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The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 3)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

last group

Half the Elite 8 for the AL is set.  Let's start working on the other half with Group 3.


3. 1942 Yankees (lost WS-Joe McCarthy)
v.
30. 1932 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)


Catcher: Dickey (35) v. Dickey (25) Winner: Yankees 32-Dickey
First Base: Hassett (30) v. Gehrig (29)  Winner: Yankees 32-Gehrig
Second Base: Gordon (27) v. Lazzeri (28)Winner: NYY 42-Gordon
Shortstop: Rizzuto (24) v. Crosetti (21)  Winner: NYY 42-Rizzuto
Third Base: Crosetti  (31) v. Sewell (33) Winner: NYY 32-Sewell
Left Field: Keller (25) v. Chapman (23)Winner: NYY 42-Keller
Center Field: DiMaggio (27) v. Combs (33) Winner: NYY 42-DiMaggio
Right Field: Henrich (29) v. Ruth (37) Winner: NYY 32-Ruth
SP1: Bonham (28) v. Gomez (23) Winner: NYY 42-Bonham
SP2: Chandler (34) v. Ruffing (27) Winner: NYY 32-Ruffing
SP3: Ruffing (37) v.  Pipgras (32) Winner: NYY 42-Ruffing
Closer: Murphy (33) v. Brown (25)Winner: NYY 32-Brown
Team Offense: 1932

Team Pitching: 1932

1932 10  1942  6 --- tied through the matchups; and really tied - both the position players and the pitchers were flat footed ties - but the '32 team narrowly (and I mean, narrowly) wins both of the totals and they pull the upset.

The 1932 New York Yankees - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history

14. 1929 A's (World Champions)
v.
83. 1985 Blue Jays (lost ALCS)

Catcher: Cochrane (26) v. Whitt (33)Winner: Phil-Cochrane
First Base: Foxx (21) v. Upshaw(28)  Winner: Phil-Foxx
Second Base: Bishop (29) v. Garcia (28) Winner: Phil-Bishop
Shortstop: Dykes (32) v. Fernandez (23) Winner: Tor-Fernandez
Third Base: Hale (32) v. Iorg (30)  Winner: Tor-Iorg
Left Field: Simmons (27) v. Bell (25) Winner: Phil-Simmons
Center Field: Haas (25) v. Moseby (25) Winner: Tor-Moseby
Right Field: Miller (34) v. Barfield (25) Winner: Tor-Barfield
DH Boley (32) v. Burroughs (34) Winner: Tor: Burroughs
SP1: Grove (29) v. Stieb (27) Winner: Phi-Grove
SP2: Walberg (32) v. Alexander (34) Winner: Tor-Alexander
SP3: Earnshaw (29) v. Key (24)  Winner: Push
Closer: Shores (25) v. Caudill (28) Winner: Phi-Shores
Team Offense: Phi
Team Pitching: Phi

A's 10 Jays 6 - remember the game we just had?  Tied headed into the totals, but then one side won both titles by just a little bit?  Same.  

The 1929 Philadelphia A's - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.


14. 1929 A's (World Champions)

v.

30. 1932 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)

Catcher: Cochrane (26) vDickey (25)  Winner: Phil-Cochrane
First Base: Foxx (21) v. Gehrig (29)   Winner: Push
Second Base: Bishop (29) v. Lazzeri (28)Winner: NYY-Lazzeri
Shortstop: Dykes (32) v. Crosetti (21)  Winner: Phi-Dykes
Third Base: Hale (32) v. Sewell (33)  Winner: NYY-Sewell
Left Field: Simmons (27) v. Chapman (23) Winner: Phil-Simmons
Center Field: Haas (25) v. Combs (33)Winner: NYY-Combs
Right Field: Miller (34) v. Ruth (37) Winner: NYY-Ruth
SP1: Grove (29) v. Gomez (23) Winner: Phi-Grove
SP2: Walberg (32) v.  Ruffing (27) Winner: NYY-Ruffing
SP3: Earnshaw (29) v. Pipgras (32)  Winner: Phi-Earnshaw
Closer: Shores (25) v. Brown (25)Winner: Phi-Shores
Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: Phi

A's 8 Yankees 7 - The A's ride a pitching advantage to a narrow win and they move forward to the Elite 8.

The 1929 Philadelphia A's are one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 7)

Monday, January 14, 2019

last group

The '75 Reds await the winner of Group 7 - who will join them in the Elite 8?


7. 1909 Pirates (World Champions-Fred Clarke)
v.
103. 1958 Braves (lost WS-Fred Haney)

Catcher: Gibson (28) v. Crandall (28)Winner: Pirates:Gibson

First Base: Abstein (26) v. Torre (26) Winner: Mil-Torre
Second Base: Miller (22) v.Schoendienst (35) Winner: Pit-Miller
Shortstop: Wagner (35) v. Logan (32) Winner: Pit-Wagner
Third Base: Barbeau (27) v. Mathews (26) Winner: Mil-Mathews
Left Field: Clarke (36) v. Covington (26) Winner: Pit-Clarke
Center Field: Leach (31) v. Bruton (32)Winner: Pit-Leach
Right Field: Wilson (25) v. Aaron (24) Winner: Mil-Aaron
SP1: Willis (33) v. Spahn (37) Winner: Mil-Spahn
SP2: Camnitz (27) v. Burdette (31) Winner: Pirates-Camnitz
SP3: Maddox (22) v. Rush (32) Winner: Push
Closer: Adams (27) v. McMahon (28) Winner: Pit-Adams
Team Offense: Pirates
Team Pitching: Pirates

Pirates 11 Braves 4 - form holds, the Pirates control both offense and pitching and move to the sweet 16.

