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    A year after setting the club record for losses in a season (54-108), the Stars are now on pace, with a winning percentage of .577, to eek past the club record for wins in a season of 92. At the current clip, that would work out to 93 W's. A 39 game improvement in the win column would be....decent. Still, so much baseball left to be played and the baseball gods might be inclined to yank the rug out from under our feet.

    After surrendering 2 runs in his first 30 innings pitched, Stars stopper Smoky Joe Wood coughed up 14 runs in 17 IP this past fortnight. That meltdown also came with 4 blown saves and 2 losses. The fact that Detroit still had a winning record (7-6) for the sim is remarkable. The club is going to stick with him in the stopper role, Wild Thing does lead the TCBA in saves with 12, but he is on a very short leash.
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    It took him until his 8th week in the big leagues, but first pick overall, Riggs Stephenson, finally got on track lacing 11 hits in 19 at bats with 4 doubles and a home run for an OPS of 1.519. It raised his OPS+ by 30 points to a still substandard 83, but a huge step in the right direction. Even while he struggles, Riggs still leads the Stars in RBI with 28. He shaved half a WAR off his negative total and reduced the deficit to minus 0.4. Another week like that and Stephenson will be a positive contributor. His defensive rating at 1B failed to rise for the first time this season, but Stars staff foresee steady improvement in that area. He's been a nightmarish -6.3 in ZR and the stupid AI continues to switch him to 2B midgame where he's been -1.6 ZR in just 16 defensive innings.

    Riggs is nowhere in the race, currently, for Rookie of the Year in the West, but I'd still wager that he will take that honor at season's end. San Francisco's 23 year old Dutch CF John Koreman, a glove maestro with solid bat, and 28 year old teammate, 3B Russ Wrightstone, a 2nd round pick in 1920, are currently deadlocked for the WAR lead in the West among greenhorns at 1.2 each. That's a considerable deficit for Stephenson to overcome but his lethal bat skills could turn things around quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
    A year after setting the club record for losses in a season (54-108), the Stars are now on pace, with a winning percentage of .577, to eek past the club record for wins in a season of 92. At the current clip, that would work out to 93 W's. A 39 game improvement in the win column would be....decent. Still, so much baseball left to be played and the baseball gods might be inclined to yank the rug out from under our feet.
    Took a look through the league history and the record for the biggest improvement from one season to the next is +48 by the 1882 Kansas Pacifics. In their last season as the New York Blue Stockings, the club went 38-116, a .247 winning percentage and 59 games out, to an 87-67 2nd place finish, five games out, in the franchise's first season as the Toronto Smokies. Was this your first year as a GM in the TCBA, Manny? This team had the hallmarks of a K-Pax special finishing 9th in runs scored and 2nd in runs allowed.

    http://tcba.kralc.net/history/team_year_23_1882.html

    The second biggest upswing in league history was recorded by the Brooklyn franchise in their 1870's heyday as the Baltimore Lords. The 1874 Lords improved from a 57-97 finish, 32 1/2 games out, to a 1st place 101-53 mark which also included the club's first ever Transcontinental Series trophy. So, while K-Pax owns the record, I still consider this latter achievement the more impressive of the two. HB, who was manager of Baltimore in 1874?

    If Detroit were able to swing 39 games, it would rank only 3rd best in TCBA history.
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    After the abject failure of the 1920 season, it's been pleasing to see this year's edition of the Detroit ballclub grinding it out week after week and showing some fortitude. So far this season, the Stars have posted records of 7-6, 8-5, 8-5, and 6-6 in the first four sims. The offense, which was dead last in the TCBA last year, showed only modest improvement in April, ranking 8th overall in runs scored, but May has seen plenty of fireworks and the Stars attack has soared to 4th in the West in scoring. One very agreeable trend from the previous year has continued as Detroit leads the West in walks. The team is dead last in batting average but that deluge of free passes to first base has the Stars 5th overall in OBP.

    After a long, long stint on the DL and a month of injury rehab, Dan Adams will resume his big league career this sim with the Detroit Stars. His time in Cleveland was absolutely brilliant, but after chasing the money to the bright lights of the Big Apple, his health and career skipped the rail. The damage he's suffered doesn't seem to have had much deleterious effect to his stuff, but his stamina rating has plummeted and the bullpen is his present and future home.

