Clutch Baseball Inaugural Tournament Recap

On Saturday September 30th, 2017, 10 Clutch Baseball fanatics descended upon Redcap’s Corner in Philadelphia, PA looking for glory.  The participants came from all over the Northeast, from Massachusetts, to the Ohio line, to Virginia.  It was a day full of pizza, laughs, and of course clutch moments.

Due to some people dropping out in the few days before the event, we had to call an audible on the tournament structure.  The 10 players were randomly drawn into two groups of 5.  Everyone played everyone in their group one time, resulting in 4 matches.  The top two from each group advanced to the playoffs, where the #1 and #2 seeds squared off for a championship berth.  All matches were Bo1 and went through their starting rotations in order.

Click below to check out the rosters of teams from each group:


Few things to note overall:

  • AJ invested the most into his batters (3260)
  • Dan invested by far the most into his pitching staff (3730)
  • Brendon had the most balanced roster (2995/3005)

As far as players go, here’s who really stood out:

  • Chris Devenski: Goes 2 innings like a middle reliever, throws like a top closer.  6/10 players chose him as their top reliever.
  • Salvador Perez: With not many catchers outside of Sanchez and Posey really posing an offensive threat, Perez was the go-to guy for affordable defense.
  • Billy Hamilton: Doesn’t provide much with his bat but 20(A) Speed and +5 Defense in CF makes him a very versatile player for the cost.

After Group Play we ended up with a 3-way tie for 1st in Group A and amazingly a 5-way tie between the entire group in Group B.  Due to time constraints we used a run differential tiebreaker.  Patrick and Tony advanced from Group A and Sean and Erik from Group B.  Tony met Erik in the finals, winning 2-1 thanks in large part to Justin Verlander’s 8 innings of 1-run ball.  There was a sliver of hope for Erik, hitting a 1B on the pitcher’s chart with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, but it was quickly erased from a just-drawn Deja Vu from Tony.

Some other plays/events that stood out were Billy Hamilton going 6-6 and rolling a 23 when he needed a 24 for the cycle for Sean vs. Julian, and Julian pinch hitting Brandon Moss (by far the most expensive bench player used) and hitting a grand slam with The One Who Knocks vs Erik.

It was a great event and we’re very thankful for everyone who came out.  If you want to compete from home, keep an eye out for our next event – Clutch Baseball: Winter League later this year as our second online season!