Tales of the Dark Night: Impressions of New 2015 Season Player Cards


Among DYNASTY League Baseball fans there is a love affair with JAM and CLUTCH ratings and why not? Among other things, JAM ratings can turn a HOME RUN off the batters card into a “Deep Drive?” which requires a check of the Ball Park chart to determine how many feet the Deep Drive was hit adjusted by weather effects and how well the ball carries to potentially turn a sure HOME RUN into a Warning Track Out.

The Dark Night earned a JAM rating with a solid performance with RSP/2 outs (.213 BA/.230 SLG).  Matt Harvey also didn’t miss by much in earning an OFF situation rating (turns a WALK on the hitters card into a “Foul?” requiring a check of the foul territory to determine if it is a foul out or foul ball strike), which I feel is overlooked and undervalued by many DYNASTY League Baseball players. After all, a lead off walk scores on average 38% of the time and results in .905 runs after the walk. Pitchers who walk the lead off man have in essence a 8.15 ERA in that inning. Thanks to John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions (John and I played a 1983 White Sox vs. 1982 Brewers DYNASTY League Baseball Online game last year), you can read just how much impact lead off walks have and why the OFF situation rating was so important to have in DYNASTY League Baseball to simulate pitchers ERA in MLB.

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We all remember Mark McGwire and some of his gargantuan HOME RUN result range #, but how about Giancarlo Stanton and a HOME RUN range of 131-250 vs. LH? WOW! Comparatively McGwire in 1998 had a HOME RUN range of 117-185 vs. LH in a year in which he hit 70 HR. Keep in mind that each DYNASTY League Baseball season is normalized for the league average. If you have not tried DYNASTY League Baseball Online yet, make sure you are not the last one on the planet – the Online version makes it really easy to have unprecedented access to any player card from the library of DYNASTY League Baseball seasons by clicking on “Series” and mousing over the player to see his player card.

The new DYNASTY League Baseball 7th Edition game charts makes the pitcher pickoff rating just that much more impactful. So which starting pitcher has the best pickoff rating in the 2015 season? Look no further than NL pickoff leader Clayton Kershaw  (10) who earned a pickoff rating of 9 to go along with an “A” Hold frequency and a (-2) success rate Hold rating.

Another overlooked rating is the Error rating. Yes, the sabermetric community has known since 1982 that a fielders range is more important than his fielding pct., but fielding pct. still DOES matter. If you want ugly take a look at Pedro Alvarez and his “5” Error rating at 1b which is rock bottom on the 5-100 Error rating scale. Throw in a D range rating and you can see why he is looking for another position. For more ugliness check out ss Marcus Semien (C+/20). On the flip side, there is Joe Panik who earned a historically great “100” Error rating at 2b to go along with C+ Range and a very good (-5) DP Pivot rating. One of the ratings that I really wrestled with was Matt Carpenter’s Range rating. Carpenter’s BIS Plus Minus (-10) was right at the bottom for 3b along with players like the rapidly expanding Pablo Sandoval. The scouting reports were also none too favorable. I cross checked the rating with St. Louis Post Dispatch beat writer extraordinaire and BBWAA President Derrick Goold who felt Carpenter had average range at best. I couldn’t get past ranking at the bottom of the trailers in +/- and Carpenter’s player card was branded with a D Range rating.

Lead by A.J. Pollock, Arizona was one of the best fielding teams in 2015. Pollock not only fielded well (A/85/0), but was Durable (A), hit in the clutch and can run (Lead: 5/4/2), (Steal: 7/5/3). Emerging Mookie Betts with a BR Gain of (+24) earned an “8” Baserunning rating. In the turtle category, a slowing Miguel Cabrera (-22) received a “3” BR rating.

CespedesHRThe Citi Field walls were moved in and those changes are reflected in the new 2015 season ball park charts along with a new high resolution image on both the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version ball park charts and in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

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