The Bees finally took the field for the 2015 season.
All games played at The BallPork.
Game 1 - Warpigs win 4-2. Jon Jay went 3-4, R.A. Dickey got the win, and Anthony Varvaro threw 3 perfect innings for the save. I don't know what's worse: Seeing Curtis Granderson batting third, or Dickey walking him.
Game 2 - Warpigs win 11-5. Michael Wacha wasn't good, allowing 5 hits and SIX walks in 6.1 innings, but the Pig bats put up a 6-spot in the 3rd and 4 more in the 4th. Robby Cano and Yadier Molina each had 3 hits. Victor Martinez knocked in 3.
Game 3 - Warpigs win 2-1. Lorenzo Cain hit a 2-run double in the 2nd inning, otherwise Jered Weaver was outstanding. Dickey went 5.1 and got the win. Joe Smith earned the save by getting the final two outs.
Game 4 - Warpigs win 2-0. Lance Lynn threw another shutout (with relief help).
Game 5 - Bees win 5-4 in 10 innings. Carlos Santana homered off of Dr. Doolittle in the 10th for the win. The Pigs had a mad rally in the 8th to tie the game, but left 2 runners stranded. This was the first extra inning game for both teams.
We tried something interesting: We played the games via Netplay while sitting here together. It had the stat convenience and speed of computer play without having to share the same screen. It went incredibly smoothly. Here are the results:
First 5 games were played at The BallPork
Game 1 - Rhinos win 4-3. R.A. Dickey allowed 3 homers. It was all Tim Hudson needed.
Game 2 - Rhinos win 3-1. Gerritt Cole kept the Pig bats quiet. Adam Wainwright takes his first loss of the season.
Game 3 - Warpigs win 2-0. The game was scoreless until the 7th when A.J. Pollock singled in a run. Another scored on an error by Joey Votto. Lance Lynn and four relievers got the 3-hit shutout.
Game 4 - Warpigs win 2-1. Adrian Beltre hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th. Dickey pitched 8 innings for the win. Joe Smith got the save.
Game 5 - Rhinos win 4-2. Chris Archer went the distance for the win. A 2-run homer by Jayson Werth in the 8th finally got the Pigs on the board.
Last 5 games were played at the Rhino Reservation
Game 6 - Warpigs win 5-1. Justin Morneau and Lorenzo Cain homered. Cain went 3-4 and also stole 3 bases. Wainwright got the win.
Game 7 - Warpigs win 6-3. Jose Fernandez struck out 11 in 6 innings for the win.
Game 8 - Warpigs win 5-2. With the game tied 2-2 in the 8th, Matt Wieters hit a pinch hit, 2-out, 3-run homer for the win. Pedro Strop got the save.
Game 9 - Warpigs win 7-0. Fernandez and four relievers combined for a 4-hit shutout.
Game 10 - Warpigs win 2-1. With the Rhino management squirming at the possibility of an extra inning game (check out his pitchers' innings!), former Rhino Troy Tulowitzki hit a 2-out solo homer in the 8th to put his old boss out of his misery.
Game 1- Jon Niese went seven shutout inning and the bullpen held the lead as the Zaps take the opener 2-1. Game 2-The Buckeyes put a six-run fourth inning on Kluber with Martin's bases loaded double driving in three on the way to a 7-4 win. Game 3- Homers by McCutchen, Bautista, and Utley backed up Scherzer's eight innings of one-run pitching for a 7-1 whitewash. Game 4- Mcutchen goes four for four to power an eighteen hit attack that broke a close game open with a five-run seventh inning in a 10-4 home team triumph. Game 5- Kluber outdueled UCLA alum Trevor Bauer in a 2-1 nail biter for the Zaps. Game 6- Brandon Morrow blew a Buckeye lead by coming on in relief and promptly giving up five runs in the sixth inning to allow the Zaps to claim 7-3 win. Game 7- Cole Hamels threw a complete game two-hit shutout to win the finale 4-0.
The Warpigs made their trip out west and came back with 3 wins.
Game 1 - Pigs win 6-2. Jose Fernandez makes his first start of the year and goes the distance, fanning a dozen. Yadier Molina homered and doubled.
Game 2 - Pigs win 15-5. Adam Wainwright goes to 3-0, but the offense was the story. The Warpigs pounded out 23 hits, including a 5-6, 2-homer night by Troy Tulowitzki. A.J. Pollock tied a team record with 2 triples.
Game 3 - Zaps win 8-3. There was no answer for Andrew McCutchen who had a triple and 2 homers.
