Saturday, August 31, 2013

Does it matter how well playoff teams finish in September?

September Win Ranking, WS Champs
2012- Giants (t-#1, 19-8)
2011- Cardinals (#3, 18-8)
2010 - Giants (#2, 18-8)
2009 - Yankees (#1, 19-9)
2008 - Phillies (t-2, 17-8)
2007 - Red Sox (t-6, 16-11)
2006 - Cardinals (#23, 12-16)
2005 - White Sox (t-4, 17-12)
2004 - Red Sox (t-4, 18-10)
2003 - Marlins (t-4, 18-8)
2002 - Angels (t-4, 18-9)

Average: #3.1, 17.8 wins

Some of this is because most teams that make the playoffs have to finish well in order to get in.  There are several teams this year (Braves, Dodgers, Tigers) that could finish poorly and still win the division (several more could win one of the wild cards if they finish poorly, but that would now put them at a big disadvantage). 

There are probably many more (although probably not many more extreme) examples than the 2006 Cardinals who finished badly and ended up winning it all.  The 2001 D-backs and 2000 Yankees didn't finish very strong either, and still won.  Still, the numbers are pretty consistent over the last decade or so.  Teams don't need to be the best, but they probably need to finish around the top 3 or 4 best in September to win it all.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More on Strikeouts in 2013


# of teams with 7.75+ K/9
2000: 0
2001: 4
2002: 2
2003: 3
2004: 2
2005: 1
2006: 1
2007: 0
2008: 1
2009: 5
2010: 7
2011: 5
2012: 10
2013: 12

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

More Domimant Pitching - 2013


4+ K/BB, 7+ K/9, 100+ IP (# of pitchers, since 2000)
2000: 4
2001: 7
2002: 3
2003: 7
2004: 5
2005: 7
2006: 7
2007: 8
2008: 6
2009: 8
2010: 5
2011: 8
2012: 9
2013: 15
 
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