Over the previous few weeks, baseball withdrawal has really hit all of us fairly arduous. OOTP and MLB The Present are just about all we received to entertain ourselves. Fortunately, these video games permit us to stay out situations that might by no means occur within the wildest model of actual life. Lately, Cespedes Household BBQ and Jeremy Frank have used these two video games to simulate a season of 25 Barry Bonds’s (or Bonsai) on one workforce. Impressed by these two simulations, I needed to make certainly one of my very own. So I arrange a OOTP simulation with 25 totally different variations of the Biggest of All Time: Bartolo Colon.
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Listed below are the 2 movies that impressed me:
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For my outcomes, learn on…
Clearly, Bartolo has had an extended and illustrious profession for a lot of groups. Choosing only one model to make use of can be approach too troublesome. So, I made a decision to take 25 totally different variations of Bartolo Colon and put all of them on one workforce. I made a decision to play this season out in 2005, the 12 months that Bartolo received the AL Cy Younger Award for the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. I believed that this may be the very best model of Bartolo, and the time that he was supposedly the very best pitcher within the league. It was additionally in direction of the center of his profession which stretched from 1997-2018.
So, I began up a 2005 OOTP season with the Angels, deleted Bartolo’s 24 teammates and all of the minor leaguers. I did not need any random call-ups midseason so I made positive the reserve roster and minors had been empty. I additionally turned off Accidents, Buying and selling, and the Draft to maintain the rosters as secure as doable. Lastly, I turned off the DH rule in each leagues, as a result of I needed all 25 Bartolos to get their likelihood with the bat. As soon as all of the settings had been good, I began loading up the Bartolos. I first loaded up the Bartolo Colon from every of his 22 seasons. I used to be additionally capable of get a minor league Bartolo from 1996, and a free agent Bartolo from 2019 and 2020. I put every of these 25 Bartolos on the Angels, after which renamed the workforce to The Los Angeles Bartolos.
I want they’d totally different faces in OOTP for youthful variations of Bartolo, however alas, 1996 Bartolo Colon seems simply as massive and attractive as 2020 retired Bartolo Colon. In any case, as soon as I received all of them on the workforce I needed to set positions. Within the curiosity of being as aggressive as doable, I made a decision to designate the 5 highest rated Bartolos as starters, the following Eight highest rated as relievers, after which randomly assign positions to the 12 worst. I figured that they’d all be equally unhealthy hitters and fielders, however I might reap the benefits of his finest seasons on the mound.
My Beginning Rotation was: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 1999
My Relievers had been: 2013 (nearer), 2014, 2015, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2011, 2004
I selected 2016 Bartolo (the house run hitter) to be my cleanup hitter, and simply randomly crammed out the remainder of the lineup with random positions. With that, my workforce was all arrange for a run at glory.
My expectations weren’t very excessive. I used to be optimistically anticipating to attain about 1 run per sport, however have stable pitching all through the season. I used to be relying on a number of 1-Zero and 2-1 wins in addition to lots of shut 1-Zero and 2-Zero losses attributable to errors or handed balls (Bartolo is catching in spite of everything). Jeremy Frank’s Barry Bonds workforce received 7 video games, and I believed that good pitching and unhealthy hitting would do a bit higher than good hitting/unhealthy pitching. My trustworthy expectation was round 8-10 wins in 162 video games.
It was not a superb begin for the Bartolos. We misplaced 11-Zero to the Rangers on Opening Day, Chris Younger struck out 14 whereas giving up 1 hit in 6.2 innings. 1998 Bartolo gave up 6 runs (2 earned) and we made Three errors. The road rating is under.
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I used to be not shocked by the offensive efficiency, however I used to be positively not anticipating to surrender 11 runs. I believed it may need been fluky and attributable to unhealthy protection, however I used to be a bit confused. I stored going within the collection, and we misplaced the following two video games 17-Zero and 12-1. The 05 Rangers received 79 video games, this was no nice offense. However they lit up prime Bartolo Colon three totally different instances. We did make 5 errors in every of the video games, however each pitcher gave up a number of earned runs.
This was actually bizarre and it took me a number of weeks to determine what was occurring, however I ultimately realized that despite the fact that the Bartolos weren’t making tons of errors, their horrible protection was nonetheless costing us tons of runs. Our pitchers’ ERAs had been averaging round 6.5, however their FIPs had been within the 4.20s. Our pitchers had been giving up a .388 BABIP, in comparison with league common of .292. Mainly, our Bartolos within the discipline had been making occasional errors, however their general lack of vary was inflicting extra extreme issues. They had been usually so far-off from the ball that they could not even qualify for an error, the ball would drop in for a clear hit.
