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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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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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30/30 Club

September 6, 2011

Joining the 30/30 Club is a great personal honor for Major League hitters. It takes a special type of player who is able to both hit for power and speed quickly between the bags to accumulate the 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen Bases required for membership. So far only the Dodger’ Matt Kemp has joined the 30/30 Club with his 32 Home Runs and 37 Stolen Bases. Check out how close some other hitter are from joining Kemp.

HRs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange) & Stolen Bases Caught (Green)

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is closest to joining the 30/30 club as he only needs 3 more Home Runs to complement his 31 Stolen Bases.  Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is six swipes away, but his low Stolen Base success rate of 69% could leave him a bag or two shy from tacking another honor onto his already spectacular season. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury’s lack of power hitting, he only has 24 Home Runs, has barred his entrance so far and he must drastically increase his average of .18 Home Runs per game if he hopes to be part of the 30/30 Club.  With 25 Home Runs and 23 Stolen Bases, the Ranger’s Ian Kinsler has an outside shot of joining club.  However, Kinsler stole nine bases in August and has four Home Runs in 5 games already in September.

Which of these players do you think will join the 2011 30/30 Club?

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NL MVP Race

August 4, 2011

With under two months left in the season four sluggers have emerged as contenders as the National League’s Most Valuable Player.  Arizona’s Justin Upton, Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp, and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun have all put up incredible numbers so far this season.  Check out how their batting totals stack up.

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


See which Brewer is more valuable.

Matt Kemp appears to be the front runner with his incredible .586 Slugging Percentage.  Kemp is leading the League with 84 RBIs, and his 26 Home Runs and a strong .319 Batting Average put him in contention to win the NL triple crown.  However, Kemp’s Dodger are out of playoff contention and the honor may be awarded to someone who will be playing in October.  Must the MVP put up the best number or is it more import to lead a team to a pennant?

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Desert Derby

July 11, 2011

Tonight is the League’s annual showcase of the Long Ball.  This year’s participants were chosen by American League Captain and 2010 Home-Run Derby Champion, David Ortiz and National League Captain and the 2009 Derby Champion, Prince Fielder.  Ortiz chose an all AL East squad of his Boston teammate Adrian Gonzalez, New York’s Robinson Cano, and the Major League leader in Home Runs (31) Toronto’s Jose Bautista.  Matt Holliday of St Louis, Matt Kemp of Los Angeles and Fielder’s Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks will represent the National League.  While a few of the Major League’s most productive sluggers are absent, particularly the Yankee’s duo of Curtis Granderson (25) and Mark Teixeira (25), the eight participants tonight are no offensive slouches.

Home Runs (Blue), Hits (Orange), RBIs (Green)

Bautista has been putting up stellar offensive number in the Rogers Centre and on the road, leading the Majors in both home and road home runs.  Interestingly, the Boston duo of Ortiz and Gonzalez have been more offensively productive outside of Fenway Park so for in 2011.

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The great news for the participates, and the fans, is that Chase Field is one of the most hitter friendly parks in the Majors with a Home-Run Park Factor of 1.293.  Hopefully for the fan’s sake, sorry participates, Chase Field’s retraceable roof stays open tonight for the contest so we can see many balls soar into the stands.

See how the sluggers are hitting

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Going…Going….Gone!

June 27, 2011

The annual Home Run Derby is scheduled for July 11, 2011. To prepare baseball fans of what to expect, let’s take a look at the leading homerun hitters in the National and American Leagues.

Leading the National League is the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp with 21 homeruns. In the running are the Brewers’ Prince Fielder and the Cardinals’ Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols.

The American League homerun leaders consist of Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista with 23 homeruns and  and Mark Teixeira,  followed by a tie between Paul Konerko of he White Soxand Curtis Granderson of the Yankees’ with 21 homeruns each.


Not all of the top HR hitters are on fire! Matt Kemp for example has not produced for the Dodgers in the last 10 games with 1 HR and only 9 hits. Hopefully he will show up to excite the crowd at this year’s home run derby.

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