Sleepy Defense + Hustle = Awesomeness
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.
I’ve never seen the bases unload like this before. Great baserunning by Segura especially.
Amusing bit in the Rays batting practice the other day…
I didn’t think he’d catch this. Awesome hustle.
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NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has been crunching some numbers and says The Red Sox have a 69% chance of beating the Cardinals in this year’s World Series. Although, lookin’ at the first two rounds of the post-season, the Cardinals have outplayed his projections for them. So don’t count ’em out just yet.
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:
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.
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.
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.
|2011-2013/9/17 Astros||162||313||.341||still have 11 games to play|
|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|
|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|
|1921-1924 Phillies||213||399||.348||4 straight seasons|
|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|
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.