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Stratomatic

I’ve recently started accumulating more active teams.  Right now, I currently have about four active teams.  With all of these teams, I’ve been spending more time on the My Team Center page waiting for game results to come in.  I thought that it would be kind of cool if there were some sort of stats or league info to review while I’m waiting for results to come in.

I eventually came up with this script which will randomly show league leaders from the active leagues that I’m involved in. For now, I’ve only added two random categories – one for batters and the other for pitchers.  Each time the page is reloaded the  stat categories will randomly change.

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One of the reasons for deciding on a league leaders display is because this is one area that I infrequently visit during a season.  Instead of having to go to that page it can come to me in small doses every day.  I also had the MVP and Cy Young Award voting details to appear from time to time.

The script will also highlight a team’s win/loss record in red or green to tell you that the results for a team has come in.  If your team has moved up in the standings the Place column and/or games behind column will turn green.  If your team won the series, the record will turn green.

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Download League Leaders added to ‘Your Teams’ Page

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The goal of this script is to graphically show the peaks and valleys of your team’s won-loss record throughout the season.  The graphs are broken up into months.  In the last month, there’s a button to show the full season graph.  To use, go to a team’s Team Schedule and Results page and then scroll down to the bottom to view the graph.  The graph results are a bit primitive (it’s no baseball race ) but it’s still fun to follow throughout the season.

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For some extreme win/loss fun try the script in this theme league.  This was a league where every team tried to lose as many games as possible, except one which had all the superstars on it.  This league is apparently a model for debunking the “normalization” discussions that come up from time to time.

Download Stratomatic Monthly win Loss Records

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Some pretty significant updates have been made to the Strat-O-Matic 90’s keep track of Mystery Cards and Strat-O-Matic Save Lineups scripts.  Now, these scripts will support multiple teams.  Before, if you had multiple active teams the data for these scripts would carryover when you switch active leagues.  This renders the scripts pretty useless unless you can keep track of the ONE league you were using the scripts for.

The scripts will now store information of up to five teams.  If all five slots are taken up, a drop down will appear asking which team you want to overwrite:

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Strat-O-Matic Save Lineups

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Keep track of Mystery Cards

I conducted a poll at the Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online Forums and most managers (68%) usually have about 1-5 teams running at the same time.  There were a few managers who had more than 10 teams going on at the same time.  I probably could expand the scripts to support more teams but this could cause too much overhead.

New Script:  Pluggable SortTable Stratomatic
I have written a modified version of Pluggable SortTable for Stratomatic Online.  Now, when you go to Team Stats the columns are sortable.

Download Pluggable SortTable Stratomatic.

 

 

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Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of  Madden Ultimate Team and I’ve been enjoying it so much that I thought about what it would be like if Strat-O-Matic baseball online had the same format.  Just imagine being able to collect a set of virtual baseball cards to build a fantasy team that you can use in Strat-O-Matic baseball online.  There would be four packs of random player cards to choose from – platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.  Platinum packs might consist of players in the 9M and above range, gold 6M-8M, silver 3M-5M, and bronze .50M-2M.

You would start out with a set of 25 randomized bronze players along with a (bronze valued) ballpark.  As an example, here’s a list of players you might start out with:

Ballpark
McAfee Coliseum

Lineup
Travis Buck
C 2.48M
Ross Gload 1B .78M
Jeff Baker 2B 2.13M
Jose Bautista 3B 1.34M
Bobby Crosby SS 1.23M
Clete Thomas LF 2.03M
Willie Bloomquist CF 1.01M
Eric Hinkse RF 2.68M
Brian Barton DH .67M

Bench
Paul Lo Duca C .50M
Julio Lugo SS .50M
Jose Vidro 1B .50M
Travis Hafner DH .50M
Omar Vizquel SS .50M

Pitchers
John Lannan SP 2.29M
Nick Blackburn SP 1.88M
Aaron Harang SP .81M
Brett Tomko SP .55M
Zach Duke SP .50M

Francisco Rodriguez CP 2.66M
Juan Cruz RP .85M
Jamey Wright RP .59M
David Aardsma RP .50M
Jason Grilli RP 1.71M
Jack Cassel RP .50M

From a quick glance, this team (worth about 30M) appears to be pretty well balanced but there’s a chance you might end up with a team that is short on left-handed batters or you might end up with an all lefty starting rotation for instance.  It’s all random to begin with so it would be a nice challenge to be able to rebuild and optimize your team.

