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Old 11-22-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Season Sims with NHL-style playoffs

I've always been fascinated with the concept of NHL-style playoffs in the MLB. I created a fictional league in OOTP 14, which I converted to OOTP 15, where I simulated starting in 1901 and going all the way through the second round of the 1939 playoffs, until the save game was corrupted. Now I will try to make these simulations with MLB seasons. I don't know how many seasons I will do in this thread- we'll see how things go. My first season I have done is 2013.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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Here are the 2013 playoff standings in the sim:

American League

1. Boston (AL East Division winner, 105-57)
2. Detroit (AL Central Division winner, 97-65)
3. Oakland (AL West Division winner, 90-72)
4. Tampa Bay (92-70)
5. Baltimore (86-76)
6. Cleveland (82-80)
7. Los Angeles (81-81)
8. Toronto (80-82)

National League

1. Cincinnati (NL Central Division winner, 104-58)
2. Atlanta (NL East Division winner, 97-65)
3. Los Angeles (NL West Division winner, 90-72)
4. St. Louis (97-65)
5. Washington (95-67)
6. Milwaukee (88-74)
7. Pittsburgh (84-78)
8. San Francisco (80-82)
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I suggest not re-simming each season, but using the real records to determine the playoff matchups, and then just simulate the playoffs.
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I suggest not re-simming each season, but using the real records to determine the playoff matchups, and then just simulate the playoffs.
Maybe I can do that for other seasons, but I've already done the playoffs of 2013 and am half way done my narrative for the first round in the AL, so I won't resim the 2013 playoffs.
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2013 First Round, American League

Toronto (8) vs. Boston (1)
Game 1 was a great start to the Red Sox's postseason. Felix Doubront allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings of work, and Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara would finish the job to give the Red Sox a 5-2 win and a 1-0 series lead. Mark Buehrle would give up four runs in six innings of work, all four runs being driven in with two outs.

Game 2 was a tight contest, where Jon Lester and R.A. Dickey pitching good ball as the game went into the ninth inning tied at 2. To lead off the top of the ninth inning, Melky Cabrera hit a homerun over the Green Monster off Junichi Tazawa to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead, which Casey Janssen would hold on to to tie the series at 1.

With the series shifting to Toronto, the Red Sox came right out of the gate in Game 3, with Jacoby Ellsbury launching a homer to right on the very first pitch of the game, which began a four-run first inning rally by Boston. In the sixth inning, with the game 5-2 Boston, the Blue Jays struck back with back-to-back home runs by Jose Bautista and Adam Lind, and after Dustin Pedroia struck back with a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh, Edwin Encarnacion struck back with a three-run blast in the bottom half to give the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead, which the Toronto bullpen would hold on to, giving the 25-game underdogs a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 was a pitching duel through six innings, with neither J.A. Happ and Ryan Dempster giving an inch as the game went into the seventh frame knotted at zero. A Daniel Nava base hit gave the Red Sox the lead in the top of the seventh, but the Blue Jays rallied to score two in the seventh and then three in the eighth to take a 5-2 win and a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, as the Blue Jays moved to Boston with a chance to complete their upset and go to the second round.

The Blue Jays went back to Boston hoping to silence the critics one last time and complete the upset, but the Red Sox would not give up so easily, as they won 3-1 behind a masterful pitching performance by Jon Lester, and a perfect final frame by Koji Uehara to close out the win and send the series back to Toronto for a Game 6. Lester's only blemish was a solo HR by Encarnacion in the third inning.

Toronto had another chance to close out the series at home in Game 6, and in the third inning they look a 2-0 lead behind back-to-back HRs by J.P. Arencibia and Jose Reyes. Boston would counter by scoring four in the fourth inning, but Reyes and Melky Cabrera hit another pair of back-to-back homeruns in the bottom of the fifth to tie it up. From then on however, it was all Boston, and they would go on to win by the score of 11-5 and send the series back to Fenway for a seventh game, as Felix Doubront pitched a complete game seven-hit shutout.

