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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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A Race To The Finish

September 26, 2011

With the divisions clenched, the final races to the playoffs are the NL and AL Wild Card spots. In the AL race,  Boston is one game ahead of Tampa Bay who is only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. In what appears to be a race to the finish, all three teams will continue to play strong during their remaining series. Today, Boston will play at Baltimore, while Tampa Bay will host the Yankees. Take a look at how these teams have played against each other during the season. Who do you think will get the AL Wild Card spot?

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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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Angels Praying For A Sweep

September 15, 2011

The Los Angeles Angels, who are three games out of first place, will begin a three games series against Baltimore tomorrow. The Angels are 5-1 versus Baltimore this season and averaging seven runs per games against the team. In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Angels will need to maintain their winning record in Baltimore. Take a look at how the Angels are playing on the road.

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Game Preview: Yankees Versus Angels

September 10, 2011

Tonight continues the three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees. The Angels are trying to catch up to the Rangers in the Al West, while the Yankees are trying to maintain their two and a half game lead in the AL East. The Yankees, who have lost three games straight, will have CC Sabathia on the mound trying to stop the surging Angels. Tonight, Sabathia will try to become the first Yankee pitcher to win 20 games in two straight seasons. This may prove difficult against the Angels who have won five of their last six. To get a better perspective on the matchup, take a look at how the Yankees have played this season in Anaheim.

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Keys to the Game: Angels Vs. Mariners, August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

Tonight’s game in Seattle will feature two of the more talent pitchers in the American League.  The defending AL Cy Young winner, Felix Hernandez, (12-11, 3.37 ERA) will get the call for the Mariners.  The Angels will counter with the League leader in Strikeouts to Walk ratio (5.89), Dan Haren (13-7, 3.19).  Compare the hurlers’ numbers.

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

Angels Rookie Mark Trumbo has strengthened his Rookie of the Year candidacy with an excellent August.  Trumbo is batting .271 with five Home Runs, 18 RBIs and 16 Runs Scored this month and hopes to cap it with yet another Home Run against the Mariners, he already has 3 in August.  Check out Trumbo numbers in August.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Home Runs (Green)

The Mariner’s have the lowest team batting average (.235) in the Majors and have scored the fewest runs in the American League (468).  So expect Haren to need little run support to collect his 14th victory this evening.

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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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AL West Power Display

August 28, 2011

The Los Angeles Angels will try to cut their AL West deficit to one during tonight’s three game series finale versus the Texas Rangers. The Angels have won seven of their last eight games and have outscored their opponents 54-32 since the middle of August. Colby Lewis, who has struggled at home all season, will pitch for the Rangers. The stats may be on the Angels’ side this game: In Lewis’ last four starts against the Angels he’s 0-2 with a 3.0 ERA. Do you think the Angels will cut their deficit in the AL West?

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Keys to the Game: Rangers Vs Angels, August 15, 2011

August 15, 2011

Tonight the AL West leading Texas Rangers travel to Anaheim to open a pivotal four game series against the second place Los Angeles Angels.  The Rangers hope to extend their four game lead with Alexi Ogando (11-5, 3.22 ERA) on the mound tonight. Ogando will look to return to form tonight as his previous four starts have not been stellar.  Compare Ogando’s last four starts with his amazing success in his 10 career appearance against the Angels.  The Angels counter with Rookie, Garrett Richards (0-1, 10.80 ERA), who is seeking his first Major League win.

The bat of each teams’ Right Fielder could determine the outcome of tonight’s game.  The Angels’ Torii Hunter is currently red-hot, batting .455 during a 12-game hitting streak.  If the Angels hope to gain ground in the division, Hunter must improved his dismal .118 batting average in nine games against the Rangers this season. Nelson Cruz has been a huge asset for the powerful Ranger’s offense, knocking in 75 runs and hitting 25 balls out of the park so far in 2011.  Check out the production of Hunter and Cruz.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & HRs (Green)

With only 41 games remaining in the season and 10 games left against the Rangers, the Angels must win or at least tie this series if they hope to stay in the hunt for October.

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Keys to the Game: Angels Vs Blue Jays, August 13, 2011

August 13, 2011

After their 5-1 victory last evening, the Los Angeles Angels will send their Ace, Jared Weaver, to the mound at the Rogers Centre this afternoon.  Fresh off of a six game suspension, Weaver looks to bolster his Cy Young candidacy with another dominate outing.  The Blue Jays will counter with their opening day starter, Ricky Romero.  Romero has been Weaveresque in his last three starts, posting a 1.11 ERA. See how to today’s starters compare over their last three starts:

ERs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Outs Recorded Per ER (Green)

Weaver will face the high powered Toronto offense (6th in the Majors in runs scored) that performs much better inside the Rogers Centre.  Check out the production of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup today at home and on the road:

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & SOs (Green)

Fortunately for Weaver and the Angels, the Major League leader in Home Runs, Jose Bautista, is out of Toronto’s lineup today, as he committed two errors in last night’s loss.  Will Weaver get his 15th win this afternoon or will Romero continue his streak of dominant starts?

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