THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
May 28, 2016

With three regulars out with injuries and no rested starting pitchers for today’s game, the Giants went with a AAA battery against the Dodgers at site AZ15 in Peoria, starting emergency call-up Phil Nastu on the mound and catcher John Tamargo behind the plate, both recent arrivals from the Phoenix Giants of the Pacific Coast League. Unfortunately, Nastu was rocked early, as Bill Russell, Reggie Smith, and Lee Lacy connected for a trio of doubles, good for three runs and an eventual 7-3 Dodgers win. Nastu also allowed a home run to Smith, his 40th, before being pulled in favor of John Curtis, who served up the final three LA runs via HR’s by Davey Lopes and Ron Cey. Don Sutton (9-8) went the distance for the Dodgers, increasing their lead in the NL West to two games over the pesky Padres.  (Game #1450,  8/6/78)

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July Continues Downward Spiral for Astros

The Astros experienced yet another sub-.500 record in July, going 12-16 for the month and dropping to fifth place in the NL West, a full 20 games behind the division-leading Dodgers. Houston has yet to have a winning month this season, and saw their fortunes take a downward turn late in July when three players—Art Howe, Terry Puhl, and Denny Walling—went on the 15-day disabled list with injuries. Ace starter J.R. Richard is also having a rough time; though his ERA is a respectable 2.42, his won-lost record stands at 9-9, and his chances of repeating his 20-win season of 1976 are looking more and more slim as the SP78 campaign progresses.

On a positive note, Enos Cabell is among the league leaders in hits, with 139, and he went 16-for-18 in steal attempts for the month (the team’s 161 total stolen bases leads the National League). Also worth mentioning is the fact that SP78 manager Steve P. has taken part in piloting the Astros in two games this season—including one game in July—and has won them both.

To check out the Astros page for statistics through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

July Stats Up for Resurgent Reds

The Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their best month of the SP78 campaign in July, going 17-11 and finishing the month in fourth place in the NL West, 3½ games ahead of the fifth-place Astros, but no closer to the division-leading Dodgers than they were on June 30th, when they were 16½ games back. In head-to-head match-ups, the Reds went 10-2 against the Mets and Expos of the NL East, but sadly will face neither team in August; instead, they’ll meet up with the red-hot Padres and Pirates—who are a combined 10-2 against Cincinnati in SP78—a total of 13 times that month.

Individually, third baseman Pete Rose was tied for the National League lead in hits for July with 45, and his .378 average for the season ranks him among the NL batting leaders. Bullpen ace Doug Bair led relief pitchers with nine saves and 16 mound appearances, good for a 0.68 ERA for the month and a 1.35 mark for the year, while reliever Pedro Borbon went 3-0 in ten games (and this despite a 4.63 ERA over those ten games). On the negative side, catcher Johnny Bench had four passed balls in July—including three in one game—to bring his season total to nine, the most he’s had in one year since he fumbled that same amount back in 1970.

Also, the new stolen base/caught stealing stat box, which shows separate SB and CS totals for each player, is now available on all Reds stat pages (including July), as well as those for the Braves and Cubs. Click here to see all Cincinnati statistics for July, and when doing so keep in mind that some stats—such as league leaders, award winners, and team batting and pitching rankings—will not be available until all team stats for the month have been finalized.

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Cubs Stats For July Are Done!

Season stats through July are now finished for the Cubs, who held on to second place in the NL East despite an underwhelming 11-17 record for the month, and a 50-53 record for the year, which put them 15 games behind the first-place Phillies. Dennis Lamp remained the ace of the staff with a 12-4 mark and a 2.43 ERA, while slugger Dave Kingman’s 27 home runs and 74 RBI ranked him among the league leaders in the National League. Chicago had some trouble with the NL West this month, going 6-13 against the teams of that division; unfortunately, their August slate of games is dominated by NL West opponents as well.

Though you won’t see it yet on the July pages, I’ve begun adding a new stat box to every team page: a SB/CS breakdown for each player, showing separate results for stolen bases and caught stealing of second, third, and home, plus each player’s steal rating (designated by a letter between A and E). Currently these boxes are complete and posted for every team in April, and all NL teams in May; for a sample box, check the Astros page here, and look beneath ‘Games Played by Position’.

And to take a look at the Cubs stat page for July, click here. And remember, the boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

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Braves Stats Updated Through July

Updating the SP78 season statistics through July 31st has begun, with the Atlanta Braves the first of a wave of National League teams to have their stat page for July finalized and posted. The Braves, who currently reside in the cellar of the NL West, went 10-17 for July and finished the month trapped in a 7-game losing skid. The only bright spots for the team this season are shortstop Darrel Chaney—well on his way to his best season ever, with a .318 average and 115 hits—and closer Gene Garber, who has ten saves and an ERA of 1.00 in 35 relief appearances.

Also noteworthy: the only team Atlanta has a winning record against this season —a surprising 9 wins against just 4 losses—is division-rival San Diego.

To check out the Braves stat page for July, click here. (The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked).

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Ask Statistor

Statistor, Baseball Robota
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Developed by Sperry Rand in 1963, Statistor is a robotic information-gathering and data storage system, later modified by Texas Instruments specifically for use by Statis Pro 1978 Replay. Statistor will answer any and all SP78-related questions, either bi-monthly or whenever the mood strikes him.

 

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Hi Statistor!

In real-time days, what’s the record for the longest gap between the playing of Games 1 and 2 of a doubleheader this season?

Brad B.
Los Angeles, CA

Hello Brad,

On July 31, 2007 the first game of a doubleheader between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs was played at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, a contest won by the Dodgers 16-3. LA would make it a sweep with a 7-3 storm-shortened win in Game 2, played at the same site on October 19, 2007…a record 81 days after the first game was played. The reason for the delay is not known.

Grüße bösen Statistik Roboter,

Wurden Sie mit einer Waffe System gebaut, die in der Lage ist, die Zerstörung einer großen Stadt? Auch, ist Brooks Robinson spielen in der SP78 saison?

Markus D.
Bürstadt, Germany

Sehr geehrter Markus,

Nein. Und nein.

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