This was not likely a difficulty within the Barry Bonds simulations, however Bartolo’s fielding expertise had been on an entire totally different degree of awfulness. Barry Bonds was a minimum of an honest LF and RF. He was additionally most likely mediocre however succesful in CF and at 1B, and he could not do an excessive amount of injury at 3B. Bartolo might barely discipline his place as a pitcher, and was fully incompetent in all places else. I began to fret that Bartolo’s fielding could be too massive an impediment to beat.
The remainder of the month was unhealthy. The Bartolos had been swept by the Royals with out scoring a run. Then they set a report with Three runs in a sport towards Texas, however gave up 11. The following day, 2016 Bartolo Colon hit a ninth inning 2 run residence run, however the Bartolos fell quick 3-2.
After the shut name an evening in the past, the Bartolos returned residence to face the 1st-place Mariners. Would they be motivated by the tight sport a day in the past? Properly, not precisely. 2000 Bartolo struck out 11 in 5.1 innings, however Ryan Franklin and his 6.35 ERA retired 27 straight Bartolos, an ideal sport. The Bartolos had been 0-13 and clearly a great distance away from candy victory. It regarded just like the low level of the season, but it surely was a preview of issues to come back.
Simply Three days later, CC Sabathia walked 3, hit 1, and struck out 12 Bartolos en path to a no-hitter of his personal.
Four days later, Randy Johnson earned his 250th MLB win whereas no-hitting the Bartolos with 20 strikeouts at Yankee Stadium. By the top of the 3-game collection in New York, the Bartolos struck out 46 instances and didn’t rating.
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 0-24
Bartolos: .090/.143/.118 Three HR, 0.63 Runs/G, Opponents: .316/.380/.466 18 HR, 8.Zero Runs/G
55 Errors, -39.9 Zone Score, .388 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 2011 Bartolo led the workforce with a 2.79 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and had a 20-Three Ok-BB ratio in 19.1 IP
POTM: Jonny Gomes and Jose Lima (AL), Austin Kearns and Zach Duke (NL)
Could was one other awful month. On the third, Joel Piniero threw a no-hitter and struck out 18 Bartolos. In that collection towards the Mariners, the Bartolos struck out 45 instances and didn’t rating.
Four days later, Jeremy Bonderman was an Omar Infante error away from an ideal sport, he settled for a 13-Ok no-hitter.
In Jeremy Bonderman’s very subsequent begin, he struck out 22 Bartolos in one more no-hitter! He set the only sport MLB strikeout report and had a sport rating of 108. That’s 35 strikeouts and no hits in 18 innings for Bonderman, most likely the very best week that any pitcher has ever had.
Bonderman’s 2nd no-hitter was sport Three of an Eight sport streak with out scoring a run for the Bartolos. They racked up simply 14 hits and dropped to 0-40. The streak was lastly ended by 2012 Bartolo’s 2-run double within the sixth inning towards the Dodgers, 82 innings and 11 days since they’d final scored a run.
The following day, 2018 and 2019 Bartolo each homered, and the bartolos didn’t even make an error. However they nonetheless misplaced 5-2, honoring Jackie Robinson by falling to 0-42 towards the Dodgers.
2 days later, 40-year outdated Orlando Hernandez struck out 19 Bartolos in a no-hitter, decreasing his ERA to 4.98 within the course of.
On Could 24, Bartolo’s birthday, Mark Buehrle struck out 13 in an entire sport three-hitter, the Bartolos nonetheless partied arduous.
The Bartolos then proceeded to attain 2 runs in 10 days to shut out the month.
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 0-28 (0-52 general)
Bartolos: .068/.096/.076 2 HR, 0.43 Runs/G, Opponents: .312/.370/.467 28 HR, 8.Zero Runs/G
58 Errors, -79.Three Zone Score, .367 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 2005 Bartolo posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and solely surrendered 1 homer in 29.2 IP
POTM: Jermaine Dye and Johan Santana (AL), Moises Alou and Chris Carpenter (NL)
June didn’t begin off nice. We struck out 47 instances in a 3-game collection in Boston, scoring simply twice. Then Atlanta struck us out 45 instances with out permitting a run in our subsequent Three video games. Then Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, and the Mets struck out 42 Bartolos with out permitting a run. Lastly, the Nationals struck out simply 35 Bartolos in Three video games, permitting no runs to attain. Total, that is 12 video games, 12 losses, 2 runs scored, and 169 strikeouts. Not nice!
