Monday, October 13, 2014

Power Rankings!!

1. Chicago Hawks--(21-7) The defending National League Champions are off to a hot start here in season 25. They are led by the leagues best offense and the 2nd best defense. The Hawks will be a tough team to knock off for their National League foes.

2. Trenton Nails--(22-6) The Nails have the worlds 2nd best pitching staff so far this season and be very well be the most complete or deepest team. Tufft always has an excellent team and this one is proving to be no different in the early going.

3. Dover Tridents--(18-11) The Tridents are being led by the league's 2nd best offense.  Coupled with a top 5 pitching staff so far Dover will look to make a run this season.

4. San Juan Tortegas--(21-7) San Juan is led by a very good offense with an excellent pitching staff as well. They will be battling in a very good American League this season.

5. Seattle Pilots--(17-11) Seattle has run into some tough luck this season in the early going as their expected winning percentage is definitely higher than their actual. They are led by a top 5 defense backing up a top 5 pitching staff.

6. Los Angeles Wannabe Actors--(21-7) Although the Wannabe Actors are off to an excellent start, their expected percentage would have them slightly behind Seattle. They are, however, led by a very potent offense.

7. New Orleans Nightmare--(16-12) The Nightmare have the best defense so far this season. They also have a very good lineup and will be looking for their pitching to help back them up as the season goes on.

8. Helena Cubs--(18-10) Helena has a pitching staff that is just outside the top 5 so far this season and is looking for it's offense to pick up even more.

9. Durham Bulls--(19-9) The Bulls have an offense that is very good and will be backed up by some excellent young pitchers. This team could be a very dangerous one that should be watched and put some gray hair on opposing American League managers.

10. Rochester EightTwenty's--(16-12) The defending World Series Champions probably haven't started quite like they would've wanted to, but the season is very young and they have an offense that can take them as far as any team.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First inductee!!!!!!

A very BIG Congratulations to brando_m for being the very first inductee into the Owner's HOF! This is a very well deserved and earned honor.  Brando_m has had a very successful franchise in his time in Let's Play Two and it looks like he is off to a great start again!!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Owner Hall of Fame criteria

Let's begin our discussion on the Lets Play Two Owner HOF by discussing who will be eligible.   The league is going into season 24, so maybe the minimum # of seasons in the league should be 10?  Beyond that, I think we'll need to vote based upon wins, championships, etc.   But I think 10 seasons in the league will indicate the owner has been here long enough to have had an impact.

What do you think the criteria should be to be eligible for the Owner's HOF?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

AL Franchise Defense

I touched on defense in the world chat and decided I wanted to share some numbers. I thought this would look messy on the world chat so here we are. 
I've been using the defensive stats provided on the team and player pages to determine an individual player's defensive value. I do this by determining the number of outs saved by the player in relation to the league's average at his position. I then convert outs to runs and runs to wins.
Since I have all the individual player numbers from the past 5 seasons I decided to do a franchise ranking of defensive wins gained for this season (prorated to 162) plus the previous four years.
The margin of error is +/- 1.5 wins.
1. COL 25.8   2. TRE 21.3   3. PIT 10.5   4. SAL 8.4   5. BOI 5.9   6. FLA 4.7   7. OTT 3.7   8. WAS 2.6   9. CHA 1.4   10. ROC -4.3   11. SJU -6.3   12. NAS -8.0   13. BOS -9.4   14. SF -12.6   15. MIL -18.6   16. NY -23.6
It appears to me the difference between an elite and an awful defense is around 10 wins a season.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Surprise Division Series Playoff Outcomes

In a shocking Division Series round there were 3 upsets out of the 4 series. First a very solid Colorado team was able to upset the top seed in the American League in the juggernaut El Paso Condors. The second upset was Syracuse upsetting the top see in the National League, Memphis. The Mockingbirds were able to win one game, but the Speed dominated the series overall. The last upset involved the upstart New York Knights as they pulled off their second upset of the playoffs over Vancouver. Can the Knights continue their hot play against the Speed? Can the Silver Bullets continue their hot streak against the defending champions, Trenton? Time will tell to see who can represent their respective leagues in the World Series!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Final Power Rankings for Season 14

1. Sioux Falls Insanity(96-47)--The Insanity have been absolutely superb this season. They are led by the best pitching staff in the world with Heath Loux having his best season ever, which is saying something.
Previously Ranked: 1st(E)

