Leaderboards of Pleasure – 7/18/11

Nearly relevant!

When you talk about great discoveries, you talk some of the time about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb by Howard Carter and George Herbert in 1922. Other of the time, you maybe talk about the first polio vaccine, first developed by Jonas Salk in 1952. Most of the time, though, when you talk about great discoveries, what you talk about is the Leaderboards of Pleasure at FanGraphs.

What are the Leaderboards of Pleasure? They’re the thing that Winston Churchill has described as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside the internet.” They’re also the thing that the present author has himself described as “an attempt to isolate those traits which most appeal to the learned baseballing fan and to identify which players, teams, etc possess them most bountifully.”

In this edition, reader, prepare to learn that:

• Something is brewing in Milwaukee.*
• The Twins maybe aren’t the most depressing team in all of baseball.
• Anaheim is home to the two most underrated players in the majors, according to science!
Cory Luebke is good in a bunch of different ways.
Endy Chavez won’t stop to the tick-tock — or any other kind of signal, either.

*Note: wocka, wocka.

1. Team NERD Leaderboard
2. Underrated Player Leaderboard
3. Pitcher NERD Leaderboard
4. Player NERD Leaderboard

Team NERD Leaderboard
Like the other NERD scores, this one represents an attempt to anticipate the “watchability” of each team. The first iteration appears in a heartfelt love letter to America, which anyone is free to read here. A shinier, better version — one adjusting, for example, for a team’s playoff chances — was introduced last week to an adoring public.


Teams NERD Age BAT HR/FB Spd BULL UZR Pay Luck POFF%
Brewers 10 0.00 0.72 1.14 0.60 1.24 -0.13 0.18 0.70 25%
Indians 9 1.84 0.35 0.65 -0.03 -0.23 0.41 1.08 0.00 41%
Diamondbacks 9 0.94 -0.05 0.74 0.76 0.35 0.35 0.97 0.00 39%
Reds 8 0.76 0.32 0.68 -0.66 -0.39 1.57 0.41 0.00 21%
Angels 8 0.13 -0.08 -0.20 0.13 -0.52 -0.26 0.00 2.00 29%
Rangers 7 0.00 1.56 1.72 1.08 -0.61 2.73 0.02 0.00 74%
Cardinals 7 0.00 1.28 1.10 -1.44 -0.42 -0.09 0.00 0.00 33%
Pirates 7 0.22 -0.75 -0.69 0.13 0.19 -0.63 1.15 0.00 32%
Royals 6 2.02 0.08 -0.39 1.23 -0.13 0.96 1.40 0.47 0%
Blue Jays 6 0.40 0.85 0.29 1.08 0.44 1.48 0.75 0.00 3%
Tigers 6 0.40 0.71 0.00 -0.81 -1.54 -1.90 0.00 0.91 38%
Rays 6 0.40 0.17 0.02 0.92 -1.70 0.57 1.25 0.00 11%
Rockies 5 0.76 -0.39 0.44 0.29 1.08 -0.31 0.12 0.15 8%
Mets 5 0.00 0.81 -1.34 1.71 -0.07 0.41 0.00 1.16 7%
Giants 5 0.00 -1.23 -1.24 -0.81 1.85 0.70 0.00 0.88 59%
Yankees 5 0.00 1.70 1.48 1.23 0.12 -0.54 0.00 0.00 89%
Red Sox 5 0.00 2.28 1.52 0.60 0.60 -1.18 0.00 0.34 92%
Braves 5 0.00 -0.58 1.25 -2.07 2.36 0.46 0.15 0.00 74%
White Sox 5 0.00 -0.58 -0.50 -1.92 1.18 -0.09 0.00 0.00 16%
Nationals 4 0.40 -0.83 0.59 0.60 -0.58 0.52 0.72 0.00 4%
Astros 4 0.85 -0.31 -1.65 0.60 0.57 0.00 0.55 1.21 0%
Marlins 3 0.40 -0.47 -0.01 -0.81 0.09 -0.04 0.89 0.68 1%
Padres 3 0.00 -1.32 -1.14 0.92 0.47 -0.04 1.16 0.57 1%
Orioles 3 0.04 0.16 0.56 -1.76 0.12 -0.42 0.19 1.79 0%
Phillies 2 0.00 -0.28 -0.15 0.45 -0.87 0.31 0.00 0.00 95%
Dodgers 2 0.00 -0.57 -0.60 -0.18 -0.20 -0.92 0.00 2.00 1%
Mariners 2 0.94 -2.21 -1.36 -0.34 0.03 0.00 0.16 0.09 1%
Athletics 1 0.85 -1.39 -1.78 -0.18 0.15 -1.48 0.65 0.00 1%
Twins 1 0.00 -1.02 -1.20 -0.50 -2.43 -0.28 0.00 0.00 5%
Cubs 0 0.00 -0.58 0.05 -0.81 -1.12 -2.22 0.00 0.36 0%

