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Leaderboards of Pleasure – 9/6/11


And the crowd goes less indifferent.

Hello, America, and welcome to another heart-pounding installment of Leaderboards of Pleasure.

In this edition of the L to the O to the P, prepare to learn that:

• Torontonian Brett Lawrie is, scientifically speaking, the most entertaining player in all of baseball.

• Atlantan Jose Constanza is, scientifically speaking, pretty close to the most entertaining player in all of baseball.

• The term scientifically speaking is easy to abuse.

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

Team NERD Leaderboard
Like the NERD scores you’ll find below, 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.

Please note that the “POFF” numbers (playoff-odds adjustments) are not included in the Team NERD scores you see below, but are instead the bonuses/penalties applied to the Game Scores for each respective team — a thing about which you can learn more by reading here.


Teams NERD Age BAT HR/FB Spd BULL UZR Pay Luck POFF
Royals 10 2.59 0.19 -0.45 0.91 -0.41 0.09 1.40 1.41 0
Yankees 10 0.00 2.26 1.64 1.57 0.97 0.93 0.00 0.00 0
Red Sox 10 0.00 2.17 1.49 0.41 0.60 1.89 0.00 0.53 0
Diamondbacks 9 0.51 -0.29 0.62 0.75 0.00 2.16 0.97 0.00 0
Marlins 8 1.23 -0.43 0.13 -0.41 0.37 -0.50 0.89 2.00 0
Rangers 8 0.00 1.54 1.36 0.91 -0.10 0.54 0.02 0.00 1
Brewers 7 0.00 0.74 0.93 0.08 1.44 0.17 0.18 0.58 0
Rays 7 0.42 0.29 0.14 0.91 -1.68 1.64 1.25 0.32 0
Blue Jays 6 0.42 0.53 0.37 1.08 -0.14 -0.55 0.75 0.00 0
Padres 6 0.60 -0.73 -1.15 1.90 0.00 0.47 1.16 0.00 0
Nationals 6 0.15 -0.67 0.81 -0.08 -0.30 -0.14 0.72 1.95 0
Angels 5 0.00 -0.06 0.00 0.41 -0.51 1.33 0.00 0.74 5
Rockies 5 0.15 -0.34 0.17 0.58 1.10 -0.26 0.12 0.05 0
Reds 5 0.00 0.17 0.81 -0.75 -0.51 1.48 0.41 0.00 0
Pirates 5 1.50 -1.29 -0.93 -0.08 -0.37 -0.02 1.15 0.00 0
Indians 5 0.87 -0.15 0.38 -0.41 -0.24 -0.93 1.08 0.00 0
Braves 4 0.00 -0.45 1.32 -2.07 2.34 -0.86 0.15 0.54 0
Dodgers 4 0.00 -0.49 -0.74 0.25 0.30 0.19 0.00 1.33 0
Cubs 4 0.00 -0.56 0.08 -0.08 -0.51 -0.31 0.00 2.00 0
Astros 4 0.42 -0.57 -1.76 0.25 0.03 -0.87 0.55 2.00 0
Mets 4 0.60 0.66 -1.44 1.08 0.03 -1.97 0.00 0.87 0
Cardinals 3 0.00 1.24 1.41 -1.74 0.03 -0.99 0.00 0.00 0
Phillies 3 0.00 0.02 0.16 0.75 -0.51 -0.63 0.00 0.00 0
Giants 3 0.00 -1.93 -1.39 -1.24 1.40 0.55 0.00 2.00 0
White Sox 2 0.00 -0.71 -0.56 -1.57 1.71 -0.05 0.00 0.00 0
Tigers 2 0.15 0.98 -0.08 -0.91 -1.38 -0.54 0.00 0.16 0
Orioles 1 0.33 -0.24 0.49 -1.57 0.00 -1.65 0.19 0.14 0
Athletics 1 0.00 -0.49 -1.44 0.08 -0.20 -0.98 0.65 0.00 0
Twins 0 0.96 -1.22 -1.03 -0.75 -2.62 0.03 0.00 0.00 0
Mariners 0 0.00 -1.68 -1.35 -0.25 -0.84 -0.21 0.16 0.36 0

Underrated Player Leaderboard
To determine the most underrated player, we look at each qualified 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
Alex Avila 2.4 5.1 2.7 1.03 0.13 -0.70 0.26 -0.69
Peter Bourjos 2.3 4.1 1.8 0.11 -0.67 -0.25 -1.43 0.71
Brendan Ryan 2.3 2.1 -0.2 -0.74 -1.59 -1.20 -1.33 -0.13
Shane Victorino 2.2 6.3 4.1 1.10 -0.10 1.20 -0.46 0.62
Placido Polanco 2.2 2.2 0.0 0.08 -1.36 -1.71 -1.07 -0.69
Howie Kendrick 2.1 5.4 3.3 0.82 -0.10 0.63 -0.61 0.24
Yunel Escobar 2.0 4.3 2.3 0.62 -0.55 0.63 -0.76 -0.69
Kurt Suzuki 2.0 1.9 -0.1 -1.21 -0.33 -1.20 -1.28 -0.79
Jamey Carroll 1.9 1.6 -0.3 0.52 -1.82 -1.33 -2.61 -0.04
Alberto Callaspo 1.9 2.6 0.7 0.25 -1.24 -1.14 -1.07 -0.32
Evan Longoria 1.9 4.2 2.3 -1.25 0.94 -0.32 0.82 -0.88
John Buck 1.9 2.0 0.1 -1.38 0.02 -1.65 -0.51 -0.97
Alexei Ramirez 1.9 4.3 2.4 -0.26 -0.21 0.57 -0.25 -0.32
Matt Wieters 1.8 3.5 1.7 -0.13 0.02 -0.44 -0.41 -0.88
Ben Zobrist 1.8 5.9 4.1 0.08 -0.10 1.33 0.57 0.52
Dustin Pedroia 1.8 7.3 5.5 1.20 0.25 1.33 0.72 1.37
Brett Gardner 1.7 4.9 3.2 -0.13 -1.13 0.69 -1.48 2.96
Casey Kotchman 1.7 2.6 0.9 1.54 -0.90 -1.71 -1.12 -0.88
Omar Infante 1.6 1.8 0.2 0.28 -1.47 -1.33 -1.33 -0.60
Jhonny Peralta 1.4 4.6 3.2 1.20 0.25 -0.32 0.62 -0.97

