Five Statistical Facts about Barry Zito

Baseball’s best or worst Jekyll and Hyde story of the century, pitcher Barry Zito had two completely different careers with the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. He’s planning a comeback in the 2015 season and before he does you should know these five statistical facts about him.

Oakland versus San Francisco

Here are some of the numbers from Zito’s time with the Athletics and Giants to give you an idea just how drastically different his career turned:

Oakland: 102-63, 3.55 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
San Francisco: 63-80, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

It’s amazing how one trip across the bay can change a man.

Wild Thing

One of Zito’s biggest weaknesses no matter what uniform he wore was his wildness. His career walks per 9 is currently 3.7. Things got so bad in 2008 when he actually surpassed the 100-walk mark when he issued 102 base on balls.

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2002 Cy Young Award Season

Long ago Zito won the 2002 Cy Young Award. That year he was 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA. Zito also finished 13th in the American League MVP voting as he helped lead the Athletics to the postseason.

Postseason Pitching

One thing, even as a member of the Giants, Zito has always been good at is pitching in October. In 10 career starts, Zito is 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA. He has had a few bad starts, but made up for it the last time he appeared in the postseason which just happened to be a victory in the World Series.

Blame Matt Kemp

When he joined the Giants, one player Zito had to face a lot more often was Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers. You can’t exactly blame Kemp for everything wrong with Zito’s career. You can however give Kemp some of the credit as in 60 at-bats, Kemp had a .417 batting average against Zito. Kemp also had 3 home runs and 10 RBIs with a .485 on-base percentage. Facing the Dodgers as often as he did in a Giants’ uniform, Kemp was the one guy Zito must have really hated facing.

Innings Eaters: MLB News for 3/30/2015 – Opening Day Preview, Bench Clearing Brawls, and More!

Here’s what you missed over at Innings Eaters today, Monday 3/30/2015.

I compiled a satirical list of the worst jobs in the 2015 MLB season. Which five jobs do I think are the worst? READ MORE

2014 Comeback Player of the Year Award winners Casey McGehee and Chris Young are going to have very different 2015 seasons. What can we expect from these two? READ MORE

The 2015 MLB season begins next Sunday night when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs. What can we get excited about for the first game of the season? READ MORE

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A bench clearing brawl took place in a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Who was involved and why did it happen? READ MORE

Until tomorrow!

Five Statistical Facts about Jered Weaver

No longer the little brother than Jeff Weaver, pitcher Jered Weaver has carved out a nice career for himself exclusively in a Los Angeles Angels’ uniform. An absolute winner, these are five statistical facts from his ongoing career.

An Absolute Winner

Déjà vu much? It’s worth repeating that Weaver is a winning pitcher. In each season since making his debut in 2006, Weaver has finished with an above .500 record. His career winning percentage is .655 with a record of 131-69. Each season has also ended with Weaver reaching double digits in wins.

Win Totals

Weaver is such a guaranteed win that it’s worth mentioning more. Twice Weaver has led the league in wins. He did so in 2012 when he won 20 and again in 2014 when he won 18. The 2012 season was a bit more impressive than your first look as he only had 30 starts that season and wasn’t even able to reach 200 innings.

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Allowing Home Runs

One of the few weaknesses in Weaver’s game is his tendency to allow lots of home runs. In all but two seasons he has allowed more than a home run per 9 innings. His career average has however equaled out to exactly 1 home run per 9 which isn’t too shameful.

2010 Strikeout Total

For the most part strikeouts are not something to expect in surplus from Weaver. In 2010 he surprised us all by leading the league with 233 of them. Weaver has failed to even reach 200 strikeouts in a season again let alone come close to touching his career high.

Postseason Pitching

In 7 postseason games, 4 as a starter and 3 in relief, Weaver is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA. In each of his first three appearances he faced off against the Boston Red Sox. He lost the first time and won the next two. In true Weaver fashion, he has allowed 5 home runs in only 27.2 postseason innings with a still very good ERA to back it up.