Underrated Player Leaderboard
To determine the most underrated player, we look at each player’s WAR relative to a very fake version of WAR (called FANT, in this case) constructed only by the five most common fantasy categories. (Read more here.)


Name Diff WAR FANT Avg HR R RBI SB
Howie Kendrick 2.2 4.0 1.8 0.79 -0.33 -0.07 -0.82 0.21
Peter Bourjos 1.9 2.6 0.7 0.08 -1.11 -0.95 -1.73 0.47
Ben Zobrist 1.9 4.7 2.8 -0.11 0.15 1.60 0.43 0.34
Dustin Pedroia 1.8 5.4 3.6 0.76 0.46 1.60 0.36 1.27
Shane Victorino 1.7 4.3 2.6 1.08 -0.17 0.81 -0.54 0.74
Jose Bautista 1.5 6.9 5.4 2.13 3.30 2.66 1.62 -0.32
Matt Wieters 1.5 2.6 1.1 -0.11 -0.01 -0.69 -0.40 -0.85
Ian Kinsler 1.4 4.6 3.2 -0.56 0.78 2.04 -0.40 1.53
Brett Gardner 1.4 3.6 2.2 0.53 -0.96 0.37 -1.66 2.46
Brendan Ryan 1.4 1.5 0.1 -0.65 -1.59 -1.21 -1.10 -0.19
Kurt Suzuki 1.3 1.2 -0.1 -1.32 -0.48 -1.57 -1.31 -0.72
Cameron Maybin 1.3 2.5 1.2 -0.30 -0.80 -0.25 -1.45 0.87
Alex Rodriguez 1.3 4.1 2.8 0.82 0.46 0.81 0.71 -0.45
Alexei Ramirez 1.3 3.2 1.9 0.12 -0.17 0.72 -0.12 -0.59
Yunel Escobar 1.3 3.3 2.0 0.95 -0.17 0.55 -0.47 -0.59
Troy Tulowitzki 1.3 4.0 2.7 -0.01 1.09 0.02 1.27 -0.19
Jose Reyes 1.2 5.3 4.1 2.71 -1.11 1.87 -0.68 2.99
Andrew McCutchen 1.2 4.6 3.4 0.40 0.62 0.90 0.99 1.00
Jamey Carroll 1.2 1.5 0.3 0.63 -1.59 -0.69 -2.36 -0.32
John Buck 1.2 1.5 0.3 -1.36 -0.01 -1.30 -0.61 -0.98

Pitcher NERD Leaderboard
The idea with Pitcher NERD — as with the other NERDs — is to express with one number the likelihood that the learned fan might have interest in a certain player. (To read more about Pitcher NERD, click here.)


