Are you ready for some more BASEBALL!!
It’s Thursday (9/13). The HDL Post Season Play-off brackets were rained
out last Sunday (9/9) so games will re-schedule to this Sunday, 9/16/2018.
So now that the week off is behind us, I would like to make a few comments
about the 2018 season. I have been wanting to do this for several weeks
but my injuries and health issues have interfered. I hope these comments
will get everyone focused on how this 2018 HDL season might finish.
Team Records: – Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda
We have four teams who are all playing competitive baseball. Since July 1st
(10 weeks ago), The V-Brother A’s are (4-2; 10-4 overall); Thompson Truck
Center Cardinals are (5-2; 8-7 overall); Prudential Tigers are (3-4; 7-7 overall);
Lomax Dodgers are (2-6; 4-11 overall); Team records do not always reflect
the quality of some of the losses. We look at Won-Lost records to rank the
best and worst teams; but that is not the real story.
Earlier records before July 1st, even though, overall, V-Brother A’s have a regular
season record of (10-4) they have been a run scoring machine. Each of their
4 losses were close games. Three of the A’s wins were by 3 or less runs. If
those tough wins had been losses, their record would have been 7-7.
On the other hand, the Lomax Dodgers team had a record of (4-11). The
Dodgers team also had three (3) tough losses by 3 runs or less that could have
gave them a more respectable record of (7-8). This seems to indicate the Dodgers
should not be taken lightly in the Play-offs. They have a good roster of players
who have dealt with injuries most of the year. One thing teams need to make
their primary focus is good pitching and clutch defense will likely make a big
difference in the outcome of a baseball game.
Looking at team statistics shows that the Athletics team still has the most
potent lineup that any pitcher in the HDL have to face, A’s Team is
hitting .370 overall. The next best team average belongs to the Thompson
Truck Center Cardinals, hitting a surprising .367 overall. Next the Prudential
Tigers team is hitting .335 overall and believe it or not, the Lomax Dodgers
team is hitting .306 overall. Their team average is depressed by their high
frequency of strikeouts (58). Their base-on-balls was good with 55.
In the end, pitching will determine what team comes out on top at the end
of the Play-offs. ERA-wise, the Thompson Cardinals with an ERA of 7.64.
leads that category. The next best ERA belongs the Lomax Dodgers. Their
pitching lineup with Brandon Poyner, Wes Hill, Cesar Roman, Kevin Latham
and Paul Baioni is posting an ERA of 7.89. Both V-Brother A’s and Prudential
Tigers have an ERA over 8.00. So, don’t count out the Dodgers with their
outstanding pitching staff.
Stay Healthy! Please:
A few other factors making the post season interesting is injuries. The
HDL had an average year with assorted injuries to key players. During
July and August, the high temperatures were taking a toll on many
HDL players who were struggling with hydration stress. Hopefully as
we move into “Fall” the high heat factor will go away. The HDL does
not want to see any players go down with an injury. So play with-in
yourself, play hard and don’t do anything you shouldn’t be doing.
Post Season Eligibility:
Reminder: All dues have to be paid in full to be eligible for Post-Season
games. Also, if any new players have not met minimum game played
requirements, they will not be eligible for post-season.
1. Please lock your vehicles during the games and make sure
all valuables are hidden in a safe location.
2. Plan to take a “Team Picture” next Sunday, either before
the game or after. Bring your camera.
3. See the HDL Blog for a post that explains the Courtesy
4. This is election year. This year we will only select a league
President. Other officer positions will be appointed by the
elected president. This process will allow the President to
select officers who will be an effective administrative team
who can work together to make sure all duties of officers
are properly represented. Ballot sheets will be distributed
during the play-off series.