2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

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2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by nerfHerder » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:37 am

We're talking playoffs? Yes! Tropics fans have waited 11 seasons for another trip to the postseason, and it finally happened. Buoyed by a strong, maybe over performing pitching staff, and a resurgent offense the team backed into postseason play as a Wild Card team. Their reward? A battle against rival California, a team that they played pretty well during the regular season. Could they do the unthinkable and actually win a playoff series?

The answer is yes. In fact it took 4 games to do so. Taking nothing away from California, somehow the Tropics scored 22 runs in those 4 games. That same sneaky good offense is why they were here in the first place. The whole second half they played as they were supposed to. Manny Aguilar was the MVP of the series as he clubbed four homer's against the vaunted California staff. A key move was to start Felix Membiela against lefties. He ended up hitting a decisive home in game four. From there the club had to play Yellow Springs, a team with superior offensive skills.

The only real way to beat YS9 is to obviously score runs, but to also throw left handed pitchers at them. If able to do that, they're only a .500 team vs LHP. So the key change was to have Dominic Lawrence take a turn in game three. Lawrence had a decent year in AAA, and had a few great long relief appearances in a row. He did his job, starting game three and giving up two runs in eight innings. The rest of the staff, not so much. Every single other starter got lit up and the Tropics fell in six games. At least they put up a fight.

So where now? Well the playoff weren't an embarrassment. Not many key players are expected to leave, if any, and they have young replacements waiting. We'll see how expansion goes. There is a lot of money to spend on the weaknesses that were exposed. I would say the fan base is stirred up and will anxiously await 2040. Of course with the current GM there is always the chance that it will all get screwed up. Either way, there is a buzz on the islands unlike there has been in years.
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by RonCo » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:41 am

Congrats on a great season, Mike. It's been a long haul back, so it's got to be fun to have the buzz back.
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by nerfHerder » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:43 am

RonCo wrote:
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Congrats on a great season, Mike. It's been a long haul back, so it's got to be fun to have the buzz back.
Thanks Ron. This is the most I've enjoyed this in awhile. I hope I've learned from the past and can stay here now.
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by usnspecialist » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:03 am

just what the pacific needs, another good team...
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by aaronweiner » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:05 am

You were a couple years ahead of where I scheduled you for the playoffs.

Good job.

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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by nerfHerder » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:16 am

usnspecialist wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:03 am
just what the pacific needs, another good team...
Together we will rule the galaxy? Doesn't quite fit i guess.
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by nerfHerder » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:16 am

aaronweiner wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:05 am
You were a couple years ahead of where I scheduled you for the playoffs.

Good job.
Thanks. Hoping it wasn't dumb luck.
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by HoosierVic » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:50 pm

Well done, Mike. Glad to see a former UMEBA guy breaking through to the big stage!

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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by RonCo » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:54 pm

Mike is a yo-yo...former BBA/former UMEBA/back to BBA. :)
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by HoosierVic » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:09 am

Once a former UMEBAN, always a former UMEBAN ...

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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by 7teen » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:12 am

usnspecialist wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:03 am
just what the pacific needs, another good team...
I know, right? First Portland now Hawaii. Sheesh!!!

With Hawaii on the rebound, can we now say the curse of Al-Hoot is now lifted? Or does Hawaii need to win a Landis first or sign an ace pitcher to a ridiculously cheap contract extension first before we can lift the curse?
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Re: 2039/7 Playoffs? Playoffs?!

Post by nerfHerder » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:28 pm

7teen wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:12 am
usnspecialist wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:03 am
just what the pacific needs, another good team...
I know, right? First Portland now Hawaii. Sheesh!!!

With Hawaii on the rebound, can we now say the curse of Al-Hoot is now lifted? Or does Hawaii need to win a Landis first or sign an ace pitcher to a ridiculously cheap contract extension first before we can lift the curse?

I think the Landis in 2025 killed the curse. I just screwed it up and fell down again. Hoping to keep it good for awhile. I need to overwork my starting rotation into early retirement due to injury as tribute though
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