On Sunday June 5, 2007 Bartolo Colon singled off of Tim Wakefield, with 2 outs and 1997 Bartolo on the plate, 2007 took off for second on the primary pitch. He was thrown out by Doug Mirabelli and the inning was over. It was the one stolen base try all season for the Bartolos.
The collection towards the Marlins began the identical approach: 2 video games, 31 strikeouts, Zero runs. The scoreless streak had reached 113 innings and 13 days. The Bartolos had been 0-67. Then, on Sunday, June 19, 2005, Dontrelle Willis took the Angel Stadium mound to face off towards 2000 Bartolo Colon. Within the first inning, 2016 Bartolo’s double ended the scoreless streak. However Miguel Cabrera’s Three run homer within the fifth regarded to finish any hope of a win. Willis struck out 12 in 7 innings, Jim Mecir struck out Three extra within the eighth, and Todd Jones entered, 17/18 on Saves for the 12 months, with a 4-1 lead. What occurred subsequent will perpetually go down in historical past.
2019 Bartolo doubled to proper, 2020 Bartolo singled him residence, 4-2 Marlins. Then, 2016 Bartolo drove one down the left discipline line. With 2nd and third, no one out, 2017 Bartolo struck out. However then, 2008 Bartolo stepped up. He was hitting simply .064, with one double. He lined one off the best discipline wall, 2 Bartolos cross the plate. TIE GAME! 2009 Bartolo strikes out swinging. However then, 1997 rookie Bartolo steps up. He takes ball 1, then traces a base hit up the center. 2008 Bartolo chugs his away round to attain the sport profitable run. BARTOLO HAS DONE IT! THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED! The Bartolos have received a sport, they transfer to 1-67 on the 12 months, and by no means regarded again.
Bartolos 5, Marlins 4
The historic field rating
Properly, the Bartolos could have partied too arduous. the Rangers got here in an accomplished a shutout sweep, Chris Younger threw a no-no, the Bartolos had been 1-70. Then the Dodgers drove down the freeway and swept them too. The Rangers accomplished one other Four sport sweep to finish the very best month in Bartolos historical past.
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 1-25 (1-77 general)
Bartolos: .087/.122/.108 Zero HR, 0.42 Runs/G, Opponents: .324/.379/.494 30 HR, 8.65 Runs/G
62 Errors, -83.6 Zone Score, .379 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 2008 Bartolo with the clutch game-tying double and the hustle round third to attain the primary game-winning run in franchise historical past.
POTM: David Ortiz and Mike Mussina (AL), Carlos Delgado and John Smoltz (NL)
After the very best month in franchise historical past, Bartolos followers had been excited and optimistic. They need to not have been.
On July 2, regardless of a gem from 1998 Bartolo, Ruben Gotay’s stroll off homer within the ninth gave KC a 2-1 win, the closest lack of the season for the Bartolos.
2 days later, 2016 Bartolo set a profession excessive together with his 2nd homer of the season, this one off of Brad Radke, the Bartolos misplaced 15-1.
The red-hot Mariners struck out 50 Bartolos and gave up Four hits in Four video games. They threw 4 straight 1-hitters, the no-no was too elusive.
The Bartolos entered the all star break at 1-86, a mere 57 video games again. Massive Papi received the house run derby, no Bartolo certified.
Regardless of MLB’s guidelines about having one all-star consultant per workforce, no Bartolo Colon made the AL All Star workforce. I’m puzzled on how this occurred, have to be an OOTP glitch. In any case, Miguel Cabrera’s 2 RBI single off Carlos Silva received it 2-Zero for the NL.
The Bartolos got here out of the all star break chilly. After shedding the primary three video games in Minnesota, Johan Santana struck out 20 Bartolos in an ideal sport. The Bartolos had been then swept by Oakland after which gave up 51 runs in Four video games towards the Yankees.
2007, 2020, and 1997 Bartolo all added residence runs over the following week, however the Bartolos had been swept by the Blue Jays and Yankees. They fell to 1-103 and had been eradicated from the playoffs on July 29.
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 0-26 (1-103 general)
Bartolos: .093/.116/.165 6 HR, 0.62 Runs/G, Opponents: .365/.418/.496 18 HR, 9.84 Runs/G
69 Errors, -92.Zero Zone Score, .426 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 1997 Bartolo hit a house run, led the workforce with Four RBI, and posted a team-best .130 batting common and Four doubles.
POTM: Coco Crisp and Johan Santana (AL), Tony Clark and Matt Cain (NL)
August was extra of the identical for the Bartolos.
August 5: Scott Kazmir throws an ideal sport and strikes out 17 Bartolos.
