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One Great Matrix 07-01-2019 06:06 PM

The New York Flyers Thread
 
I haven't tracked and recorded much Flyers' history to this point but

So…the story of the Flyers begins in sim year 2019 when yours truly had just signed up for Perfect Team, & spent almost a whole week in the entry pool, finishing with the 4th best record out of 60 teams with players like…Lou Brissie (former A's pitcher), Carlton Fisk (rookie) (89), & Padres 2B Greg Garcia starring. I guess it was mid-week during the entry pools I started to try & put together a great but not necessarily "perfect" :-) team.

In sim year 2019, the Flyers finished with a 98-64 regular season record, won their division & cruised through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. The Iron League Series would be the New York Flyers vs. the Kango Stars. We lost 4-2, Aroldis Chapman saved a couple games for the Stars I believe, & we generally got slightly out-played. Derek Jeter 2006 was the Flyers' shortstop.

In sim year 2020, the Flyers improved their record in the regular season by 5 games, finishing 103-59. Except no series was meant to be this season. The Flyers were humbled by the Ocean City Seagulls who finished about 15 games behind them, & were struck out of the playoffs when we lost a best-of-5 playoff-opening series vs. them. It might have been a 2-3 series loss.

The Flyers finished 2021 with an identical record as the previous year; 103-59. Heading into the playoffs, I knew nothing was guaranteed. It might have helped because on Easter Sunday 2019, the Flyers won their first Championship by winning all three of their playoffs series. I believe we had to defeat The Chico Bail Bondsmen & Ocala Thoroughbreds in best-of-seven series' in order to be awarded our first virtual trophy. It probably only helped that it was Easter and I didn't sit at my computer and over-manage, ha.

The Flyers, now in a Gold level league, started out the 2022 season by winning 30 of their first 54 games. I made a note of it… I hoped maybe we could continue at that pace & finish 90-72 given the becoming slightly stiffer competition…I'm not sure what they started eating for breakfast but it was good for them and we finished off the regular season by winning 80 of the final 108 games on the schedule to finish with our best record-to-date, 110-52. However the playoffs were merely OK…We defeated the Chico Bail Bondsmen, but then were swept by the Ddingu Eagles of Korea. Because we won the first series, The Flyers were promoted to a Diamond Level league for the 2023 sim season.

My first season in diamond was an introduction to teams that my "formula€", which had been good for a .617 winning % or so to this point pretty consistently, did not work on…In fact, I believe the Flyers did NOT win their division for the first time in 2023. (Thank You, Aoteroa Angels)… We did manage & play our way to an 86-76 record that was good enough to tie for the best record in the conference among teams that did not win their division. This led to a 1-game play-in against the Indianapolis Knights in which we were crushed even though we had the home field. (Thank You, Adalberto Mondesi)…

So I felt I had to make some adjustments for 2024 & I did, and it led to a 97-65 record. I knew the playoffs would not be easy (the regular season wasn't either) so I did not throw in the towel when I went down to the Indianapolis Knights & Wisconsin Beer Barons 2-0. I won games 3, 4 & 5 in the best of 5 vs. the Beer Barons,…& against the Knights, and came back to win the series 4-2 after going down 0-2…The World Series went a little differently. The Flyers went up 2-0 against the Richmond River Otters, lost the next 3…then finally won games 6 & 7 to win the Diamond Series. Tony Oliva happened to be the Series MVP, (we had a high sub frequency at a number of positions)… , & we had won our 2nd virtual trophy after a GRUELING sequence of playoff games in which we went 11-7 overall, coming close to the current maximum of 19 or 20.

