August 7, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Trust Your Veterans

Game #605 - New York Yankees, 6 @ California Angels, 7

I love awesome, back and forth games!  Let's jump into the recap...

The Angels went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third when light-hitting Bob Boone smacked a double with the bases loaded off Ron Guidry.  The Yankees answered in the top half of the fourth, though, when Don Baylor and Butch Wynegar each ripped an RBI single to tie things back up.

In the bottom of the fifth Doug DeCinces legged out a triple with no outs, and trotted home after an RBI hit from Fred Lynn.  But the Yankees came roaring back, once again, the very next inning.  Don Mattingly chased Tommy John out of the game with an RBI double that scored Ken Griffey.  Luis Sanchez took John's place, but a booted grounder by DeCinces led to two more RBI on a pinch hit double from Steve Kemp, giving New York a two run lead.

They maintained that lead in the bottom of the eighth.  Reliever Clay Christianse induced a ground out from Dick Schofield...but Roy Smalley made an error!  Schofield advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Rod Carew that very nearly left the ballpark.  Gary Pettis came up next, and smoked a triple to score Schofield.  But he wasn't done!  Ken Griffey bobbled the ball in center and allowed Pettis to score - tie game!  That brought up Reggie Jackson, pinch hitting in the DH slot of the order.  What did Mr. October do?  H O M E  R U N!!!!  Don Aase worked a scoreless ninth and the Angels escaped with the come from behind victory!

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Kison
Losing Pitcher - Clay Christianse
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Reggie Jackson, 1-1, HR, huge ego
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Game #606 - Toronto Blue Jays, 2 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

At the start of the game LaMarr Hoyt was pegged as having "bad stuff," meaning his normal 2-6 pitcher rating dropped to 2-4...against the best offense in Statis Pro!  But what did the steely veteran do?  He pitched seven innings of one-run ball, only giving up a solo homer to George Bell!  The White Sox scored three in the third off Jim Clancy and held on the rest of the way to put one in the win column!

Winning Pitcher - LaMarr Hoyt
Losing Pitcher - Jim Clancy
Save - Ron Reed
Player of the Game - Hoyt, 7IP, 7H's, 4K's, R

August 5, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Remember When They Were in World Series Droughts?

Game #603 - Chicago Cubs, 10 @ Atlanta Braves, 8

The Cubbies went up 4-0 in the first and never looked back, even though the final score made it look closer than it really was.  Leon Durham hit a 2-RBI double with the bases loaded, helping chase away Len Barker after three innings and seven runs of offense.  Durham added another RBI, again with a double, in the sixth.  But it was Rich Hebner, making an ultra-rare start in the outfield, who had the biggest day.  He went four for five with a RBI and three runs scored...plus an outfield assist!

Winning Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Losing Pitcher - Len Barker
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Rich Hebner
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

Game #604 - Minnesota Twins, 0 @ Boston Red Sox, 7

The poor Twins lost this one almost as soon as it started.  In the bottom of the first Wade Boggs singled, Dwight Evans walked, and then Mike Easler homered to give them a 3-0 lead before they even recorded an out!  Bob Ojeda scattered nine hits and two walks in a complete game shutout, the first shutout of the year for any Boston pitcher.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Losing Pitcher - John Butcher
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 3-4, 2B, HR, 5RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

July 31, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Hit by Pitches

Game #601 - Baltimore Orioles, 2 @ Seattle Mariners, 3 (12 innings)

The Orioles were up 2-0 after five and a half innings, getting an unusually good outing from Dennis Martinez.  This despite the fact he plunked two Mariners in the bottom of the fifth.  But in the bottom of the sixth Seattle got its revenge when Ken Phelps launched a two-run blast to tie things up.

Mark Langston hit Gary Roenicke with a pitch in the top of the seventh and in my mind the imaginary umpire issued a warning to both sides.  Langston lasted nine innings, striking out eight but the game was still tied, so on to extras it went.

Neither team could advance a runner to second base until the bottom of the twelfth.  With two outs Tom Underwood walked Alvin Davis and then Steve Henderson.  That brought up Al Cowens...who lined a single to center!  Davis took off for home, and the throw from Al Bumbry was late - Mariners win on the walk-off single by Cowens!

Winning Pitcher - Edwin Nunez
Losing Pitcher - Tom Underwood
Player of the Game - Al Cowens, GWRBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #602 - Kansas City Royals, 3 @ Texas Rangers, 10

Frank Wills of the Royals got lit up like a Christmas tree, surrendering six runs in less than two innings.  Paul Splittorff didn't fair much better, giving up another four runs in short reliever stint.  But Mark Huismann saved the bullpen by pitching the last 5+ innings, allowing zero runs, but plunking two Rangers.  Five different Texas players had at least two hits in the route.

Winning Pitcher - Danny Darwin
Losing Pitcher - Frank Wills
Player of the Game - Buddy Bell, 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3R's, BB

July 25, 2017

May 29, 1984 - 600 games!!!

Milestones are fun markers through this looong 1984 playback.  And we've hit another one!  That's right - 600 games played.  I can't believe I simulated 600 games...and that I'm not even a third of the way through the season!  As always, thanks for stopping by and reading the recaps.  On to the games...

Game #599 - Milwaukee Brewers, 4 @ Cleveland Indians, 2

Dion James continued his torrid play in this tangle with Cleveland.  He scored the second run of the game when Robin Yount doubled him home in the third.  In the fourth inning he hit a single with two on and two outs to pick up three RBI, and then added a double in the ninth.

Bob McClure darted in and out of trouble, allowing six hits but four walks in six innings.  Rollie Fingers pitched one and a third innings to pick up the save.

Winning Pitcher - Bob McClure
Losing Pitcher - Rick Sutcliffe
Save - Rollie Fingers
Player of the Game - Dion James
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers

Game #600 - Detroit Tigers, 13 @ Oakland A's, 2

It seemed only fitting that the 600th game in Statis Pro was played by the real life world champs in 1984, the Detroit Tigers.  They didn't wilt in the spotlight, putting up an eight-spot in the fourth inning that included homers from Darrell Evans, Larry Herndon, and Chet Lemon.  Jack Morris pitched into he eighth while whiffing six A's.

Winning Pitcher - Jack Morris
Losing Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Player of the Game - Chet Lemon, 3-5, 2 2Bs, HR, 4RBI, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

July 3, 2017

May 29, 1984 - First Place Bullpens

Game #597 - New York Yankees, 5 @ California Angels, 6

Ray Fontenot and Ron Romanick were posting goose eggs through the first three and a half innings when the Angels finally got on the board.  Rob Wilfong doubled to score Fred Lynn and then Doug DeCinces scored too when Omar Moreno overran the ball.

The Yankees came roaring back in the top of the sixth with big RBI hits from Willie Randolph and Ken Griffey, making it 5-2 in favor of New York.  But the Angels kept chipping away.  Lynn and Bob Boone drove in two in the bottom of the sixth, and Lynn hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to plate Juan Beniquez and tie the game.

In the bottom of the eighth Boone reached on a Tim Foli error.  He moved to third on a single by Ron Jackson, which brought up Dick Schofield.  Schofield was non-existent on offense in the real 1984, and is doing even worse in the Statis Pro season, hovering around a .160 batting average.  So what was the call?  SUICIDE SQUEEZE  And it worked!  Schofield layed down a perfect bunt and Boone crossed home plate for the winning run.  Doug Corbett worked two innings of relief against the heart of the Yankees order to tally the win.

Winning Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Losing Pitcher - Bob Shirley
Player of the Game - Corbett, 2IP, six up six down, W
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson

Game #598 - Toronto Blue Jays, 6 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

Richard Dotson surrendered three runs in the first, and then another in the second to put the Pale Hose in the early deficit.  Dotson actually really settled down after that, pitching into the ninth.  But Bryan Clark, making a spot start, dodged danger through 5 and 2/3 innings.  Jim Gott came in after that to record the long save.