    Rookie Pete Donohue, recently drafted in the 1st round, 17th overall, has been demoted after experiencing struggles of late in the rotation and bullpen. It's not a talent issue, as this kid has a bright future at the highest level, but just the need for the greenhorn to regain his confidence before having at it again with big league hitters. The Stars are back to a two-man rotation for the foreseeable future, but there are candidates in the minors, including Donohue, and bullpen arm A.J. O'Brien, who could earn the trust of the coaching staff and regain that 3rd slot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
    After the abject failure of the 1920 season, it's been pleasing to see this year's edition of the Detroit ballclub grinding it out week after week and showing some fortitude. So far this season, the Stars have posted records of 7-6, 8-5, 8-5, and 6-6 in the first four sims. The offense, which was dead last in the TCBA last year, showed only modest improvement in April, ranking 8th overall in runs scored, but May has seen plenty of fireworks and the Stars attack has soared to 4th in the West in scoring. One very agreeable trend from the previous year has continued as Detroit leads the West in walks. The team is dead last in batting average but that deluge of free passes to first base has the Stars 5th overall in OBP.
    The grind continues with another 7-6 sim. The Stars remain in second place, but only 5 games separate 1st from 5th in the tremendously competitive West. On offense, the team seems to far exceed the sum of its parts as Detroit ranks 10th in BA, 6th in OBP, 10th in SLG%, and 9th in OPS, but 4th overall in runs scored. Coocoo, but we'll take it. Detroit also slipped to 2nd in walks.

    The defense is ranked 3rd in the West with 3rd best ratings in both BABIP and Efficiency. The rotation and the bullpen are ranked 4th in ERA, and the overall defense is a disappointing 5th in runs allowed. That we'll not take, but will continue to strive to improve. 2nd in overall ERA, 1st in opposition batting average, and 2nd in K's gives hope that an uptick in form is a realistic goal.

    After a torn labrum and subsequent injuries left Dan Adams on the shelf for most of the past 13 months, he finally completed his injury rehab at AAA and returned to the big leagues as a reliever. In 4 outings, he picked up a win and loss, hurled 6.1 innings, gave up only 6 hits and 2 runs, but walked 4 with only 2 K's. Despite the solid run suppression, FIP- was unimpressed issuing a 114 rating. Adams, like every other player on the big league roster, must produce winning performances. This team is not talented enough to suffer through lengthy slumps from anyone on the roster with a host of talented West clubs pressing for a playoff berth.

    On that note, A.J. O'Brien returned from a month long stint on waivers and promptly gave up 7 hits and 7 runs in his first relief appearance in an 11-6 defeat to St. Louis which he, appropriately, was pinned with the loss. In 4 outings, A.J. pitched 10 innings and allowed 13 runs overall. That is completely unacceptable. His overall numbers for the year are a wretched 3-7, 6.21 ERA in 58 IP with a FIP- of 116. If he's still a Detroit Star two weeks from now, many fans and writers will be surprised by that leniency.
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    K-Pax has lost two games this season because they've run out of relievers and called upon 2B Sandy Cardehal to close out those games. In Detroit's June 19th contest against the Pacifics, Cardehal took the mound to start the 12th inning and walked the first 5 Stars hitters with a balk thrown in for good measure. Detroit reliever Dan Adams was walked on 4 pitches. The inning would finish with the Stars scoring 7 runs on 3 hits, 6 walks, and 2 balks.

    Adams recorded his 1st win in a Detroit uniform and the 250th of his illustrious career. It's not completely out of the realm of possibility that Dan could rack up 50 wins in relief and make it very difficult for HOF voters to deny him a berth. Good health will be a prerequisite going forward for that to happen.

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    Long reliever Wheeler Fuller earned his 2nd All-Star selection, a well deserved one, with a standout 1st half of the season going 14-5, 5 saves, 3.25 ERA, 47 outings, 152.1 IP, a K/W ration of 59 to 37, for a FIP- of 90. He's been a workhorse, second on the Stars staff in innings pitched, all in relief. However, Fuller picked up an injury in the most recent sim, a strained oblique, which he gritted his teeth and pitched through, but the Stars brass have decided to shut him down for the All-Star break and the upcoming fortnight in hopes the rest will sort out this ailment and have Fuller healthy and in top form for the playoff stretch run.

    To replace Fuller, Detroit has called up veteran righthander, Brad Hogg, who is well known to the current regime from his time with the New York Knights/Highlanders. Hogg was picked up off waivers in midseason of last year and had a miserable year with both New York and Detroit going a combined 3-5, 3 saves, and a 6.34 ERA. A couple of months at AAA as the stopper to begin the new season has seen Boss Hogg in superb form with a record of 7-4, 11 saves, 1.86 ERA and a FIP- of 60. Absolutely dominant. He'll take over for Fuller as the long man since Smoky Joe Wood continues to delight in the stopper role leading the TCBA in saves.

