The season in a nutshell was highlighted by a 10 game series vs Dave from games 100-109. We split despite my team only scoring 23 runs during those 10 games while I allowed 37. Schilling did not allow a run in during his 19 innings over two starts and twice I won games in extra innings.
I didn't like my A Rod selection in the 5th. The best part of the draft was getting Jimenez in the 17th and Martinez in the 19th. Both were good enough offensively and played every day.
Helton 1B .419 OBP 130 BB 5th in MVP. Gold Glove Jimenez 2B .340 OBP 20 SH Lee LF 109 RBI 15th in MVP Ortiz DH 56 2B Guillen SS 15 3B Martinez C 15th in MVP Cameron RF/CF Pierre/DaVanon CF/RF Castilla 3BI couldn't find any evidence that I used this lineup - other than the playoffs... Helton spent a lot of the season in the 3 spot. Jimenez spent a lot of the season near the bottom. DaVanon led off quite a bit. Guillen hit 2nd quite often. Lee 5th. Nomar started about half the time.
Ginter 2B/3B/PR 13-14 SB Dave Roberts PR 52-62 SB Wilson C Barajas C Nomar SS
Schilling 9-8 3.35 (my stats only) Pavano 15-13 3.56 8th in Cy Young Radke 16-6 3.69 36 BB in 231.2 IP 3rd in Cy Young Harden KennedySchilling was traded for Westbrook. While on my team they were a combined 16-11 3.32
Pavano 1st 16 starts 5-9 4.92. Final 16 starts 10-4 2.37
My team led the league in ERA @ 3.71
My team allowed the least amount of runs by 57 (668, New England 725 was 2nd)
Hoffman 3.60 16 sv Isringhausen 11-5 2.12 Smoltz Kolb 3.46 Brower 9-1 3.51 StantonThe staff was made up of:
Double Z's - Smoltz, Hoffman, Radke & Schilling
Z's with G's - Pavano, Westbrook, Isringhausen & Kolb (H)
Non Z's with G's - Stanton & Brower
2 other guys that had to start - Harden and Kennedy
So, the double Z's and Z's with positive HR ratings dominated the staff. Likely why I allowed only 2.7 BB/9 and was third in HR allowed @ 1.2 HR/9.
1st round vs Bob. Bob won the first game by scoring 7 in the 1st inning off Pavano and he never looked back winning 10-3. Game two, Bob won 4-1 in a game that included quite a bit of his pen. The series moved to Coulee and during game 3, BJ Ryan could not hold a Zambrano lead and Kersey cuts the series lead to 2-1. Game 4 includes Coulee getting four in the bottom of the 1st while Kersey answers with four of their own in the top of the 2nd. The Kersey pen holds on while they tie the series at two games apiece. Game 5 goes 10 as Kersey ties it in the 9th then wins it in the 10th with BJ Ryan on the hill. Game 6 is back in Kersey and BJ Ryan is the culprit again as Kersey wins one late and takes the series.
World Seris vs Graham. All Bonds. His runs created per game during the finals was 44.6. Vlad had a nice series as well with 3 HR's and 8 RBI's. The series was close but Graham won the two one run games and that was all that was the difference. Ortiz had a nice series with 7 XBH & Mike Cameron had 3 dongs and 7 RBI's.
This was a pretty good team. 88 wins. I led in runs scored & I allowed the least runs in the league. Radke kept surprising me with quality performances. Pavano had a great stretch of games during the 2nd half. The League had an exciting finish during the final games of the season including two 1 game playoff games. A decent World Series, although I was the one that fell short. Congrats to Graham for accomplishing the feat two seasons in a row.