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MLB Team of the 80's Tournament: N.L. East Region

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I needed content and I wanted to do something related to the very competitive decade of the 1980's for baseball so I've decied to run a 64 team tournament between the top teams of the 1980's. Ya 64 is way too many but I'm Bored. I'll be using the computer version of Strat-O-Matic Baseball to run the tournament. I'll be simulating the games and the only thing I'll determine before the games is who the starting pitcher will be for each game. It will just be like the NCAA College Basketball tournament where I'll have four regions, or four divisions if you will, with teams seeded from 1 to 16 with each match-up being determined by a best-of-seven series.

 

Now for deciding how to do the seedings and who gets in I went the simple rout. First teams who won the World Series will be seeded highest, then teams who lost in the World Series, then teams who lost in the LCS, then the top 2nd place teams by record, and finally an "automatic berth" for the best team of the decade for a franchise who didn't have a team fit into the other categories so every franchise will have a representitive.

 

Starting with the N.L. East which features three World Champions including the team who had the best record in the decade, the '86 Mets. The Mets have the most teams in the region with five, followed by the Cardinals with four. The Pirates are the only team with just one rep as the '88 team was their best of the decade. Here's just a quick rundown of all the teams and the first round match-ups.

 

#1

1986 New York Mets (108-54, defeated Boston 4-3 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 116 (1st)

ERA+: 114 (t-1st)

DefEff: .709 (4th)

 

Best Player: Keith Hernandez

Best Pitcher: Bob Ojeda

 

#2

1982 St. Louis Cardinals (92-70, defeated Milwaukee 4-3 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 103 (5th)

ERA+: 108 (2nd)

DefEff: .710 (2nd)

 

Best Player: Lonnie Smith

Best Pitcher: Joaquin Andujar

 

#3

1980 Philadelphia Phillies (91-71, defeated Kansas City 4-2 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 102 (6th)

ERA+: 110 (1st)

DefEff: .701 (4th)

 

Best Player: Mike Schmidt

Best Pitcher: Steve Carlton

 

#4

1985 St. Louis Cardinals (101-61, lost to Kansas City 4-3 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 108 (t-1st)

ERA+: 113 (2nd)

DefEff: .718 (1st)

 

Best Player: Willie McGee

Best Pitcher: John Tudor

 

#5

1987 St. Louis Cardinals (95-67, lost to Minnesota 4-3 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 94 (10th)

ERA+: 106 (3rd)

DefEff: .696 (t-6th)

 

Best Player: Jack Clark/Ozzie Smith

Best Pitcher: Todd Worrell

 

#6

1983 Philadelphia Phillies (90-72, lost to Baltimore 4-1 in World Series)

 

OPS+: 102 (t-5th)

ERA+: 106 (t-2nd)

DefEff: .685 (12th)

 

Best Player: Mike Schmidt

Best Pitcher: John Denny

 

#7

1988 New York Mets (100-62, lost to Los Angeles 4-3 in NLCS)

 

OPS+: 117 (1st)

ERA+: 110 (3rd)

DefEff: .707 (t-8th)

 

Best Player: Darryl Strawberry

Best Pitcher: David Cone

 

#8

1984 Chicago Cubs (96-65, lost to San Diego 3-2 in NLCS)

 

OPS+: 105 (4th)

ERA+: 104 (4th)

DefEff: .690 (10th)

 

Best Player: Ryne Sandberg

Best Pitcher: Rick Sutcliffe

 

#9

1989 Chicago Cubs (93-69, lost to San Francisco 4-1 in NLCS)

 

OPS+: 104 (t-3rd)

ERA+: 110 (2nd)

DefEff: .708 (6th)

 

Best Player: Ryne Sandberg

Best Pitcher: Greg Maddux

 

#10

1981 Montreal Expos (60-48, lost to Los Angeles 3-2 in NLCS)

 

OPS+: 99 (8th)

ERA+: 106 (3rd)

DeffEff: .715 (t-3rd)

 

Best Player: Andre Dawson

Best Pitcher: Bill Gullickson

 

#11

1985 New York Mets (98-64, finished 3 games behind St. Louis)

 

OPS+: 105 (4th)

ERA+: 111 (3rd)

DefEff: .716 (2nd)

 

Best Player: Gary Carter

Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden

 

#12

1981 St. Louis Cardinals (59-43, best overall record in N.L. East)

 

OPS+: 108 (3rd)

ERA+: 98 (t-8th)

DefEff: .715 (t-3rd)

 

Best Player: Keith Hernandez

Best Pitcher: Bruce Sutter

 

#13

1987 New York Mets (92-70, finished 3 games behind St. Louis)

 

OPS+: 116 (1st)

ERA+: 99 (9th)

DefEff: .696 (t-6th)

 

Best Player: Darryl Strawberry

Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden

 

#14

1980 Montreal Expos (90-72, finished 1 game behind Philadelphia)

 

OPS+: 106 (t-3rd)

ERA+: 103 (4th)

DefEff: .698 (9th)

 

Best Player: Andre Dawson

Best Pitcher: Steve Rogers

 

#15

1984 New York Mets (90-72, finished 6 ½ games behind Chicago)

 

OPS+: 101 (5th)

ERA+: 98 (9th)

DefEff: .694 (9th)

 

Best Player: Keith Hernandez

Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden

 

#16

1988 Pittsburgh Pirates (85-75, finished 15 games behind New York)

 

OPS+: 107 (3rd)

ERA+: 99 (7th)

DefEff: .715 (4th)

 

Best Player: Andy Van Slyke

Best Pitcher: Doug Drabek

 

 

1st Round Match-ups

 

'88 Pirates vs. '86 Mets

'89 Cubs vs. '84 Cubs

'87 Mets vs. '85 Cardinals

'81 Cardinals vs. '87 Cardinals

'85 Mets vs. '83 Phillies

'80 Expos vs. '80 Phillies

'81 Expos vs. '88 Mets

'84 Mets vs. '82 Cardinals

 

I'll complete the 1st round match-ups for this region/division, posting the results in the next entry, and then move on to the next region/division. Not sure how long I'll take to finish each round.

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They are best-of-seven series so that's not necessary. It will be the standard 2-3-2 format with a day off between "travel dates" and following round would start two days after the final day of the previous round.

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