Who is the top reliever in the game? If your answer was either Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman, it would be difficult to call you incorrect. Kimbrel is helping the Braves to the playoffs as a Wild Card and Champman is shutting the door on wins for the NL Central leading Reds. Each are having phenomenal seasons. Who is the best? Lets take a look at the numbers...
Kimbrel - 48
Chapman - 60
Kimbrel - 48
Chapman - 64
Kimbrel - 86
Chapman - 113
Kimbrel - 32
Chapman - 33
Kimbrel - 1.13
Chapman - 1.27
Kimbrel - 0.65
Chapman - 0.72
Kimbrel - 0
Chapman - 5
Kimbrel - 0
Chapman - 6
K per 9 IP:
Kimbrel - 16.1
Chapman - 15.9
Kimbrel - .117
Chapman - .135
Kimbrel - .339
Chapman - .422
Kimbrel - 2.4
Chapman - 3.5
Kimbrel - 2
Chapman - 4
Kimbrel - 1
Chapman - 4
The Cuban Missile gets my votes for best reliever in baseball, but Kimbrel has got quite the resume too.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
*Minimum 100 plate appearances.
*Stats through games played on Monday, August 27th.
1. Scott Podsednik/CF/BOS - .375/845
2. Josh Rutledge/SS/COL - .344/.944
3. Justin Ruggiano/RF/MIA - .314/.959
4. Andy Dirks/LF/DET - .337/.905
5. Matt Carpenter/1B/STL - .310/.875
6. Todd Frazier/3B/CIN- .293/.902
7. Pedro Ciriaco/2B/BOS - .353/.855
8. Chris Carter/DH/OAK - .259/.916
9. John Jaso/C/SEA - .283/.875
Roger Bernadina/OF/WSH - .308/.800
Eric Young Jr./OF/COL - .316/.825
Kevin Frandsen/UTL/PHI - .351/.827
AJ Ellis/C/LAD - .282/.812
*This is an extremely versatile team too, with many players equipped to man multiple positions. Ruggiano and Bernadina can play all 3 spots in the OF. Ciriaco can play SS and 3rd. Carter can play 1st. Carpenter can play 3rd. Frazier can play 1st. This would allow the manager to mix-and-match a lot.
Craig Gentry/OF/TEX, Michael McKenry/C/PIT, Greg Dobbs/3B/MIA, Jordan Pacheco/UTL/COL, Brandon Moss/OF/OAK, Luis Cruz/UTL/LAD, and Bryan LaHair/UTL/CHC.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
They lead all of Major League Baseball in screw ups- errors and wild pitches. Giving up that many extra outs and extra bases is not a good thing in that stadium. 96 errors, 69 wild pitches, and 53 unearned runs allowed. Ouch!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There has been 97 successful stolen base attempts against the Buccos. Out of the 107 attempts, the catchers have only nabbed 10 of them. Somebody go rustle Ivan Rodriguez out of retirement and get them some real defense behind the plate. Michael McKenry at least is carrying his weight by hitting. Rod Barajas, on the other hand, just sucks. Gotta imagine if the Pirates had component backstops that they'd have a couple more wins this season.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
*Stats through games played on August 18th. Only pitchers on 25-man rosters are included.
Zero ERA Club:
Cody Allen/CLE - 11 G, 13 IP, 9 K, 1.15 WHIP
Chad Jenkins/TOR - 5 G, 7 IP, 3 K, 0.29 WHIP
Jeremy Jeffress/KCR - 6 G, 5 IP, 5 K, 2.00 WHIP
Donnie Veal/CHW - 4 G, 4 IP, 7 K, 0.25 WHIP
Tom Layne/SDP - 4 G, 3.1 IP, 7 K, 0.60 WHIP
Andrew Bailey/BOS - 3 G, 1.1 IP, 3 K, 1.50 WHIP
Thursday, August 16, 2012
2012 has marked the resurrection of Eric Chavez. He is currently batting .303/.909 over 79 games, with 13 HR and 31 RBI while filling in for injured stars like Alex Rodriguez at 3rd base and Mark Teixeira at 1st. He still plays quality defense too!
He's signed to a bargain bin price of $900K, so suffice to say he's in line for a bigger payday when he hits free agency this upcoming offseason Given his injury riddled past and elderly age, a 2 year contract might be hard to obtain, but somebody might go 2 YR/$6M on him and hope to get lucky.
Career stats: .268/.820, 774 R, 299 DBL, 245 HR, 844 RBI.
Monday, August 13, 2012
AVG - .322 - Brock Holt/Pirates
OPS - .977 - Mike Olt/Rangers
R - 82- Aaron Hicks/Twins
DBL - 37- Hunter Morris/Brewers
TRPL - 16 - Engel Beltre/Rangers
HR - 28 - Mike Olt/Rangers
RBI - 100 - Just Bour/Cubs
SB - 42 - Jeff Kobernus/Nationals
ERA - 2.20 - Chris Heston/Giants
WHIP - 0.90- Edwar Cabrera/Rockies
G - 51 - Josh Sullivan/Rockies
IP - 143.2 - Zeke Spruill/Braves
K - 136 - Matt Magill/Dodgers
W - 13 - Nicholas Struck/Cubs and Barret Loux/Rangers
SV - 23 - Keith Butler/Cardinals
HLD - 14 - Eric Fornataro/Cardinals
Friday, August 10, 2012
AVG - .382 - Adam Eaton/Diamondbacks
OPS - 1.093 - Alex Castellanos/Dodgers
R - 110 - Adam Eaton/Diamondbacks
DBL - 39 - Adam Eaton/Diamondbacks
TRPL - 13 - Starling Marte/Pirates
HR - 29 - Mike Hessman/Astros
RBI - 90 - Ryan Wheeler/Diamondbacks
SB - 39 - Luis Duragano/Braves
W - 12 - John Ely/Dodgers, Eric Hacker/Giants, Scott O'Sullivan/Blue Jays, Zach Duke/Nationals
ERA - 2.12 - Tyler Cloyd/Phillies
WHIP - 0.90 - Justin Germano/Red Sox
G - 54 - Cory Burns/Padres
IP - 146.1 - Matt Shoemaker/Angels
K - 146 - John Ely/Dodgers
SV - 21 - Josh Wall/Dodgers, Jonathan Albaladejo/Diamondbacks
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It must be fun to be a Los Angeles Angels fan right now. You have all-world first baseman Albert Pujols, just acquired Zack Greinke for the stretch run, and have the best pitcher and player currently in baseball on your favorite team in the form of Jered Weaver and Mike Trout.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Rutledge is a 23 year old rookie making one hell of an impression- 18 G, .375/1.109, 12 R, 5 HR, 14 RBI, and he's homered in 4 straight games. He was a 3rd round pick in 2010 and has ascended through the minors quickly, making the jump to the Majors from Double-A this season. Career minor league stats: .320/.870, 154 R, 94 XBH, 110 RBI, 31 SB in 211 G. That seems like a nice power/speed combo for a middle infielder. Josh has played predominatly SS, but did see action at 2B this season in the minors (most likely because he path to the Majors is blocked by Tulo at SS).
If Tulo is healthy next year and Rutledge moves to second base, then the Rockies might have one of the best double play duos in the game.