Friday, July 28, 2006

What If?

I saw this site posted over at ITI and thought it was really neat. It's called WhatIfSports.com. You can use it to simulate games between any two teams in history. It only spans the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and College Basketball. I found it to be very fascinating and could easily lose myself in it for hours. My favorite team to match up with was the 1928 Philadelphia Athletics. Easily one of the most star-studded teams ever, I had to use them. I had to change their lineup a bit to get maximum-star power, and this was the result:

1. Max Bishop, 2B
2. Ty Cobb, RF
3. Jimmie Foxx, 3B
4. Al Simmons, LF
5. Mickey Cochrane, C
6. Tris Speaker, CF
7. Joe Hauser, 1B
8. Joe Boley, SS
9. Lefty Grove, SP

Quite impressive, eh? 6 of 9 Hall of Famers is amazing. On top of that, Max Bishop is one of my all-time favorite players. Check out his numbers to see why. Boley was the only real weak link in the group, but the team can't be perfect. I decided to put them up against the best of the best, at least in conventional thought. First challenger? 1998 New York Yankees. 114 wins and a World Series. Lets see what happens!

The A's win a 3-1 thriller

Great game for Mr. Cobb, 2-3 with a walk and a double. Grove came out after 7 with only 100 pitches, but still threw very well. only 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8. What team is next? How about those pesky '27 Yankees. That should be quite a challenege. And man was thier offense good. Their first 6 hitters, by their batting lines:

Bob Meusel .393 OBP/.510 SLG
Earle Combs .414 OBP/.511 SLG
Babe Ruth .487 OBP/.772 SLG
Lou Gehrig .474 OBP/.765 SLG
Tony Lazzeri.383 OBP/.482 SLG
Pat Collins .407 OBP/.418 SLG

Holy crap. Poor Gehrig, hitting .474/.765 and being second on his own TEAM in both categories. Crazy. Anyway, on to the game!

Well this I certainly wasn't expecting. The A's drill the '27 Yankees 21-2

I guess when they say anything can happen in baseball, they're damn right. Wow. Beating that offense 21-2. Too many great performances to single out really, but I just have to say that Cochrane went 1-4 with a triple and two walks and probably had the worst offensive output of the bunch. Insanity. Next team in line? How about the Big Red Machine. I'll take the '75 version, they appeared to be slightly better by actual and pythagorean record. So here we go!

A's thrilling comeback topples Big Red Machine


Now THAT'S a game. Up 4-0 going into the 9th, it all falls apart for Don Gullet and co. Funny that the two outs made in the 9th were by Speaker and Cobb, the two great deadball CF on the team. Any other suggestions for teams I should put up against the '28 A's?

For one last matchup, I'm going to switch to Football. I was trying to think of a fantastic matchup, and the only thing that could come to me is the '04 Colts offense vs the '85 Bears D. Peyton vs Payton. So here we go:

'85 Bears take a close one in the RCA Dome

Peyton and the Colts did better against that defense than just about anyone did in '85, but it just wasn't enough. 19-34 for 235 yards and just 1 TD is very un-Peyton like, likely due to that defense. The Bears seemed to control the game on the ground, grinding out 166 yards on 36 rushes. MVP would have to be Walter Payton.

Any other ideas for matchups? The NFL simulated lets you choose weather conditions too, which could make things interesting.

1 Comments:

At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Tull said...

Baseball match-up: 1919 White Sox

Football match-up: 1984 and 1989 49ers.

 

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