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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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Do or die for the Tigers

October 13, 2011

Down three games to one in the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers will place the fate of their season onto the arm of Justin Verlander. Verlander won 24 games with a minisule 0.92 WHIP in a phenomenal regular season but after collecting a lose in game one of the ALCS his postseason ERA has soared to 6.75. Fortunately for the Tigers, C.J. Wilson, who will start for Texas this afternoon, has struggled even more this postseason. Wilson has allowed three Home Runs in two starts and has an enormous 7.45 postseason ERA.

While Texas’ offense was much more productive in the regular season, they have scored 19 runs so far this postseason, the same amount as the Tigers. Surprisingly, Detroit’s batters have reached 10 more bases than the Rangers. However, the Tigers continuously squander their base-runners and have grounded into eight double plays this post season!

Runs Scored (Blue), Total Bases (Oragne) & Double Plays Grounded Into (Green)

Detroit has lost two heart break extra inning games this series and if they hope to rebound and progress to the World Series they must stop grounding into double plays and convert their extra base hits into runs.

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ALDS Ace Showdown, Take Two

October 3, 2011

With game one of the ALDS suspended due to heavy rain on Friday evening, the much anticipated showdown between pitching aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia will instead commence tonight at Comerica Park. The series is tied up at one game a piece so this evening’s assumed pitching duel will go along way in determining who move onto the ALCS. This match up taking place 650 miles west in Detroit as opposed to the Bronx appears to give a distinct advantage to Justin Verlander. Five of Sabathia’s eight losses this season have come on the road. Verlander has only lost one game in Detroit since May. Also, Sabathia’s 2.90 Strikeout to Walk ratio on the road is almost half his 5.22 Strikeout to Walk ratio at home. Meanwhile, Verlander’s 4.60 Strikeout to Walk ratio in Detroit is only slightly better than his 4.16 road Strikeout to Walk ratio. Compare Sabathia’s and Verlander’s win loss records and Strikeout to Walk ratios at home and on the road.

Click for much further analysis of Sabathia’s and Verlander’s performance this regular season.

It is highly unlikely that both squads would send their aces to the hill on such short rest in a potential game five, so this pitching showdown shall be decisive for both the Yankees’ and Tiger’s Championship hopes.

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Keys to the Game: Tigers Vs. Yankees, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The Yankees finished the regular season with the best record in the AL, but are in for a tough ALDS against the AL Central Champion, Detroit Tigers. Both clubs hit a bit of a skid to end the season with Detroit dropping their last five games and the Yankees losing four in a row. The post-season will start the same way as the regular season, as Justin Verlander will square off against C.C. Sabathia. Perennial Cy Young favorite and AL pitching Triple Crown winner, Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA), won 12 starts in a row before recording a no-decision in his last outing of the season. However, Verlander twice failed to defeat the Yankees in his two starts against the Bombers this season, while recording a 4.50 ERA. Similarly Yankees’ ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA) failed to record a win against Detroit this season and had a 4.15 ERA in two starts. Compare how Verlander and Sabathia have pitched this season based on their Earned Runs allowed per week.

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The Tigers have a fantastic duo at the plate with AL Batting Champion Miguel Cabrera, who batted .344 with 105 RBIs, and Victor Martinez, who knocked in 102 Runs and batted .330. The Yankees scored an incredible 867 Runs this season and lead the league with 222 Home Runs. The Yankees’ Curtis Granderson lead the Majors with 41 Home Runs and lead the AL with 119 RBIs. The Yankees also had two other 100 RBIs hitters as Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira knocked in 118 and 111 RBIs respectively. Compare tonight’s starting lineup for Detroit and New York.

DET: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)


NYY: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Tigers won the regular 4-3 and have arguably the best pitcher in the game. The Yankees do have the best closer of all time in Mariano Rivera, so New York will have a edge in the final frame if the game is close.

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Keys to the Yanks-Tigers ALDS

September 29, 2011

The last time the Yankees and Tigers met in the playoffs was 2006. That year, the Yankees were heavily favored in the ALDS after trading at the deadline for Booby Abreu and Corey Lidle, who would soon be killed in a tragic plane crash. Jim Leyland and the Tigers had other ideas and went on to win the series 3-1 on their way to eventually losing in the World Series to the Cardinals.

