Monday, August 2, 2010

Total Pitching


Here are the updated point totals (as of 8-1-10) from my new Sunday morning hobby, which I call, Total Pitching. I last posted them at the All-Star break, so now I've updated them thru the end of July. It's kind of neat because it gives you an indication as to how every pitching staff is progressing as the season moves along.

So here it is--

National League:
  1. San Diego Padres - 93.39 (previous rank: 1)
  2. Florida Marlins - 76.12 (previous rank: 6)
  3. St. Louis Cardinals - 75.97 (previous rank: 4)
  4. Colorado Rockies - 75.76 (previous rank: 2)
  5. Atlanta Braves - 73.44 (previous rank: 3)
  6. San Francisco Giants - 71.21 (previous rank: 7)
  7. Cincinnati Reds - 67.65 (previous rank: 10)
  8. Chicago Cubs - 66.91 (previous rank: 5)
  9. LA Dodgers - 65.15 (previous rank: 8)
  10. Houston Astros - 61.81 (previous rank: 9)
  11. Philadelphia Phillies - 59.38 (previous rank: 13)
  12. Washington Nationals - 58.57 (previous rank: 12)
  13. Milwaukee Brewers - 57.62 (previous rank: 14)
  14. New York Mets - 53.90 (previous rank: 11)
  15. Pittsburgh Pirates - 53.02 (previous rank: 15)
  16. Arizona Diamondbacks - 38.82 (previous rank: 16)

American League:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays - 83.74 (previous rank: 1)
  2. Texas Rangers - 74.62 (previous rank: 5)
  3. Oakland A's - 73.82 (previous rank: 2)
  4. NY Yankees - 73.44 (previous rank: 3)
  5. Chicago White Sox - 71.97 (previous rank: 4)
  6. Minnesota Twins - 71.65 (previous rank: 6)
  7. Toronto Blue Jays - 66.17 (previous rank: 9)
  8. Boston Red Sox - 65.93 (previous rank: 7)
  9. LA Angels - 64.54 (previous rank: 8)
  10. Detroit Tigers - 57.86 (previous rank: 10)
  11. Cleveland Indians - 56.08 (previous rank: 11)
  12. Seattle Mariners - 49.62 (previous rank: 13)
  13. Kansas City Royals - 47.29 (previous rank: 14)
  14. Baltimore Orioles - 47.06 (previous rank: 12)

So what did I learn?

  • If it's true that this is "the year of the pitcher", then the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Rays are on a collision course to the World Series.
  • The Florida Marlins and the Oakland A's are impressive (considering they both hover around .500)-- BUT it's because of their pitching that they are both having respectable seasons.
  • The Cincinnati Reds are pitching much better, which may spell trouble for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The Texas Rangers are DANGEROUS!
  • The Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins battle royal will go down to the wire.
  • If the Detroit Tigers don't start pitching better, they ain't going nowhere!
  • And then there are the Philadelphia Phillies. What can I say? Philly is Philly. Their crappy bullpen drags their numbers down, yet they figure out a way to get places. The Atlanta Braves fell a few spots, so don't count Philly out.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks were at 35.10 at the All-Star break (now only at 38.82)-- so in other words, their pitching staff has done almost nothing positive since the break. Then again neither have the Baltimore Orioles [from 44.37 to 47.06].

For the record: The NL usually gets more points than the AL, and I'm sure the DH has something to do with that. I did this for the entire 2009 season and every NL team who scored over 105.00 made the playoffs (yes even the Phillies [105.93] and every AL team who scored over 95.00 made the playoffs.

In the end, am I stating the obvious with all this? Probably. But hey, stat freaks like me, always come up with these little pet projects. What can I say, I've been doing it for 30 years. Why stop now. :-)

For the All-Star break point totals go to this link.

Mat Latos photo courtesy of Getty Images

No comments:

Post a Comment