15 December 2013

2012 American League

Perhaps the oddest thing about the 2012 AL was that the Red Sox, recent powers in the league, finished in last place with 93 losses.  The biggest surprise on the positive side would be the Oakland A's, winning the West division with 94 victories.  The Yankees took the East with 95 wins.  Both teams were closely pursued, as the Rangers finished one game behind the A's and the surprising Orioles came with two games of the Yanks.  Texas and Baltimore then faced off in the new "wild card game," with the Orioles moving on to the division series.  The somewhat surprising pennant winner in a year of surprises was the Tigers, winners of the Central with 88 victories, three games ahead of the White Sox.

On the bottom of the standing, the Twins lost 96, the Royals 94, and the Indians 90 as the Tigers and Chisox faced a lot of pushovers.  The East was a bit soft, too, with the Red Sox down and the Blue Jays losing 89.  In the playoffs, the Tigers surprised by sweeping the Yankees in the LCS, then got swept in the World Series.

Miguel Cabrera captured the "Triple Crown," leading in batting average with a .330 mark, hitting 44 home runs and driving in 139 runs to lead those categories as well.  Mike Trout was second in batting average at .326, Adrian Beltre third at .321.  Joe Mauer led in on-base, Cabrera in slugging.  Trout led in runs with 129, 20 ahead of Cabrera in second.  Alex Gordon hit 51 doubles and Albert Pujols 50.  Austin Jackson hit 10 triples, Derek Jeter had 216 hits.  Josh Hamilton and Eric Granderson was second with 43 homers each, Hamilton was second with 128 RBI.  Trout led with 49 steals.

Jered Weaver and David Price had 20 wins each, Matt Harrison won 18.  Price led with a 2.56 ERA, followed by Justin Verlander at 2.64.  Weaver was third at 2.81.  Verlander led with 239 strikeouts, Max Scherzer had 231, James Shields and Felix Hernandez 223.  Verlander led with 238 1/3 innings, Hernandez was second at 232.  Jim Johnson had 51 saves, Fernando Rodney 48.  Hernandez hurled five shutouts.

Win Shares leaders, position players:  Mike Trout (Los Angeles) 38, Robinson Cano (New York) 34, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) 32, Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto) 31, Prince Fielder (Detroit) and Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay) 27, Josh Hamilton (Texas) and Adam Jones (Baltimore) 26, Adrian Beltre (Texas), Shin-Soo Choo (Cleveland), Joe Mauer (Minnesota), and Albert Pujols (Los Angeles) 25.

Win Shares leaders, pitchers:  Justin Verlander (Detroit) 23, David Price and Fernando Rodney (Tampa Bay) and Chris Sale (Chicago) 19, Josh Harrison (Texas) 18, Jim Johnson (Baltimore) and Jake Peavy (Chicago) 17, Hiroki Kuroda (New York) and Jered Weaver (Los Angeles) 16, Grant Balfour (Baltimore) and Felix Hernandez (Seattle) 15.

(Fangraphs) WAR leaders, position players:  Trout 10.0, Cano 7.7, Cabrera 6.8, Beltre 6.3, Zobrist 5.8, Alex Gordon (Kansas City) 5.5, Torii Hunter (Los Angeles) and Austin Jackson (Detroit) 5.2, Fielder 4.8, Mauer 4.7.

WAR leaders, pitchers:  Verlander 7.0, Hernandez 5.9, Yu Darvish (Texas) 4.9, Price 4.8, Sale 4.7, C.C. Sabathia (New York) and Max Scherzer (Detroit) 4.6, Peavy 4.4, James Shields (Tampa Bay) 3.9, Kuroda 3.7.

