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Rotisserie vs. Reality

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Are the standard Rotisserie Baseball categories an accurate way to measure what it takes to put together a winning team in real life? Using Sean Lahman’s baseball database (specifically the totals from the “Teams” file), I imported the following information into R Studio in order to explore this question further:
  • Year, League, Team Name, Rank (Position in Final League Standings)
  • Batting Categories (Batting Average, Runs Scored, Home Runs, Stolen Bases)
  • Pitching Categories (Wins, Strikeouts, Earned Run Average, WHIP)
Runs Batted In (RBI) are redundant with runs scored and therefore omitted as a category for this exercise. In order to maintain a similar number of batting and pitching categories, I dropped Saves (SV) since the statistic was not officially recognized until 1969. I inserted Rotisserie Points columns immediately to the right of each category (denoted by an asterisk on either side of the category, such as *BA*). Total batting, pitching and overall points are included towards the right side of the main table (expressed as *BAT*, *PIT* and *TOTAL*). Adjusted category point totals are based on a 16-team league for all seasons after 1960, suffixed with an “adj”. For instance the 1976 Reds tallied 48 Roto batting points. In order to compare this total with ball clubs in a sixteen-team league, the raw score (48) is multiplied by 16/12 or 1.333 (maximum # of teams / # teams in league). This calculation (48 * 1.333) yields an answer of 64, which is consistent with the maximum amount of points earned in four Rotisserie batting (or pitching) categories in a sixteen-team league (16 points times 4 categories = 64). The adjustment is not necessary for teams listed in the Pre-Expansion Era (1901-1960) as the number of teams remained constant at eight American and eight National League entries during that span. RotoRank references each team’s position in the final standings based on their total overall Rotisserie points. Rank denotes each team’s position in the League standings based on winning percentage. The spreadsheet is available via Google Sheets along with the table below. You can add and remove columns as necessary in order to view specific category results, download the entire file in CSV, Excel or PDF format or print the contents. [gdoc key=”https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v914gkR1JKNu3k_eYBFdZJLoPOAVbiQDFxTHINI6uB8/pubhtml”] Fascinating Findings As expected, the teams with the highest winning percentage (WPCT) in their respective leagues since 1901 fared extremely well when tabulating their Rotisserie points. The WPCT league leaders placed first in Roto points in nearly two-thirds of the league-seasons in this timeframe (64.6%), with another 22.5% earning a runner-up finish. The far-right tail on the chart denotes two clubs which recorded the sixth-best winning percentage in their league while achieving the highest Roto tally. Toronto compiled a mark of 86-76 in the American League during the 1986 campaign. However the Jays registered 96 adjusted Roto points to top the circuit. Tony Fernandez sparked the lineup with 213 base knocks and a .310 BA while Jesse Barfield (.289/40/108) and George Bell (.309/31/108) supplied considerable clout in the middle of the order. Mark Eichhorn (14-6, 1.72) and Tom “Terminator” Henke (27 SV, 3.35) secured the late-inning leads. Likewise the ‘69 Pirates finished in the middle of the pack (6th of 12 teams) with a record of 88-74, but topped the NL Roto rankings at 87.3 adjusted points. Pittsburgh’s attack featured five .300 hitters in the starting lineup along with a .348 batting average by part-time 1B/OF Carl Taylor. Matty Alou rapped 231 safeties and scored 105 runs. Roberto Clemente (.345/19/91) and Willie “Pops” Stargell (.307/29/92) provided steady production and leadership. The 1987 Minnesota Twins (85-77) achieved the lowest RotoRank (9.5) for a divisional leader, followed closely by the 2005 San Diego Padres (82-80), 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks (90-72) and the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) at 9.0. With the exception of Frank Viola (17-10, 2.90), the Twins’ pitching staff failed to fashion statistics consistent with a World Series champion. Every starter besides Viola posted an ERA north of 4.00. Bert Blyleven served up 46 gopher balls while the back-end of the rotation (Mike Smithson, Joe Niekro, Mark Portugal and Steve Carlton) yielded a 10-24 record with a combined ERA of 6.43. In the Modern Era (1901-present), only five teams with the #1 RotoRank finished lower than third in their division: 1904 Cleveland Naps (86-65, 4th in American League) 1906 St. Louis Browns (76-73, 5th in American League) 1960 Los Angeles Dodgers (82-72, 4th in National League) 1984 Philadelphia Phillies (81-81, 4th in National League East) 1986 Toronto Blue Jays (86-76, 4th in American League East) Seven teams secured pennants despite earning fewer than 40 Rotisserie points (or 80 adjusted total points post-1960). Despite a wretched offense that placed last in BA (.230) and home runs (7), the White Sox aka “The Hitless Wonders” defeated the Cubs in six games to claim the World Series in 1906.  