Through the first 6 seasons, the Flyers won their division 5 out of 6 times. 2025 marks a decided change in that trend. Let's fly right into it:

In my first year in Perfects, I won my first game! Vida Blue pitched great and the Flyers were 8-1 winners… From there the Flyers won just 53 of the remaining 161 games on their schedule to finish 54-108, or an average of 1-2, for a .333 Win Pct. …David Cone's performance was most memorable: David Cone's 1988 card is a good one; I watched him that year and he was great…& to this point in Flyers' sims he had gone 70-40 overall, his ERA ranging from just under 3 to just under 4. But he ended up with a pretty different line in my first season in Perfects: a 5.61 ERA to go along with a 3-16 record.

I wasn't really sure how aggressive to be about getting better but my record was 54-108, BA was .232, and ERA a very high 5.68 for 2026 & I figured I'd at least see what I could do about improving the BA & ERA for 2027.

So in 2027 the Flyers got back at it in Perfects this time littering their batting order with guys who hit .300 or better in real life… The BA improved from .232 to .265 (which is still my best in Perfects), the ERA improved from 5.68 to 4.62…and so the overall Runs-Runs Against improved…from 646-961 (-315) in 2026 to 737-787 (-50) in 2027. Cone found a home in the bullpen. The Flyers won 23 more games as well, improving from 54-108 to 77-85.

So I figured I could get back to competing with a few more additions/tweaks in 2028 and compete we did…The Flyers finished 91-71, lowered the team ERA to 3.91…and got to play the Aoteroa Angels in the playoffs. But my refined pitching and batting order alone were not enough to get by the first round as the Flyers fell 3 games to 1 to the Angels.

I wasn't sure exactly what sim year 2029 had in store & in a way I thought maybe I'd missed a chance to excel in the playoffs in 2028 by sitting one of my very best position players…for arbitrary…but reasons that made sense to me reasons…hehe…I thought "I'm not even sure if I'll make the playoffs again next year, I could win about 90 again and EASILY not get a spot."

Anyway, this player was Lou Gehrig, and I just wanted to start him off in 2029 even though I acquired him about 25 games before the 2028 playoffs. 2029 was quite a regular season for the New York Flyers…we finished 102-60 (best mark in perfects regular season to-date) and finished 1st in our division for the 2nd time in Perfects in just 4 seasons after the lousy 54-108 inaugural season. I had 5 good pitchers in the rotation for a whole year and they all lived up to expectations or better. In the 1st round, our old friends, the Wisconsin Beer Barons were our opponents. They had won their division as well…WELL, they beat us 3-1 in a best-of-5 series and I let another opportunity to win a Perfects League get away. The Beer Barons didn't even play .500 ball, but maybe I shouldn't have thought of it that way…Or maybe they just played better in 3 out of 4 games & that marked the end of the Flyers' season and I did not under-estimate them one bit. Not sure.

In 2030, the Flyers went 95-67…we had to go on a late-season run of sorts to secure our 7th or 8th division title in 11 seasons. The Bayou WhoDats made sure we didn't win our first Perfect Leagues playoff series by beating us modestly but handily, 3 games to zero. This left me feeling a bit uninspired, it was like I was riding a wave and it finally crashed…

In 2031, the Flyers finished with a 78-84 record… we hit just .244 as a team which was our worse to date in Perfects except for season one. Our pitching staff posted an ERA over 4 after 3 consecutive seasons of being in the 3s. We finished 4th in the division (I think) but all in all considering the seasons that some of our individual players put forth, 78-84 was not too bad.

In 2032, I strayed from my plan, or original formula, even further (to have some fun with the sim aspect of the game if not win maximum number of games, just cause I had become a bit exhausted)… & boy was the schedule TOUGH TOUGH TOUGH…WOW…I made it through at 75-87, and we were outscored 758-821 by teams that for the most part outscored their opponents by more than 300, 400 even 500? Runs on the year? The Flyers had one month where they went 18-9 and another month where they went about 6-21! This wasn't strictly schedule woes as I had to beat a great team 4-0 in a series in the month where we went 18-9 & did not take any advantage of non-juggernauts in the month where we went 6-21 but the first example of months within one season that were that extreme. To that point, the most irregularity in my monthly records was from a bit under .500 to .655 or so.

