Postseason Awards In The Statistical Funhouse

Cabrera has finished in the top five in MVP voting each of the last three seasons and in his nine seasons has never failed to get at least one MVP vote, but the closest he’s come to winning the award was last year, when he finished 87 points behind his teammate Justin Verlander (he was 96 points back of Josh Hamilton in 2010). So, I can understand why some voters might feel like it’s “his turn.” However, Cabrera has become an MVP frontrunner in 2012 mainly because of the Triple Crown. Those who vote for him will point to his strong finish and his superior team, but such arguments are pretty easily diffused. Although Mike Trout hit only .287 in August and September, his OBP was still .400, and he maintained his stellar pace in almost every other statistical category. Moreover, the Angels won more games than Detroit and their record with Trout in the lineup (.580) is considerably better than the Tigers with Cabrera (.540).…

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The 2012 IIATMS MLB Awards

N.L. MVP: Ryan Braun (Brewers)

The 2011 National League MVP turned in a doozy of a repeat performance in 2012, seing a slight decline in his slash line stats, but hitting eight more home runs for a total of 41 dingers on the year, and the first +8 fWAR season of his career. It will be…interesting…to see if he suffers with the real voters because of his since thrown out failed drug test following last year’s award.

A.L. Cy Young Award: Justin Verlander (Tigers)

The Detroit ace turned in virtually an identical season to his 2011 MVP campaign, with the sole exception that his win total fell from 24 to 17. That’s no matter to our staff, as the best pitcher alive took home every first place vote but one, and he came in at second on that ballot.

N.L. Cy Young Award: Gio Gonzalez (Nationals) and R.A. Dickey (Mets):

How’s this for close: one measly point was all that stood between us and a three way tie for the N.L.…

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Baltimore Or Texas?

We get the pleasure of observing today’s games from the sidelines. At 5:37 PM EST, the Cardinals will take on the Braves in the first Wild Card playoff ever, and at 8:37 PM EST the Orioles will face the Rangers in the second Wild Card series. As exciting as it’ll be for fans of these...

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The 1962 World Series

Both teams were the offensive leaders in their respective leagues. The Giants had scored 878 runs that season and with the second best pitching staff in the National League, gave them a +188 run differential. The Yankees scored 817 runs in 1962 and had the fourth best pitching staff in the American League. They had a +137 run differential. Both teams featured eight players with double-digit homer totals.

And both teams had second year managers. Ralph Houk had been given the job in 1961 after Casey Stengel was fired after bringing the Yankees to seven world titles in his twelve years as the manager. And Houk couldn’t have had a better situation in 1961 when Mickey Mantle an Roger Maris had their famous home run battle as the Yankees cruised to the world title that season.

The Giants were under the leadership of Al Dark, their former star shortstop who was a part of their 1954 championship club. Dark finished his playing days in 1960 as a member of the Milwaukee Braves and became the Giants’ manager in 1961.  …

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Banuelos surgery threatens best laid budget plans

And while the injury is bad enough in and of itself, taken in conjunction with the way the 2012 season went for the organization’s top pitching prospects as a whole it’s a total disaster. Dellin Betances was obviously a total disaster who had to be sent back down to Double-A, but there’s a fairly good chance that Betances just isn’t a good enough pitcher to ever make it past that level. It’s the injuries to Banuelos and Jose Campos that are particularly worrisome. Campos, you’ll recall, injured his elbow early in the season and went on to miss the rest of the season from that point on, even though the injury was said to be non-structural. The last update we got on his status was that he was still feeling soreness in his elbow and was not on a full throwing program just yet. As for Banuelos, it would appear that whatever caused the need for surgery is a recent development meaning that, in shades reminiscent of Michael Pineda‘s torn labrum, Manny made the injury worse while rehabbing.…

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On the A.L. MVP question

At the outset, let’s just establish that I really don’t care about the triple crown. Like, at all. It’s a neat curiosity, I suppose, and Cabrera certainly had a great season as a hitter, but declaring that leading your league in three particular statistical categories automatically qualifies you for the MVP is silly, and that’s before we consider that one of those statistics is batting average, a metric so goofy that no one would take it seriously but for the fact that the guy who invented the box score thought that taking a walk was unmanly. I’m not trying to take away from what Cabrera did at the plate, but Trout is simply the best player in baseball right now, without question, and had far and away the best season in 2012 That he’s an elite base runner and defender while Miggy is…not…is more or less without contention, but the much overlooked fact of the matter is that Trout is also the better offensive player of the two.…

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