Cellar-to-Stellar, the Diablos Story. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Meyers   
Thursday, 31 March 2011 17:16
Cellar-to-Stellar, the Diablos Story by Brian Meyers 3/31/2011

Only two years removed from their horrid 8-13 season, the Diablos surprised just about everyone in the league has they raced away with the NL North, bounced the defending champs in the playoffs and landing in the 2010 Township Series.  Granted they didn’t seal the deal against the Friars, it’s still an impressive ‘cellar-to-stellar’ story that just goes to show that anything can happen!

In 2008, the Diablos (then Indians) lost nine games with their opponent scoring in the double digits. For the entire season, the pitching staff allowed 149 runs giving them a 7.51 Team ERA!  You’re not reading that wrong, they game up 1.25 runs per inning!!!  Looking back, it’s amazing they were even able to win eight games with that kind of ERA.

But the woes that season didn’t end with the large amount of surrendered runs; they compounded the problem with a sub par offense.  They ranked 11 out of 12 in team batting average, hitting only .264 as a whole.  Adam Ross and Jamey Detamore struggled all season long as Noel carried just about the entire offensive load.

Just two short seasons later, the Diablos won 20 games and won the National League pennant.  A big swing of 12 games in the win column

and they did this with minimum roster changes.  The 2008 version of the Diablos consisted of Leaym, Detamore, Ross, Noel and Jones.  The 2010 version was simply replacing Jones with Nash.  The biggest changes came in their team ERA, 2.64 and their team’s average, .304.

They have shifted from a team that opponents bulk their numbers up on, to a team that trims them away and in the process became the first team to finish under .500 in a regular season and make the playoffs in any season thereafter. 

As the story continues into the upcoming season, it opens the window of possibilities for teams such as the 5 Dollar Pitchers, No Big Deal and the Chuckers.  Showing that even in the KWL, the fate of a team is not bound by their past.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 April 2011 11:59
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