Daily Notes: Caribbean Series Information Post, Game Day 6

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Caribbean Series Information Post, Game Day 6
The Caribbean Series — featuring the champion from each of the Dominican Winter, Mexican Pacific, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan Winter Leagues — began Friday in Hermosillo, Mexico, and continues through February 7th.

What follows is an assortment of information regarding that Series after five games.

Scores
Here are the results from Tuesday’s games, with links to the relevant box scores:

Game 1: Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 1
Game 2: Dominican Republic 11, Mexico 6

Standings
The Series is played in a double round-robin format, with each team playing every other one twice. After the completion of same, the top two teams will meet in a championship game with a view to acquiring capital-G Glory.

Here’s a table of the standings through five games, copy-and-pasted illicitly from ESPN Deportes, but then formatted to suggest nothing of the sort:


Team G P PCT JD CA CP DIF
República Dominicana 4 1 .800 - 34 21 13
México 2 3 .400 2 19 21 -2
Puerto Rico 2 3 .400 2 13 17 -4
Venezuela 2 3 .400 2 10 17 -7

And here’s a glossary, with English translations, for the above:

G: Ganados (Wins)
P: Perdidos (Losses)
PCT: Porcentaje de victorias (Winning Percentage)
JD: Juegos detrás (Games Back)
CA: Carreras anotadas (Runs Scored)
CP: Carreras permitidas (Runs Allowed)
DIF: Diferencial de carreras (Run Differential)

Stats
Here is a slightly absurd, but not entirely usesless, leaderboard of the top-10 hitting performances through the first five games of the Caribbean Series. SCOUT+ an offensive measure calculated with regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average. (Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)


Player Team Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Miguel Tejada DR SS 22 2.9% 9.6% 21.8% 112
Donell Linares DR 3B 19 2.6% 8.8% 20.9% 107
Rey Navarro PUR 2B 18 2.6% 8.8% 21.1% 107
Jose Ramirez DR 2B 25 2.6% 10.5% 23.3% 107
Barbaro Canizares MEX 1B 16 2.3% 9.9% 21.4% 106
Alberto Rosario DR C 8 2.7% 8.3% 22.0% 105
Joe Thurston VEN OF 18 2.3% 9.3% 21.1% 105
Jordany Valdespin DR OF 24 2.6% 8.1% 21.5% 103
Jose Castillo VEN 2B 20 2.6% 8.7% 22.8% 103
Alfredo Amezaga MEX 2B 22 2.6% 7.6% 21.1% 103

And here are the top-10 pitching performances thus far — in this case by SCOUT-, a metric calculated with regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.


Player Team G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Jailen Peguero DR 3 0 3.1 13 25.9% 8.4% 90
Yeiper Castillo VEN 2 1 6.1 24 26.0% 8.5% 91
Ricardo Gomez PUR 2 0 3.0 9 25.7% 8.4% 91
Ken Ray VEN 1 1 6.0 24 25.4% 8.2% 91
David Reyes MEX 2 0 5.2 18 25.2% 8.3% 92
Victor Moreno VEN 1 0 1.2 5 25.2% 8.5% 93
Saul Rivera PUR 3 0 3.0 11 24.7% 8.4% 94
Jose Cobos MEX 4 0 3.2 12 24.8% 8.6% 95
Angel Castro DR 1 1 7.0 24 24.1% 8.2% 96
Hector Navarro MEX 2 0 1.0 5 24.3% 8.5% 96

Notable Performance: Yeiper Castillo
Although it didn’t ultimately lead to a win, 24-year-old right-hander Yeiper Castillo — of both Venezuelan club Magallanes and also (as of December) the Chicago Cubs minor-league system — was excellent on Tuesday, striking out eight of 18 batters faced while only walking one.

Here’s Castillo getting a swinging-strike from Puerto Rico’s Andy Gonzalez in the first inning, on what appears to be a hard slider:

Castillo to Gonzalez

Here’s a changeup (considered to be Castillo’s best pitch) to strike out Johnny Monell in the second:

Castillo to Monell 2

Here’s a strikeout of Jesus Feliciano in the third on what appears to be a different breaking ball, with less horizontal and more vertical movement:

Castillo to Feliciano

And, finally, a slower version of that same pitch:

Castillo to Feliciano SLOW

Schedule
The Series is available both streaming via Watch ESPN and also on ESPN Deportes.

Here are today’s games (ET):

6:00 p.m. Dominican Republic at Venezuela
9:30 p.m. Mexico at Puerto Rico




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3 Responses to “Daily Notes: Caribbean Series Information Post, Game Day 6”

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  1. Dan Ugglas Forearm says:

    That changeup…. wow.

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  2. fergie348 says:

    LOTsa late movement down and away from the lefty. All you can hope to do is identify and lay off..

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  3. Adam says:

    I was in the Dominican Republic this last week and I got to watch a good portion of this series.

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