The deciding game was a back-and-forth contest, but in the top of the seventh, a two-run single by Jose Bautista game Toronto a 7-3 lead, one that Toronto would hold onto heading into the bottom of the eighth. However, the Sox came back and rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning in front of the raucous Fenway Faithful. In the top of the ninth inning however, Bautista would silence the crowd with an RBI-double, which began a four run Toronto rally which regained all the ground that had just been lost. This time however, the Jays would hold onto their lead, with Janssen pitching a scoreless final frame to send Toronto to the second round.

Baltimore (5) vs. Tampa Bay (4)
Game 1 was a seesaw game, as the teams went back and forth, and the game was tied at 6 through six innings. From there, it turned into a bullpen game, as that score remained into the eleventh inning. In the eleventh inning, after a Fernando Rodney wild pitch allowed Ryan Flaherty to advance into scoring position, Nick Markakis drove him in and gave the O's a 7-6 lead. With Baltimore in a two-on, no-out jam to begin the bottom half, Jason Bourgeois was called in, but James Loney would launch a double to left-center to tie the game. Desmond Jennings, who was on first, was not able to score on the play though, and Bourgeois was able to stymie the Tampa offense for the remainder of the inning to keep the Birds in the game. With Flaherty again in scoring position with two out in the thirteenth, Markakis again singled to score him and Nate McLouth to give the Orioles a 9-7 lead. This time, Baltimore behind Tommy Hunter was able to close the deal and take a big opening game of the series.

Game 2 contained more late-inning magic. Scott Feldman held the Rays to two runs on six hits through 6.1, and Manny Machado hit a three-run blast to left in the fifth. The Orioles bullpen followed up Feldman's performance with 1.2 hitless innings, and the O's led 3-2 through eight innings. Jim Johnson was sent into the bottom half of the ninth to close out the game and send Baltimore home up 2-0. However, the rays had other ideas. With runners on the corners and two out in the last frame, Desmond Jennings deposited the second pitch of the at bat into the left field stands to win the game 5-3 and tie the series 1-1.

In Game 3 at Camden Yards, the Rays took a 3-0 lead in the first three innings behind home runs by Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings off Chris Tillman. In the bottom of the fifth, an error by Yunel Escobar would prove to be costly, as two unearned runs would end up scoring in the inning. Those would be the only runs given up by Matt Moore however, and Fernando Rodney would close out a 5-2 win to reclaim home field advantage for the Rays, and to give them a 2-1 series lead.

The Rays would make a statement in the fifth inning of Game 4, scoring six runs in an inning which included two homeruns by Yunel Escobar and James Loney. The O's would later strike back with a three-run inning of their own in the eighth, but it would be too little too late, and the Rays would win 7-4 to take a stranglehold on the series.

In a must-win Game 5 at the Trop, the Orioles would silence the crowd with their bats. Seven members of the O's had hits, and that together with a brilliant pitching performance by Scott Feldman and by Darren O'Day in the bullpen would keep Baltimore alive and send them home for Game 6.

An RBI-single by Manny Machado and an RBI-double by J.J. Hardy in the second inning gave Baltimore an early 2-0 game 6 lead, but Tampa struck back swiftly with a 3-run blast to right by Matthew Joyce. Joyce then hit an RBI-triple in the fifth to give the Rays a 4-2 lead, a score that would hold up until the seventh inning stretch, after which a Matt Wieters homer cut the lead in half. In the eighth inning after a James Loney error and a Nick Markakis walk put runners on first and second with none out, Adam Jones whipped the crowd into a frenzy with a 3-run homer to left to give the O's a 6-4 lead, which Jim Johnson would hold onto in the ninth to assure that there would be a seventh game in Tampa Bay.

Once the series shifted back to Tropicana Field however, it was all Rays. Four Rays would have multi-hit nights, and David Price would pitch a five hit shutout to send the Rays to the second round.

