Category: Stratomatic

Returning to Stratomatic Blogging

Natural Stratomatic League – Seattle Pilots

Background and update

After a 7+ year time out, I’m back to blogging about Strat baseball. I am the manager of two teams, The Seattle Pilots in the Natural league and the Bellingham Bozos in the SOMISA league. I’ve been in the SOMISA league since 2003. Additionally, I’m beginning to do Strat-o-Matic season replays. I will provide updates on all of this in the upcoming days as I update my Blog to bring it current.

In the Natural League, I inherited a team last year that finished as the 3rd worst but it should be very good for the coming season. I made several big changes trading away the 3rd overall pick (Lindor? Seager? Syndergaard?) plus my 3rd round pick (#43 overall), Odorizzi, Moustakas, Suarez, Carlos Gonzalez, Detwiler, Paxton and Gyorko. In return, I received Boergarts, Cueto, Estrada, Cecil, Strop, JD Martinez, Casilla, Clippard and the 9th overall pick.


This gave me a great starting shortstop, two quality starters and three excellent relievers. With a team that was too Left handed, Gonzalez for Martinez helped balance the line-up. The hope is that pick 1.9 will yield a good player like Sano or Buxton. Pick 2.3 should yield a young starting pitcher.


The team now looks like this..

  • 1st base…       Chris Davis
  • 2nd base…      Brock Holt
  • 3rd base…       Manny Machado
  • SS ……..         Xander Boergarts
  • LF………         Andre Ethier/David Peralta
  • CF………         JD Martinez
  • RF………         Jason Heyward
  • Catcher….      Yadier Molina/Nick Hundley

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Starting Pitchers

  • Johnny Cueto
  • Marco Estrada
  • J.A. Happ
  • Jason Hammel
  • John Danks

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Bullpen

  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Pedro Strop
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Brett Cecil
  • Tyler Clippard

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With the addition of the top two draft picks, it is expected that this team would win 85+ games and make the playoffs. the hope is this is a top 4 team that can compete for the championship.

More to come after the draft, unless a mega deal changes things significantly.

2015 Somisa Stratomatic Season

2015 Somisa Season 

Preparation for the season

The 2015 Somisa season was an amazing experience. My team is the Bellingham Bozos. I have been in this league 11 years finishing no better than the loser in the ALCS in the best two years. The team had talent but not enough to win anything.  After finishing out of the playoffs in 2014 and with a slightly better than average team, I decided to take a bunch of risks and make wholesale changes and see what the result might be. This was a huge departure from previous management style, giving up the top players in two drafts to have a ready to win team.Through trades, the team had three first round picks including 3rd overall, in order to turn things around and compete those picks had to be moved. The biggest risk was trading three 1st round picks in 2015 for Beltre and McCutchen. 
On the draft side, there were two targets, a reliever and an outfielder. The 23rd pick was Brock Holt. An unusual pick in that I don’t want Red Sox on my team but due to his positional flexibility, it seemed to make sense to add Holt. The 28th pick was Ken Giles, who appeared to have the inside track to be the Phillies closer if they traded Papelbon. He had good stats for 2014 so he would be useful in the coming Strat season. (Papelbon did get traded but so did Giles and he starts 2015 as the closer for Houston.) Both players had key roles in the team’s success.

Results

One third of the way through the season, BEL was 27-24 and not particularly showing great things. 

At week 18, two thirds of the way through, BEL rose to 60-45 or a record of 33-21 during this part of the season.

At the end, BEL was 99-63 which meant the last third was 39-18 as many teams faded due to player availability due to limited usage.

The team had an exciting year featuring great performances by Wainwright, Beltre and McCutchen. Phil Hughes won his 1st 11 decisions before cooling off significantly afterward.
Beltre, McCutchen, Markakis and Reyes all batted in the .290 range with Wainwright going 19-4. The bullpen of Betances, Chapman, Bastardo, Ottavino and Giles performed outstandingly and kept the team in many games with high quality relief. One somewhat secret weapon was Mike Fiers who qualified to start or relieve and he was a critical player down the stretch with big plans to use his flexibility in the upcoming playoffs.
The team finished 99-63 qualifying as the top team in the AL with home field for the playoffs. The expectations were high that this team would advance at least through one round as the first opponent, WYN, seemed to be on a downward trend as the season ended.

Here is the summary of how those trades turned out…

Traded Away   Received back
2016 pick 1.18    2016 pick 5.16 
2016 pick 2.18   Adam Wainwright
Aaron Crow   Adrian Beltre
Alismendy Alcantara   Andrew McCutchen
Buddy Carlyle   Brad Hand
George Springer   Brock Holt
Hiroki Kuroda   Chris Stewart
Howie Kendrick   Collin Cowgill
Jacoby Ellsbury   Dellin Betances
Jake Odorizzi   Eric Sogard
James Loney   Francisco Cervelli
Jesse Hahn   Ken Giles
Jon Singleton   Kevin Quackenbush
Josh Beckett   Kyle Crockett
Josh Rutledge   Phil Hughes
JP Arencibia   Santiago Casilla
Matt Moore   Scooter Gennett
Mookie Betts   Stephen Vogt
Rafael Soriano    
Tommy LaStella    
Yasmani Grandal