The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

10. 1907 Cubs (World Champions-Frank Chance)
v. 
23. 1911 Giants (lost WS-John McGraw)


Catcher: Kling (31) v. Meyers (30) Winner: Chi-Kling

First Base: Chance (30) v. Merkle (22)Winner: Chi-Chance
Second Base: Evers (25) v. Doyle (24) Winner: Push
Shortstop: Tinker (26) v. Fletcher (26) Winner: NYG-Fletcher
Third Base: Steinfeldt (31) v. Devlin (31) Winner: Chi-Steinfeldt
Left Field: Sheckard (28) v. Devore (23) Winner: Push
Center Field: Slagle (33) v. Snodgrass (23)Winner: NYG-Snodgrass
Right Field: Schulte (24) v. Murray (27)Winner: Chi-Schulte
SP1: Overall (26) v. Mathewson (30)  Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP2: Brown (30) v. Marquard (24) Winner: NYG-Marquard
SP3: Lundgren (27) v. Ames (28) Winner: Chi-Lundgren
Closer: Taylor (33) v. Crandall (23) Winner: NYG-Crandall
Team Offense: NYG
Team Pitching: NYG

Giants 9 Cubs 5 - Tied coming into the totals -- but the Giants took them both to move to the Sweet 16.

The 1911 New York Giants - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.


7. 1909 Pirates (World Champions-Fred Clarke)
v.
23. 1911 Giants (lost WS-John McGraw)


Catcher: Gibson (28) v. Meyers (30)Winner: Pirates:Gibson

First Base: Abstein (26) v. Merkle (22)Winner: NYG-Merkle
Second Base: Miller (22) v.Doyle (24)Winner: NYG-Doyle
Shortstop: Wagner (35) v. Fletcher (26)Winner: Pit-Wagner
Third Base: Barbeau (27) v.  Devlin (31) Winner: NYG-Devlin
Left Field: Clarke (36) v.  Devore (23) Winner: Pit-Clarke
Center Field: Leach (31) v. Snodgrass (23)Winner: NYG-Snodgrass
Right Field: Wilson (25) v. Murray (27)Winner: Pit-Wilson
SP1: Willis (33) v. Mathewson (30) Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP2: Camnitz (27) v.  Marquard (24) Winner: Push
SP3: Maddox (22) v. Ames (28) Winner: NYG-Ames
Closer: Adams (27) v. Crandall (23) Winner: Pit-Adams
Team Offense: Pirates
Team Pitching: NYG

Giants 8 Pirates 7 - Oh, son - McGraw and Mathewson do it again; the Giants ride a pitching advantage to stick their second team into the elite 8.

The 1911 New York Giants - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

The National League Elite 8 is halfway complete - and you're going to see the same game twice, offense v. defense: 

1976 Reds
1905 Giants
1975 Reds
1911 Giants



The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 7)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

last group

The 1927 Yankees await the winner of Group  7 - who will emerge to face them?


26. 1971 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
71. 1975 A's (lost ALCS-Al Dark)

Catcher: Hendricks (30) v. Tenace (28) Winner: A's-Tenace
First Base: Powell (29) v. Rudi (28) Winner: A's-Rudi
Second Base: Johnson (28) v. Garner (26) Winner: Orioles-Johnson
Shortstop: Belanger (27) v. Campaneris (33) Winner: Orioles-Belanger
Third Base: Robinson (34) v. Bando (31) Winner: Orioles-Robinson
Left Field: Buford (34) v. Washington (20)Winner: Orioles-Buford
Center Field: Blair (27) v. North (27) Winner: A's-North
Right Field: Robinson (35) v. Jackson (29) Winner: A's-Jackson
DH: Rettenmund (28) v. Williams (37) Winner: Orioles-Rettenmund
SP1: Cuellar (34) v. Blue (25)  Winner: A's-Blue
SP2: Dobson (29) v. Holtzman (29)Winner: Orioles-Dobson
SP3: Palmer (25) v. Bosman(31)Winner: Orioles-Palmer
Closer: Watt (30) v. Fingers (28) Winner: A's-Fingers
Team Offense: Orioles
Team Pitching: A's

Orioles 9 A's 8 - Oakland came in seeded 71st and just missed the Sweet 16; one more matchup win would have gotten them home.  As it is - Orioles bats carry the day and they move forward.

The 1971 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.

