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How to fix your team. Where are they now?

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After 2 weeks of games Oakland, New York, Seattle, & San Diego all started off bad.  I made suggestions to their teams on the site and most were followed.  Lets take a look at how the teams have performed since.

San Diego Padres (1-5)

San Diego didn’t officially make changes until after week 5.  But since his 1-5 (.167) start San Diego has gone 6-9 (.400) to bring his record up to 7-14.

Oakland A’s (0-6)

Oakland made 1 trade in week 3.  Shuffled his 25 man roster around and since week 3 is 8-9 (.470).  Oakland is now 8-15 and has swept St Louis & won 2 of 3 vs Washington.

New York Yankees (1-5)

New York made trades in week 2 & 5 acquiring Brett Gardner and A-Rod.  Since week 3 New York is 6-9 (.400).  Improving to 7-14.

Seattle Mariners (1-5)

Seattle really didn’t follow any of my suggestions, but suggestions were made so we’ll count it anyways.  Seattle made trades in weeks 3 & 5.  Since the 1-5 start, Seattle is now 12-9, going 11-4 (.733) over that stretch.

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Written by Dom

April 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Tampa Bay Rays (5-7) 2nd Place AL

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Mike Kennedy asked that I do what I did for San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, & New York since it helped turn those teams around.  So here we go.

Tampa Bay is the only team in the league that plays on turf.  The infield is solid with A Range at 1st, ss, 3rd.  The Outfield however is a totally different story.  B in lf & rf & B+ in cf.   Keep in mind that on turf basically its a -1 to Range Rating compared to grass in the infield.  In the outfield, all the outs are the same as grass, but if you blow a range play on grass you may only give up singles.  On turf however everything is twice as bad, cutting off the ball is practically nonexistant and if you miss a range play the ball is rolling to the wall at full speed.  Its will be a double or triple and runners will be scoring, and in the rare instance of dropping in for a single its a stretch 2b?

This is my suggested 25 man roster for the Tampa Bay Rays.

First my suggested 25 man roster for the Mariners.

Pitchers Batters
1. Kuroda 12. Lawrie 23. Pence
2. Hellickson 13. Braun 24. Gonzalez
3. Humber 14. Cora 25. Fielder
4. Johnson 15. Young
5. Moscosco 16. Snyder
6. Bastardo 17. Bonifacio
7. Jansen 18. Hart
8. Santos 19. Blanco
9. Storen 20. Ryan
10. Pestano 21. McCutchen
11. Adams 22. Dinkleman

Now using that 25 man roster, lets see what we can do with the starting 9.

current suggested Pro Con
c Blanco c Blanco
1b Gonazlez 1b Gonzalez
2b Dinkleman 2b Dinkleman
ss Ryan ss Ryan
3b Lawrie 3b Lawrie
lf Braun lf Braun
cf McCutchen cf McCutchen
rf Pence rf Pence
dh Fielder dh Fielder

Maybe a shakeup of the order then…

 lf Braun
 2b  Dinkleman
 rf  Pence
1b  Gonzalez
 dh  Fielder
3b  Lawrie
c  Blanco
ss  Ryan
cf  McCutchen

So Mike’s playing who he should where he should.  The only other way to improve the team is by trading.  Lets see what we can do to improve this team with other teams rosters.  He’ll have to sacrifice a little bat for improved defense.

Possible trades:

Ryan Braun & Jeremy Hellickson to New York for Brett Gardner & Ian Kennedy.  Reason: improves defense from B to A in lf (thats HUGE on turf  48& – 72% (+24#s).

Huroki Kuroda to Washington for Nyjer Morgan. Reason A Range lf with speed for a pitcher he hasn’t used.

Hunter Pence & Cory Hart/Chris Young to San Diego for Torii Hunter & Jason Heyward.  Reason: TB improves defense in rf from B (48%) to A (72%)

Brian Dinkleman to Oakland for Brandon Phillips. Reason: TB improves defense at 2b B 48% to A 72%.

I beleive if Tampa Bay makes these trades he will see immediate improvement in his defense.  25% more success on range plays which leads to more outs and not extending innings and giving away extra outs (which is the reason for his losses).  This also will keep the manager in good spirits and not be demoralized which in turn leads to a better attitude and less managerial mistakes.

The easiest way to win a series in this league is using the emotions of your opponent against them.  Mike, Alvin, Dom, Ken, & Sherwood can all be beaten if they are not 100% focused on managing their team.  Getting a beat down causes them to leave pitchers in to die, which causes them to give up even more runs and putting the game out of reach, rather than bringing in a releiver to stop the bleeding and give the team a chance to make a comeback.   A mistake while managing a pitching staff can prove costly for the current series and the next since you’ll be facing suspensions.  Tampa Bay lost 2 relievers to suspensions vs Boston this week because of blown range plays, which extended innings the week before vs Florida, losing focus Mike made a mistake using a short 4.2 innings.

