All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats – Update

By popular demand here is an update to the “All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats“.  The last three weeks of the baseball season saw two new additions to the club.  Both coming from the AL West.

The parameters*:

  • 220 strikeouts
  • 4.50 K/BB
  • HR/9 allowed < 0.66

 

Player              Year  SO SO/W  HR9
Jon  Lester          2014 220 4.58 0.66
Corey  Kluber        2014 269 5.27 0.53
Clayton  Kershaw     2014 239 7.71 0.41
Felix  Hernandez     2014 248 5.39 0.61
Roy  Halladay        2011 220 6.29 0.39
Clayton  Kershaw     2011 248 4.59 0.58
Zack  Greinke        2009 242 4.75 0.43
Randy  Johnson       2004 290 6.59 0.66
Mark  Prior          2003 245 4.90 0.64
Pedro  Martinez      2002 239 5.98 0.59
Pedro  Martinez      1999 313 8.46 0.38
Kevin  Brown         1998 257 5.24 0.28
Pedro  Martinez      1997 305 4.55 0.60
Randy  Johnson       1995 294 4.52 0.50
Roger  Clemens       1988 291 4.69 0.58
Tom  Seaver          1971 289 4.74 0.57
Sandy  Koufax        1963 306 5.28 0.52
Walter  Johnson      1913 243 6.39 0.23
Ed  Walsh            1908 269 4.80 0.04
Christy  Mathewson   1908 259 6.17 0.12

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Generated 1/18/2015.

 

*seasons since 1901

BBWAA to Larry Walker: “Sorry For The Confusion”

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America do not have much respect for Larry Walker‘s hall-of-fame candidacy.  This year the Canuck garnered fewer HOF votes than Jeff Kent and Fred McGriff.  His future chance of election by the writers is very slim.

The lack of support for Walker can be explained partially by the ten player ballot limit and mostly by anti-Coors Field sentiment.  Writers point to his monster season of 1997 and say “He benefited from hitting baseballs in Denver so he really wasn’t that great”.

If he wasn’t that great then why did you select Walker as MVP that very season?

Despite the Rockies 3rd place finish LW received 92% of the writers NL MVP votes.

Maybe instead of Slugging .720 and hitting 49 home runs the right fielder should have only slugged .600 and hit 40 bombs.

Walker’s video game-like numbers are used to justify not voting for him as a hall-of-famer when the very same numbers were used to justify voting for him as MVP.

The Mariners’ Mr. Durability

In each of his nine full major league seasons Felix Hernandez has made at least 30 starts.  For such a young pitcher to be so durable seems remarkable.  “King Felix” has not yet turned 29.

Here are the most seasons, all-time with at least 30 games started through age 28:

Name                Yrs From   To   Age
Felix  Hernandez       9 2006 2014 20-28
Bert  Blyleven         9 1971 1979 20-28
Walter  Johnson        9 1908 1916 20-28
Christy  Mathewson     9 1901 1909 20-28

 

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Tulo…A Super Fine Power Hitter

If you are worried about Troy Tulowitzki performing away from Coors Field, don’t.

Over the last four seasons the Rockies shortstop has hit 36 home runs on the road.  He’s averaging one homer every 20 at bats.  This is nearly identical to that of teammate Carlos Gonzalez.  So far so good.

Using the a broader indicator of batting power we find his Isolated Slugging Percentage at a cool .218 away from home.  This is really freakin’ good.  Check this out from Baseball-Reference…

Highest ISO, 2011-2014, MLB hitters on the road (min. 30 HR’s):

Rk              Player  ISO   AB 2B HR
1         Brandon Moss .269  643 32 45
2         Chris Carter .269  648 34 46
3          David Ortiz .267  921 40 68
4        Jose Bautista .265  974 46 70
5       Carlos Quentin .260  622 51 37
6          Mike Napoli .255  825 45 53
7    Giancarlo Stanton .246  979 52 61
8           Mike Trout .238  977 58 49
9       Miguel Cabrera .237 1217 79 70
10       Josh Hamilton .236 1009 66 54
11   Edwin Encarnacion .232 1032 56 61
12    Paul Goldschmidt .230  871 64 44
13         Chris Davis .229  909 50 52
14          Mike Morse .229  850 46 49
15   Curtis Granderson .226 1012 40 55
16           Matt Kemp .225  912 57 44
17          Ryan Braun .225  966 58 49
18       Albert Pujols .224 1128 68 61
19       Mark Reynolds .224  955 41 57
20         Mark Trumbo .222 1038 53 57
21     Troy Tulowitzki .218  716 42 36
22         Nelson Cruz .218 1056 61 55
23       Pedro Alvarez .215  903 36 52
24        Hunter Pence .214 1306 67 64
25    Andrew McCutchen .214 1175 61 56

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Generated 11/8/2014.

The Last Jonathan Lucroy Post of The Year

In the second to last game of the Milwaukee Brewers season Jonathan Lucroy finally did it.

The catcher hit his 53rd double of the season and 46th as a receiver.  This total exceeding former record holder Ivan Rodriguez.

Video clip here.

 

 

The Phillies Pitching Problem

The Philadelphia Phillies are finishing this season in last place primarily because of poor starting pitching.

Cole Hamels did have a wonderful season and Cliff Lee was on his way to a solid year before going down with an elbow injury at the end of July.  Outside of their two horses the starting staff has given almost nothing to Ryne Sandberg.

Philly is the first MLB team since 2012 with two pitchers making 30 starts and finishing with an ERA+ of less than 85.

 

Year   Lg                    Tm                                   #Matching
2014   NL Philadelphia Phillies         2      A.J.  Burnett / Kyle  Kendrick
2012   AL     Cleveland Indians         2 Ubaldo  Jimenez / Justin  Masterson
2012   AL    Kansas City Royals         2        Bruce  Chen / Luke  Hochevar
2012   NL  San Francisco Giants         2         Tim  Lincecum / Barry  Zito
2011   NL         New York Mets         2      Chris  Capuano / Mike  Pelfrey

 

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Generated 9/26/2014.

 

 

The Second to Last Lucroy Watch

Jonathan Lucroy passed Yadier Molina Thursday night in St. Louis for most doubles hit by a catcher in NL history (45).

Here is the video of the record breaker.

Lucroy’s next double as a catcher will pass Ivan Rodriguez for the all-time MLB record.

 

 

Late, Great Power Hitting Years

Ted Williams, Roy Campanella and Mickey Mantle had three seasons after age 28 with at least 30 home runs and a 150 OPS+...

Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista also has three such late, great power hitting years under his belt.

The all-time record is far out of reach at eleven seasons (Barry Bonds).

Chasing History: Jonathan Lucroy Update

Jonathan Lucroy now has 44 doubles hit this season as a catcher.  He stands one double away from tying the all-time mark set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996.

See this post from last week for the full list of catchers with 40+ two-baggers in a single season.

 

The Power Outage of 1988

 

You think we don’t have home runs today.  Think about baseball fans of 1988.  The entire National League saw just two players hit 30 long balls.  No team averaged one HR/game that season.

This was on the heels of a record-setting 1987 when 19 teams averaged one homer per night.

Twenty-eight players hit thirty bombs in ’87 including:

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