Innings Eaters: MLB News for 3/29/2015 – Faces and Heels, Mike Zunino, and More!

Here’s what you missed over at Innings Eaters today, Sunday 3/29/2015.

On the same as Wrestlemania, I continue with the MLB Faces and Heels. This time I take a look at the American League Central. Who are the good guys and the bad ones from the division? READ MORE

The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers all released some notable veterans. Who didn’t make the roster cut? READ MORE

Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron is having an amazing spring training. How much can he do to save the season? READ MORE

The Seattle Mariners may have finally found a stable catcher in Mike Zunino. What can we expect from the young slugger in the 2015 season? READ MORE

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Until tomorrow…!

Five Statistical Facts about Robin Ventura

Hitting walk-off home runs for the New York Mets, getting punched while in a headlock by Nolan Ryan, and managing a Major League Baseball team are just three highlights from the career of Robin Ventura. One of baseball’s best offensive and defensive third baseman in the 1990s, these are five statistical facts from his playing days.

All-Star Selections: 2

This has to be a mistake. Ventura was only selected to 2 All-Star Games his entire career? Something must be wrong. Indeed this is the case though as Ventura only ever received an All-Star nod in 1992 with the Chicago White Sox and again in 2002 in his lone full season with the New York Yankees.

Setting Career Highs in the 1999 Season

Ventura may have thought the world was going to come to an end with the arrival of Y2K because in the 1999 season, his first with the Mets, he set several career highs. Ventura had 177 hits, 120 RBIs, and a .301 batting average. He nearly set a new high in several other categories however the 1996 season was almost equally as impressive and remained a year where he had nearly comparable numbers.

Gold Gloves: 6

If Ventura had a dime for every Gold Glove he won, he would have to ask his date to pay for their dinner. In terms of $10 bills, he could have taken her somewhere nice as he won 6 total in his career. All 6 of them came from 1991-1998 while with the Chicago White Sox.

Versus Nolan Ryan

No decision ever came in however we can safely say Ventura lost the fight against Nolan Ryan. At the plate, the results were not much different. Ventura was only 3 for 19 off of Ryan for a .158 batting average. One thing he did do well against Ryan though was get on base. Drawing 5 walks, this gave Ventura a career .384 on-base percentage versus the man whose armpit he knows best.

On-Base Guy

Like he was able to get on base while facing Ryan, Ventura was overall in his career a very talented player who could have worked well under the guidance of Billy Beane. Ventura had only 104 fewer walks than strikeouts in his career. A .267 batting average looks a lot better with the help of his career .362 on-base percentage. Even in his final seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ventura continued to draw walks. In his final season he hit only .243, but had a .337 on-base percentage because of the 22 walks he had in 152 at-bats.

Innings Eaters: MLB News for 3/28/2015 – Yordano Ventura, Russell Wilson, and More!

Here’s what you missed over at Innings Eaters today.

Yordano Ventura tossed 7 no-hit innings last night in a spring training start. Could a Cy Young Award be in his immediate future? READ MORE

Carlos Gonzalez left last night’s game with a sore knee. How do the Colorado Rockies recover? READ MORE

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It’s all but set, the New York Yankees have their fifth starter and it’s Adam Warren. What can fans expect from him in 2015? READ MORE

Taking a look back in history, how did Erik Bedard influence the current Baltimore Orioles? READ MORE

NFL star Russell Wilson reported to Texas Rangers’ spring training today. Should the Seattle Seahawks prevent him from participating in non-football related activities? READ MORE

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The Houston Astros announced that George Springer will hit second in their lineup in 2015. What does this mean for the team? READ MORE

Until tomorrow…

Fantasy Baseball Draft #2 Complete

It has been a busy week for me and I haven’t gotten around to sharing my second fantasy baseball draft results to the public. You can take a breath now. I’m here.

