This post is strictly **Johan Santana**, nothing else. I’ll talk about a couple things, from his possible Cy Young season, to his fantastic career. WARNING: THIS POST IS HUGE! Also, Twins win in a close squeaker, 2-1. I’ll have that game’s recap along with Sunday afternoon’s game’s recap in the same post Sunday night.

First, this season. I’m going to be using some rare stats that are pretty cool, but most of you probably won’t know what they are. I’ll run through them now:

K/BB: Strikeouts per 1 walk

K/9: Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched

WPCT: Win percentage (wins divided by wins+losses)

AGS: Average Game Score. This is the definition of Game Score, and I’m talking about the average Game Score: Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

G/F: Ratio of groundballs to flyballs

TL: Tough Loss. A loss against the pitcher’s record in a game that he throws a quality start in

RS: Run support. Team’s runs scored (average, per 9 innings by the pitcher)

WHIP: Walks and hits per inning pitched (walks+hits/innings pitched)

Now let’s look at Johan’s stats for the above listed this season, along with** Roy Halladay**, the second-best candidate for the Cy Young award:

J: 5.34 K/BB (2nd in majors)

R: 3.94 K/BB (10th in majors)

*Johan has nearly 100 more strikeouts than Roy, with about 10 more walks.*

J: 9.55 K/9 (3rd in majors)

R: 5.48 K/9 (54th in majors)

*Only 3 pitchers in the majors average more than 9 Ks per 9 innings pitched.*

J: .773 WPCT (2nd in majors)

R: .762 WPC (3rd in majors)

*Basically even, both of them win a lot and don’t lose very often.*J: 62.3 AGS (leads majors)

R: 56.7 AGS (5th in majors)

*They both have the ability to pitch deep into the game, but Johan’s strikeout total helps boost him to number 1 with this stat.*

J: 1.04 G/F (66th highest ratio in majors)

R: 2.33 G/F (8th highest ratio in majors)

*I at first didn’t understand the G/F ratio. I did but I had a brain fart and said the wrong thing. This is the only category in which Roy is better. *

Johan: 3 TLs (tied for 33rd most in majors) with a run support of 5.06 runs scored (53rd best in majors)

Roy: 1 TL (tied for 98th most in majors) with a run support of 6.26 runs scored (14th best in majors)

*I think it’s obvious why Johan has 3 Tough Losses and Roy only has 1.*

J: .99 WHIP (leads majors)

R: 1.09 WHIP (3rd best in majors)

*A 1.09 is a good WHIP, but compared to a WHIP that is less than 1, it’s hard to say that it’s better than the WHIP that is less than one.*

As you can see, Johan leads Roy in the categories that you want to be leading in. Categories like G/F, TL, and RS can be debated, but Johan is working with a lower run support, which leads to him having more Tough Losses. Johan’s only downside is he gives up a lot of fly balls, but his other stats more than make up for it.

Career stats since becoming a full-time starter in 2004:

500 hits allowed, 205 earned runs, 140 walks, 722 strikeouts, 53 wins, 18 losses, 2.77 ERA, .206 BAA.

Those numbers are flat-out outstanding.

September 10, 2006 at 7:41 pm

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