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2021 DRAFT DAY SCHEDULED

2021draftThe 2021 Mid-West Baseball League Draft is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 10:30 AM ET.

The 2021 MWBL Draft Order has now been posted (NOT) including the winning lottery teams & the complete 336 Pick, 12 Round Selection Order has been posted.

The 2021 MWBL Draft Order

Again this year will be the start time of 10:45 AM ET to allow the West Coast Franchise Owners a few extra minutes of sleep.   Please be advised that with this start time, the 2021 MWBL Draft will conclude later in the day for the East Coast Contingent, so please adjust your plans accordingly.

Rounds (13-15), will NOT be available this year, as all teams have carried 35+ forward into 2021 due to the Covid19 Ruleset for MWBL. 

2021 DRAFT LOTTERY

DraftLottery2021The 2021 MWBL Draft Lottery will take place on Sunday Night November 29th, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET.

The eleven Franchises listed below will have a shot at the #1 Pick in the 2021 MWBL Draft to be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2021.

The Commissioner’s Office has a link (Team Viewer link) that will go live at 8:45 PM on Sunday night 11/29 if you would like to watch the event.

American League W L WIN % BALLS
Tijuana Bottle Rockets 40 122 .247 20
Coconut Creek Crushers 42 120 .259 16
Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas 58 104 .358 8
Mesa Solar Sox 76 86 .469 4
Manhattan Project 77 85 .475 1
Motor City Muscle 77 85 .475 1
         
National League W L WIN % BALLS
Harsens Island Walleye 52 110 .321 20
Portland Lumber Jax 56 106 .346 16
Corktown Cycle 58 104 .358 8
Rosemere Renegades 64 98 .395 4
Jersey Nor’easters 74 88 .457 2
         

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2020 WORLD SERIES

Columbus Explorers @ Hollywood Werewolves

Columbus

Hollywood2020SERIES PREVIEW – Hollywood and Columbus have a history.  Midway through the 2001 season, Columbus was running out of money, and with no support from the city, owner Bill Schindel was forced to sell his majority stake to Hollywood’s current owner Steve Cutler.  After that Columbus team was eliminated 3 games to 2 by Chicago, Owner Cutler moved the franchise out west, to the brand new Paramount Park in Hollywood, California. In 2013, Bill Schindel was able to secure funding and received buy-in, from a city starving for baseball to return to their capital city, to bring the franchise back.  Coincidentally, the team he relocated to Columbus was called the West Coast Swing, playing their baseball in Palmdale, CA.  While that team had a successful 5-year run in Palmdale, they could never get the attendance high enough to make any money.  Here they are now, opposing each other in the World Series.  While Hollywood won 107 games to lead the AL, Columbus won 110, the second-most in the NL.  Beat writer Jarl Jackson predicted anything from a 5 to a 7 game.Tempe Tempers vs. Hollywood Werewolves

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1 – Michael Fiers (11-9 2.93)  vs. Charlie Morton (21-7 2.77 ERA)

Charlie_MortonWS2020-1After Morton gets through the top of the first, leadoff hitter Christian Vazquez, singles to lead off for Hollywood in the bottom half.  Hanser Alberto follows with a double and Hollywood has runners at 2nd & 3rd with no-outs for their big hitters.  Fiers takes a deep breath after a visit from catcher Robinson Chirinos and comes back to strike out Christian Yelich.  Then with Paul Goldschmidt up, Chirinos misplays the pitch and Alberto walks across home to give Hollywood a 1-0 lead.  With Alberto moving to 3rd base on the play, Infield deep … ALBERTO takes his lead at third … he brings it in … punched back to the mound.. FIERS gloves it … looks at third … and they’ve got ALBERTO in a rundown … FIERS pumps..flips to URSHELA … URSHELA runs him toward home … flips to CHIRINOS..and CHIRINOS tags him out … GOLDSCHMIDT ends up at second.  FIERS is PUMPED!! The game stays that way into the 3rd inning and with 1-out in the top of the 3rd, Dee Gordon triples.  With the infield back, Brock Holt grounds out to Freddie Galvis who declines the throw to home to get the out and Columbus ties the game at 1.  Galvis looks visibly upset at himself cause he now believes he could have cut the runner down at home.  Both pitchers cruise into the bottom of the 5th and Galvis leading off.  The offering from FIERS … that’s high in the air to right-center … DESMOND goes back for it ..p against the wall … DESMOND times his leap … and comes down with a glove full of air..that’s a round-tripper for GALVIS!  Hollywood leads 2-1. Then with 2-outs, Vazquez comes to the plate.  it’s hit deep to BLACKMON … over his head..say good-bye to this one…it’s gone! … home run for VAZQUEZ.  Hollywood leads 3-1!! Morton takes over from there.  He ends up going 7.2 innings, striking out 9 and handing the game to the bullpen.  Closer Will T Harris comes in a does what he is asked to do as Hollywood takes the 1-0 series lead!