Winning Pitcher - Bryan Clark
Losing Pitcher - Ron Romanick
Save - Jim Gott
Player of the Game - Gott, 3 1/3IP, H, K, R

June 30, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Sandstorm

Game #596 - Chicago Cubs, 5 @ Atlanta Braves, 0

Ryne SANDberg got the game off to a positive start with a first inning, lead-off homer to give the Cubbies a quick 1-0 lead.  They added two more in the seventh when Keith Moreland also went deep with the bases empty and then Jody Davis scored on a Rick Mahler balk.

Meanwhile, the Braves couldn't get anything going against Scott SANDerson.  He went eight strong innings, only giving up four hits and a walk.  Chicago tacked on two more in the ninth and Lee Smith finished the game for the North Side.

Winning Pitcher - Scott Sanderson
Losing Pitcher - Rick Mahler
Player of the Game - Scott Sanderson
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

June 27, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Gulden Nugget

Pittsburgh Pirates, 0 @ Cincinnati Reds, 1 (11 innings)

This game featured a potential all-star catcher...and I'm not talking about Tony Pena!

In both the first and second innings the Pirates managed to get a runner to third base, but Reds starter Jay Tibbs was able to pitch out of the jams to keep the game scoreless.  In fact, with two outs in the third, Tibbs retired the next ten batters in a row.

John Tudor countered for the Pirates with an even more dominating performance.  Over a span of eight innings he only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six.  He got lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth.  With the score still zero all, Jim Morrison reached on an error and then Lee Mazzilli singled.  Tibbs struck out Doug Frobel but Dale Berra reached on a Nick Esasky blunder to load the bases with one out.  But Ron Wotus lined out and then Milt May, hitting for Tudor, hit a harmless fly ball to Gary Redus to end the inning.

Fast forward to the bottom of the eleventh!  Don Robinson was working in his third inning of relief, having retired the first seven Reds he faced.  That's when Brad Gulden came in to replace Dann Bilardello.  What did Gulden do?  WALK-OFF HOMER!!!!!!!!  It was only the third hit of the game for Cincy, but all they needed to notch the win!!!

Winning Pitcher - Ted Power
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Brad Gulden, 1-1, PH Home Run
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

Tony Pena has been a disappointment in this Statis Pro, hitting a listless .256 with no power, while Gulden has been hitting way above his weight class and has a good chance, if he keeps this up, to be an All-Star reserve come July...

June 25, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Off To See The Wizard

Game # 594 - St. Louis Cardinals, 8 @ Houston Astros, 4

This is the first game of the series against the two first place teams in the National League.  Houston featured HOF pitcher Nolan Ryan while St. Louis countered with up and comer Kurt Kepshire.

The Cardinals got on the board first when Ozzie Smith singled home two red birds with the bases loaded in the second inning.  Ozzie led off the top of the seventh with a walk from Ryan (already his fourth of the game) and a stolen base.  He scampered home on a RBI double by Willie McGee and Ryan got chased out of the game soon after.  St. Louis would go on to score five runs in the inning to pull away for good.

Ozzie Smith, who was a .257 hitter in the real 1984, is hitting almost 100 points above that in the Statis Pro season.  For the life of me I can't figure it out!  It's fun, though, because it's the Wizard, and everyone loves the Wizard.

Winning Pitcher - Kurt Kepshire
Losing Pitcher - Nolan Ryan
Player of the Game - Ozzie Smith, 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB's, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Nolan Ryan

June 24, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Lynn for the Win

Game #593 - New York Yankees, 3 @ California Angels, 4

This was the final game on the schedule for May 28, and it featured the Yankees on their long West Coast road trip pulling into Anaheim.  Phil Niekro toed the rubber and his knuckler was bouncing.  In fact, he didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning.  Gary Pettis singled, stole second, and then trotted home on the rare Bob Boon double.  That cut the Yankees lead to 2-1.

New York got a run back when Ken Griffey Sr. scored on a Bobby Meacham double.  But Fred Lynn homered in the bottom half of the sixth to tie things up at 3-3.  In the bottom of the seventh Lynn was once again at the plate with runners in scoring position.  He doubled for his third RBI, plating Rod Carew.  From there the California handed the ball to reliever Don Aase, who retired six of the seven Yankees hitters he faced for the save.  The Angels did suffer a loss of sorts, though.  Bobby Grich got injured on a Dave Winfield line out that will cost him the next twenty games.  Enter Rob Wilfong...

Winning Pitcher - John Curtis
Losing Pitcher - Phil Niekro
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Fred Lynn, 2-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI, BB, OF Asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Phil Niekro, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson. 

June 19, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Hall of Fame 3-Run Homers

Game #591 - Baltimore Orioles, 12 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

This game was a hot mess, so I offer some observations:


  • There are about five players in the AL who are so far outside their expected level of play it's incomprehensible.  One of those players is Oriole Mike Young.  In this game?  He got one hit...and FIVE walks.  His OBP is now over .500.  It makes no sense.
  • Eddie Murray recorded 5 RBI.  A three-run homer in the first, and RBI single in the sixth, and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
  • Noodle-armed John Shelby recorded two OF assists, giving him three for the season.
Winning Pitcher - Scott McGregor
Losing Pitcher - Ed VandeBerg
Player of the Game - Eddie Murray, 2-5, HR, 5RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #592 - Detroit Tigers, 2 @ Oakland A's, 7

Juan Berenguer gave up six runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Dave Kingman and Carney Lansford hit solo homers and Rickey Henderson cleared the wall with two runners on.  It was brutal for the Tigers, who couldn't get anything started against lefty Ray Burris.

Winning Pitcher - Ray Burris
Losing Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Player of the Game - Rickey Henderson, 2-3, HR, 4RBI, BB, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

June 17, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Outfielders to the Rescue

Game #589 - St. Louis Cardinals, 5  @ Atlanta Braves, 6

St. Louis had an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Gerald Perry and Claudell Washington each launched solo homers to take the lead.  But in the top of the third Ozzie Smith hit an RBI double to plate Lonnie Smith, and the Wizard of Oz later scored on a Ken Oberkfell single to give the Cardinals the lead once again.

The Cardinals chipped in another run in the top of the fourth to give them a 4-2 lead.  That's when the Atlanta offense came back to life.  In the bottom of the fifth two runners were on with two outs when slugger Dale Murphy stepped up to the plate.  He promptly made it a 5-4 game by depositing the ball over the outfield fence!  Next up?  Chris Chambliss.  Result?  Another homer!  The Atlanta bullpen pitched for four innings, only giving up a run in the eighth to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Craig McMurtry
Losing Pitcher - Bob Forsch
Save - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 2-4, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

Game #590 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Texas Rangers, 2

It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the second.  With George Wright on third and Curtis Wilkerson on second, little Wayne Tolleson smoked a double to give the anemic Rangers offense a quick 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, starter Dave Stewart was cruising along.  He made it until the eighth inning, when he allowed two hits and was lifted for Dave Tobik.  Tobik got out of the jam, and the Royals were down to their final three outs in the ninth, still trailing 2-0.

But that's when the improbable comeback started!  U.L. Washington walked and Leon Roberts singled, but with two outs it looked bleak.  That's when Willie Wilson hit a clutch double that scored Washington and moved Roberts to third.  Onix Concepcion was up next...and he hit a single to center field!  Roberts scored easily and Wilson took off, beating the throw to home by Billy Sample.  Hal McRae then batted Concepcion home and Tobik was finally lifted after choking away Stewart's excellent start.

Winning Pitcher - Bud Black
Losing Pitcher - Dave Tobik
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Willie Wilson, 2-5, 2 2b's, RBI, R

June 14, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Pitcher's Who Rake

Game #587 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 @ Montreal Expos, 6

The Dodgers were never really in this game.  Andre Dawson roped a double in the bottom of the first to plate Miguel Dilone, but it was the bottom of the second when the most damage occurred.  Bobby Ramos had and RBI single, Charie Lea laid down a squeeze bunt to score Derrell Thomas, and Dilone singled home Ramos.  Lea had two hits after his sacrifice bunt, too!

