• Analyzing the 2013 Twins using MLB 13: The Show

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    I buy MLB the Show every single year. I always think that I won't and then I do. I buy it, play it a lot, then completely forget about it. In fact, here is an easy to use monthly breakdown of my MLB the Show usage:

    • March - Buy the game, play it often.
    • April - Continue to play the game, less often, tell myself "I'll just play this one for the next two years and buy the newer version every other year."
    • May-February - Completely forget about MLB the Show, place disk under a couch, in a cereal bowl or on a shelf.
    • Late February - See a commercial or read a review for the next MLB the Show, tell myself "Eh, I don't really need to buy this."
    • Early March - See some extremely minor change in the new game that makes me want to buy it.
    • March - Buy the game, play it often.


    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Using this information, you can logically conclude that I am in the "play it often" stage of my MLB the Show development cycle. In fact, I did buy the game. I stopped on my way home from work Wednesday and I bought it. I played it for a little bit that night, then really got into it on Friday, when I didn't have to work.

    It's fun. It always is. The minor change that convinced me to buy the game this year is about as minor as it gets. They finally decided to give players numerical ratings instead of vague bar graph ratings! Yeah! This is nice because it is now much easier to see which players are better than others. This is important to me for some reason. I'm 30.

    Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what Sony thinks of the Twins. In looking at the player ratings, there are some questionable ratings, along with some downright comical ratings. All of the ratings are out of 99.

    Joe Mauer leads the way with an overall 93. He also has a clutch rating of 99, so take that, haterz1! Mauer also leads the way with a 90 contact rating, an 82 arm strength rating, a 90 fielding rating, and a 99 handsome rating. In short:

    Sony ♥ Joe Mauer

    The Twins best pitcher, according to Sony, is Glen Perkins, with an overall rating of 90. He has the best control on the team, at 90, and the highest K/9 rating with an 81. He also has a fielding rating of 6. Interestingly, whenever a ball is hit to Perkins in the game, he falls down and splits his pants. Nobody's perfect.

    The Twins best starter is Vance Worley, with his 84 rating. Their top Canadian player is Justin Morneau at an 86. The best bad player on the team is Esmerling Vasquez at a baffling 74 overall rating, the same overall rating as Trevor Plouffe, Brian Duensing and Kevin Correia.

    Are you still with me? Let's look some of the Twins' best ratings:




    This opens itself to a debate. Is Anthony Swarzak good or bad at horseplay? He did crack ribs as a result of horseplay, but what is the true goal of horseplay? Perhaps we can come back to this, at another time.

    A few other things I learned from the game:

    • Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier are equally good fielders - 59
    • Kevin Correia is a better strikeout pitcher than Mike Pelfrey - 46 to 43
    • Jamey Carroll has "A" potential, and stands to get better as he gets older

    Now, not all Twins players are in the game. If a player wasn't in the MLB last season, they do not appear. So, Aaron Hicks, Joe Benson, Rich Harden, Kyle Gibson, and so forth, are all MIA. But, you can make players, which is a tedious chore. I made Aaron Hicks, based on his current Spring Training performance. Here is the result:



    Not sure I captured his eyes perfectly, but everything else seems about right.

    If Sony has anything to say about it, here is the Opening Day lineup:

    Mastroianni CF
    Carroll 2B
    Mauer C
    Willingham LF
    Morneau 1B
    Doumit DH
    Parmelee RF
    Plouffe 3B
    Florimon SS
    Apparently, Ron Gardenhire works for Sony. Here is the rotation:

    Worley
    Diamond
    Correia
    Hendriks
    Pelfrey

    Looks to be fairly accurate actually. I might flip a few around, but those five seem pretty likely. Of course, if you take the five best starters by rating, it would look like this:

    Worley - 84
    Pelfrey - 78
    Diamond - 77
    De Vries - 76
    Correia - 74

    Prior to a roster update, De Vries was an embarrassing 81 overall, and was the Twins' best starter. They addressed that issue within the first 24 hours of the game launch. His rating is still much too high. Apparently Sony loves players from Minnesota as much as we all do.

    You like former Twins? Here are some of the more notable ratings I found when looking around:

    • Danny Valencia - Clutch - 71 - lol
    • Tsuyoshi Nishioka - Fielding - 81 !!!! Yep, Nishi's in the game; get excited!
    • Delmon Young - Speed - 36 - HA!
    • Delmon Young - Clutch - 92 - Come on
    • Delmon Young - Fielding - 58 - *spit-take, fall-over-in-chair, choke-on-gum, pants-fall-down, head explodes*
    • Denard Span - Fielding - 53, worse than Delmon, but wait
    • Carlos Gomez - Fielding - 46, so yeah
    • Luke Hughes - Spring Training - 99 (see below)



    I want that hat. The worst former Twin I could find is Eric Komatsu, at an emasculating 55 overall. Most of the computer generated minor leaguers are better than Eric Komatsu. Jeff Gray is nowhere to be found, but I am sure we can all agree that he would be a -84.

    But, my favorite part of this whole exercise was finding Nick Blackburn, pitching as the Ace of the New Britain Rock Cats. In fact, Sony didn't even put his picture in the game, opting to computer generate him.



