Pitchers present a special problem, as the MLe calculator does not work for pitching stats, so I decided to just compare stats from a comparable level (i.e., A-ball, AA-Ball, etc.). It’s not as precise but it’s the best I can do.
Clint Everts Vs. Josh Smoker
Everts numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 17 G, 7-3, 2.49 ERA, 90.1 IP, 1 SH, 21 BB, 103 K
Smoker numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 23G, 3-10, 7.07 ERA, 84.0 IP, 50 BB, 82 K
I think we know who wins this one.
Tavo Alvarez Vs. Colton Willems
Alvarez numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 25 G, 12-10, 2.49 ERA, 152.2 IP, 1 SH, 58 BB, 158 K
Willems numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 20G, 5-9, 3.70 ERA, 109.0 IP, 31 BB, 60 K
Another clear-cut winner. Wow, didn’t realize Alvarez was that good.
B.J. Wallace Vs. Mike Hinckley
Wallace numbers (A Ball, Florida State League): 25 G, 11-8, 3.28 ERA, 137.1 IP, 65 BB, 126 K
Hinckley numbers (A Ball, Carolina League): 28 G, 6-8, 5.52 ERA, 148 IP, 63 BB, 79 K
Wow, didn’t expect Wallace to win this one. Who knows what could have happened with him if he hadn’t gotten injured?
Josh Girdley Vs. Glenn Gibson
Girdley numbers (A Ball, New York Penn League): 14 G, 5-0, 2.94 ERA, 79.1 IP, 28 BB, 70 K
Gibson numbers (A Ball, New York Penn League): 12 G, 4-3, 3.10 ERA, 58.0 IP, 15 BB, 58 K
Finally, one that’s a little closer. I’m going to give Gibson the edge for having a much lower WHIP, though (1.069 to 1.109).
Don Levinski Vs. Yunior Novoa
Levinski numbers (A Ball, Midwest League): 21 G, 12-6, 3.02 ERA, 1 SH, 119 IP, 55 BB, 125 K
Novoa numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 25 G, 5-12, 4.22 ERA, 117.1 IP, 35 BB, 94 K
Novoa has slightly better control, but I think we know who wins here.
Nate Minchey Vs. Zech Zinicola
Minchey numbers (A Ball, Midwest League): 28 G, 11-12, 4.79 ERA, 150 IP, 87 BB, 63 K
Zinicola numbers (A-AA): 27 G, 4-1, 1.65 ERA, 32.2 IP, 15 BB, 31 K
Tough comparison here, as the smaller sample size of IP for Zinicola will give him an edge, but I’m still going to give it to him for superior control, if nothing else.
So the Expos win this round, but I suspect there’s the same effect as the outfield going on here…with the high level of success in Nationals pitchers the chaff tends to really be the chaff. Not to mention that with what we know about pitching injuries now, there’s less flameout physically.
Thus, our final team:
- 1B: Larry Broadway
- 2B: Henry Mateo
- SS: Hiram Bocachica
- 3B: Boi Rodriguez
- C: Nelson Santovenia
- OF: Justin Maxwell
- OF: Frank Diaz
- OF: Kory Casto
- SP: Clint Everts
- SP: Tavo Alvarez
- SP: B.J. Wallace
- SP: Glenn Gibson
- RP: Don Levinski
- RP: Zech Zinicola
The Expos end up with eight representatives and the Nationals six. I’m not sure which team comes out as superior, then, but it’s at least an interesting exercise. Hope you’ve enjoyed it; one of these days I’ll compare the best on both teams, but we’ll save that for another week.