Hi, back after a long time with the first of a series of fantasy-sabermetrics stuff celebrating the fantasy season just gone (2 championships for me, but I’ll get to that) and the new one juuustt 5 and a half months away.
Let’s start with a topic you should have stumbled upon, if you are into baseball and stats: the power of platooning.
This is usually used with hitters: basically, you mix a guy who is good against right handed pitchers but can’t hit a lick against lefties and split his playing time with a guy who is his opposite, good against lefties, awful against righties. Believe it or not, sometimes you come up with a freak who is much more than your average batter, check this article on fangraphs, but there are many on the internet. And don’t think it is just fantasy stuff, the Oakland A’s, among others, use extensively platooning in the real world.
But today we are talking about pitchers: first, take a look at this line.
Not bad, uhm? Well, of course, this is the final summary for the 2013 season of the best pitcher in the Majors, Clayton Kershaw: he was so good that just 16 wins is way less than he deserved.
The only problem with Kershaw, you needed your second, in many cases your first pick to get him.