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Losing Pitcher - Rick Honeycutt
Player of the Game - Lea, 8IP, 2ER, 4K's, 2-2, RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #588 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 4  Houston Astros, 1

This was the final game in a four-game match for Houston, but the Pirates managed to split the series at two games apiece.  Rick Rhoden was filthy, and is in the early conversation for Cy Young.  He went eight innings and only allowed four hits.  He also ripped a double, scored a run, and walked.  Lee Mazzilli had a good day too, going two for two with a double and a solo homer.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Losing Pitcher - Vern Ruhle
Save - Kent Tekulve
Player of the Game - Rhoden

June 12, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Show and Tell

Game #586 - San Diego Padres, 4 @ New York Mets, 3

"El Sid" Fernandez and Eric Show squared up against each other in this one, and both of them would like their first innings back.

In the top of the first Tony Gwynn lined a single and stole second...only to trot home two batters later when Kevin McReynolds went yard to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the first New York came storming back.  Eric Show's ERA has been above 6 all seasson, indicating he's had hard luck with the FAC cards.  That trend continued as Wally Backman and Hubie Brooks reached base and, with two outs, George Foster crushed a homer to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

That score held until the top of the fifth.  With two outs Alan Wiggins walked and Tony Gwynn notched his second hit of the game.  That brought up Carmelo Martinez, who cranked a bases-clearing double to give the Padres the lead once again at 4-3.

Show cruised after the first inning, and was relieved by Dave Dravecky in the eighth.  Dravecky ran until problems in the ninth when he walked Darryl Strawberry with no outs, but Strawberry tried to steal second and was gunned down by Terry Kennedy.  San Diego won!

Winning Pitcher - Eric Show
Losing Pitcher - Sid Fernandez
Save - Dave Dravecky
Player of the Game - Show, 7IP, 3ER, 4H's, 8K's, 2BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

June 10, 2017

Friend Requests - Where are the stats???

A couple of months ago Ben suggested that I post the stats for the league, not just the league leaders in the right hand column of the blog.

I thought this was a great idea...but I didn't know how I wanted to do it. Ideally I could just upload them to a non-editable google doc with a hyperlink but I'm still trying to tinker with that and how I want to manage it.

In the meantime...I've created some tabs at the top of the page that has some of the data for all your favorite players, grouped by teams.  Part of my hesitancy in just using google docs is that certain columns in my spreadsheet wouldn't make much sense to you the reader - they're either tracking organizational data for me or just bad data.  (For instance, I'm tracking how many times a player reaches base on an error or a fielder's choice.  But I combined it into one column.  I don't know why I did that, but I keep entering the data and it's basically useless.)

I also track how many times a player receives "Player of the Game" honors - there's a tab for that too!

I hope all of this helps you enjoy the blog a little bit better.  It still blows my mind that any of you are stopping by to read the game recaps - I certainly appreciate it!  And as always, if you want to set a lineup, make a suggestion, etc, just let me know in the comments!

(and there's a new poll to the right...who is your favorite 1984 Seattle Mariner outfielder?)

June 8, 2017

May 27, 1984 - All the Grand Slams!

Game #585 - Chicago White Sox, 6 @ Texas Rangers, 8

I get a guilty pleasure anytime a Statis Pro slugger launches a grand slam, and that happened right away in the top of the first.  The White Sox had the bases jacked and Charlie Hough, who is perpetually unlucky with the fast action cards, was faced with floating a knuckler by Ron Kittle.

It didn't work.

Kittle went yard and Chicago was up 4-0 just one out into the game.  They picked up two more runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Greg Luzinski and a sacrifice fly by Greg Walker.

Hough actually settled down big time after that, lasting through eight innings.  Floyd Bannister, meanwhile, was cruising through the Texas lineup until sixth.  Curtis Wilkerson broke up the shutout with a RBI single and then Jeff Kunkel blasted  three-run homer to bring the Rangers to within two runs of the lead.

In the eighth inning Dan Spillner was working his second inning of relief but stumbled into a bases loaded situation.  Backup catcher Marv Foley pinch-hit for Ned Yost...and you know what happened next...

GRAND SLAM!  The second of the game!!

Dave Schmidt pitched a quiet ninth and the worst team in Statis Pro added a number to the win column.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Losing Pitcher - Dan Spillner
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Marv Foley, 1-1, GS, 4RBI, R

June 5, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Doubleheader Madness

We had a twin bill between Cleveland and Toronto, and they were two highly entertaining affairs!

Game #583 - Cleveland Indians, 6 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 5

The Blue Jays jumped to a quick two-run lead in the bottom of the first when Damaso Garcia launched his first homer of the season, plating Lloyd Moseby in the process.  They scored two more in the fourth when Tony Fernandez tripled home Rance Mulliniks and Willie Aikens singled Fernandez home two batters later.

The score was 4-1 after seven, which was when Dave Stieb got lifted.  So began the Cleveland comeback!  Jimmy Key gave up three runs in the eighth, including a two-RBI double by George Vukovich.  In the top of the ninth, with the score now tied, Dennis Lamp gave up three straight singles but it was a Jorge Bell outfield error that allowed Pat Tabler and Mike Hargrove to score on the third hit.

With a two-run lead Mike Jeffcoat came in to face the lefty heavy top of the Toronto lineup.  But he too permitted three singles, the third scoring Garcia.  Ernie Camacho had to come in and induce a double play from the bat of Garth Iorg to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Aponte
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Lamp
Save - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - George Vukovich, 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Game #584 - Cleveland Indians, 9 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 10 (12 innings!!!)

A Cliff Johnson solo homer in the second and two more Toronto runs in the third gave the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead to start off game two of the doubleheader.  But Cleveland literally walked back into the game when Doyle Alexander surrendered an uncharacteristic four walks in a four-run fourth.

Toronto tied the game in the seventh when Cliff Johnson drove home Damaso Garcia, who was one of two Blue Jays hitters to get plunked by Neal Heaton in the inning.  The game stayed knotted 4-4 after nine, so it was on to extra innings - free baseball!!!

After two games and extra frames, Jim Gott was the last arm left in the Toronto bullpen.  He promptly got TORCHED in the top of the tenth.  Clevenad put five runs on the board, including home runs from Andre Thornton and Carmelo Castillo.  With a five run lead, surely the Indians had secured victory, right....?

...WRONG!  Cleveland gave up five runs in the bottom of the tenth!  Everything went wrong.  Roy Smith, appearing in his first game on the season, gave up five hits, a balk, and suffered a Julio Franco error that put the Blue Jays right back into the game.  Pat Tabler had another error, allowing Rick Leach to score and tie things up.  Unbelievable!!!

Jim Gott got out of both jams he created in the top of the eleventh and twelfth to bring Toronto up in the bottom half of inning number twelve.  That's when George Frazier came in, also the last arm left for Cleveland.  With one out, Dave Collins and late-inning replacement Fred Manrique both singled to bring up Lloyd Moseby with two on.  And Moseby...DOUBLED!  WALK OFF WIN AFTER COMING BACK FROM A FIVE RUN DEFICIT IN THE TENTH!!!

Winning Pitcher - Jim Gott (!)
Losing Pitcher - George Frazier
Player of the Game - Lloyd Moseby, 2-6, SAC, 2 2Bs, 2RBI, R

June 3, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Power from the #3 Hitters

Game #581 - San Diego Padres, 7 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5

San Diego, with a gutty outing from Mark Thurmond, were in cruise control for most of the game, especially after #3 hitter Carmelo Martinez took Steve Carlton deep for a two-run homer in the seventh.  But the Phillies wouldn't go down quietly.  Goose Gossage surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Joe Lefbvre in the bottom of the seventh, and Craig Lefferts got touched for two after a Juan Samuel double in the eighth.  Lefferts settled down after that to secure the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Steve Carlton
Player of the Game - Carmelo Martinez, 3-5, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

Game #582 - Detroit Tigers, 4 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Seattle broke out their boom sticks.  Backup catcher Bill Nahorodny took Milt Wilcox deep, and two batters later Alvin Davis did the same.  Detroit chipped back throughout the game, including an RBI double from Lou Whitaker in the ninth, but Edwin Nunez retired the next three Tigers to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Young
Losing Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Save - Edwin Nunez
Player of the Game - Steve Henderson, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI (#3 hitter)

