September 7, 2016

May 19, 1984 - Three Is All The Diffference

Lefferts kinda got the shaft on this scan...
Game #493 - New York Mets, 1 @ San Diego Padres, 3

It was Walt Terrell opposing Mark Thurmond in this one, and the Mets got on the board first in the second inning when Terrell helped his own cause by hitting a two-out single to score Hubie Brooks.  The Padres answered back in the third when Thurmond singled and then Alan Wiggins hit a home run.  That homer matched Wiggins' total for the real 1984 season.  I've noticed a flaw with players' hitting cards.  If they have a low home run total over a full season its hard to accurately account for it unless you solely rely on clutch hitting situations.  For my season it's even worse with triples, as they seem to be a bit inflated at only the quarter point of the season.  Speaking of which...

Terry Kennedy tripled on his clutch-hitting rating to plate Steve Garvey, and that would be the grand total for the offense on both teams.  Craig Lefferts retired six of seven batters over the last two innings, including four strikeouts.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Save - Craig Lefferts
Player of the Game - Lefferts
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

Game #494 - Philadelphia Phillies, 10 @ San Francisco Giants, 7

Here's everything you need to know about this one:

The Giants knocked in seven runs.  So did Ozzie Virgil.

That's right, Virgil was "en fuego."  In the top of the fourth he cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double, and then walloped a grand slam in the sixth.  I don't know for sure, but those 7 RBI are probably the highest single player total on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Bill Campbell
Losing Pitcher - Frank Williams
Save - Larry Andersen
Player of the Game - Virgil.  Duh.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt


  1. I noticed that too with extra base hits. I see it more of a problem with 2b's than triples and homeruns. Way too many doubles and I have done five complete team replays.
    I concluded my 1984 Padres season replay and doubles were up. However, in regards to the homeruns for low number players. Alan Wiggins hit NINE homeruns in my replay. That is tripled what he hit the entire season. The same rang true for Tony Gwyn, who crushed 11 dingers in my replay but in real life he only connected for 5.
    Currently, I'm replaying the 1990 Reds season and I have completed their first 33 games. What I decided to do to counteract all the doubles hit, was that the first double chance on a hitter card becomes a single. I'm keeping track of all the would be doubles to see if that makes a difference. So far I have 8 doubles that became singles as a result of this rule. In real life, the Reds doubled every 19 at bats. In my replay it is every 17 at bats. Still a little on the high end but it would be around every 15 at bats under old rule.

  2. That's a great idea. My doubles are probably a little high too - would love to see how that turns out. I think my triples problem is the reason the Blue Jays are in first right now - they've hit so many...