Random facts from the shakedown
Like last year, I’m working on using projections and Diamond Mind to take a look at the upcoming season (check it out, this year’s projections in DMB season disk form now available). This exercise is generally met with delight or mockery, but as the kids say, what evahhhhhhh.
Anyway, random thoughts: cutting the hitters down turns out to be a tough exercise when you get to the end. Morse or Wlad? If you play Griffey in the field, who ends up dropping off the 25-man? Do you play Clement at DH then, and carry Burke or Rob Johnson? Do you want to field an anti-RHP lineup that leaves no lefties on the bench at all? And bullpen construction! How unbalanced a bullpen do you want?
Also, in this projection disk it makes sense to flip Gutierrez and Chavez when they’re both playing because it gets you
LF: Gutierrez’s “Very Good” defense (he’s rated “average” in center)
CF: Chavez’s “Excellent” defense (he’s rated “excellent” at all three positions)
RF: Ichiro’s “Very Good” defense
And the rotation I used is Felix-Bedard-Morrow-Washburn-Silva, which makes me want to grind my teeth, frankly, but what are you going to do? Well, actually… I’m going to start pitching RRS over Silva.
Anyway, the rosters are all messed up for other teams, the lineups don’t make sense, and I’ll probably manage to talk myself into a totally different 25-man in the next hour.
The one big thing, though — the run prevention just rocks (even without the playing-to-the-sim OF switch). I’ve run a couple of seasons now and the M’s have been AL-best every time. Maybe that’s just random noise as I shake it out, but I doubt it.