May 29, 2017

May 27, 1984 - New York State of Mind

Game #579 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 @ New York Mets, 7

Fernando Valenzuela faced a disastrous third inning.  With two outs Keith Hernandez walked, George Foster singled, Mike Fitzgerald singled, Ron Gardenhire doubled, Danny Heep reached on a Pedro Guerrero error, Jerry Martin singled, and then Bruce Berenyi mercifully popped out to Guerrero.  Only two of the five runs were "earned" for Valenzuela, but the Dodgers never recovered, despite Valenzuela pitching a complete game.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Berenyi
Losing Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Player of the Game - Berenyi, CG, 1R, 5H's, 7K's, 3BB's

Game #580 - New York Yankees, 8 @ Oakland A's, 3

 Willie Randolph, Steve Kemp, and Dave Winfield knocked three straight doubles to lead off the game for the Yankees.  They added three more runs in the top of the second when Don Mattingly singled with the bases loaded to score two.  The A's never rallied after the initial 5-0 deficit, despite Larry Sorensen pitching a nice four scoreless innings of relief for Oakland.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Rasmussen
Losing Pitcher - Chris Codiroli
Player of the Game - Don Mattingly, 3-5, R, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson

May 21, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Calendar Milestones

I suspect that before I'm able to post again, the date of the 2017 MLB season will surpass that of my Statis Pro calendar.  Each year this happens it reminds me of how far I have to go and how quickly real time passes us by!

Game #577 - Milwaukee Brewers, 3 @ Minnesota Twins, 8

Few players are having a worse season in the AL than Tim Laudner.  His offense has been abysmal.  But in this game his bat finally came alive.  He had RBI doubles in the second and fifth innings and eventually scored after both hits.  Ken Schrom scattered seven hits over six innings to earn the win.  Pete Ladd went three innings in relief to preserve the Milwaukee bullpen after Mike Caldwell could only go five.

Winning Pitcher - Ken Schrom
Losing Pitcher - Mike Caldwell
Player of the Game - Tim Laudner, 3-4, 2 2b's, 2RBI, 2R's, asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Kirby Puckett

Game #578 - San Francisco Giants, 4 @ Montreal Expos, 6

Errors by Joel Youngblood and starter Jeff Robinson helped the Expos plate five runs in the first two innings.   Youngblood, playing left field because of the gluttony of injuries for the Giants, is a disaster at any position thanks to his "E10" error rating.  I think that was mostly earned at third base during the real 1984, but it carries over to whichever position he plays according to Statis Pro.

San Francisco staged a game-long rally but fell short in the ninth, climbing back to within two runs before Bob James retired the top of the lineup (Chili Davis, Chris Brown, and Jeffrey Leonard) in order.

Winning Pitcher - Bill Gullickson
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Robinson
Save - Bob James
Player of the Game - James, 1 IP, SV
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

May 11, 2017

May 27, 1984 - NL East Feast

Game #575 - Cincinnati Reds, 2 @ Chicago Cubs, 4

Leon Durham stood on third base with two outs in the bottom of the second when Bob Dernier singled him home.  But the Reds moved ahead in the top of third with two runs thanks to Chicago errors by Gary Matthews and Larry Bowa.  Durham came to the rescue in the bottom half of that same inning by hitting a 2RBI single that plated Steve Trout and Thad Bosely.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Trout
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Russell
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Durham, 2-4, R, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez, Ryne Sandberg

Game #576 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 8 @ Houston Astros, 1

Houston actually held the lead in this one when Bill Doran reached on a Jim Morrison error and Jerry Mumphrey tripled him home in the first, but it was all Pittsburgh after that.  They scored two runs each in the third and fifth innings, and another four when Jason Thompson blasted a grand salami.

Winning Pitcher - Larry McWilliams
Losing Pitcher - Mike Scott
Player of the Game - Tony Pena, 3-5, R, 2RBI

April 29, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Orioles, Red Sox Stay Tied for Fourth

Game #573 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Boston Red Sox, 7

The Royals, missing six of their starters due to injuries, didn't do too bad in mustering four runs of offense, but the Red Sox had an explosive first inning.  Wade Boggs singled and was tripled home by Dewey Evans.  Evans got plated by a Mike Easler single, and two batters later Tony Armas launched a three-run homer over the Green Monster.  They added two more runs in the second and coasted on a solid Bruce Hurst start the rest of the way.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Bret Saberhagen
Player of the Game - Dwight Evans, 2-5, 2 3b's, 2RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #574 - Baltimore Orioles, 10 @ California Angels, 8 (12 innings!)

Storm Davis got roughed up early, allowing three runs in his first two innings of pitching before settling down.  They tied the game up in the fifth when Cal Ripken scored on a Ken Singleton ground out.

In the top of the seventh the O's plated two with RBI hits from Rich Dauer and John Shelby, but the Angels scored three in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead thanks to RBI doubles from Bobby Grich, Brian Downing, and Doug DeCinces.  They almost had the win, but closer Doug Corbett allowed pinch runner Lenn Sakata to score in the top of the ninth!

Both teams had runners in scoring position in the tenth and eleventh innings, but neither team successfully advanced them home.  Then, in the top of the twelfth, Baltimore scored a whopping four runs, including a bases loaded and bases clearing double by backup third sacker Todd Cruz.  John Pacella, working his third inning of relief in the bottom of the frame, allowed two Angels to score, but struck out Fred Lynn to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - John Pacella
Losing Pitcher - Luis Sanchez
Player of the Game - Todd Cruz, 1-2, 2B, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Happy Trails...John Pacella

This marked the last game of the year for John Pacella.  How did he do compared to the real 1984?  Let's take a look...

Statis Pro 1984:  1-1, 6.11 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 9K's, 6BB's, 5HR's
The Real 1984:  0-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 14.2 IP, 8K's, 9BB's, 2HR's

As you can see, both versions were terrible.  I'm down to only two more Orioles who have yet to pitch on the season, Nate Snell and Ken Dixon.  I'm guessing the real 1984 Orioles only went with a five man pen instead of the six I've been using.  We'll see how that goes as there is still a lot of season left to play...


April 13, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Murph

Game #572 - St. Louis Cardinals, 4 @ Atlanta Braves, 8

In the top of the first Lonnie Smith walked, stole second base, went to third on an Ozzie Smith sacrifice, and then scored on a sac fly by Willie McGee.  Cardinals baseball!!  But in the bottom of the first Gerald Perry and Glenn Hubbard drew back to back walks and, two batters later, Dale Murphy went big-fly to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.

Atlanta got three more runs in the fourth thanks in part to RBI singles from Rafael Ramirez and Alex Trevino.  Rick Camp lasted six innings and scattered five walks along with two hits to get the victory for the Braves.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Camp
Losing Pitcher - Danny Cox
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 2-4, HR, 3RBI, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

April 9, 2017

Week in Review: May 20 - May 26, 1984

Dan Driessen is in the top five for NL OPS
This is our first "Week in Review" since September 2016, meaning it took seven months to finish the week.  That honestly feels like a pretty good pace, one playing day a month.  At that rate I could finish two weeks in the same calendar year.

The Phenomenal Phive:

  1. Houston Astros, 32-12, .727 win%  Just about everything is going the right way for the Astros.  Their starting pitching delivers, the bullpen is the best in the National League, and their platoons on offense are clicking.  I need to start playing Ray Knight more in anticipation of his trade later in the season to the Mets, so that could dampen the run scoring.
  2. Toronto Blue Jays, 31-13, .705 win %  There isn't a better outfield in the league right now than the Blue Jays.  Dave Collins, Jorge Bell, and Lloyd Moseby are murdering the ball, and Jesse Barfield is coming off the DL this coming week.  That's bad news for the AL East.
  3. St. Louis Cardinals, 32-14, .696 win%  The Cardinals continue to distance themselves from the rest of the NL East.  Bruce Sutter now leads the league in saves (10) and has been nearly unhittable.
  4. Detroit Tigers, 28-14, .667 win%  Detroit Rock City continues to keep the pressure on Toronto.  Kirk Gibson leads the multi-pronged offensive attack as Howard Johnson has enjoyed increased playing time with Tom Brookens' injury.
  5. New York Yankees, 27-16, .628 win%  The Bronx Bombers are still performing above their true talent level.  They got a nice pick-me-up when Willie Randolph came off the DL, and Dave Winfield's bat is sizzling right now.
Useless Stats:

  • Brett Butler leads the AL in caught stealing with eight, twice as many as the runner in second place.  Tim Raines leads the NL with six, though he's successfully nabbed 22 bags.
  • Lloyd Moseby has been plunked seven times so far this season, good for tops in the AL.  Dave Anderson of the Dodgers leads the senior circuit with four.
  • Kent Hrbek has grounded into 15 double plays.  Mike Marshall leads the NL with 11.
  • Ricky Horton is the only pitcher in the National League with a save and at least one game started.
  • Dave Stieb and Doyle Alexander of the Blue Jays lead the American League with four complete games pitched.