This is from a Keeper League I have finished second in the last two years. Usually by September when the playoffs come around, I get distracted and admittedly I have half-assed my roster updates. Since there was no cash prize I never felt the need to steal someone’s WiFi when I was away from home or buy something from Dunkin Donuts just to use theirs.

In the league, we were allowed 4 keepers with at least 1 having to be a batter or a pitcher. My keepers were Andrew McCutchen, Jose Abreu, Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale. The only other one I was maybe going to keep was Madison Bumgarner, however, I’m expecting a bit of a decline from him this season after his glory during the 2014 World Series.

Anyway, here is how my team looks.

fantasy team 2_1

fantasy team 2_2

I’m very happy with the team. I especially like all of the young players I have on the bench. I purposefully loaded up on Toronto Blue Jays because I have very high expectations for the team.

One thing I did different this year from last was devote time to getting good closers. Typically I’ve ignored them and settled with three. This year, I have Mark Melancon, Cody Allen, Santiago Casilla, and Brett Cecil. I probably went a little heavy with offense, but some of the moves were necessary. Brandon Belt was taken very late and I’ve been impressed with him this spring. Dalton Pompey was my last pick and will be used mostly to add some stolen bases.

Already, I have made a few changes. Danny Salazar was optioned to Triple-A so I signed Carlos Rodon. He’s also beginning the season in the minors so I added Drew Hutchison. I’m a big fan of his and the strikeouts are certainly a big reason why.

Once again, my pitching is stellar and I’m confident between Scherzer, Sale, Jordan Zimmermann, and Sonny Gray at least one will win the Cy Young Award. I’m also quite happy with my offense. Since most of the young players I have are deep on the bench, even if most struggle I should be set.

There’s only one fantasy baseball draft left for me to go through and it’s another keeper league where we hold onto 15 players from last season. Thankfully that means a quick draft and not 2-3 hours of watching people trash talk each other as I stuff my face with food.

I’m Not an AC/DC Fan, with One Exception

What does AC/DC have to do with baseball? Because of baseball, there’s actually a song of theirs I enjoy.

It’s strange that I’m not more into AC/DC than I am because they fit perfectly into my taste. I do enjoy certain songs of theirs, but find them a little too cartoonish. Schoolboy shorts are to AC/DC as makeup is to KISS.

The one song of theirs that I think will always give me chills is Thunderstruck. My guess is it’s not too many people’s favorites since it came out when they had their new singer following the passing of the first. As you can see, my knowledge of the band is rather limited to actions and not names. Unfortunately this is a major problem of mine outside of sports like the one time I was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt (a band I love) and a cashier asked me if I liked the first or the second singer. He named them by name and the only part of it I got was “Bruce” so I went with him. Thankfully he agreed.

Anyway, this is about baseball.

Thunderstruck was the song played before every Trenton Thunder game when I was going on a near weekly basis. It fit perfectly as it got you pumped up for the game and actually featured the team’s nickname in the title/song/lyrics/etc.

Still to this day, whenever I hear Thunderstruck, I think imagine myself back at a Thunder game standing on the third base line begging for the visiting player’s autographs. When the song played, it meant the game was only a few minutes away from beginning. When the game began, it meant three hours of relaxing and watching baseball before it was time to go back to work hounding for ‘graphs.

AC/DC will never be a band I will really enjoy with the exception of this lone song that brings me back to simpler baseball-filled days.

Innings Eaters: MLB News 3/27/2015 – AL MVP Prediction, Detroit Tigers Injuries, and More!

Here’s what was going on over at Innings Eaters today.

Mike Trout is the reigning American League MVP, but he’s not who I think will win it this season. Who is my top candidate to win the 2015 AL MVP Award? READ MORE

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The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to sign free agent Cuban Yasmany Tomas this offseason. He has played poorly this preseason and made start the year at Triple-A. Is it time to call him a bust? READ MORE

The Detroit Tigers are coming into the 2015 season with some very important players on the disabled list. Who are they and when can we expect them to come back? READ MORE

Until tomorrow!