Official Clutch Baseball Online League: Early Season Recap

One obvious downside of physical multiplayer card games – you don’t always have someone to play with.  However through the marvels of modern technology, we have been able to put together an online league where players across the country can face off every week.  Utilizing web cams, dice apps, and more, we have now completed the first two weeks of this inaugural season.  This blog will be a recap of those two weeks, breaking down some introductory information, rosters, statistics, and more.

The Format
There are 8 teams in the league, split up evenly into two East and West divisions.  Everyone plays the other 3 teams in their division 2x, and everyone in the other division 1x.  This leads to 10 matches, where each match is a home/away split.  This leads to 20 total games, and when using a standard 5-man rotation each SP will get 4 starts.  Games are played twice a week, either Sunday/Wednesday or Monday/Thursday.

The Participants
Eight Clutch Baseball fanatics signed up looking for glory.  They are as follows:

  • “Ahrensku” representing Missouri in the Eastern Division
  • “MikeTheRed” representing Pennsylvania in the Eastern Division
  • “Catastrophe” representing Maryland in the Eastern Division
  • “Moose148” representing Maine in the Eastern Division
  • “CommunitySalad” representing Washington in the Western Division
  • “MrTentacles” representing Texas in the Western Division
  • “Alacy92” representing Nebraska in the Western Division
  • “Jon M” representing Arizona in the Western Division

The Rosters
There are 8 teams and 8 Uncommon Stadiums in the 2017 base set.  Each team was randomly assigned an Uncommon Stadium and tasked with building their team from there.

