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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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Will The Tigers Come Back From Their Deficit?

October 11, 2011

After winning the first two games of the ALCS, the Rangers are feeling pretty good as they travel to Detroit for Game 3 of the series. Pitching for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis who looks to remain undefeated in his postseason career. The Rangers are counting on him to help them to their sixth consecutive playoff victory. Pitching for Detroit will be Doug Fister, who has a 4-0 record with a 0.98 ERA at home. During regular season play, Texas lost four of six at Detroit. Will the hometown advance be enough for the Tigers to overcome the power of Lewis?

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Rangers Take Game One of ALCS

October 9, 2011

Following a pair of rain delays, the Rangers took the early advantage in the ALCS against the Tigers by winning the first game by a score of 3-2. The series will continue tonight (if weather allows) with the Rangers seeking their fifth consecutive postseason win. Scheduled to pitch for the Tigers is Max Scherzer who has a 4.43 ERA in the regular season. Derek Holland will pitch for the Rangers. He has a 3.95 ERA in the regular season. Click on the charts to take a closer look at both pitchers.

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In a New York Nightmare

October 4, 2011

With the struggling A.J. Burnett toeing the rubber in a critical ALDS game four this evening, the Yankees’ 2011 season could be over in a New York minute. Burnett (11-11, 5.15 ERA) has a 7.66 ERA in his last ten starts and allowed five runs in six innings against Texas for a Yankees loss in last year’s ALCS. The Yankees will have to overcome some recent history as well, because since 2007 no team has won a playoff game starting a pitcher with an ERA over five. Check out how Burnett’s ERA has fluctuated this year and skyrocketed at the end of the season.

This nightmare scenario for Yankees fan becomes even dimmer when one notices the slumping production of the Yankees’ best bat, Curtis Granderson. Even though Granderson was tied for fourth in the Majors with 77 Extra Base Hits this season, the overall trend of the number of Extra-Base Hits he hit per week was down. Much worse, Granderson’s batting average was a dismal .205 in September. Meanwhile, the Tiger’s best hitter and AL batting Champion, Miguel Cabrera, had an upward trend for Extra Base hits throughout the season (he was third in the Majors with 78) and finished the year with a sizzling .429 batting average in September. Compare Grandrson’s and Cabrera’s Extra Base Hit production in 2011.

The nightmare match up continues when one compares the Tiger’s and Yankees’ Designated Hitters. Detroit’s Victor Martinez batted .333, drove in 103 Runs and only struck out in 8.6 percent of his plate appearances in the 2011 regular season. Yankee DH, Jorge Posada is batting a dismal .169 outside of the Bronx this season. Posada is a major liability at the plate tonight in Comerica Park, as he only had 13 RBIs and struck out in a whopping 23.9 percent of his plate appearance on the road this year. Compare Martinez’s and Posada’s offensive production this season.

With a struggling pitcher on the mound and slumping bats at the plate will tonight be the end of the Yankees’ season?

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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.

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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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ALDS Game One: Tigers Vs. Yankees Redux

October 1, 2011

Game One of the ALDS was suspended in the middle of the second inning last night due to heavy rain. Jorge Posada will lead off for the Yankees in the bottom of the second with the score knotted up at one a piece. While fans were only treated to less than 30 pitches from aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia, tonight’s game will resume with another great pitching match-up. Red-hot Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers. Fister has not lost nor allowed more than one earned run in his last eight starts. They Yankees will counter with Rookie sensation Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA). Check out how many Earned Runs each pitchers has allowed per week this season.

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With a low chance of precipitation, baseball fans shall be treated to some great October ball at Yankees Stadium this evening.

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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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