George Davis (.277/0/80) led the Pale Hose in doubles (26), RBI and SLG (.355) while placing runner-up to Frank Isbell (.279/0/57) in batting average. 1906 Chicago White Sox (93-58, 39 Roto points) 1908 Detroit Tigers (90-63, 39.5 Roto points) 1916 Boston Red Sox (91-63, 38.5 Roto points) 1987 St. Louis Cardinals (95-67, 77.3 Roto points) 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks (90-72, 71.5 Roto points) 2015 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62, 77.3 Roto points) 2016 Texas Rangers (95-67, 75.2 Roto points) Team batting average leaders compiled the highest WPCT in their leagues 29.1% of the time (74 of 254) since 1901. Three clubs finished 14th in the overall league standings while posting the premier BA including the Rockies in 2012 and 2014 along with the Tigers in 2015. Four members of the 2012 squad eclipsed the .300 mark including Jordan Pacheco, Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Nelson and Dexter Fowler. Troy Tulowitzki supplied a .340 BA in 315 at-bats for the 2014 crew. Miguel Cabrera captured his fourth batting title with a .338 mark for Detroit in 2015. 43.8% of team run leaders (103 of 235) registered the top WPCT in their leagues while only 4.2% finished eighth or worse. Colorado notched 755 tallies to pace the NL in scoring during the 2014 campaign, yet the Rockies were foiled by atrocious mound work (5.3 adjusted pitching points). Adam Dunn (107), Felipe Lopez (97) and Ken Griffey Jr. (85) boosted Cincinnati to a League-leading 820 runs scored in 2005. The Reds’ baserunning proficiency was unable to compensate for the dreadful results from a starting staff consisting of Eric Milton (6.47 ERA in 34 starts), Luke Hudson (6.38 ERA in 16 starts) and Ramon Ortiz (5.36 ERA in 30 starts). The long ball does not necessarily correlate with victory as only 28.4% of the team HR leaders seized the crown in their leagues. Sammy Sosa (49), Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff (30) and Mark Bellhorn (27) mashed 200 taters for the 2002 Cubs to pace the circuit. Nonetheless Chicago along with 2014 Rockies managed to finish fourteenth. Only 18% of the team stolen base frontrunners claimed the peak WPCT in their leagues, further evidence that the tactic has been overvalued in the construction of winning organizations throughout several periods in the history of the National Pastime. Essentially the same proportion of ball clubs (42 of 235, 17.6%) ended the season in eighth place or worse despite swiping the most bags. Exhibit “A” – the 1982 Oakland Athletics, led by “The Man of Steal”, Rickey Henderson with an MLB record 130 SB, pilfered 232 bases. Billy Martin’s aggressive managerial strategies known as “Billy Ball” procured a mere 690 runs (9th) and the A’s placed twelfth in WPCT (68-94, .420) The trailblazers in team strikeouts by pitchers achieve a 22% relationship with the clubs atop the WPCT charts. The 2006 Cubs are the only ball club in the Modern Era to lead in any of the Rotisserie categories while placing sixteenth in WPCT. Carlos “El Toro” Zambrano paced the squad with 210 whiffs but the “Lovable Losers” lived up to their moniker, compiling a mark of 66-96. Along with runs scored, ERA provides the strongest correlation to winning percentage with a ratio of 106/235 (44.7%). None of the Modern Era teams has led the League in ERA with a finishing position below tenth.  Pittsburgh topped the NL in ERA (3.11) and WHIP (1.256) during the 1984 campaign. The Bucs’ starting rotation featured Rick Rhoden (14-9, 2.72), John “Candy Man” Candelaria (12-11, 2.72), Larry McWilliams (12-11, 2.93), John Tudor (12-11, 3.27) and Jose DeLeon (7-13, 3.74). Kent Tekulve fashioned an ERA of 2.66 and saved 13 contests in 73 appearances. Don “Caveman” Robinson contributed 5 wins and 10 saves. Negated by a pedestrian offense, the club amassed a 75-87 record and placed last in the NL East (10th overall in WPCT). Another category that delivers a fairly persuasive connection with winning percentage is WHIP (Walks + Hits / Innings Pitched) with a 91/235 ratio (38.7%). The 1993 Red Sox (80-82) ranked ninth in the American League with a .494 WPCT through no fault of their pitching staff. The Boston hurlers led the Junior Circuit in WHIP (1.330), placed runner-up in ERA (3.77) and third in strikeouts with 997. Danny “Dr. Death” Darwin (15-11, 3.26) paced the club in victories, games started (34), innings pitched (229.1) and WHIP (1.068). Frank “Sweet Music” Viola (11-8, 3.14) and rookie RHP Aaron Sele (7-2, 2.74) excelled. Jeff Russell notched 33 saves with a 2.70 ERA.  Pre-Expansion Era (1901-1960) Rankings By Actual League Standings The following tables reveal the mean statistics for all teams based on their position in the league standings. For example, the first-place teams in the Pre-Expansion Era batted .275 with 770 runs, 88 home runs and 112 stolen bases while the last-place clubs produced a .253 BA with only 577 tallies, 57 round-trippers and 84 steals. The pitching staffs on the top squads fashioned an ERA more than one run better than the bottom-dwellers.
