Posts Tagged ‘MVP’

Clash of Compelling Center Fielders

September 23, 2011

While the Yankees have already clinched the AL East title, New York would revel in handing the Red Sox some crippling loses while they desperately attempt to hold onto their tenuous grip of the AL Wild Card. Both team’s boast excellent Center Fielders as Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury and New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson are vying for the AL MVP award. Compare Ellsbury’s and Granderson’s RBI production this season and click for some guess for how many RBIs Ellsbury and Granderson will hit in this season’s final three games of this entertaining rivalry.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury will hit against the Yankees.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Curtis Granderson will hit against the Red Sox.

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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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Upton Away

August 29, 2011

Justin Upton’s fantastic offensive production has propelled the Diamondbacks to first place in the NL West and has placed him on the short list of NL MVP contenders. Upton is leading the NL in Extra Base Hits with 66. J-Up will look to increase his total during Arizona’s upcoming series against the Rockies, a team which he has tagged for 11 Extra Base Hits so far this season. How many Extra Base Hits will Upton have against the Rockies?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many Extra-Base Hits Justin Upton will have against Colorado.

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Boston’s Most Valubale Trio

August 28, 2011

One of the few “problems” the Boston Red Sox are having this season is identifying a team Most Valuable Player. The Red Sox are leading the Majors with 718 Runs Scored.  So it is no surprise that First Baseman, Adrian Gonzalez (103 RBIs .965 OPS), Second Baseman, Dustin Pedroia (71 RBIs, .872 OPS) and Center Fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury (92 RBIs, .889 OPS), are all serious contenders for the AL MVP. Check out their batting averages.

Gonzalez (Grey), Ellsbury (Red) & Pedroia (White)

Off-season acquisition Adrian Gonzalez has been an absolute offensive juggernaut, leading the Majors with 184 Hits and 103 RBIs.  Compare Gonzalez’s offensive numbers with Pedroia’s and Ellsbury’s.

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

However, Gonzalez’s Boston teammates have much higher WARs (Wins Above Replacement), arguably the preeminent indicator for MVP. Pedroia and Ellsbury are second and third in the American League with WARs of 7.2 and 6.8 respectively. Gonzalez’s 5.7 WAR is sixth.  (Toronto’s postseason non-contention diminishes WAR leader Jose Bautista’s contention)  With one month left in the regular season which Red Sox will emerge as the team and quite possibly the AL MVP?

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The Grandy-Man Can!

August 25, 2011

Playing Centerfield for the New York Yankees is perhaps the most marquee position in all of professional sports. Following in the footsteps of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Bernie Williams is not easy, especially for a quiet, unassuming and soft-spoken Midwesterner. Enter Curtis Granderson, otherwise known as the ‘Grandy-man’ for the home run call given to him by John Sterling, the Yankees radio announcer. Granderson is making a strong case for being the MVP of the American League. Check out his stats here:

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

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