W – Charlie Morton (1-0)
L – Michael Fiers (0-1)
S – Will T. Harris (1)

Hollywood 3, Columbus 1

Hollywood leads 1-0

GAME #2 – Julio Teheran (13-7 3.86) vs. Clayton Kershaw (18-5 2.68 ERA)

Giovanny_UrshelaWS2020Columbus looking to grab a game on the road sends Teheran against perennial powerhouse, 3-time Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw. After Kershaw cruises through the first, Vazquez once again leads off the bottom of the first for Hollywood and doubles to right. Alberto quickly singles and Kershaw is staked to a 1-0 lead, 2-batters into the game.  Teheran settles down after that and both pitchers cruise to the bottom of the 4th when Matt Olson steps to the plate.  Teheran delivers … OLSON piles into this pitch … that could be trouble…LAGARES races it to the wall … back … it’s history! … home run for Matt OLSON and Hollywood has a 2-0 lead.  With the way Kershaw is pitching, that may be enough for the win.  Columbus looks down and heads to the 7th inning with Kershaw cruising.  Then with 2-outs in the 7th, Charlie Blackmon steps in.  KERSHAW with the offering … BLACKMON sends it in the air … deep right-center field YELICH goes over … GORDON goes over … and the ball goes over the fence..BLACKMON with a round-tripper and cuts the lead to 2-1.  Kershaw looks mad at himself as he kicks the dirt around the mound.  Kershaw is pulled for Joe Smith who gets out of the inning without further incident.  With 1-out in the 8th and Smith still on the mound, Juan Legares doubles, and Smith is pulled for Sam Tuivailala.  Richie Martin is sent out to pinch-run and promptly steals 3rd base.  After Tuivailala walks Tyler Flowers, he is pulled for Hollywood strikeout artist Carlos Estevez.  Estevez has come into tough situations all season cause of his striking out ability and with runners, at the corners, they need it now.  Flowers is pinch-run for by Rosell Herrera who promptly steals second, giving Columbus 2 runners in scoring position. With the infielders playing halfway, Enrique Hernandez hits a slow roller that scores Blackmon, tying the game at 2.  Both teams traded zeroes until the 12th.  With Brandon Kintzler on the mound for his 2nd inning of work, Giovanny Urshela steps in.  Kintzler delivers … that ball is muscled to deep left … this one has a passport … adios, amigo..it’s long gone! And Columbus leads 3-2!!  Columbus turns over the ball to Yusmeiro Petit who gets Hollywood 1-2-3 closing out the game, tying the series at 1.

W – Liam Hendriks (1-0)
L – Brandon Kintzler (0-1)
S – Yusmeiro Petit (1)

Columbus 3, Hollywood 2 (12 Innings)

Series tied 1-1

Alex GordonGAME #3 – Diego Castillo (5-5 3.26 ERA)  vs. Jordan Lyles (15-5 3.84)

The game shifts to Columbus with the series tied at 1.  Game 3 tends to be pivotal series as the team that has won 3rd game are 17-5 in the World Series  Each team sending their third-best starter with a quick hook.  In a humorous move, at the beginning of the game, both owners are at home plate and there seems to be some confusion as the umpires are explaining to the Hollywood Manager we are in an NL park there is no DH.  They have a good laugh and we’re ready to start.  Surprisingly, both pitchers are stellar through the 4th inning.  With one out, Matt Chapman walks, which is followed by a Freddie Galvis single, putting runners at 1st and 2nd with 1-out.  With that hit, Lyles is pulled for Kyle Ryan to get the lefty-on-lefty matchup with Alex Gordon coming up.  What Columbus doesn’t know is that Gordon has been clutch against lefty relievers all season for Hollywood.  The runners take their lead … the offering from RYAN … lined to right … base hit…DESMOND is after it … he cuts it off deep in the gap … CHAPMAN is around third…GALVIS is around second…they’re waving CHAPMAN in….GALVIS’s headed for third…CHAPMAN will score … the throw goes to third…here’s the play at third … and he’s … in standing … and GORDON holds with a single and the WEREWOLVES lead 1-0.  With Castillo coming up and Hollywood having runners in scoring position, they make the tough decision to pinch-hit for him.  Columbus closes the door at that point and the game stays at 1-0.  Hollywood turns to the pen at this point and calls on Tuivailala who holds serve in the bottom half.  With 1 out in the 6th Goldschmidt walks and comes around on a hit-and-run double by Ketel Marte for a 2-0 lead.  Hollywood turns over the game to Jason Adam who gives up a leadoff double to Blackmon.  Then after striking out Urshela, Brock Holt walks and Adam is pulled for Carlos EstevezMatt Carpenter being called on to pinch-hit and grounds out to Galvis, moving the runners up a base.  With the tying run at 2nd base, Chirinos steps in.  BLACKMON takes his lead at third … the pitch … on the hands … and CHIRINOS flicks it out to right..ALBERTO might have a play … racing back for it … he has it! … that’s three away and the lead is preserved.  That turns out to be the last runner Columbus has on base.  The Hollywood bullpen goes spotless the rest of the way shutting out Columbus 2-0.

W – Sam Tuivailala (1-0)
L – Jordan Lyles (0-1)
S – Will T Harris (2)

Hollywood 2, Columbus 0

Hollywood leads 2-1

Liam_HendriksWS2020GAME #4 – Charlie Morton (21-7 2.77 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (11-9 2.93)

Hollywood sends their ace back on the mound to see if they can grab a 3-1 series lead, which Columbus is looking to even the series. Fiers cruises through the top of the 1st and Morton heads out there in the bottom half.  With 2-outs, Trevor Story steps in.  there’s a fly ball to left … MARTE drifts back … still back-peddling…hey, this ball may carry … at the fence … MARTE jumps for it … does he have it? … no!  a home run for STORY! Columbus leads 1-0!  Fiers still pitching well, gets out of the 2nd with no issues, and lets his offense do the talking in the bottom half.  DJ LeMahieu doubles to lead off the bottom half. Urshela follows with a single, which scores LeMahieu giving them a 2-0 lead!  Morton gets out of the inning with no more damage. Fiers keeps it at 2-0 into the 4th.  With 1-out in the 4th, Yelich singles and scores all the way from first on a Goldschmidt single, cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Fiers is pulled for the Columbus ace reliever Matt Shoemaker. He shuts the door to keep it at 2-1 Columbus.  Columbus tacks on another on Morton when Dee Gordon hammers a 2-out homer in the 5th, making it 3-1 Columbus.  Columbus goes from Shoemaker to Hendriks in en effort to tie the series.  Hendriks is perfect through his 2 innings, picking up his first save and Columbus ties the series at 2-2.

