If the NL CY YOUNG RACE was a roto league

If the NL CY YOUNG RACE was a roto league

By Luke Veinot

I’ve often wondered if there was a mathematical way to hand out post season awards.  I started thinking about it after Bartolo Colon’s 2005 CY Young. To me he never won the award that year.  He stole it from Johan Santana.  Yes, he was given the award and there was a press conference and everyone in Angel’s land was happy but you can’t discount the year Johan Santana had that season.  If you look up the numbers and threw out wins you’d notice Santana struck out 81 more batters and posted a 0.61 better era.  So without further ado this is the NL pitching roto stats as of August 5, 2007.

The 9 categories are wins, win %, era, IP, SO, K/9, BB/9, K/BB ratio, HR/9.  At first I had other categories like walks but found that they were redundant because the same scores showed up for similar categories.

NAME

W

W%

ERA

IP

SO

K/9

B/9

K/B

HR/9

TOTAL

TEAM

PEAVY, J

6.5

7

11

6

12

12

8

10

10.5

83

PADRES

HAMELS, C.

9

8.5

1

8

11

9.5

10.5

12

1

70.5

PHILLIES

HUDSON, T.

9

8.5

9

11

1

1

10.5

7

12

69

BRAVES

HARANG, A.

3.5

11

2.5

7

9

7.5

9

9

5

63.5

REDS

SMOLTZ, J

3.5

3

7

3

7

7.5

12

11

6

60

BRAVES

PENNY, B

11

12

10

5

2

2

5.5

2

10.5

60

DODGERS

YOUNG, C

1

10

12

1

3.5

9.5

5.5

8

9

59.5

PADRES

WEBB, B

3.5

1

6

10

10

6

4

6

8

54.5

D-BACKS

OSWALT, R.

6.5

4

2.5

12

5.5

3

7

4

7

51.5

ASTROS

ZAMBRANO, Z.

12

5.5

4

9

8

5

1

1

3

48.5

CUBS

PEREZ, O.

3.5

2

8

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Last Weeks games

So here’s a break down of the games I watched last week to give you an idea of what I’ve watched. I usually flick on the first game that starts and evenings I’m not working I’ll put on the last game to finish. I started doing that so I could catch more Dodger games but with the way the schedule works out I’m not getting to see as many games as I want to. What fan can’t get enough of Vin Scully. You’ll also notice I’m a Yankees fan as well as a Braves fan.

date/Home team/away team/Innings

MON 7/23/2007 INDIANS RED SOX 3

TUE 7/24/2007 INDIANS RED SOX 4

TUE 7/24/2007 MARINERS RANGERS 7

WED 7/25/2007 GIANTS BRAVES 9

WED 7/25/2007 ROYALS YANKEES 4

THU 7/26/2007 GIANTS BRAVES 9

THU 7/26/2007 ROYALS YANKEES 4

THU 7/26/2007 INDIANS RED SOX 2

FRI 7/27/2007 D-BACKS BRAVES 4

SUN 7/29/2007 D-BACKS BRAVES 6

A total of 10 games and 52 innings so about 5.3 Innings per game

Sunday, July 29th

Chipper Jones’ run as the NL batting average leader came to an end after 9 days on Saturday night. He answered back Sunday night along with the rest of the Braves as they beat up on the D-Backs 13-0. Chipper went 1 for 1 with 5 rbi.

NL BATTING LEADERS after July 29h

1. Ramirez, H. SS FLA .342 1st DAY

2. Jones, C. 3B ATL .341

3. Cabrera, M. 3B FLA .337

4. Utley, C. 2B PHI .336

5. Renteria, E. SS ATL .333

6. Holliday, M. OF COL .332

7. Lee, D. 1B CHC. 331

8. Young, D. 1B WSH .330

9. Rowand, A. OF PHI .327

10. Ramirez, A. 3B CHC .321

Saturday, July 28th

Chipper puts up a fat goose egg going 0/5. His first at bat of the game was a 411 fly out.

NL BATTING LEADERS after July 27h

1. Jones, C. 3B ATL .339 -5 8th DAY

2. Ramirez, H. SS FLA .339 +3

3. Utley, C. 2B PHI .336 +2

4. Young, D. 1B WSH .3335 +2

5. Renteria, E. SS ATL .333 -1

6. Lee, D. 1B CHC. 332 -3

7. Cabrera, M. 3B FLA.332 +2

8. Holliday, M. OF COL .330

9. Pence, H. OF HOU .330

10. Rowand, A. OF PHI .328

MY Big Four and Johnson’s Herniated Disk (Part 1)

For me and my youth I can recall only 4 pitchers who dominated the game like no other in their prime.  They racked up wins, strikeout, Cy Young and World Series rings.  One of those big 4 officially ended his season today.  Randy Johnson is schedule to under go surgery for a herniated disk.  The plan was for Johnson to try to pitch through the injury as he did when he won 17 games and compiled a 5.00 ERA for the Yankees in 2006. But after pitching against the Dodgers on June 28, it became clear that he would not be able to continue.

My lasting memories of Johnson come in many ways.  Randy the Mariner.  Randy pitching inside in a all star game.  Randy destroying a dove as it flew into the path of his 100mph fastball on March24, 2006.  Randy’s first altercation with a New York camera man in January 2005.  Randy’s 2001 World Series performance.  And Randy’s perfect game against the Braves on May 18th, 2004.

I hope this isn’t the end of Randy Johnson’s career but given the age and injury I’d have to say his chances of returning are less than 50%.

Johnson_r1

10 time all star.

World Series MVP and ring

5 Cy Young

4 time Era leader

9 time Strikeouts leader.

Career stats

Regular Season 284-150 3855IP 4616K

Post Season 7-9 121IP 132K

Note: the other 3 are Clemens, Maddux and Pedro.