06
Oct
2010

Year of the pitcher?

So the MLB regular season is over. Sara and I went to Seattle last weekend to watch the As take on the Mariner’s on Saturday and spend some time with friends. It was awesome.

My friend Tina brought up the fact that the media has been calling this “The Year of the Pitcher” and other than the perfect games, the title might be slightly unwarranted. If you don’t know, a “perfect game” for a pitcher (and the rest of the defense) is a one in which the opposing team never reaches first base. This includes all 6 ways to reach first base: a hit, a walk, an error, a balk, being hit by a pitch , and a dropped strike three. This has officially happened only 18 times in the modern era. Two of those games were pitched this year by Oakland’s Dallas Braden, and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay. Unofficially, a third one was thrown by Armando Galarraga (his last out was incorrectly called safe at first). Five no-hitters (including the 2 perfect games) were also thrown this year.

How does this stack up? Well let’s just compare to the last few years:

Perfect Games

2010: 2
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 0 (the last one before this was pitched by The Big Unit’s in 2004).

No-hitters

2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 3

Top 5 most wins

2010: 21, 21, 20, 19, 19
2009: 19, 19, 19, 19, 17
2008: 22, 22, 20, 20, 18
2007: 20, 19, 19, 19, 19

Top 5 ERA

2010: 2.27, 2.30, 2.33, 2.42, 2.44
2009: 2.16, 2.24, 2.48, 2.49, 2.60
2008: 2.53, 2.54, 2.62, 2.78, 2.85
2007: 2.54, 3.01, 3.01, 3.03, 3.06

Top 5 Number of Complete Games

2010: 9, 7, 7, 6, 5
2009: 9, 6, 4, 4, 4
2008: 9, 7, 5, 4, 3
2007: 7, 4, 4, 3, 3

Really there are endless amounts of stats we could look at. But it looks like the title kind of fits. But really the perfect games and other no-nos are the only things that warrant the title. But I like pitching battles, so I hope they’re all right. Oh, and just for fun I’ll throw one last stat up:

Top 5 in Homeruns

2010: 54, 42, 39, 38, 38
2009: 47, 46, 45, 44, 40
2008: 48, 40, 38, 37, 37
2007: 54, 50, 47, 46, 40

  • http://trent.marginallystable.com Trent

    Oh, and Roy Halladay just threw a no-hitter against the Reds to start the NLDS (his first ever play-off appearance, and only the second no-no in the post-season ever).

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