Season 24 kicked off today, so it’s probably about time to look at how teams stack up on paper.
Here’s the power rankings of starting pitchers. For a pitcher to be considered a starter, the team’s owner had to have had him in the starting rotation, as judged by the “Player Search —> starters” tool.
For those new to the world, I have a set of formulas built into spreadsheets that I use to judge players on. It’s the same formula I use to determine trades and free agent signings for my own team. So that’s probably why I’m near the top, not that I don’t have good pitchers or anything. Average WAR is what I would expect each pitcher to contribute in terms of wins above a replacement player in WIS. Average OVR is just my own overall rating that works better than WIS’ in my opinion. The column this is sorted by is “Overall,” which is the total projected WAR for the starters on each team because rotation size typically doesn’t stray too far from five usually.
It turns out that Tacoma has, on paper, a better rotation than I currently do.
As you can also see, Montreal and Tampa Bay only have two starters as of tonight, and St. Louis has three.
Here are the relievers:
Same concept as starters, except sorted by average WAR as bullpen size can vary depending on personal preferences.
Sorry this is late. I had hoped to get this up sometime before award voting was done, but a number of events conspired to prevent me from doing so. Here are the top five for each league, as well as team ratings that are used as one half of the team power rankings later.
Olmedo Oliva – DET – 8.0
Mike Lawrie – NY1 – 6.5
Willie Rooney – SAL – 6.4
Ossie Borchard – SAL – 5.9
Albert Granados – SEA – 5.2
Season 23 Cy Young Winner
Jody DuBose was around 16th in the AL with 3.9.
Malcolm McCartin – COL – 10.2
Harry Perez – TAC – 6.6
Don Carter – TAC – 6.3
Willie Ellis – LOU – 6.2
Emmanuel Estrada – TAC – 6.1
As you can see, McCartin accounted for about 28 percent of Colorado’s pitching performance by himself this year. In the two years in Colorado he’s contributed 20.9 wins above replacement, and been paid $45 million, meaning each win he puts up cost amohoop34 $2.15 million. From stuff I’ve read about MLB, each win on the free agent market costs about $2.5 million. Translate that into HBD and McCartin should have been paid more than $50 million in those two years. We’ll see how his body holds up in the remaining years of the contract, but right now he’s been an unbelievable bargain.
Something new to the blog, well in terms of actually receiving a dedicated post rather than being lumped in with quarter three WAR numbers. Below is a shortlist of players that SHOULD be considered for awards, not ultimately what WIS will give us for votes. This is all based on data about 118-120 games into the season, so these are all subject to change. There is going to be an obvious front runner in each based off the data, but I will update these at the end of the season along with who I’m voting for.
*Note, for ease of posting, I’m not going to link to players. I trust you’ll be able to find them.
1. Howard Blake – DH – SEA – 5.8
2. Julio Rivera – LF – MIN – 5.5
3. Don Meng – DH- RIC – 5.5
4. Ivan Baez – SS – MEM – 5.1
5. Ewell Torrealba – 2B – MEM – 5.1
My thoughts: Do I think Blake is going to win the MVP when he wasn’t even an All-Star? Probably not. I think this will come down to Rivera, Baez or Torrealba.
1. Bing Tannehill – 2B – AUS – 5.4
2. Sid O’Keefe – 2B – TAC – 5.3
3. Richard Flores – C – WAS – 5.2
4. Jonathan Todd – 1B – LOU – 4.8
5. Heathcliff Dorsey – 2B – BUF – 4.5
My thoughts: This is going to come down to O’Keefe and Flores(if he even gets on the list). Tanneheill is a little below average fielding, and is boosted a tad by stolen bases. Flores has been really solid behind the plate this year.
AL Cy Young
1. Olemdo Oliva – DET – 6.2
2. Willie Rooney – SAL – 4.3
3. Mike Lawrie – NY1 – 4.3
4. Albert Grandados – SEA – 4.0
5. Ossie Borchard – SAL – 3.9
My thoughts: Oliva in a landslide. It’d be interesting to see where the Highlanders would be if Rooney was still on their team. Also, AL wins leader Jody Dubose (19) is at 2.0 giving further credence to the fact that wins are overrated.
NL Cy Young
1. Malcolm McCartin – COL – 6.9
2. Don Carter – TAC – 5.4
3. Harry Perez – TAC – 5.2
4. Willie Ellis – LOU – 4.6
5. Carlos Nieves – TRE – 4.4
My thoughts: I’ve lost count on how many Cy Young’s McCartin has won, but he’ll add to the trophy cabinet this year.
Rookie of the Year
I’m not going to try and find out which players have less than one year of service time and are eligible for this.
AL Gold Glove
C – Del Martin – MEM
1B – Esmerling Vazquez – BAL
2B – Alexi Balentien – SCO
3B – Rich Mattingly – NY1
SS – Tony Olivares – NO
LF – Cookie Albaladejo – CLE
CF – Alex Buhner – BAL
RF – Denny Scales – RIC
NL Gold Glove
C – Richard Flores – WAS
1B – Edgard Batista – TRE
2B – Heathcliff Dorsey – BUF
3B – Al Barrios – BUF
SS – Vasco Camacho – BUF
LF – Jay Jones – TRE
CF – Mikey Governale – ATL
RF – Damaso Marquez – KC
I would try to do Silver Sluggers at the moment, but the way my spreadsheet is setup it’d have to be if a player played at least 1 inning at a position he would show up at that position. So I’m going to wait until the end of the season to do them.