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SMOOV SIMULATIONS: 1966 Yankees vs. 1990 Yankees (Game 4)
With the 2011 MLB season a mere three weeks away, I thought it would be the perfect time to break out the simulations yet again. These simulations come courtesy of the talented folks at WhatIf Sports — be sure to check out their SimMatchup and SimLeague features, and input your own simulated games. For this installment, I’m jumping the shark a bit and pitting the 1966 and 1990 Yankees against each other. You may remember these teams because they were the last two Yankee teams to finish last in the league/division. This series features Hall-of-Famers Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, former home-run champ Roger Maris and former AL MVP Don Mattingly approaching the twilight of their careers. Combine this with the other random players on each team, and you have a recipe for an interesting series.
We’ve already seen Joe Pepitone and Mel Sottlemyre lead the ’66 Yankees to a 3-1 win in Game 1, and Roger Maris powered his team to a convincing 7-3 Game 2 victory. Ralph Houk’s team was clicking on all cylinders in a 19-4 Game 3 thrashing. Will this series end in a sweep? Let’s check it out:
Up until now, this simulated series has been grossly one-sided. The 1966 Yankees have been playing flawless baseball in taking a 3-0 lead against the 1990 team; the combination of stellar pitching and timely pitching has had Stump Merrill’s team looking straight foolish. Jim Bouton and Andy Hawkins (he of the no-hit loss) faced off in this elimination game, with the ’90 squad trying to stave off a series sweep. Alas, the ’66 team once again proved to be too much to handle in the 16-1 blowout clinching win.
Bouton fared pretty well in this matchup, throwing six strong shutout innings allowing only five hits. Hawkins had the complete opposite day, allowing nine earned runs in just three innings. But what made this game more bizarre was Merrill’s perplexing confidence in Alan Mills, who suffered through a second straight rough outing. In 4 2/3 IP, Mills allowed seven earned runs and walked four as he totaled more pitches (93) than Bouton (73). The ’66 Yanks put together another solid offensive attack, this time led by an unlikely source. Light-hitting Horace Clarke came through with four hits and seven RBIs on the day, pacing a 17-hit attack. Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Tom Tresh and Clarke each popped home runs and Joe Pepitone added four hits of his own. The balanced hitting barrage played a huge role in this series ending in a 4-0 sweep.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen — another Smoov Simulation completed. While the two teams selected may have been unconventional, it still made for an exciting series. You can do your own simulations at the WhatIf Sports website (link above). Hopefully you all enjoyed reading through these posts the last four days, and you’ll keep stopping by throughout the 2011 season as the Yankees jump-start their quest for World Series #28!