City of Champs!

chicago-walk-about-475 The Architects 2018 GLBL Champions

After two second place finishes in 2015 and 2016 (one Championship Series appearance) the Chicago Architects fell to 58-82 in 2017.  It was the third straight year they reduced the payroll ($114M).  Following the mandate of the owner Gregory Boquet they reduced the 2018 payroll even further to $101M.  But, then the team got busy.

Todd Walter was inked to a 2 year extension  (2.52 ERA)

Nathan Ball signed a 5 year deal (35 saves 0.79 ERA)

Ivan Diaz signed a 4 year deal (3-3/3.07 ERA)

Greg Myers 1 year deal (5-0, 1 Saves, 2.25 ERA)

Cyrill Leclerc 2 year deal (.283/.360/.511 w/27 HR’s)

Larry Dares 2 year deal (.278/.345/.438)

Lewis McTeel 3 year deal (7-10, 3.10 ERA)

Chris Dunlap signed in June (4-1, 2 Saves, 1.56 ERA)

Traded for Jean Cheron (3-2, 2.70 ERA for CHI)

With existing stars C Bill Durand, SP Arvin Northeast, SP Carl Cardny, Edward ‘Avenger’ Hudson, the Architects were the ball club with the most wins in the regular season (84) while winning both of their playoff series by  4-1 margins over Milwaukee and then ultimately the Canadian champs Windsor, 4-1.

Congratulations to Al and his Chicago Architects, 2018 Champs!

The League Championship Series

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The Stats:

  • Eagles led the league in Slugging
  • Architects led the league in Homers and Runs
  • Architects steal almost 2x more bases than the Eagles
  • Eagle Catchers are more than 3% more efficient in throwing runners out
  • Eagle pitching yields the least amount of HR’s and total Runs
  • The teams committed an identical amount of errors, 63 to lead their league
  • Team vs Team….Architects hold the  edge 18-10

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  • Mounties led the league in Runs Scored
  • Caribou led the league in Homers
  • Caribou led the league in Walks
  • Mounties led the league in Runs surrendered (fewest)
  • Caribou led the league in ERA
  • Mounties led the league in fewest errors and largest ZR
  • Caribou Catchers throw out 10% more base runners
  • Team vs Team….Mounties have the 16-12 edge

Use your imagination and….

retail-and-entertainment-complex@2x      chi logo shrunk you never know what you might see.   A few weeks back no one dared imagine….any other reality than a Milwaukee Eagle pennant…..going away.  Just one month ago the Eagles had a comfortable 16 game lead over Chicago with the third place T-Birds 16.5 GB.  Slam Dunk, right?  Play out the season and try and stay away from injuries.

Well, one third of that lead has evaporated and the Chicago Architects are one game away from a single digit deficit in their pursuit of Milwaukee.  They have won 11 of 13.  They have been on a tear, simply put, but beyond the hot streak there is one stat no one in Milwaukee likes to face.  Chicago has a 12-7 advantage in head to  head play.

This might get interesting.