RotoRank Rank BA *BA* R *R* HR *HR* SB *SB*
1.4 1 0.275 6.6 770 7.1 88 6.2 112 5.1
2.3 2 0.272 5.9 732 6.2 78 5.5 107 4.9
3.2 3 0.270 5.3 712 5.5 74 4.7 105 4.9
3.9 4 0.267 5.0 692 5.1 67 4.5 105 4.9
4.9 5 0.264 4.2 655 4.0 65 4.1 101 4.5
5.8 6 0.261 3.6 633 3.4 60 3.9 99 4.5
7.0 7 0.257 3.0 606 2.5 58 3.4 91 4.0
7.6 8 0.253 2.2 577 1.9 57 3.6 84 3.1
 
RotoRank Rank W *W* K *K* ERA *ERA* WHIP *WHIP*
1.4 1 97 8.0 607 6.3 3.13 7.2 1.277 6.8
2.3 2 90 7.0 587 5.5 3.32 6.1 1.297 6.3
3.2 3 85 6.0 566 5.0 3.43 5.6 1.328 5.5
3.9 4 79 5.0 551 4.7 3.56 4.8 1.348 4.9
4.9 5 74 4.0 546 4.4 3.61 4.6 1.363 4.2
5.8 6 68 3.0 528 3.9 3.81 3.4 1.397 3.6
7.0 7 61 2.0 510 3.2 4.02 2.5 1.432 2.6
7.6 8 53 1.0 499 3.0 4.27 1.8 1.471 1.9
 
RotoRank Rank *BAT* *PIT* *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
1.4 1 25.0 28.3 53.3 97 55 0.637
2.3 2 22.6 24.9 47.5 90 62 0.591
3.2 3 20.5 22.2 42.7 85 67 0.558
3.9 4 19.6 19.3 38.9 79 72 0.523
4.9 5 17.0 17.1 34.1 74 78 0.488
5.8 6 15.5 13.9 29.3 68 84 0.446
7.0 7 12.9 10.2 23.1 61 90 0.405
7.6 8 10.8 7.7 18.5 53 99 0.346
  Expansion Era (1961-2016) Rankings By Actual League Standings Similarly, the tables below divulge the mean figures for all Expansion Era teams based on their position in the league standings. The first-place teams batted at a .266 clip and delivered 770 runs, 163 home runs and 113 stolen bases on average while the sixteenth-place clubs supplied a .254 BA with 655 runs, 135 dingers and 90 steals.