106. 1985 Yankees (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Yogi Berra)
v.
55. 1920 Indians (World Champions-Tris Speaker)

Catcher: Wynegar (29) v. O'Neill (28) Winner: Cle-O'Neill
First Base: Mattingly (24) v. Johnston (32)Winner: NYY-Mattingly
Second Base: Randolph (30) v. Wambsganss (26) Winner: NYY-Randolph
Shortstop: Meachem (24) v. Chapman (29) Winner: Cle-Chapman
Third Base: Pagliarulo (25) v. Gardner (34) Winner: Cle-Gardner
Left Field: Griffey (35) v. Jamieson (27)  Winner: NYY-Griffey
Center Field: Henderson (26) v. Speaker (32)  Winner: NYY-Henderson
Right Field: Winfield (33) v. Smith (27) Winner: Cle-Smith
DH: Baylor (36) v. Evans (25) Winner: Cle-Evans
SP1: Guidry (34) v. Bagby (30) Winner: Cle-Bagby
SP2: Niekro (46) v. Coveleski (30) Winner: Cle-Coveleski
SP3: Cowley (26) v. Caldwell (32) Winner: Cle-Caldwell
Closer: Righetti (26) v. Uhle (21)Winner: NYY-Righetti
Team Offense: Yankees
Team Pitching: Indians

Indians 10 Yankees 7 - Narrow wins in RF/DH plus nearly every pitching point carry the Tribe into the Sweet 16

The 1920 Cleveland Indians - one of the 16 Greatest Teams in American League history

26. 1971 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
55. 1920 Indians (World Champions-Tris Speaker)

Catcher: Hendricks (30) v. O'Neill (28) Winner: Indians-O'Neill
First Base: Powell (29) v. Johnston (32) Winner: Orioles-Powell
Second Base: Johnson (28) v. Wambsganss (26)  Winner: Orioles-Johnson
Shortstop: Belanger (27) v. Chapman (29) Winner: Orioles-Belanger
Third Base: Robinson (34) v. Gardner (34) Winner: Orioles-Robinson
Left Field: Buford (34) v. Jamieson (27) Winner: Orioles-Buford
Center Field: Blair (27) v. Speaker (32) Winner: Indians-Speaker
Right Field: Robinson (35) v. Smith (27) Winner: Indians-Smith
DH: Rettenmund (28) v. Evans (25)  Winner: Orioles-Rettenmund
SP1: Cuellar (34) v. Bagby (30)  Winner: Indians-Bagby
SP2: Dobson (29) v. Coveleski (30)Winner: Indians-Coveleski
SP3: Palmer (25) v. Caldwell (32)Winner: Orioles-Palmer
Closer: Watt (30) v. Uhle (21) Winner: Orioles-Watt
Team Offense: Orioles
Team Pitching: Indians

Orioles 10 Indians 7 - Baltimore gets enough out of their pitching to add to their strong bats and make their way into the Elite 8.


The 1971 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

Half of the AL Elite 8 is set:

1939 Yankees
1998 Yankees
1927 Yankees
1971 Orioles

Back to the NL - lets add one more team to its Elite 8.  

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 2)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

last group

Two teams are into the NL Elite 8 - the '76 Reds and the '05 Giants.  Who will join them from Group 2?

2. 1902 Pirates (1st in NL-no playoffs-Fred Clarke)
v.
31. 1997 Braves (lost NLCS-Bobby Cox)


Catcher: Smith (27) v. Lopez (26) Winner: Braves-Lopez
First Base: Bransfield (27) v. McGriff (33)Winner: Pirates-Bransfield
Second Base: Ritchey (28) v. Lemke (31) Winner: Pirates-Ritchey
Shortstop: Conroy (25) v. Blauser (31)  Winner: Braves-Blauser
Third Base: Leach (24) v. Jones (25) Winner: Pirates-Leach
Left Field: Clarke (29) v. Klesko (26) Winner: Pirates-Clarke
Center Field: Beaumont (25) v. Lofton (30) Winner: Push
Right Field: Wagner (28) v. Jones (20)Winner: Pirates-Wagner
SP1: Chesbro (28) v. Smoltz (30) Winner: Braves-Smoltz
SP2: Phillippe (30) v. Glavine (31) Winner: Braves-Glavine
SP3: Tannehill (27) v. Neagle (28) Winner: Braves-Neagle
Closer: McLaughlin (26) v. Wohlers (27) Winner: Braves-Wohlers
Team Offense: Pirates
Team Pitching: Braves

Braves 8 Pirates 7 - the 2nd overall seed in the National League is out - those Braves arms are just tough to beat, they needed a clean sweep and they got a clean sweep.  If Kenny Lofton doesn't earn that push in CF, probably the Pirates take the tiebreaker.  

The 1997 Atlanta Braves are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.  


15. 1975 Reds (World Champions-Sparky Anderson)
v.
18. 1908 Giants (2nd in NL-no playoffs-John McGraw)


Catcher: Bench (27) v. Bresnahan (29) Winner: Cin-Bench
First Base: Perez (33) v. Tenney (36) Winner: Cin-Perez
Second Base: Morgan (31) v. Doyle (21) Winner: Cin-Morgan
Shortstop: Concepcion (27) v. Bridwell (24) Winner: Cin-Concepcion
Third Base: Rose (34) v. Devlin (28) Winner: Push
Left Field: Foster (26) v. McCormick (27) Winner: Cin-Foster
Center Field: Geronimo (27) v. Seymour (35) Winner: Cin-Geronimo
Right Field: Griffey (25) v. Donlin (30) Winner: NYG-Donlin
SP1: Nolan (27) v. Mathewson (27)Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP2: Billingham (32) v. Wiltse (28) Winner: NYG-Wiltse
SP3: Norman (32) v. Crandall (20) Winner: NYG-Crandall
Closer: Eastwick (24) v. Malarkey (29) Winner: Cin-Eastwick
Team Offense: Cin
Team Pitching: NYG

Reds 9 Giants 6 - it might be a preview of the Elite 8 matchup already in the books; the Reds bats beat the Giants arms.

