May. 24, 2016
Best Pro Baseball Team P21 : DEF Challenge Reaches the End of Round 1
In Part 20, the DEF Challenge was reaching the end of Round 1, and Delta was dominating. With two games left, Group Delta has eight teams reaching the 2nd Round out of eleven. Delta had pulled away from Foxtrot 13-6 and was only behind Echo by one game ; 19-18. With so many teams for Delta reaching the 2nd Round, it appeared that Group Delta would take 2nd Place in the Group Standings behind Group Alpha and Foxtrot would take 3rd since they led Echo 30-25. Game 15 was played 5-19-1887 and was between the 2D 1885 Chicago White Stockings and the 2F 1887 St. Louis Browns. These two teams were from different leagues, but they played one another in the 1885 World Series and Game 6 was next on the list. This game was played in Cincinnati and the White Stockings won 9-2 on 10-23-1885, so this result was added into the formula. The 1885 Chicago White Stockings won 13-9, Delta finished with 9 teams in the 2nd Round, Delta now led Fox 31-24, and trailed Echo 18-19.
Game 16 was played on 5-20-1887 and was between the 1F 1886 Chicago White Stockings and the 1E 1884 Providence Grays. There was real world data for this game when on 8-21-1884 the Grays won 5-3, so this was added into the formula. The game was tied 8-8 after 9 innings, so extra innings were necessary. The White Stockings scored two runs in the top of the 10th, and the Grays could not answer, so the White Stockings won. Foxtrot now lead Echo 31-25, but trailed Delta 13-6. When the schedule came out for Round 2, there were seven games that needed to be played. Delta led Foxtrot 13-6, but trailed Echo 18-19, so the two games that would go a long way on determining all the groups fate came down to two games. These two games were 10E 1872 Troy Haymakers versus the 9D 1881 Providence Grays and the 7D 1878 Milwaukee Grays versus the 3E 1873 Philadelphia White Stockings. The 8F 1883 Chicago White Stockings were put on collusion notice with their match up against the 7E 1885 St. Louis Browns. This meant that if the league believed that the 1883 Chicago White Stockings threw the game in order to keep more Echo teams in the mix in an effort to beat Delta in the Group Standings, the White Stockings would suffer a -4 seed rating.
Game 17 was the first game of Round 2 and was played on 5-21-1887 between the 11D 1882 Providence Grays at the 11F 1878 Cincinnati Reds. There was real world data for this game when on 6-13-1878, the Reds won 2-0, so this was factored into the formula. Providence overcame the deficit and won 6-4, Delta now led Foxtrot 14-6, but still trailed Echo 18-19. There were now four teams from Delta Group in the 3rd Round because three teams received byes : 4D 1883 Boston Beaneaters, 2D 1885 Chicago White Stockings, and 1D 1882 Chicago White Stockings. Game 18 was going to go a long way in determining which group was better between Echo and Delta. It was the 10E 1872 Troy Haymakers at the 9D 1881 Providence Grays. These two teams existence did not overlap, so only offensive/defensive parameters determined the final score. the Troy Haymakers won the game 12-6, so Echo now led Delta 20-18, but trailed Foxtrot 25-31.
Game 19 was the game where the league had to watch for collusion when the 8F 1883 Chicago White Stockings played the 7E 1885 St. Louis Browns. These two teams were from different leagues, but they did play in the 1885 World Series and Game 7 of the series was next on the list. On October 24, 1885, the Browns won 13-4, so this was factored into the formula. The Browns won 17-14 and the league found that there was no collusion involved, the White Stockings simply were outplayed. Game 20 was played on 5-24-1887 and was between the 8D 1878 Chicago White Stockings and the 4F 1884 Boston Beaneaters. There was real world data for this game which was recorded on 6-1-1878 when the White Stockings won 3-2, so this was factored into the formula. The Chicago White Stockings held service and won 11-10, Delta now lead Foxtrot 15-6, but trailed Echo 18-20, the 1878 Chicago White Stockings improved their seed rating from -2 to +2, and the 1884 Boston Beaneaters seed rating dropped from 1 to -3. Echo was tring to survive the onslaught of the numerous teams Delta had, and Foxtrot was just trying to get a team to the 3rd Round.