Cleveland (6) vs. Oakland (3)
Game 1 at the O.co Colliseum was a combined 6 hit shutout by Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour in the bullpen, and the Athletics offense behind multi-hit nights by Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie would score four runs off Justin Masterson to give the A's a 4-0 win in the opening game.

Game 2 would start out perfectly for Oakland, as Brandon Moss launched a ball of Corey Kluber into right field stands to take a 2-0 lead in the first. However, the Indians came back with a three-run rally in the third to give them a lead which they would later add to, and through seven innings the score was 5-2 Cleveland. However, the A's struck back in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run rally to tie it, and in the ninth, John Jaso hit a pitch by Joe Smith 420 feet to left-center to send everyone home and to send the A's to Cleveland up 2-0 in the series, after winning Game 2 7-5.

The A's would take their late-inning magic to Cleveland with them. The virtual must-win game for Cleveland started out swimmingly, with the Indians' offense scoring five runs off A.J. Griffin in the first four innings, and with Ubaldo Jimenez holding the A's to no runs through five, and the score through five was 4-0 Cleveland. However, there was no quit in this Oakland team. Yoenis Cespedes cut the lead in half in the sixth inning with a two-run HR, and the A's would tie it in the seventh behind a throwing error by Drew Stubbs and behind a wild pitch by Jimenez. In the bottom of the seventh however, Yan Gomes' base hit would give Cleveland a 5-4 lead, which the Indians would take into the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth, Cespedes came through with a two-run double to right to put Oakland ahead by 1, and a Joe Smith wild pitch would score Derek Norris to further the lead to 7-5. Grant Balfour came in in the bottom half and pitched a perfect final frame to give Oakland a stranglehold 3-0 lead in the series.

The A's bats were alive in Game 4, as the Oakland offense led by a 4-RBI night from Chris Young, and four hitters with multi-hit nights, scored nine runs, more than enough to secure a 9-4 win and a series sweep.

Los Angeles (7) vs. Detroit (2)
Doug Fister was dominant for the Tigers in Game 1, allowing only one hit and no runs in eight innings of work. Prince Fielder's HR and Andy Dirks' RBI single in the fourth inning would give the Tigers the only two runs they woudl need. Loaquin Benoit would give up two hits to Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo and the Angels would cut the lead to 2-1, but that was the final score, and Motown would take a 1-0 series lead.

Jered weaver and Maz Scherzer would watch zeros through eight innings in Game 2, but in the ninth inning, an Albert Pujols sac fly and a Josh Hamilton two-run homer would give the Angels a 3-0 lead. The Tigers would score two in the ninth with still just one out in the inning, but Dane De La Rosa was called in and retired both of his batters to square the series at one apiece.

Despite the late-game hiccup in Game 2, the Tigers' pitching staff picked up right where they left off in Anaheim. Mike Trout hit a home run in the first inning, but that would be the only blemish in Justin Verlander's eight-inning masterpiece. Benoit would close out a 4-1 win and Detroit would take the lead in the series.

Not wanting to fall behind 3-1, the Angels offense went of swinging in Game 4, scoring three runs in the first inning off Anibal Sanchez. However, in the top of the fifth, an Omar Infante three-run blast would cap off a six-run rally which gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead. This would be all the offense Detroit needed, as Porcello, Veras and Smyly would close out the Angels with a combined 3.2 scoreless innings, as the Tigers beat the Angels 9-5 to send the series back to Detroit with a chance to clinch.

Home runs by Jose Iglesias and Prince Fielder would give the Tigers a 4-2 lead through eight and a half Game 5 innings, and Benoit came in with a chance to eliminate the Angels and send the Tigers to the second round. However, HRs by Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger proved LA wouldn't give up so easily, and the Angels tied the game. In the bottom of the tenth, with Alex Avila on second and one out, an Andrew Romine error allowed Omar Infante to reach base. Avila scored on the play, as the Tigers walked off to win the series and go to the second round.
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