April 7, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Last Game of the Week

Game #571 - Cleveland Indians, 4 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 10

Rick Sutcliffe and Luis Leal were in a race for worst pitching performance in the last game of the week.  In the bottom of the first Cliff Johnson launched a three run homer as the Blue Jays totaled four in the inning.  In the top of the second Indians catcher Jerry Willard deposited a Leal pitch over the right field wall for three RBI of his own, bringing the Indians within a run of tying it up.

In the third, though, Willie Upshaw took the game over.  With Jorge Bell and Cliff Johnson on base, he ripped a bases-clearing triple.  In the seventh he added a three-run homer off George Frazier and Toronto ended the game with one in the win column.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Rick Sutcliffe
Player of the Game - Willie Upshaw, 2-3, BB, 3B, HR, 5RBI


April 1, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Great Eight

Game #569 - Detroit Tigers, 8 @ Seattle Mariners, 0

Glen Abbott started for Detroit, and even though he wasn't much of a pitcher in the real 1984, he held the Mariners scoreless through five innings.  That's when Willie Hernandez came on for three innings of relief brilliance.

Kirk Gibson, Darrell Evans, and Howard Johnson all homered for Detroit.

Winning Pitcher - Glen Abbott
Losing Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Player of the Game - Hernandez, 3IP, 0R, 4K's

Game #570 - Chicago White Sox, 8 @ Texas Rangers, 5

The Pale Hose had a huge inning in the first.  Harold Baines and Tom Paciorek both launched two-run homers.  They were up to an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth when Hall of Famer starter Tom Seaver allowed a three-run pinch hit homer to Tracy Jones to end his bid for a complete game.

Winning Pitcher - Tom Seaver
Losing Pitcher - Mike Mason
Save - Juan Agosto
Player of the Game - Paciorek, 3-3, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tom Seaver

March 25, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Lansford and Lezcano Lauded

Game #567 - New York Yankees, 6 @ Oakland A's, 14

Headed into the bottom of the fifth the Yankees actually held a slim 3-2 lead.  But Joe Cowley allowed four runs in the inning, including a two-run bomb from Carney Lansford.  But Lansford wasn't done.  He added a solo homer in the seventh for his second of the game, followed directly by a moonshot from Dwayne Murphy.  Mike Heath had three hits in the game, and all three were RBI doubles.  Every Oakland starter had a hit except Joe Morgan.

Curt Young gutted out seven innings, giving up 12 hits and 4 walks, but only three runs.

Winning Pitcher - Curt Young
Losing Pitcher - Joe Cowley
Player of the Game - Carney Lansford, 4-5, 2B, 2HR's, 4RBI, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

Game #568 - San Diego Padres, 2 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 6

The Phillies scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first.  Andy Hawkins allowed the first five batters to reach base, including two-run homers by Sixto Lezcano and Joe Lefebvre.  Hawkins hung in until the sixth inning to give the Padres bullpen a breather and didn't allow another run, but the Padres anemic offense couldn't dig out of the first inning hole.

Winning Pitcher - Shane Rawley
Losing Pitcher - Andy Hawkins
Player of the Game - Sixto Lezcano, 3-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Mike Schmidt

March 11, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Netsix

Game #565 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 6 @ New York Mets, 0

Walt Terrell tried to keep it close for the Mets with a 2-0 deficit after a home run to Greg Brock in the third, but got pulled in the seventh when Alejandro Pena reached on error and got tripled home by Steve Sax (and then walked the next two batters to load the bases).  But reliever Jesse Orosco gave up back to back singles to Mike Marshall and Candy Maldonado to plate four total runs in the inning.  Meanwhile, Alejandro Pena has quietly been the most lethal pitcher on the season, leading the league in WHIP and keeping the Mets off balance for a complete game shutout.

Winning Pitcher - Alejandro Pena
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Player of the Game - Pena

Game #566 - San Francisco Giants, 5 @ Montreal Expos, 6

The Giants had a 3-0 lead after five innings thanks in part to Mike Krukow's stellar pitching and a two-run bomb by John Rabb.  But the wheels fell of for Krukow in the sixth.  Ten batters came to the plate, and Krukow and Scott Garrelts allowed five runs to score.  Pete Rose added an RBI single in the seventh, which was a good thing because Jeff Leonard cranked a two-run homer too in the eighth to bring the Giants within one of victory.  Alas, that's as close as they would get.

Winning Pitcher - David Palmer
Losing Pitcher - Mike Krukow
Save - Greg Harris
Player of the Game - Tim Raines, 3-3, 2B, 2R's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

March 9, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Dramatic Outcomes

Game #563 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 @ Houston Astros, 4 (10 innings)

Bob Knepper gave up a lead-off double in the first to Lee Lacy, who eventually scored on a Jason Thompson sacrifice fly.  But he settled down after that, going six innings only giving up that run.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth.  Jose Cruz was on base after a single when Jerry Mumphrey cranked a long fly to right field.  Brian Harper crashed into the wall trying to track it down, resulting in a triple for Mumphrey.  He then scored on a Denny Walling single, which made it 2-1 Houston.  Harper is injured now for 67 games - a record length of time for this Statis Pro season.

In the top of the ninth the Pirates were down to their last three batters.  With one out Lee Mazzilli dug in against Dave Smith...and hit a HOMER!  TIE GAME!  The Astros couldn't answer in the bottom of the ninth so it was on to free baseball.

Lacy led off the tenth with a single and booked it to third on a Tony Pena double.  Frank DiPino intentionally walked Jason Thompson to load the bases but make it a force out at any base.  Jim Morrison hit a deep ground out to the first base side which allowed Lacy to score and to give the Pirates a one run lead going into the bottom of the tenth.  But the game wasn't done!  Cecilio Guante took the mound for the save but yielded a walk to Terry Puhl and a single to Jose Cruz.  He struck out Mumphrey but Enos Cabell SMOKED a DOUBLE to CLEAR THE BASES FOR THE WALK-OFF WIN!!!

Winning Pitcher - Frank DiPino
Losing Pitcher - Cecilio Guante
Player of the Game - Enos Cabell, 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Game #564 - Milwaukee Brewers, 3 @ Minnesota Twins, 0

This was a game of pitching dominance.  Frank Viola was filthy for the Twins, going eight innings and giving up only three hits while striking out five, but one of those hits was a Bob Clark homer.  Meanwhile, Jaime Cocanower hurled a no-hitter until the sixth inning, when Tom Brunansky ripped a double with one out.  In the seventh Randy Bush singled with one out when Tim Laudner smacked a double to the noodle-armed Clark in center field.  Bush applied his "OBR A" running and tried to make it all the way home against Clark's "T2" arm rating.  But Clark got it into Jim Sundberg at home and ahead of Bush to keep the Twins off the scoreboard.  Ray Searage got the save but recording five straight outs.

Winning Pitcher - Jaime Cocanower
Losing Pitcher - Frank Viola
Save - Ray Searage
Player of the Game - Bob Clark, 1-3, HR, RBI, Asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Kirby Puckett


March 7, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Reds and Eds

Game #561 - Baltimore Orioles, 11 @ California Angels, 7

I know I have said it a hundred times on this blog, but Eddie Murray is my favorite player and the Baltimore Orioles are my favorite team.  I've been lucky in that Eddie has had some big moments this season, and this game might have been his biggest.