W – Matt Shoemaker (1-0)
L – Charlie Morton (1-1)
S – Liam Hendriks (1)

Columbus 3, Hollywood 1

Series tied at 2

Charlie_BlackmonWS2020GAME #5 – Clayton Kershaw (18-5 2.68 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (13-7 3.86)

With the series tied at 2 apiece, Columbus is looking to leave home and head back to Hollywood a win away, and Hollywood is looking to head home and grab that last win.  The last time these 2 pitchers faced off, Hollywood grabbed the early lead but was unable to hold it as Columbus won in 12 innings. Kershaw and Teheran both look good early, trading goose eggs through the third inning. Teheran is cruising getting the first two outs in the fourth, when he walks Ketel Marte, bringing up Freddie Galvis.  TEHERAN delivers … swung on … and it’s pulled hard to right … good-bye Mr. Spalding..it’s gone! … a two-run shot and Hollywood leads 2-0!  Now that Kershaw has a lead, Columbus has to pull some magic out of the hat. Kershaw cruises into the 6th inning when Enrique Hernandez leads off the inning.  KERSHAW winds up … and it’s pulled hard to left … it’s deep enough if it’s fair … fair ball!  home run for HERNANDEZ and Columbus cuts into Hollywood’s lead 2-1.  Kershaw looks mad at himself, he tried to sneak a fastball by him and Hernandez made him pay.  Kershaw settles back in and gets out of the 6th.  Hollywood leads 2-1 and has Galvis leading off the 7th.  With JB Wendleken faces him.  WENDELKEN winds up … GALVIS sends it in the air … deep right-center field … BLACKMON goes over…LAGARES goes over … and the ball goes over the fence … GALVIS has his second round-tripper of the game, his 3rd of the series!  Hollywood leads 3-1. The air seems to itself out and Columbus looks down as they head into the bottom of the 7th against Kershaw.   Urshela leads off the inning with a single and with 1-out, Ian Desmond is called on to hit for Wendelken.  He waves that bat like a wand … strolls to the box…Big hole on the right side … URSHELA not wandering too far … now he comes home with it…lofted deep to left field … MARTE got a late start … he’s back … way back…he won’t get it … it’s gone! … Ian ties the game! … home run for DESMOND!!!  At that point, it becomes a battle of the bullpens.  Hollywood sent out Tuivailala-Smith-Kolarek-Kintzler-Adam who threw 6 innings of scoreless ball, while Columbus sent out Petit-Hendriks-Ottavino for 7 scoreless.  In the bottom of the 14th, Trevor Story lines a single to right off Carlos Estevez. Charlie Blackmon comes up.  STORY well off first … Trevor STORY is on the move … ESTEVEZ fires it in … lined toward first… it’s over his head … GORDON’s got a long way to go … STORY races to third…they’re waving him home … the throw from right field … too late … it’s all over!  COLUMBUS WINS on a Blackmon walk-off to right! Columbus now leads the series 3 games to 2 and heads on the road looking to raise the victory flag.

W – Adam Ottavino (1-0)
L – Carlos Estevez (0-1)

Columbus 4, Hollywood 3 (14 Innings)

Columbus leads 3-2

Diego_CastilloWS2020GAME #6 – Jordan Lyles (15-5 3.84)) vs. Diego Castillo (5-5 3.26 ERA)

Hollywood looking to hang on for 1 more day sends out Diego Castillo who pitched a scoreless 4 in game 3 against Jordan Lyles, who pitched well in the game but was saddled with the loss.  Columbus, looking to claim the Championship get a leadoff single from Dee Gordan.  With him on the move, LeMahieu executes a perfect hit-and-run.  Hollywood’s bullpen immediately starts to stir, as Dustin May and David Price look to begin throwing.  They can’t afford to get behind as there is no room to err…With runners at the corner, the infield will concede the run for the small inning.  Trevor Story steps in… Infielders back … the runners take their lead … the pitch … easy bouncer to ALBERTO…he’s up with it … throws to second for one … out … back to first for two … not in time…STORY beats it out … and a run scores … ALBERTO did not handle that ball quickly and Columbus looks PSYCHED, taking the early lead at 1-0.  Castillo settles down and gets the next 2-outs with the damage minimal.  Lyles pitches well into the bottom of the 3rd, with the 1-0 lead.   Galvis singled to lead it off.  With Chapman up, Hollywood attempts to get the runner moving.  The pitch…Chapman half swings…Galvis is going…the throw…THEY GOT HIM!!!! Chapman looks like he missed a sign, cause Galvis cost himself the base with that look-back.  Hollywood ran themselves out of a golden opportunity to get in this game!! Chapman then strikes out and Gordon bounces out, pumping Lyles up!  As we head to the 4th, Columbus, not taking chances, has Shoemaker up in the bullpen in case he’s needed.  After getting the first out of the 4th, Cristian Yelich steps in…. LYLES comes to him … swing and a fly ball … pretty well hit … right field…may not be caught … its history! … Christian has tied it up … home run for YELICH!!  Then after Hanser Alberto walks, Shoemaker comes in and shuts the door.  After Castillo cruises through the 5th, we’re back to the bottom half and Ketel Marte walks to lead off the inning which brings up the power-hitting Matt Olson. SHOEMAKER brings it home….and OLSON belts it deep to right … DESMOND retreats to the wall … does he have room? his eyes are skyward … and the ball is outta here! … home run for OLSON and two runs scored… Matt trots around the bases … he loves a trip downtown and is greeted at the plate now giving Hollywood a 3-1 lead!  Castillo ends up going 6 1/3 inning and is pulled in the 7th to a cheering crowd after he gives up a single to Brock Holt.  He is lifted for Tuivailala.  After he walks Desmond to put runners at first & second, he is pulled for lefty specialist Adam Kolarek who faces Asdrubal Cabrera.  The runners take their lead … KOLAREK now … skied high to the left side…GALVIS’s drifting back … he’s under it … this should do it … and he makes the catch and the threat is gone.  In the bottom of the 7th and 8th Hollywood takes on 1 run each and takes the game with a score of 5-1 to even the series

