Posts Tagged ‘Derek Jeter’

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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Who will be 29th to hit 3000?

July 11, 2011

As we’ve all heard by now, Derek Jeter became the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club. Rather than writing about Jeter’s stats, accomplishments, future, etc., etc. (you’ve heard it all already), let’s turn our attention to predicting the 29th member of the elite club. Currently, the next players in line to reach 3,000 hits are as follows: Ivan Rodriguez of the Nationals (2,842 hits), Omar Vizquel of the White Sox (2,831 hits), and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees (2,762 hits). Taking into consideration Vizquel’s age and that “I-Rod” is currently on the DL, my prediction is that “A-Rod” will be the 29th member.  Interestingly, this would make him and Jeter the first pair of teammates to reach 3,000 hits while playing on the same team.

Lets see how Alex Rodriguez and the others are performing this year

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Enough Already About Jeter….

July 8, 2011

With all the current hype surrounding Derek Jeter and his 3,000th hit, let’s not forget about some of the other players who have taken charge offensively. Mark Teixeira has already hit 25 home runs this season, increasing his career total to 300. He is currently ranked second in the American League for most home runs and third in the American League in RBIs. With the All-Star break days away, will this Teixeira come out swinging?

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An All-Star Popularity Contest

July 5, 2011

Popularity over performance. Unfortunately for some baseball players, winning the support of America proved difficult. Case in point: Derek Jeter. We all know Derek Jeter is popular (especially amongst the ladies and the Bobblehead distributors), but is he deserving of the starting shortstop spot on the AL roster? Absolutely not. Jeter has been struggling the latter part of this season. In comparison, shortstops Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians and Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers have both put up better offensive numbers. Who else do you think got slighted this season?

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Jeter Chasing 3,000 Hits but Lacking in Overall Production

June 10, 2011

Derek Jeter is no stranger to greatness. Having already earned himself five World Series Championship rings, four Silver Slugger awards, and five Gold Glove awards, the Yankees’ all-time hitter is currently in position to become the 28th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits in a career.

But is Jeter helping or hurting the Yankees this year in the lineup?

Click on the first chart to see that he is near of the top of his team in hits this year.

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Click on the 2nd chart to see his slugging percentage is near the bottom

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Many question whether Jeter’s best days are behind him. Though he has recently improved his hitting, overall his contributions in slugging % and RBIs is not to par with his hall of fame status. Do you think Jeter will pick up the pace or are his best years behind him?

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