Friday, November 23, 2012

Who Wants To Be A Kershaw-lionaire

Using 2011 and 2012 data and looking at K/9, BB/9 and GB/FB numbers I computed similarity scores for any starting pitcher who has thrown 150 or more innings the past two years.  Out fo the qualified starting pitchers here are the "Top 50" pitchers with the most similar numbers to Clayton Kershaw. I will have lists for other Dodgers pitchers up in the near future.  In this exercise I weighted the 2011 data by a factor of 3 and the the 2012 data by a factor of 5 as the most recent data has a slightly better representation of the pitcher's true talent level.  Keep in mind that this exercise is just looking at what I feel are the top three peripherals and does not base its similarity scores off of handedness, age or any other factors.

Kershaw's 2011 Top Similar Pitchers

2012 Top 50 Similar Starting Pitchers

NAClayton Kershaw9.262.341.27
1Justin Verlander9.012.181.09
2Cole Hamels8.712.061.36
3James Shields8.552.321.59
4CC Sabathia8.812.121.56
5Madison Bumgarner8.322.091.41
6Matt Garza8.682.831.42
7Mat Latos8.182.81.18
8David Price8.752.521.61
9Anibal Sanchez8.292.491.37
10Zack Greinke9.172.321.64
11Chris Sale92.361.39
12Jeff Samardzija9.32.891.35
13Jarrod Parker6.873.111.44
14Stephen Strasburg10.972.551.31
15Josh Johnson7.873.051.52
16Johnny Cueto6.732.241.7
17Roy Halladay8.031.731.51
18Cliff Lee8.991.371.29
19Jered Weaver7.132.150.76
20Ryan Vogelsong7.333.021.21
21Doug Fister6.961.841.7
22Ian Kennedy8.062.320.92
23Matt Cain7.682.270.96
24Josh Beckett7.462.621.08
25C.J. Wilson7.953.631.63
26Vance Worley7.513.11.35
27Hiroki Kuroda6.972.131.56
28Gio Gonzalez9.143.671.52
29Jordan Zimmermann7.011.91.16
30Dan Haren7.251.631.05
31R.A. Dickey7.822.181.43
32Ervin Santana6.852.981.15
33Chris Carpenter7.152.031.49
34Felix Hernandez8.622.331.68
35Jon Lester7.743.181.63
36Daniel Hudson6.992.121.06
37Wandy Rodriguez6.672.731.44
38Yovani Gallardo93.191.41
39Shaun Marcum7.512.770.86
40Alexi Ogando6.662.250.95
41Freddy Garcia6.752.951.02
42Tommy Hanson8.793.521
43Erik Bedard8.573.771.23
44Ivan Nova7.13.021.55
45Brandon Beachy9.23.070.87
46Philip Humber6.853.021.07
47Javier Vazquez7.592.340.74
48Roy Oswalt6.582.071.31
49Marco Estrada8.941.810.78
50Michael Pineda9.112.890.81

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