RotoRank Rank BA BA*adj R R*adj HR HR*adj SB SB*adj
1.9 1 0.266 12.1 770 13.3 163 11.7 113 10.3
2.7 2 0.263 11.1 751 12.3 157 11.2 103 9.2
3.7 3 0.264 11.1 743 11.7 155 10.7 101 9.0
4.3 4 0.261 9.9 727 11.0 153 10.3 108 9.3
5.0 5 0.261 9.9 721 10.4 149 9.5 99 8.5
6.0 6 0.261 9.7 707 9.3 142 8.7 96 8.0
6.9 7 0.258 8.5 693 8.6 145 8.9 98 8.8
8.0 8 0.257 8.1 683 7.6 137 7.5 95 8.1
9.1 9 0.256 7.5 670 6.7 132 6.6 94 7.8
9.9 10 0.253 6.5 672 6.5 137 7.6 102 9.0
10.9 11 0.255 6.2 666 5.9 134 7.3 98 7.9
11.8 12 0.254 6.0 653 4.8 128 6.1 103 8.1
12.5 13 0.257 6.0 679 4.5 144 6.2 92 7.7
12.9 14 0.255 5.0 661 3.9 143 6.4 97 8.2
14.4 15 0.252 5.1 668 4.1 147 5.0 84 7.5
15.2 16 0.254 5.3 655 2.8 135 3.7 90 8.2
 
RotoRank Rank W W*adj K K*adj ERA ERA*adj WHIP WHIP*adj
1.9 1 98 16.0 993 10.4 3.52 13.6 1.268 13.4
2.7 2 93 14.6 996 10.5 3.61 12.7 1.280 12.7
3.7 3 90 13.4 990 9.8 3.73 11.2 1.306 11.2
4.3 4 87 12.2 989 9.6 3.78 10.5 1.313 10.6
5.0 5 85 10.9 966 9.6 3.83 10.1 1.318 10.6
6.0 6 82 9.6 970 9.3 3.84 9.8 1.331 9.5
6.9 7 80 8.6 976 9.1 3.95 8.7 1.344 8.5
8.0 8 77 7.1 964 8.7 3.98 8.3 1.353 8.2
9.1 9 74 6.0 938 7.9 4.12 7.0 1.374 7.2
9.9 10 71 4.8 939 6.7 4.19 6.1 1.392 5.9
10.9 11 70 4.2 932 7.3 4.32 5.2 1.413 5.1
11.8 12 67 3.0 952 7.6 4.36 4.9 1.424 4.4
12.5 13 66 2.7 959 5.9 4.68 4.1 1.449 4.8
12.9 14 63 1.7 965 6.0 4.66 4.2 1.450 4.7
14.4 15 64 1.6 1077 5.3 4.62 3.9 1.436 3.8
15.2 16 59 1.0 1057 5.8 4.86 2.4 1.482 2.7
 
RotoRank Rank BatAdj PitAdj *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
1.9 1 47.5 53.4 83.3 98 62 0.613
2.7 2 43.8 50.6 77.5 93 67 0.583
3.7 3 42.5 45.5 73.1 90 69 0.565
4.3 4 40.5 42.9 68.9 87 72 0.546
5.0 5 38.3 41.2 65.7 85 75 0.533
6.0 6 35.7 38.3 61 82 77 0.517
6.9 7 34.8 34.8 58.4 80 79 0.501
8.0 8 31.4 32.3 53.3 77 83 0.482
9.1 9 28.5 28.2 47.3 74 85 0.465
9.9 10 29.6 23.4 44.8 71 89 0.446
10.9 11 27.4 21.7 42.7 70 89 0.438
11.8 12 25.1 20.0 39.1 67 93 0.418
12.5 13 24.4 17.4 38.3 66 93 0.414
12.9 14 23.5 16.7 37.1 63 97 0.394
14.4 15 21.7 14.7 35.6 64 98 0.396
15.2 16 20.0 11.9 31.9 59 103 0.366
Pre-Expansion Era (1901-1960) Rankings By Team Averages The Giants top the Pre-Expansion Era charts for the Senior Circuit in every category except strikeouts (Dodgers, 602). Likewise the Bronx Bombers pace the American League in all but batting average (Tigers, .271) and stolen bases (White Sox, 125). 
