So I will keep you all updated as to how MVP is going, just for fun.
I once again have realized that there needs to be a level of difficulty between Pro and All-Star on MVP — like Veteran or something. On Pro, no one can stop me, but on All-Star, I can’t play. In my first game, Aramis Ramirez hit two home runs, including one on the first pitch he saw in the 2005 season, but a clutch two run blast by Royce Clayton off Chad Fox late in the game led the D-backs to victory, 7-5.
In my second game, the D-backs won 2-0. Just like in real life, Mark Prior gets completely screwed over by his offense.
The third game went to extra innings scoreless, but the Cubs would not allow the season to open by getting swept and a clutch 10th inning solo shot by Todd Hollandsworth provided the 1-0 winning margin for the Cubs. In this game I got my first stolen base in MVP 2005 as Jerry Hairston Jr. swiped second. I also broke Michael Barrett’s early slump as he finally got a hit in this game. Mark Prior even got a hit before Barrett.
Here is my batting order:
2B Walker or Hairston (If I need to jump start the offense I play Hairston)
Michael Wuertz (I hate him but they made him good in this game)
Sergio Mitre (ditto Wuertz)
LaTroy Hawkins (setup man)
Joe Borowski (closer)
Against lefties, Hairston plays left and leads off, with Walker batting second and Patterson moving down to seventh. That’s because Hollandsworth was made absolutely pitiful against lefties. Blanco catches when Maddux pitches for realism’s sake but he will not be playing otherwise.
Hairston will be my all purpose guy off the bench. He will be my top pinch runner as well as the main guy I rotate in when any outfielder or Walker gets tired.
The verdict on how good they made the players: Ramirez might be a tad too good. I have a feeling that even on All star mode that I will hit 50 home runs with him, which isn’t realistic. Everyone else is pretty much about right but Prior’s stamina is a joke. He can pitch a complete game at any point and his stamina is 87 out of a possible 99. EA apparently never saw Prior’s 140 pitch complete games during the 2003 season. I don’t think Patterson is quite fast enough at an 87 speed rating, but it’s a nitpick that I won’t change.
One of the great disappointments of MVP 2005 is that the Gulf Coast League was put in the game rather than the Midwest League at the class A level so there will be no Silver Hawks baseball as anticipated. I was forced to make Robb Nen and Barry Larkin really crappy because they retired. Rusty Greer also retired but I left him alone because he was on a Triple A team.
As Mark previously reported there is no more ‘lefty bug’ that keeps lefties from hitting homers, as I saw when Hollandsworth teed off for the game winner in my third game. It’s still a lot harder for me to hit home runs than it is for Mark though. And for some reason I can’t even use the Hitter’s Eye in all star mode. I haven’t really been able to see the ball do its color flash for which pitch it is.
That’s all I really did last night was explore MVP. They need more songs. The songs they have are great but they loop too much, since there are only like 8 of them after I killed off the pressure song.
I also talked to Joan. That was my Friday night. I may need a life, but I’m enjoying this one!