Monday, June 15, 2015

OOTP: Week 10

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Only three days late on this! Friday was preoccupied with school and I went to an actual ballgame this weekend, but that's over and done, so let's move on to week 10 of the season in Out of the Park. Week 10, much like the the previous week, includes the draft. We will draft 35 rounds, which is really too many for OOTP. If I keep doing this for next year, I will need to change it to 20 or 25 rounds. I'll put the draft update at the bottom of this update and it won't be too detailed. After an off day which included the activation of Christian Bethancourt and Kelly Johnson along with the call-up of Joey Terdoslavich, the lineup will look a little different.

Recent Results
Week 8 & 9
Week 7
Week 6

Injury Report
Josh Outman (on rehab assignment, can return anytime)
Daniel Winkler - Elbow Surgery (June/July Return?)
Shelby Miller - Torn back muscle (August Return?)
Jason Grilli - Elbow Inflammation (August Return?)
Shae Simmons - Elbow Surgery (Lost for Year)

June 5 vs. Pittsburgh
Actual Result - ATL loses 10-8
OOTP Result - ATL loses 3-2

Pittsburgh never trailed and we turned 10 hits and 7 walks into just two runs. It didn't help that every hit we had were singles and Cameron Maybin grounded into two double plays. Trevor Cahill was solid, but is now 1-7.

June 6 vs. Pittsburgh
Actual Result - ATL wins 5-4
OOTP Result - ATL wins 1-0

Mike Minor pitches into the seventh and the Braves win despite being one-hit. In the seventh, Andrelton Simmons singled and would come around on a bases loaded walk to Maybin.

June 7 vs. Pittsburgh
Actual Result - ATL loses 3-0
OOTP Result - ATL loses 3-2

Four hits. That's all we managed in the final two games of this series. Julio Teheran handed the bullpen a 2-1 lead, but Corey Hart homered off Luis Avilan to put the Buccos ahead. Freddie Freeman doubled twice.

June 8 vs. San Diego
Actual Result - ATL loses 5-3 (11 innings)
OOTP Result - ATL wins 5-4

Down a run and Craig Kimbrel on the mound, things looked dire. He struck out two of the first three he faced with KJ singling as the outlier. Alberto Callaspo followed with a base hit of his own - his third hit of the day. Bethancourt fell behind 0-2, but would rocket a single to left that scored KJ. Chris Johnson pinch hit and swinging on the first pitch, CJ singled the other way to score Callaspo and give the Braves a surprising walk-off win.

June 9 vs. San Diego
Actual Result - ATL wins 6-5
OOTP Result - ATL wins 5-4

Braves get back to .500 despite Jim Johnson blowing a save in the ninth. In the bottom half, Jace Peterson singled and made it to third after a bunt-hit and a fielder's choice. Joaquin Benoit must have had dinner plans because he threw an 1-0 pitch away, scoring Peterson for the walk-off Wild Pitch.

June 10 vs. San Diego
Actual Result - ATL wins 4-1
OOTP Result -  ATL loses 2-0

Trevor Cahill was again pretty good (7 ING, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K), but took a loss and falls to 1-8 on the year with a 4.00 ERA. Braves had three singles with CJ picking up a double.

June 11 vs. San Diego
Actual Result - ATL loses 6-4 (11 innings)
OOTP Result - ATL loses 4-3

Disappointing to come away from this series with a split after winning the first two. Freeman homered twice off Ian Kennedy, but got no help from his team, nor his bullpen that blew the lead that Minor had given them.

Weekly Results
Actual Win-Loss Record - 3-4
OOTP Win-Loss Record - 3-4 (!!!!)

Yearly Results
Actual Win-Loss Record - 29-31 (2.5 GB)
OOTP Win-Loss Record - 29-31 (1.5 GB)
*Back-to-back weeks with OOTP finishing with the same record as the real club.

A Look Ahead - Up next is three in New York before two in Boston with the Red Sox. We then come home for two more with the Red Sox before welcoming the Mets to town next weekend. The OOTP Mets are just 25-36 on the year, which is a half-game worse than the Red Sox.

2015 Draft Information - If you're curious, in my draft, Koly Allard goes to the Twins at #6. Since my goal is to act in accordance to the Braves vision, I had to consider pitchers heavily. I considered college lefty Tyler Jay...who, oddly enough, was drafted by the Twins, but ultimately went with high school righty, Carson Fulmer (picked by the White Sox at #8 in real life). With my #28 pick, Jay was still available. The Braves didn't go college until #75, but the value of Jay was too good. With pick #41, I landed on 3B Tyler Nevin out of California and not Austin Riley. I wonder had Nevin not been picked by the Rockies at #38, would the Braves have selected him? At #54, I fell asleep at the wheel and OOTP selected Cole Sands. With my next pick, #75, I went north of the border for Mike Nikorak. My next series of picks went C Dominic DeRenzo, LHP Hogan Harris, LHP Nick Sprengel, 3B George Hewitt, OF Dwanya Williams-Sutton, RHP Jordan Hicks, RHP Austin Rubick, and OF Kevin Strohschein to finish out the tenth round.

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