    Another exciting development is the promotion of 22 year old rookie SS Jim Marshall, one of Detroit's four 1st round selections in the 1921 draft. Marshall went 5th overall and has sublime range on the short side (75), above average on base potentials and good power for the era. He's still very much a work in progress but offensive production in middle infield has been so dismal with the 3 regulars, SS Malachi Letendre (79 OPS+), 2B Jake Pladson (49 OPS+), and utility man Sam Hands (37 OPS+), that the move was deemed appropriate. Marshall will be the third of Detroit's four 1st round picks to make their big league debut with starting 1B Riggs Stephenson and opening day starter Pete Donohue making the Stars roster out of spring training. 2nd round pick, C Frank Bruggy, has won the starting role over imcumbent Tommy Clarke, and 3rd round selection, RP Moses Yellow Horse, has been a solid addition to the Detroit pen. Seeing the early payoffs from Detroit's massive rookie class of 1921 has been truly exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
    To replace Fuller, Detroit has called up veteran righthander, Brad Hogg, who is well known to the current regime from his time with the New York Knights/Highlanders.

    Another exciting development is the promotion of 22 year old rookie SS Jim Marshall, one of Detroit's four 1st round selections in the 1921 draft.
    Both Hogg and Marshall flopped badly and Detroit suffered their first losing sim of the 1921 season going 5-6. Hogg made 6 appearances in the busy long relief role that Wheeler Fuller handles so well and in 17 IP was shelled for 26 hits, 5 walks, and 16 runs surrendered. A disaster. He was immediately waived and designated for assignment with Fuller's return. Touted rookie Marshall went 6/42 in his first taste of big league pitching with a triple slash of .143/.217/.167 for an OPS+ of minus 2. In the field, he committed 9 errors in 10 starts for a ZR of -1.7 and negative 0.5 WAR overall. He was sent back to AAA to further polish his skills.

    For the most recent sim, elite stopper Ed Zuverink was acquired from Pittsburgh for 1st and 4th round picks in the 1922 draft. Fuller was back in his long relief role and another highly anticipated rookie was called up to start at shortstop in the person of 23 year old Canadian portside hitter, Joe Dill. Dill was among a wave of signings from the Great Frozen North in the offseason and has breathtaking skills with the glove, 80 range, 75 error rating, 55 arm, and a 75 rating for double plays. If those defensive evaluations are spot on, Dill could be the best defensive player in the TCBA at any position. His first two weeks in the big leagues were a smash with Joe banging out 16 hits in 35 at bats with 4 doubles for a triple slash of .457/.481/.571 and a 166 OPS+. Zuverink was his usual excellent self in the stopper role for his new club and recorded a line of 2-1, 3 saves, a 1.64 ERA, and allowed only 3 runs in 11 IP. The Stars will try to funnel as many innings as possible to this outstanding hurler.

    With these new players priming the pump, Detroit enjoyed its best sim of the year at 9-3 and moved within .002 of first place Milwaukee.

    Interesting, but useless trivia: Detroit has won exactly 15 games each of the first 4 months of the season going 15-10 (April), 15-14 (May), 15-12 (June), and 15-11 (July). With a 5-1 start to the month of August, it's hoped the Stars can improve upon those totals and remain a playoff contender until the finish line.
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    It's tough watching your dreams die, but back to back 5-7 sims at this critical juncture of the season see the Stars fall from .002 out of first place to 5 games out of the wildcard race. The most recent fortnight began with Detroit hosting first place Milwaukee and a sweep would have moved the Stars a game ahead of the Golden Spikes and into first place. There was indeed a sweep but it was perpetrated by the visitors. Detroit rebounded by sweeping Cincy, but that's what one would expect hosting the team with the worst record in the TCBA. To round out the month of August, Detroit won 2 of 3 in the Windy City and seemed to be back on track, but a trip to a 58-74 Kansas team ended in horror with the Pacifics pulling out the broom with a trio of one-run victories.

    With 25 games remaining on the schedule, it will take a minor miracle to overtake Seattle or Milwaukee. The cream has risen to the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
    Interesting, but useless trivia: Detroit has won exactly 15 games each of the first 4 months of the season going 15-10 (April), 15-14 (May), 15-12 (June), and 15-11 (July). With a 5-1 start to the month of August, it's hoped the Stars can improve upon those totals and remain a playoff contender until the finish line.
    The streak continued as Detroit stumble-bumbled through the latter stages of August to finish with a 15-12 mark. That was no longer good enough to keep up with the big boppers in the West, Milwaukee and Seattle. A gaggle of talent from the Stars AAA affiliate in Kalamazoo, which won the NYCPL league with a 99-41 record, were called up for the September stretch run and it's hoped they can provide a spark as happened so many times in management's New York days.

    With Detroit 5 games behind Seattle in the West wildcard race, even a run of exemplary play in the season's final 25 games would probably still not be good enough to overtake either of the frontrunners. One record the Stars are eyeing with a measure of excitement is the club record for wins in a season of 92. It would take a 17-8 mark from this point forward to match that highwater point, and that's a level of sustained excellence the club has yet to achieve this season, but it is an achievable and worthy goal in the season's fading notes.
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