From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/20/16  12:18 am
Subject: AL Input

Hey!

Just wanted to get your opinion on two pitchers battling for AL Pitcher of the Month for June. I’ve got two guys who have similar statistics for the month, but to me one side is doing slightly better than the other. But I want your viewpoint, so here are the side-by-side stats. Both pitchers shall remain nameless for now, and after you make your decision, I’ll give you one more statistic—a possible tie-breaker—to see if it sways your vote any:

W-L    ERA     G    GS    CG     IP     H     R     K     BB

5-1       1.26     6      5       3      43    35     6     19     6    –    Pitcher A
5-0      2.85     5      5       2      41    43    13    21     3    –    Pitcher B

In Pitcher A’s loss, he gave up three runs while his team was shut out by the opposing pitcher.

Two free tickets to any SP78 game you choose, scheduled in August or September, will be offered to you in exchange for your assistance.

TB

From: Steve P
To: Todd B
Date: 11/20/16  8:46 am
Subject: Re: AL Input

I have to go with Pitcher A.

Pitcher B gets a handshake and a six-pack of IBC, but A wins in my opinion.

Can I get a couple of box seats for – wait! I wanted Yankees at Brewers, but the last trip to Wisconsin for the Yanks was in July! How about Aug 20 Rangers at Royals?

By the way, I searched 1978 Royals (nothing else) on Google and SP78 sixth on the list. Not bad!

SP

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/20/16  8:58 am
Subject: AL Input II

Hey!

Thanks for the assist…I guess you’re back from grocery shopping. I was reading Jen’s e-mail just now when yours popped up. I went with Pitcher A as well, so we’re on the same page there. But here’s Part II:

W-L    ERA     G    GS    CG     IP     H     R     K     BB

5-1       1.26     6      5       3      43    35     6     19     6    –    Pitcher A
4-1      0.59     5      5       5      46    28     3     27     3    –    Pitcher C

Hmmm…a little tougher to decide, maybe, because of that first column? Or is it a no-brainer? Have you had any thoughts on who the three pitchers might be?

TB

From: Steve P
To: Todd B
Date: 11/20/16  9:40 am
Subject: But Who Had the Most Sacrifices?

Man! That’s a tough one. I like the 5 CG for Pitcher C and the ERA is better, as are the K’s and BB’s. The only thing better for A is the Wins and Games – I think I might go with Pitcher C.

As far as who they are – Guidry, Caldwell, and McGregor?

SP

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/20/16  9:21 am
Subject: Ticket Order

Sir,

Please find enclosed two ethereal tickets to the August 20, 1978 game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium. Admittance to the event will be provided upon arrival.

And it’s funny sometimes when I search something on Google – like I was doing last night, typing in ‘baseball 1978’ –  and seeing something pop up that looks familiar, and thinking, hey, this guy has a photo of a Kessler Baseball Fan’s Guide, too. Then I look and realize, oh, that’s from MY site.

I’m going to type in ‘1978 Royals’ right now and see what you found at #6.

TB

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/20/16  9:54 am
Subject: And the Sacrifice Leader Is…

Thanks for the input! Here’s the situation:

So last night I was flipping through all the June team stat sheets for the AL, looking for the best pitchers for the Pitcher of the Month Award, without checking to see who I actually chose back in 2000, when the month of June wrapped up, and I made my original award picks.

Just looking at the numbers, the two who stood out were Mike Caldwell (Pitcher A) and Jon Matlack (Pitcher B). You came to the same conclusion that I did…that Caldwell was the choice  because all his numbers were better than Matlack’s, except he had one loss, and Matlack didn’t.

So then I looked at the pitcher I chose in 2000 to win the award: Ron Guidry (Pitcher C)! Say what? So I double-checked his stats, and realized I’d passed over him because he ‘only’ had four wins…but then I saw his numbers, and understood why I picked him.

Every other award-winner I picked in 2000 for the AL matched up with who I chose last night…except for Pitcher of the Month. But last night, looking at all three pitchers and their numbers side-by-side, I figured that Guidry was the right choice…and you made the same decision as well. Plus, going with Guidry parallels who won the award originally, and I like that consistency. 

So…Guidry it is! Thanks for the help! And the sacrifice leader? Well, all three are tied at zero, but I do have a handful of AL pitchers who have plate appearances, and who’ve sacrificed…I just don’t know who they are at the moment.

Oh yeah, that one loss that Guidry had in June? He gave up two runs in a 2-1 loss to Jim Palmer and the Orioles on June 1st. And do you remember who managed the O’s that day?

TB

From: Steve P
To: Todd B
Date: 11/20/16  10:03 am
Subject: So I Screwed Up Ron Guidry’s Perfect Month?

I believe I did, at an Eagles Point apartment that combined the numbers of Rick Auerbach and Pete Rose!

SP

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/20/16  10:19 am
Subject: Let’s Just Say You Tainted It

Yes, you are correct…it was at ESC7 in beautiful Escondido, California, your ninth win as an SP78 manager. It’s interesting to note that, after that loss, Guidry would go on to hurl three shutouts that month, and in one of those four wins would allow just one run, a solo HR by Leon Roberts, in a 10-inning, 2-1 win over the Mariners.

So yeah, you really biffed up his chance at a perfect June. But he respects that you defeated him as an SP78 opposing manager, and appreciates that you voted for him for AL Pitcher of the Month.

TB

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