The 1975 Cincinnati Reds - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history

15. 1975 Reds (World Champions-Sparky Anderson)
v.
31. 1997 Braves (lost NLCS-Bobby Cox)

Catcher: Bench (27) v. Lopez (26) Winner: Cin-Bench
First Base: Perez (33) v. McGriff (33)Winner: Cin-Perez
Second Base: Morgan (31) v. Lemke (31) Winner: Cin-Morgan
Shortstop: Concepcion (27) v. Blauser (31) Winner: Atl-Blauser
Third Base: Rose (34) v. Jones (25) Winner: Cin-Rose
Left Field: Foster (26) v. Klesko (26) Winner: Cin-Foster
Center Field: Geronimo (27) v. Lofton (30)  Winner: Atl-Lofton
Right Field: Griffey (25) v. Jones (20)Winner: Atl-Jones
SP1: Nolan (27) v. Smoltz (30)Winner: Atl-Smoltz
SP2: Billingham (32) v. Glavine (31)Winner: Atl-Glavine
SP3: Norman (32) v. Neagle (28) Winner: Atl-Neagle
Closer: Eastwick (24) v. Wohlers (27)Winner: Cin-Eastwick
Team Offense: Cin
Team Pitching: Atl

Reds 9 Braves 8 - it took a tiebreaker; this Reds team just has very little pitching, and they are matched against a tremendous Braves staff - but Eastwick gets the Reds a point from the closer's spot, that forced the tiebreak - and then the Reds offensive total is just too overwhelming to deny. The Big Red Machine earns their 2nd spot in the Elite 8!



The 1975 Cincinnati Reds - one of the 8 greatest teams in National League history

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 2)

Friday, January 11, 2019


last group

2 teams have advanced to the American League Elite 8 - who will join them from Group 2?

2. 1927 Yankees (World Champions-Miller Huggins)
v.
98. 1950 Red Sox (3rd in AL-no playoffs-Steve O'Neill)

Catcher: Collins (30) v. Tebbetts (37) Winner: NYY-Collins
First Base: Gehrig (24) v. Dropo (27) Winner: NYY-Gehrig
Second Base: Lazzeri (23) v. Doerr (32) Winner: NYY-Lazzeri
Shortstop: Koenig (22) v. Stephens (29) Winner: Bos-Stephens
Third Base: Dugan (30) v. Pesky (31)  Winner: Bos-Pesky
Left Field: Meusel (30) v. Williams (31) Winner: Bos-Williams
Center Field: Combs (28) v. DiMaggio (33) Winner: NYY-Combs
Right Field: Ruth (32) v. Zarilla (31)Winner: NYY-Ruth
SP1: Hoyt (27) v. Parnell (28)Winner: Push
SP2: Pennock (30) v. Dobson (30)Winner: Sox-Dobson
SP3: Shocker (36) v. Stobbs (20) Winner: NYY-Shocker
Closer: Moore (30) v. Kinder (30) Winner: NYY-Moore
Team Offense: NYY

Team Pitching: NYY

NYY 11 Sox 4 - I mean, how do you beat these guys?  The arms are pretty good and the bats are as good as have ever been. 

The 1927 New York Yankees - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.

70. 2002 Red Sox (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Grady Little)
v.
47. 1922 Browns (Orioles) (2nd in AL-no playoffs-Lee Fohl)


Catcher: Varitek (30) v. Severeid (31)Winner: StL-Severeid
First Base: Clark (30) v. Sisler (29) Winner: StL-Sisler
Second Base: Sanchez (34) v. McManus (22) Winner: StL-McManus
Shortstop: Garciaparra (28) v. Gerber (30) Winner: Bos-Garciaparra
Third Base: Hillenbrand (26) v. Ellerbe (26) Winner: Bos-Hillenbrand
Left Field:  Henderson (43) v. Williams (32) Winner: StL-Williams
Center Field: Damon (28) v. Jacobson (31)Winner: Bos-Damon
Right Field: Nixon (28) v. Tobin (30) Winner: Bos-Nixon
DH: Ramirez (30) v. Shorten (30)Winner: Bos-Ramirez
SP1: Lowe (29) v. Shocker (31)Winner: Bos-Lowe
SP2: Martinez (30) v. Vangilder (26) Winner: Bos-Martinez
SP3: Burkett (37) v. Davis (31) Winner: Bos-Burkett
Closer: Urbina (28) v. Pruett (21)Winner: StL-Pruett
Team Offense: StL
Team Pitching: Push

Bos 8 StL 7 - ooooh, the Browns won the offensive total -- but the Sox won the lineup matchups; meanwhile the Sox won the pitching matchups...but the pitching total was a push.  In the end - it was Boston by a nose.  

The 2002 Boston Red Sox are one of the 16 Greatest Teams in American League history.