A barrage of offense on both sides had the Angels up 7-6 in the top of the eighth.  Don Aase, the best reliever on the California roster, came in to pitch when Curt Kaufman walked Wayne Gross and allowed an error to put two men on.  John Lowenstein pinch-hit for Gary Roenicke and promptly walked, loading the bases with no outs.  And then Aase walked Mike Young to tie the game!  That brought up Cal Ripken, but Aase fanned him for the first out.  Up stepped Eddie Clarence Murray.  The "fast action card" indicated it was a clutch-batting number!  The next number?  34 - square in the middle of Eddie's home run range - GRAND SLAM!!!  The O's hung on to win after that!!!

Winning Pitcher - Tippy Martinez
Losing Pitcher - Curt Kaufman
Save - Sammy Stewart
Player of the Game - Eddie Murray, 2-5, 2B, Grand Slam, 4RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew

Game #562 - Cincinnati Reds, 7 @ Chicago Cubs, 1

The Cubbies were riding a nice three-game win streak in their attempt to climb out of the NL East cellar, but Mario Soto gutted those efforts.  He went eight strong innings, only giving up one run on three hits while whiffing seven.  Lee Smith has been useless out of the pen this year, as he gave up another four runs in the top of the ninth.

Winning Pitcher - Mario Soto
Losing Pitcher - Rick Reuschel
Player of the Game - Soto
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg


March 5, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Schedule Frustrations

Well, I'm a bit grumpy.  There is a certain amount of coordination required to replay an entire baseball season with a tabletop game.  When I started this endeavor I couldn't find the original schedule of intended games for 1984, only the actual results.  That means all games rescheduled in the real season are played on the same date here in Statis Pro fantasy land.

I've used Baseball-Reference's 1984 calendar since day one.  I liked it because you could look at the entire six months on one page, and then click on the day and month from that page for the games I needed to play.  It would open a box that would list the box scores, by league, for that date.

But for these two games, I made a sad discovery.  My bookmarked page no longer exists.  Instead, Baseball Referene has gone with this.  It's a generic search page where I now have to enter the date and season every time.  Worse than that, though, is that the games are no longer divided by league, it's sorted alphabetically by home team, left to right, top to bottom.  I know, I know, "first world problems."  The old style, though, made it easier for me to track which game to play next.  I'm sure this new search function services the rest of the Baseball Reference in a much better way than me, I just wish they could do both styles.  Oh well, on to the games...

Game #559 -  St. Louis Cardinals, 5 @ Atlanta Braves, 4

Lonnie Smith started the game with a single and a stolen base, allowing #3 hitter Willie McGee to single him home for the first run of the game.  That's all the offense either team could muster until the top of the sixth.  With Pascual Perez still on the mound for Atlanta, Ozzie Smith doubled, McGee tripled for his second RBI of the game, and then scored on a Ken Oberkfell double.  But in the bottom half of the inning the Braves came roaring back.  Dave LaPoint had two runners on base when Rafael Ramirez doubled to plate Glenn Hubbard.  Then Alex Trevino singled to bring home Dale Murphy and Ramirez.  Trevino eventually scored too on a Bob Watson single and all of a sudden the Braves went from down three to up one.

In the top of the eighth hard luck reliever Gene Garber took the mound for Atlanta.  But the Cardinals, aided by a Trevino throwing error when Lonnie Smith stole his second base of the game, ended up scoring two runs to swipe victory away from Atlanta.

Winning Pitcher - Neil Allen
Losing Pitcher - Gene Garber
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Willie McGee, 3-4, 3B, 2RBI, 2R's, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

Game #560 - Kansas City Royals, 2 @ Boston Red Sox, 11

This one wasn't pretty...especially with Boston hitting FIVE home runs!  The first came off the bat of Tony Armas...with the bases loaded...in the bottom of the first!  He added a three run shot in the fourth to give him a whopping seven RBI for the game!  Meanwhile, Darryl Motley became the sixth Royals' starter to get injured, crashing into the outfield wall and going on the DL for ten games.

Winning Pitcher - Al Nipper
Losing Pitcher - Mark Gubicza
Player of the Game - Armas, 4-5, 2HR (grand slam), 7RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

February 26, 2017

May 25, 1984 - Supreme Facial Hair

Game #557 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 6 @ New York Mets, 7

It's unusual for a team that hits four home runs in a game to lose, but that's just what L.A. managed to do.  Pedro Guerrero hit a two run bomb in the first, R.J. Reynolds a solo homer in the third, and two more solo shots by Dave Anderson and Greg Brock in the fifth.  The Brock homer was a first in this Statis Pro season - an INSIDE THE PARK home run!  Mookie Wilson crashed into the center field wall and hurt himself for five games while Brock scampered home for the unconventional run.

But by the ninth inning the game was tied, thanks in large part to Mr. George Foster.  He had his own two-run homer in the second, and RBI single in the third, and another RBI, this time a double that plated Darryl Strawberry, in the seventh.

So how did the Mets win in the bottom of the ninth inning?  It was the curse of Tom Niedenfuer once again!  Long time readers of this blog know that Niedenfuer's tendencies for clutch meltdowns are just as true in Statis Pro as they were in real life.  He walked Darryl Strawberry and Hubie Brooks to start the inning.  Foster grounded out but moved the runners up a base.  Niedenfuer intentionally walked Mike Fitzgerald to bring up Jose Oquendo with the bases loaded.  Oquendo laid down the SUICIDE SQUEEZE to score the winning run!

Winning Pitcher - Jesse Orosco
Losing Pitcher - Tom Niedenfuer
Player of the Game - George Foster, 3-5, HR, 2B, 4RBI, R, killer sideburns

Game #558 - San Diego Padres, 8 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 11

Padres starter Tim Lollar got himself into a jam early in the game.  In the bottom of the first he had the bases loaded with Ivan DeJesus up.  He smoked a line drive to the left field corner, where Carmelo Martinez injured himself trying to make the play.  The end result?  A bases clearing double.  San Diego had the game tied back up by the fourth inning, thanks in part to a two-run homer by Luis Salazar.  But the Phillies sent eleven batters to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring six runs.  Four of those came courtesy of an Ozzie Virgil GRAND SLAM, his second on the season.  That was enough to outlast the pesky San Diego offense on the day.

Winning Pitcher - Jerry Koosman
Losing Pitcher - Tim Lollar
Save - Larry Andersen
Player of the Game - Ozzie Virgil, 1-4, Grand Slam, 4RBI, HBP, killer beard
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Mike Schmidt

This was the last game on May 25 - the standings and stats are updated on the right side of the page.  There's a new poll too!

February 21, 2017

May 25, 1984 - One Is The Loneliest Number

Game #555 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 0 @ Houston Astros, 1

This game was scoreless after eight innings of play.  Twice the Astros sent a runner from second to home plate only to be thrown out by Doug Frobel, who was in the game because Johnny Ray and Marvelle Wynn collided in the first and had to leave with injuries.

But in the bottom of the ninth Don Robinson was working his second inning of relief.  Jose Cruz led off with a single.  He then stole second, but Tony Pena overthrew second base, letting Cruz scamper to third with no outs.  Jerry Mumphrey popped out to Denny Gonzalez but Enos Cabell walked.  That brought up Kevin Bass.  He hit a fly ball out to Lee Mazzilli, but it was deep enough to plate Cruz with the winning, and only, run.

Winning Pitcher - Bill Dawley
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Joe Niekro, 8IP, 4H's, 10K's

Game #556 - San Francisco Giants, 8 @ Montreal Expos, 1

This was a fun game because it was the first time, if I'm not mistaken, we've had a new Hall of Fame player added to this Statis Pro season.  That's right - Tim Raines is now in the Hall of Fame.  Congrats!  Next year's verteran's committee covers the 1970's and 80's, so maybe we'll have more additions to the club.