Game 4 - Zaps win 6-4. Jose Bautista and Robby Cano traded 3-run homers.
Game 5 - Pigs win 6-3. Cano went 3-3 with a stolen base and another homer. Wainwright (4-0) got the win.
The final pick of the 2015 Draft was number 214, Buddy Carlyle by the Fungoes.
Of those 214 selections...
195 were carded
106 were carded pitchers
89 were carded hitters
14 were uncarded players
5 selections were passed
The last 35 of those 214 selections were made in the Lightning Round.
9 of those 35 Lightning Round selections made it onto the final rosters of their teams.
The latest selection to make a club was Cory Spangenberg, who was taken by the Warpigs at pick 206.
The Buckeyes kept 3 of their 5 Lightning Round picks.
The first round included 10 hitters and 6 pitchers.
From pick 129 to 149, there was a run on pitchers as only 1 of those 21 picks was a hitter.
Of the 14 uncarded selections, the first was Blake Swihart, taken by the Rhinos at pick 22.
The 4th round was the favorite for uncarded selections, as 5 went then.
In fact, between picks 43 and 67 - a stretch of 25 picks - 9 were uncarded.
There are some interesting sites and sounds as the likely first round picks gather in the green room to prepare for their introduction to the NASOMA world.
In the center of the room, surrounded by cameras and microphones we see Corey Dickerson. He's leaning back in his chair, arms behind his head, feet propped up and crossed at the ankles, a huge cigar in his mouth. He's obviously on top of the world as he prepares to be the overall #1 selection where he will obviously win a championship title in his first year.
Over in the corner, largely ignored, sits Josh Harrison. His head is in his hands and he is sobbing and mumbling over and over something about becoming a Nad.
And there's Jake Arrieta. His sly, sarcastic smile indicates he is confident he will be drafted back to the team that sent him unceremoniously to the curb two short seasons ago. "This time I'll be calling the shots" he tells reporters. His smile dissipates somewhat when one of the reporters informs him that this same team spent an early 1st on Tony Cingrani last year - and now he's a cut.
There is a cluster of young pitchers gathered at a long table answering questions from the press. While Collin McHugh, Jacob deGrom, Matt Shoemaker, Mike Fiers, Carlos Carrasco, Ken Giles, and Wade Davis await yet another question about the fears of becoming an Inmate, Dellin Betances, after being asked about the Mock Draft that surfaced on Big Innings, responded with, "Da fuck is Goofs? Is that a real team?"
Sitting at a small card table hastily set up in the corner are the youngsters Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson. There is a name card set out for Corey Seager, but he is apparently not here yet.
Everyone present agreed that the best thing about the weekend is that the DVs and Bees do not have first round picks. "Seriously," said Mr. McHugh, "who wants the threat of that shit hanging over his head?"
From the hallway outside the room was heard, "I'm sorry, Mr. Stroman, but your name is not on my list."
Clicking on your team's icon on the NASOMA.org website will take you to your team's homepage. There you will see an updated depth chart of your current players. The players are listed randomly at each position, but it gives a good visual of how many options you currently have at each position. There's also a link to your 2014 stats on that page.
Oh, and NASOMA.org also now has a link to a printable excel spreadsheet of the draft grid.
The deadline for roster cuts has passed, and the Draft Grid has been updated. If you owned a pick numbered 160 or higher, those picks have moved up and changed numbers. As always, please check yours for accuracy.
Here's some data...
There are 988 cards in this year's set.
522 are hitters. 466 are pitchers.
We protected 350 carded players.
202 are hitters. 148 are pitchers.
There are 638 carded players available in the draft.
We protected 16 uncarded players.
The Warpigs and FFTs kept the most players with 28.
The Buckeyes kept the fewest with 16.
The Fungoes and Rhinos both kept 3 uncarded players.
We will officially draft a maximum of 179 players (not counting the Lightning Round).
Final Rosters: 16 * 32 (+1 per the Extra Reserve Contest) = 513
Players protected: 350 + 16 = 366
513 - 366 = 147 + 32 (Tweener Rule picks) = 179
The Lightning Round, which is optional, could have a maximum of 80 carded players drafted.
Here are the maximum number of uncarded players each team may select in the draft:
3 - Rhinos, Killer Bees
2 - DVs, Drillers, Zaps, Buckeyes
1 - FFTs, Inmates, Tweeners
0 - Warpigs, Wahoos, Fungoes, Nads, Mavs, Sidewinders, SuperGoofs