East West
MikeTheRed Ahrensku Moose148 Catastrophe ALacy92 CommunitySalad MrTentacles Jon M
Seattle Cincinatti Washington Pittsburgh Colorado St Louis Philadelphia Atlanta
C Tucker Barnhart C Jason Castro C Jason Castro C Yasmani Grandal C Tucker Barnhart C Cameron Rupp C Brian McCann C Chris Iannetta
1B Chris Carter 1B Mark Trumbo 1B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo 1B Mitch Moreland 1B Joe Mauer 1B Freddie Freeman 1B Yonder Alonso
2B Neil Walker 2B Jean Segura 2B Joe Panik 2B Cesar Hernandez 2B Jedd Lowrie 2B Matt Carpenter 2B Dee Gordon 2B Eduardo Nunez
3B Javier Baez 3B Nolan Arenado 3B Justin Turner 3B Jung Ho Kang 3B Nolan Arenado 3B Anthony Rendon 3B Jung Ho Kang 3B Adonis Garcia
SS Jean Segura SS Adeiny Hechavarria SS Addison Russell SS Manny Machado SS Didi Gregorius SS Andrelton Simmons SS Carlos Correa SS Andrelton Simmons
LF/RF Nelson Cruz LF/RF Adam Duvall LF/RF Corey Dickerson LF/RF Curtis Granderson LF/RF Giancarlo Stanton LF/RF Nick Markakis LF/RF Carlos Beltran LF/RF George Springer
LF/RF Jarrod Dyson LF/RF Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF Brandon Moss LF/RF Adam Eaton LF/RF Wil Myers LF/RF Hunter Pence LF/RFTravis Jankowski LF/RF Travis Jankowski
CF Ken Griffey Jr. CF Ken Griffey Jr. CF Billy Hamilton CF Starling Marte CF Marcell Ozuna CF Billy Hamilton CF Leonys Martin CF Leonys Martin
DH Yunel Escobar DH Chris Carter DH Chris Carter DH Khris Davis DH Justin Upton DH Dexter Fowler DH J.D. Martinez DH Shin-Soo Choo
BN Ryan Flaherty BN Ryan Zimmerman BN Ryan Flaherty BN Ryan Flaherty BN Marwin Gonzalez BN Chris Owings BN James McCann BN Jed Lowrie
BN Ryan Zimmerman BN Chris Ianetta BN Chris Iannetta BN Ryan Zimmerman BN Chris Iannetta BN Ryan Zimmerman BN Chris Owings BN Chris Owens
BN Chris Owings BN Ryan Flaherty BN Ryan Zimmerman BN Chris Owings BN Melky Cabrera BN Ryan Flaherty BN Chris Iannetta BN Ryan Flaherty
BN Chris Owings BN Ryan Zimmerman
SP1 Garrett Richards SP1 Corey Kluber SP1 Clayton Kershaw SP1 Garrett Richards SP Jose Fernandez SP1 Max Scherzer SP1 Kenta Maeda SP1 Clayton Keyshawn
SP2 Jose Quintana SP2 Marcus Stroman SP2 Rich Hill SP2 Jeff Samardzija SP Chris Archer SP2 Jameson Taillon SP2 Marco Estrada SP2 Johnny Cueto
SP3 Yu Darvish SP3 Jeremy Hellickson SP3 Masahiro Tanaka SP3 Kyle Hendricks SP Gerrit Cole SP3 Jeremy Hellickson SP3 Michael Fulmer SP3 Marcus Stroman
SP4 Anthony DeSclefani SP4 Drew Smyly SP4 Brandon Finnegan SP4 Cole Hamels SP Robbie Ray SP4 Ivan Nova SP4 Lance McCullers SP4 Luis Severino
SP5 Brandon Finnegan SP5 Shelby Miller SP5 Tyler Skaggs SP5 Drew Smyly SP Jon Gray SP5 Tyler Skaggs SP5 Drew Smyly SP5 Robbie Ray
RP David Phelps RP Michael Tonkin RP Sean Doolittle RP Raisel Iglesias RP Will Harris RP Tyler Thornburg
RP Andrew Chafin RP Luke Gregerson RP Jordan Lyles RP Justin Wilson RP Brad Hand RP Sean Doolittle RP Hunter Strickland RP Darren O’Day
RP Justin Wilson RP Xavier Cedeno RP Brad Boxberger RP Brett Cecil RP Tommy Layne RP Sergio Romo RP Will Harris RP Hunter Strickland
RP Hansel Robles RP Raisel Iglesias RP Kevin Quackenbush RP Mike Morin RP Zach Putnam RP Brad Hand RP Luke Gregerson RP Tony Sipp
RP Kevin Quackenbush RP Kevin Quackenbush RP Brett Cecil RP Zach Putnam RP Jumbo Diaz RP Jake McGee RP Liam Hendriks RP Tanner Scheppers
RP Danny Farquhar RP Jordan Lyles RP Luke Gregerson RP Tony Cingrani RP Jonathan Broxton RP Brad Boxberger RP Jonathan Broxton RP Brad Hand
RP Michael Tonkin RP Tony Cingrani RP Will Harris RP Michael Tonkin RP Tanner Scheppers RP Michael Tonkin RP Jordan Lyles RP Jordan Lyles
CP Edwin Diaz CP Craig Kimbrel CP Aroldis Chapman CP Edwin Diaz CP Adam Ottavino CP Jeruys Familia CP Fernando Rodney CP Seung Oh

As you can see there was great variety to the players chosen by the different managers.  However you do see some favored players, either due to their dominance or being a great bargain.  In CF you see two Ken Griffey Jr’s (Only 4 Icon player) and also two Billy Hamilton’s (+5 Defense, 20(A) Speed, SB Icon for 160 Salary).  Clayton Kershaw (Only 7 Command SP) gets the nod on two teams, even though those two teams both lost their opening game in which he was on the mound.  For RP you see a lot of specialists and bargains, including Tonkin, Quackenbush, Lyles, Hand, Boxberger, and Doolittle.  And then of course there was the most selected player, Ryan Zimmerman (lowest Salary in game), chosen to ride the bench on 6/8 teams.

The Standings

East West
Ahrensku 5-3 MrTentacles 5-3
MikeTheRed 4-4 ALacy92 5-3
Catastrophe 3-5 CommunitySalad 4-4
Moose148 2-6 Jon M 4-4

With everyone 8 games in the books, things are pretty tight.  The Eastern Division has a nice and even spread, from 5-3 in 1st place to 2-6 in last place.  The West is a complete shootout, with every team being at or above .500.  The top two teams from each division make the playoffs in a 4-team, 2-round, Bo3 format.  Tiebreakers are: head to head record, run differential, runs scored, and finally runs scored at home.

That’s how things have shaken out thus far.  Look forward to another blog in 3 weeks when the regular season has concluded and we preview the upcoming playoff matches.