Monday, October 13, 2014

The Howard- 2014 Final Standings

The Howard- when a player strikes out, commits an error, and hits a homerun all within the same game.  Lovingly named after the Philadelphia Phillies slugger, Ryan Howard. Stat's creation circa 2009 by We Should Be GMs.


The Howard 2014 Standings:


  • B. Belt/SFG- 3
  • I. Desmond/WSH- 3
  • M. Adams/STL- 2
  • A. Beltre/TEX- 2
  • J. Bruce/CIN- 2
  • M. Choice/TEX- 2
  • C. Davis/BAL- 2
  • Y. Gomes/CLE- 2
  • I. Kinsler/DET- 2
  • M. McKenry/COL- 2
  • B. Miller/SEA- 2
  • M. Olt/CHC- 2
  • C. Owings/ARI- 2
  • G. Parra/ARI/MIL- 2
  • A. Ramirez/CHW- 2
  • A. Rizzo/CHC- 2
  • D. Ross/BOS- 2
  • K. Seager/SEA- 2
  • J. Singleton/HOU- 2
  • N. Swisher/CLE- 2
  • O. Arcia/MIN- 1
  • C. Asche/PHI- 1
  • M. Aviles/CLE- 1
  • J. Baez/CHC- 1
  • J. Bautista/TOR- 1
  • B. Butler/KCR- 1
  • M. Cabrera/DET- 1
  • A. Callaspo/LAA- 1
  • G. Cecchini/BOS- 1
  • L. Chisenhall/CLE- 1
  • M. Clark/MIL- 1
  • C. Colabello/MIN- 1
  • M. Cuddyer/COL- 1
  • T. d'Arnaud/NYM- 1
  • K. Davis/MIL- 1
  • M. den Dekker/NYM- 1
  • C. Dickerson/COL- 1
  • D. Dietrich/MIA- 1
  • M. Dominguez/HOU- 1
  • J. Donaldson/OAK- 1
  • B. Dozier/MIN- 1
  • L. Duda/NYM- 1
  • A. Dunn/CHW- 1
  • E. Encarnacion/TOR- 1
  • E. Escobar/MIN- 1
  • D. Espinosa/WSH- 1
  • W. Flores/NYM- 1
  • J. Francisco/TOR- 1
  • N. Franklin/TBR- 1
  • N. Freiman/OAK- 1
  • E. Gattis/ATL- 1
  • S. Gennett/MIL- 1
  • J. Giavotella/KCR- 1
  • C. Gomez/MIL- 1
  • R. Howard/PHI- 1
  • O. Infante/KCR- 1
  • K. Johnson/NYY- 1
  • A. Jones/BAL- 1
  • G. Jones/MIA- 1
  • J. Kipnis/CLE- 1
  • J. Lake/CHC- 1
  • M. Leake/CIN- 1
  • M. Machado/BAL- 1
  • M. Maldonado/MIL- 1
  • J. Mayberry/PHI- 1
  • M. Moustakas/KCR- 1
  • M. Napoli/BOS- 1
  • R. Odor/TEX- 1
  • M. Ozuna/MIA- 1
  • J. Peralta/STL- 1
  • S. Perez/KCR- 1
  • B. Phillips/CIN- 1
  • A. Ramirez/MIL- 1
  • H. Ramirez/LAD- 1
  • A. Recker/NYM- 1
  • A. Rendon/WSH- 1
  • R. Rivera/SDP- 1
  • J. Rollins/PHI- 1
  • W. Rosario/COL- 1
  • J. Saltalamacchia/MIA- 1
  • T. Sanchez/PIT- 1
  • J. Schoop/BAL- 1
  • E. Sogard/OAK- 1
  • J. Soler/CHC- 1
  • D. Span/WSH- 1
  • G. Stanton/MIA- 1
  • M. Teixeira/NYY- 1
  • J. Turner/LAD- 1
  • M. Trout/LAA- 1
  • J. Upton/ATL- 1
  • C. Valaika/CHC- 1
  • L. Valbuena/CHC- 1
  • D. Viciedo/CHW- 1
  • J. Villar/HOU- 1
  • R. Weeks/MIL- 1
  • R. Zimmerman/WSH- 1


  • Inside the Numbers: 
    *118 Howards were committed in 2014, the 2nd highest total since the stat's creating back in 2009.  Year - # of Howards: 2009- 111, 2010- 112, 2011- 107, 2012- 129, 2013- 92, and 2014- 118.

    *The 2014 Howard standings will be achieved on the right sidebar.

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Can Pittsburgh Sneak Into The Playoffs?

    The 2014 season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After having high expectations going into the year, they have certainly looked like playoff pretenders at times during the year. However, they are heating up at just the right time, and they could sneak in as a wild-card team in the National League. In fact, they might even be able to contend with the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League Central.


    Everything starts with fantasy baseball standout Andrew McCutchen for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As long as he is performing at a high level, this team has a shot. He is looking like a MVP candidate for the 2nd year in a row, and he has put some nagging injuries behind him to make a strong playoff push in the month of September. That has allowed Pittsburgh to play very well in the last couple of weeks, closing the gap in a hurry.

    Milwaukee and Atlanta are the 2 teams that they are going to be fighting against for a wild-card spot, and fortunately Pittsburgh will be able to play both of them in a series. That all begins on September 19, so in a way Pittsburgh controls its own destiny for a spot in the playoffs.