    Not terrible, but Blackburn's real face isn't that fat. His K/9 is worst on the team, but you already knew that.
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    If you prefer real baseball news to tomfoolery, I analyzed the Kyle Lohse signing that hasn't happened yet. You can read it here: Kyle Lohse signs with [MLB Team].
    This article was originally published in blog: Analyzing the 2013 Twins using MLB 13: The Show started by Brad Swanson
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      This is nice because it is now much easier to see which players are better than others. This is important to me for some reason. I'm 30.
      Great line.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      Did we just become best friends?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Awesome!
    1. Andrew Bryz-Gornia's Avatar
      Andrew Bryz-Gornia -
      I just got The Show as well. I noticed De Vries' crazy-high rating relative to the other starters as well, but it was likely due to his decent ERA and great control.

      I, however, am never satisfied with what is given. I honestly go to FanGraphs and Texas Leaguers (PITCHf/x website) and adjust the players' stats myself. I do this because of the De Vries of the game that are given odd, inexplicable ratings, and I'm not content with the updates. It adds a hell of a lot of time put into the game, but when I'm finally finished with all 30 teams, I'm satisfied that I've made the game as realistic as I possibly can.... more realistic than Sony could do on their own.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      I'm also 30, and I always end up buying these games as well. It's funny how we fall into that trap.

      I also always create a player using the "Road to the Show" mode, play for the Twins and somehow poise myself to become the greatest player ever. This player obviously has the same name as me.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Heheheh. Great article.
    1. whitsbrain's Avatar
      whitsbrain -
      This is nice because it is now much easier to see which players are better than others. This is important to me for some reason. I'm 30.
      Um...I buy this game every year and play it with exactly the same frequency as you...but I'm 49. It's sad, really. 49 going on 30 I guess.

      The two things that stuck out to me about Sony's ratings were also DeVries and Vasquez. I started a season and had the game simulate Spring Training. It chose DeVries as my #2 starter with Vasquez as the #5 starter. Correia got sent to the pen as a long reliever (my $15 million dollar mop-up guy).

      After the real Spring Training is over, on or around April 1st, you can download and load the full major & minor league rosters (at least AA & AAA) that are created by some outfit called Operation Sports (OSFM). The OSFM rosters are far more complete and accurate.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      You guys are talking about DeVries being over-rated but I think Mauer is far more over-rated. Of course the country that gave us Ichiro over values singles hitters.
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      Of course the country that gave us Ichiro over values singles hitters.
      San Diego?
    1. UCLA_YANKEE_COLA's Avatar
      UCLA_YANKEE_COLA -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      You guys are talking about DeVries being over-rated but I think Mauer is far more over-rated. Of course the country that gave us Ichiro over values singles hitters.
      Ha, this is funny but not at all for the reasons you thought it would be.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Great post Brad! Thoroughly enjoyed. You old folks shouldn't be embarrassed to play video games still. It's quite normal now.

      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      You guys are talking about DeVries being over-rated but I think Mauer is far more over-rated. Of course the country that gave us Ichiro over values singles hitters.
      Good God, I hope this is a joke.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      OK obviously I didn't think that last post through but my point was that there's no way Mauer is an overall 93. I will go as far as saying I think it's more likely that DeVries performs like an 81 in the coming season then it is Mauer performs like a 93. Other than contact what attribute could you honestly rate Mauer at 90 or above at this stage of his career?
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      OK obviously I didn't think that last post through but my point was that there's no way Mauer is an overall 93. I will go as far as saying I think it's more likely that DeVries performs like an 81 in the coming season then it is Mauer performs like a 93. Other than contact what attribute could you honestly rate Mauer at 90 or above at this stage of his career?
      Vision.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      First off, thanks to everyone for various kind words. Much appreciated!

      Second, thanks for the tip on the rosters, whitsbrain!

      Third, Mauer should have high marks in plate discipline for sure. He also has a strong arm, even if he doesn't throw out a lot of runners.

      Finally, Andrew, you deserve a Nobel Prize for customizing the rosters like that!
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Thank you for reminding me to buy this!! Still have my copy of MLB 10 The Show. I played that for over two years. I was tempted to get 2012 when I got bored of 10 finally last fall, but I figured waiting for the new one was a better idea.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I can't believe Diamond is only 1 overall higher than Devries though.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      Diamond isn't any overly talented pitcher in terms of raw attributes. That being said if you have great control of all your pitches and good stamina you don't need the most velocity or movement to have a high level of success.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      DeVries rated an 81 on the early model. They must have used the Expected Pitching Effectiveness tool from the prognosticator in Pennsyvania who predicted DeVries could be an ACE of the staff. There must not be many out there with future Twins fans if they have that much time for games.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      This is tempting me to buy a PS3. I could then make a few key adjustments then migrate to a fantasy world where Plouffe is a 95 and Deduno is a 99.
    1. PopRiveter's Avatar
      PopRiveter -
      Here I've been creating Miis of the entire 40 man roster to play Mario's Super Sluggers (like a chump.) Your solution is so mich simpler!
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