Unlike the Yankees and Phillies, who have swept their opponents and are on their way to the Championship Series (again – congrats!) the Giants are 2-1 against the Braves and need one more. I should be somewhat happy (at least we’re ahead) but I’m not. Let’s recap:
Hey, another first for me. I’m the featured blog this uh…day? Week? Arbitrary amount of time? Anyway, thanks to whomever picks that stuff, that’s awesome! Oh the pressure…
I’ve got baseball on the brain, but at the same time I’m trying not to spend too much time and effort over analyzing every little thing about today’s game. So instead I revisisited one of my favorite baseball sites, Flip Flop Fly Ball to see what latest and greatest graphs and charts were available to peruse. And much to my delight, there was a bobblehead chart! Check it.
With the real season coming up here quick, let’s take a moment to see what we look like in the grand scheme of things before we add another year of numbers. (AKA, another excuse to make charts in Excel!)
From beginning of time to last season, the Giants rank #2 in the league for win percentage. Not bad really. The Yankees are the winner, of course, and it doesn’t look like they will be dethroned anytime soon. Dodgers are catching up, but we still got a decent enough gap there. (And just as an FYI, we rank #1 in total actual wins, but since not every
team started in the 1800s, that standing isn’t exactly a fair comparison.)
And since I was at it, here’s the rest of the league, for my imaginary readers whose team didn’t make the top 15:
I’m betting Rays fans are hard core.
Now about some head-to-head? How do we compare to other teams on a face-to-face level?
Giants are still beating out everyone else in the National League. They have more wins vs losses than each and every team, though it looks like the Dodgers are a few wins away from pushing that bar to the left. But that’s what makes good rivalry, right? Who wants to have a rivalry with a team that sucks?
American League is kicking our butts a bit harder. Of course, we face them much less, which makes each loss much more powerful than the National League chart. Looks like 6 out of 14 teams are beating us more than we’re beating them, including the A’s, which…sucky! Still above average though.
All-in-all not a bad state of affairs. Again though, this is over the Giants entire history, so I’m betting a lot of their momentum was built back in the day. Best make sure we keep things going so we can stay on top, eh?
Craig Robinson’s Flip Flop Fly Ball site is my new favorite thing. As self-described:
A love of baseball plus a love of infographics equals Flip Flop Fly
The thing is loaded with fun statistics in graphics form, and while I haven’t perused them all yet with equal scrutiny, here’s my current favorite (so far):
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It’s crazy that the “best team” has only won the series three times since 1995, isn’t it? (Since the Wild Card system has been in effect.) I suppose that’s what playoffs are for, but so much for the reliability of stats, eh folks? Also specifically interesting to the theme of this blog, the last time the Giants made it to the series was the only time that that two Wild Card teams went head to head. (Giants lost of course – boo!)
Apparently nobody was up for the 2009 NL MVP award except for Albert Pujols, who won it with unanimous votes. Either that’s cool, or the National League needs more awesome people, I can’t decide which. But anyway, congrats to another guy I’ve never heard of!
Pujols is the current HR king with 47 home runs in 2009. Good luck getting decent pitches next year, buddy!
The AL MVP, Joe Mauer, is ranked #39 with 28 homers. Seems like a big difference, but then I don’t think the MVP award is decided by home runs, or stats at all, for that matter.
I wish I had a cool stat chart software thingee I could print neat graphs with.
Congratulations to the 2009 AL MVP, Joe Mauer. Never heard of you, but you seem nice, and I’ve never heard of hardly anyone at this point, so don’t be offended. Lucky #7 indeed.
I’ve heard of the term MVP before of course, but I didn’t realize there were official awards given out for it, let along three (or five, if you count each league). But reading about it, guess who’s won the most?
Aww yeah. 🙂 Seven wins, second closest having three, so a pretty nice lead. Although maybe Bonds isn’t the best guy to brag with. Even I’ve heard what he was about…
Now guess which team has won the most MVP awards?
Shocking. At least the Giants tied for third with the A’s. (And beat the Dodgers!)
Now…who’s up for the NL MVP this year?