Clayton Kershaw’s Cy Young, Roy Halladay, and 23

Clayton Kershaw has been one of the most hyped up young pitchers in the league since he made his debut as a 20-year-old in 2008. In 2011, he made that next step toward becoming one of the league’s true aces. With 21 victories, 248 strikeouts, a stellar 62 ERA-, a 2.47 FIP, 6.8 WAR — whichever way you slice it, Kershaw was an elite pitcher in 2011 and truly deserving of recognition, regardless of age. The fact that he has accomplished so much by age 23 is phenomenal.

At age 23, Roy Halladay was setting the MLB record for the highest ERA in a season, posting a 10.64 ERA in 67.2 innings with the Toronto Blue Jays. So much has changed since then, of course, with Halladay bringing in two Cy Young Awards over the past 10 years. This season marks Halladay’s second runner-up finish. If not for Kershaw taking home the pitching Triple Crown (leading in wins, strikeouts, and ERA), one could have imagined a closer vote.

Halladay’s 2011 performance likely earns the Cy Young in any other season. His 8.2 WAR was a commanding first in the league, and his entire profile backs it up. From posting a 2.35 ERA in a hitters’ park in Philadelphia to striking out 6.3 times as many batters as he walked, Halladay continued to define pitching.

The selection of Kershaw over Halladay comes in a year where both were so clearly elite and so similarly great that complaining over the BBWAA’s selection is simply tilting at windmills. What’s more interesting is where both pitchers have come from and where they will go from here.

Whereas Kershaw has always been the Next Big Thing, from his selection as the seventh overall pick through his quick ascension to ace status in the majors, things were far less simple for Halladay. As a 17th overall pick in 1995, Halladay was always somewhat hyped, and he even made a quick debut in the major leagues, starting two games as a 21-year-old in 1998. But he was rushed, and it would show. The next season, 1999, saw a horrid 82/79 K/BB, and 2000 saw the results finally match up to the poor process. The record Halladay set as a 23-year-old, a 10.64 ERA in 67.2 innings, lasted until this year, when Brian Matusz of the Orioles allowed a 10.69 ERA in 49.2 innings.

It’s difficult to imagine Halladay as not only a bad pitcher, but possibly the worst pitcher the game has ever seen over a 40-inning stretch. After toiling to improve in the minors, Halladay was able to return in 2001. Then, we saw the beginning of what would be the Roy Halladay we know now. In 21 starts, Halladay posted a 3.16 ERA and a 2.34 FIP, even more remarkable in the context of the steroid era.

The rest is history. Halladay would go on to win the 2003 Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays and supplement it with the 2010 award as well, and he is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career. For today, he yields the stage to Kershaw, the phenom who has yet to stumble on his path to greatness.

Kershaw reached the majors in 2008, only two years after the Dodgers tabbed him with the seventh pick in the 2006 draft. In 21 starts as a rookie, Kershaw posted a 4.26 ERA and a 4.08 FIP — mediocre only if you weren’t paying attention. The lefty struck out a stunning 8.4 batters per nine innings and showed that he was merely a few tweaks away from mastering his control (4.4 BB/9) and turning potential into reality.

Since then, Kershaw has been the anchor of the Dodgers’ pitching staff. Kershaw posted a 4.4 WAR season on the back of a tremendous 9.7 K/9 in 2009 and has improved ever since. In 2010, his BB/9 fell to 3.6. In 2011, it all came together, as his walk rate fell to 2.1, and with control has come true greatness. Kershaw’s 6.8 WAR as a 23-year-old matches Felix Hernandez‘s at the same age back in 2009, a year before the King won his first Cy Young. If Hernandez’s age-24 and -25 seasons are any indication, Kershaw is on track to remain one of the game’s elite for some time now.

Although he put up one of his best seasons in a fantastic career, today Roy Halladay gives Clayton Kershaw his time in the spotlight. They have reached this point in vastly different ways, but going forward, there should be no doubt: when it comes to the National League, these two set the standard for pitching.



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Jon
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4 years 8 months ago

1.4 WAR is a big gap. Why shouldn’t we complain about the runner up being 20% more valuable than the winner?

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

because even WAR calculations are have a margin for error?

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

If Ryan Braun and Clayton Kershaw win the MVP and Cy Young rather than Matt Kemp and Roy Halladay, I don’t think you can get overly upset. The baseball writers have done worse than give awards to 2nd place guys.

