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Daily Notes: A Statistical Update on Players in Deadline Deals

Posted By Carson Cistulli On September 25, 2013 @ 10:13 am In Daily Notes | 9 Comments

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. A Statistical Update on Players in Deadline Deals
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

A Statistical Update on Players in Deadline Deals
Introduction
On August 2nd of this year, the author published in these same Notes a leaderboard featuring all — or, at least, the most notable — players to have changed teams ahead of the July 31st deadline for non-waiver deals.

Nearly two months later, what the author has done is to aggregate and publish below a pair of similar leaderboards — in this case, featuring the statistical records for August and September of all those same players who appeared on the leaderboards from two months ago.

Leaderboard: August and September Stats, Traded Hitters
Here are the aggregate WAR figures, et al., from August and September for batters traded before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.

Rank Name Team PA OFF DEF WAR
1 Alfonso Soriano Yankees 207 8.8 -0.2 1.7
2 Jose Iglesias Tigers 139 -0.9 5.2 0.9
3 Justin Maxwell Royals 95 6.6 -2.3 0.8
4 Grant Green Angels 130 2.3 -2.2 0.5
5 Alberto Callaspo Athletics 162 0.9 -4.2 0.2
6 Scott Hairston Nationals 39 1.4 -0.3 0.2
7 L.J. Hoes Astros 168 3.1 -6.7 0.2
8 Avisail Garcia White Sox 149 2.8 -6.5 0.1
9 Steve Clevenger Orioles 7 -0.1 0.1 0.0
10 Drew Butera Dodgers 5 -1.2 0.0 -0.1

Leaderboard: August and September Stats, Traded Pitchers
Here are the aggregate WAR figures, et al., from August and September for pitchers traded before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.

Rank Name Team IP SO BB WAR
1 Jake Peavy Red Sox 58.2 40 15 1.3
2 Ricky Nolasco Dodgers 57.1 51 11 1.1
3 Matt Garza Rangers 64.2 60 17 0.8
4 Bud Norris Orioles 46.2 52 22 0.6
5 Scott Feldman Orioles 56.2 45 24 0.5
6 Pedro Strop Cubs 22.1 26 6 0.4
7 Marc Rzepczynski Indians 17.1 17 5 0.2
8 Scott Downs Braves 11.2 14 8 0.2
9 Francisco Rodriguez Orioles 19.0 26 4 0.2
10 Matt Thornton Red Sox 7.1 3 3 0.1
11 Carlos Marmol Dodgers 16.2 23 15 0.1
12 Jose Veras Tigers 17.1 15 8 0.1
13 Justin Grimm Cubs 7.0 4 3 0.1
14 Matt Guerrier Cubs 1.1 1 2 0.0
15 Brayan Villarreal Red Sox 0.0 0 1 0.0
16 Steven Ames Marlins 3.2 4 2 0.0
17 Jake Arrieta Cubs 39.2 34 19 0.0
18 Joe Thatcher D-backs 9.0 6 6 -0.1
19 Ian Kennedy Padres 50.1 48 24 -0.2

Three Notes
• While the New York Americans won’t qualify for the postseason, it’s not for lack of production from Alfonso Soriano. Overall, the 37-year-old outfielder has produced a 134 wRC+ and 1.7 WAR in 228 plate appearances since his (re)acquisition from the Cubs, starting the plurality of games in left field during that stretch.

• Were it not for a recent start against San Francisco during which he recorded a 0:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 15 total batters in just 1.1 innings (box), right-hander Ricky Nolasco would likely sit atop the leaderboard among pitchers traded before the deadline. Leader Jake Peavy’s own claim to first place is somewhat tentative: he’s striking out fewer batters, walking more, and inducing fewer batters than he did with the White Sox. A .244 BABIP, however, and 6.1% home-run rate on fly balls have benefited his overall run prevention.

• After spending much of his season with the Cardinals as a member of their Triple-A affiliate Memphis, left-hander Marc Rzepczynski has been excellent for Cleveland, recording a 84 xFIP- in 17.1 innings with his new club.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Milwaukee at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Kyle Lohse (189.2 IP, 107 xFIP-, 1.5 WAR faces Paul Maholm (146.0 IP, 105 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire.

Note that these NERD scores are calculated using the methodology introduced recently and designed to account for the influence of playoff odds on the watchability of games. ***Unlike in recent iterations of this table, the author has adjusted the day’s NERD Game Scores such that, combined, they average 5.0.*** This allows said table to resemble more closely the Game Scores that have appeared here over the preceding four months.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
D. Matsuzaka NYN 0 0 3 0 7 CIN Mat Latos 12:35
J. Zimmermann WAS 9 0 8 2 8 STL Shelby Miller 13:45
Francisco Liriano PIT 9 1 6 0 3 CHN Jake Arrieta 14:20
Dan Straily OAK 5 0 3 0 4 LAA Jered Weaver 15:35
Dylan Axelrod CHA 1 0 9 4 10 CLE Danny Salazar 19:05
David Price TB 7 1 6 0 5 NYA Phil Hughes 19:05
Esmil Rogers TOR 5 0 3 0 4 BAL Bud Norris 19:05
Kyle Lohse MIL 4 0 3 0 4 ATL Paul Maholm 19:10
Cole Hamels PHI 8 0 5 0 5 MIA Brad Hand* 19:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 7 0 10 6 6 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Max Scherzer DET 9 0 4 0 2 MIN Kevin Correia 20:10
Jake Peavy BOS 5 0 4 0 5 COL Jhoulys Chacin 20:40
Randall Delgado AZ 7 0 4 0 4 SD Ian Kennedy 22:10
Ervin Santana KC 7 0 5 0 7 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10
Ricky Nolasco LAN 6 0 3 0 1 SF Barry Zito 22:15

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.


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