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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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Final Showdown: Cardinals Versus Phillies

October 7, 2011

With the series tied 2-2, the final game tonight between the Cardinals and the Phillies will decide the both teams’ fates. The teams will return to Citizen’s Bank Park where the scheduled pitchers are Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter. Against the Cardinals, Halladay has an 0-1 record in the regular season, but pitched a winning game against the Cardinals in the post season this year. Carpenter has a 2-0 record against the Phillies in the regular season. Click on the charts to take a closer look at how the pitchers compare.

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Game 3: Phillies at Cardinals

October 4, 2011

With the series tied 1-1, the Phillies will travel to St.Louis in Game 3 of the NLDS playoffs. With the series back at square one, the Cardinals (who many expected to be swept by the Phillies) are standing out as favorites in the series. Not only are the Cardinals headed back to St. Louis for the first time since making it to the postseason, they will have Jaime Garcia pitching for them. During this season’s play, Garcia has held the Phillies to just two runs over 15 innings of play. Scheduled to start for the Phillies is Cole Hamels who is 0-1 against the Cardinals this season. Click on the graph below to check out how the Phillies have played this season at St. Louis.

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Phillies Clinch NL East

September 18, 2011

After yesterday’s win versus the Cardinals, the Phillies have officially clenched the NL East title.  The title will mark the fifth straight time that the Phillies have won their division. This shouldn’t surprise many considering the Phillies have consistently dominated the National League this season. Having three Cy Young contenders in their rotation, there are high expectations for the team this season.  How do you think the Phillies will perform in the playoffs? Click on the charts below to take a closer look at their stats this season.

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Keys to the Game: Phillies Vs Brewers, September 9,2011

September 9, 2011

After a 7-2 shellacking of the Brewers last evening, the Philadelphia Phillies look to continue to send a clear message to their potential playoff opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers: That they are the best team in the National League. Tonight’s pitching matchup features two former Toronto teammates, Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49 ERA) and Sean Marcum (12-5, 3.11 ERA), who have found much much greener pastures in Philadelphia and Milwuakee, respectively. Check out how Halladay and Marcum have preformed this season.

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With such a potential pitcher’s duel brewing, this game should be decided by timely and opportunist hitting. Compare the numbers of the Phillies’ and Brewers‘ starting lineups.

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

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

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Cliff Lee: Cy Young Favorite?

September 7, 2011

Since pitching his Major League record tying sixth shutout of the season on Monday night, Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee has gone from a NL Cy Young hopefully to a full-fledged favorite. Lee’s 2011 numbers are fantastic but he does not lead the National League in any major pitching categories, besides shutouts. The Lefty’s 2.47 ERA is third, his 1.07 WHIP is third, his 5.10 Strikeout to Walk ratio is second and his 16 wins and 21 Quality starts are both tied for third amongst NL starting pitchers.

So what has propelled Lee to the top of the NL CY Young discussion? His amazing months of June and August. Check out Lee’s numbers by the month.

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

In June and August Lee won all ten of his starts and had an unbelievable .33 ERA. While Lee’s rough months of May (2-3, 3.78 ERA) and July (1-2, 4.91 ERA) provide evidence for his detractors, his ability to consistently bounce back from adversity gives further credence to Lee’s claim for the top pitching honor.

Lee has only allowed two Earned Runs since August 1st. If he continues this nearly unprecedented dominance over the last three weeks of the season will he pass perennial front runners, Roy Halladay and Clayton Kershaw, and collect his second Cy Young Award?

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Keys to the Game: Braves Vs. Phillies, September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59 ERA) seeks his seventh straight victory tonight, when the Philadelphia Phillies host the NL Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves. Lee has pitched 20 and 2/3 straight shutout innings and has a 1.14 ERA and a 5.0 Strikeout to Walk ratio in his last six starts. Atlanta will counter with Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52 ERA), who has been quite mercurial over his last six starts going 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 2.38 Strikeout to Walk ratio. Check out each hurler’s numbers in their last six starts.

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

Even though the teams have split the season series 6-6, the Phillies have outscored the Braves 49 to 37.  Philadelphia’s staring lineup tonight has hit 104 total bases against Atlanta compared to 88 total bases the tonight’s Braves’ starting lineup has hit against Philadelphia.  Compare the numbers of tonight’s Braves’ and Phillies‘ starting lineups against each other.

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

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

Philadelphia is 0-3 against the Braves when Lee is starting this season.  Will Atlanta snap Lee’s winning streak, or can the Phillies’ bats finally give Lee enough run support to collect his first win against their divisional rival?

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Phillies To Reach 100 Wins

September 5, 2011

The Phillies are on track to be the first team this season to reach 100 wins. After ending their road trip against the Reds and Marlins with five wins and two losses, the Phillies have a 88-48 record. Pretty impressive! This will likely be the third time in the franchise’s history that they will cross the triple digit win threshold (the Phillies won 101 games in both 1976 and 1977). The Phillies will have to go 12-14 for the rest of the season to reach 100 wins. Take a look at how this elite team is performing this season. Click on the charts for a closer look.

The Phillies are surely one of the best franchises in baseball this season. Although their offense may not be the strongest in the league, their pitching is ranked first in ERA and WHIP and second in quality starts. Based on their current record and schedule for the remainder of the season, my guess is they’ll have a franchise record breaking season and win over 101 games. Do you agree?

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Hunting for the Pennant

August 29, 2011

The Philadelphia Phillies’ trading deadline deal with Houston for Right Fielder, Hunter Pence, has bolstered their lineup and is already paying dividends.  Pence is batting .326 with 15 RBIs and 5 Home Runs for Philadelphia and since joining the squad on July 29th, the Phillies have gone 17-7 and increased their lead in the NL East.  How many RBIs will Pence have against his former NL Central foe the Cincinnati Reds?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Hunter Pence will hit against the Reds.

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Rollins Away With It

August 25, 2011

The Philadelphia Phillies are rolling away with the NL East thanks in part to the tremendous production of Shortstop, Jimmy Rollins. Rollins has fared particularly well against the Phillies’ next two opponents, The Florida Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds.  How many RBIs will Jimmy Rollins hit against the Marlins and the Reds?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Jimmy Rollins will hit in Philadelphia’s next two series.

With Rollins’ bat and a phenomenal pitching staff don’t be surprised if the Phillies roll all the way to home field advantage in the World Series.

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