Werthless
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Werthless
4 years 8 months ago

Let’s not pretend that we know everything there is no know about pitcher skill. When we learn in 10 years that Kershaw was able to systematically induce weaker flyball contact than league average, are we supposed to retract our outrage?

It’s hardly a travesty to pick the guy who won the triple crown as Cy Young. I’m sure you can find something better to complain about.

Matt
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Matt
4 years 8 months ago

BaseballReference WAR has Halladay leading by only 0.4. Pitcher WAR is tricky, as Dave et al. have acknowledged. FG uses FIP, and completely strips out BABIP. BR is based on actual runs allowed and tries to adjust for defense, park, quality of competition, etc. Neither is perfect. I’d say Halladay deserved to win, but it was fairly close, and there have certainly been worse votes.

My echo and bunnymen
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My echo and bunnymen
4 years 8 months ago

B.-Ref has kershaw over Halladay if you include hitting.

Santos
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Santos
4 years 8 months ago

But you wouldn’t include hitting to determine an award for pitching…

Mayor McFleas
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4 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure the Cy Young just goes to the best pitcher. How the voters interpret that is up to them, but I don’t know why fielding/hitting should be excluded. Similarly the MVP (effectively) goes to the best hitter, but doesn’t just look at hitting.

Dave
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4 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure unless you’re the worst fielding pitcher EVER, you’re not going to be docked in the voting for your skill in that category. And hitting is excluded because AL pitchers don’t hit, silly. You can’t hold that against NL pitchers then. Awful comment.

Kyle H
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Kyle H
4 years 8 months ago

I think it was close enough people just voted for the new guy. Giving Roy Halladay another Cy Young is less of a story for a bunch of writers

Bip
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Bip
4 years 8 months ago

I think it was close people just voted for the triple crown winner.

Richard
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Richard
4 years 8 months ago

Citizens Bank Park is not a hitter’s park; it plays neutral.

Kampfer
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Kampfer
4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw plays in a pitcher park though. So comparatively you can look at Doc’s number and say he plays in a slightly tougher park.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

By now you would think someone would have calculated the average pitching/hitting advantages of playing for each team. It would not only factor in the player playing in their homepark half the time, but also all the extra time spent in other same division parks. I’m guessing Petco/AT&T would cancel out Coors/Chase, but who knows

Matt
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Matt
4 years 8 months ago

It’s only barely a pitcher’s park. BR reports the multi-year park factor as 97. Citizens Bank is a 101, so it’s a pretty minimal difference.

Scott
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Scott
4 years 8 months ago

WAR is going to undervalue Kershaw because it normalizes his BABIP to .300 or so, and he’s got 700+ IP of .279 BABIP (while playing with typically awful defenses behind him).

Santos
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Santos
4 years 8 months ago

Even B-R WAR had Halladay (slightly) ahead of Kershaw, which doesn’t normalize BABIP.

yawwwn
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yawwwn
4 years 8 months ago

The Dodger’s defense was above average this season, not sure why you say Kershaw played with “awful defenses behind him”. 12th in the league in UZR/150. The Phillies were 18th, with a marginal difference between the two, but if a gripe for defense goes in anyone’s corner this season its to Halladay’s.

Cardsfan
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4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw faced the Padres and Giants nine times. Halladay’s opponents were a pretty good reflection of the NL. This seems important when weighing their performances.

Matt
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Matt
4 years 8 months ago

Klaw voted for Halladay and said this was probably his biggest reason, FWIW

colin
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colin
4 years 8 months ago

Makes sense

Greg Hazard
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Greg Hazard
4 years 8 months ago

Now consider this.

Kershaw made 11 starts against the Cards, Reds, Rockies, and D-Backs – the four highest run scoring teams in the NL.

Halladay’s record against the four worst run scoring teams in the NL: 5-0, 6 starts, 48.1 IP, 9 RA, 4 BB, 57 SO, 1.30 ERA.

Kershaw against teams with a better than .500 record:
12-3, 18 starts, 125.2 IP, 34 RA, 28 BB, 148 SO, 0.939 WHIP, 1.93 ERA.