2. 1927 Yankees (World Champions-Miller Huggins)
v.
70. 2002 Red Sox (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Grady Little)


Catcher: Collins (30) v. Varitek (30) Winner: NYY-Collins
First Base: Gehrig (24) v. Clark (30)Winner: NYY-Gehrig
Second Base: Lazzeri (23) v. Sanchez (34) Winner: NYY-Lazzeri
Shortstop: Koenig (22) v. Garciaparra (28) Winner: Bos-Garciaparra
Third Base: Dugan (30) v. Hillenbrand (26)   Winner: Bos-Hillenbrand
Left Field: Meusel (30) v.  Henderson (43) Winner: NYY-Meusel
Center Field: Combs (28) v.  Damon (28) Winner: NYY-Combs
Right Field: Ruth (32) v. Nixon (28) Winner: NYY-Ruth
DH: Morehart (27) v. Ramirez (30) Winner: Bos-Ramirez
SP1: Hoyt (27) v. v, Lowe (29)Winner: Bos-Lowe
SP2: Pennock (30) v. Martinez (30) Winner: Sox-Martinez
SP3: Shocker (36) v. Burkett (37) Winner: NYY-Shocker
Closer: Moore (30) v. Urbina (28) Winner: NYY-Moore
Team Offense: NYY

Team Pitching: Sox

NYY 10 Sox 7 - Boston gave it a helluva run - but the Yankees can win enough pitching points to add to their clubbing offense and they move forward.

The 1927 New York Yankees - one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 8)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Last group

We turn to NL Group 8 - the winner from this group will take on the 1976 Cincinnati Reds in the Elite 8.

8. 1905 Giants (World Champions-John McGraw)
v.
40. 1908 Cubs (World Champions- Frank Chance)


Catcher: Bresnahan (26) v. Kling (32)Winner: Cubs-Kling

First Base: McGann (33) v. Chance (31) Winner: Giants-McGann
Second Base: Gilbert (29) v. Evers (26) Winner: Cubs-Evers
Shortstop: Dahlen (35) v. Tinker (27) Winner: Cubs-Tinker
Third Base: Devlin (25) v. Steinfeldt (32) Winner: Giants-Devlin
Left Field: Mertes (32) v. Sheckard (29) Winner: Giants-Mertes
Center Field: Donlin (27) v. Slagle (34)  Winner: Giants-Donlin
Right Field: Browne (29) v. Schulte (25)Winner: Push
SP1: Mathewson (24) v. Brown (31)Winner: Giants-Mathewson
SP2: McGinnity (34) v. Reulbach (25) Winner: Cubs-Reulbach
SP3: Ames (22) v. Pfiester (30) Winner: Cubs-Pfiester
Closer: Elliott (28) v. Coakley (25)  Winner: Cubs-Coakley
Team Offense: Giants
Team Pitching: Giants

Giants 9 Cubs 6 - the Cubs went into the totals with a lead; all they needed to do was split and they advance - but New York easily won the bats and despite the Cubs winning more pitching matchups, the Giants were able to edge them in the pitching total to move forward.

The 1905 New York Giants are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

9. 1905 Cubs (3rd in NL-no playoffs-Frank Chance)
v.
88. 1990 Mets (2nd in NL East-no playoffs-Davey Johnson)


Catcher: Kling (29) v. Sasser (27)  Winner: Mets-Sasser

First Base: Chance (28) v. Magadan (27)  Winner: Cubs-Chance
Second Base: Evers (23) v. Jefferies (22)Winner: Mets-Jefferies
Shortstop: Tinker (24) v. Elster (25)Winner: Cubs-Tinker
Third Base: Casey (35) v. Johnson (29) Winner: Mets-Johnson
Left Field: Schulte (22) v. McReynolds (30)  Winner: Mets-McReynolds
Center Field: Slagle (31) v. Boston (27)Winner: Cubs-Slagle
Right Field: Maloney (27) v. Strawberry (28) Winner: Mets-Strawberry
SP1: Reulbach (22) v. Viola (30) Winner: Mets-Viola
SP2: Weimer (31) v. Gooden (25) Winner: Mets-Gooden
SP3: Brown (28) v. Cone (27)  Winner: Mets-Cone
Closer: Pfeffer (23) v. Franco (29)  Winner: Mets-Franco
Team Offense: Mets
Team Pitching: Push

Mets 11 Cubs 3 - wow, wow, wow - they came in the 88th seed in the National League, but the 1990 New York Mets just beat the tar out of the '05 Cubs to advance all the way to the Sweet 16.  A tremendous performance.

The 1990 New York Mets - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.


8. 1905 Giants (World Champions-John McGraw)
v.