name RotoRank Rank BA *BA* R *R* HR *HR* SB *SB*
Giants 3.0 3.2 0.269 5.4 706 5.9 93 6.5 112 4.9
Pirates 4.2 4.0 0.269 5.2 681 4.9 59 3.5 103 4.8
Cubs 4.0 4.1 0.264 4.4 673 4.8 75 4.9 106 5.2
Cardinals 4.2 4.1 0.269 5.5 686 5.2 72 4.6 95 4.7
Dodgers 4.0 4.2 0.264 4.5 670 4.6 74 4.7 101 5.2
Reds 5.1 5.0 0.263 4.1 636 3.7 62 3.5 103 4.8
Braves 5.7 5.3 0.258 3.1 611 3.2 65 3.9 82 3.4
Phillies 6.0 5.8 0.262 3.7 631 3.5 72 4.4 83 3.2
name RotoRank Rank W *W* K *K* ERA *ERA* WHIP *WHIP*
Giants 3.0 3.2 84 5.8 576 5.4 3.38 5.4 1.302 5.7
Pirates 4.2 4.0 79 4.9 508 3.5 3.53 4.9 1.321 5.1
Cubs 4.0 4.1 80 4.9 581 5.8 3.43 5.1 1.328 4.7
Cardinals 4.2 4.1 78 4.8 564 4.9 3.60 4.2 1.355 4.2
Dodgers 4.0 4.2 78 4.8 602 6.1 3.55 4.8 1.340 4.6
Reds 5.1 5.0 73 4.0 507 3.5 3.52 4.5 1.336 4.4
Braves 5.7 5.3 69 3.7 502 3.3 3.64 4.1 1.366 4.1
Phillies 6.0 5.8 66 3.1 517 3.5 3.98 3.0 1.412 3.3
name RotoRank Rank *BAT* *PIT* *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
Giants 3.0 3.2 22.8 22.2 45.0 84 68 0.553
Pirates 4.2 4.0 18.4 18.4 36.8 79 73 0.521
Cubs 4.0 4.1 19.2 20.5 39.7 80 72 0.526
Cardinals 4.2 4.1 20.1 18.0 38.1 78 74 0.514
Dodgers 4.0 4.2 18.9 20.3 39.2 78 74 0.511
Reds 5.1 5.0 16.0 16.4 32.5 73 79 0.482
Braves 5.7 5.3 13.6 15.2 28.9 69 82 0.457
Phillies 6.0 5.8 14.9 12.9 27.8 66 86 0.435
name RotoRank Rank BA *BA* R *R* HR *HR* SB *SB*
Yankees 2.6 2.8 0.270 5.5 761 6.4 102 6.8 104 4.9
Indians 3.9 3.8 0.270 5.4 699 5.0 70 4.6 93 4.1
Tigers 3.9 4.1 0.271 5.6 720 5.6 68 4.8 107 5.1
Red Sox 4.5 4.4 0.265 4.7 685 4.6 66 4.7 86 3.4
White Sox 4.6 4.5 0.261 3.7 657 3.8 45 2.5 125 6.2
Athletics 5.2 5.2 0.265 4.2 671 3.9 71 5.6 86 3.2
Senators 5.4 5.4 0.261 3.6 651 3.5 46 2.9 111 5.5
Browns / Orioles 6.0 5.8 0.259 3.3 636 3.1 61 4.2 89 3.6
name RotoRank Rank W *W* K *K* ERA *ERA* WHIP *WHIP*
Yankees 2.6 2.8 87 6.2 591 5.8 3.46 5.7 1.341 5.8
Indians 3.9 3.8 80 5.2 563 4.7 3.53 5.3 1.371 4.9
Tigers 3.9 4.1 78 4.9 565 5.0 3.74 4.3 1.393 4.1
Red Sox 4.5 4.4 76 4.6 546 4.5 3.72 4.4 1.379 4.6
White Sox 4.6 4.5 77 4.5 535 3.9 3.53 5.4 1.341 5.6
Athletics 5.2 5.2 71 3.8 558 4.2 3.98 3.6 1.422 3.6
Senators 5.4 5.4 70 3.6 546 4.3 3.81 4.1 1.401 4.1
Browns / Orioles 6.0 5.8 66 3.2 517 3.6 4.01 3.3 1.435 3.4
name RotoRank Rank *BAT* *PIT* *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
Yankees 2.6 2.8 23.6 23.4 47.0 87 64 0.575
Indians 3.9 3.8 19.1 20.1 39.3 81 71 0.530
Tigers 3.9 4.1 21.1 18.3 39.4 78 74 0.515
Red Sox 4.5 4.4 17.4 18.1 35.4 76 75 0.504
White Sox 4.6 4.5 16.3 19.4 35.7 77 75 0.506
Athletics 5.2 5.2 16.9 15.1 32.0 71 80 0.470
Senators 5.4 5.4 15.6 16.1 31.7 70 81 0.465
Browns / Orioles 6.0 5.8 14.1 13.5 27.6 66 86 0.435
  Expansion Era (1961-2016) Rankings By Team Averages Since 1961 the Dodgers are the class of the National League in terms of Rotisserie pitching categories. The Rockies vault to the front of the pack on offense without accounting for park factors and the shorter lifespan of the franchise. The Reds pace the old guard in the batting departments. The Yankees hold a slight edge over the Red Sox in both batting and pitching sectors. Every team achieved a RotoRank within one position of their actual mean Rank excepting two of the more recent expansion franchises (Rays and Rockies) along with the American League version of the Astros, due to insufficient data.