The Giants took control of this game right out of the gate.  Chili Davis led off with a solo homer, Jeffrey Leonard and Bob Brenly hit back to back doubles, Brad Wellman and Alex Sanchez had RBI singles, and after half an inning of play San Fran was up 4-0 on poor Steve Rogers.  The onslaught continued as Mark Davis pulled his E.R.A. out of the garbage disposal by pitching a complete game, with the only run scored unearned.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Davis
Losing Pitcher - Steve Rogers
Player of the Game - Chili Davis, 4-4, 2HR's, 2RBI, 3R's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter


February 18, 2017

May 25, 1984 - Twos Lose

Game #553 - St. Louis Cardinals, 2 @ Atlanta Braves, 4

Juaquin Andujar and Len Barker took the mound in this battle of NL winning teams.  David Green started the scoring with a solo homer in the second, and the Cards padded their lead with another run in the third, this time on an RBI single by Ozzie Smith that scored Darrell Porter.

But in the bottom of the sixth Andujar was in trouble.  Three straight singles had the bases loaded for Dale Murphy.  He didn't hit a home run...but he did crush a triple to clear the bases!  Two batters later Rafael Ramirez singled home Murphy and the Braves remained the victors.

Winning Pitcher - Len Barker
Losing Pitcher - Juaquin Andujar
Save - Steve Bedrosian
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 3B, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

Game #554 - Cincinnati Reds, 2 @ Chicago Cubs, 5

The Cubs were coming off a sweep of a double header the day before, so they didn't know if anything was left in the tank.  But they got off to a 2-0 lead in the first when a two-out error by Dave Concepcion turned into a two-run homer by Leon "Bull" Durham.  Jody Davis added a solo shot in the second while Dick Ruthven pitched his best game of the year, going seven innings without yielding a run.

Winning Pitcher - Dick Ruthven
Losing Pitcher - Frank Pastore
Save - Tim Stoddard
Player of the Game - Ruthven, 7IP, 0R, 3K
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez, Ryne Sandberg

February 12, 2017

May 25, 1984 - 5, 4, 3...

Game #551 - Chicago White Sox, 4 @ Texas Rangers, 5

I'm not sure how closely you've been following the Rangers' plight on this blog, but they were the only team in the league not to be at double-digits in victories.

That is no longer so.

They were down 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Larry Parrish led off the inning with a solo homer.  Billy Sample singles, stole second, and then scampered home on a Curtis Wilkerson double.  With two outs Mickey Rivers recorded his fourth hit of the game, and his second double, to drive home Wilkerson.  That's all Frank Tanana would need to go the distance against the White Sox.  Despite a rough first four innings, he only allowed two base runners over the last five innings.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Losing Pitcher - LaMarr Hoyt
Player of the Game - Mickey Rivers, 4-4, 2 2B's, RBI, R

This game also marked another mechanical pencil that bit the dust.  I think it was my third or fourth pencil I've gone through, but this one was special because I "bought" it at my daughter's "pen and pencil" shop she had set up in her bedroom about a year and a half ago.  #memories

Game #552 - Cleveland Indians, 3 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 0

With the Tigers losing earlier in the day Toronto had a chance to extend its lead in the AL East.  But Cleveland was riding a five game win streak and was within one victory of being back .500 on the season.

In the top of the first Jim Clancy got himself into trouble.  Brett Butler attempted a bunt single but reached safely on a Damaso Garcia error.  He went to third on a Julio Franco single but was out at home on a fielder's choice grounder by George Vukovich.  Andre Thornton singled, though, to load the bases.  Pat Tabler struck out but Mike Hargrove walked to bring in the first run!  After that, Tony Bernazard singled to plate two more...and those would be the only runs of the game!  Bert Blyleven struck out the first batter in the first six innings he pitched on his way to his second shutout of the season.

Winning Pitcher - Bert Blyleven
Losing Pitcher - Jim Clancey
Player of the Game - Blyeleven, CG SHO, 9K's, 5H's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Bert Blyleven

February 5, 2017

May 25, 1984 - Blunders Haunt West Coast Trips

Game #549 - New York Yankees, 9 @ Oakland A's, 11

The Yankees had an early 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first when Dave Kingman stepped to the plate with Tony Phillips on first.  He hit the ball so hard and far they both scored.  And then Oakland milked four more runs in the third to make it 6-2.

Dave Winfield hit a solo bomb in the sixth to bring the  Yankees back within three, but errors by Roy Smalley and Bobby Meacham led to three more runs.  Even then, the A's were up 11-3 in the ninth but Larry Sorensen and Bill Caudill allowed six runs before Tom Burgmeier got the save.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Warren
Losing Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Save - Tom Burgmeier
Player of the Game - Tony Phillips, 2-4, 3R's, 2RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson

Happy Trails...Lou Piniella

This was the last game for Lou Piniella in this Statis Pro season.  In the real 1984 season he retired in mid-June to become the first base coach for the team.  How did our Lou do?

Statis Pro - 11R, 32H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2HR, 12RBI, .950OPS, .356AVG
Real 1984 - 8R, 26H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1HR, 6RBI, ..762OPS, ..302AVG

Statis Pro Piniella had quite a bit more luck with the stick than his real counterpart.  That being said...Piniella was still hitting well when he retired.  I think that's what they mean by a "professional hitter."  Brian Dayett will replace him on the roster.

Game #550 - Detroit Tigers, 5 @ Seattle Mariners, 6

The Tigers scored two in the top of the first thanks in part to a throwing error by pitcher Mike Moore.  Seattle got a run back when Moneyball hero Ken Phelps crunched a ball over the right field fence.  The Mariners got three more runs in the third because Chet Lemon grossly misplayed a ball in center, something quite out of the ordinary for the normally reliable fielder.  A Kirk Gibson blunder in the next inning allowed yet another run to cross the plate.

Fast forward to the bottom of the seventh.  The game was tied when Phil Bradley led off with a single and stole second base.  He moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Alvin Davis.  From there he scored when Lance Parrish allowed a passed ball.  That ended up being the winning run.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Geisel
Losing Pitcher - Aurelio Lopez
Save - Edwin Nunez
Player of the Game - Nunez, 2IP, 4K's, SV

January 29, 2017

May 25, 1984 - American League Nail-biters

Game #547 - Baltimore Orioles, 3 @ California Angels, 5

On paper this looked like a slam dunk for the Orioles.  They had Mike Boddicker (2-7 rating) going against Tommy John (2-5 rating).  But the Angels jumped out front in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs, one from a double by Doug DeCinces.  They added a third run in the fourth when a Boddicker error moved Gary Pettis to third base.  Bob Boone was then successful in scoring him with a sacrifice fly.

The O's finally came roaring back in the top of the seventh.  With two outs and John still on the mound, John Shelby tripled, Gary Roenicke singled, and Mike Young crushed a two-run homer to tie things up.  The tie evaporated in the bottom half of the inning, though.  With two outs and two runners on, DeCinces hit a bases-clearing double to give the final lead of the game to California.

Winning Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Losing Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Player of the Game - Doug DeCinces, 2-3, 2 doubles, 3RBI, R, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Rod Carew, Reggie jackson

Game #548 - Milwaukee Brewers, 13 @ Minnesota Twins, 12

About 45 minutes before we were going to leave for church this morning I had some time to kill, so I tried to squeeze this game in before departing.  As you can probably tell from the score, I barely made it through the seventh before having to hit pause!

Things started off with a bang for the Twins.  In the bottom of the first Kirby Puckett singled and then Tim Teufel homered to take an early 2-0 lead.  The Brew Crew turned a two-out error by pitcher Mike Smithson in the top of the third into five unearned runs, including a three-run bomb by Rick Manning.  That made it 5-2, but Teufel hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 5-3.

Jim Sundberg added a solo blast of his own in the fourth to again give Milwaukee a three run lead.  It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when back to back double by Gary Gaetti and Dave Meier made it 6-4.  And then in the seventh...the Twins unloaded!  All nine batters came to the plate and the Twinkies put up a five spot to take the lead, 9-6.  BUT THE BREWERS WEREN'T DONE!

