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6.0 Mapping MLB Games to BWB Games

The 5-Game Gap

Here’s the complicating factor in matching the stats players earn in MLB games to Benchwarmer games: we need to allow pitchers to accumulate 6 games worth of statistics before they can be used for our game. As mentioned above with the bullpen, we need to use MLB games #1-6 to gather the stats necessary for BWB game #1. In addition, we need to allow starting pitchers at least one turn through a five-man rotation to get a start queued and ready for a BWB game (otherwise, you’d have to make sure your number one pitcher starts his team’s opener).

 

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See the current deadlines/schedule listing for the chart to match up BWB/MLB games.

 

So, for BWB Game #1 we use:

  • Relief appearances in MLB games #1-6
  • Starting pitching performances queued up through MLB game #6
  • All hitting performances from MLB game #6. (We could use game #1, but it just makes things easier to have each range end on the same game).

For BWB Game #2 we use:

  • Relief appearances in MLB games #2-7
  • Starting pitching performances queued up through MLB game #7
  • All hitting performances from MLB game #7.

Etc. through BWB Game #150, where we use:

  • Relief appearances in MLB games #150-155
  • Starting pitching performances queued up through MLB game #155
  • All hitting performances from MLB game #155.

Thus, to attempt to match when your players’ hitting stats will be used, subtract 5. If you’ve got Jim Thome on your team and he hits three homers in Chicago’s 105th game, those 3 HRs will show up for your team in BWB Game 100. This also means that we disregard any hitting stats earned in MLB games #1-5.


As mentioned previously, when playoff game numbers are picked randomly, the actual game chosen is used for stats – there is no 5-game gap.

6.1 Doubleheaders and Suspended Games

BWB Game management will attempt to make note of suspended and tied games. We process stats using a service that will list those stats on the date played, regardless of when the game is completed. Our intention is that tie games will not count for BWB games and statistics. Additionally, suspended games will count for statistics on the date the game is complete and recorded in the standings. This allows team owners to accurately keep track of when their players’ performances will hit BWB games. If you have Brian Giles and look at the standings one morning and you see that San Diego is 49-49, then you should be able to tell that the game that night is San Diego’s 99th game of the season and that Giles’ stats for that game will be used in BWB game 94.

 

MLB statistics are sent to BWB as daily statistics. Thus, if a team plays a doubleheader, the players appearing in both games are reported with both games combined. BWB consults the printed box score (or web version), and breaks out the single line into 2 individual games. This is a manual process and may be subject to some error.

6.2 Correcting Mistakes

If BWB makes a mistake in accidentally counting a tie or suspended game, it will attempt to fix the mistake within reason. Additionally, when BWB breaks up the 2 games of a doubleheader, it is possible that it will make arithmetic errors or put the games in the wrong order. Again, if this mistake is noticed immediately, it may be corrected. Generally, however, once BWB games are in the books, they will not be changed.

 

BWB receives daily MLB stats overnight and only gets one mailing for each day. Occasionally, MLB will issue stat corrections. BWB will not make those corrections after the fact and will use the stat files sent to it as the official stats for the day. 2008 Change: BWB will receive a stat correction file each day and will attempt to match that and correct the stats before they are used. However, once a game is scored, it is “official” and a late stat correction will not be considered.  2009 Update: There's a new stat collection process in place and that daily correction file no longer specifically exists - however, BWB will get updated box scores as they are available and will attempt to extract corrected data from those file.

 

BWB processes daily stats with great care and has no cause to intentionally skew statistical performances. If it helps, think of a stat mistake as a “bad bounce” on a crappy infield that gets by the shortstop or fan interference that changes the outcome of a play, and just write it off as fate.

 

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