Halladay against teams with a better than .500 record:
4-4, 10 starts, 76 IP, 69 H, 26 RA, 18 BB, 70 SO, 1.145 WHIP, 3.08 ERA

Kershaw against sub .500 teams:
9-2, 15 starts, 107.2 IP, 84 H, 32 RA, 26 BB, 100 SO, 1.022 WHIP. 2.67 ERA

Halladay against sub .500 teams:
15-2, 22 starts, 157.2 IP, 139 H, 39 RA, 17 BB, 150 SO, 0.989 WHIP, 2.00 ERA

The numbers prove that Kershaw was sent out against superior competition far more often and he pitched his best against superior competition. The numbers also prove that Halladay was sent out largely against the dregs of baseball, and he cleaned up on them. In the rare times (less than 1/3 of his starts) he was sent up against the better teams, his performance was less than stellar. If anything, the head-to-head splits show that Kershaw was the more dominant pitcher because he pitched at an elite level against all comers.

We can play these games with small sample sizes all we want. Keith Law once again proved he is a tool. He relied upon a paucity of evidence (9 starts against San Diego and San Francisco) that would confirm his bias, while he ignored more evidence that would prove him wrong. Law prefers Halladay to Kershaw, and so that’s why he voted for him.

Both Halladay and Kershaw are wonderful pitchers who had wonderful years. I think Kershaw was a little better this year than Halladay, but I can’t fault anyone for thinking otherwise.

Cliff
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4 years 8 months ago

“The evidence” shows no such thing. How about some granularity?

Santos
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Santos
4 years 8 months ago

You say that Kershaw made 11 starts against the 4 highest run scoring teams in the NL, but don’t cite how he fared. Then you cite how Halladay fared against the 4 worst run scoring teams in the NL. Then you compare how the two pitchers fared based on the record of the team they faced instead of the strength of their offense? That is some very shoddy reasoning. The Mets were a sub .500 team but they still had an above average offense.

Chair
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4 years 8 months ago

Honestly just look at my more fair and through work in the comments of this post:http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/tht-awards-season-finale-volume-1/

Greg Hazard
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4 years 8 months ago

Okay, Cliff and Santos, here goes:

I should have started my comment with “Applying Keith Law’s logic….” I was trying to demonstrate that Keith Law voted for the Cy Young Award based upon pretty shoddy reasoning, and I think Keith Law is an arrogant tool. I was demonstrating how one could use the smallest of sample sizes, literally game-by-game matchups – which Keith Law apparently relied heavily upon – to prove Keith Law wrong. I stand by my evidence, because it is a helluva lot more compelling and carries far more weight than, “Kershaw made nine starts against the two worst hitting teams and so Halladay was better.” But it’s still gamesmanship, as I stated. I dug further than Keith Law. That was my point.

Since you asked: Kershaw struggled in his two starts at Coors Field and his one start at Great America Ball Park, but he pitched very well at Chase Field, and in Miller Park he shut out the Brewers in 8 innings. Against the Cardinals, Kershaw struggled in his one start at Dodger Stadium but shut the Cardinals out in six innings at Busch Stadium. Kershaw also pitched a complete game two-hit shutout against the Tigers – a very good hitting team – striking out 11. Halladay gave up 5 runs in 7 IP in his one start at Coors Field; Halladay had one good start and one bad start against the Brewers – the worst start of his season; Ditto with the Cardinals, one good and one bad; Halladay pitched very well against the Rangers and the Blue Jays. So overall, Kershaw and Halladay pitched about the same against the best hitting teams – a mixed bag due to using the smallest of sample sizes, but overall showing what we would expect: The best hitting teams do better than the worst hitting teams against the elite pitchers. Again, my point was to prove that Keith Law used shoddy reasoning by relying upon 9 starts against the Giants and Padres.

Nohd
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4 years 8 months ago

Total number of hitters faced
Halladay: 961
Lee: 936
Kershaw: 946

Average wRC+ of hitters faced
Halladay: 93.73
Lee: 93.46
Kershaw: 91.66

For comparison sake, here is the AL equivalent.
Total batters faced
Verlander: 997
Sabathia: 1007
Weaver: 959

Average wRC+ of batters
Verlander: 96.69
Sabathia: 99.77
Weaver: 96.96

Sources: Retrosheet play-by-play and Fangraphs leaderboards

Giants Fan
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Giants Fan
4 years 8 months ago

It honestly feels like Kershaw won 5 1-0 games against Lincecum last year.

Everett
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Everett
4 years 8 months ago

Thing is, when we’re breaking it down to this degree, clearly we’re nitpicking. I would’ve voted Hallday 1 and Kershaw 2 with this being one of the reasons, but I’ve got no problem with going the other way around.

ray
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4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw faced Lincecum 5 times and went 5-0 against him. How many aces did Halladay face in the NL East?

colin
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colin
4 years 8 months ago

W/L? Ace vs Ace matchup comparisons? Really?