88. 1990 Mets (2nd in NL East-no playoffs-Davey Johnson)

Catcher: Bresnahan (26) v. Sasser (27)Winner: Giants-Bresnahan
First Base: McGann (33) v. Magadan (27)   Winner: Giants-McGann
Second Base: Gilbert (29) v. Jefferies (22)Winner: Mets-Jefferies
Shortstop: Dahlen (35) v. Elster (25) Winner: Giants-Dahlen
Third Base: Devlin (25) v. Johnson (29) Winner: Giants-Devlin
Left Field: Mertes (32) v. McReynolds (30) Winner: Push
Center Field: Donlin (27) v. Boston (27)Winner: Giants-Donlin
Right Field: Browne (29) v.  Strawberry (28)Winner: Mets-Strawberry
SP1: Mathewson (24) v. Viola (30)Winner: Giants-Mathewson
SP2: McGinnity (34) v. Gooden (25)Winner: Mets-Gooden
SP3: Ames (22) v. Cone (27) Winner: Mets-Cone
Closer: Elliott (28) v. Franco (29)   Winner: Mets-Franco
Team Offense: Giants
Team Pitching: Mets

Giants 8 Mets 7 - wow, wow, wow - it almost happened; the Mets rode that pitching advantage to a near spot in the Elite 8 (even if McReynolds had won LF, the Giants still get the tiebreaker and win) they needed to sweep the pitching to do it - but Mathewson held up for the Giants and we have a group winner.

The 1905 New York Giants are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

They'll take on the 1976 Reds for a spot in the NL Final Four.


The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 8)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Last group

The 1939 Yankees have advanced to the Elite 8.  They will meet the winner of this group for the right to advance to the Final 4 in the American League Tournament

25. 1931 Yankees (2nd in AL-no playoffs-Joe McCarthy)
v.
72. 1987 Blue Jays (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Jimy Williams)


Catcher: Dickey (24) v. Whitt (35)  Winner: NYY-Dickey
First Base: Gehrig (28) v. Upshaw (30) Winner: NYY-Gehrig
Second Base: Lazzeri (27) v. Iorg (32) Winner: NYY-Lazzeri
Shortstop: Lary (25) v. Fernandez (25)  Winner: Tor-Fernandez
Third Base: Sewell (32) v. Gruber (25) Winner: NYY-Sewell
Left Field: Chapman (22) v. Bell (27)Winner: NYY-Chapman
Center Field: Combs (32) v. Moseby (27) Winner: NYY-Combs
Right Field: Ruth (36) v. Barfield (27) Winner: NYY-Ruth
DH: Byrd (24) v. McGriff (23) Winner: Tor-McGriff
SP1: Gomez (22) v. Key (26) Winner: Tor-Key
SP2: Ruffing (26) v. Clancy (31)Winner: Tor-Clancy
SP3: Johnson (25) v. Stieb (29) Winner: Tor-Stieb
Closer: Pipgras (31) v. Henke (29)Winner: Tor-Henke

Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: Tor

NYY 9 Tor 8 - Yankees win almost every position battle - the Jays sweep every pitching point; if Toronto had flipped one position player matchup the result switches - but instead it's New York.

The 1931 New York Yankees - one of the 16 Greatest Teams in American League history.

9. 1998 Yankees (World Champions-Joe Torre)
v.
88. 2013 Red Sox (World Champions-John Farrell)


Catcher: Posada (26) v. Saltalamacchia (28) Winner: NYY-Posada
First Base: Martinez (30) v. Napoli (31)Winner: Push
Second Base: Knoblauch (29) v. Pedroia (29) Winner: Sox-Pedroia
Shortstop: Jeter (24) v. Drew (30)Winner: NYY-Jeter
Third Base: Brosius (31) v. Middlebrooks (24)Winner: NYY-Brosius
Left Field: Curtis (29) v. Gomes (32) Winner: NYY-Curtis
Center Field: Williams (29) v. Ellsbury (29)  Winner: NYY-Williams
Right Field: O'Neill (35) v. Victorino (32)Winner: Push
DH: Strawberry (36) v. Ortiz (37) Winner: Sox-Ortiz
SP1: Pettitte (26) v.  Lester (29)  Winner: Sox-Lester
SP2: Wells (35) v. Lackey (34) Winner: NYY-Wells
SP3: Cone (35) v. Dempster (36)  Winner: NYY-Cone
Closer: Rivera (28) v. Uehara (38)Winner: Sox-Uehara

Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: NYY

NYY 11 Sox 4 - the '98 Yankees continue to stomp out their opponents; they make Group 8 and all Yankee Sweet Sixteen matchup.

The 1998 New York Yankees - one of the 16 Greatest Teams in American League history.


25. 1931 Yankees (2nd in AL-no playoffs-Joe McCarthy)
v.
9. 1998 Yankees (World Champions-Joe Torre)


Catcher: Dickey (24) v. Posada (26) Winner: NYY 31-Dickey
First Base: Gehrig (28) v. Martinez (30)Winner: NYY 31 -Gehrig
Second Base: Lazzeri (27) v. Knoblauch (29) Winner: NYY 98-Knoblauch
Shortstop: Lary (25) v. Jeter (24)  Winner: NYY 98 - Jeter
Third Base: Sewell (32) v. Brosius (31)Winner: NYY 98-Brosius
Left Field: Chapman (22) v. Curtis (29) Winner: NYY 31-Chapman
Center Field: Combs (32) v. Williams (29) Winner: NYY 98-Williams
Right Field: Ruth (36) v. O'Neill (35) Winner: NYY 31-Ruth
DH: Byrd (24) v. Strawberry (36) Winner: NYY 98-Strawberry
SP1: Gomez (22) v. Pettitte (26) Winner: NYY 31-Gomez
SP2: Ruffing (26) v. Wells (35)Winner: NYY 98 - Wells
SP3: Johnson (25) v. Cone (35) Winner: NYY 98 - Cone
Closer: Pipgras (31) v. Rivera (28)Winner: NYY 98 - Rivera
Team Offense: NYY 31
Team Pitching: NYY 98

NYY 98 10  NYY 31  7 - the '98 club really laid into the '31 club in the pitching matchups and then the total - that's the margin of victory and they win group 8.


