The VORG’s 2017 “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 2017 “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), Marcus Stroman came closest to 3.14, easily beating out the Twins Ervin Santana and the Indians Carlos Carrasco.

Results
Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Marcus Stroman 3.09 TOR 13 9 201.0 69
Ervin Santana 3.28 MIN 16 8 211.1 77
Carlos Carrasco 3.29 CLE 18 6 200.0 73
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In the AL/no minimum innings category, the top three finishers were separated by 1/100th of a run. The Yankees Domingo German pitched the smallest number of innings possible to hit the magic 3.14 exactly, while Oakland’s Daniel Mengden pitched three times as many innings while allowing three times as many runs. The White Sox Greg Infante finished right behind, at 3.13.

Results
Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Domingo German 3.14 NYY 0 1 14.1 5
Daniel Mengden 3.14 OAK 3 2 43.0 15
Greg Infante 3.13 CHW 2 1 54.2 19
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Next, the National League/ERA qualifiers. Arizona’s Zack Greinke easily nabbed the title, with Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Greinke’s teammate Robbie Ray finishing a distant second and third respectively.

Results
Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Zack Greinke 3.20 ARI 17 7 202.1 72
Gio Gonzalez 2.96 WSN 15 9 201.0 66
Robbie Ray 2.89 ARI 15 5 162.0 52
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Finally . . . the National League/no minimum innings pitched award. Even though they both finished at 3.14, Ryan Sheriff of the Cardinals just edged out Craig Stammen of the Padres by less than 1/100 of a run, with Reds rookie Luis Castillo finishing third.

Results
Player ERA Tm W L IP ER
Ryan Sherriff 3.14 STL 2 1 14.1 5
Craig Stammen 3.14 SDP 2 3 80.1 28
Luis Castillo 3.12 CIN 3 7 89.1 31
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Generated 10/3/2017.

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