W – Diego Castillo (1-0)
L – Matt Shoemaker (1-1)

Hollywood 5, Columbus 1

Series tied at 3

Charlie_MortonWS2020-2GAME #7 – Mike Fiers (11-9 2.93)  vs. Charlie Morton (21-7 2.77 ERA)

In a rematch of games 1 & 4, with Hollywood winning game 1 and Columbus game 4.  This game will be winner takes all as the bullpens are full of arms ready to be called upon.  Morton gets the 1-2-3 in the 1st with 1 strikeout.  Fiers gets Hollywood 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  In the 2nd, Morton strikes out the side in the second between a walk and a hit batsman. Fiers gives up a lead-off double to Goldschmidt, Marte moves him to 3rd on a ground out, then Matt Olson is hit by pitch.  With runners at the corners, Hollywood’s biggest World Series bat, Freddie Galvis steps in.  Infielders back … GOLDSCHMIDT down the line some at third … here comes the pitch…GALVIS rips it down the left-field line … fair ball! … GOLDSCHMIDT crosses the plate..HERNANDEZ tracks it down quickly … OLSON is around second and holds.  Hollywood leads 1-0.  Fiers is pulled for Shoemaker immediately. Shoemaker shuts the threat down and keeps the game close at 1-0.  Morton strikes out Legares to lead off the 3rd and Dee Gordon walks with LeMahieu coming up.  First baseman GOLDSCHMIDT perched right in front of the bag … GORDON is off with the pitch…MORTON comes home … hit to MARTE in deep left … he’s after it … plenty of room..and he takes it in … two away … GORDON scampers back to first.  He then gets Story on a bounce-out and the threat is stopped.  Shoemaker cruises 1-2-3 in the 3rd. Morton gets ‘em 1-2-3 in the 4th and we have a certified pitchers duel!  Shoemaker gives up a single to Marte in the bottom half of the 4th, but it doesn’t go any farther than that and it remains 1-0 going into the 5th.  In the top of the 5th, Morton notches K #6, but he walks the speedy Lagares with 2-outs.  With Dee Gordon up, lets listen to the call. MORTON kicks and delivers … swung on … strike! … now LAGARES is sprinting toward second…they’ll have trouble catching him…VAZQUEZ gets rid of it quickly … the slide … and they get him!!!  Hollywood cuts down the runner at 2nd base to end the inning and Vazquez is pumped!! Shoemaker is perfect again in the 5th and Morton heads back out there in the top of the 6th.  He looks up at the scoreboard and realizes he has yet to give up a hit in the game.  He gets Dee Gordon before DJ LeMahieu doubles, breaking up the no-hitter after 6 1/3 innings.  Morton looks mad at himself and Vazquez calls time to settle him down.  Whatever he said, it worked, as he gets K #7 before a Blackmon line-out to end the inning.  In the bottom of the 6th, Yelich leads off the inning with a single off Shoemaker.  He then steals second.  Shoemaker settles down and gets the next three batters without incident.  Hollywood still leads 1-0 heading into the 7th and Morton working on a 1-hitter.  Morton gets strikeout #8 on the way to the 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Shoemaker is still on the mound and with 1-out, Galvis steps in.  SHOEMAKER winds up … GALVIS belts it to right … near the foul pole … it’s UNBELIEVABLE as he belts his 4th HOMERUN of the series and Hollywood leads 2-0!!! Shoemaker is pulled for Liam Hendriks who gets out of the inning. We head to the 8th….Morton strikes out Holt and Legardes to open the frame, then gets Gordon on a flyout. We head into the bottom half of the inning with Yelich facing Hendirks.  The pitch … YELICH lofts a high fly … down the line to right….LAGARES looks as if he’s got it covered … on the warning track … now his back’s to the wall…the leap … and he comes down … empty-handed! … THE CROWD IS GOING CRAZY AS MORTON NOW HAS A 3-0 LEAD!!! Hendriks looks dejected and makes a throwing error to first to the next batter, Hanser Alberto.  After a visit from the pitching coach, he settles down and gets out before any more damage.  We head to the 9th, with the crowd on their feet.  Charlie Morton still on the mound, but Cutler has Will T Harris warming up in case he’s needed.  The first batter of the 9th is LeMahieu.  The delivery from MORTON … LeMAHIEU laces it into the gap in right … it’s a ‘tweener to the wall … and LeMAHIEU pulls in to second base standing up.  That prompts a quick hook and Morton leaves to a standing ovation.  Will T Harris has been really good in the series and it’s do or die with your best as no one else is up in the pen.  Trevor Story walks which brings up Charlie Blackmon as the tying run with no outs and runners at 1st & 2nd.  The pitch to Blackmon… routine fly ball to right … GORDON moves under it … and brings it down as the runners hold.  1-OUT!!  That brings up Giovanny URSHELA… The runners take their lead …the delivery from HARRIS … swung on…Alberto DIVES TO HIS RIGHT…FLIPS TO GALVIS FOR ONE….THE RELAY TO GOLDSCHIMDT…HE’S OUT!!!! DOUBLE PLAY…DOUBLE PLAY….HOLLYWOOD WINS THE WORLD SERIES AND THE CROWD GOES CRAZY!