Anyway, the Flyers acquired the rights to LHP Johan Santana PEAK SE not by finishing all of those Twins missions but by trading 110,000 PP for him in the AH to gear up for 2033 (6-4 start)…our pitchers look good, and I am going to see if I can put some runs on the board for all the Flyers' fans out there…Or casual followers of the team.

From here the plan is to post occasional or frequent (IDK) updates on the team in this thread & keep on playing ball.

One Great Matrix 07-02-2019 10:46 AM

The team went 11-14 in April 2033. Lou Gehrig was awarded player of the week, hitting .650. Dwight Gooden maintained a 1.70 ERA in 5 starts. The team hit pretty well, pitched well but a bit erratically, & lost a few close ones. (2-5 in 1-run affairs.)

One Great Matrix 07-03-2019 07:48 AM

The Flyers bounced back with a 16-11 May and currently occupy 2nd place in their division with a 28-26 record. As things stand, they are 2.5 wins removed from a playoff spot.

One Great Matrix 07-04-2019 09:35 AM

Flyers went 14-16 on Wednesday/June 2033, & are .500 after 84 games. They're in 2nd place but have some work to do before they are back in the playoff picture.

One Great Matrix 07-08-2019 02:48 PM

The 2034 season is underway.

The Flyers ultimately finished the 2033 season at 78-84, an identical record to 2 years previous. They went on a hot streak before the break and improved to 53-47 or so after going 7-0, and came out of the break 1-8, falling to 54-55 or so...and sort of didn't seem to recover from that...I guess about 24 wins in the 53 remaining games. I didn't take time to record much else, so that's it for right now.

Happy HItting.

One Great Matrix 07-09-2019 02:50 AM

Alight the first month or so of 2034 was nice & funky...

Record: 11-14 (4th place, 4 GB), division looks like it could be interesting, all 5 teams except one are up and down, and the outstanding one isn't (to this point at least) running away with it.

Runs: 83 Runs allowed: 97


some statistics:


Joe Morgan 2B .162 BA/ .234 OB%

Cody Bellinger RF .207 BA/ .291 OB%

Francisco Lindor SS .236 BA / .320 OB%

Fred Lynn CF .281 BA / .316 OB%, 7 HR, 13 XBH, 17 RBI

Shoeless Joe Jackson LF .237 BA / .310 OB%, 6 XBH

Lou Gehrig DH .214 / .329 OB%, 3 HR, 9 XBH, 8 RBI

Mike Schmidt 3B .246 / .364 OB%, 6 HR, 12 RBI

David Ortiz 1B .255 / .305 OB%, 1 HR, 4 XBH

Gary Carter C (48 AB) .188 / .235 OB%, 3 HR, 3 2B

David Wright playing SS (44 AB) .182 / .250 OB%, HR, 5 RBI

Joe Mauer C (40 AB) .125/.186 OB%

Willie Stargell LF (29 AB) .103 BA / .212 OB%, just an RBI

George Brett 3B (16 AB) .125 / .176 OB%, 0 XBH

Team .211 BA in the first 25 games, I don't have my highest average hitters in but whoof! We remained halfway-competitive because the pitching was pretty great for the most part:


Team 3.76 ERA

Current Rotation

Gooden 6 GS, 2-1, 3.75 ERA

Johan Santana 5 GS, 1-3, 5.72 ERA

Koufax 5 GS, 2-2, 3.65 ERA

Roy Halladay 5 GS, 3-2, 2.60 ERA

David Cone 4 GS, 0-2, 4.62 ERA

BULLPEN

Chapman (Closer) 7 Saves, 11.7 K/9, ...12.60 ERA.


deGrom (Set-up) 10 IP, 3.60 ERA

Middle Relievers Christy Mathewson & Mariano Rivera: 32.1 IP, 4 ER combined.

