It’s been a weird half a season.
Stepping out of OOTP for a moment, in Major League Baseball, the following statistics are true:
- Grover Cleveland Alexander came to bat 1,981 times and hit 11 home runs.
- Mike Schmidt came to bat 10,062 times and hit 548 home runs.
Back to the game.
Through 30 games of the Lyrical Baseball Tournament season, the following statistics are true:
- Grover Cleveland Alexander has come to the plate 20 times. He has hit two home runs. (And that doesn’t even count the one I hit with him when playing a practice game.)
- Mike Schmidt has come to the plate 123 times. He has hit zero home runs.
...I suppose we just throw our hands to the heavens and chalk it up to baseball.
Some highlights from the second set of 15 games:
Game 16: Filial Fungoes 1, Paternal Fungoes 0
Van Lingle Mungo allowed a single run on four hits, but Claude Passeau outdueled him, pitching a five-hit Maddux as he shut out Paternal. Passeau needed only 89 pitches to make his way repeatedly through the Paternal lineup, while Johnny Mize’s two-out double provided all the required offense.
Game 17: Paternal Cashmen 7, Filial Cashmen 6
Down to their final out and trailing 6-4, Paternal changed the game on one swing, Steve Garvey clearing the loaded bases with a double to give his team a 7-6 win. The late-inning heroics overcame a three-homer game from the Filial offense, one each from Stan Musial, Ted Kluszewski, and Willie Mays.
Game 19: Filial Fungoes 9, Paternal Fungoes 2 (19 inn.)
After a full nine extra innings of shutout baseball, Filial exploded for seven in the top of the 19th to claim their 12th win of the season. Paternal starting pitcher Johnny Antonelli assisted his own cause by opening the scoring with a solo home run, though he would end his day nowhere near a decision.
Game 25: Filial Cashmen 6, Paternal Cashmen 5
Trailing 5-2 entering the ninth and sporting only a man on first with two outs, Filial rattled off four straight hits, Mays closing the game with a three-run double. Filial’s last-inning rally undid a strong effort from Paternal starter Tom Seaver, who allowed two runs and four hits over 7.1 innings.
All-Star Game: Cashmen Stars 8, Fungoes Stars 5
Not a dramatic game, but the All-Star Game is always worth a recap. The Fungoes took a 4-3 lead in the second, keyed by a Bobby Estalella home run, but the Cashmen stormed back, putting up three runs in the sixth off ERA leader Howie Pollet, game MVP Ted Williams’ two-run double flipping the lead. George Brett (for the Cashmen) and Andy Pafko (for the Fungoes) added solo shots in the ninth.
(Additionally, Mays beat Kluszewski to win the Home Run Derby.)
Game 30: Filial Fungoes 5, Paternal Fungoes 2
More late-inning three-run doubles! This time, Estalella was the hero, clearing the bases in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. Once again, Filial foiled a strong start from Mungo, who allowed one run on five hits over 5.2 innings, while Pollet picked up his first win of the season.
At this point in the season, both Filial teams lead their respective leagues, the Fungoes at 20-10 and the Cashmen at 17-13.
Here are your midpoint statistical standouts:
Yogi Berra, #8, C, PCM: Berra is still leading the league in batting, hitting .385 (his average was .422 at the All-Star break), and though no longer leading in OBP or SLG is still atop the charts with a 1.057 OPS.
Ted Williams, #9, LF, PCM: Second in AVG (.355), first in OBP (.457), third in SLG (.551), second in OPS (1.008), and MVP of the All-Star Game.
Augie Galan, #23, LF, FFS: Galan is near the top of the leaderboard in several categories, slashing .304/.388/.536 while leading the league in runs (25) and doubles (14).
Augie Bergamo, #17, RF, PFS: Also jostling for statistical leadership, Bergamo tops the league with 41 hits and has put up a slashline of .347/.384/.492.
Van Lingle Mungo, #16, SP, PFS: Mungo remains the ERA leader among starters (1.36) and started the All-Star Game for the Fungoes.
Harry Brecheen, #31, SP, FFS: Brecheen, at 5-0, is the only pitcher remaining with a 1.000 winning percentage, and leads all pitchers with 1.6 WAR.
Claude Passeau, #13, SP, FFS: Aside from his 1.87 ERA, Passeau is the only pitcher with multiple complete games (4) and shutouts (2).
We’re halfway until tournament time. Onward and baseballward.