2020 NL Cy Young Breakdown

Out of all of the MVP and the Cy Young Award races, this has to be the most difficult. Here are the stats for the hottest award race this year: Max Fried (SP Atlanta Braves) Fried is a newcomer to the Cy Young list. After his first full season as a starter last year (17-6, 4.02 ERA), Fried's effectiveness has increased. He pushes against the grain of the big fireballers in the league as a ground ball pitcher, averaging only 93MPH on his fastball. Thanks to the stellar defense behind him, Fried has a perfect 7-0 record with a career best 2.25 ERA. Yu Darvish (SP Chicago Cubs) What separeates Darvish from this group is his pitch arsenal. Darvish features four plus pitches with an above average

2020 AL Cy Young Breakdown

Even though this has been a short season, these three pitchers are more than deserving of this years Cy Young award: Here are their stats through 9/24/2020: Gerrit Cole (SP New York Yankees) After being traded to the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole showed us that with actual run support, he could be a top five pitcher. What puts him into consideration for this years Cy Young Award are the two complete games and one complete game shutout (although both complete games were 7IP). Cole's velos always are in the top percentiles of the league throwing, on average, a 97mph fastball with his signature 90mph slider. Shane Bieber (SP Cleveland Indians) As you may remember, I had Bieber as a MVP candidate

2020 NL MVP Breakdown

In the NL, it was tough to come up with just five players for this breakdown. Some of the notable players that didn't make this breakdown: Marcell Ozuna, Michael Conforto, and Trea Turner. Here are the cumulative stats for the favored leaders in the NL: Manny Machado (3B San Diego Padres) This has been by far Machado's best offensive season by mostly every metric, traditional and advanced. It's a career high OPS, on pace to break his HR total from 2016 of 37, on pace to top his stolen bases at 14, if this were a full season. He's finally stopped messing around with playing SS, focusing directly on 3B and DH. He's increased his walk and lowered his strikeout percentage. Essentially, this is p

2020 AL MVP Breakdown

Our shortened season is coming to a conclusion in the next two weeks, and it's time to look at the MVP candidates. I won't rank these players, merely show you their stats and let you decide. First up, the American League. Below are the cumulative stats for the top four batters this year: José Abreu (1B Chicago White Sox) Abreu has become the thump of the White Sox order. This has been Abreu's best season by far with a career best slash line with the most hits in the league as well as RBI's. The RBI's are obviously an indicator of Abreu's great team (Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, and Eloy Jimenez to name a few). Pitchers are most likely exhausted by the time they get to Abreu and he's taken adva

Decks By The Decade - 1970's Part One

1970 Topps: This giant 720 card set showcased the player with the teams name on the outside edge of the card wrapped around a white border with a grey backing. You had your typical subsets (league leaders, World Series, etc.) with your high number cards (#553-720) that feature some of the greats like Reggie Jackson, and Roberto Clemente. The pinnacle of this set is the Yankees rookie duo of Thurman Munson and Dave McDonald. Thurman Munson was drafted 4th overall by the New York Yankees in 1968 and made his major league debut the following year. In the 26 games, the catcher didn't make that much of an impact, with a slash line of .256/.330/.349. The following year, Munson stepped it up grabbi

Who's Hot/Who's Not Week 7

Stats are from September 4th to September 11th @ 7pm EST Mike Trout (OF Los Angeles Angels) .476 BA BAbip .500 .607 OBP 1.655 OPS 3HR 5RBI Statcast: Exit Velo 98th percentile, Hard Hit% 98th, xwOBA 98th, xSLG 98th, Barrel% 95th, Sprint Speed 94th Analysis: Even for Mike Trout, this is a scorching hot run. As I referenced when Trout was "cold", his swing and miss was elevated as well as his strikeouts. Trout walked seven times this past week while only striking out four times in 28 plate appearances. He also hit his two hardest batted balls at 112.9MPH and 111.8MPH. This past weeks run boosted his 2020 slash line back to .296/.392/.664/1.057 with 16 HR's. Taylor Ward (1B/OF Los Angeles Angels

Decks By The Decade - 1960's Part Two

The later half of the 1960's was dominated by Topps, especially with the debut of Mr. October and the all time leader in pitcher strikeouts. 1967 Topps: This massive set (609 cards) featured the greats mentioned before with a couple of errors. The biggest error of them all would be the Roger Maris card where it shows him as a Yankee rather then the recently traded to St Louis Cardinals. The high number cards in the set (#534-609) weren't as mass produced as the base cards. Nestled in those select high number cards are two Hall of Famers; Rod Carew and Tom Seaver. After immigrating from Panama at the age of 14, Rod Carew started his professional career in baseball. He never played for his hig

Who's Hot/Who's Not Week 6

Stats are from August 28th to September 3rd @ 1pm Trea Turner (Utility Washington Nationals) .563 BA .640 BAbip 1.451 OPS 2 HR (one inside the parker) Statcast: Sprint Speed 100th percentile, xBA 95th, K% 90th, xwOBA 86th, xSLG 82nd Analysis: Trea Turner has been the fastest player in the league, consistently in the top 2% of the league in Sprint Speed for his five year career. Couple this with his above average power, and Turner is a 20/20 threat. What's upped his production this year is knocking the strikeouts down (14% this year compared to 21.7% for his career). This past week showed of his abilities with hitting an inside the park homer. Franmil Reyes (OF Cleveland Indians) .542 BA .611

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