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No matter how Mike Trout’s career ends up, he will always have a good argument for being the best young position player the game has ever seen. He’s already got more fWAR through his age 22 season than anybody else, and now he’s on the verge of accumulating the most rWAR too.

22+ WAR in Their Age 22 Season
Player From-To Age rWAR fWAR G PA
Ty Cobb 1905-1909 18-22 25.5 25.9 595 2486
Mike Trout 2011-2014 19-22 25.4 26.6 416 1852
Ted Williams 1939-1941 20-22 23.6 24.8 436 1942
Mel Ott 1926-1931 17-22 23.5 25.1 677 2644
Alex Rodriguez 1994-1998 18-22 22.9 20.8 513 2271

Eureeka Uribe!

Very fitting that Juan Uribe powers Dodgers to NLCS. He’s got to be the most underrated guy on the team this season.

I remember watching a Dodgers game on the final weekend of the season and there was this poll – who was the best Dodger of the year? They gave three choices & you could text in your answer. The choices were Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, & Hanley Ramirez.

That was pretty surprising to me at the time, ’cause all season long, I’d kept noticing that Uribe and Yasiel Puig were two of the reasons the team was doing so well and yet they weren’t even included. In fact, the team leaders in WAR are:

2013 Dodgers WAR Leaders
Player fWAR rWAR
Clayton Kershaw 6.5 7.9
Juan Uribe 5.1 4.1
Hanley Ramirez 5.1 5.4
Yasiel Puig 4.0 5.0
Adrian Gonzalez 2.8 3.9

Versus The > .500 Clubs

A good article over at Fangraphs, A First Last Word on Strengths of Schedules, is worth checking out & gives some good insight on the upcoming playoffs. It got me thinking of something more straight forward though, like, when it comes down to it, how do these clubs do when they’re facing other clubs that are over .500.

2013 Playoff Teams Vs. Teams Over .500
Team W L %
Braves 39 24 .619
Red Sox 53 43 .552
Tigers 48 40 .545
A’s 40 34 .541
Pirates 40 34 .541
Dodgers 34 31 .523
Cardinals 39 36 .520
Rays 47 49 .490
Rangers 38 40 .487
Reds 35 42 .455
Indians 36 52 .409

It’s Been Awhile…

Last time the Royals and Pirates both had winning seasons in the same year, was 1991. KC was just 82-80, while the Pittsburgh went 98-64 and pushed the NLCS to 7 games.

Last time the Indians and Pirates both had winning seasons in the same year, was 1979. Cleveland was lucky, being just 81-80, while the Pittsburgh won the World Series in 7 games over Baltimore. If you want to go back to the last time the Indians & Pirates both won 82+ games, then we’re talkin’ about 1965.

Ten of our current MLB teams didn’t even exist yet, including the Royals. Everyone born in that year, already had their major league career come and go.

Houston Joins The Club

With the Astros 100th loss of the season, they’re guaranteed to be the 21st team to finish the season under .383 for 3 straight seasons. In fact, they’re on pace to be the worst team over a 3 years stretch since the late 70′s Blue Jays. They could wind up being worse in the past 50 years than anybody besides the early 60′s Mets. Like those Mets and Blue Jays tho, The Astros franchise has a bright future with lots of good minor league talent.

3+ Straight Seasons Below A .383 WP
Team W L % Note
2011-2013/9/17 Astros 162 313 .341 still have 11 games to play
2004-2006 Royals 176 310 .362
1977-1979 Blue Jays 166 318 .343
1962-1965 Mets 194 452 .300 4 straight seasons
1961-1964 Senators 239 407 .370 4 straight seasons
1955-1957 Senators 167 295 .361
1953-1955 Browns/Orioles 165 297 .357
1952-1954 Pirates 145 317 .314
1949-1951 Browns 163 299 .353
1938-1942 Phillies 225 534 .296 5 straight seasons
1936-1940 A’s 269 493 .353 5 straight seasons
1936-1939 Browns 201 411 .328 4 straight seasons
1925-1930 Red Sox 268 609 .306 6 straight seasons
1922-1924 Braves 160 300 .348
1921-1924 Phillies 213 399 .348 4 straight seasons
1919-1921 A’s 137 310 .306
1915-1917 A’s 134 324 .293
1910-1913 Browns 202 411 .330 4 straight seasons
1909-1912 Doves/Rustlers/Braves 194 416 .318 4 straight seasons
1905-1909 Cardinals 265 498 .347 5 straight seasons
1895-1898 Browns 147 395 .271 4 straight seasons

Pirates Attendance

The Pirates recently broke the 2,000,000 mark in attendance for the season. Shockingly, it’s only the 5th time they’ve reached that mark in franchise history.

  • 2,464,870 in 2001
  • 2,091,918 in 2012
  • 2,065,302 in 1991
  • 2,049,908 in 1990
  • 2,043,763 in 2013 (with 7 more home games to play)

It’s not too surprising that the top season was their first in a new ballpark, or seeing a pair of those early 1990′s teams when the Killer B’s ruled the NL East from the Alleghany. Surprisingly though, none of these seasons are in any of their championship seasons or a season following a championship. I really expected to see 1960, 1971, 1979 or 1980 in here too.

This year’s team is actually about to have the 2nd most attendance for any Pirates team in history. They’re averaging 27,618 per game, and they only need 24,078 for tonight & tomorrow’s games, to be 2nd on this list.