Long relievers Tim Lincecum & Pedro Martinez 9 innings of work combined, 0 ER allowed.

So the bullpen's been the strength so far, the low BA and OBP the weakness & the rest of the season is...a box of chocolates.

I enjoyed playing against the Fighting Frogs.

One Great Matrix 07-09-2019 02:56 AM

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One Great Matrix 07-10-2019 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by One Great Matrix (Post 4513008)
Alight the first month or so of 2034 was nice & funky...

Record: 11-14 (4th place, 4 GB), division looks like it could be interesting, all 5 teams except one are up and down, and the outstanding one isn't (to this point at least) running away with it.

Runs: 83 Runs allowed: 97


some statistics:


Joe Morgan 2B .162 BA/ .234 OB%

Cody Bellinger RF .207 BA/ .291 OB%

Francisco Lindor SS .236 BA / .320 OB%

Fred Lynn CF .281 BA / .316 OB%, 7 HR, 13 XBH, 17 RBI

Shoeless Joe Jackson LF .237 BA / .310 OB%, 6 XBH

Lou Gehrig DH .214 / .329 OB%, 3 HR, 9 XBH, 8 RBI

Mike Schmidt 3B .246 / .364 OB%, 6 HR, 12 RBI

David Ortiz 1B .255 / .305 OB%, 1 HR, 4 XBH

Gary Carter C (48 AB) .188 / .235 OB%, 3 HR, 3 2B

David Wright playing SS (44 AB) .182 / .250 OB%, HR, 5 RBI

Joe Mauer C (40 AB) .125/.186 OB%

Willie Stargell LF (29 AB) .103 BA / .212 OB%, just an RBI

George Brett 3B (16 AB) .125 / .176 OB%, 0 XBH

Team .211 BA in the first 25 games, I don't have my highest average hitters in but whoof! We remained halfway-competitive because the pitching was pretty great for the most part:


Team 3.76 ERA

Current Rotation

Gooden 6 GS, 2-1, 3.75 ERA

Johan Santana 5 GS, 1-3, 5.72 ERA

Koufax 5 GS, 2-2, 3.65 ERA

Roy Halladay 5 GS, 3-2, 2.60 ERA

David Cone 4 GS, 0-2, 4.62 ERA

BULLPEN

Chapman (Closer) 7 Saves, 11.7 K/9, ...12.60 ERA.


deGrom (Set-up) 10 IP, 3.60 ERA

Middle Relievers Christy Mathewson & Mariano Rivera: 32.1 IP, 4 ER combined.

Long relievers Tim Lincecum & Pedro Martinez 9 innings of work combined, 0 ER allowed.

So the bullpen's been the strength so far, the low BA and OBP the weakness & the rest of the season is...a box of chocolates.

I enjoyed playing against the Fighting Frogs.

Going into June 2034...

Record: 27-26, 2nd place, 3 GB
Runs: 202 Runs Against: 219

Individual Performances to this point:

Morgan (2b) now has 15 extra-base hits and improved his BA/OBP to .185/.276...Yes, that's an improvement from the first month of games.

Bellinger managed to get over the Mendoza line (.229) & has 16 XBH including 6 home runs.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor improved his average to .262 and has 22 RBI on the season.

CF Fred Lynn has 9 HR but is batting just .227 now.

1B/DH Lou Gehrig is hitting just .225 in 151 ABs.

3B Mike Schmidt has been the best hitter on the team so far in most respects with 10 HR, 23 RBI, 25 runs, & a team-leading .323 OB%. Actually, Shoeless Joe Jackson's is slightly better. (.337)
David Ortiz has 16 RBI in 39 games.
David Wright is hitting .204 in 39 games.
Catcher Gary Carter has 5 HR in 95 ABs.
Catcher Joe Mauer is hitting just .189 in the same number of ABs.
Willie Stargell has his average up to .259 with 3 total HR in limited ABs.
George Brett is hitting just .160 in 50 AB.