In the top of the eighth Milwauke scored SEVEN runs, three from a Roy Howell tater and then four when Ben Oglivie hit a bases jacked GRAND SALAMI!  BUT THE TWINS STARTED TO RALLY BACK!!!  In the bottom half of the eighth Kent Hrbek rocked a two-run homer and then Mickey Hatcher made it back to back over the fence, and suddenly the Brewers lead was back down to one run.  But Rollie Fingers worked an inning and two-thirds to save the game for Tom Tellmann, who gave up five runs in relief but somehow got the win.  And I didn't even mention the three ejections due to crazy "Z" cards...

Winning Pitcher - Tom Tellmann
Losing Pitcher - Mike Walters
Save - Rollie Fingers
Player of the Game - Ben Oglivie, 2-4, GS, 4RBI, 2R's, sac fly
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, Kirby Puckett

January 27, 2017

May 25, 1984 - Royal Oil

Game #546 - Kansas City Royals, 2 @ Boston Red Sox, 5

My heart was aflutter in this one!  Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd cruised through his first five innings without allowing a hit.  The only Royals to make it on base were Onix Concepcion (thanks to a Jackie Gutierrez error) and Darryl Motley (walk).  But in the bottom of the sixth it would be Buddy Biancalana, he of sub-.200 batting average in the real 1984, that would end Boyd's bid with an infield single!  He was only starting the game because Frank White is injured.

Boyd was still tossing a shutout into the ninth when he gave up three singles and was pulled before the game could get away from him.  Bob Stanley cleaned up the mess for the Red Sox victory.  Tony Armas had a triple and a homer while Gutierrez had three hits and two RBI.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Boyd
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Liebrandt
Save - Bob Stanley
Player of the Game - Boyd
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs and Jim Rice


January 25, 2017

May 24, 1984 - Pittsburgh Winn

Game #545 - Cincinnati Reds, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 4

Joe Price and John Tudor squared off in a battle of southpaw hurlers in the third and final game of the series.  The Pirates scored first in the bottom of the second when Brian Harper smoked a double to plate Jason Thompson all the way from first base.  The Reds tied it up in the top of the fourth, though.  Cesar Cedeno was standing on third when Nick Esasky hit a ball deep enough to score Cedeno with a sacrifice fly.

The tie didn't last long.  In the bottom half of the fourth Pittsburgh managed to load the bases.  Dale Berra stepped up and hit an unlikely double, scoring Tony Pena and Thompson again.  Fast forward to the seventh.  The Pirates were still up 3-2 when a Cecilio Guante fielding error eventually led to Gary Redus crossing home plate and tying the game!

It was still tied in the bottom of the eighth.  With two outs Marvelle Wynn cranked a double off Bob Owchinko.  With the pitcher's position up next, Denny Gonzalez subbed for Jim Winn.  This was Gonzalez's first appearance of the year - he got called up when Bill Madlock went on the DL.  What did he do in his first at-bat?  RBI SINGLE FOR THE LEAD!  Kent Tekulve pitched a perfect ninth and Pittsburgh completed their sweep of the Reds!

Winning Pitcher - Jim Winn
Losing Pitcher - Bob Owchinko
Save - Kent Tekulve
Player of the Game - Denny Gonzalez, 1-1, PH RBI Single
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

January 22, 2017

May 24, 1984 - NL Rookie Pitchers Dazzle

Game # 543 - San Francisco Giants, 0 @ New York Mets, 9

Dwight Gooden toed the rubber for the Metropolitans, and he was fiiiiilthy.  Over seven innings he struck out ten while only walking one.  Meanwhile, Giants starter Bill Laskey got abused, giving up eight runs in less than six innings.  The biggest spark plug in the batter's box was Wally Backman.  He went 4 for 4 with a double, two RBI, four runs, and two stolen bases.

Winning Pitcher - Dwight Gooden
Losing Pitcher - Bill Laskey
Player of the Game - Wally Backman

Game #544 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 1

Gooden wasn't the only rookie hurler dominating his game.  Orel Hershiser was dominant in his start too.  The only run scored on back to back doubles by Ozzie Virgil and Juan Samuel in the second.  Bulldog went eight innings with just four hits surrendered.  The Dodgers had a three run second inning off Charles Hudson, with two of those runs coming courtesy a Dave Anderson triple, his first on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Save - Ken Howell
Player of the Game - Hershiser
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

January 19, 2017

May 24, 1984 - Let's Play Two!

It occurs to me I've never explained why most of these of posts feature two games at the same time.  The answer is simple:  there are two scorecards per 8.5x11 piece of paper I use!

I still have my original notepad with scorecards that came with my Statis Pro box, but I knew I would blow through that in no time playing this season.  I also knew storing those pages would be harder because they're an odd size.  So I decided to use what you see above - it came with the digital files for all the seasons on the CD my dad bought off eBay a few years back.  For the most part, it works great.  Extra-inning games that go past the 11th can be a problem, as can National League games since there tends to be a lot more pinch-hitting.

The scoring page above is from the two games for this post.  As it so happened, the Cubs were playing two.  The late great Ernie Banks would have loved that.

Game 541 - Atlanta Braves, 1 @ Chicago Cubs, 3

This looked like it was going to be an uphill batter for the Cubs because, prior to the game, I flipped the FAC's to see if Rick Mahler and Scott Sanderson were hot, average, or cold with their stuff.  Mahler actually bumped to a 2-8 rating while Sanderson wasn't feeling it at a 2-5.  But as I've said before...THAT'S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAME!

Bob Dernier attempted  bunt single in the bottom of the first but reached second on a Chris Chambliss error instead.  Ryne Sandberg then singled off the pitcher's card and Dernier scampered home.  A Greg Matthews single moved Ryno to third and then Leon Durham plated him and just like that the Cubbies were up 2-0.  Sanderson, meanwhile, was nearly flawless despite throwing junk.  He lasted eight innings and only gave up two hits.  That was a much needed long performance on a doubleheader day.  Mahler went the distance for the Braves despite tallying the loss.  The win stopped Chicago's THIRTEEN GAME losing streak.  Thank goodness for that.

Winning Pitcher - Scott Sanderson
Losing Pitcher - Rick Mahler
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Sanderson
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

Game 542 - Atlanta Braves 4, Chicago Cubs 5

On to game two!

For doubleheaders this season I've allowed clubs to place a 26th player on their roster, which I think they do in current MLB twin bills (though I don't know if it was that way in 1984).  Atlanta let Tony Brizzolara make his season debut as starter while Chicago trotted out Chuck Rainey.  Neither was particularly good in 1984, so I suspected some offense in this one.  Again, THAT'S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAME!

The Cubs got on the board first.  Steve Lake doubled home Leon Durham and Larry Bowa then singled home Mel Hall and Lake.  They added two more in the fifth when Richie Hebner launched a towering homer over the ivy to jump the lead to 5-0.

Rainey pitched into the seventh before giving up his first run, a homer to (not that) Randy Johnson.  Brad Komminsk then reached on a Bowa error and scored after stealing second while Lake airmailed the attempted assist into center field.  After 6 2/3 Rainey hit the showers, but he recorded a season-high ten strikeouts.

Still leading 5-2 Lee Smith came on in the ninth to go for the save.  He promptly loaded the bases and surrendered two runs!  Just as the situation was looking most desire he got Paul Runge to fly out for the second win on the day.  Perhaps this will be the spark that gets the Cubs out of the cellar in the NL East?

Winning Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Losing Pitcher - Tony Brizzolara
Save - Lee Smith
Player of the Game - Rainey
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg


Happy Trails...Matt Sinatro

A pretty big problem popped up for me when Bruce Bennedict got injured a few games ago - the Braves essentially only used two catchers in 1984, Bennedict and Alex Trevino.  Matt Sinatro got into two games behind the plate, while Biff Pocoroba had a couple of at-bats but never saw the field.  All that's to say Sinatro got into his two games for the year to spell Trevino and is now done.  What's even sadder than that, though, is he was 0-4 in the real 1984, thus his hitting card had a 1 in 64 chance of an infield hit (FAC 11) or he was an automatic out.  So how did he do in my Statis Pro season?  The exact same: 0-4.  Pocoroba will ride the pine in Sinatro's place until Bennedict is off the DL.