6 days later, Wealthy Harden throws an ideal sport, placing out 14 Bartolos. Harden has pitched 33.1 innings towards the Bartolos this season, permitting Four hits, 1 run, and placing out 61.
The following day, 2020 Bartolo strikes into the workforce lead together with his third homer of the 12 months, the lone run for the guests in a 2-1 loss to Seattle.
On August 20, David Wells is the following to no-hit the Bartolos, with 11 strikeouts in a 6-Zero win.
August 27 in Tampa was the closest the Bartolos received to a win in August. Scott Kazmir struck out 16 in a shutout, and 2002 Bartolo was good. However after strolling Jonny Gomes within the ninth, Three handed balls allowed Gomes to attain the sport winner. 1-Zero Satan Rays win, Bartolos are 1-128.
The following day, Casey Fossum threw a no-hitter. The one Bartolo to achieve base did so on a dropped third strike. 2007 Bartolo was tossed within the 2nd inning for arguing balls and strikes.
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 0-28 (1-131 general)
Bartolos: .086/.117/.113 Three HR, 0.43 Runs/G, Opponents: .338/.377/.474 20 HR, 8.25 Runs/G
50 Errors, -62.Eight Zone Score, .385 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 2015 Bartolo was lights out within the bullpen, permitting only a 1.42 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP in 12 IP.
POTM: Manny Ramirez and Dan Haren (AL), Pat Burrell and Francisco Rodriguez (NL)
September, the month when the Bartolos’ season would lastly come to an finish. It was no straightforward coast to the end. No, this was the worst month of the 12 months.
Kirk Sarloos began the month off proper with an ideal sport on September 1st. The very subsequent day, Joel Piniero adopted with an ideal sport of his personal.
On the third, the Bartolos lastly managed one hit, snapping a streak of 69 straight outs (not so good).
The following day, the Mariners scored 6 within the ninth to win 8-2, giving the Bartolos their 135th lack of the 12 months, probably the most in MLB historical past.
The Bartolos then proceeded on a highway journey to Boston, Chicago, and Seattle, the place they really hit a number of homers and scored a number of runs. They went 0-9, however weren’t trying all that horrible.
Then, the Tigers got here to city. They held the Bartolos scoreless for 35 of the 36 innings within the collection. The one run was a double by 2010, and Sean Douglass threw a no hitter within the collection finale.
Two days later, Juan Dominguez threw a no-no for Texas towards the Bartolos. Four days later, Casey Fossum threw his 2nd no-no of the season towards the Bartolos. 2 days later, it was Barry Zito’s flip to throw a no hitter. Four no-hitters in 10 days, not nice.
The Bartolos weren’t doing too nicely. That they had only one highway journey left: Oakland and Texas. Within the finale towards Oakland, 1996’s homer gave the Bartolos a 3-2 lead within the ninth. It was the primary ninth inning save state of affairs all season. 2013 Bartolo was given the ball. He struck out Dan Johnson, however then gave up two base hits. Eric Byrnes stepped up and doubled to left discipline, each runs rating, the Bartolos lose 4-3.
The Bartolos had been deflated. They received destroyed by Texas Three instances and sulked residence with a 1-161 report.
Not an incredible rating
6 Bartolos retired on the finish of the season
FINAL MONTH RECORD: 0-30 (1-161 general)
Bartolos: .072/.105/.117 Three HR, 0.54 Runs/G, Opponents: .336/.382/.505 35 HR, 8.08 Runs/G
55 Errors, -103.Four Zone Score, .389 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): 2002 Bartolo posted a stable 3.90 ERA in 30 IP. he allowed simply 2 Homers and struck out 17
POTM: Brian Roberts and Ambiorix Burgos (AL), Carlos Delgado and John Smoltz (NL)
Finish of Season Stats:
Bartolos: .089/.122/.125 17 HR, 0.53 Runs/G, Opponents: .332/.386/.485 153 HR, 8.61 Runs/G
349 Errors, -476 Zone Score, .389 BABIP
MVB (Most Invaluable Bartolo): Powerful selection, however I believe I’ve to offer it to 2016 Bartolo. He led the workforce with Four homers, a .119 common and a .190 slugging proportion. He additionally drove in 13 runs.
Full Crew Stats:
These had been all of the no-hitters thrown towards the Bartolos:
19 No-Hitters and 6 Good Video games
The Yankees received the World Collection in 5 video games over the Braves.
No Bartolos obtained a vote for any awards.
MVP: Grady Sizemore and Pat Burrell
Cy: Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter
ROY: Felix Hernandez and Zach Duke
Properly, a minimum of we received a sport. Any questions you guys have? Let me know what you wanna know and I’ll test again!