home run short of the cycle.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Romanick
Losing Pitcher - Lary Sorensen
Player of the Game - Gary Pettis, 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2R's, 4RBI's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson

March 23, 2014

Month In Review - April

It took about two years and three months, but the first month of Statis Pro 1984 is in the books!  It feels awesome to pass that milestone.  I keep the scorecards from the games in a one inch binder, and it's just about full, so I'm starting a new one for the new month.

I would say the top storyline continues to be Joe Morgan's insane start to the year.  He has a slash line of .483/.603/.862.  His continued luck with the Fast Action Cards is unprecedented.  Joe only played about two-thirds of the games in 1984, so I've rested him against every left handed starter.  That might explain a small bump in his stats, but not all of it.  The month of May will help determine if Joe is for real, or a benefactor of smaller sample sizes.

Other Guys Besides Joe Morgan Who Are Playing Way Over Their Heads:

Mike Young, OF, Orioles
Wayne Krenchicki, 3B, Reds
Steve Kemp, OF, Yankees
Greg Minton, P, Giants
Terry Puhl, OF, Astros
Tony Fernandez, SS, Blue Jays

Favorite Game in April?

The Mike Flanagan one-hitter!

Your MVP Race So Far:

1.  Joe Morgan
2.  Eddie Murray
3.  Mike Young

1.  Dale Murphy
2.  Darryl Strawberry
3.  Dwight Gooden

Your CY YOUNG Race So Far:

1. Doyle Alexander
2. Mike Boddicker
3. Dave Stieb

1. Dwight Gooden
2. Bob Knepper
3. Bruce Sutter


P - Dwight Gooden
C - Jody Davis
1B - Eddie Murray
2B - Joe Morgan
3B - Wade Boggs
SS - Tony Fernandez
OF - Dale Murphy
OF - Mike Young
OF - Darryl Strawberry

I'm An Awesome Manager Of...

The Houston Astros.  I've got them well in the lead in the NL West with a great combination of platoons and relief pitching.

I'm A Terrible Manager Of...

The Texas Rangers.  They're a better team than their record reflects.  Not sure why they're struggling so much, though they have had a fair share of injuries.

Looking Forward

I'm guessing it will be three to four years before I finish May.  Life is much busier than when I first started this endeavor.  Thanks to all of you who stop by from time to time!  The games are still fun and I'll keep plugging along. 

March 22, 2014

April 30th, 1984 - The Doorstep of May

Game #281 - New  York Yankees, 11 @ Chicago White Sox, 4

Butch Wynegar erased an early two run deficit with a three run homer in the fourth.  After that, it was all New York.

Winning Pitcher - Phil Niekro
Losing Pitcher - Tom Seaver
Player of the Game - Steve Kemp, 4-5, 2RBI's, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Phil Niekro, Carlton Fisk, Tom Seaver

Game #282 - Montreal Expos, 6 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 2

Gary Carter continued the theme of three run blasts by catchers, launching his in the top of the first.  Charlie Lea shut down the city of brotherly love after that.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Losing Pitcher - Shane Rawley
Player of the Game - Gary Carter, 3-5, HR, 3RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Mike Schmidt

Game #283 - St. Louis Cardinals, 7 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 4

Joaquin Andujar had himself a game.  He went eight innings with only surrendering 2 earned runs while smacking a solo homer as well.  David Green went yard too, as the Cards continue to dominate the NL East.

Winning Pitcher - Joaquin Andujar
Losing Pitcher - John Tudor
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Andujar, 8IP, 4K"s, HR

Game #284 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 @ San Francisco Giants, 3

San Fran scored two off reliever Burt Hooton in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't tie the game before Scott Thompson grounded out to Greg Brock to end the game.  Brock had, surprise surprise, a three run homer too.

Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Robinson
Save - Burt Hooton
Player of the Game - Hershiser, 8IP, 0ER's, 7K's

February 28, 2014

April 30, 1984 - In-tens

Game #279 - Cleveland Indians, 3 @ Baltimore Orioles, 10

The Orioles were up 1-0 in the bottom of the third when they busted things open.  Eddie Murray hit a 2-RBI double and three batters later John Lowenstein paid homage to Earl Weaver by blasting a three run homer.

Storm Davis pitched a heck of a game.  He went the distance and only gave up three hits, though that included five walks as well.  Brook Jacoby recorded two of them, including a solo homer with two outs in the ninth.

Winning Pitcher - Storm Davis
Losing Pitcher - Steve Farr
Player of the Game - John Lowenstein, 3-3, HR, 3RBI's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #280 - Seattle Mariners, 10 @ California Angels, 2

Seattle finally figured the Angels out!  They had lost the first three games of the four game series, but got to Bruce Kison early and often.  Alvin Davis and Dave Henderson each hit homers, but it was Steve Henderson who might have had the best game.  I still haven't seen a cycle completed by a Statis Pro player this season, but Steve was only the round-tripper shy of accomplishing the feat.  Jim Beattie pitched a dominating eight innings to secure the victory for the M's.