So what are the keys to the upcoming American league Division Series?

1. Justin Verlander, Justin Verlander, Justin Verlander! This Tiger’s Ace is a lock for the Cy Young award this year when he led the American league in Wins, Strike outs and ERA.  He will start game 1 and a potential game 5 for the Tigers.  The Tigers need him to shut down the Yankees in game 1 and take the NY crowd out of the game. Check out his numbers here:

Wins (Blue), Losses (Orange), Strikeouts (Green)

2. A-Rod needs to be the A-Rod of the 2009 playoffs.  This cannot be emphasized enough.  With A-Rod hitting well, opposing pitchers cannot pitch around Robinson Cano, who is having an MVP type season.  If A-Rod has a tough series, the Yankees are beatable.

3.  The Yankees bullpen must continue to dominate.  After CC Sabathia, the Yankees starting staff is iffy at best.  Ivan Nova has had a great year, but is a rookie.  Freddy Garcia will start game 3 for the Yankees, and if he gives them 5 good innings the Yankees will gladly take that and hand the game over to Robinson, Soriano, Logan and Rivera. 

This is what the whole season was for, the injuries, the slumps, the highs and the lows.  You really cannot script October, but the Yankees should take this series.  Prediction: Yankees in five.

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Justin Verlander, MVP?

September 19, 2011

Yesterday Justin Verlander earned his major league leading 24th Win of the season. With his enormous number of Wins (24), Innings Pitched (244.0) and Strikeouts (244), and his miniscule ERA (2.29), Verlander should be the consensus AL Cy Young and could easily win the Triple Crown. However, are these the only accolades Justin Verlander’s fantastic 2011 campaign deserves? Is Verlander the AL MVP?

It is no question that the playoff bound Detroit Tigers’ Most Valuable Player is Justin Verlander. When Verlander starts, the Tigers are 25-8, a .757 Win-Loss Percentage. That is .224 percentage points higher than the Tigers 64-56 (.533) record in games started by other pitchers. What is even more amazing is Justin Verlander’s shut down performance against the top eight sluggers in the AL (Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler and Howie Kendrick). In 10 startsagainst these sluggers Verlander has only allowed 3 Hits! Check out how Verlander has befuddled the League’s best bats. (Granderson’s, Kinsler’s, Pedroia’s and one of Ellsbury’s hits were against Detroit relieves)

DET Pitching in Verlander's Starts: Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With the Red Sox’s rapidly losing their grip on the Wild Card (eliminating Pedroia, Ellsbury and Gonzalez), the irrelevance of Bautista’s Blue Jays and Curtis Granderson’s low batting average of .268, Justin Verlander is emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate. Does Verlander’s historic and dominant regular season make him the American League’s Most Valuable Player?

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AL Central Champ

September 17, 2011

The AL Central has found their champion. After last night’s win, the Tigers won the AL Central title and a spot in the playoffs. This is the first time that the team has won their division since 1987. It’s not doubt that the Tigers have some All-Star players on their team, including Justin Verlander, Jose Valverde, and Doug Fister to name a few. But do the Tigers have what it takes to get to the World Series? Click on the charts below to get the full scope of their offensive and defensive stats.

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10 Straight For The Tigers

September 13, 2011

Could this be the year of the Tiger? The Detroit Tigers have many things working for them this season: First place in the AL Central, Justin Verlander, and now, a 10 game winning streak. This is the first time that the Tigers have won 10 straight since 1968 when they won 11 in a row. That year also was the year the Tigers won the World Series. Could this be a good sign for the Tigers this season? The Tigers are currently 11.5 games ahead in the AL Central. Take a look at how the potential World Series contender is performing currently.





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How Many Earned Runs will Justin Verlander Allow from September 19 to September 25?

September 12, 2011

Detroit’s Justin Verlander is leading the Majors with 22 wins and 232 strikeouts. The American League Cy Young frontrunner’s 2.44 ERA is tied for the best in the AL. If Verlander can continue his dominance deep into September and lowers his ERA, he should be the first recipient of Baseball’s pitching Triple Crown since the Padres Jake Peavy in 2007. Play the SAP Challenge by using SAP’s Baseball analytics to gain insight on Justin Verlander’s performance this season. Predict how many Earned Runs Justin Verlander will allow when he takes the mound from September 19 to September 25.

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