2. Memphis Mockingbirds(91-53)--Memphis has the 2nd best pitching staff in the world and a top 5 offense as well. They are the best team statistically in the NL and have to be the favorites to represent the NL right now.
Previously Ranked: 4th(+2)

3. Colorado Silver Bullets(87-56)--The Silver Bullets have once again been led by the best offense in Lets Play Two. Colorado is on it's way to a 5th consecutive AL West Division title. They also had a HUGE off-season move picking up Cy Young candidate Fritz Brock. This is a team that no one will want to face come playoff time.
Previously Ranked: 2nd(-1)

4. Vancouver Gold Rush(86-57)--The Gold Rush have a very good stellar offense and all around team. One thing that they needed to improve a little bit earlier in the season was their pitching and boy have they done that. Vancouver promoted Bob Stock and then traded for http://www.whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx?pid=3156650 to help shore up their staff. This is a team that has the talent to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Previously Ranked: 6th(+2)

5. Washington D.C. Senators(87-56)--The Senators rely mostly on their pitching staff and they will continue to do that into the playoffs. They have a couple of Cy Young caliber guys to help them in Juan Maranon and Davey Ortiz.
Previously Ranked: 7th(+2)

6. El Paso Condors(84-59)--El Paso is led by a very good pitching staff that collectively has been excellent. Jorel Cone has been absolutely superb in the bullpen. This team definitely has the firepower and is the defending champs. Anyone who sleeps on them is making a mistake.
Previously Ranked: 5th(-1)

7. Trenton Nails(86-58)--Trenton is led by rookie of the year candidate Hector Belisario and a very good offense. They will go as far as their bats can take them.
Previously Ranked: 8th(+1)

8. Syracuse Speed(85-58)--The Speed are led by slugging MVP candidates Walt Osborne and Kenneth Branson. They have an offense that can explode at any time backed up by very solid pitching and defense.
Previously Ranked: 10th(+2)

9. Baltimore Skipjacks(78-65)--The Skipjacks have really fallen since the all-star break. Their offense continues to falter letting down a very good pitching staff.
Previously Ranked: 3rd(-6)

10. Cincinnati Red Stockings(85-59)--Cincinnati is led by perennial Cy Young candidate Juan Cruz. Once again he has been superb and will look to get Cincinnati back to the World Series.
Previously Ranked: 9th(-1)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

4th Power Rankings for Season 14

1. Sioux Falls Insanity(65-30)--The Insanity stumbled out of the gate a little bit this season. Since then though they have been the hottest team in the world. They have the top pitching staff and the second best offense in the league. They are just dominating everyone right now.
Previously Ranked: 1st(E)

2. Colorado Silver Bullets(60-35)--Colorado has the best offense in Lets Play Two! They have a very good pitching staff to help complement them as they will battle Siox Falls down the stretch for the top spot in the AL.
Previously Ranked: 8th(+7)

3. Baltimore SkipJacks(58-37)--The SkipJacks have a top 10 pitching staff with an offense that is just outside of the top 10. They play solid all around baseball using the whole team to keep winning.
Previously Ranked: 4th(+1)

4. Memphis Mockingbirds(55-40)--Memphis has been playing subpar recently. They have a great team that should be able to run away with the NL South division.
Previously Ranked: 2nd(-2)

5. El Paso Condors(56-39)--The Condors sport a top 5 pitching staff with a top 10 offense. They also have a much better expected winning percentage. They have been playing a little under what they are capable of but this will be one scary team come playoff time.
Previously Ranked: 7th(+2)

6. Vancouver Gold Rush(57-38)--Vancouver continues to improve as the season goes on. Their offense remains one of the NL's best and their pitching continue to improve.
Previously Ranked: 9th(+3)

7. Washington D.C. Senators(58-37)--The Senators have the third best pitching in all of Lets Play Two. Their offense isn't great but it gets timely hitting to help keep them atop their division.
Previously Ranked: 5th(-2)

8. Trenton Nails(56-39)--Trenton doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but they use every player on their team and get the most out of everyone. This team plays as a team and continues to win as a team.
Previously Ranked: NR

9. Cincinnati Red Stockings(59-36)--Cincinnati has a top 10 offense supported by a solid but not spectacular pitching staff. However if this team can make the playoffs they can be very dangerous with their top 2 starters.
Previously Ranked: 10th(+1)

10. Syracuse Speed(58-37)--The Speed have an excellent offense and a top 10 pitching staff. They have stumbled a bit as of late, but look for them to get hot again and run away with their divsion.
Previously Ranked: 3rd(-7)

Dropping out: Portland Lumberjacks