Winning Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Losing Pitcher - Bruce Kison
Player of the Game - Steve Henderson, 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2R's, 4RBI's, outfield assist
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

February 24, 2014

April 29, 1984 - River Trout

Egads that's a terrible scan!  Am I too lazy to scan it again?  Yes.  Yes I am.

Game #277 - Chicago Cubs, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 1

Rick Rhoden was the hard-luck loser in this one.  Despite pitching a complete game and surrendering zero earned runs, costly errors by Johnny Ray and Tony Pena sealed a victory for the Cubbies. 

Winning Pitcher - Steve Trout
Losing Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Trout, 7IP, 0ER, 10K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

Game #278 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 6 @ San Diego Padres, 4

San Diego broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth by, ironically, scoring all four of their runs in the game.  The big damage came from a three run homer by future coach Bruce Bochy, who was giving Terry Kennedy a breather.  LA would not be denied.  Trailing 4-2 in the top of the sixth, Tim Lollar faced runners on second and third with one out and slugger Mike Marshall standing in.  I opted to intentionally walk Marshall for the far less intimidating German Rivera, setting up the double play at the same time.  You know what happened next.  River went grand salami and the Dodgers won the day. 

Winning Pitcher - Ken Howell
Losing Pitcher - Tim Lollar
Save - Tom Niedenfuer
Player of the Game - Rivera, 2-3, grand slam
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

These were the last two games for Sunday, April 29th!  I've updated the stats and standings.  There's a new poll up too if you haven't noticed.  Finally - happy 58th birthday to my hero, Eddie Murray. 

February 15, 2014

April 29, 1984 - One Is Not Enough

Game #275 - St. Louis Cardinals, 12 @ Montreal Expos, 1

If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time this season I've used six different pitchers in a game for one team.  Congrats to the Expos!  This was necessitated in part because starter Bill Gullickson, along with Gary Carter and Terry Francona, got ejected from the game arguing with the ump on a close play at first.  It was a barrage of hits for the Cardinals after that.  But Danny Cox was the true stand out player of the game.  He went eight innings only giving up one run. 

Winning Pitcher - Danny Cox
Losing Pitcher - Dan Schatzeder
Player of the Game - Cox, 8IP, R, 4K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #276 - Philadelphia Phillies, 2 @ New York Mets, 1 (game called in the bottom of the eighth due to rain)

Mike Schmidt has started off slow this Statis Pro season, but his bat might finally be waking up.  He accounted for both runs in this game.  He smacked a double in the second inning and eventually scored on a Juan Samuel sacrifice fly.  In the fourth he hit a solo homer off Walt Terrell.  Terrell actually pitched a good six innings, but he still got tagged for the loss because, with Darryl Strawberry at bat in the bottom of the eighth, the rains came pouring down and Philadelphia sneaked out of New York with the abbreviated win.

Winning Pitcher - Jerry Koosman
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Player of the Game - Mike Schmidt, 2-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

February 4, 2014

April 29, 1984 - Houston Sweeps Atlanta

Game #274 - Atlanta Braves, 1 @ Houston Astros, 3

Starters Craig McMurty and Nolan Ryan both made strong starts but didn't factor in the decision as they both only surrendered one run.  In the bottom of the eighth reliever Gene Garber was pitching his second inning of relief.  But Bill Doran led off with a bunt single and advanced two second on a bloop hit from Terry Puhl.  Jose Cruz grounded out to second but advanced the runners while making the out.  Enos Cabell came up next and hit a grounder to Chris Chambliss.  Doran took off for home and Chambliss fired the ball to Alex Trevino, but Doran was just ahead of the throw to pull Houston ahead by a run.  Phil Garner tacked on an insurance run with another single and that was all she wrote for Atlanta.  The loss marked their fourth straight loss as Houston continues to pull away with the NL West lead.

Winning Pitcher - Julio Solano
Losing Pitcher - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Solano, 2IP, K, BB, retired #2-6 hitters for the win.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan

February 3, 2014

April 29, 1984 - Crimson Tide

Game #272 - San Francisco Giants, 3 @ Cincinnati Reds, 5

In the top of the second little-used Fran Mullins popped a two-RBI homer to give San Fran the early lead.  But the Reds stormed back in the bottom of the inning.  Eddie Milner hit an RBI single and Dave Parker later plated two of his own to give the Reds the lead and eventually the win.  The biggest hiccup of the game came with an 82 minute rain delay thanks to a "Z" play.  Bob Owchinko pitched brilliantly after the clouds parted, going an important four innings of relief in the first game of a double header.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Owchinko
Losing Pitcher - Mike Krukow
Save - John Franco
Player of the Game - Owchinko, 4IP, 2H's, 1ER, 3K's

Game #273 - San Francisco Giants, 2 @ Cincinnati Reds, 3

Nailbiter time.  The Reds had scooted out to a two run lead in the fourth, including a rare RBI double from Johnnie LeMaster.  But Nick Esasky belted an Earl Weaver to give the Reds the victory in the bottom of the inning.  It was a shame, because spot starter Scott Garrelts pitched seven strong innings.

Winning Pitcher - Fred Toliver
Losing Pitcher - Scott Garrelts
Save - Ted Power
Player of the Game - Esasky, HR, 3RBI's