Cardinals' manager Ron Zedjlik won the World Series with the Cardinals during the 1979 NXPL Season, while for Detroit's manager Shawn Baier, the team reaches the World Series in only his second season for the NXPL. The Tigers should be in solid shape for the next 3-5 years, with that tough rotation, especially with Tom Seaver rejoining them in 1983.
Here is the two teams' similar match-ups... should be a close series, 6 to 7 games was my prediction for the winner.
- 3.18 ERA, 18 CG/14 SHO, 46 SV, .240 OBA / 98 QS (Pitching).
- .261 BA, .323 OBP/.419 SLG (.742 OPS), 181 HR, 119 SB, 4.7 RPG (Batting).
- .341 ERA, 20 CG/12 SHO, 45 SV, .247 OBA / 95 QS (Pitching).
- .272 BA, .329 OBP/.410 SLG (.739 OPS), 111 HR, 111 SB, 5.1 RPG (Batting).
Games 1 & 2 of the 1982 NXPL World Series as reported by Cardinals' manager Ron Zejdlik (below):
Game #1 - Mario Soto (DET) vs Steve Carlton (STL)
Terry Puhl hit a sac fly in the bottom of the 2nd to score in Terry Kennedy as the Cardinals take an early 1-0 lead. Soto and Carlton dueled it out, as Carlton went 8 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 10 K's, leaving with a 1-0 lead. Cardinals' closer Luis DeLeon could not hold the lead in the top of the 9th, allowing a two-out, two-run triple to Ben Oglivie to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Terry Kennedy came through for the Cardinals in the bottom half, singling off Dave Rozema, by scoring in pinch-runner Miguel Dilone to send the game into extras. Al Hrabosky pitched the 10th, and although he walked two & allowed a hit, Terry Kennedy would gun down pinch-runner Mookie Wilson attempting to steal second, while Lance Parrish would fly out for final out of inning, stranding runners in scoring position. Tigers' pitcher Dave Tobik came out to pitch the 10th, which he allowed a one-out walk to Garry Templeton; Willie McGee would single, and then Tom Herr would collect his 3rd hit of the day, by driving in Templeton for the winning run.
Cardinals 3, Tigers 2 (10 Innings)
Game # 2 - Joaquin Andujar (DET) vs John Denny (STL)
Terry Kennedy and John Denny drove in early runs to give St. Louis, a 2-0 lead after two innings. Joaquin Andujar singled in the top of the 3rd & scored on Jason Thompson's RBI double to pull within 1 run, followed by RBI single (should of walked him) by Lance Parrish to tie it up, 2-2. After that it was all pitching, John Denny was pulled early for a PH with 1 out & runner on 3rd, but PH Bake McBride couldn't get the runner in, after that Joaquin Andujar breezed until he was lifted after 8 innings of work. The Tigers had Mookie Wilson thrown out trying to steal (second time in series), while Bill Madlock also was thrown out trying to steal as well by Terry Kennedy, as the game went to extras again. Dave Tobik pitched a 1-2-3 9th Inning to atone for Game 1, but Sid Monge gave up a two-out walk-off Home Run to Leon Durham in the 10th, to give the Cardinals another victory.
Cardinals 3, Tigers (10 Innings)
[End of Ron's Report]
Cardinals will be sending Ron Guidry to pitch Game 3, as the Tigers will be playing APBA ball a bit, and going with Grade 13 Jerry Udjar than going with Grade 11-Y Dan Petry, Petry will pitch Game 4. Also Mario Soto appears ready, in case the Tigers have a moment of desperation. The Cards have Carlton & Denny going for Games 4 & 5.
For all that have played computer APBA Baseball, we all know that the Micro-Managers (Computer Managers) will make interesting decisions from time to time; My Micro-Manager is Buck Miller IV, and during the season it did really well for me, but looking at the box scores & reading Ron's Game recaps, I would have certainly done things different. I definitely would not have pinch-hit either Tom Veryzer and Duane Kuiper (they are on the roster, in case something happened to Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker)... We have better bench options than that for pinch-hitting in Howard Johnson, Von Hayes & George Wright -- plus using Sid Monge in that relief situation, absolutely no, I would have ran Dave Rozema out...
...but that's how the cookie crumbles.
Time for my Detroit Tigers to make a comeback, and they are certainly great at that, they have clawed back all season when their backs have been against the walls.