W – Charlie Morton (2-1)
L – Michael Fiers (0-2)
S – Will T. Harris (3)

Hollywood 3, Columbus 0

Hollywood wins the series 4 games to 3

Christian_VazquezWS2020Alex_GordonWS2020-2SERIES SUMMARY – An amazing pitches duel World Series as both teams hit under .200 (Hollywood 1.74 & Columbus .153).  Hollywood’s ERA and strikeouts were the difference.  They had a 1.57 ERA and struck out 71 batters vs a Columbus ERA of 2.38, striking out only 48 batters. Hollywood’s offense was sporadic, but Freddie Galvis was the offensive star hitting a series high of .280 with 4 home runs and 6 RBIs.

During the MVP interview, Charlie Morton was heard saying, “I may have received this award, but the unsung hero here was Diego Castillo as he pitched in 2 big games for us, winning game 6 to get it to me.  I’d like to congratulate a very tough Columbus team.  They pushed us to our limits and it was a well-played series on both sides”

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MVP: Charlie Morton ( 6-1; 51 IP; 52 K; .88 ERA)

2020 WORLD SERIES PREVIEW

Columbus

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Presented to you by Jarl Jackson – October 2020

In the ALCS Hollywood split the first two games at home then went to Chicago and swept the Mobsters in 3 straight including shutouts in games 4 and 5. The first three games went to extra innings over in the NLCS with the Explorers overcoming early deficits in games 1 and 2 only to see Pittsburgh walk it off both times. The same thing happened in game 3, but this time Columbus got the winning hit. Game 4 saw Columbus with the early lead with Lumber Company tying the game late. The Explorers avoided a 4th straight extra-inning affair when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a walk-off 3-run jimmy jack. The two teams split the next two games with some very nice pitching forcing a game 7. Pittsburgh fought back to tie the game in the 8th, but backup catcher Tyler Fowler surprises everyone by hitting a pinch-hit 2 run homer in the 9th to give the Explorers the pennant!

The two teams have a weird connection as Hollywood entered the league in 2001 taking over the Columbus team and moving them to Hollywood for the 2002 season and then Columbus re-entered the league in 2013. Hollywood makes its 5th World Series appearance having won it in 2014 while Columbus makes their first visit to the World Series.

CATCHERS AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB OSBP
Tom Murphy HOL .282 .321 .444 104 390 59 110 22 1 13 58 4 73.3
Christian Vazquez HOL .231 .287 .471 64 238 35 55 7 1 16 33 0 48.5
Robinson Chirinos COL .220 .324 .462 92 273 37 60 15 0 17 49 1 75

All of the catchers can hit for power, but the Werewolves are slightly better offensively and they’re both better at controlling the running game. Vasquez had an 18 game hitting streak good for 5th best in the AL. Advantage Hollywood

FIRST BASEMEN AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Paul Goldschmidt HOL .250 .341 .487 150 579 101 145 21 4 36 100 4
Brock Holt COL .269 .323 .383 94 264 36 71 13 4 3 30 0
Matt Carpenter COL .245 .348 .414 126 384 58 94 11 0 18 47 1

Goldschmidt was a little down in average and on-base, but otherwise, his season was on par for him. He did hit .353/.500/.529 in the ALCS. Holt could be the starting first baseman, starting outfielder, or one of the first bats off the bench. He hit .300 in the NLCS in 10 at-bats. Advantage Hollywood

SECOND BASEMEN AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Hanser Alberto HOL .271 .303 .368 108 421 52 114 15 1 8 38 7
Dee Gordon COL .268 .308 .375 106 299 33 80 10 8 2 23 25
D.J. LeMahieu COL .284 .352 .455 148 549 87 156 29 1 21 80 8

Alberto had a very solid year having not been in the MWBL since 2017 when he hit only .065. Gordon and LeMahieu are two of the better hitters and due to position flexibility, you may see both in the lineup for Columbus. Gordon the team’s best base stealer was also tied for 2nd in the league in triples. Although his best position his 2nd base LeMahieu could also start at first or third. He had an on-base streak of 24 games during the season – 6th best in the NL. Advantage Columbus

SHORTSTOPS AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Freddy Galvis HOL .297 .327 .476 131 525 74 156 31 0 21 73 4
Trevor Story COL .254 .323 .461 147 566 83 144 23 2 30 85 29

Both shortstops were acquired in late-season trades. Galvis has the advantage in AVG while Story leads in SB coming up 1 steal short of a 30-30 season. He was tied for 6th overall in the NL. Advantage even

THIRD BASEMEN AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Matt Chapman HOL .266 .364 .538 145 541 105 144 40 4 33 102 4
Giovanny Urshela COL .276 .337 .498 122 424 55 117 29 1 21 59 1