Santos
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Santos
4 years 8 months ago

Colin don’t try to argue facts. The only requirement for the NL Cy Young award is to beat Tim Lincecum 5 times. The writers’ hands were tied.

Greg Hazard
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Greg Hazard
4 years 8 months ago

And yet you were persuaded by Keith Law’s “nine starts against the Padres and Giants” argument?

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

If you look at their actual starts it’s not so obvious that strength of opposition was the difference. If you are going to decide a vote with something like that, shouldn’t you go all the way and compare the overall strength of their opponents through all 31 starts?

Cardsfan
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Cardsfan
4 years 8 months ago

Sure, but in this case it’s pretty easy to eyeball.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah but I did go in depth. Halladay replaced Kershaw’s 6 extra Giants/Padres starts with starts against the Pirates/Athletics/Nationals/Dodgers. If anyone cares to read old through old blog comments (awkward research) on the matter here is a link:http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/tht-awards-season-finale-volume-1/

Box
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Box
4 years 8 months ago

Not really;

if you average the final wRC of each team Kershaw and Halladay faced during the season you get:

Kershaw, (33 teams), average team wRC of 667.9
Halladay (32 teams), average team wRC of 675.3

or about the difference between facing the Indians (16th wRC) and the Marlins (19th wRC) last year.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

I would say that’s close enough to be within the margin of error.

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
4 years 8 months ago

Do you guys adjust their opponent strength based on the lineup that day and whether or not it was before the trade deadline? Or whether or not players were hot?

I mean, a crappy team with a hot offense is harder to pitch against than a good team with a cold offense. Shouldn’t that be factored in?

Mike Green
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Mike Green
4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw also may (or may not have done) particularly well in the BABIP department this year because he fielded his position very well. DRS doesn’t think so, but he did have a whole bunch of assists and the writers did give him the GG (not that that is worth much).

I probably would have voted for Halladay, but either one is a reasonable choice.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

plus he is good at getting pickoffs, but I suppose that would go towards GG not Cy.

jim
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jim
4 years 8 months ago

…round 2 of the 2011 awards bitchfest seems to be in full session early

colin
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colin
4 years 8 months ago

What was round 1? ROY?

Crap Shoot
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Crap Shoot
4 years 8 months ago

Metrics in which Halladay outperformed Kershaw:

FIP, xFIP, tERA, tRA (statcorner version), SIERA

Oh and Kershaw pitched in the NL West in a pitcher’s park.

Why is this not a bad choice again?

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

there is a gap between second best choice and “bad choice” no?

jim
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jim
4 years 8 months ago

no, you have to pick the WAR leader as winner for each award or it’s a bad choice

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

I can’t tell if you are joking or if you are a crazy Fangraphs WAR fanatic lol

jim
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jim
4 years 8 months ago

lol no im fucking with you

Bryan
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4 years 8 months ago

I think the story here is that voters are stuck on a 19th-century metric. There are two legitimate ways to judge a pitcher’s success: run prevention (rWAR does this best) and fielding-independent outcomes (fWAR does this best). In between there’s an antiquated metric that makes subjective judgments about what plays shouldn’t count against a pitcher’s record and how innings would have unfolded if those plays were made. Unfortunately, that’s the metric you can find at ESPN.com or in the newspaper or on the TV screen. And the guy with the best ERA won the Cy Young.

Of course, that might just be me hoping it wasn’t because of wins.

IvanGrushenko
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IvanGrushenko
4 years 8 months ago

Has it been universally agreed that fWAR is the “best” in fielding-independent outcomes?

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
4 years 8 months ago

How has it not been agreed on that fielding independent stats are lazy? Just find out the average runs created on GB, FB, and LD and multiply it by the rate at which they get each and add it to the FIP equation and you’ll have a MUCH better stat.

Mayor McFleas
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Mayor McFleas
4 years 8 months ago
Telo
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Telo
4 years 8 months ago

I want to see opp wOBA.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

me too, but how would that work? How would you account for AB’s against players with high wOBA but sss? Do you go by the last 3 years average, or just that year? I’m not sure it can be done.

Nohd
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Nohd
4 years 8 months ago

Here is the average batter wOBA faced:
NL
Halladay: 0.3102
Lee: 0.3101
Kershaw: 0.3076

AL
Verlander: 0.3174
Sabathia: 0.3220
Weaver: 0.3163

I posted the wRC+ higher in the comment thread, which I personally find more useful.