So please, please make these trades.  Not only will it improve your team’s defense, it will improve your personal chemistry (attitude) which in turn keeps everybody else happy.  Good Times for all!

Or don’t make the trades and buy pizzas and soda for everyone. That improves morale too!

Written by Dom

March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Seattle Mariners (1-5)

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This is part four of my series about teams which started off slow.

The  Seattle Mariners kept 4 players.  Then one was taken away.  Then another was kept in its place.  Then he drafted, and ended up with 31 players and dropped 1 after the draft.  This team was hit with poor luck since the start.  Lets see how we can turn this sinking ship around.

Here’s what I would do to turn around the Mariners.

First my suggested 25 man roster for the Mariners.

Pitchers Batters
1. Weaver 12. Avila 23. Cruz
2. Shields 13. Murphy 24. Hannigan
3. Zimmerman 14. Kinsler 25. Revere
4. Latos 15. Andrus
5. Stauffer 16. Headley
6. Cruz 17. Helton
7. LeCure 18. Parra
8. Clippard 19. Stanton
9. O’Flaherty 20. Gonzalez
10. Cordero 21. Santiago
11. League 22. LaHair

Now using that 25 man roster, lets see what we can do with the starting 9.

current suggested Pro Con
c c Avila
1b 1b Murphy
2b 2b Kinsler
ss ss Andrus
3b 3b Headley
lf lf Parra
cf cf Gonzalez
rf rf Stanton
dh dh  Helton

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Lets take a look at a possible starting lineup.

 ss  Andrus
 2b  Kinsler
 dh  Helton
 cf  Gonzalez
 c  Avila
 3b  Headley
 rf  Stanton
 1b  Muphy
 lf  Parra

Possible trades:

trade for new dice

trade with San Diego for Alex Rodriguez

trade with St Louis for Placido Polanco

trade Brandon League to Florida for Jack Hannahan

Written by Dom

March 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

New York Yankees (1-5)

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This is part three of my series about teams which started off slow.

The New York Yankees went into the draft protecting the most players and sat out for 18 rounds while big bats and clutch hitters were taken.  The pitching staff is strong with a lights out bullpen, but the offense lacks clutch hitting in a year where there is an overabundance of jam pitching.

Here’s what I would do to turn around the Yankees.

First my suggested 25 man roster for the Yankees.

Pitchers Batters
1.Kennedy 12.Hairston,S 23.Teixeira
2.Strasburg 13.Mitchell 24.Ruiz
3.Nova 14.Montero 25.Castro
4.Maholm 15.Jeter
5.Colon 16.Tabata
6.Alburqueque 17.Gardner
7. Axford 18.Granderson
8.Venters 19.Fowler
9.Uehara 20.Hosmer
10.Hanrahan 21.Hairston
11.Wade 22.Infante

Now using that 25 man roster, lets see what we can do with the starting 9.

current suggested Pro Con
c Ruiz c Ruiz
1b Hosmer 1b Teixeira A Range & A Power 31 less numbers
2b Infante 2b Infante
ss Jeter ss Castro Better def B & Power C more double plays
3b Hairston,J 3b Hairston,J
lf Fowler lf Gardner  A Range
cf Gardner cf Fowler  B+ allows A in lf  +1 arm
rf Granderson rf Granderson
dh Hairston,S dh  Hosmer  allows A @ 1b  54 less HR

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Lets take a look at a possible starting lineup.

lf Gardner
rf Granderson
cf Fowler
dh Hosmer
3b Hairston,J
2b Infante
1b Teixeira
c Ruiz
ss Castro

This lineup has the capability of driving in runs while also fielding the ball and not giving the other team extra outs.
The bench is filled with a back 3b Range B for defense along with pinch hitters for any situation including needed the longball.

Possible trades:

Jose Tabata to Seattle for Ben Revere

Teixeira & Castro to Oakland for Martinez & Perralta

Written by Dom

March 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Oakland A’s (0-6)

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This is part two of my series about teams which started off slow.

This is my suggested 25 man roster for the Oakland A’s.

Pitchers Batters
1. Fister – SP 11. Abreu 21. Cabrera, M
2. McCarthy – SP 12. Werth 22. Ross, C
3. Cueto -SP 13. Reddick 23. Lowrie
4. Collmenter – SP 14. Youkilis 24. Roberts
5. Bumgarner – SP 15. Peralta 25. Weeks
6. Luebke – RP 16. Phillips
7. Bard- RP 17. Martinez
8. Aceves – RP 18. Ianetta
9. Farnsworth- RP 19. Willingham
10. Oliver -RP 20. Suzuji, K

Now using that 25 man roster, lets see what we can do with the starting 9.

current suggested Pro Con
c c Ianetta
1b 1b Martinez
2b 2b Phillips
ss ss Peralta
3b 3b Youkilis
lf lf Abreu
cf cf Werth
rf rf Redick
dh dh Willinghsm

Lets take a look at a possible starting lineup.