    Pitching is still somewhat of a concern for the team in general, but they feel like the hitting is coming along nicely. They were a feel-good story a year ago, and now they are just trying to live up to expectations. No one knows for sure what will happen in the last few weeks of the regular season, but Pittsburgh has a chance to show that last year was not a fluke by any means. If they play well against the 2 teams competing with them right now, this team will be riding a hot streak right into the playoffs as a very dangerous team.

    Guest Writer: Mark Jenkins

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    The Impact of Alejandro De Aza


    When the Baltimore Orioles acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox, it was merely looked at as a fluff move with no real future impact.  Boy oh boy, that has been far from the case.  Through his first 8 games played with the O's, he's hit .424 (14-33) with 5 R, 1 DBL, 2 TRPL, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SB and a 1.244 OPS.  All 8 games have been wins for the Orioles as well.  That's impact!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Zach Walters: Hitter of Homeruns

    Zach Walters was traded from the Washington Nationals to the Cleveland Indians before the Trade Deadline in the Asdrubal Cabrera deal.  He is a 24 year old prospect that is capable of playing all over the field, so as long as he hits, he'll find a way into the lineup.  Walters doesn't have much to show for in terms of batting average (.208 in 72 at bats).  However, when he does seem to get a hit, it often goes over the fence.  Of his 15 hits this season, 7 have gone for homeruns.  Splits: Nationals - 8 H, 3 HR, Indians - 7 H, 4 HR, which equals a .514 slugging percentage.

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Michael Martinez Historically Horrible (Update)

    Michael Martinez might seem like a harmless individual. Those outside the state of Pennsylvania probably don't understand the depths of his awfulness.  Thanks to parts of 4 seasons in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh he's amassed enough playing time to sink to historically horrible levels.  Mini-Mart's career batting average is down to .182, which ranks 4,440 out of  4,449 since 1900 for non-pitchers with 400+ plate appearances.  His disastrous OPS is at a  low of .483, that ranks him 4,436 out of 4,449.


    I know the Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro, is a poor judge of talent/value, but what the hell is wrong with the Pirates GM Neal Hunnington?

    Wednesday, August 06, 2014

    Good Returns on Small Investments

    Below you will find a 25-man roster compiled of players that were signed to minor league contracts this past offseason. The bullpen is solid, the offense would likely be better than some actual MLB teams', but the rotation is poor.

    Catcher:
    Michael McKenry/COL - 30 G, .337/.891, 0.7 WAR
    John Baker/CHC - 52 G, .206/.542

    First Base:
    Mark Reynolds/MIL - 94 G, 41 R, 19 HR, 39 RBI, .208/.722, 1.5 WAR
    Lyle Overbay/MIL - 83 G, .228/.647

    Second Base:
    Emilio Bonifacio/CHC/ATL - 73 G, 35 R, 16 SB, .278/.691, 1.4 WAR

    Short Stop:
    Munenori Kawasaki/TOR - 42 G, .277/.645

    Third Base:
    Justin Turner/LAD - 72 G, 31 R, 23 RBI, .308/.804, 2.4 WAR

    Utility Infielder:
    Ramon Santiago/CIN - 50 G, .235/.642, 0.4 WAR

    Outfield:
    Chris Coghlan/CHC - 74 G, 31 R, 20 RBI, .292/.846, 0.4 WAR
    Sam Fuld/OAK/MIN - 65 G, 22 R, 21 RBI, 16 SB, .262/.712, 1.6 WAR
    JD Martinez/DET - 72 G, 34 R, 18 DBL, 15 HR,48 RBI, .312/.936, 2.5 WAR
    Reed Johnson/MIA - 78 G, .239/.628

    Designated Hitter:
    Delmon Young/BAL - 54 G, .327/.824, 0.8 WAR

    Lineup:
    1. Chris Coghlan/LF
    2. Justin Turner/3B
    3. JD Martinez/RF
    4. Delmon Young/DH
    5. Michael McKenry/C
    6. Sam Fuld/CF
    7. Emilio Bonifacio/2B
    8. Mark Reynolds/1B
    9. Munenori Kawasaki/SS

    Starting Rotation:
    Erik Bedard/TBR - 17 G, 15 GS, 75.2 IP, 64 K, 4.76/1.49
    Aaron Harang/ATL - 23 GS, 142.1 IP, 110 K, 3.41/1.39, 1.8 WAR
    Colby Lewis/TEX - 20 GS, 111.1 IP, 91 K, 5.50/1.65
    Daisuke Matsuzaka/NYM - 28 G, 9 GS, 74.1 IP, 71 K, 3.87/1.33, 0.2 WAR
    Tsuyoshi Wada/CHC - 4 GS, 21.1 IP, 19 K, 3.32/1.34, 0.8 WAR

    Bullpen:
    Scott Atchison/CLE - 47 G, 49 IP, 35 K, 2.76/0.94, 1.2 WAR
    Matt Guerrier/MIN - 27 G, 28 IP, 12 K, 3.86/1.43, 0.3 WAR
    Pat Neshek/STL - 50 G, 46.1 IP, 49 K, 0.78/0.60, 2.3 WAR
    Tony Sipp/HOU - 37 G, 33.2 IP, 43 K, 2.41/0.86, 1.1 WAR
    Zach Duke/MIL - 52 G, 44.1 IP, 60 K, 1.83/1.04, 1.2 WAR
    Juan Gutierrez/SFG - 46 G, 50 IP, 34 K, 2.70/1.00, 0.6 WAR
    Zach Putnam/CHW - 33 G, 38.1 IP, 32 K, 2.35/1.20, 1.1 WAR