Actual award voting:
MVP (top 15):
Player, Team1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10thPoints
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers226362
Mike Trout, Angels6211281
Adrian Beltre, Rangers116911210
Robinson Cano, Yankees61011321149
Josh Hamilton, Rangers3658231127
Adam Jones, Orioles1275432120
Derek Jeter, Yankees2151321177
Justin Verlander, Tigers23321158
Prince Fielder, Tigers15125556
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics12232441
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays25633
David Price, Rays13126
Fernando Rodney, Rays152124
Jim Johnson, Orioles111122
Alex Rios, White Sox15117

Cy Young:
Player, Team1st2nd3rd4th5thPoints
David Price, Rays14131153
Justin Verlander, Tigers13132149
Jered Weaver, Angels2149270
Felix Hernandez, Mariners510641
Fernando Rodney, Rays154838
Chris Sale, White Sox14617
Jim Johnson, Orioles135
Matt Harrison, Rangers22
Yu Darvish, Rangers11

Name, Team1st2nd3rdPoints
Mike Trout, Angels28140
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics19663
Yu Darvish, Rangers91946
Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles22
Jarrod Parker, Athletics11

Name, Team1st2nd3rdPoints
Bob Melvin, Athletics1612116
Buck Showalter, Orioles1216108
Robin Ventura, White Sox1212
Joe Maddon, Rays77
Joe Girardi, Yankees55
Jim Leyland, Tigers22
Ron Washington, Rangers22
Top player:  Mike Trout.  Sure, Cabrera won the "Triple Crown," but Trout was just as good offensively and much better defensively.  Baseball writers like to talk about "the little things," and "intangibles," but they only vote for them when the feel like it.
#1 Mike Trout, #2 Robinson Cano, #3 Miguel Cabrera, #4 Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay), #5 Adrian Beltre (Texas), #6 Joe Mauer.

Top pitcher:  Justin Verlander.  Yeah, Price won 20, but Verlander pitched better.
#1 Justin Verlander, #2 David Price, #3 Felix Hernandez, #4 Chris Sale, #5 C.C. Sabathia.

Top rookie:  Mike Trout.  One of the easiest award selections ever.

Top manager:  Bob Melvin, I think.  Buck Showalter also did an exceptional job.

24 July 2013

2011 National League

Philadelphia was the dominant team in the regular season, mainly on the strength of the best pitching in the league.  The Phillies won 102 games.  Milwaukee took the Central with 96 wins, Arizona won 94, with solid offenses and good pitching.  St. Louis edged their way to the wild card spot with 90 wins, then ran the table in the postseason for a World Series title, showing again that the playoffs are largely a crapshoot.  It was the capper on Tony LaRussa's career.  Atlanta won 89 and San Francisco 86.  Houston was the worst team in the league with 106 losses.

Jose Reyes won the batting average title with a .337 mark, followed by Ryan Braun at .332 and Matt Kemp at .324.  Joey Votto edged Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman in on-base average, Braun led Kemp in slugging.  Braun edged Kemp in OPS.  Kemp led the league with 115 runs scored, Braun scored 109.  Starlin Castro had 207 hits.  Kemp had 353 total bases.  Votto had 40 doubles, Reyes and Shane Victorino 16 triples.  Kemp led with 39 homers, Fielder 38, Albert Pujols 37, Dan Uggla 36.  Kemp led with 126 RBI, Fielder 120, Ryan Howard 116.  Michael Bourn stole 61 bases.

Clayton Kershaw and Ian Kennedy won 21 games, Roy Halladay won 19.  Kershaw also led with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts.  Halladay had a 2.35 ERA, Cliff Lee 2.40.  Ryan Vogelsong posted a 2.71, Tim Lincecum 2.74.  Lee struck out 238, Halladay and Lincecum 220.  John Axford and Craig Kimbrel saved 46 games each.  Halladay had 8 complete games, Lee six shutouts, and Chris Carpenter led in innings.

Win Shares leaders, position players:  Matt Kemp (Los Angeles), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee) 37, Joey Votto (Cincinnati), Prince Fielder (Milwaukee) 33, Lance Berkman (St. Louis) 30, Miguel Montero (Arizona) 29, Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh) 28, Justin Upton (Arizona), Jose Reyes (New York), Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 26, Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro (Chicago), Troy Tulowitski (Colorado), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia), Mike Morse (Washington) 25.

Win Shares leaders, pitchers:  Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles) 23, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee (Philadelphia) 22, Ian Kennedy (Arizona) 20, Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta), Cole Hamels (Philadelphia) 17, Daniel Hudson (Arizona), Tim Lincecum (San Francisco) 16.