name RotoRank Rank BA BA*adj R R*adj HR HR*adj SB SB*adj
Dodgers 4.2 4.8 0.257 9.0 670 8.1 131 7.9 115 10.6
Cardinals 6.1 5.2 0.264 11.9 702 10.4 121 6.0 122 10.5
Giants 6.6 5.8 0.256 8.4 695 9.5 143 10.1 91 6.8
Braves 6.6 5.9 0.257 8.6 694 9.6 152 11.7 85 5.9
Reds 6.0 6.3 0.259 9.4 711 10.6 151 11.5 121 11.1
Phillies 7.3 6.9 0.256 8.2 689 9.0 138 9.1 101 8.5
Colt .45’s / Astros (NL) 6.8 7.1 0.255 7.8 663 7.5 118 5.9 119 10.4
Mets 7.3 7.5 0.250 6.4 650 6.8 128 7.7 96 7.5
Pirates 8.0 7.6 0.261 10.0 681 8.7 127 7.4 101 8.1
Cubs 7.8 8.2 0.256 8.6 684 9.0 147 10.9 84 5.5
Expos / Nationals 8.3 8.2 0.254 6.9 658 6.6 130 7.4 118 9.3
Diamondbacks 8.4 8.7 0.258 8.3 732 9.4 167 9.1 92 8.0
Padres 9.4 9.0 0.250 5.8 639 5.2 121 5.5 109 8.8
Marlins 10.3 9.7 0.258 8.1 681 6.1 142 5.9 105 9.3
Rockies 8.7 9.8 0.275 14.6 807 14.2 180 12.0 104 9.4
Brewers (NL) 9.4 9.9 0.256 7.2 717 8.2 177 10.6 100 8.9
name RotoRank Rank W W*adj K K*adj ERA ERA*adj WHIP WHIP*adj
Dodgers 4.2 4.8 86 11.4 1059 12.6 3.44 13.3 1.260 13.0
Cardinals 6.1 5.2 84 10.5 923 5.6 3.72 10.0 1.317 9.7
Giants 6.6 5.8 83 10.0 970 7.7 3.77 9.3 1.322 9.5
Braves 6.6 5.9 82 9.5 965 7.6 3.78 9.1 1.326 9.2
Reds 6.0 6.3 83 9.8 983 9.0 3.95 7.7 1.342 8.1
Phillies 7.3 6.9 79 8.6 1000 9.4 3.98 7.1 1.348 7.7
Colt .45’s / Astros (NL) 6.8 7.1 78 8.3 1016 11.5 3.79 8.9 1.322 9.2
Mets 7.3 7.5 77 7.8 1005 9.7 3.76 9.8 1.318 9.5
Pirates 8.0 7.6 79 8.2 940 6.5 3.86 8.5 1.352 7.6
Cubs 7.8 8.2 77 7.1 1007 9.7 4.04 6.3 1.358 6.8
Expos / Nationals 8.3 8.2 77 7.6 983 8.1 3.86 9.2 1.334 9.3
Diamondbacks 8.4 8.7 79 8.1 1177 10.0 4.27 8.0 1.351 9.1
Padres 9.4 9.0 74 6.4 979 8.0 3.94 8.4 1.353 8.2
Marlins 10.3 9.7 75 6.8 1101 8.1 4.25 7.3 1.409 5.7
Rockies 8.7 9.8 74 6.8 1006 3.6 5.00 2.3 1.499 2.9
Brewers (NL) 9.4 9.9 76 6.7 1140 8.2 4.38 6.2 1.398 6.4
name RotoRank Rank BatAdj PitAdj *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
Dodgers 4.2 4.8 35.5 50.4 85.9 86 74 0.538
Cardinals 6.1 5.2 38.8 35.9 74.7 84 75 0.530
Giants 6.6 5.8 34.9 36.5 71.5 83 77 0.519
Braves 6.6 5.9 35.7 35.4 71.2 82 77 0.516
Reds 6.0 6.3 42.5 34.5 77.1 83 76 0.521
Phillies 7.3 6.9 34.9 32.8 67.7 79 80 0.497
Colt .45’s / Astros (NL) 6.8 7.1 31.6 37.9 69.4 78 81 0.492
Mets 7.3 7.5 28.4 36.8 65.2 77 83 0.481
Pirates 8.0 7.6 34.2 30.8 65.0 79 80 0.496
Cubs 7.8 8.2 34.1 29.9 64.0 77 83 0.481
Expos / Nationals 8.3 8.2 30.2 34.1 64.3 77 82 0.485
Diamondbacks 8.4 8.7 34.8 35.1 69.9 79 83 0.488
Padres 9.4 9.0 25.3 30.9 56.2 74 86 0.463
Marlins 10.3 9.7 29.4 27.9 57.4 75 84 0.469
Rockies 8.7 9.8 50.2 15.5 65.7 74 85 0.466
Brewers (NL) 9.4 9.9 35.0 27.4 62.4 76 86 0.469
 
name RotoRank Rank BA BA*adj R R*adj HR HR*adj SB SB*adj
Yankees 4.4 4.0 0.264 10.6 753 10.9 167 11.0 92 8.7