As far as subbing for any of these players that I normally would have after about 40 AB of under .200 BA, I might wait it out until tomorrow except for the addition of Pete Rose today to maybe generate some runs and hits.

David Cone lost his spot in the starting rotation after winning only 1 start in the first two months. I replaced him with Tim Lincecum.
The rest of the rotation to this point:
J. Santana 4-5, 4.63 ERA
D. Gooden 2-4, 5.01 ERA
S. Koufax 5-2, 3.36 ERA
R. Halladay 7-3, 2.67 ERA

Cone replaces Lincecum in the bullpen & the rest of the bullpen's #'s to this point look like this:

Rivera 0.81 ERA, 22.1 IP
Mathewson 2.59 ERA, 41.2 IP
P. Martinez 3.07 ERA, 14.2 IP
J. deGrom 4.03 ERA, 22.1 IP
A. Chapman 9.45 ERA, 20.0 IP (10 saves in 27 total victories, though)...a couple real bad appearances.

One Great Matrix 07-11-2019 03:01 PM

The Flyers are 1/2 game back after 87 games...I'm not sure how I've managed a 47-40 record hitting .230 or so but the team has hit a good amount of home runs...outscored by 10 runs despite the 47-40 record, a lot of good pitching performances, 4-2 type victories. I am pretty sure the BA and runs scored has no place to go but up but you never know. Not sure how the schedule or the pitching will play for the rest of the season either, I suppose I'll post another update when I've something to share.

One Great Matrix 07-11-2019 08:11 PM

Quick review at the AS Break:

Record: 51-45 (1.5 GB, 2nd place)
Runs Scored: 390
Runs Against: 390

Batting Avg.: .230
On-Base %: .308
wOBA: .310
Home Runs: 112
Stolen Bases: 49
Starter's ERA: 3.98
Reliever's ERA: 3.36 K's: 836


Individual Stats

Runs
Gehrig 47
Lindor 36
Lynn 36
Bellinger 36
Schmidt 35


XBH
Gehrig 31
Bellinger 27
Lynn 30
Schmidt 20
Joe Morgan 20
Lindor 26

OBP
Joe Jackson .341
Pete Rose .359
David Wright .354
Mike Schmidt .313
Lou Gehrig .348
George Brett .265
Francisco Lindor .304
Joe Mauer .332
David Ortiz .330

Home Runs...
Gehrig 16, Bellinger 15, Lynn 14, Schmidt 13

Starters
Gooden 20 GS, 6-6, 4.70 ERA
Halladay 19 GS, 12-7, 3.63 ERA
Koufax 19 GS, 11-2, 2.24 ERA
Santana 18 GS, 6-9
Cone 10 GS, 2-6, 4.62 ERA
Lincecum 9 GS, 3-2
Mathewson 1 GS


Santana 5.01 ERA
Lincecum 3.13 ERA
Mathewson 2.98 ERA
Rivera 1.80 ERA, 13 Saves
Pedro 2.76 ERA
deGrom 3.29 ERA
Chapman 9.45 ERA, 10 Saves

Until next time...

One Great Matrix 07-12-2019 12:54 PM

Thanks to some great pitching...(and I suppose good enough fielding & hitting), the Flyers hit the 2/3rds or 108-game mark in their 2034 season with a slim 1 game advantage in their division.

One Great Matrix 07-13-2019 05:21 PM

Felt like now was a good time to update the team's progress...

There are 19 or 20 games left and the Flyers have an 81-61 or 82-61 record.
The Flyers have a 2.5 game lead in their division.

