I’m chronicling the exploits of Tyler “51-13” Colvin as he makes it through the 2012 season on my IAL Twin City Thunderchickens.
Last month, I said something stupid. Something along the lines of: “how could Tyler Colvin’s batting average get any lower?” Well, it did.
Colvin’s BA was .144 entering into July’s nine-game series against Mike Bunch and his Green Rock Bombers. Surely, he could get three or so hits and get that mark up, right? Well, no. Tyler saw six starts against the Bombers and in those six games, he went 2 for 21 for a yikes-inducing .095 batting average for the series. Thank goodness he was walked twice as he scored on both gifts from the pitchers. That was the only sign of offense from Tyler all series.
That dearth of offense from Tyler brings him down to a miniscule .137 mark for the year for my Twin City Thunderchickens with a paltry .255 slugging percentage. 2013 can’t come quick enough for Tyler and the Thunderchicken management.
2012 Season Totals
It was a disappointing series in general for the Twin City Thunderchickens. Not that we expected to win more than three games against Commissioner Bunch’s Bombers but only that we started out so promising. We were tied three games apiece before we dropped the last three games. Perhaps starting Danny (Dyw) in the last game wasn’t such a hot idea after all. Props go to our D pitcher, John Lackey who is still pitching like a graded starter. He won both of his starts.
I’m sure some of you have been wondering why I have been playing a player of Tyler Colvin’s “talents” all year. The answer is simple. With the Illowa APBA League’s somewhat strict player usage limits regulations, I need his playing time. The IAL require us to keep within players’ actual at-bats and games. I’ve already gotten a friendly warning from the commissioner telling me to keep an eye on my usage of my outfielders. I may need to start batting them down in the order to keep those ay-bees down unless I want to get penalized in the draft (I want to make the decision of whether I get Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, not anyone else).
These two previous off-seasons, I’ve focused on pitching (some would say to the detriment of my dwindling outfield). It will pay off though. Next year, I’ll have a solid rotation led by Strasburg, Harrison, Bailey, Hanson, Niese well, the list goes on.
And hey, guess what? I’ll bet with Tyler Colvin’s relative successes in the majors this year, I’ll bet he won’t have that 51-13 next year either.