The 1998 New York Yankees - one of the 8 Greatest Teams in American League history.

That sets up the following Elite 8 matchup - one of these teams will head to the Final Four:


1. 1939 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.
9. 1998 Yankees (World Champions-Joe Torre)

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group1)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Last group

Round of 32 and the Sweet 16 for the National League starts here.  Who will emerge from Group 1 as one of the 8 greatest teams in National League history?

1. 1906 Cubs (lost WS-Frank Chance)
v.
33. 1976 Reds (World Champions-Sparky Anderson)

Catcher: Kling (30) v. Bench (28)Winner: Cin-Bench
First Base: Chance (29) v. Perez (34) Winner: Chi-Chance
Second Base: Evers (24) v. Morgan (32)  Winner: Cin-Morgan
Shortstop: Tinker (25) v. Concepcion (28)Winner: Cin-Concepcion
Third Base: Steinfeldt (30) v. Rose (35) Winner: Cin-Rose
Left Field: Sheckard (27) v. Foster (27) Winner: Cin-Foster
Center Field: Slagle (32) v. Geronimo (28) Winner: Cin-Geronimo
Right Field: Schulte (23) v.Griffey (26) Winner: Cin-Griffey
SP1: Brown (29) v. Nolan (28)Winner: Chi-Brown
SP2: Pfiester (28) v. Zachry (24)Winner: Chi-Pfiester
SP3: Reulbach (23) v. Norman (33)  Winner: Chi-Reulbach
Closer: Beebe (26) v. Eastwick (25)  Winner: Cin-Eastwick
Team Offense: Cin

Team Pitching: Chi

Reds 9 Cubs 7 - and just like that, the top seed in the NL is bounced in the Round of 32; it was the match you'd expect, Reds bats against Cubs arms - all the Reds needed was one of those pitching matchup, and when Rawly Eastwick won the closer matchup, it was a wrap.

It's the Reds who move on - the 1976 Cincinnati Reds are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

17. 1943 Cardinals (lost WS-Billy Southworth) 
v.
49. 1988 Mets (lost NLCS-Davey Johnson)


Catcher: Cooper (28) v. Bench (28)Winner: StL-Cooper

First Base: Sanders (26) v. Hernandez (34)Winner: StL-Sanders
Second Base: Klein (24) v. Backman (28) Winner: StL-Klein
Shortstop: Marion (26) v. Elster (23) Winner: StL-Marion
Third Base: Kurowski (25) v. Johnson (27) Winner: NYM-Johnson
Left Field: Litwhiler (26) v. McReynolds (28)Winner: NYM-McReynolds
Center Field: Walker (24) v. Dykstra (25) Winner: NYM-Dykstra
Right Field: Musial (22) v. Strawberry (26) Winner: StL-Musial
SP1: Cooper (30) v. Gooden (23) Winner: StL-Cooper
SP2: Lanier (27) v. Darling (27) Winner: StL-Lanier
SP3: Breechen (28) v. Cone (25) Winner: NYM-Cone
Closer: Krist (27) v. Myers (25)Winner: NYM-Myers
Team Offense: Push
Team Pitching: Push


Cards 7 Mets 5 - the totals are fully squared, but the Cards dominate those infield matchups (down years for both Carter and Hernandez in their age 34 seasons) and they move on; had the Mets flipped any of those matchups, that tiebreaker would have been razor close.  These are two really evenly matched teams - but in the end, it's St Louis which moves on.

The 1943 St Louis Cardinals - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

17. 1943 Cardinals (lost WS-Billy Southworth) 
v.
33. 1976 Reds (World Champions-Sparky Anderson)


Catcher: Cooper (28) v. Bench (28)Winner: Cin-Bench

First Base: Sanders (26) v. Perez (34) Winner: Push
Second Base: Klein (24) v. Morgan (32)  Winner: Cin-Morgan
Shortstop: Marion (26) v. Concepcion (28)Winner: Cin-Concepcion
Third Base: Kurowski (25) v. Rose (35) Winner: Cin-Rose
Left Field: Litwhiler (26) v. Foster (27)Winner: Cin-Foster
Center Field: Walker (24) v. Geronimo (28) Winner: Cin-Geronimo
Right Field: Musial (22) v. Griffey (26)Winner: StL-Musial
SP1: Cooper (30) v. Nolan (28)Winner: StL-Cooper
SP2: Lanier (27) v. Zachry (24)Winner: StL-Lanier
SP3: Breechen (28) v. Norman (33) Winner: StL-Breechen
Closer: Krist (27) v. Eastwick (25)Winner: Cin-Eastwick
Team Offense: Cin
Team Pitching: StL

Reds 9 Cards 6 - The Big Red Machine hits their way through to the Elite 8; the only position battle the Cards are able to take is Musial's and that's just not enough to keep the Reds from advancing.