Earning Coins
You would start out with zero coins but you can earn coins through your performance on the field.  Let’s say you win a game you might earn 200 coins.  Hit a home run or pitch a shutout and your team would earn bonus coins.  You could start out by playing with your bronze team for the first 20 or so games and this would allow you to earn enough coins to buy new cards from the auction block or buy new packs.

Contract Cards
Each card would have a contract of a certain number of games.  Let’s say each card starts with a 20 game contract.  Before the contract expires you must decide if you want to extend the contract (with a contract card) or allow the contract expire and buy another player from the auction house.  Contract cards would be valuable, especially when it comes to keeping gold-level talent on your team.  There would also be injury cards you could use to speed up the healing process of your injured players.

Team Chemistry
I’m not sure if this would work in Strat-O-Matic’s current online engine but in Madden Ultimate Team there’s a chemistry feature that plays a large factor on your team’s performance.  If you are able to collect cards with players from the same pro and college team you get an on-field performance boost.  In  Strat-O-Matic perhaps each batter on the team could get a minor increase in home run chances, for example.

Admittedly, most Strat-O-Matic players won’t particularly like the idea of playing in a league with duplicate players involved but I think the fun factor of a Strat-O-Matic Ultimate team would outweigh any of these concerns.

For more information about Madden Ultimate Team visit Madden Online Tips.

 

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Go to Strat-O-Matic Baseball: 2008 season Rankings and sort by winning percentage.  Keep Scrolling down the list until you find a manager with at least 10 teams.  At the time of this writing, one manager has a .573 winning percentage!  Of the 10 teams, I found 5 seasons where he won at least 94 games 4 out of 5 times.  One team won 108 games!

I thought it would be interesting to analyze these teams to see what kind of formula this manager has put together.  These teams played in primarily pitcher parks and Fenway Park was a favorite.

Batting
The one thing that stood out was the team on base percentage.  Two teams had a .380 OBP.  Of the five teams, the lowest team OBP was .358.  The average slugging percentage was .446.

So far, Milton Bradley at DH and Mike Fontenot at 2B have been favorites.   Both of these players have been on every single team.  Pablo Sandoval is used at 1B and Brian McCann is the catcher.  All outfielders have excellent OBP percentage and/or high double chances.  Matt Holliday or Ryan Spilborghs play in left field, Nyler Morgan in Center field, and Brian Giles in right field.  This appears to make a pretty solid lineup so far.  The only position left is shortstop and no player has really been a fixture here.  Orlando Cabrera has been used a couple times.

Bench
Luis Rodriguez was found on every team.  He can play SS, 2B, 1B, and 3B.  He has 28 single chances against right-handed pitchers and also has a good OBP against right handers.  Against left handed pitchers Blake Dewitt and Jeff Keppinger were taken most of the time.  Milton Bradley has an injury on a 3 so any of these bench guys can fill in for Bradley at DH.

Pitching
For this manager, only one team had a * (Needs only 3 days of rest between starts.) starting rotation.  All of the other teams used non * starting pitchers.  For an $80M salary cap, an average of $26.38M was used for these pitching staffs.

For the starting rotation the following pitchers were used on a total of 5 teams:

David Bush
Scott Kazmir
Randy Johnson
John Lannan

With the exception of Harden being drafted a couple times, the highest paid SP was always usually around the  3.5M-3.7M range.

For the bullpen, Dan Giese was the setup man four times and Hong-Chih Kuo was on the team three times.  Both of these pitchers have a relief endurance of R3.  If you browse the Strat-O-Matic 2008 card-set these two pitchers are probably the only quality non-starting relievers that have an R3 rating.  Having an R3 reliever in your pitching staff appears to be essential for success.

For the closer Bobby Jenks was primarily taken.  He’s affordable at $3.55M and has a C6 rating.

For pitching, the strategy appears to be to use a starting rotation of non * pitchers with endurance ratings of S6 or lower and then have a setup man with an R3 rating pitch around 200-250 innings in relief.  A closer with a C5 or C6 closer rating is also a prerequisite for success.

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