Saturday, July 14, 2007

Week 1 Wrapup

The first simulation of the 2020 season is in the books and here is a look at how the Los Angeles Dodgers did.

Good: Going 5-1 in the first sim is easily the best thing that could happen. The Dodgers have the best record in the ISBL (side note, so do five other teams) and will look to build on that over the first month of the season. The Dodgers are also currently ranked No. 4 in the ISBL Power Rankings. What is most impressive of the 5 wins, all of them came on the road as the Dodgers have yet to have an opening day. 157 games until we clinch the NL West. In other good news, nobody on the team decreased and nobody was injured. So all-in-all, it was a very good week to be a Dodger. After placing 30th out of 32 teams with only 119 home runs last year, GM Tommy Lasorda placed great emphasis this off season on getting some more power in the lineup. It might have worked as the Dodgers have hit 12 home runs thus far, good enough for fourth in the ISBL. The season is young though.

Bad: The right side of my infield, Peter Pimentel and Charles Tulowitski have five errors in the first six games. Unacceptable if we want to win the crown. The two have five of the Dodgers eight errors on the young season. Two teams lead the ISBL with nine errors and the Yankees, who are also a surprising 5-1 have yet to make an error. One good thing, two other NL West teams also committed eight errors in their first six games.

Ugly: Abel Zamaro - 1 Inning pitched, 3 hits given up and 3 runs given up for a 11.80 ERA. Way to earn your $3 million dollars. But it gets worse, Chet Lohmann, 2/3rds of an inning, 5 runs scored and five hits allowed for a whopping 67.57 ERA.

Stud of the sim: This week's "Stud of the sim" goes to Juan Gonzalez. Who would have guessed? The 29-year-old Ace threw a complete game 8-hit shutout in his first start of the season. He also struck out eight. To be fair, it was against the Giants. So that might be worth half a shutout. At this pace, Gonzalez will go 27-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 243 innings pitched. That is good, but I bet Josh Beckett could have done better. Oh yeah, Gonzalez also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

Up next: Two more games with the Colorado Rockies (2-4), followed up by our first season series against division rival San Diego (5-1). The week will close out with our second series with the Giants (0-6).

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