Chapman was 10th in runs and 8th doubles. He leads in every category except batting average. For the first time in his career, Urshela played in more than 34 games delivering some nice power numbers.  Advantage Hollywood

OUTFIELDERS AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Ketel Marte HOL .344 .406 .610 146 575 101 198 36 9 33 97 10
Christian Yelich HOL .344 .424 .712 124 479 110 165 39 1 45 112 21
Alex Gordon HOL .241 .323 .394 138 507 72 122 22 1 18 57 3
Juan Lagares COL .257 .314 .340 104 206 27 53 14 0 1 10 2
Charlie Blackmon COL .298 .352 .596 140 537 96 160 36 5 38 115 2
Ian Desmond COL .236 .327 .468 126 385 64 91 18 7 19 63 4

For the Werewolves, Marte is 2nd in AVG, 4th in OBP, 7th in SLG, 2nd in Hits, and 2nd in triples. Yelich is 3rd in AVG, first in OBP, first in SLG, 10th in Hits, 8th in Runs, 5th in HR, and 5th in SB. For the Explorers Blackmon is 6th in AVG, 3rd in SLG, and 3rd in RBI. Desmond was tied for 5th in triples. It’s hard to beat the 1-2 punch of Yelich and Marte especially with Yelich being the potential AL MVP Advantage Hollywood

DESIGNATED HITTER AVG OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Matt Olson HOL .252 .342 .516 125 465 75 117 12 0 37 96 0
Asdrubal Cabrera COL .232 .332 .438 137 393 61 91 17 2 20 59 2

Olson had a nice break out year with 37 homers and 96 RBI’s. The veteran Cabrera gets penciled in at DH simply because he’s the best switch-hitter on the team, but he is a good defensive second and third baseman. Columbus could use multiple players as the DH depending on matchups. Advantage Hollywood

HOL STARTERS W-L ERA GS CG SHO QS IP H R ER HR SO/9 BB/9
Charlie Morton R 21-7 2.77 32 2 0 21 217.1 132 68 67 24 9.9 2.7
Clayton Kershaw L 18-5 2.68 29 3 0 17 194.2 120 62 58 27 7.8 2.2
Diego Castillo R 5-5 3.26 15 0 0 7 80 54 38 29 6 11.9 5.1
COL STARTERS W-L ERA GS CG SHO QS IP H R ER HR SO/9 BB/9
Michael Fiers R 11-9 2.93 32 1 0 22 203 154 74 66 23 7.6 2.1
Julio Teheran R 13-7 3.86 30 1 1 13 179.2 144 84 77 27 8 4.1
Jordan Lyles R 15-5 3.84 28 1 1 12 157 131 73 67 31 8.3 3.3

Morton was first in Wins, 5th in ERA, 6th in IP, Tied for 3rd in QS, 5th in SHO Innings at 20.1, and was 4th in S-OBA at .171. Kershaw was tied for 10th in Wins, 6th in ERA, and 5th in S-OBA at .177 Fiers was 6th ERA, 8th in IP, tied for 2nd in QS, and was 11th in S-OBA at .205. Morton and Kershaw give the edge to the Werewolves Advantage Hollywood

HOL RELIEVERS W-L-SV ERA BS HLD G GF IP H R ER HR SO/9 BB/9
Will T. Harris R 2-4-41 2.37 5 1 59 50 57 32 15 15 7 6.2 2.4
Brandon Kintzler R 1-1-1 1.20 1 20 50 13 52.1 23 7 7 3 6 2.6
Samuel Tuivailala R 2-1-0 1.61 1 13 22 1 22.1 7 4 4 1 11.3 5.6
Carlos Estevez R 6-1-0 2.24 3 12 48 14 56.1 43 16 14 3 10.9 1.6
Adam Kolarek L 7-2-0 3.38 3 7 49 10 48 43 20 18 13 7.7 2.1
COL RELIEVERS W-L-SV ERA BS HLD G GF IP H R ER HR SO/9 BB/9
Liam Hendriks R 9-1-35 1.17 6 11 70 48 100.1 38 15 13 9 10 2.5
Yusmeiro Petit R 5-5-16 2.71 3 21 73 28 89.2 59 33 27 12 7 1.2
Adam Ottavino R 4-0-5 2.33 0 0 63 2 73.1 42 22 19 7 7.5 6
Kyle Ryan L 5-1-3 2.09 0 20 57 18 64.2 43 19 15 8 7.2 2.1
Matt Shoemaker R 3-0-1 3.98 3 7 21 2 31.2 23 15 14 4 8.2 2.8

On the league leader boards, Harris was 2nd in SVS and held opponents to a .162 batting average good for 8th best. Kintzler was 4th in holds and Kolarek was tied for 3rd in Wins. Hendriks was first in Wins, Tied for 2nd in SVS, 2nd in ERA, 1st in IP, and 1st in R-OBA at .118. Petit was first in Holds, 4th in IP, and 2nd in GIR. Ottavino was 9th in R-SO/9 and 10th in R-OBA at .168. Ryan was 2nd in Holds and 9th in ERA. Advantage Columbus

Overall team stats and MWBL League rankings:

TEAM AVG OBP SLG R/GAME 2B 3B HR SB
Hollywood (3) .271 (3) .338 (2) .489 (3) 5.8 (6) 309 (6) 24 (2) 293 (6) 64
Columbus (6) .239 (4) .308 (6) .417 (5) 4.7 (11) 252 (1) 37 (8) 217 (9) 84
TEAM S-WINS S-ERA SHO S-OBA R-WINS SAVES R-ERA R-OBA
Hollywood (2) 77 (3) 3.77 (11) 3 (1) .217 (3) 30 (2) 50 (3) 3.46 (3) .208
Columbus (2) 76 (5) 3.68 (10) 4 (7) .235 (3) 34 (1) 63 (1) 2.48 (1) .185
TEAM FLDG PCT OF ASSISTS DP          
Hollywood (1) .986 (14) 34 (4) 117          
Columbus (6) .980 (13) 29 (3) 126          

Hollywood is the better offensive team while Columbus has a better bullpen. The two teams are nearly even at starting pitching and team defense. The Explorers have so many players who can play multiple positions it’s mind-boggling.

