So a couple of things before I start my rant that has probably be posted ad nauseam but I just have to get this off my chest at this point.
-This is in reference to 19 because I'm going after Welcome to the Chip trophy but this can probably be applied to 20 which I really have no desire of getting at the point
-I know level=/=skill but that bias is hard to kick out at times
-I understand that this game can be crazy and unpredictable like the real thing but it's what's throwing my off.
So tonight in my chase to get to 800 I played these 2 games that both ended up in extra inning losses and my issue is how both losses unfolded. Game one was against a Silver player where I threw a clinic with Degrom(8 innings/3 hits/10K). It was a very offensively anemic game. 7 hits between me and my opponent for 8 innings. But I somehow scratch a run and head to the top of the 9th. I send in Liam Hendricks and get the first 2 outs easily. Then it's starts. Next batter gets a hit and then with the fourth batter my opponent is somehow able to lock on a high and inside fastball perfectly for a 2 run shot. I scratch out another run in the bottom half to force extras. And the very first pitch in the 10th, a low changup somehow gets locked on again for another homerun. Then in the bottom half my offense goes out with a whimper 1-2-3 for the 3-2 loss.
Game two is against a gold level player but is a complete 180 on the offense. I have Kershaw on the mound this time and despite giving up the lead two times I comeback twice to take the lead 6-3 heading into the 9th(this time with Kershaw). Same thing, get to two outs and then it's happens again, the hits start coming. I switched to Troy Percival but it doesn't stop and my opponent ties it on a hit that looks like a line out to LF but apparently I get my Griffey Jr just a .0000000000001 second late so the out animation doesn't activate and the ball misses his glove. We battle it out in extras where my opponent hit a two run shot in both the 11th and 12th with the second one being the decider. I came up short in the bottom half to end 10-9.
So one thing, I don't want to take anything away from my opponents in these games. They won, it's logged, that's that. Another thing, like I said real life baseball can be even more wild than this. As a Mets fan I saw Edwin Diaz have his own MLB the Show like moment this past Saturday.
But....it's experiences like the ones above are happening more often,and it's getting frustrating and tiring. I reached Diamond level last month and for whatever reason I have struggled mightily against silver and gold level opponents and I can't explain it. It's games like my first story where I have silver and gold players fooled for 7 innings but my offense can't do anything despite the squared up and good timings and then the 8th/9th starts then the hits/homeruns come and it's to late for me to do anything and I take a loss. Or it's a slugfest where my opponent gets the last shot in. It just feels like the game is handicapping me and not giving me the same benefit of mounting something like the 3+run two out rally/comeback or having a stress free final inning with a closer.
It sucks because these kind of loses are doing a couple of things to me. Game wise it's screwing the progress of my rankings. For example I stated the night at 640. Game 1 was against someone lower than me so I lost 35 points. Game 2 was against some who was over 800 so I lost like 19 points. There was a game in between where someone quit after the 2nd so I got like 20 points form that. I'm sitting at 622 now. There are periods like this where it's one step forward one step back everyday or you rattle off like 3 wins to get you between 700-725 one night only to lose 3 straight and get put under 600 the next night.
Mentally, this is draining at times because I don't know whether to stick with the starter or go to the pen and with the eventual loss I kind of want to throw my controller either at my tv or on the floor seeing as I spend my time on what look like a sure win only to have it taken away at the last second.
So I know this is a long rant but again I just wanted to get this out and what I just wanna know what the explanation is for matches like this.
I read your whole post (bored at work with nothing to do). I agree with you completely! had so many games happen like that, but i think your issues is simple...You're a Mets fan and doomed to receive those results from now until the end of time! LOL!