The VORG’s 2016 World Series Preview

640x360_2016_ws_se879847We’ve finally reached the World Series, and with it the established institutions will of course give you the standard previews of the Indians/Cubs showdown.

But this is the VORG … we don’t do “standard” … we do factoids, minutiae, trivia, oddities, random bits of info on all the major participants for both teams.

Here now … with major thanks to Baseball Reference and its Play Index, the VORG 2016 WORLD SERIES PREVIEW



Yan Gomes: Compiled the lowest batting average (.167) of anyone with at least 264 plate appearances during the year. His 33 OPS+ figure was the lowest for a player with that many PAs since Reid Brignac’s 28 in 2011.

Mike Napoli: Combined 2014-5: 35 homers, 105 RBI. 2016: 34 homers, 101 RBI. Led AL in errors at first base (13) despite playing only 98 games there.

Jason Kipnis: Scored exactly 86 runs in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Hit 10 of his 23 homers with one out and the bases empty.

Francisco Lindor: Drafted one pick ahead of Javier Baez back in 2011. Led AL in sac flies with 15, the most by any MLBer since Mark Loretta had 16 in 2004. Only the seventh player with at least 15 sac flies and 15 homers in same season.

Jose Ramirez: 2015: hit .219 with a .232 BABIP. 2016: hit .312 with a .333 BABIP. Hit well, but for much less power, when the Indians lost: .298/.349/.386.

Rajai Davis: Taken with the 1,134th pick overall in the 2001 amateur draft. No other player taken #1134 has ever made the Majors. Hit .361/.349/.508 when putting the first pitch in play.

Tyler Naquin: First “Naquin” to play in the Majors. Hit .354 leading off an inning.

Lonnie Chisenhall: “Lonnie David Chisenhall” anagrams to “Novel and childish alien”. He doesn’t steal often, but when he does he succeeds. His 6-0 in steals this year brings his career mark to 17-3.

Carlos Santana: Finished with exactly 99 walks and 99 strikeouts. This is the largest number in MLB history for anyone with exactly the same number of walks and strikeouts in a season. Has surpassed 90 walks (and 90 Ks) in each of last six seasons.

Corey Kluber: Already has the highest career WAR (18.9) for anyone from Stetson University. Bounced from 18 wins in ’14 to 16 losses in ’15 back to 18 wins this year, despite having WHIPs under 1.100 in all three seasons.

Trevor Bauer: Taken third overall in 2011 draft, two picks after college teammate Gerrit Cole.  Had career-best 2.4 strikeout to walk ratio in ’16. Tied many others for fielding percentage lead by pitcher, handling 36 chances perfectly this season.

Josh Tomlin: Walked only 20 batters in 174 innings this year, but yielded 36 homers. Led the Majors with 1.034 walks per nine. Of those active starting pitchers with at least 600 innings thrown, his 1.56 HR/9 rate is the highest.

Carlos Carrasco: 2016 home ERA: 4.29 with an .811 OPS. 2016 road ERA: 2.40 with a .605 OPS. Came to the Indians from the Phillies in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade.

Danny Salazar: Has started games in multiples of five in each season (10, 20, 30, 25). Has struck out 12 times in 14 career plate appearances.

Cody Allen: Already sixth all-time on Indians’ save list with 92 (Bob Wickman leads with 139). Remarkably consistent stats last four seasons:

2013 2.43 77 70.1 19 7 26 88 3.3 11.3
2014 2.07 76 69.2 16 7 26 91 3.4 11.8
2015 2.99 70 69.1 23 2 25 99 3.2 12.9
2016 2.51 67 68.0 19 8 27 87 3.6 11.5
5 Yrs 2.61 317 306.1 89 26 119 392 3.5 11.5
162 Game Avg. 2.61 68 66 19 6 26 84 3.5 11.5
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Generated 10/22/2016.

Andrew Miller: Averaged an insane 14.9 strikeouts versus 1.1 walks per nine innings in 2016. Has averaged 14.7 K/9 over the last four seasons. Struck out 44.7% of all batters faced this year.


Miguel Montero: Batted a career-low .216 this season and only threw out 11% of base-stealers. Did hit .283/.353/.543 the last month of the season.

Anthony Rizzo: Stats 2014-2016: .285/.386/.527 with 95 homers and 288 RBI. Hit .543/.556/1.143 when at-bat ended on 1-0 count. Making a mere $5 million this season, and due only $25 million over next three years.

Ben Zobrist: Anagrams to “Isn’t zero BB” which is appropriate given his 15.2% walk rate in 2016. Has hit exactly three triples each of last four seasons. Very consistent batting average last six years:

Year Tm BA
2011 TBR .269
2012 TBR .270
2013 ★ TBR .275
2014 TBR .272
2015 TOT .276
2016 ★ CHC .272
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Generated 10/22/2016.

Addison Russell: One of five shortstops to have a 20+ homer, 95+ RBI season through age 22 season. Hit just .205 away from Wrigley. Name anagrams to “Landlord Issues”.

Kris Bryant: Led league in WAR (7.7) and runs scored (121). Actually had higher slash stats as a left fielder than as third baseman during the year. Already has highest career WAR of anyone from Univ. of San Diego.

Jorge Soler: Inexplicably 0-13 in his career versus Jeff Locke. Career .331 batter hitting fifth. Career .166 hitter versus power pitchers.

Dexter Fowler: Seventh on active leaderboard in triples (72). One of only six players to suit up for the Rockies, Astros and Cubs. Career .190 hitter (only 5 games) at Progressive Field.

Jason Heyward: Only MLBer in history with the middle name of “Alias”. At .631, compiled the lowest OPS of any qualifying outfielder during 2016, by 48 points. His highest batting average after any game this year was .260. However, did lead Majors in Total Zone Runs for second time in three years.

Javier Baez: Strikeout rate has decreased each year, from 41% to 30% to 24%, but walk rate has also diminished, now down to 3.3%. His yearly BABIP has bounced all over, from .248 in ’14 to .412 to this season’s .336.

Jon Lester: Surpassed 200 innings for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Career-best 1.016 WHIP this season. Career 2.50 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in the playoffs.

Jake Arrieta: Last four years: 55-23 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.013 WHIP. Led league in pitcher assists and fewest hits per nine innings each of last two years.

Kyle Hendricks: Led league in ERA (2.13). Had 4th-lowest BABIP (.252) amongst all ERA qualifiers in Majors. Only current player from Dartmouth.

John Lackey: Fourth on active leaderboard with 416 games started and third in innings pitched (2,669.2) and wins (176). Pitched 135.1 playoff innings lifetime, with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.256 WHIP.

Hector Rondon: More than one out of every eight flyballs left the yard this season. Nonetheless, he established personal bests with strikeout rate (29%) and walk rate (4.0%). Was actually selected by the Cubs off the Cleveland Indians roster during the 2012 Rule 5 draft.

Aroldis Chapman: Name anagrams to “Moral handicaps”. He *only* struck out 14 per nine innings this season, after blowing away 17.7 per nine in 2014. Boasts career marks of 4.8 hits and 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Has held left-handed batters to a .155 slugging percentage in his career.




1 thought on “The VORG’s 2016 World Series Preview

  1. Lindor is the second Indians shortstop to lead the AL in sacrifice flies during a season. The first was the relentlessly obscure Jack Heidemann, who tied Boston’s Rico Petrocelli with 10 in 1970.

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