Can the 4 best Hollywood players (Yelich, Marte, Morton, and Kershaw) lead their team to the championship? Can Columbus with their flexibility mix and max the right players for the right situations? If Galvis and Goldschmidt stay hot from the ALCS and the 4 stars above perform like legends then Hollywood wins in 5 or 6 games, but if Columbus can limit the damage from those 6 and get the key hits, make the defensive gems, and throw the right pitch at the right time then Columbus could win the series in 7 games.

WORLD SERIES
Team Wins Losses
Tempe 11 4
Kentucky  2 0
Sacramento 3 0
Severn 2 3
Tijuana 1 0
Merrick 1 0
Detroit 1 1
Chicago 1 5
Hollywood 1 3
Iron City 0 1
Yonge Street 0 1
East Lansing 0 1
Ohio Valley 0 1
Emporium  0 1
Virginia 0 1
Bethesda 0 1

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Chicago Mobsters @ Hollywood Werewolves

ChicagoHollywood2020SERIES PREVIEW – These teams have history.  Hollywood entered the league in 2002 (took over a franchise in 2001 halfway thru the season and relocated for 2002) and since then these perennial powerhouses have only faced off 4 previous times – all in the ALCS.  Chicago has owned Hollywood, besting them in 2005, 2013, and 2017, while Hollywood was able to win in 2015.  Both these teams won over 100 games, so the series looks to be a well-matched one.
GAME #1 – Rich Hill (6-3 2.75 ERA) vs Charlie Morton (21-7 2.77 ERA)

The game is a well-pitched game with each starter trading zeroes into the sixth inning.  Freddie Galvis leads off the bottom half of the inning with a walk.  With Galvis on the run, Cristian Yelich slaps a single passed a diving Andrelton Simmons to place runners at the corners with no outs. Yelich steals second to put runners at 2nd and 3rd for Matt Chapman. Chapman rips a deep flyball to right, Danny Santana tracks it down and gets rid of the ball quickly.  Galvis is trying to score….the play at the plate…HE’S OUT!!! DOUBLE PLAY CHICAGO on the 9-2 play!!!  oh, those, MOBSTERS … they slay those WEREWOLVES and the go-ahead run …GALVIS just doesn’t have the wheels for that … and he’s not happy with the ump and is arguing… but the manager cools him down.  Yelich moves to 3rd on the play.  As the crowd settles down after giving it to the ump, Ketel Marte steps in.  Hill looks at third … he kicks and delivers … uh-oh! That ball is hit … way back … CHOO looks up….GONE!!! Marte puts Hollywood on the map with a 2-0 lead with a 2-out homer!  Morton is pulled after 6 scoreless and hands the ball over to the Hollywood bullpen.  First up in the 7th is Sam Tuivailala.   With 2-outs, Joey Votto doubles off the center-field wall, giving Chicago some life.  Alex Bregman follows.  TUIVAILALA delivers … it’s a shot to left-center … way back … YELICH jumps…it’s off the wall … MARTE grabs the ball … throws it in … VOTTO scores and BREGMAN will make second easily … back-to-back doubles by the MOBSTERS and the score is 2-1. That brings a pitching change with Nelson Cruz coming up.  Hollywood looks to their sole lefty, Adam Kolarek in and he gets Cruz on a fly to left to end the inning and the threat.  Hollywood goes from Joe Smith to Will T Harris as they close them out for a 1-0 series lead.

Hollywood 2, Chicago 1

W – Charlie Morton (1-0)
L – Rich Hill (0-1)
S – Will T. Harris (1)

GAME #2 – Julio Urias (8-2 2.75 ERA) vs Clayton Kershaw (18-5 2.68 ERA)

This game was a doozy; another pitcher’s duel.  Hollywood’s Hanser Alberto leads off the bottom of the 1st with a single to right.  He’s stranded at first.  In the bottom of the second, Paul Goldschmidt singles to left with 1-out and is wiped out by a Matt Chapman double-play.  Chicago gets their first hit in the 4th when Niko Goodrum towards right.  Kershaw settles down and gets out of it.  The game stays hitless into the 7th with Bregman leads it off against Kershaw.  Bregman swings..that ball is muscled to deep left … this one has a passport … adios, amigo it’s long gone! Chicago takes its first lead of the series at 1-0.  With 2-outs, Santana steps in.  The pitch … hit hard and deep … that ball’s hit hard…deep…it’s going for a ride … going back is MARTE … he’ll look but he won’t touch it … it’s long gone! Chicago makes it 2-0! Kershaw is pulled.  Chicago turns the game to the bullpen and Aroldis Chapman shuts the door in the 9th as Chicago evens the series at 1 game apiece.

