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AL Cy Young Race Isn’t Really a Race

September 30th, 2010 by Johnny G | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

King Felix Reigns Supreme

I’ll admit I thought the entire fan base of baseball as a whole, had taken at least a couple of steps forward as far as throwing old, ridiculous myths and falsehoods out the window. Apparently, I was wrong. In reality, there should be no need for an article to discuss who should win the AL Cy Young award because this isn’t even close. If not for the people who still grasp at a pitcher’s record to judge how their season played out, this would be a unanimous vote. I really honestly have gotten to the point where I feel bad for people who will say “Felix Hernandez can’t win the Cy Young! He only has 13 wins!”. Oh, he only has 13 wins? So what?

I’m going to show you on the most basic levels why wins for a pitcher are meaningless and why Felix Hernandez should be your unanimous Cy Young winner.

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Lets first start by analyzing two different situations. Pitcher A goes 8 innings while allowing 1 earned run and striking out 10. Pitcher B goes 5 innings while allowing 4 earned runs and striking out 2. Pitcher A’s offense is shutout for the entire game and Pitcher B’s offense explodes for 10 runs. Well, Pitcher A gets tagged with the loss and pitcher B gets a gift wrapped win. This is the most basic level of why wins and losses are practically meaningless for a pitcher. For anyone who is still putting emphasis on wins and losses, I have a simple question for you. Do you still believe the earth is flat? Because that is the same type of logic we’re using here.

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Phils Have Em Right Where They Want Em

November 2nd, 2009 by Christian | 11 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cliff Lee

For those of us who sank into a depression around midnight last night, I’m now drunk enough on coffee to offer some good news. The Phillies can still win the series.

Here’s how:

Cliff Lee dominates tonight and AJ Burnett struggles with his curve, forcing him to throw fastballs. Ryan Howard wakes from his slumber, hitting a grand slam, leading the Phillies to take Game 5.

There’s a day off before Game 6, just enough time for the seeds of doubt to bloom in the New York media and clubhouse. Remember 2004 anyone?

Pedro Martinez pitches a gutty seven innings to keep the game close. The sleeping giant now awake, Howard hits another homerun, and the Phillies win a slugfest to take Game 6 by one run, in extra innings, forcing Game 7.

All of the pressure is now on the Yankees. Charlie Manuel announces Cliff Lee will pitch Game 7 on three days rest vs. CC Sabathia.

Lee pitches a complete game shutout. The Phillies get to Sabathia in the late innings, and win the greatest World Series in modern history on a double in the gap by Raul Ibanez in the eighth!

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The Yankees’ Hidden Opponent

October 27th, 2009 by Christian | 12 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Big Ben

Big Ben

Father Time commands that youth must be served. And in this World Series, between two evenly matched teams, age may be the deciding factor. It’s not glaringly obvious, but there is a significant gap among the teams, and it’s in a crucial area. Look at the top five hitters on the respective clubs:


TOP FIVE HITTERS:
Leadoff Hitter:
Jimmy Rollins is 30, Derek Jeter is 35
Second Hitter: Shane Victorino is 28, Johnny Damon is 36
Third Hitter: Chase Utley is 30, Mark Texiera is 29
Cleanup Hitter: Ryan Howard is 29, Alex Rodriguez is 34
Five Hitter: Jayson Werth is 30, Hideki Matsui is 35

That’s an average of 29.4 years for the Phillies and 33.8 years for the Yankees. If you remove Mark Texiera from the equation, four of the top five Yankees average 35 years of age. That’s a little long in the tooth in athletics, and the longer the season goes, the more you’d think natural physiology favors the Phillies. I’ll take the twenty-nine year olds over the thirty-five year olds every time, especially in a long series.

The rest of the starters and the top four pitchers on each team are about even in age, with the exception of the Yankees 40 year old closer, Mariano Rivera.

BOTTOM FIVE HITTERS
Six Hitter: Raul Ibanez is 37, Jorge Posada is 38
Seven Hitter: Pedro Feliz is 34, Robinson Cano is 27
Eight Hitter: Carlos Ruiz is 30, Nick Swisher is 29
Nine Hitter: Ben Francisco is 28, Melky Cabrera is 25

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