Report Cards

Posted by Baseball Bob at 09:10
May 032011

Below you will find report cards to date (As of May 3). There is a small inconsistency in the data: I collected the pitching data on Monday, May 2, and includes games of May 1, but I collected the hitting data today, Tuesday May 3, and so it includes the games of Monday as well. I don’t think it hurts the overall conclusions in any event.

The pitchers have taken over, even compared to 2010 “The Year of the Pitcher”. Overall, MLB hitters by this metric (using the formula for 2010) only rate a D+, where it should be C. At this moment, starters rate a B+ and relievers a B. For the record, I have not yet made the jump to the proposed more discriminating ratings, which would bring the pitchers down a bit.

I don’t plan to adjust the algorithms in-season to recenter the grades, which is to say that I am grading on LAST YEAR’S curve. I will re-curve the year-end numbers. But I find it (for myself) better to keep the standard the same in-season, so that I can compare grades from period to period without the numbers jumping all over the place on me (that is, your runs scored goes DOWN but your grade goes UP, because other teams are scoring fewer runs).

In any event, because I could and I thought someone might be interested, I include at the end a comparison of the grades on 4-17 and now, team by team. The team that stands out, to me, is the Marlins: their D+ offense for the first two weeks is A for the month, their C rotation is also A, and they have retained their excellent bullpen. No wonder they no have one of the best records in the game. SOME two-week run!

Did I mention that I love this game?

Actual Hitters Starters Relievers
Team W L W L Grade W L Grade GP Rating Grade
ARI 12 15 9.5 17.5 F 12.5 14.5 D+ 80 7 C-
ATL 14 15 13 17 D- 19.25 9.75 A+++ 89 31 A
BAL 13 13 12.5 14.5 D+ 14.75 11.25 B+ 72 5 D+
BOS 12 15 16 12 B+ 15 12 B 72 2 D
CHC 12 15 12.5 15.5 D 10.75 16.25 F 87 27 A-
CWS 10 19 12 18 F 14.5 14.5 C 70 -1 F
CLE 19 8 15.5 11.5 B+ 17.75 9.25 A++ 78 29 A+
CIN 14 13 16.5 11.5 A- 13.75 13.25 C 87 32 A+
COL 17 9 14.5 11.5 B 14.25 11.75 B 85 39 A+++
DET 12 16 12.5 16.5 D- 15.75 12.25 B+ 77 7 C-
FLA 17 9 16 11 A 15.75 10.25 A 86 31 A+
HOU 11 17 15.5 12.5 B 13.25 14.75 D+ 90 -3 F
KCR 15 13 16 12 B+ 12 16 D- 81 18 B
sLAA 16 12 14 15 C- 19.25 8.75 A++++ 77 31 A+
LAD 14 15 14 16 D+ 16.75 12.25 A- 76 -8 F
MIL 13 14 14.5 13.5 C+ 16 11 A 85 11 C
MIN 9 18 2.5 20.5 F 12.25 14.75 D 79 -1 D-
NYM 12 16 13.5 14.5 C- 13 15 D+ 91 19 B-
NYY 16 9 18.5 7.5 A+++++ 14.25 10.75 B+ 77 20 B+
OAK 14 14 12.5 16.5 D- 19 9 A+++ 72 13 C+
PHI 18 9 11 16 F 19.5 7.5 A+++++ 72 30 A++
PIT 13 15 11.5 17.5 F 13.5 14.5 C- 84 37 A++
SDP 11 17 9 20 F 17.75 10.25 A+ 87 42 A+++
SFG 13 14 12.5 15.5 D 16 11 A 92 27 A-
SEA 13 16 10.5 18.5 F 18 11 A+ 66 10 C
STL 16 12 15 16 C- 17.25 10.75 A+ 81 5 D+
TEX 16 12 15 14 C+ 17 11 A 65 10 C
TBR 15 13 12 16 D- 16.75 11.25 A 78 16 B-
TOR 13 15 16 12 B+ 14.25 13.75 C 94 35 A+
WAS 13 14 12.5 15.5 D 16.5 10.5 A+ 80 15 B-

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Comparison Table

Hitting Starters Bullpen
Team 17-Apr 3-May 17-Apr 2-May 17-Apr 2-May
ARI C F F D+ D C-
ATL F D- A A+++ A++ A
BAL D- D+ C B+ B D+
BOS B+ B+ F B F D
CHC A+ D F F C+ A-
CWS A F B C F F
CLE B- B+ A++++++ A++ A++ A+
CIN A+ A- A- C A+ A+
COL A+++++ B B+ B A+ A+++
DET C D- C B+ A- C-
FLA D+ A C A A++++ A+
HOU C B D+ D+ D F
KCR A B+ B- D- B B
sLAA C C- A+++++++ A++++ A+ A+
LAD F D+ D A- F F
MIL D+ C+ B+ A D+ C
MIN F F D+ D C- D-
NYM C C- F D+ C B-
NYY A++++++ A+++++ F B+ A B+
OAK D+ D- A++++++ A+++ C- C+
PHI C F A++++ A+++++ A+++ A++
PIT D- F C- C- B A++
SDP F F A A+ A+++ A+++
SFG B+ D B+ A B+ A-
SEA F F C+ A+ D+ C
STL D+ C- A++ A+ F D+
TEX B+ C+ A+++ A B C
TBR F D- B A C- B-
TOR B- B+ A C B A+
WAS B+ D A++++ A+ C+ B-

 

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