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Baseball Smart Stats Awards

November 1, 2011

What an wonderful Baseball season! From Jeter’s 3,000th hit to the exciting final day of the regular season to David Freese’s heroics for the World Champion Cardinals, 2011 was a real treat for Baseball fans. Now that the season is in the books let’s honor the best players and team from the season.

Best Hitter
While 2011 will be remembered as a low scoring, pitcher friendly season, many hitter still put up incredible numbers. Check out the offensive production of the top Major League hitters.

RBIs (Blue), Home Runs (Purple) & Total Bases (Red)

While many players were able to knock in over 100 runs including Matt Kemp’s phenomenal 126, Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury was the best hitter this season. Ellsbury batted .321 with 105 RBIs, 32 Home Runs and lead the Majors with 364 total bases.

Best Starting Pitcher
Fantastic pitching was abound this season, including Philadelphia’s dominate trio leading the Phillies to over 100 wins and Justin Verlander and Jared Weaver twice squaring off in enthralling pitcher’s duels. Compare some of the pitching statistics of the top pitchers in baseball.

Earned Runs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Purple) & Walks (Red)

Even though Clayton Kershaw had amazing season for the Dodgers with his 248 strikeouts, Detroit’s Justin Verlander was hands-down the Major’s best pitcher. Verlander lead the Majors with 24 wins and 250 Strikeouts and recorded his second career no-hitter in 2011.

Best Closing Pitcher

The 2011 season saw some huge records set by closing pitchers. Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel’s 46 saves shattered the record for most saves by a Rookie. An even better record though, was Mario Rivera becoming the all time saves leader when he recorded his 602nd save in September.
Check out the numbers for this season’s top closing pitchers
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Saves (Blue), Pitching Strikeouts (Purple) & Walks (Red)

While these all these records were impressive, there was no better closer this season than Detroit’s Jose Valverde. Valverde lead the Majors with 49 saves but the fact that he did not blow a single save all season made Valverde 2011’s best closing pitchers.

Best Team
While the Phillis won 102 games and the Brewers were an amazing 57-24 at Miller park this season, the best team defeated both of them in the playoffs on their way to their 11th World Championship. Even though they need an epic collapse from the Atlanta Braves and all 162 games to make it into the playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals rode their September momentum all the way to Championship. Check out the offensive numbers from the Cardinals’ incredible September.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Purple) & Home Runs (Red)

Thank you to all who partook in the SAP Challenge throughout the season. Hopefully Smart Stats provided you with with insightful analytics and gave to a greater appreciation for great game of Baseball.

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Spoiler: Kershaw Wins Cy Young Award

September 21, 2011

Bold statement? Not really. During last night’s game against the defending World Series champs, Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw beat the Giants for his 20th win. Not only did he lift the Dodgers’ record above the .500 mark, but he did it in style: ending the Giants’ eight game winning streak and further diminishing their hopes of making it to the playoffs. Last night’s game bumped Kershaw’s performance to a 20-5 record this season with a 2.27 ERA, 242 strikeouts, 226 innings pitched, and a 5-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. If you look at what Kershaw has done this season, he has to be a favorite for the title. Still not convinced? Keshaw has also beaten the two time Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, four times in four head-to-head matchups this season. Oh, and Kershaw’s ERA in those four starts? 0.30. Lincecum? 1.24. Baseball Writers’ Association of America: Your move.

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Can The Dodgers Overcome The Embarrassment?

September 14, 2011

The Dodgers have had quite a season. Despite the struggles the team has had, the Dodgers have two players in the race for the NL MVP and NL Cy Young Award: Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, respectively. So can a team with a record under .500 achieve some of the top awards in baseball? Kershaw currently leads the NL in strikeouts (231) and is tied for first in ERA. Kemp, on the other hand, is third in the NL in home runs (33) and second in RBIs (109). Winning team or not, there’s no denying that this duo is in the top of their league and have been valuable contributions to the Dodgers this season. Click on the charts below to take a closer look at the player’s stats this season.


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Kershaw Still Strong

August 30, 2011

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers playoff hopes have dwindled, Clayton Kershaw is still playing strong and remaining a top contender in the NL Cy Young race. Kershaw won his 17th game this season during last night’s game against the Padres. Not only winning the game, Kershaw pitched his fifth complete game of the season. The pitcher has the potential to bring some much needed cheer to Dodger Stadium: Kershaw is on track to become the first Dodger pitcher to achieve 20 wins since Ramon Martinez in 1990. He could also potentially be the first Dodger starter to bring home the Cy Young award since Orel Hershiser in 1988. Click on the charts below to take a look at some of Kershaw’s stats.

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Best Pitchers in LA

August 6, 2011

Jered Weaver of the Angels and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers have been two of the best pitchers in the major leagues this season. There has been talks about both being the best pitchers in the history of their respective teams. Weaver has season ERA of 1.78 with 14 wins and five losses this season. Kershaw, on the other hand, has put up 13 wins and four losses and has an ERA of 2.68. Take a look at some more stats on how these pitchers compare. Who do you think is the best pitcher in LA?

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Talent Stands Out

July 21, 2011

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers is  most famously known for his curveball (referred to as “Public Enemy Number One” by Vince Scully). Although mostly relying on his sliders and change-ups this season, the pitcher continues to stand out amongst his peers. Kershaw has gone 9-1 since May and has an ERA of 2.72 this season. The lefty is currently in the race for the CY Young award and although the Dodgers may not be in the running for playoffs, Kershaw continues to pitch remarkably well. Take a look at how well he’s pitching compared to other Dodger pitchers.

In baseball history, there has never been a 23-year-old who has put up such good numbers.

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Let the All-Star Match-up Begin!

July 12, 2011

Monday morning the lineup for tonight’s All-Star match up was set. Let’s take a look at how the starting pitchers match-up. Pitching for the National League is Roy Halladay of the Phillies. Halladay has a strong 11-2 record and has not lost a game in two months. The National League is hoping that his streak continues. Starting for the American League is Angels’ right-hander Jered Weaver who has an 11-4 record. Regardless of the performance of these two starters, both the National League and American League have strong pitching. The National League have Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Cliff Lee of the Phillies, to name a few. On the other side, the American League has Alexi Ogando and C.J. Wilson, both of the Rangers. So which team do you predict will win?

Philadelphia leads the majors in ERA going into the all star break but only has 2 pitching representatives vs San Francisco’s 4. See how the two teams match up in pitching.

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