Posted on February 18, 2013 by David Kerr
On January 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting and taking part in the first annual MLBDirt.com Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft. First things first, I want to thank Jonathan Mitchell, William Tasker, Daniel Marino, Charlie Nehl, Mike Schwartze, Wayne Bretsky, Ray Guilfoyle, Mike Hilbig, Mark Kaplan, Jeff Furtah, and Alex Kantecki for taking part in the draft. We had a mix of MLBDirt.com writers and six well respected Fantasy Baseball writers. All of these men are recommended follows on Twitter and I will give you their contact information at the end of the article. One thing that makes Fantasy Baseball fun is the different opinions you can get. These guys all have great insight and baseball knowledge.
Without any further adieu, here is the 2013 MLBDirt Mock Draft Results. Please feel free to comment and engage in discussion!
ROUND 1 (more…)
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Posted on October 9, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The 2012 American League Cy Young Award was really only a race between two pitchers but the National League Cy Young Award will likely have up to five different names listed at the top of voter’s ballots.
The National League Cy Young Award race is one that went down to the wire and an argument can be made for multiple pitchers. But, for this voter, there is one pitcher who rose above the rest and his stats clearly dictate that he should be hoisting hardware his excellence in the 2012 season and that pitcher is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (more…)
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Posted on October 8, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The 2012 baseball regular season was one of excitement and surprises. Only part of the story is what was seen from game to game, and taking a closer look at numbers can bring even more richness to what transpired over the past six months. I love statistics, particularly when they are within the context of baseball, and while completely useless, there are all sorts of interesting numbers from this past year that elaborate on another great season. Just a few that I found include:
***Knuckleball pitchers are known for their inability to hold base runners, as evidenced by the Niekro brothers, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, and Tim Wakefield, who allowed a combined 2,000 stolen bases during their illustrious careers. By comparison only 7 players even attempted to steal against R.A. Dickey this season, with only 4 (Everth Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Dexter Fowler, and Jose Reyes) being successful. (more…)
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Posted on September 24, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the regular season winding down there are few playoff spots or post season awards that have been definitively decided. One of the most interesting sprints to the finish is that of the National League Cy Young Award. There are two relievers very much in the hunt for the award, but the top starting pitcher candidates are not as easy to sort out. News that Clayton Kershaw may miss the final few weeks means that the starting pitcher candidates are likely down to three; Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals), R.A. Dickey (New York Mets), and Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati Reds). Closely examining the body of work for each shows who is best NL starting pitcher Cy Young hopeful. (more…)
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Posted on April 2, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
I am finalizing my 2012 prediction series by revealing my NL West standings and adding a few positive and negative predictions for each team. In case you missed it, I have already revealed my AL East Predictions, AL Central Predictions, AL West Predictions, NL East Predictions, and NL Central Predictions and we, as a staff, revealed some of our overall MLB predictions. Enjoy. (more…)
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Posted on November 11, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
The other week I posted my American League regular season awards and today I present you with my National League Awards.
Rookie of the Year: Craig Kimbrel
My NL rookie of the year candidates list was dominated by Braves players; Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, and Freddie Freeman. My other candidates were Vance Worley and Danny Espinosa. I am not the biggest fan of the save statistic but it is hard not to give Kimbrel the award after what he accomplished this year. Kimbrel picked up a very impressive 46 saves, setting the all time rookie record. The 46 saves were also tied for first amongst closers in the NL. He led all relievers in WAR (3.2) and had the second best K/9 in the NL (14.84). He also had a very impressive 2.10 ERA and an NL leading 1.52 FIP. Not only was he one of the best rookies in the NL, but possibly the best closer as well.
Most Valuable Player: Matt Kemp
This award was very close for me between Kemp and Ryan Braun. Kemp gets the edge though and he really had an impressive year. He led the National League in WAR with 8.7, which was 0.9 wins better than the second place Braun. Kemp’s stats almost earned him a triple crown but he fell short. His .324 AVG was third best in the National League. He had 39 homeruns and 129 RBI which both led the NL. He had 40 stolen bases and just missed a 40-40 season. He had a .399 OBP, .586 SLG, and .262 ISO which were all amongst the best in the league. Kemp has a fantastic year and is very deserving of the National League MVP award.
Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
This award was even harder for me to pick than the NL MVP but I’m giving Kershaw the very very slight edge over Roy Halladay. Kershaw was second in the NL in war (6.8). He led the league in both K/9 (9.57) and ERA (2.35) and was also tied for the most wins with 21. He was third in the league in innings pitched (233.1) and tied for first in quality starts with 25. Kershaw really shut hitters down as he had the lowest BAA in the NL with .207. The young lefty was fantastic this year and should have many more years like this to come.
Here how my Awards compare to Jonathan’s:
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Posted on November 9, 2011 by William J. Tasker
Jonathan Mitchell’s posts here a few days ago on the worst pitches in baseball and the best pitches of 2011 has to be this writer’s favorites so far this post season. The fact he pointed out that the single worst pitch in baseball for 2011 was A.J. Burnett‘s fastball was shocking. How many times have we heard that A.J. Burnett has great stuff? A thousand or more, right? But obviously, that statement is all wet. Mitchell’s post and Burnett’s “stuff” made this writer wonder just what “good stuff” means. As such, a lot of time was spent culling the Internet for people’s definitions. Dave Cameron’s seminal article linked here was helpful. As were others. The overwhelming conclusion from the research is that stuff has nothing to do with the radar gun.
For example, one article (which the writer can’t seem to relocate) mentioned (it was written two years ago) that over the past several years, one of the most dominant pitches in baseball has been Matt Cain‘s fastball. Matt Cain? Nobody would confuse Matt Cain as a power pitcher. He doesn’t even have superb strikeout rates. So how can that be? It seems that great stuff is more about what pitching is all about and that is causing the batter to make an out. But how do you define it?
Well this is where Mitchell’s piece was so instructive. A great pitch (and a lousy one) can now be measured thanks to Fangraphs and other sites. The valuation of pitches means that we can now measure a pitch’s effectiveness based on the measurement of how many runs that pitch is above or below average. From such data, we can learn, for example, that Ian Kennedy had the most effective fastball in 2011 based on his wFB score. Mitchell’s post gives you all the skinny on baseball’s best pitches in baseball in 2011, so check it out.
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Posted on October 22, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance named its Walter Johnson award winners for both the National League and the American League today.
The press release is after the jump and I cannot really complain about the outcome even though I had a different pitcher at the top of my NL ballot.
Take a look at the press release below:
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Posted on October 21, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Picking the National League MVP was almost as difficult as picking the American League MVP.
It came down to a fight between two main candidates whose stats were similar in most areas.
With that said, here is my ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance NL Stan Musial MVP award:
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Posted on October 13, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The National League Walter Johnson Award, given to the top pitcher in each league, may very well be the closest race of any of the major awards. There are three candidates that each have legitimate cases and nearly equal stats across the board with each one owning first place in a variety of categories.
The casting of the down ballot pitchers is not much easier with at least five pitchers worthy of the final two spots on a ballot of five. But this is more about who I will be placing first among the three top candidates. Here are their stats side-by-side with league ranks in parenthesis:
| Player A
|| 2.35 (2)
|| 2.20 (1)
|| 2.71 (3)
|| 164 (1)
|| 233.2 (2)
|| 8.47 (11)
|| 1.35 (1)
|| 0.39 (1)
|| 8 (1)
|| 1 (6)
|| 220 (3)
|| 8.2 (1)
|| 7.4 (1)
| Player B
|| 2.28 (1)
|| 2.47 (2)
|| 2.84 (4)
|| 163 (2)
|| 233.1 (3)
|| 9.57 (2)
|| 2.08 (12)
|| 0.58 (5)
|| 5 (3)
|| 2 (2)
|| 248 (1)
|| 6.8 (2)
|| 6.9 (2)
| Player C
|| 2.40 (3)
|| 2.60 (3)
|| 2.68 (2)
|| 161 (3)
|| 232.2 (4)
|| 9.21 (4)
|| 1.62 (2)
|| 0.70 (16)
|| 6 (2)
|| 6 (1)
|| 238 (2)
|| 6.7 (3)
|| 6.8 (3)
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