Monday, July 6, 2015

Let's Play 1927 World Series With Strat-O-Matic Game 4

Today we'll be playing game 4 of the 1927 World Series with Strat-O-Matic. This game is played in New York with the Yankees up 3 games to 0. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a tough challenge with not only being one game away from elimination but also by playing against one of the best teams in baseball.

If you missed the other games you can click here for game 1, here for game 2 and here for game 3.

For today's Strat game the lineups are the same as in real life with the exception of Kiki Cuyler playing for the injured Lloyd Waner.


1. CF Kiki Cuyler
2. LF Clyde Barnhart
3. RF Paul Waner
4. SS Glenn Wright
5. 3B Pie Traynor
6. 2B George Grantham
7. 1B Joe Harris
8. C  Earl Smith
9. P  Carmen Hill


1. CF Earle Combs
2. SS Mark Koenig
3. RF Babe Ruth
4. 1B Lou Gehrig
5. LF Bob Meusel
6. 2B Tony Lazzeri
7. 3B Joe Dugan
8. C  Pat Collins
9. P  Wilcy Moore


The first batter of the day is Culyer. On the first pitch, he rips one out to right but it's caught by Babe Ruth for the first out. Barnhart is up next and grounds out to the third baseman. Paul Waner is the first base runner with a walk. Wright gets a single with Waner making it to third. Pie Traynor grounds out to second to end the top of the first.


Combs is first up for the Yankees and lines out to first. Koenig lines out to short for the second out. Babe Ruth ends the inning with a ground out to second.


Grantham leads off the inning with a double. Harris makes the first out by grounding out to Gehrig at first. Smith lines one right to short who is able to double off Grantham at second to end this half.


Lou Gehrig leads off with a double for the Yankees first hit of the game. Meusel hits a single moving Gehrig to third. Lazzeri lines out to third for the first out. Joe Dugan hits a single to right scoring Gehrig for the first Yankees run and Meusel makes it to second safely. Collins ends the inning by hitting a grounder to third and the Pirates turn a double play.


The Pirates pitcher Hill is first up and flies out to center field. Cuyler hits a single followed by Barnhart how strikes out for the second out. Paul Waner flies out to left field to end the Pirates half.


The Yankees pitcher Moore strikes out for the first out. Combs makes the second out by grounding to short and Koenig makes the third out by grounding out to short for a quick half-inning.


Wright leads off by grounding out to third. Traynor, Grantham, and Harris all hit singles loading the bases for the Pirates with only 1 out. Smith lines out to first for the second out. Hill ends the Pirates chance for scoring by grounding out to second.


Babe Ruth leads off with a walk. Lou Gehrig gets a single giving the runners two on and no outs. Meusel hits a grounder to short and the Pirates turn a double play with Ruth making it to third. Lazzeri walks giving the Yankees runners on the corners with 2 outs. Dugan ends the third by grounding out to first.


Cuyler leads off by flying out to right field. Barnhart flies out to right for the second out and Waner flies out to center for a quick 3 outs.


Collins leads off with a line drive to first for the first out. Moore strikes out again for the second out and Combs grounds out to first for the last out of the inning.


Wright leads by lining out to second. Pie Traynor hits a single but Grantham grounds into a double play for the third out.


Koenig leads off by grounding out to short. Babe Ruth flies out to right field for the second out. Lou Gehrig smashes a home run increasing the Yankees lead to 2-0. Meusel makes the last out by flying out to center.


Harris leads off by ripping one to left field for a double. Smith makes the first out by popping out to first. Hill goes down swinging for the second out of the inning. Cuyler hits a single to right advancing Harris to third for runners on the corners with two outs. Unfortunately for the Pirates Barnhart grounds out to second for the third out.


Lazzeri grounds out to second for the first out for the Yankees. Dugan hits a single but Collins hits a grounder to second and the Pirates turn another double play ending the seventh inning.


Paul Waner leads off with a weak grounder to the pitcher for the first out. Wright grounds out to short for the second out and Pie Traynor hits another grounder to short for a quick 1-2-3 inning for the Yankees.


The Yankees pitcher Moore leads off with a walk followed by Combs who flies out to center field. Koenig ends the inning by hitting into the fourth double play by the Yankees ending the eighth inning.


Grantham leads off for the Pirates last chance to save the game and the series but lines out to the first baseman for the first out. Smith grounds out to first for the second out and Smith lines out to second for the last out off the game and series.


The 1927 Strat-O-Matic New York Yankees win the world series in four games as they did in real life. The final score was 2-0 with Wilcy Moore dominating the Pirates by pitching a complete-game shutout. In the real game, the Yankees won 4-3 so the score was a bit off but the outcome was the same.

In game 4 the Pirates used 2 pitchers, Carmen Hill threw 6 innings and Johnny Miljus pitched 2.2 innings where in my Strat game I had Hill pitch 8 innings. In the real game, the Pirates gave up 12 hits, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.15. In Strat the Hill gave up 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.25 so as we can see in this game the stats were way off. The real Pirates pitching gave up double the number of hits and walks and 7 more strikeouts with an ERA of nearly double. Not every game is going to come out exactly as it did in real life but like I said the outcome was the same with the Yankees winning.

For the Yankees, Wilcy Moore pitched a complete game in real life and in my Strat game. In real life, he gave up 10 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.00. In Strat, he gave up 9 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.00. As you can see his stats were very close to real life, hits and walks off by 1 each and strikeouts were exact. In the real game, the Pirates scored 1 earned run off Moore and had 2 more with errors so he only gave up 1 earned run. These stats were very close to real life.

With 4 games played in Strat and real-life, we can compare what the hitters did. Babe Ruth's average in real life was .400 compared to .250 in Strat. He had 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 7 RBIs and 2 home runs. In Strat, he had 3 hits, 6 walks, 1 strikeout, 4 RBIs and 2 home runs. As we can see his hits were off due to walking much more in Strat. Strikeouts were only off by 1, RBIs were again off probably due to the walks and he hit the same amount of home runs in both series.

Lou Gehrig in the real series had an average of .308 with 4 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 4 RBIs and 0 strikeouts. In Stra,t he hit .461 with 6 hits, 2 walks, 2strikeoutss, 3 RBIs and 1 home run. All of his stats were pretty close in both games.

On the Pirates side, Pie Traynor in real life hit .200 with 3 hits, 0 walks, 1 strike out, 0 RBIs and 0 home runs. In Strat, he hit .357 with 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 null out with 1 RBI and no home runs. His average is a little high but overall his production was pretty close to real life.

In real life, Paul Waner hit .333 with 5 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 3 RBIs and 0 home runs. In Strat, he hit .214 with 3 hits, 2 walks, 0 strike outs with 1 RBI and 0 home runs. His stats are a little off from real life but not terribly.

With this series, I guessed what the outcome would be before I started rolling dice. In real life the Pittsburgh Pirates record 94-60 which is pretty good but the New York Yankees record was 110-44, that's just insane. In any other year, the Pirates would have had a chance but the 1927 Yankees were probably the best team of all time.

As we can see overall the stats were fairly close to real life with the outcome being the same. It goes to show that you could take teams from different eras and play them against each other with a good chance of having the gameplay out like it could have in real life if it were possible. While it was fun recreating the 1927 World Series the biggest thing was having fun playing games, because what's the point of playing if you don't have fun. If you like this Let's Play series I suggest you take 2 teams that never played in real life and see how it might have gone. Or maybe your favorite team lost the World Series and you think you could have managed your team better. Grab your game, and a friend if you can, and play some games!

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