Posted on February 17, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino is trekking through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
He has already given us his AL East Players to Watch. Now, in part two of six, he brings you the National League East: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Bill Bray, Blake DeWitt, Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, Christian Bethancourt, Daniel Murphy, Domonic Brown, Drew Storen, Eric O'Flaherty, Eury Perez, Frank Francisco, Gerald Laird, Jacob Turner, Jhonatan Solano, John Mayberry, Jonathan Pettibone, Jordan Schafer, Jordany Valdespin, Kyle Kendrick, Marlon Byrd, Matt Downs, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Reese Havens, Ricky Nolasco, Sean Gilmartin, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yuniesky Betancourt, Zach Duke, Zack Cox | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
If you were to have a discussion about who the best relievers in the game are you will likely end up talking about Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Nathan, and a plethora of other closers. And, for the most part, you would likely be talking about one of the better relievers in the game. But when we focus solely on the save stat and closers we miss out on one of the best relievers in 2012 and over the past few seasons and his name is Matt Belisle. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alexi Ogando, Aroldis Chapman, Colorado Rockies, Craig Kimbrel, Edward Mujica, Joe Nathan, Justin Verlander, Koji Uehara, Mariano Rivera, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt, Roy Halladay, Sean Marshall, Tyler Clippard, Wilton Lopez | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 6, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
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.
Just missed (in order): Greg Holland (KC), Alfredo Aceves (BOS), Mariano Rivera (NYY), Vinnie Pestano (CLE), Chris Sale (CHW)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alfredo Aceves, BBA, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, David Robertson, Eric O'Flaherty, Goose Gossage, Goose Gossage Award, Greg Holland, Joel Hanrahan, John Axford, Jonathan Papelbon, Jonny Venters, Koji Uehara, Mariano Rivera, Sean Marshall, Sergio Romo, Tyler Clippard, Vinnie Pestano | 3 Comments »