As a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance I continue my postseason awards ballot with the Goose Gossage Award. I think the name of the award sums up what it is about just perfectly.
1. David Robertson (NYY) - He was the best reliever in the AL. His 1.08 ERA ranked 1st. His 13.50 K/9 also ranked 1st. He ranked 2nd in both FIP (1.84) and fWAR (2.8) and 3rd in xFIP (2.46). He only allowed one homerun in 66.2 innings and did this in a great hitter’s park and in the toughest division in the Majors. He was also the only AL reliever to reach 100 strikeouts.
2. Jonathan Papelbon (BOS) – Robertson finished 2nd in a few main categories only because Papelbon finished 1st. He was 1st in FIP (1.53), xFIP (2.16), and fWAR (3.0) this past year. He was 3rd in BB/9 with a remarkable 1.40 and was 4th in K/9 at 12.17. One could argue that Papelbon may have been the best in the AL.
3. Koji Uehara (BAL/TEX) – In 65 innings all Uehara did was post a 2.35 ERA and place 2nd with a 2.33 xFIP and 1.25 BB/9. He also finished 5th with an 11.77 K/9. The icing on the cake was his 9.44 K/BB ratio, tops in the league. Oh, he also played most of his games in hitter’s parks and in the AL East.
1. Craig Kimbrel (ATL) – My Willie Mays Award recipient is also the best reliever in the game. In 77 innings he posted major league bests in K/9 (14.84), FIP (1.52), xFIP (1.94), and strikeouts (127) among all pitchers with at least 54 innings pitched. He led all relievers with a +3.2 fWAR.
2. Sean Marshall (CHC) – Marshall led the majors (minimum of 54 innings) with a 0.12 HR/9 rate. He allowed one homerun in 75.2 innings in the windy city. His high groundball rate of 57.5% surely helped that mark. He ranked 3rd in FIP (1.86) and xFIP (2.50). He also ranked 2nd in with a 2.8 fWAR. He had a K/9 of 9.40 and BB/9 of 2.02. The results were a 4.65 K/BB rate which was 4th best in the NL.
3. Eric O’Flaherty (ATL) – He led all major leaguers in ERA with an absurdly low 0.98 mark. That is only the 5th time since 1901 that a pitcher has had an ERA below 1.00 with a minimum of 70 innings pitched. Oh, and had a great FIP of 2.54. He had a 55.5% groundball rate and only allowed 2 homeruns in 73.2 innings.
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