2012 COWL Preview
AKA : Jerry "Little Dirt" Driggs, Levi "Crush" Driggs, Phill "the Scorpion" King, Ben "Jamin" Cydrus
Editors Note: This preview was graciously written by Dave Page, Manager of the artists formerly known as GDE
Inside the Numbers
League and Place: National - 1st
Post Season Record: Defeated Knights 2-0 in round 1
Defeated PVB 3-1 in Divisional championship
Defeated The U 4-1 in World Series
Win/Loss Record: 32-4 (23-2 regular season)
*Pythagorean Record: 31-5
Win/Loss vs. teams above .500: 13-1
Win/Loss vs. teams below .500: 10-1
Win/Loss games decided by < 5 runs 4-2
Win/Loss in last 10 games : 8-1
Avg. Runs scored in games won: 22.2
Avg. Runs scored in games lost: 10.0
Avg. Runs scored in all games: 19.2 (1st)
Avg. Runs allowed in all games: 9.2 (2nd)
Homerun Total: 326 (1st)
Avg. Homeruns per game: 9.3 (1st)
Runs For/Against: 672 / 335
Homerun Leader: tie - Jerry Driggs (80/123), Levi Driggs (80/119)
RBI Leader: Jerry Driggs (257)
Wins Leader: Ben Cydrus (12)
2011 Season Recap
In 2011, The Legends did what they do best: win. These guys have been winning for almost as long as
they have been playing Wiffle ball. They are the class of the league, and everyone knows it. In the inagural
COWL season of 2010 the Legends had a regular season winning percentage of .833. They improved that in
2011 to .889.
The Legends successfully defended their 2010 COWL World Series Championship in 2011. That probably
didn't surprise anyone. The beat The Knights 2 games to none in the first round of the playoffs.
In the National League Championship, they took out Pleasant Valley Boys 3 games to 1.
The World Series was no closer. The American League Champions, The U, gave The Legends their
best shot. However, The Legends prevailed 4 games to 1. The Legends scored 17 or more runs in all 5 World
Series games. The Legends were dominant throughout the season, but even more so during the postseason.
2012 Season Preview
Over the next two sections I will review what appear to be the Young Guns strengths, as well as what
will be required of them if they wish to take the next step in 2012.
go-to guy. He is the kind of pitcher I like to see. On the mound, he is all business. He doesn't mess around
with any funny stuff. Ben gives the better his best, and if the batter crushes it, Ben is ready to attack the
next batter in the same way. His short memory is his strength. Ben also has soft hands and doesn't make a
lot of errors on throws back to him. When Ben is pitching, teams have to rely on home runs to produce offense.
Jerry is a different kind of pitcher than Ben. That really helps both of them because it keeps hitters off balance.
Jerry likes to try tricking the batters with a pump fake, which simulates the effects of a curve ball in baseball.
It is a tough ball to hit out of the park, but if waited on properly, it is a good pitch to take opposite field. A large
strength of the pitching is the next strength, defense.
two of the top 6 or 7 fielders the league has to offer. They both make the highlight plays, as well as the routine
catches. With these two on patrol in the field, the defensive responsibilities of Jerry and Ben are not as great as
they could be. This allows Ben and Jerry to focus on their pitching, making them even better.
is their greatest strength. I broke down some numbers to show how their offense has matured since 2010. Only
regular season stats were included because I believe those give a better picture of the entire year's production.
According to my calculations, in 2010, the average number of runs scored per team per game was 10.59. In 2011,
that saw a negligible drop to 10.52. The league virtually saw no change in average per game run production for the
However, The Legends scored 3.4 more runs per game. That is a pretty significant increase, but it because even
more impressive when looking at how they scored runs in 2011, compared to 2010.
often overshadowed on this team because Levi and Jerry are the best power hitters in the league, and Phill is arguably
the best contact hitter.
Essentials for a Legends Championship Defense
championship. They don't need to change anything. They have done it two years in a row and the only thing
that can stop them is them. If every other team increased their talent, The Legends would still be the team to
beat. If The Legends play to their full potential, they are unbeatable.
The Editors would like to thank Dave for doing an excellent job on his 2012 preview of the Legends.
The only item we would disagree with is the very last sentence in the piece. Each year the level of play in the
COWL has gotten better, and when everyone has all their players, on any given night... We fully understand
to defend our 2012 title will likely be a blood bath as there are no secrets any more - especially given the division
format and the absolute murderer's row that is the Champion's Division. In reality, if we all played London,
there could well be 4 of the 8 finalists for the event (assuming we weren't paired against each other), and quite
possible, the eventual London champ.
Our team has long known that as Ben goes, so goes we. Levi and Jerry's HRs are not the catalysts to big innings
for the Legends. When the Legends have big innings it is because Phill and Ben have done the dirty work of
getting on base. With Levi routinely wiping the bases clean, Ben is, in effect, the 2nd leadoff hitter and did
an absolutely fabulous job last year at adjusting to the role. It is a running joke among our team that he is
deceptively speedy for someone hauling 2 and a half bills down the line.
Editors Notes are emphasized in italics.
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