3b Youkilis
rf Reddick
lf Abreu
1b Martinez
dh Willingham
ss Peralta
2b Phillips
c Ianetta
cf Werth

Defense on this team is average having 5 players of the suggested starting 8 positions (62%) either C or C+ (lf, 3b, ss, c, 1b).  This team needs to score runs early and bring in the defensive relacements so they don’t give the opposing team extra at-bats.  I think  this line-up could do just that.  This team is the TAZ of doubles.

Youkilis has the 3rd most #s vs RH (170) so we’ll lead him off.  We don’t need stolen bases in this situation, just someone who can get on base and have 6 or better baserunning. Batting 2nd is Josh Reddick.  He was originally going to be the #9 hitter until I noticed 0 Hard Ground Out numbers.  Oh those 36 doubles don’t hurt either.  Batting 3rd Abreu. 187#s, 30doubles. Clean-up and baseclearer is Victor Martinez 208#s and 43 doubles. (Noticing the trend yet?) Hitting 5th A Power Willingham 26HR/28doubles. Peralta 6th 182#s, Philips 7th 27doubles, Ianetta, and 9th Werth 157#s with some speed to get on base ahead of the top of the lineup and all those extra base hits.

Suggested Trades

Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta to New York for Starlin Castro, Mark Teixeira, & Dexter Fowler – Improves range defense at 1st, ss, lf

Victor Martinez & Doug Fister to Washington for Joe Mauer, Nyjer Morgan, & Jon Lester/Jeff Niemann.  – Mauer and Morgan are both 190+ vs RH and would easily start at 1st base and cf/lf.  Morgan provides a true leadoff hitter and Mauer has a strong bat, B defense at 1st, can still catch, and also has 36 doubles.

Written by Dom

March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

San Diego Padres (1-5)

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This is part one of my series about teams which started off slow.

The San Diego Padres have easily the best starting pitching in this league.  Unfortunately the bats haven’t come alive yet and run support has been minimal.  After examining the players on the team, I have come up with a few suggestions that may just turn this team around.

This is my suggested 25 man roster for the SD Padres.

Pitchers Batters
1. Verlander – SP 11. Ellis 21. Markakis
2. Haren – SP 12. Wieters 22. Hamilton
3. Halladay -SP 13. Konerko 23. Heyward
4. Hamels – SP 14. Pena 24. Hunter
5. Santana – SP 15. Ackley 25. Maybin
6. Villanueva – RP 16. Sutton
7. Downs – RP 17. Escobar
8. Balfour – RP 18. Rodriguez
9. Perez – RP 19. Wright
10. Papelbon -RP 20. Gentry

Now using that 25 man roster, lets see what we can do with the starting 9.

current suggested Pro Con
c Wieters c Ellis +131 #s vs RH go from -1 arm to 0
1b Pena 1b Pena
2b Ackley 2b Ackley
ss Escobar ss Sutton +103 #s vs RH/110 2b Range B+ to D/5
3b Rodriguez 3b Rodriguez
lf Hamilton lf Hamilton
cf Maybin cf Gentry +56 #s vs RH Drop from A to B+
rf Hunter rf Markakis +36 #s vs RH B/100/-2 Drop from A to B
dh Konerko dh Konerko

There we have 4 changes that adds 326#s of total offense vs RHP while having minimal drop in range in the outfield it still remains solid.  Yes there is the major drop in range and error at shortstop but the increase of over 100#s (and a card with 110 doubles!) allows the opportunity to score early runs then bring in a defensive replacement in Escobar (B+) and even the flexibility of Sutton remaining in the game at 3rd B/50 (his #s are better than A-Rod & Wright).

The bench would have 3 A Range outfielders with 0 arm or better, a few bats to pinch hit vs LHP, 2 base stealers, 4 pinch runners with baserunning 7 or better, and a -1 catcher.

Lets take a look at a possible starting lineup.

2b Ackley
cf Gentry
ss Sutton
dh Konerko
1b Pena
c Ellis
rf Markakis
3b Rodriguez
lf Hamilton

We’ve got two fast 190+ batters hitting in front of sutton and if they both get on there’s a good chance San Diego will be scoring at least 2 runs in the first inning.  4-5 are the  A Power bats; under two outs they’re both good for a sac fly too.  Ellis #6 has over 200# and 7-9 are all in the 170s and 2 with baserunning 7.

I would suggest San Diego use this lineup for a few weeks and see if things turn around. This team should have no problem scoring 3-5 runs a game which is all that pitching staff should require.  Unfortunately he’s got (5-1) St Louis this week, but after that its Seattle (1-5) & Oakland (0-6).  And with the way the NL has been beating up on the AL this year SD may be able to go 6-3 in this stretch.

Written by Dom

March 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm