Daily Notes, Featuring Power Rankings of Power

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

1. Important Item: Power Rankings at SI.com
2. Brief Previews for Select Games
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Houston Radio

Important Item: Power Rankings at SI.com
On Monday, totally influential internet presence SI.com published the first iteration of its weekly MLB power rankings. In a turn of events that has shocked mildly surprised the nation, said power rankings are now being provided by FanGraphs and are based on WAR.

Here are your top five teams by that criteria (with WAR winning percentage in parentheses):

1. St. Louis (.847)
2. Texas (.757)
3. Washington (.647)
4. Detroit (.636)
5. Los Angeles NL (.627)

And bottom five teams:

26. Miami (.347)
27. Cincinnati (.347)
28. Seattle (.338)
29. Pittsburgh (.336)
30. San Diego (.327)

Brief Previews for Select Games
Here are brief previews for four of today’s games — each including the preferred television feed of FanGraphs readers, per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project. (Information on probable pitchers from MLB.com.)

New York NL at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Right-hander Randall Delgado, who starts tonight for Atlanta, posted a strikeout rate above 20% at literally every stop he made in the minor leagues — but only a 12.2% strikeout rate in his 35.0 major-league innings last season. In his first start of the season, his numbers more resembled the precedent he set in the minors. Line: 5.0 IP, 21 TBF, 6 K, 2 BB, 8 GB on 12 batted-balls (66.7%) — for a single-game xFIP of 2.26… Johan Santana pitches for New York. Here’s his line so far: 10.0 IP, 31.7% K, 12.2% BB, 34.8% GB, 3.17 SIERA, 3.47 xFIP, 94 xFIP-… Velocity update for Santana: 87.9 mph on the fastball so far — versus 89.6 mph on average in 2010… Atlanta has probably the best center-field camera angle in the majors.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL.

Baltimore at Chicago AL | 20:10 ET
Wei-Yin Chen faces John DanksAs noted Monday, Baltimore entered the week as a Team of Interest… The Orioles won last night after having seen their WE drop to just 3.4% in the ninth inning.

To wit:

Source: FanGraphs

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore.

Los Angeles NL at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
The Dodgers enter play Tuesday with a league-best 9-1 record and (as of Monday, at least) the second-highest batter WAR (2.6) in the majors. They also enter play Tuesday having only played Pittsburgh and San Diego — i.e. likely not capital-B Baseball’s strongest teams… Of note: Matt Kemp has already posted a 1.2 WAR — which is to say, Matt Kemp has almost had the season of an average major leaguer in just 10 games… Also of note: none of Kemp’s six home runs have been to his pull-side. Two have been to center field, four more to right. Last season, major-league batters posted an 81 wRC+ when hitting the ball to opposite field — which, note, accounts only for batted balls (so, no strikeouts). Last season, Kemp had a 191 wRC+ when going to opposite field, the sixth-highest mark among 162 qualified batters… Starters: Chad Billingsley and Yovani Gallardo.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee.

Cincinnati at St. Louis | 20:15 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
As of Monday (an off-day for them), St. Louis held a pretty considerable lead in the team standings (relatively speaking, at this point in the season), having recorded a 4.7 batter WAR, collectively — with the Los Angeles Dodgers (noted above) in a pretty distant second place. Here are their team leaders thus far (small sample, small sample, small sample): Yadier Molina, 225 wRC+ (.360 BABIP) and 0.8 WAR; David Freese, 215 wRC+ (.476 BABIP) and 0.8 WAR; and Carlos Beltran, 187 wRC+ (.381 BABIP) and 0.6 WAR… Johnny Cueto faces Kyle Lohse. The latter has only allowed two runs in 13.2 innings (1.35 R/9), but has posted unconvincing DIPS numbers, owing to his poor strikeout (10.4%) and ground-ball (40.0%) rates: 4.54 SIERA, 4.60 xFIP, 125 xFIP-.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cincinnati.

Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Houston Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)

Rate other teams: Washington / Toronto / Texas / Tampa Bay / Seattle / San Francisco / San Diego / St. Louis / Pittsburgh / Philadelphia / Oakland / New York (NL) / New York (AL) / Minnesota / Milwaukee / Miami / Los Angeles (NL) / Los Angeles (AL) / Kansas City.

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16 Responses to “Daily Notes, Featuring Power Rankings of Power”

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  1. Somebody says:

    SI.com is still using the old Jays logo. Tsk tsk tsk

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  2. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    I’m restraining myself so hard from saying judgmental things about confused SI readers wondering what happened to the usual catty power rankings, in case they come over here and read this comment and think we’re all condescending twits. Hey, confused SI reader, it’s just me. I’m an Englishman and being a condescending twit is in my heritage. Everyone else here is really lovely.

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  3. Big Jgke says:

    How does early (or partial) season WAR work? If Kemp broke his leg and missed the rest of the season, would he still have 1.2 WAR at the end? Or has he only been worth 1.2 WAR so far when compared to the production of the rest of the hitters in the NL?

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  4. Natty G says:

    I don’t get this comment from the Power Rankings article at all:

    “So far, the Miguel Cabrera experiment has not resulted in any more stitches, but according to Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), we can safely anticipate Cabrera’s defense will cost the Tigers upwards of half a win this year.”

    Setting aside the fact that UZR data is currently completely unreliable, which makes it impossible to safely anticipate anything based on 10 games worth of data, Miggy actually has a positive UZR at 3B to date.

    Now I get that the FanGraphs party line (based on precious little data, I might add) is that Cabrera will be a disaster at 3B. But I don’t understand how you can credibly assert that the data in so far supports a conclusion he’ll cost the team a half a win.

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  5. Eric B says:

    FanGraphs: changing the world one small sabermetrics step at a time

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  6. William Strunk Jr. says:

    Randall Delgado, who starts tonight for Atlanta, posted a strikeout rate above 20% at literally every stop he made in the minor leagues .

    Even at the White Castle drive thru?

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  7. Carson, I am not sure what exactly I was occupying my time with in May of last year; however, your work on centrally located recording devices was and still is brilliant.

    Thanks for the link

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  8. Ben Hall says:

    Why did Fangraphs decide to get rid of the weighting for the Power Rankings? I thought that made a lot of sense.

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  9. AA says:

    Sad that the LAN B-Team of announcers is so awful that people watch Milwaukee’s horrid TV team. I wish Milwaukee would put Uecker on TV more.

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  10. Brandon says:

    So I know it’s not the primary topic of the post, but I just wanted to comment on the preferred broadcast article that’s linked to.

    The first thing I thought, after watching the Tigers play the White Sox and accidentally watching the Chicago feed for a second, was how much I hoped their announcers were at the bottom of the list. And to my absolutely glee, they were.

    Dude has to have the most annoying home run sound effect/phrase/squeal I have ever heard in my life. First, how do people not berate him for his ridiculousness–and if they do, why has he not corrected his goofy self OR been let go? Just wretched stuff.

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