Leaderboards of Pleasure – 5/7/12


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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for this edition of the Leaderboards of Pleasure.

1. A Note Regarding the Absence of Player NERD
2. Team NERD Leaderboard
3. Pitcher NERD Leaderboard

A Note Regarding the Absence of Player NERD
The attentive and very enthusiastic reader will note that Player NERD, as it was from last week’s, is absent from this edition of the Leaderboards of Pleasure. This is because both (a) the author has had a Great Vision regarding how it (i.e. Player NERD) might be altered for the better and (b) said Great Vision needs time to be Fully Realized.

Team NERD Leaderboard
The Leaderboard
Team NERD represents an attempt to measure the aesthetic appeal of a team numerically, on a scale of 0-10. For more on how Team NERD is calculated click here.

Here’s the current (and sortable) Team NERD leaderboard:

Teams NERD BAT HR/FB SPD BULL UZR PAY AGE LUCK
Cardinals 10 2.42 2.07 1.92 0.97 0.61 0.00 0.00 1.93
Rangers 9 1.44 1.47 -0.40 2.52 1.79 0.00 0.00 1.03
Royals 9 0.35 -0.28 0.63 -0.16 0.47 1.01 1.72 1.91
Rockies 9 0.57 1.72 1.92 1.61 -1.78 0.54 0.00 0.51
Braves 8 1.14 1.04 0.76 0.93 0.33 0.40 0.56 0.06
Astros 8 0.57 -0.89 1.14 -0.31 0.22 1.02 1.33 0.68
Yankees 7 1.80 1.57 -0.78 0.62 -1.05 0.00 0.00 0.88
Rays 7 1.32 0.31 0.50 0.14 -0.23 0.92 0.00 0.00
Diamondbacks 6 -0.51 0.01 0.24 0.67 1.09 0.65 0.00 1.16
Blue Jays 6 -0.19 0.63 -0.14 0.50 0.32 0.61 0.72 0.00
Orioles 6 0.59 1.57 -1.56 0.50 0.24 0.45 0.56 0.00
White Sox 5 -0.49 0.67 0.24 0.52 0.98 0.03 0.00 0.53
Dodgers 5 0.29 0.63 -0.27 0.14 1.86 0.08 0.00 0.00
Brewers 5 -0.21 -0.03 1.53 0.57 -1.02 0.01 0.00 0.63
Padres 5 -0.84 -1.51 0.89 -0.62 0.82 1.16 0.33 1.56
Indians 5 0.43 0.43 -0.27 -0.26 -0.97 0.53 0.33 0.00
Giants 4 -0.24 -0.73 0.24 0.05 -0.57 0.00 1.18 0.48
Red Sox 4 0.66 0.05 -1.04 0.26 -0.49 0.00 0.00 0.76
Mariners 4 -0.71 -0.30 -0.53 0.07 0.43 0.44 0.64 0.00
Reds 3 -0.65 -0.50 0.12 1.28 -0.74 0.40 0.00 0.00
Marlins 3 -0.78 -0.45 1.27 -1.16 -1.10 0.00 0.72 0.00
Angels 3 -0.62 -0.58 -0.40 -0.71 0.74 0.00 0.00 1.01
Athletics 2 -1.47 -0.93 -0.53 -0.97 -0.09 1.16 1.03 0.00
Tigers 2 -0.16 0.23 -0.53 -0.88 -1.97 0.00 0.49 0.00
Twins 2 -0.78 -0.99 -0.40 -0.76 0.52 0.11 0.00 0.56
Phillies 2 -0.98 -1.10 -0.14 -1.49 0.93 0.00 0.00 0.81
Cubs 2 -1.37 -1.30 0.50 -2.54 0.51 0.27 0.03 1.18
Pirates 1 -1.73 -0.81 -1.30 -0.24 -0.41 0.94 0.80 0.00
Mets 1 0.16 -0.83 -1.69 -1.04 -1.93 0.13 1.18 0.00
Nationals 1 -1.03 -1.18 -1.94 -0.24 0.29 0.45 0.49 0.00

Pitcher NERD Leaderboard and Laggardboard
The Leaderboard
Pitcher NERD represents an attempt to measure the aesthetic appeal of a pitcher numerically, on a scale of 0-10. For more on how Team NERD is calculated click here.

Here’s the current (and sortable) Pitcher NERD leaderboard (of 138 starters with 20-plus innings):

Name NERD xFIP SwStrk Strk Velo Age Luck KN
Stephen Strasburg 10 1.46 0.72 1.05 2.07 1.21 0.00 0.00
Jeff Samardzija 10 1.43 2.33 0.75 1.74 0.29 0.25 0.00
R.A. Dickey 10 0.60 0.67 1.51 0.00 0.00 0.14 4.19
Clayton Kershaw 10 1.59 0.92 0.24 0.96 0.98 0.00 0.00
CC Sabathia 10 1.52 1.67 1.04 0.59 0.00 0.65 0.00
Cole Hamels 10 1.87 2.33 1.03 0.10 0.06 0.00 0.00
Lance Lynn 9 1.54 1.17 0.39 0.71 0.75 0.00 0.00
Adam Wainwright 9 1.80 0.22 0.79 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00
Cliff Lee 9 2.15 -0.83 2.09 0.05 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gio Gonzalez 9 1.56 0.47 0.28 0.92 0.52 0.00 0.00

The Laggardboard
And here’s the laggardboard:

Name NERD xFIP SwStrk Strk Velo Age Luck KN
Jonathan Sanchez 0 -2.87 -0.43 -2.94 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ubaldo Jimenez 0 -2.59 -1.28 -2.26 0.55 0.06 0.00 0.00
Jeremy Guthrie 0 -2.72 -0.93 -1.01 0.84 0.00 0.09 0.00
Barry Zito 0 -1.93 -1.23 -0.64 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Francisco Liriano 0 -2.27 0.47 -2.33 0.51 0.06 1.00 0.00
Brian Matusz 0 -2.06 -0.83 0.24 0.01 0.75 0.00 0.00
Jason Marquis 1 -0.86 -2.29 -1.72 0.00 0.00 0.47 0.00
Derek Lowe 1 -0.90 -1.54 -1.21 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Randy Wolf 1 -1.28 -1.54 -0.92 0.00 0.00 0.96 0.00
Blake Beavan 1 -1.89 -1.28 0.99 0.01 1.21 0.00 0.00

Complete Listing
Click here for a complete listing of NERD scores for the 138 starters with 20-plus innings.

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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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Bradley Woodrum
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Are the Rays the fastest risers right now? I feel like they were quite low in the previous rendition.