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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

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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All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats

All-time, MLB, single pitching seasons with the following parameters:

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

 

Rk              Player Year  SO SO/W  HR9  Tm GS  FIP ERA+
1    Christy  Mathewson 1908 259 6.17 0.12 NYG 44 1.29  168
2             Ed  Walsh 1908 269 4.80 0.04 CHW 49 1.42  162
3       Walter  Johnson 1913 243 6.39 0.23 WSH 36 1.90  259
4         Sandy  Koufax 1963 306 5.28 0.52 LAD 40 1.85  159
5           Tom  Seaver 1971 289 4.74 0.57 NYM 35 1.93  194
6        Roger  Clemens 1988 291 4.69 0.58 BOS 35 2.17  141
7        Randy  Johnson 1995 294 4.52 0.50 SEA 30 2.08  193
8       Pedro  Martinez 1997 305 4.55 0.60 MON 31 2.39  219
9          Kevin  Brown 1998 257 5.24 0.28 SDP 35 2.23  164
10      Pedro  Martinez 1999 313 8.46 0.38 BOS 29 1.39  243
11      Pedro  Martinez 2002 239 5.98 0.59 BOS 30 2.24  202
12          Mark  Prior 2003 245 4.90 0.64 CHC 30 2.47  179
13        Zack  Greinke 2009 242 4.75 0.43 KCR 33 2.33  205
14        Roy  Halladay 2011 220 6.29 0.39 PHI 32 2.20  163
15     Clayton  Kershaw 2011 248 4.59 0.58 LAD 33 2.47  161
16        Corey  Kluber 2014 223 4.85 0.62 CLE 30 2.60  152

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Generated 9/7/2014.

Zach Britton Pitching to His Defense

The closer version of Zach Britton is shooting for a batted ball record.  78% of the balls in play against the Orioles relief ace this year are being hit on the ground.

Thanks to a great defense behind him only 22% of batted balls are falling for hits.

As per FanGraphs since ’02 the highest ground ball rate against was posted by Brad Ziegler in 2012 (76%).

Jonathan Lucroy Chases History

The Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy leads the National League in doubles this season with 47.  In addition he is chasing history because 40 of his two-baggers have come while playing catcher.

Here are the all-time single-season doubles leaders hit as a catcher:

  1. Ivan Rodriguez, 45, 1996

  2. Yadier Molina, 44, 2013

  3. Mickey Cochrane, 42*, 1930

  4. Jonathan Lucroy, 2014, Terry Kennedy, 1982. Jorge Posada, 2007. Brian McCann, 2008 tied at 40

*season total (pre play-by-play data)