Player NERD Leaderboard
Very similar to Pitcher NERD (below), except for position players. This version of NERD considers all batters with at least 100 plate apperances. (Read more here.)


Name NERD Age WAR xBABIP HR/FB Spd K%
Brett Lawrie 10 1.88 3.26 -0.81 1.44 1.69 -0.32
Desmond Jennings 10 1.16 1.96 -0.44 2.14 1.84 -0.19
Jose Constanza 10 0.45 1.76 0.57 0.52 1.59 1.49
Ryan Braun 10 0.45 2.01 -0.22 1.44 1.59 0.57
Jacoby Ellsbury 10 0.45 2.20 -0.04 1.18 1.28 0.75
Shane Victorino 10 0.00 2.36 -0.36 0.18 1.95 1.32
Curtis Granderson 10 0.00 1.88 0.06 2.34 2.05 -1.01
Jose Reyes 10 0.21 1.77 0.00 -1.02 2.35 1.97
Ian Kinsler 10 0.00 1.51 0.49 0.41 1.33 1.39
Jose Bautista 10 0.00 2.65 -0.34 2.62 -0.15 0.28
Albert Pujols 10 0.00 1.35 0.28 1.93 -0.10 1.56
Justin Upton 9 1.40 1.81 -0.43 0.97 1.08 0.10
Matt Kemp 9 0.68 1.98 -0.27 2.16 1.08 -0.70
Robinson Cano 9 0.21 1.19 0.04 1.39 1.02 0.80
Troy Tulowitzki 9 0.68 1.84 -0.19 1.30 0.00 0.99
Dustin Pedroia 9 0.45 2.02 -0.13 0.38 0.56 1.34
Carlos Gonzalez 9 0.92 1.02 -0.31 1.95 1.13 -0.10
Howie Kendrick 9 0.45 1.81 0.07 1.41 1.08 -0.35
Mike Stanton 9 1.88 1.05 -0.19 2.86 0.26 -1.48
Alex Presley 9 0.92 1.28 -0.15 -0.20 1.59 0.70

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. This version of NERD considers all pitchers with at least 20 innings as a starter. (To read more about Pitcher NERD, click here.)


Name NERD xFIP SwStrk Strk Velo Luck Age KN
Zack Greinke 10 2.65 1.84 0.37 0.73 1.51 0.17 0.00
Clayton Kershaw 10 2.11 1.84 0.78 1.04 0.00 1.17 0.00
Roy Halladay 10 2.43 1.56 2.16 0.54 0.00 0.00 0.00
Michael Pineda 10 0.98 2.12 1.32 1.61 0.25 1.42 0.00
CC Sabathia 10 1.90 1.73 1.56 1.19 0.03 0.00 0.00
Brandon Morrow 10 1.06 2.06 0.48 1.23 1.34 0.42 0.00
Justin Verlander 10 1.73 1.28 1.16 1.69 0.00 0.00 0.00
Madison Bumgarner 10 1.48 0.50 1.52 0.47 0.24 1.67 0.00
Matt Garza 10 1.56 1.78 0.78 1.23 0.50 0.17 0.00
Cliff Lee 10 2.18 0.83 2.25 0.39 0.00 0.00 0.00
Cole Hamels 10 1.91 1.78 1.08 0.47 0.00 0.17 0.00
David Price 10 1.50 0.44 0.31 1.61 0.23 0.67 0.00
Cory Luebke 10 1.73 1.56 1.18 0.35 0.25 0.42 0.00
Jonathon Niese 9 1.36 0.17 1.23 0.01 1.14 0.92 0.00
Felix Hernandez 9 1.56 0.61 0.40 1.04 0.13 0.67 0.00
Brandon Beachy 9 1.31 2.12 0.41 0.50 0.08 0.92 0.00
Juan Nicasio 9 1.11 0.33 -0.11 1.35 0.73 0.92 0.00
Anibal Sanchez 9 1.38 1.56 0.56 0.47 0.58 0.17 0.00
Rubby De La Rosa 9 0.91 0.28 -1.36 2.07 0.18 1.42 0.00
Mike Minor 9 1.19 0.11 0.65 0.27 0.73 1.17 0.00