Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Untouchables- Pitching Perfection

The 2013 MLB season has reached the halfway point and there are some pitchers still twirling some magic to remain perfect in certain statistical categories.
 

No Losses:
Minimum 10 Games Started
*Max Scherzer/DET - 16 GS, 110.1 IP, 12-0
*Patrick Corbin/ARI - 16 GS, 109.2 IP, 9-0
*Clay Buchholz/BOS - 12 GS, 84.1 IP, 9-0

0.00 ERA:
Minimum 10 Innings Pitched
*Caleb Thielbar/MIN - 15.2 IP
*Juan Perez/TOR - 15 IP
*Nick Vincent/SDP - 10 IP
*Kevin Siegrist/STL - 10 IP

No Blown Saves:
Minimum 10 Save Opportunities 
*Edward Mujica/STL - 21 SV
*Grant Balfour/OAK - 18 SV
*Kevin Gregg/CHC - 12 SV

No Homeruns Allowed:
Minimum 30 Innings Pitched
*Tyler Chatwood/COL - 50.2 IP
*Jesse Crain/CHW - 35.2 IP
*Bobby Parnell/NYM - 35 IP
*Ryan Cook/OAK - 34.1 IP

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unscathed- Pitching Department

Through the first two and a half months of the 2013 MLB season, some pitchers remain unscathed in some statistical categories.  Below you will find pitchers that remain "perfect" in some form or another.

Perfect Record:
(Min. 10 GS)
Max Scherzer/DET - 14 GS, 96.1 IP, 10-0
Clay Buchholz/BOS - 12 GS, 84.1 IP, 9-0
Patrick Corbin/ARI - 14 GS, 94.2 IP, 9-0
Mat Latos/CIN - 14 GS, 90.2 IP, 6-0

Zero ERA:
(Min. 10 IP)
Alex Torres/TBR - 16 IP, 0.00 ERA
Caleb Thielbar/MIN - 11.2 IP, 0.00 ERA
Juan Perez/TOR - 10 IP, 0.00 ERA

No Walks:
(Min. 10 IP)
Gerrit Cole/PIT - 12 IP, 0 BB

No Blown Saves:
(Min. 10 Save Opportunities)
Jason Grilli/PIT - 25 SV
Edward Mujica/STL - 20 SV
Grant Balfour/OAK - 17 SV

No Homeruns Allowed:
(Min. 30 IP)
Jake Westbrook/STL - 44 IP
Tyler Chatwood/COL - 38.2 IP
Robbie Ross/TEX - 33 IP
Jesse Crain/CHW - 31.2 IP
Ryan Cook/OAK - 30.2 IP
Jason Grilli/PIT - 30.2 IP
Ryan Pressly/MIN - 30 IP
Rex Brother/COL - 30 IP

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Preston Claiborne- No Free Passes

The New York Yankees have been pleasantly surprised by one of their relief pitchers this season, someone they weren't counting on being so reliable- rookie Preston Claiborne.  He made his MLB debut this season and has appeared in 13 games, spanning 18.1 innings.  His sparkling 0.49 ERA and 0.71 WHIP are something to behold, but it's his control that has been truly masterful.  Claiborne has yet to issue a walk.  You read that right, no bases on balls, no free passes, ZERO WALKS

The 25 year old right-hander was decent in the minors, but not nearly as remarkable as he's been in the Big Show.  Over 4 minor league seasons, he pitched 204.1 innings and issued 79 walks (3.5 BB per 9 IP).  However, the 17th round draft pick of 2010 has been pitch perfect out of the Yankees bullpen and will soon begin working high leverage innings with the more trust he gains from manager Joe Girardi.

I wonder what the record for innings pitched without issuing a walk to being a MLB career is?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Best RBI Tandems

Below is every team's two leading RBI producers.  The Tigers are the cream of the crop while the Marlins are laughable.  Stats are current through Saturday June 1st.

Best RBI Tandems:
1. Detroit Tigers - Miguel Cabrera & Prince Fielder - 108
2. Baltimore Orioles - Chris Davis & Adam Jones - 88
3. Boston Red Sox - Mike Napoli & Daniel Nava - 81
4. Cincinnati Reds - Brandon Phillips & Jay Bruce - 80
5. Colorado Rockies - Troy Tulowitzki & Carlos Gonzalez - 79
6. Toronto Blue Jays - Edwin Encarnacion & JP Arencibia - 75
7. Los Angeles Angels - Mike Trout & Mark Trumbo - 74
8. Texas Rangers - Nelson Cruz & Adrian Beltre - 73
9. St. Louis Cardinals - Allen Craig & Carlos Beltran - 72
10. Arizona Diamondbacks - Paul Goldschmidt & Eric Chavez - 70
11. San Francisco Giants - Pablo Sandoval & Buster Posey - 68
12t. Cleveland Indians - Nick Swisher & Michael Brantley - 67
12t. Tampa Bay Rays - Kelly Johsnon & Ben Zobrist - 67
14. Atlanta Braves - Freddie Freeman & Evan Gattis - 66
15t. New York Mets - John Buck & David Wright - 65
15t. New York Yankees - Robinson Cano & Lyle Overbay - 65
17. Milwaukee Brewers - Ryan Braun & Yuniesky Betancourt - 63
18t. Kansas City Royals - Alex Gordon & Billy Butler - 62
18t. Oakland Athletics - Josh Donaldson & Yoenis Cespedes - 62
18t. Philadelphia Phillies - Domonic Brown & Ryan Howard - 62
21. Minnesota Twins - Justin Morneau & Ryan Doumit - 61
22. Chicago Cubs - Anthony Rizzo & Alfonso Soriano - 59
23t. Houston Astros - Chris Carter & Matt Dominguez - 58
23t. Los Angeles Dodgers - Adrian Gonzalez & Matt Kemp - 58
25t. Chicago White Sox - Alex Rios & Adam Dunn - 57
25t. Seattle Mariners - Kendrys Morales & Kyle Seager - 57
27.Pittsburgh Pirates - Pedro Alvarez & Andrew McCutchen - 56
28. Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman & Adam LaRoche - 55
29. San Diego Padres - Yonder Alonso & Everth Cabrera - 51
30. Miami Marlins - Justin Ruggiano & Adeiny Hechavarria - 36