Thursday, October 31, 2013

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers VS. 2013 Detroit Tigers

So I use a website called www.whatifsports.com, and they run fantasy simulations of baseball basketball football and hockey games. You can create your own team and play against other created teams, or you can match up historical teams and the engine will simulate the games and give you a report. I decided to pit the 2013 Detroit Tigers against the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers in a World Series, and see the results. I set the line-ups each game, changed home and away in a 2-3-2 fashion, and pitched who I believed would pitch in each game. Here are the results:

1953 Dodgers vs. 2013 Detroit Tigers

Game One: Brooklyn 10, Detroit 4 Game one was all about Brooklyn as they won on the road in a 10-4 victory. They got three home runs, one each from Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges. Carl Erskine was the winning pitcher, throwing 7 innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out ten. Max Scherzer from Detroit wasn’t his normal self, giving up seven runs in 6 innings while walking five and striking out 4. Torii Hunter hit an RBI double for Detroit.

Game Two: Brooklyn 8, Detroit 6 Brooklyn took game two on the road in a closer game, 8-6. Detroit had plenty of chances, loading the bases and failing to score twice in this game. The Dodgers capitalized on a 6 run fifth inning, including a two run double by Roy Campanella that chased starter Justin Verlander from the game. Cabrera had an RBI double and a two run home run in the game, rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias hit a solo shot and Prince Fielder had an RBI triple. Bob Milliken was the winning pitcher in relief for Brooklyn.
Game Three: Detroit 6 Brooklyn 1 Detroit made its way back into the win column in game three with a commanding 6-1 victory in the first game in Brooklyn for the series. Anibal Sanchez threw a gem, going 6 innings, giving up only one run (a solo shot to Pee Wee Reese in the second) and striking out 7. He also helped his cause by driving in a run in the 4th inning off Brooklyn starter Preacher Roe. Andy Dirks hit a two run double in the 8th as well.
Game Four: Brooklyn 9 Detroit 2 Brooklyn took a 3-1 lead in the series today with a commanding 9-2 victory. Loes, the pitcher for Brooklyn, threw a great game, going 6 innings and giving up 0 earned runs while striking out 4. Roy Campanella had 4 RBI’s including a three run home run in the 8th inning to put the game away. Duke Snider added a solo shot in the seventh. For Detroit, Cabrera hit his second home run of the series, a 2 run shot to back starter Doug Fister, who thew a quality start despite getting the loss.
Game Five: Detroit 9 Brooklyn 5
Detroit staved off elimination today in exciting fashion, scoring 5 runs in the 10th inning to keep their hopes alive. Game one starters Max Scherzer and Carl Erskine both threw great games, with Max going 7 innings, giving up one run and striking out 3 and Erskine throwing 8 innings with 3 runs and 7 K’s. The game was 4-3 going into the 9th inning thanks to a Prince RBI double and a Cabrera RBI single, but closer Joaquin Benoit blew the save, giving up an RBI single to pinch hitter Belardi. The game went into the 10th inning, where Omar Infante delivered an RBI double, followed by a Torii Hunter RBI single and a climactic 3 run home run over the left field wall by MVP Miguel Cabrera. Roy Campanella hit a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth, but it was too little too late as Detroit crawled back and made the series 3-2, heading back to Detroit for game six and maybe game seven.
Game Six: Detroit 14 Brooklyn 5
Detroit forced game seven today in an absolute rout of the visiting Dodgers, 14-5. Brooklyn starter Johnny Podres was chased in the third inning after surrendering six runs. Detroit got contributions from the entire lineup, including backup catcher Brayan Pena, who made his first start of the series and captured 4 hits and 2 RBI’s. Cabrera continued his torrid hitting, getting two more RBI’s in the 7th inning right before a mammoth three run shot by Prince Fielder put the game out of reach. Detroit starter Justin Verlander went 6.2, giving up four runs including back to back solo shots by Carl Furillo and Duke Snider in the seventh. Detroit will have home field advantage for Game seven.
Game Seven: Brooklyn 8, Detroit 4 The Brooklyn Dodgers won game seven by an 8-4 score and have won the World Series! Brooklyn starter Preacher Roe went 6 innings, gave up 4 runs and had 3 strikeouts. Anibal Sanchez, who was so good in a game three victory, struggled today giving up 6 runs over 6 innings, to go along with 8 K’s. Brian Cox had an RBI double in the 3rd inning, and Roy Campanella finished with three RBI’s. Gil Hodges added a 2 run triple as the Brooklyn offense was just too much for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera added another HR in the first inning, giving him four for the series. Jose Iglesias also hit his second of the series, and Brayan Pena made another start and went 3-4, making him 7-9 in the series. Fans will wonder if he should have started earlier in the series, as incumbent Alex Avila did not perform well. Ultimately the timely hitting and clutch pitching of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers outdid monster performances by Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and even Brayan Pena to win the World Series.

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