Name NERD xFIP SwStrk Strk Velo Luck Age KN
Zack Greinke 10 2.82 1.67 0.68 0.76 2.00 0.19 0.00
Clayton Kershaw 10 1.94 1.88 0.45 1.06 0.18 1.18 0.00
Roy Halladay 10 2.33 1.51 2.24 0.57 0.00 0.00 0.00
David Price 10 1.56 0.50 0.59 1.63 0.78 0.69 0.00
Michael Pineda 10 0.70 2.46 1.74 1.71 0.00 1.43 0.00
Felipe Paulino 10 1.27 1.51 0.19 1.71 1.25 0.19 0.00
Madison Bumgarner 10 1.31 0.39 1.39 0.64 0.63 1.67 0.00
Matt Garza 10 1.54 1.56 0.33 1.14 1.01 0.19 0.00
Cory Luebke 10 1.85 2.30 1.28 0.42 0.00 0.44 0.00
Justin Verlander 10 1.54 1.56 1.23 1.74 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brandon Beachy 10 1.56 2.04 0.75 0.49 0.26 0.93 0.00
Brandon Morrow 10 1.12 1.82 0.08 1.21 1.13 0.44 0.00
Cliff Lee 9 1.85 0.87 2.25 0.38 0.06 0.00 0.00
Cole Hamels 9 1.71 1.77 1.15 0.57 0.00 0.19 0.00
Felix Hernandez 9 1.44 0.45 0.24 1.10 0.23 0.69 0.00
CC Sabathia 9 1.33 1.51 1.37 1.10 0.00 0.00 0.00
James Shields 9 1.61 2.04 1.11 0.27 0.00 0.00 0.00
Anibal Sanchez 9 1.28 1.98 0.78 0.49 0.41 0.19 0.00
R.A. Dickey 8 0.13 -0.03 1.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.86
Rubby De La Rosa 8 0.79 0.39 -1.71 2.05 0.29 1.43 0.00

Player NERD Leaderboard
Very similar to Pitcher NERD, except for with position players. (Read more here.)


Name NERD Age WAR xBABIP HR/FB Spd K%
Jose Bautista 10 0.00 3.39 -0.32 3.29 -0.16 0.64
Endy Chavez 10 0.00 2.54 -0.39 0.32 2.08 1.65
Jose Reyes 10 0.30 2.40 0.00 -1.06 2.34 1.87
Matt Kemp 10 0.78 1.98 -0.08 2.44 1.22 -0.53
Shane Victorino 10 0.00 2.47 -0.53 0.07 2.19 1.29
Ryan Braun 10 0.54 1.61 -0.02 1.37 1.32 0.57
Ian Kinsler 10 0.06 1.72 0.35 0.28 1.47 1.30
Andrew McCutchen 10 1.26 1.82 0.09 0.65 1.06 0.24
Elvis Andrus 10 1.74 1.04 0.42 -0.62 1.47 1.05
Curtis Granderson 10 0.00 1.77 0.09 2.11 2.03 -0.93
Albert Pujols 10 0.00 0.94 0.52 1.67 0.15 1.69
Jacoby Ellsbury 9 0.54 1.73 -0.06 0.79 1.27 0.65
Troy Tulowitzki 9 0.78 1.57 0.18 0.84 0.09 1.37
Dustin Pedroia 9 0.54 2.11 -0.07 0.56 0.55 1.05
Robinson Cano 9 0.30 0.92 0.07 1.19 1.22 0.85
Asdrubal Cabrera 9 1.02 1.09 -0.01 1.02 1.17 0.22
Lance Berkman 9 0.00 1.16 0.61 3.44 -1.08 0.35
Danny Espinosa 9 1.26 1.37 -0.25 1.40 1.47 -0.83
Chase Utley 9 0.00 1.54 -0.21 -0.41 1.83 1.47
Brett Gardner 9 0.54 1.76 -0.31 -0.18 2.14 0.17




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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.


11 Responses to “Leaderboards of Pleasure – 7/18/11”

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  1. jim says:

    i’m surprised the rockies aren’t last; they’re awful to watch, and have been ever since the beginning of may

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  2. hoopsvader says:

    Carson, will you be doing the game previews anymore?

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  3. Peter says:

    Only Jose Bautista can be considered the best player in baseball and still be underrated.

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  4. TFINY says:

    THE TWINS AREN’T A ZERO!!! THE TWINS AREN’T A ZERO!!! THE TWINS AREN’T A ZERO!!!!

    Carson, you have made my night.

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  5. reillocity says:

    Clearly the absence of a “King Felix” song is all that is keeping Hernandez’ Pitcher NERD score from being a 10 (” … born in Carabobo, moved to Washingtona …”).

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  6. Shaun Catron says:

    The brewers are pretty fun to watch. That nerdy announcer Brian Anderson can be entertaining at times. THERE SHE GOES!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. herve houchoua says:

    merci , mr Cistulli , je suis toujours impatient de vous lire.
    “one night only” ca va reprendre ?

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  9. William says:

    Don’t you think that average team game time should be incorporated in team NERD scores, and perhaps pitcher NERD scores. A 2 1/2 hour game is A LOT more enjoyable to watch than a 3 1/2 hour game.

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