WAR leaders, position players:  Kemp 8.4, Braun 7.2, Votto 6.4, Justin Upton (Arizona) 6.1, Reyes 5.8, Tulowitski, Victorino, and Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati) 5.6, Sandoval 5.5, McCutchen 5.4, Fielder 4.9, Matt Holliday (St. Louis) 4.8, Berkman 4.6.

WAR leaders, pitchers:  Halladay 8.0, Kershaw 6.6, Lee 6.5, Kennedy 5.0, Matt Garza (Chicago) 4.9, Hudson 4.8, Hamels, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) 4.6, Chris Carpenter (St. Louis) 4.5.

Actual award winners:

MVP (top 12):
1Ryan BraunMIL388.020.087%7.83150563109187331113358.332.397.597.994
2Matt KempLAD332.010.074%8.13161602115195391264074.324.399.586.986
3Prince FielderMIL229.01.051%4.5916256995170381201107.299.415.566.981
4Justin UptonARI214.01.048%6.0515959210517131882159.289.369.529.898
5Albert PujolsSTL166.00.037%5.421475791051733799961.299.366.541.906
6Joey VottoCIN135.00.030%6.44161599101185291038110.309.416.531.947
7Lance BerkmanSTL118.00.026%3.65145488901473194292.301.412.547.959
8Troy TulowitzkiCOL69.00.015%6.171435378116230105959.302.372.544.916
9Roy HalladayPHI52.00.012%8.663274390302.
10Ryan HowardPHI39.00.09%1.121525578114133116175.253.346.488.835
11Jose ReyesNYM31.00.07%4.651265371011817443943.337.384.493.877
12Clayton KershawLAD29.00.06%7.18337110160403.
Cy Young (top 5):
1Clayton KershawLAD207.027.092%6.53215.8082.2833330520233.11746659155422483159120.977161
2Roy HalladayPHI133.04.059%8.86196.7602.3532320810233.22086561103542204129331.040163
3Cliff LeePHI90.00.040%8.61178.6802.4032320660232.21976662184202386009201.027160
4Ian KennedyARI76.01.034%4.78214.8402.8833330110222.018673711955019891119001.086137
5Cole HamelsPHI17.00.08%6.58149.6092.7932310300216.01696867194421945338500.986137
Rookie of the Year:
1Craig KimbrelATL160.032.0100%2.44790000000432.101.0397904677.048332127
2Freddie FreemanATL70.00.044%1.66157571671612176453.282.346.448.795
3Vance WorleyPHI40.00.025%3.6225454100501.
4Wilson RamosWSN6.00.04%1.74113389481041552038.267.334.445.779
5Josh CollmenterARI5.00.03%1.963140260102.
6Danny EspinosaWSN3.00.02%2.751585737213521661757.236.323.414.737
7Darwin BarneyCHC2.00.01%1.6614352966146243922.276.313.353.666
7Kenley JansenLAD2.00.01%0.85510000000212.851.043510553.23032696
Manager of the Year:
ankTmVote Pts1st PlaceShareGWLW-L%Finish
1Kirk GibsonARI152.028.095%1629468.5801.0
2Ron RoenickeMIL92.03.058%1629666.5931.0
3Tony LaRussaSTL24.01.015%1629072.5562.0
4Charlie ManuelPHI10.00.06%16210260.6301.0
5Fredi GonzalezATL4.00.02%1628973.5492.0
6Bruce BochySFG2.00.01%1628676.5312.0
6Clint HurdlePIT2.00.01%1627290.4444.0
8Terry CollinsNYM1.00.01%1627785.4754.0
8Don MattinglyLAD1.00.01%1618279.5093.0

Top player:  It was a Kemp and Braun year.  The writers went for Braun, mainly because the Brewers won the division, but Kemp rates slightly ahead.
1. Matt Kemp, 2. Ryan Braun, 3. Joey Votto, 4. Justin Upton, 5. Jose Reyes, 6. Andrew McCutchen.

Top pitcher:  Clayton Kershaw won the pitchers' "Triple Crown," but Halladay rates slightly ahead in ERA+ due to home parks.  It's a close call.
1. Roy Halladay, 2. Clayton Kershaw, 3. Cliff Lee, 4. Ian Kennedy, 5. Cole Hamels.

Top rookie:  Craig Kimbrel with an outstanding relief performance.

Top manager:  Charlie Manuel, managing the top winners in the league.