The VORG’s 2016 “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 2016 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award).

For the AL ERA qualifiers (one inning pitched per team game), Corey Kluber hit the magic number on the button (see the bottom of this post for his standing all-time in closeness to pi). The Red Sox’ Rick Porcello missed by 1/100 of a run, with J.A. Happ finishing third.

Player ERA ▴ Tm W L IP ER
Corey Kluber 3.14 CLE 18 9 215.0 75
Rick Porcello 3.15 BOS 22 4 223.0 78
J.A. Happ 3.18 TOR 20 4 195.0 69
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Generated 10/4/2016.

In the AL/no minimum innings category, the top two finishers were the same, with Kluber and Porcello this time followed by the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler.

Player ERA ▴ Tm W L IP ER
Corey Kluber 3.14 CLE 18 9 215.0 75
Rick Porcello 3.15 BOS 22 4 223.0 78
Brandon Kintzler 3.15 MIN 0 2 54.1 19
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Generated 10/4/2016.

Next, the National League/ERA qualifiers. The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta ended the season .04 away from the golden number, good enough to edge the Braves’ Julio Teheran and Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals.

Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Jake Arrieta 3.10 CHC 18 8 197.1 68
Julio Teheran 3.21 ATL 7 10 188.0 67
Carlos Martinez 3.04 STL 16 9 195.1 66
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Generated 10/4/2016.

Finally . . . the National League/no minimum innings pitched award. Jumbo Diaz just edged out the Marlins’ Nick Wittgren, with Ian Krol finished a competitive third.

Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Jumbo Diaz 3.14 CIN 1 1 43.0 15
Nick Wittgren 3.14 MIA 4 3 51.2 18
Ian Krol 3.18 ATL 2 0 51.0 18
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Generated 10/4/2016.

Here is the updated list of those pitchers who finished a season with an ERA closest to 3.1415927:

Name Season IP ER ERA Absolute Diff.
Mel Parnell 1948 212 74 3.14151 0.000083266
Paul Foytack 1957 212 74 3.14151 0.000083266
Jerry Koosman 1970 212 74 3.14151 0.000083266
Dizzy Trout 1945 246.333 86 3.14208 0.000491622
Scott Baker 2011 134.667 47 3.14109 0.000502036
Fernando Valenzuela 1986 269.333 94 3.14109 0.000503202
Lon Warneke 1940 232 81 3.14224 0.000648679
Kirby Higbe 1941 298 104 3.14094 0.000653103
Andy Coakley 1906 149 52 3.14094 0.000653103
Mike Hampton 2000 217.667 76 3.14242 0.000827864
Mickey Lolich 1969 280.667 98 3.14252 0.000925861
Frank Sullivan 1954 206.333 72 3.14055 0.00104292
Ken Holtzman 1975 266.333 93 3.14268 0.001086041
David Wells 1990 189 66 3.14286 0.001264443
Matt Albers 2013 63 22 3.14286 0.001264443
Bryan Morris 2015 63 22 3.14286 0.001264443
Matt Cain 2010 223.333 78 3.14328 0.001691351
Chick Fraser 1900 223.333 78 3.14328 0.001691351
Pete Harnisch 1998 209 73 3.14354 0.00194797
Red Barrett 1938 28.6666 10 3.13954 0.002050515
Kirt Ojala 1997 28.6666 10 3.13954 0.002050515
Joe Hesketh 1987 28.6666 10 3.13954 0.002050515
Glen Perkins 2007 28.6666 10 3.13954 0.002050515
Clay Condrey 2006 28.6666 10 3.13954 0.002050515
Ted Power 1981 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Larry Andersen 1977 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Tony Ghelfi 1983 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
John Tudor 1989 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Hipolito Pena 1988 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Ben Van Dyke 1912 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Stan Coveleski 1927 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Ray Prim 1933 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Bob Darnell 1954 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Ed Donnelly 1959 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Dallas Green 1965 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Dave Leonhard 1967 14.3333 5 3.13954 0.002050515
Harry Eisenstat 1940 71.6666 25 3.13954 0.002054896
Marshall Bridges 1962 71.6666 25 3.13954 0.002054896
Tim Crews 1988 71.6666 25 3.13954 0.002054896
Paul Lindblad 1976 114.667 40 3.13954 0.002055991
Matt Lindstrom 2008 57.3333 20 3.13954 0.002055991
Sam LeCure 2012 57.3333 20 3.13954 0.002055991
Bill Brandt 1943 57.3333 20 3.13954 0.002055991
Jack (DA) Jones 1883 157.667 55 3.13954 0.002056489
Juan Berenguer 1983 157.667 55 3.13954 0.002056489
Chad Billingsley 2008 200.667 70 3.13954 0.002056773
Bob Locker 1969 100.333 35 3.13954 0.002056773
Fred Norman 1974 186.333 65 3.13954 0.002057255
Dan Haren 2009 229.333 80 3.13954 0.00205736
Bob Knepper 1986 258 90 3.13954 0.002057816
Stephen Strasburg 2014 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Walt Woods 1898 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Al Schulz 1916 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Rube Schauer 1917 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Tom Seaver 1979 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Corey Kluber 2016 215 75 3.13954 0.002057816
Braden Looper 2002 86 30 3.13954 0.002057816
Al Mamaux 1921 43 15 3.13954 0.002057816
Ron Villone 1996 43 15 3.13954 0.002057816
Jumbo Diaz 2016 43 15 3.13954 0.002057816
Steven Jackson 2009 43 15 3.13954 0.002057816

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