Ranking the MLB Playoff Teams

Baseball, Rankings
Can you smell October?  MLB playoffs are right around the corner with the first wildcard matchup happening tonight at 8PM EST.  There are a lot of intangibles in determining who the best teams are in the post season but I've taken a stab at doing some rankings based on some statistics from each team's season.  Of course you pretty much throw the regular season out right now, but don't think it doesn't play an impact. Team WAR: 1 Dodgers 31.2 2 Angels 30.3 3 Orioles 29.0 4 Pirates 26.9 5 Nationals 25.4 6 Giants 23.7 7 Tigers 23.7 8 Athletics 23.4 9 Royals 22.6 10 Cardinals 22.0 It's no surprise to see the Dodgers on the top of the WAR charts.  After all, they have bought some top players and…
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Final 2014 Angels Pitcher Rankings

Angels, pitching, Rankings
This final regular season ranking includes the top 20 Angels pitchers in terms innings pitched and excludes those no longer with the team (I'm looking at you Ernesto Frieri). Unlike previous weekly rankings, these are for the entire season as a whole.  A little bit unfair to the players who only pitched a few times, but life isn't always fair (just asked poor teamless Ernesto). These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Rank Player Comments 1  Garrett Richards Despite a shortened season, Richards was the man for the Angels on the mound in 2014. Richards had a WHIP of 1.04 (3rd best), 2.61 ERA, .201 BAA (only .001 behind league leading Felix…
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Final 2014 Angels Position Player Rankings

Angels, Rankings
This final regular season ranking includes the top 20 Angels position players in terms of at bats and excludes those no longer with the team (I'm looking at you JB Shuck). Unlike previous weekly rankings, these are for the entire season as a whole.  A little bit unfair to the players who only had 50 or 60 at bats, but life isn't always fair (like how did Ibanez end up on a post season team?) These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Rank Player Comments 1 Mike Trout Mr. MVP tops the list of course.  Yes he struck out more times than ever but so what?  He still led the league is…
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Last Weekend MLB Questions

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Here it is.  The last 3 days of the regular season and some questions certainly remain.  Who will do what?  Who will win wear?  What will Derek Jeter wear on his last game (hint:  Probably shoes with a self edifying name, maybe a J necklace and I wonder if he got that ass tatoo yet that says "Captain") Will the Los Angeles Angels be the first team since 2009 to win 100 games? Yes Who will win the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers or Kansas City Royals?  Tigers Will the Seattle Mariners make it to the playoffs?  No (They have to win at least two from the Angels while the A's would have to lose at least 2 against the Ranger) Will the Pittsburgh Pirates catch the St. Louis Cardinals for…
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Angels Game #159: See you soon A’s?

A's, Angels
The Angels bounced back this week and took two out of three from the Oakland Athletics.  Considering the A's are likely headed toward a 1 game playoff with Kansas City, there is a chance we could see the A's again next Thursday in Anaheim.  So what about last night's game? The Good: I'm still not fooled into thinking Hector Santiago is a great starter but he did pitch a pretty solid (and scoreless) 5.1 innings yesterday while giving up only 2 walks and 3 hits. Howie Kendrick went two for 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a double.  If Scioscia brings back Hamilton to the #4 spot in the playoffs I will personally kick his ass. Mike Trout!  He hit, he scored - he even stole a base!  Hey,…
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Angels Game #158 – LeBlank

Angels, Baseball, pitching
LeBlanc has been pitching so well lately I'm going to stop calling him Joey from Friends (I guess his first name is Wade, not Matt. In fact, Wade LeBlanc has pitched a string of 16 scoreless innings, including the last 10 2/3 as a starter.  This guy has been tossed around more times in the past few years than a female an elevator with Ray Rice (too soon?).  Sometimes it doesn't take an ace, but a pitcher pitching well at the right time.  And right now that pitcher is Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc did what Wilson could not one night earlier - throw strikes - and throw them somewhere they weren't too hitable.  He only walked one and only struck out one but he pitched his heart our and did it…
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Wilson!

Angels, pitching
So, I'm pretty sure this volleyball could have pitched a better game last night than CJ Wilson.  2014 has seen a mostly medicore (at best) year from CJ with a couple of flashes of brilliance (notably 5/17 & 9/17) and a whole lot of stinker starts (6 starts not even making it to the 5th inning).  If only we could just have CJ start on dates with "17" in them?  Let's look at CJ's 35 pitch, 12 strike outing from last night by batter number. First pitch fastball, called strike - low.  Second pitch fastball, single on pitch right over the middle of the plate. Pitch 1, fastball, strike.  Pitch 2, sinker, ball.  Pitch 3, strike, groundout.  One out.  (so far so good right?) Pitch one, ball.  Pitch two, strike (but…
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Pace of Play Committee – Where are the Players?

Baseball
He's not done yet!  Bud Selig may be on his way out, but he has established a "Pace of Play" committee comprised of not one single current manager or player. There are perhaps some things that could be done to help control the pace of play, but it's debatable if they are needed. The committee members are: Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark Boston Red Sox partner Michael Gordon MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred MLB Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations Joe Torre Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner Their Baseball pedigrees: John Schuerholz, 73 - 22 years as a general manager, 5 years as president.  Never played.  Never coached. Sandy Alderson, 66 - Lawyer, been a general…
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9/25 Angels Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. An asterisk* means the player was not on the active roster at the time of this posting. Updates to List: Drew Rucinski was added Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Jered Weaver 1 - 1 5 Weaver was an ace again last week only walking 1 and notching another win with 7 innings pitched. 2 Joe Smith 2 - 2 4 This guy rocks. 3 Matt Shoemaker 4 +1 1 13 Amazing sauce.  Fear the bear and all that jazz.  Let's hope he's healthy again soon! 4…
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9/25 Angels Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster . These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Updates to List: None Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout 1 - 1 6 Another stolen base, .313Avg took a homer and gave a homer.  Good Trout week 2 Albert Pujols 2 - 2 3 Still playing well and drove in 7 last week 3 Howie Kendrick 3 - 3 6 .350 OBP.  The #4 spot is still working for Howie! 4 David Freese 6 +2 2 8 Mr. September!  Freese seems to like the pressure and hit 2 big ones last week. 5 Kole Calhoun 4 -1 2 6 Rough…
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