I'd disregard Kluber for his division. Twelve of his starts were against the White Sox, Royals, and Tigers -- three of the four worst AL offenses.
― Andy K, Monday, 5 November 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link
this must exist somewhere, but there has got to be a way to account for strength of competition, both with batters and with pitchers. real plus-minus in basketball attempts to do this (also accounting for the strength of teammates)...I'm surprised a version in baseball hasn't gained acceptance
― k3vin k., Monday, 5 November 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link
FWIW Snell faced the Red Sox 4 times, Yankees 3. Indians and Astros twice.
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 5 November 2018 21:12 (one year ago) link
Blue Jays three times but whogivesafuck.
Took another stab at this with the top 3.
Verlander and Kluber pitched more innings because they pitched more games, not because they went deeper into games--they only threw 14 innings between the three of them after the 7th inning. Verlander pitched the best, but you're looking at 4.2 innings. Hardly seems worth noting--just like everyone else, they're all seven-inning pitchers, more or less.
In those first seven innings...
1) Snell had the best ERA+ by a good margin2) Verlander had the best WHIP by a good margin3) Verlander's K/BB ratio was a little better than Kluber's and a lot better than Snell's4) Verlander and Kluber threw an extra 30 innings each
Elsewhere, Snell led the league in ERA, ERA+, and H/9. (And wins.)Verlander led the league in combined WAR (BR/Fangraphs), WHIP, strikeouts, and K/BB.Kluber led the league in BB/9.
Verlander and Kluber threw one shutout each, Snell had none.
I guess it comes down to Snell's ERA+ vs. Verlander's K/BB, and how much credit you give to Verlander for the extra 30 innings (again, a function of pitching more often, not pitching deeper into games).
So I still have no idea. It's a coin toss. Either one is fine.
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 01:39 (one year ago) link
The point above about strength-of-opposition seems worth looking into in a close contest.
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 01:48 (one year ago) link
it looks like baseball prospectus has some useful quality of competition stats for pitchers. it's not easily linkable, but here's a summary:
opposing AVG: .253opposing OBP: .320opposing SLG: .423oppOPS: .743oppTAv: .265oppRPA+: 104PPF: 100PVORP: 38.4
opposing AVG: .223opposing OBP: .257opposing SLG: .367oppOPS: .730oppTAv: .262oppRPA+: 101PPF: 104PVORP: 38.1
opposing AVG: .247opposing OBP: .318opposing SLG: .421oppOPS: .739oppTAv: .263oppRPA+: 103PPF: 96PVORP: 57.8
oppTAv is opponent's True Average, a measure of total offensive value scaled to batting average. Adjustments are made for park and league quality, as such the league-average mark is constant at .260.oppRPA+ is the opponent's player's runs per plate appearance, relative to the league average - 100 means average, 120 is 20% better than average, etc.PPF is Pitching Park Factor. 100 is average, above 100 is a higher run scoring environment, below 100 is a lower run scoring environment.PVORP is Value Over Replacement Player as a pitcher
― Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 November 2018 02:12 (one year ago) link
yaaaarg, i got kluber's stats totally wrong. here's the corrected version:
opposing AVG: .250opposing OBP: .316opposing SLG: .413oppOPS: .730oppTAv: .262oppRPA+: 101PPF: 104PVORP: 38.1
there. that makes a lot more sense.
― Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 November 2018 02:16 (one year ago) link
PVORP OTM, IMO.
― Andy K, Saturday, 10 November 2018 03:14 (one year ago) link
Verlander allowed fewer baserunners (8.45/9, including HBP; Snell allowed 8.82) and struck out more batters (12.2/9 vs. 11.0/9), yet Snell's ERA was 0.63 lower. Possible explanations:
Home runs: Verlander did give up more (1.2/9 vs. 0.8/9--12 more HR in ~35 innings)How many inherited runners scored: I don't think Baseball Reference has this data...does someone keep track of it?Sheer luck?
The quality-of-competition data looks fairly even to me: Snell (.253/.320/.423), Verlander (.247/.318/.421). Snell's opposition was a little better, but a few percentage points over a couple of hundred innings can't mean that much, can it?
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:03 (one year ago) link
One obvious explanation: many more GIDP for Snell (Snell had a 15-3 advantage in ~35 fewer innings). Sabermetrics gives credit to the defense there, right, not the pitcher?
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:10 (one year ago) link
So 1) Verlander was better at not allowing baserunners, and 2) he struck out more batters, but when people were on base, Verlander 3) gave up quite a few more home runs, and 4) Snell (or his team) started a lot more double plays. I don't know what the prevailing wisdom is, but I wouldn't be that confident in saying Snell was just a lucky bystander in all those double plays. He definitely wasn't a lucky bystander in not giving up the extra 12 home runs.
I know that's a reductive version of a whole bunch of factors, but based on that reading of why Snell was better at run prevention, I'd have to go with Snell. (At which point, you circle back to the extra 35 innings Verlander gave his team...)
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:21 (one year ago) link
"Bequeathed Runners Scored"--I'd like to see this data before I cast my vote. If that were to show that Snell clearly got a lot more help from his bullpen in cleaning up what he'd left behind, I'd consider voting for Verlander. If not, I'll go with what I wrote in the previous post and vote for Snell.
― clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 16:43 (one year ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Monday, 12 November 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link
I bequeathed my vote to Snell. Murky, but I think he was the best (with the possible exception of Sale).
― clemenza, Monday, 12 November 2018 00:35 (one year ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link
Treinen?! Anyways - right guy won!
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:32 (one year ago) link
I almost wonder if someone hit the wrong Blake button. Not that he didn't have a great season--more or less as good as Gagne's big year--but those days are gone forever, right?
The real vote may be just as close as this one.
― clemenza, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:50 (one year ago) link
If you were to go by this piece (different writers, mind you), I'd look for Verlander to win today.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:30 (one year ago) link
wow, Blake Snell won! honestly didn't expect that. barely beat Verlander (169 to 154). Kluber in 3rd with 71.
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 23:53 (one year ago) link
i was expecting Verlander to win too; but am pleasantly surprised ol' Snelly Cat got the votes!
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link
i guess he's the first cy young winner with less than 198 innings pitched, too
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:06 (one year ago) link
first in a non-strike season, at least
The actual vote is basically identical to ours proportionally.
Do the same writers vote for each league? I hope so--it will spare us whining about how Snell won because of his wins.
― clemenza, Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:07 (one year ago) link
Congratulations, Ian Snell.
― Andy K, Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:06 (one year ago) link
the votes rotate, and no writer votes for more than one award per year
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:22 (one year ago) link
I didn't think it was the same voters...The two Cy votes seem fairly consistent to me, although with deGrom and Scherzer, you're looking at tiny margins. Scherzer and Verlander had more innings, better WHIPs (in those two categories, Scherzer and deGrom were essentially tied), and had the flashy strikeout seasons; deGrom and Snell had big ERA advantages and pitched for lesser teams.
― clemenza, Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:47 (one year ago) link
Chris Sale is the only pitcher ever to finish in the top 5 in AL Cy Young Award voting in 6 consecutive seasons (2013-18). The only other pitchers to do that in either league are Greg Maddux (7), Clayton Kershaw (7), and Roy Halladay (6). Sale also finished 6th in 2012.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) November 15, 2018
― mookieproof, Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:05 (one year ago) link
You can add Scherzer to that list too; 1st/5th/5th/1st/1st/2nd.
― clemenza, Friday, 16 November 2018 05:10 (one year ago) link