Red Sox 5.4 5.3 0.269 12.5 769 12.2 163 10.4 67 4.8
Browns / Orioles 6.9 6.2 0.258 7.8 714 8.5 165 10.8 82 7.2
Athletics 7.0 6.8 0.253 5.5 707 8.3 149 8.9 113 10.4
Tigers 7.2 6.8 0.260 8.6 728 10.0 166 11.3 78 6.3
White Sox 7.1 7.1 0.260 8.1 706 8.0 147 8.0 99 9.4
Angels 7.7 7.2 0.258 7.4 691 6.9 137 6.6 96 8.7
Blue Jays 6.5 7.3 0.262 8.1 737 8.8 166 9.9 101 8.6
Twins 7.9 7.6 0.264 10.7 718 8.9 136 6.5 87 7.9
Indians 7.4 7.7 0.261 9.4 713 8.7 149 8.5 97 9.0
Senators II / Rangers 7.7 7.8 0.260 8.7 717 8.6 155 9.0 92 8.4
Pilots / Brewers (AL) 8.8 8.1 0.260 7.7 697 8.1 131 7.2 108 9.6
Royals 8.4 8.2 0.265 9.5 701 6.6 120 3.5 128 12.1
Mariners 8.7 9.6 0.260 6.5 706 6.3 155 8.1 106 9.4
(Devil) Rays 8.9 10.0 0.257 4.9 712 4.8 160 6.8 119 11.3
Astros (AL) 8.5 10.3 0.245 2.9 673 6.1 185 10.0 114 13.6
name RotoRank Rank W W*adj K K*adj ERA ERA*adj WHIP WHIP*adj
Yankees 4.4 4.0 89 12.1 961 9.9 3.84 11.0 1.315 11.1
Red Sox 5.4 5.3 85 10.7 991 11.3 4.09 8.1 1.364 8.2
Browns / Orioles 6.9 6.2 83 9.7 911 7.6 4.00 9.8 1.343 9.6
Athletics 7.0 6.8 80 8.8 919 7.5 3.98 9.6 1.353 9.1
Tigers 7.2 6.8 80 9.0 928 8.2 4.20 7.2 1.376 7.9
White Sox 7.1 7.1 80 8.7 932 8.4 3.99 9.4 1.347 9.3
Angels 7.7 7.2 80 8.3 951 9.1 3.95 9.8 1.349 9.0
Blue Jays 6.5 7.3 79 8.8 977 10.0 4.21 9.2 1.374 9.3
Twins 7.9 7.6 79 8.1 917 8.1 4.16 7.4 1.360 8.5
Indians 7.4 7.7 78 7.7 970 9.9 4.15 7.5 1.378 7.3
Senators II / Rangers 7.7 7.8 76 7.4 922 7.9 4.25 6.8 1.399 6.5
Pilots / Brewers (AL) 8.8 8.1 76 7.3 754 4.1 4.07 7.8 1.382 7.7
Royals 8.4 8.2 77 7.6 892 6.1 4.19 8.7 1.382 8.4
Mariners 8.7 9.6 75 6.1 992 10.3 4.33 7.9 1.396 7.9
(Devil) Rays 8.9 10.0 75 5.9 1123 9.8 4.42 8.6 1.384 9.2
Astros (AL) 8.5 10.3 73 5.9 1224 7.7 4.13 8.3 1.329 7.7
name RotoRank Rank BatAdj PitAdj *TOTAL* W- L WPCT
Yankees 4.4 4.0 41.2 44.2 85.4 89 70 0.558
Red Sox 5.4 5.3 39.9 38.3 78.2 85 75 0.530
Browns / Orioles 6.9 6.2 34.2 36.7 70.9 83 76 0.520
Athletics 7.0 6.8 33.1 35.1 68.1 80 79 0.504
Tigers 7.2 6.8 36.2 32.4 68.6 80 80 0.501
White Sox 7.1 7.1 33.6 35.9 69.4 80 79 0.503
Angels 7.7 7.2 29.6 36.1 65.7 80 80 0.501
Blue Jays 6.5 7.3 35.4 37.2 72.6 79 80 0.498
Twins 7.9 7.6 34.0 32.0 66.0 79 81 0.494
Indians 7.4 7.7 35.7 32.4 68.1 78 81 0.489
Senators II / Rangers 7.7 7.8 34.7 28.5 63.2 76 83 0.479
Pilots / Brewers (AL) 8.8 8.1 32.6 26.9 59.5 76 82 0.482
Royals 8.4 8.2 31.6 30.8 62.4 77 82 0.485
Mariners 8.7 9.6 30.3 32.2 62.5 75 84 0.470
(Devil) Rays 8.9 10.0 27.8 33.5 61.3 75 87 0.462
Astros (AL) 8.5 10.3 32.7 29.6 62.3 73 89 0.449
  Batting Average Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name BA *BA* RotoRank Rank
1930_NL New York Giants 0.319 8 2 3
1921_AL Detroit Tigers 0.316 8 4 6
