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MLB Network’s “The Shredder”: Starting and Relief Pitching

In what took about a month to formulate, record, calculate, and report, my analysis tool The Determinator concluded last week with the announcement of the Top-5 Designated Hitters in the MLB.

It was a long process of trying to create and justify my own metric of metrics, which was very hard to do in some circumstances (CF), yet in others seemed to be pretty close to what I expected (1B). However, more often than not a few players per position stuck out as surprising to have either made or not made the list.

As this was inspired greatly by the yearly lists from MLB Network’s The Shredder, and in an effort to provide an easy to see view between my tool and theirs I figured a daily post between positions would be interesting to see.

Yesterday, I finished showcasing our two formulae against each other with the Right Field lists.

Today, I will be showcasing two positions I didn’t run analysis for: Starting and Relief Pitching.


The Shredder: Lists for Starting and Relief Pitching

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Starting Pitchers

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Starting Pitchers

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Starting Pitchers

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Starting Pitchers


Key Notes:

As I don’t have a list of my own to relate this to, I figured one interesting thing to look at would be the number of players on both lists per team.

Teams with 3 Total Players:

Houston Astros:

Justin Verlander (SP #2)

Zack Greinke (SP #6)

Ryan Pressly (RP #5)

New York Yankees:

Gerrit Cole (SP #3)

Aroldis Chapman (RP #2)

Adam Ottavino (RP #8)

Teams with 2 Total Players:

New York Mets:

Jacob DeGrom (SP #1)

Seth Lugo (RP #7)

Washington Nationals:

Max Scherzer (SP #4)

Patrick Corbin (SP #8)

Teams with 1 Player:

Toronto Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP #5)

St. Louis Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (SP #7)

Cleveland Indians: Mike Clevinger (SP #9)

Los Angeles Dodgers: Walker Buehler (SP #10)

San Diego Padres: Kirby Yates (RP #1)

Milwaukee Brewers: Josh Hader (RP #3)

Oakland Athletics: Liam Hendriks (RP #4)

Boston Red Sox: Brandon Workman (RP #6)

Minnesota Twins: Taylor Rogers (RP #9)

Atlanta Braves: Will Smith (RP #10)


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