Chicago 3, Hollywood 0

W – Julio Urias (1-0)
L – Clayton Kershaw (0-1)
S – Aroldis Chapman (1)

GAME #3 – Diego Castillo (5-5 3.26 ERA) vs Trevor Bauer (16-13 4.33 ERA)

In the pivot third game of the series, each team sends out the average starter hoping to grasp the series lead and onward to their aces.  Hollywood, upset with their offensive production turns to the same re-tooled lineup that won them the Division Series.  They opt for more offense and send catcher Tom Murphy out there instead of in-season starter, Christian Vazquez.  In the same surprising move, they also have him lead off.  Murphy doesn’t disappoint as he singles off Bauer to start the game.  With 1-out, Yelich singles to put runners at 1st & 2nd with no outs.  Then Bauer loses his control and walks Marte and Matt Olson, forcing in a run and giving Hollywood the early 1-0 lead.  The pitching coach comes out and settles him down to stop the threat there.  In the 2nd inning, Chapman leads off with a single and moves to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Alex Gordon steps in.  CHAPMAN moves quietly toward third … here comes the pitch … hit like a shot…  ARRAEZ waves on it … but it’s by him into right … CHAPMAN rounds third and he’ll score, giving Hollywood a 2-0 lead.  Bauer drops his head and Chicago looks distraught.  They get out of the inning and head to the bottom of the 2nd.  A look into the Chicago dugout and you see Nelson Cruz yelling at the players to pick their heads up.  “It’s only the 2nd inning and we are only down by 2”, he is heard saying.  Cruz steps in against Castillo.  The pitch comes in … and a long one … into left field … MARTE looks up … adios! good-bye! … arrivederci!  Cruz has injected new life into Chicago cutting the score to 2-1.  With one out, Shin-Soo Choo steps up and whales on one sending it over the center-field wall, tying up the game at 2!  The crowd is going wild!!!   The 3rd goes quietly and we enter the 4th.  With 1-out Galvis walks and Chapman doubles which set up Alex Gordon.  MOBSTERS playing for the out at first … the runners take their lead … he delivers it’s hacked high and far … deep into the right-field corner … could be trouble for CRUZ… it drops … both runners score … giving Hollywood the 4-2 lead.  Hollywood ends up building a 7-2 lead but was never really challenged.  They go on to win 12-6.

Hollywood 12, Chicago 6

W – Diego Castillo (1-0)
L – Trevor Bauer (0-1)

GAME #4 – Charlie Morton (21-7 2.77 ERA) vs Julio Urias (8-2 2.75 ERA)

Hollywood leads the series 2 games to 1 and hands the ball back to game 1 winner (their Ace-A) Charlie Morton.  He goes against Chicago’s game 2 winner Julio Urias.  The two starters exchange zeroes into the 4th inning.  Alberto singles to lead off the inning and he promptly steals second. With 1-out, Paul Goldschmidt steps in.  MOBSTERS playing for the out at first … ALBERTO takes his lead at third … URIAS cranks it up… GOLDSCHMIDT puts a charge into it … long run for CHOO..but he’d need wings to get to this one … kiss it goodbye! Paul GOLDSCHMIDT will circle the bases giving Hollywood a 2-0 lead. With Morton cruising, we move to the 6th inning still 2-0 Hollywood.  Urias, a little nervous pitching to Goldschmidt, walks him on four pitches.  With 1-out, Matt Olson steps to the plate.  Space on the right … URIAS comes home … and OLSON belts it deep to right..SANTANA retreats to the wall … does he have room? … his eyes are skyward and the ball is outta here! … a two-run dinger giving Hollywood a 4-0 lead! In the 8th inning, after Marte reaches on an error and Matt Olson steps in one more time.  JACKSON brings it to the plate … OLSON strokes this one … oh, forget about it … good-bye.. another two-run shot and the 2nd homer for Olson in this game!  Hollywood leads 6-0.  Morton goes another scoreless 8, following his game 1 scoreless 6, and Hollywood goes up in the series 3 games to 1.

Hollywood 6, Chicago 0

W – Charlie Morton (2-0)
L – Julio Urias (1-1)

GAME #5 – Clayton Kershaw (18-5 2.68 ERA) vs Rich Hill (6-3 2.75 ERA)

Hollywood on the brink of the World Series sends Ace-B, Clayton Kershaw to the mound to take on Game 1 starter Rich HillTom Murphy, still starting since giving the offense a shot in the arm in game 3 again leads off.  Let’s listen to the call.  MURPHY steps in….HILL into the wind … the swing…that ball is muscled to deep left … this one has a chance… CRUZ looks up … that ball is gone!!  MURPHY with the leadoff homer to give Hollywood a 1-0 lead!  The game stays that way into the 3rd inning.  Alberto singles with 1-out.  It’s followed by a Yelich hit-and-run, placing runners at the corners. Goldschmidt bloops a single over short, scoring Alberto and giving Hollywood a 2-0 lead.  After Marte strikes out, Olson hits a comebacker to Hill who air-mails it over Joey Votto’s head allowing Yelich to score making it 3-0.  Galvis follows with an RBI single and Hollywood extends to 4-0.  At this point, it was a foregone conclusion with Kershaw on the mound as he was nearly unhittable.  Hollywood takes on one more with Olson’s 3rd homer over the series and Tuivailala and Harris do what they did all year in closing out the game as Hollywood takes the series 4 games to 1!

Hollywood 5, Chicago 0

W – Clayton Kershaw (1-1)
L – Rich Hill (0-2)

SERIES SUMMARY –Hollywood’s pitching was the story, especially the starters who yielded 6 runs in 33.1 innings for a 1.62 ERA. Congrats to Chicago for their great season and series.  In the end, Hollywood’s pitching was a bit too much.

CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
SATURDAY 12/26/2020
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