The VORG’s 2014 “Pi Young Award”

Wednesday evening brings us the announcement of the  “Cy Young Award” winner in each league.  So, its now time for the VORG to announce the winners of the 2014 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award).

First up . . . the American League pitchers meeting the ERA title requirement (one inning pitched per team game). Max Scherzer rode off into free agency with an impressive 18-5 record for the Tigers.  He also took home the Pi Young hardware with an ERA of 3.145234, missing pi nirvana by .00377.  Finishing a distant second was Sonny Gray of the A’s, who edged out young flamethrower Yordano Ventura of the Royals.

Player ▴ ERA Tm W L IP ER
Max Scherzer 3.15 DET 18 5 220.1 77
Sonny Gray 3.08 OAK 14 10 219.0 75
Yordano Ventura 3.20 KCR 14 10 183.0 65
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Next, the American League/no minimum innings requirement. Jeff Samardzija came over from the Cubs in the middle of the season and just eked out winning the award (his NL ERA wasn’t close to 3.14). Scherzer finished in second, while Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup came in third.

Player ERA ▴ Tm W L IP ER
Jeff Samardzija 3.1433 OAK 5 6 111.2 39
Max Scherzer 3.1452 DET 18 5 220.1 77
Aaron Loup 3.1456 TOR 4 4 68.2 24
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For the NL ERA qualifiers, Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals was the only pitcher within .1 of the magic mark, making him the runaway winner.  Edinson Volquez was a nice surprise for the Pirates, winning 13 games, and he finished 2nd in this award (his ERA was at 3.15 after his next-to-last start). Meanwhile, the Giants staff ace and World Series hero Madison Bumgarner came in third.

Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Stephen Strasburg 3.14 WSN 14 11 215.0 75
Edinson Volquez 3.04 PIT 13 7 192.2 65
Madison Bumgarner 2.98 SFG 18 10 217.1 72
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In the NL/no minimum innings category, Strasburg once again headed the field. The Marlins’ Mike Dunn came in second, while Wesley Wright, despite a WHIP near 1.4, came in third.

Player ERA ▴ Tm W L IP ER
Stephen Strasburg 3.14 WSN 14 11 215.0 75
Mike Dunn 3.16 MIA 10 6 57.0 20
Wesley Wright 3.17 CHC 0 3 48.1 17
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