Some individual stats:

C Joe Mauer .261 BA/.328 OBP, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 30 R (85 games)
C Gary Carter .231 BA / .304, 14 HR, 34 RBI (73 games)

1B Keith Hernandez .238/.305 (42 games)
2B Franciso Lindor .266/.319, 37 XBH, 52 RBI, 55 R
3B Mike Schmidt .236/.344, 26 homers, 65 RBI
SS Alan Trammell .250/.324

Lou Gehrig .245/.351, 20 HR, 68 RBI
Cody Bellinger .228/.295, 18 HR, 54 RBI (105 games)
Fred Lynn (reserve roster): .203/.266, 30 XBH, 36 RBI
George Brett (69 games) .242/.270, 26 XBH, 35 RBI
Mickey Mantle (46 games) .257/.322, 21 XBH, 34 RBI
Joe Jackson (64 games) .271/.341
Lou Brock (46 games) .227/.312, 18 SB, 21 XBH, 28 R
Pete Rose .246/.331, 60 hits, 28 runs
Ichiro .347/.376 (33 games), 21 runs

That was sloppy.

Anyway, and the pitchers:

Sandy Koufax 15-4, 2.49 ERA
Roy Halladay 16-9, 3.75 ERA
Santana 8-10, 4.50 ERA
Tim Lincecum (18 starts) 7-4, 3.24 ERA
Dwight Gooden 12-8, 4.34 ERA

BULLPEN

M. Rivera 2.04 ERA, 26 SV
J. deGrom 67.1 IP, 3.34 ERA
P. Martinez 50.2 IP, 3.02 ERA
C. Mathewson 94.0 IP, 3.26 ERA
D. Cone 108.1 total innings, 4.57 ERA

Zack de la Rocha is throwing out the 1st pitch on September 26th.

One Great Matrix 07-13-2019 09:30 PM

We're tied with the Mega Ampharos after 152 games. 10 games left. And the next 3 are vs. the Ampharos. Mike Schmidt just won game 152 with his 100th hit of the season; a 2-RBI single to left in the bot of the 9th with 2 outs down 5-6.

One Great Matrix 07-13-2019 11:24 PM

Won all 3 games vs. the Ampharos to give us a Magic number of 4 with 12 games remaining (Flyers 6, Ampharos 6)... That was a big swing in the right direction to sweep that series.

Won the 1st game 3-1.
Won on Zack de la Rocha night, 3-1.
Won the final game, 3-1.

Not to get ahead of myself, but now I'm wondering about the playoffs. I'm 0-for-3 so far in Perfects playoff series.

One Great Matrix 07-14-2019 02:14 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2034

The New York Flyers defeat the La Crosse Fighting Frogs 5-3 in 11 innings to improve to 93-66 and clinch their 9th division title.

One Great Matrix 07-14-2019 02:50 PM

2034 Division Series
New York Flyers vs. Brooklyn Dodgers

Game 1: Dodgers 5, Flyers 3
Game 2: Dodgers 8, Flyers 4
Game 3: Dodgers 3, Flyers 1

Wade Boggs goes 7 for 11 for the Dodgers, Flyers are out of the playoffs but have at least clinched an extended break between seasons.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, will play the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Conference Championship. The Brooklyn ...vs... Brooklyn

One Great Matrix 07-15-2019 10:15 PM

10-8 after the first 18 games of 2035, which is the same number of total teams in the league this year. One conference is 5/5, the other 4/4. Looks like 8 playoff spots for the 18 teams...4 division champions and 4 wild cards.

One Great Matrix 07-16-2019 02:43 PM

21-15 after 36. Tweaking a few things...and at the same time pondering well, other things outside the PT Universe, and umm, inside, ...I'm generally pondering as the games play out, if I make the playoffs again, I want to be as prepared as...well, is possible.

One Great Matrix 07-16-2019 06:23 PM

Cycle
 
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Lindor hit for the cycle! :D

400 PP Achievement.

One Great Matrix 07-17-2019 12:46 AM

30-24 after 54 games. 2nd place.

small winning streaks, small losing streaks. winning streaks have been slightly longer. I felt the mojo go right out of me at one point... or maybe not. Have you ever done yoga? Helps you understand what that kind of thing is about anyway.


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