For years the question has been asked, how do you make the best MLB Team, Pitching or Hitting. Typically you’ll hear lots of the same, “good pitching beats good hitting” but is it necessarily true? We here at Critics From The Couch are going to go through deep analysis using last years stats, we’ll also look at the effect defense and stolen bases have on a teams W’s to show you the best way to build a ball club.
Let’s start with pitching, we’re going to take the top 8 teams in various pitching stats and use as a complicated point system based on how they did in the season/playoffs(if applicable) based on where they are on the list.
ERA Leaders WHIP SO Fewest BB
Philadelphia 9.54 Philadelphia 9.54 Atlanta 7.96 Philadelphia 9.54
San Francisco 7.43 Tampa Bay 8.37 San Francisco 7.43 Seattle 5.80
San Diego 5.91 Milwaukee 8.76 Philadelphia 9.01 Chi. White Sox 6.59
Atlanta 7.14 San Francisco 6.90 L.A Dodgers 6.62 Milwaukee 8.46
L.A Dodgers 6.36 Texas 8.41 Milwaukee 8.16 Arizona 7.75
L.A Angles 6.37 Atlanta 6.58 Chi. Cubs 5.26 St. Louis 8.17
Washington 5.72 L.A Dodgers 5.85 NY Yankees 7.39 Texas 7.82
Tampa Bay 6.68 Seattle 4.55 Chi. White Sox 5.37 Cleveland 5.43
TOTAL: 55.15 TOTAL: 58.96 Total: 57.19 Total: 59.56
Team ERA proves a Team WHIP proves Team SO proves a Fewest BB proves
value of 55.15 Pts. a value of 58.96 Pts value of 57.19 Pts. a value of 59.56 Pts
As you can tell, WHIP and BB have a big effect on a team, where ERA really doesn’t seem to be as important as people think, let’s see how it compares to hitting.
AVG HR RBI SLG
Texas 9.60 NY Yankees 9.19 Boston 8.06 Boston 8.06
Boston 7.78 Texas 9.30 NY Yankees 8.89 Texas 9.30
Detroit 8.66 Boston 7.51 Texas 9.01 NY Yankees 8.09
Kansas City 5.69 Baltimore 5.54 Detroit 8.37 Detroit 8.37
St. Louis 8.45 Toronto 6.25 St. Louis 8.45 Milwaukee 8.16
NY Mets 5.70 Milwaukee 7.87 Kansas City 5.26 St. Louis 8.17
NY Yankees 7.39 Cincinnati 5.61 Toronto 5.75 Kansas City 5.04
Milwaukee 7.27 Atlanta 6.04 Arizona 6.88 Arizona 6.88
Total: 60.54 Total: 57.31 Total: 60.67 Total: 62.07
Team AVG proves Team HR proves Team RBI proves a Team SLG proves a
a value of 60.54 Pts. a value of 57.31 Pts. value of 60.67 Pts. value of 62.07 Pts.
WOW, Hitting seems to have a serious advantage over Pitching, look at SLG%, who would have thought that would be so important. So here it would seem that maybe hitting is more important. Keep in mind though, this is just from one season(last season) and we only used 4 stat categories for each, but based on this small sample, maybe teams should start building more around hitting than pitching. Let’s take a look at how defense and swiped bags compare.
FPCT DER SB: SBPCT
Philadelphia 9.54 Tampa Bay 8.65 Boston 8.06 Florida 6.44
Tampa Bay 8.37 Cincinnati 6.83 San Diego 6.13 Houston 4.84
Chi. White Sox 6.59 San Diego 5.91 Chi. White Sox 6.59 NY Mets 6.41
Atlanta 7.14 L.A Angels 6.90 Houston 4.50 Philadelphia 8.69
L.A Dodgers 6.36 Philadelphia 8.38 Atlanta 6.86 Chi. White Sox 6.10
Cincinnati 5.86 Texas 8.12 NY Yankees 7.69 Tampa Bay 6.74
Arizona 7.17 Boston 6.39 L.A Angles 6.11 L.A Angels 6.11
L.A Angels 5.84 Arizona 6.88 San Francisco 5.84 Atlanta 6.04
Total: 56.87 Total: 58.07 Total: 51.78 Total: 51.37
Team Fielding Team Defensive Team SB proves a Team SBPCT
Percentage proves Efficiency Rating value of 51.78 Pts. proves a value of
a value of 56.87 Pts. proves a value of 51.37 Pts.
As we all know it takes all components of the game to build a winning team, but based off of these findings, on a very very small sample of research, it would seem that hitting is the most important, where pitching and defense seem a little less important. Stolen Bases on this list seem to have no affect at all on how good a team is. So, does good pitching really beat good hitting? Maybe, but good hitting will definitely win you games.
-Vernon Smells (Kalib Tilley)