2015 Season's Best
The numbers are in, and crunched. Analysis done and reviewed. So what do the numbers tell us?
Well, before we go into the numbers, let's look at a few things that have come up in the past couple of weeks involving players value to their teams. namely, Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Cole Hamels, and the impact they made on the playoff runs for their new teams.
None of these players had enough time spent with their new teams to qualify for statistical titles, but if I remove that parameter, and crunch the numbers, I get a good feel for their impact on their teams.
Hamels won 7 games for the Rangers, including their clincher, in just 12 games. He had a respectable 3.66 ERA, and had a season rating of 1.7061. A nice number, and his overall rating comes in at a 1.4954, which is another nice number. That ranked him the highest among the Ranger pitchers for the year.
Price won 9 for the Jays, in 11 games, had a 2.30 ERA with them, on his way to leading the league with a 2.45and a season rating of 2.5406, which puts his overall rating at 1.9346. If we compare his Tiger season numbers, which are 1.7705 and 1.6583 overall, we can see that his very good season with the Tigers (9 wins for them also) became stellar after his trade.
And lastly, Cespedes, whom many believe pumped up the Mets offens upon his arrival from
Detroit, earning a season
rating of 2.1054 and an overall rating of 1.6095. There is no denying the
impact that his presence in the Mets lineup had...but what of his value.
There is an over reliance to look at statistics to analyze player performances. That's what this project is all about in fact. But sometimes, there are things that cannot be reduced to raw numbers. Some things just have to be watched to see what impact that players really have.
The three mentioned above all had an impact on their teams with their additions, but what impact does subtractions have?
Justin Verlander and Giancarlo Stanton both lost a lot of time this year to injuries, and no doubt would have changed the course of their team's respective destiny's. It is not a stretch to say that a full year from Verlander means that
in a better position, and doesn't have to shop and/or trade David Price or
Yoenis Cespedes. Or that the Marlins would have made a playoff run to challenge
the Mets and the Nationals throughout the spring.
But, that's why they play the games. Anything can happen
Yadier Molina's thumb injury should be a concern to Cardinals fans, as it will definitely impact his performance on the field. But it won't affect his presence in the dugout and clubhouse. So their playoff campaign will be intersting to watch. As I said in yesterday's column, I think that his injury will hurt the Cardinals chances, as it slowed them down at season's end.
OK, we're almost to the big reveal. I will first divulge the top 10 offensive players in the season rating, bottom to top, in each league:
(for hitters, I used 400 plate appearances as a minimum)
10. Ryan Braun, MIL Eric Hosmer, KC
9. Kris Bryant, CHI Brian McCann, NY
8. Joey Votto, CIN Mike Trout, LA
7. Anthony Rizzo, CHI Lorenzo Cain, KC
6. A.J. Pollock, ARI Russell Martin, TOR
5. Andrew McCutcheon, PIT Chris Davis, BAL
4. Buster Posey, SF Miguel Cabrera, DET
Edwin Encarnacion, TOR Nelson Arrenado,
2. Paul Goldschmitt, ARI Jose Bautista, TOR
1. Bryce Harper, WAS Josh Donaldson, TOR
And in pitching, we'll do the top 7. (For pitchers, I used a 150 IP minimum, or 50 Games pitched for relievers)
7. Jacob deGrom, NY Zach Britton, BAL
6. Hector Rondon, CHI Andrew Miller, NY
5. Madison Bumgarner, SF Felix Hernandez, SEA
4. Clayton Kershaw, LA Sonny Gray, OK
3. Gerrit Cole, PIT Wade Davis, KC
David Price, DET
& TOR Zack Grienke,
1. Jake Arrieta, CHI
Dallas Keuchel, HOU
So then looking at the overall numbers, and acting as if I have a vote, this would be my ballot for each league, bottom to top
10. Joey Votto Jose Bautista
9. Buster Posey Lorenzo Cain
8. Nelson Arrenado Nelson Cruz
7. Max Scherzer
6. Michael Wacha Jose Abreu
5. Paul Goldschmitt Miguel Cabrera
4. Gerrit Cole Chris Davis
3. Zack Grienke Josh Donaldson
2. Bryce Harper Mike Trout
1. Jake Arrieta David Price
There are some that don't believe a pitcher should win the MVP award, so if you're one of them, flip the 1st and 2nd picks.
But this is my list, in my opinion, based on my numerical formulas, of the best performances that we have just witnessed in 2015.