Spare a thought for the tough schedule of the AL RoY candidates (wRC+):
Pineda: 0.3272 (103.87)
Hellickson: 0.3240 (101.13)
Nova: 0.3239 (101.22)

These figures lend support to Halladay, Sabathia and Pineda for their respective awards.

As Chair said, small sample size is a bit of a problem. Facing a pitcher with a wRC+ of -100 probably drags the average down more than it should.

I have used this year’s data for batters. It wouldn’t be all that difficult to use the last 3 year’s data instead.

FFFFan
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FFFFan
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve seen both pitchers in person multiple times. Given that and the stats I’d lean slightly towards Hallady, but Kershaw is not a bad pick.

I’d also have to say that Kershaw’s stuff is actually better than Halladay’s. The late movement on Kershaw’s pitch is other worldly. His future ceiling will be determined by the consistency of his command. If he can consistently command his stuff, look out. Halladay of course has great stuff and command (as well as guile).

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

guile? Whats that? I don’t see it in the Fangraph’s leaders pages.

FFFFan
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FFFFan
4 years 8 months ago

You’re right about that.

CircleChange11
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CircleChange11
4 years 8 months ago

Well, at least there’s no confusion about where fWAR stands in the minds of the voters.

Greinke’s award revealed that voters value ERA more than pitcher wins, but not that fWAR carries any significant weight.

It’s unfortunate. We’ll have to cancel the parade and everything.

Chair
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Chair
4 years 8 months ago

allot of voters still don’t know what it is

sheath1976
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sheath1976
4 years 8 months ago

alot of voters still don’t care what it is.

Seideberg
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Seideberg
4 years 8 months ago

CircleChange, I think I love you.

fergie348
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fergie348
4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw is flat out nasty. When he’s able to locate his fastball and slider low in the zone, he’s pretty hard to hit. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to do what he’s done with essentially a two pitch repetoire. He also throws a curveball and change up but not often and not nearly as effectively as his fastball/slider combo. Does anyone know if he mixes his fastball grips to make his fastball essentially 2 (or 3) pitches?

deron
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4 years 8 months ago

I’m glad the BS “winning team” argument didnt mess up this award. Clayton definitely deserved it. He won the pitcher’s triple crown; the discussion should end there. But for any doubters, here’s the cincher: compare how the top three candidates Kershaw, Halladay, and Kennedy fared against the top twenty NL hitters and the rest of the league. Against the rest of the league: OPS allowed was .548, .547, and .601 for Ker, Hal, and Ken, respectively. Now, against the 20 hitters Hal’s was .912, Ken’s was .948, and Kershaw… .610!

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/10/cy-young-2011-simple-case-for-clayton.html

Hurtlocker
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Hurtlocker
4 years 8 months ago

I think it’s awesome that Giants had four pitchers that got votes. Can’t fault the pitching staff for horrible offense.

George
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George
4 years 8 months ago

Halladay was the better pitcher this season. If he had won two more games and Kershaw had won two less, he would have also won this vote too.

Despite what some may think, the BBWAA is still somewhat fixated on that stat.

RandomSoxFan
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4 years 8 months ago

BBWAA just replaced Win with ERA recently as the key factor(as in after the Greinke 16 Lincecum 15 year), they are still using a 19th century metric to judge a 21st century player. To not give the bWar and fWar leader is a mistake and I predicted this yesterday(check my post on the Verlander CY thread).

RandomSoxFan
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RandomSoxFan
4 years 8 months ago

Again, I was not suprised, these are the same voters who deemed a 12.1 fWar season(Pedro 1999) unworthy of a MVP. I predicted this 2 days ago in the Verlander CY thread, and 27-4 win in 1st place vote is definitely a land slide.

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
4 years 8 months ago

In 5 years it’s going to be funny when everyone is talking about how crappy FIP is. We’ll say “how retarded were you guys for taking batted balls out of it? Look at the type of batted ball and the velocity it traveled. Don’t just cut everything out”.

Actually no, we’ll be using some other stat with holes as a be all stat….and still dissing FIP or whatever “outdated” stat there is.

Think progressively. We don’t know it all and FIP is lazy. Yes, I’m a FIP hating “troll” or whatever.

suicide squeeze
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suicide squeeze
4 years 8 months ago

1. FIP does not strip out batted balls. It relates all non-batted balls to the baseline of batted balls. If a pitcher did nothing but allow batted balls, he would have a FIP of 3.2 (or whatever the constant is).

