2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

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2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

Post by Jwalk100 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:02 pm

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The California Crusaders ended their off season slumber and emerged from their cocoon as the Sacramento Mad Popes. The Mad Popes are entering the 2043 BBA Season as the defending the Pacific Division Champs. Last season the finished 92-70 after a season long dog fight with a Hawaii Tropics team. The Tropics faded from contention and left the Crusaders (Mad Popes) the lone Pacific playoff representative. The Crusaders then proceeded to win their Doubleday Series versus the Yellow Springs Nine before being taken out by the eventual Landis Winner Louisville Sluggers in the Cartwright Cup.

Going into the offseason the Mad Popes were looking to improve this team to continue their success. Sacramento only lost back up 1B Sergio Maldonado to free agency.

Sacramento set to sign some free agents and dip their shoeless toes into the trade market. The first acquisition made by the Mad Popes was to draft CF Juan Murrillo in the Rule V from the Mexico City Aztecs Organization. The 6’0 170 pounder from Buenos Aires is a speedster and defensive specialist that made progress as far as A ball in Council Bluffs. He has a long way to go and will not contribute much of anything this season.

Sacramento then made a trade with the Montreal Blazers sending RP Phil Brown, Closer
Bill O’Connor (A), SP Vaughn Mullally (A), CF Pete Davis (A) and CF Keith Schultz in exchange for SS Henri “Papillion” Charriere.

Charriere is a slick fielding SS with a good eye. He will get on base, steal a few bags and get some valuable extra base hits. He will most likely start the season in AAA.

Sacramento signed former Seattle Storm SP Shotaro Kawamura to a 3 year 9.28 million dollar contract.

Then Mad Popes GM “Shoeless”Doug Olmstead took a chance on injured SP Knud Zeitler signing him to a 4 year 17.2 million dollar contract. Zeitler will be rehabbing from UCL Replacement Surgery and will get a chance to earn his keep in 2044.


PROBABLE POSITION PLAYERS:

C Kazuki Saito

2042 Stats: .233/.264/.326 4 HR 24 Doubles 0 Triples 0 SB

Projection: .268/.300.404 8 HR 32 Doubles 1 Triple 1 SB

Saito had a down year in 2042 and the 2041 Zimmer Recipient is projected to bounce back.


C Bayou Hakki

2042 Stats: .235/.329/.326 1 HR 7 Doubles 1 Triple 0 SB

Projection: .241/.319/.382 6 HR 14 Doubles 2 Triples 2 SB

Hakki should provide quality production in a back up role.


1B Quant Kouros

2042 Stats: .314/.380/.449 6 HR 51 Doubles 9 Triples 66 SB

Projection: .315/.380/.499 6 HR 42 Doubles 6 Triples 58 SB

Expect more of the same from Kouros.

1B Cesar Feliciana

2042 Stats: .242/.288/462 25 HR 17 Doubles 4 Triples 1 SB

Projection: .272/.321/.499 25 HR 22 Doubles 3 Triples 2 SB

Another player needing a bounce back season.

2B Edgardo Encarnacion

2042 Stats: .314/.380/.413 0 HR 36 Doubles 5 Triples 37 SB

Projection: .315/.365/.439 4 HR 31 Doubles 5 Triples 23 SB

Look for Encarnacion to put up 4 homers in Sacramento.

3B Jose Cortes

2042 Stats: .288/.345/.351 0 HR 16 Doubles 4 Triples 31 SB

Projection: .306/.340/.401 19 Doubles 5 Triples 4 HR 33 SB

Solid player with no power in a traditional power position.


SS Jorge Lugo

2042 Stats: .290/.333/.459 19 HR 35 Doubles 6 Triples 12 SB

Projection: .298/.343/.462 14 HR 37 Doubles 6 Triples 12 SB

Needs to limit his strikeouts.


SS Thomas Kramer

2042 Stats: .224/.303/.346 5 HR 13 Doubles 4 Triples 0 SB

Projection: .245/.321/.397 9 HR 16 Doubles 3 Triples 2 SB

May not make the roster out of spring training but can play defense.


LF David Simpson

2042 Stats: .318/.426/.627 45 HR 48 Doubles 2 Triples 2 SB

Projection: .319/.407/.574 32 HR 37 Doubles 2 Triples 3 SB

Walks as much or more than he Ks.


CF Po-sin Shi

2042 Stats: .294/.408/.524 22 HR 31 Doubles 4 Triples 37 SB

Projection: .288/.378/.486 18 HR 27 Doubles 4 Triples 26 SB

Shi will have a little regression this season.


RF Luis Gonzalez

2042 Stats: .275/.367/.545 29 HR 31 Doubles 0 Triples 0 SB

Projection: .268/.340/.540 29 HR 32 Doubles 2 Triples 1 SB

Just another average season.


PROBABLE STARTERS:

SP Cisco Morales

2042 Stats: 179 IP 4.63 ERA 1.27 WHIP 4.26 FIP

Projection: 172 IP 4.39 ERA 1.24 WHIP 4.30 FIP

Age is slowly wearing away at Morales but he is very capable.


SP Luis Gracia

2042 Stats: 192 IP 3.98 ERA 1.32 WHIP 3.89 FIP

Projection: 177 IP 4.17 ERA 1.29 WHIP 3.03 FIP

Another aging starter.


SP Miguel Ramos

2042 Stats: 186 IP 3.97 ERA 1.22 WHIP 4.35 FIP

Projection: 173.2 IP 4.48 ERA 1.25 WHIP 4.33 FIP

Ramos is starting to regress toward the mean.


SP Dani Garcia

2042 Stats: 186 IP 4.26 ERA 1.34 WHIP 3.72 FIP

Projection: 164.1 IP 4.27 ERA 1.35 ERA 3.98 FIP

In his second full season he will remain consistent.


Sacramento is projected to score 871 runs while giving up 715 runs. The Mad Popes will win the Pacific with a record of 97-65.

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Re: 2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

Post by jleddy » Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:33 am

Horrible. (The team, not the preview. Preview and projected stat lines were excellent!)
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Re: 2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

Post by shoeless.db » Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:19 am

Thanks for the preview. I think this is a hold-on-by-the-threads season for us. Do we have enough in the tank to win the strongest division in baseball again.
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Re: 2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

Post by HoosierVic » Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:57 am

shoeless.db wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:19 am
Thanks for the preview. I think this is a hold-on-by-the-threads season for us. Do we have enough in the tank to win the strongest division in baseball again.
Congratulations on your transfer to the Heartland! But the answer to your question is no. No you don’t.

You would have a great shot at the Pacific, though ...

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Re: 2043 Sacramento Mad Popes Preview

Post by CTBrewCrew » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:06 pm

HoosierVic wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:57 am
shoeless.db wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:19 am
Thanks for the preview. I think this is a hold-on-by-the-threads season for us. Do we have enough in the tank to win the strongest division in baseball again.
Congratulations on your transfer to the Heartland! But the answer to your question is no. No you don’t.

You would have a great shot at the Pacific, though ...
Welcome to the heartland!
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