If you’re a stat junkie like me, you may find the following two charts pretty cool.
In this first chart, ESPN uses many variables to conclude what the most dominant pitching performances of the year have been so far. It’s interesting to note that not one, but both of R.A. Dickey’s one-hitters ranked ahead of Johan Santana’s no-hitter.
Some of you may recall that in 2011, the Mets’ Chris Capuano was credited as having the most dominating pitching performance of the year when he hurled his one-hit gem against the Braves on August 26. Cappy has been a top-tier pitcher ever since and is having himself an incredible season for the Dodgers who inked him to a two-year, $10 million dollar deal.
In this second chart, ESPN uses a point-system based on several key variables to determine who could be this year’s Cy Young award winner. Matt Cain, Chris Capuano and Stephen Strasburg have each spent time in the top spot so far. But there’s a new leader this week and it’s our own R.A. Dickey.
They say a win is a win is a win. But clearly some wins are bigger than others and as you can see here, Dickey not only leads the majors with 11 wins, but at least two of those wins were some of the best pitched games in MLB this season and we’re only in the first half.
Charts provided by ESPN.