2. Just because we’ll likely have some better stat in the future doesn’t mean we should ignore FIP now. Instead we just need to realize that it isn’t perfect, and the Cy Young winner shouldn’t just automatically be the FIP leader.

RandomSoxFan
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RandomSoxFan
4 years 8 months ago

Kershaw maybe better than Roy Halladay this year, but not close to justifying a 27 to 4 advantage in 1st place votes and a 70+ points advantage in total points.

pssguy
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pssguy
4 years 8 months ago

If 31 voters acting independently each thought Kershaw was better – even by a smidgeon – then it would have been 31 first places.

Greg Hazard
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Greg Hazard
4 years 8 months ago

When you have two terrific pitchers so evenly matched like Kershaw and Halladay – two pitchers who look great with back-of-the-bubble-gum-card stats and Sabermetric calculations – I say we use one stat to settle the score.

I say we use a stat that isn’t derived from a complex mathematical equation or economic theory; a stat that doesn’t have a % at the end or a little letter before a big letter at the front; a stat that isn’t intended to predict the future; a stat that any baseball fan can appreciate.

I’m talking about strikeouts.

Can’t we all agree that strikeouts is the ultimate FIP stat? There is nothing more resolute than a strikeout. Forget park factors. Throw defense and chance out the window. We don’t need to debate the virtues of grounders and flies, or wonder why Pitcher X has such a low FB/HR rate. I say, screw Crash Davis and his “ground balls are more democratic” nonsense. Screw democracy! Give me a despot on the mound with the big fastball and sick breaking ball who can tell his defense to take the night off. As much as I loved watching Maddux in his prime and Halladay now, give me Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez. I want an executioner on the mound, not a surgeon.

Clayton Kershaw struck out more batters with greater frequency. There’s your Cy Young Award winner.

Milhouse
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Milhouse
4 years 8 months ago

If you really wanted to be fair you would have to look at walks and thus K/BB as well.

SOB in TO
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SOB in TO
4 years 8 months ago

Someone will have to create a Pitcher-Dependent Fielding metric.

mister_rob
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mister_rob
4 years 8 months ago

Just wait til the day there is another triple crown winner on the hitting side…but WAR says someone else was better

Then you’ll have a bunch of nitwits arguing the triple crown winner doesnt deserve to be MVP. Wont even matter if the difference in WHIP is questionable fielding metrics. THese nitwits will stand by their WAR

suicide squeeze
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suicide squeeze
4 years 8 months ago

So, because defensive metrics have relatively large error margins, you’re just going to totally ignore defense? I mean even HRs have error margins due to differing park sizes and weather conditions.

The hitting triple crown may actually be less indicitave of player value than the pitching triple crown because it ignores/marginalizes so many important things like walks, baserunning, doubles, and positional scarcity.

sheath1976
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sheath1976
4 years 8 months ago

Who would name their kid Clayton? Or Roy for that matter. I ‘m fine with Kershaw. Look it could be worse. I heard a couple fools pulling for Ian Kennedy on MLB network in September. We should be happy that did not happen. When advanced metrics are within the margin of error go with the tripple crown dude. Prehistric, I know but whatcha gonna do.

Greg W
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Greg W
4 years 8 months ago

They named him Harry Leroy, he ended up as Roy.

suicide squeeze
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suicide squeeze
4 years 8 months ago

For that matter, who names a kid Clifton Phifer?

Paul
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Paul
4 years 8 months ago

It’s a bit of a shame that Kershaw is getting a bit overshadowed by the Halladay WAR love in.

Is it not a fact that Halladay had the fortune to be a bit lucky with his HR rate this year? His fortune is that this is counted in FIP and hence WAR.

Kershaw (and Verlander this year, and previously guys like Felix) had the misfortune to outperform the norm (or be lucky depending on your point of view) with their BABIP rate. The misfortune is that this aspect is not counted in FIP and hence WAR.

To be honest, I’m perfectly ok with a 23 yo Triple Crown winner on a dog-shit team sporting a >4.5 K:B ratio won the best pitcher award, over an already near HoF guy who has already bagged 2 CYA, and maybe that factored in.

1 and 1a, decider is that Halladay doesn’t have the spare mantelpiece space.

George
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George
4 years 8 months ago

Halladay should have arguably bagged another one, too. See the 2008 AL Cy. Another case where W/L total worked against him.

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