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds are 1 of the 8 greatest teams in the history of the National League

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group1)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Last group

We're going to combine the next two rounds for the upcoming post - the Round of 32 and the Sweet 16, getting us to an Elite 8 - the 8 Group Winners for each league.

Here's who is left in Group 1:

1. 1939 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.
96. 1977 Yankees (World Champions-Billy Martin)

16. 1936 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.
48. 1973 Orioles (lost ALCS-Earl Weaver)

Here's the Round of 32:


1. 1939 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.

96. 1977 Yankees (World Champions-Billy Martin)


Catcher: Dickey (32) v. Munson (30) Winner: NYY 39-Dickey
First Base: Dahlgren (27) v. Chambliss (28) Winner: NYY 77-Chambliss
Second Base: Gordon (24) v. Randolph (22)Winner: NYY 39 -Gordon
Shortstop: Crosetti (28) v. Dent (25)Winner: Push
Third Base: Rolfe (30) v. Nettles (32)Winner: NYY 39-Rolfe 
Left Field: Selkirk (31) v. White (33)Winner: NYY 39 -Selkirk
Center Field: DiMaggio (24) v. Rivers (28) Winner: NYY 39 DiMaggio 
Right Field: Keller (22) v. Jackson (31) Winner: Push
DH:  Henrich (26)  v. May (29) Winner: NYY 39 Henrich
SP1: Ruffing (34) v. Figueroa (28)Winner: NYY 39 Ruffing
SP2: Gomez (30) v. Torrez (30) Winner: NYY 39 Gomez
SP3: Hadley (34) v. Guidry (26) Winner: NYY 77 - Guidry
Closer: Murphy (30) v. Lyle (32)Winner: NYY 77 - Lyle
Team Offense: NYY 39
Team Pitching: NYY 39

NYY 39  12   NYY  77 3 -- the dream ends for the Bronx Zoo Yankees; they get slapped around by the top seeded '39 Yanks.  They held their own in the pitching, splitting the matchups and just narrowly losing the total - but just couldn't keep up with the bats.  

The 1939 New York Yankees - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.


16. 1936 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.
48. 1973 Orioles (lost ALCS-Earl Weaver)


Catcher: Dickey (29) v. Williams (24)Winner: NYY-Dickey
First Base: Gehrig (33) v. Powell (31) Winner: NYY-Gehrig
Second Base: Lazzeri (32) v.  Grich (24)Winner: Balt-Grich
Shortstop: Crosetti (25) v. Belanger (29)Winner: Balt-Belanger
Third Base: Rolfe (27) v. Robinson (36) Winner: NYY-Rolfe
Left Field: Powell (27) v. Baylor (24) Winner: Balt-Baylor
Center Field: DiMaggio (21) v. Blair (29)  Winner: NYY-DiMaggio
Right Field: Selkirk (28) v. Rettenmund (30) Winner: NYY-Selkirk
DH: Chapman (27) v. Davis (34)  Winner: Balt-Davis
SP1: Ruffing (31) v. Palmer (27) Winner: Balt-Palmer
SP2: Pearson (27) v.  Cuellar (36)Winner: NYY-Pearson
SP3: Broaca (33) v. McNally (30) Winner: Balt-McNally
Closer: Malone (33) v. Reynolds (26) Push
Team Offense: Balt

Team Pitching: NYY

Orioles 9 Yankees 8 - Okay, how about this - dead tied through the matchups, then they split the totals - but Baltimore wins the overall total - and it's the Orioles who make their way into the sweet 16.  

The 1973 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history

We've hit the Sweet 16 - Who Will Emerge From Group 1 as one of the 8 Greatest Teams in AL history?

1. 1939 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)
v.
48. 1973 Orioles (lost ALCS-Earl Weaver)

Catcher: Dickey (32) v. Williams (24)Winner: NYY-Dickey

First Base: Dahlgren (27)  v. Powell (31) Winner: Balt-Powell
Second Base: Gordon (24) v. Grich (24)Winner: Balt-Grich
Shortstop: Crosetti (28) v. Belanger (29)Winner: Balt-Belanger
Third Base: Rolfe (30) v. Robinson (36) Winner: NYY-Rolfe
Left Field: Selkirk (31) v. Baylor (24) Winner: NYY-Selkirk
Center Field: DiMaggio (24) v. Blair (29)  Winner: NYY-DiMaggio
Right Field: Keller (22) v. Rettenmund (30) Winner: NYY-Keller
DH: Henrich (26)  v. Davis (34)  Winner: NYY-Henrich
SP1: Ruffing (34) v. Palmer (27) Winner: Balt-Palmer
SP2: Gomez (30) v. Cuellar (36)Winner: NYY-Gomez
SP3: Hadley (34) v. McNally (30) Winner: Balt-McNally
Closer: Murphy (30)  v. Reynolds (26) Balt-Reynolds
Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: NYY

NYY 11 Balt 6 - closer than it looks; Yankees only up one through the matchups and while they took both totals, they were pretty close; it was a battle worthy of the Sweet 16.

But in the end, the top seed wins Group 1.  

The 1939 New York Yankees - one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.


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