1930_NL Philadelphia Phillies 0.315 7 7 8
1930_NL St. Louis Cardinals 0.314 6 1 1
1922_AL St. Louis Browns 0.313 8 1 2
1928_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.309 8 5 4
1929_NL Philadelphia Phillies 0.309 8 5 5
1930_AL New York Yankees 0.309 8 3 3
1930_NL Chicago Cubs 0.309 5 3 2
1920_AL St. Louis Browns 0.308 8 4 4
1921_AL Cleveland Indians 0.308 7 2 2
1921_NL St. Louis Cardinals 0.308 8 3 3
1922_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.308 8 1 3
1925_AL Philadelphia Athletics 0.307 8 2 2
1925_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.307 8 1 1
1927_AL New York Yankees 0.307 8 1 1
1922_AL Detroit Tigers 0.306 7 3 3
1922_NL New York Giants 0.305 7 2 1
1927_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.305 8 3 1
1921_AL St. Louis Browns 0.304 6 3 3
1930_AL Cleveland Indians 0.304 7 5 4
1930_NL Brooklyn Robins 0.304 4 4 4
1936_AL Cleveland Indians 0.304 8 2.5 5
1920_AL Cleveland Indians 0.303 7 2 1
1925_AL Washington Senators 0.303 7 1 1
1927_AL Philadelphia Athletics 0.303 7 2 2
1929_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.303 6.5 3 2
1929_NL Chicago Cubs 0.303 6.5 1 1
1930_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 0.303 3 5 5
  Batting Average Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name BA *BA* RotoRank Rank
1910_AL Chicago White Sox 0.211 1 5 6
1908_NL Brooklyn Superbas 0.213 1 5.5 7
1968_AL New York Yankees 0.214 1 7 5
1972_AL Texas Rangers 0.217 1 11.5 6
1910_AL St. Louis Browns 0.218 2 8 8
1963_NL New York Mets 0.219 1 10 10
1963_NL Houston Colt .45’s 0.220 2 9 9
1909_AL Chicago White Sox 0.221 1 4 4
1965_NL New York Mets 0.221 1 10 10
1908_AL Philadelphia Athletics 0.223 1 6.5 6
1908_NL St. Louis Cardinals 0.223 2 8 8
1909_AL Washington Senators 0.223 2 8 8
1909_NL Boston Doves 0.223 1 8 8
1967_AL Washington Senators 0.223 1 10 6
1905_AL Washington Senators 0.224 1 8 7
1908_AL Chicago White Sox 0.224 2 5 3
1968_AL Washington Senators 0.224 2 10 10
1967_AL New York Yankees 0.225 2.5 8 9
1967_AL Chicago White Sox 0.225 2.5 5 4
1968_AL Baltimore Orioles 0.225 3 2 2
1969_NL San Diego Padres 0.225 1 12 6
1972_NL New York Mets 0.225 1 8 3
1906_NL Boston Beaneaters 0.226 1 8 8
1981_AL Toronto Blue Jays 0.226 1 13 7
2014_NL San Diego Padres 0.226 1 11 3
  Runs Scored Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name R *R* RotoRank Rank
1931_AL New York Yankees 1067 8 1 2
1936_AL New York Yankees 1065 8 1 1
1930_AL New York Yankees 1062 8 3 3
1950_AL Boston Red Sox 1027 8 4 3
1999_AL Cleveland Indians 1009 14 1 1
1930_NL St. Louis Cardinals 1004 8 1 1
1932_AL New York Yankees 1002 8 1 1
1930_NL Chicago Cubs 998 7 3 2
1996_AL Seattle Mariners 993 14 5.5 2
1929_NL Chicago Cubs 982 8 1 1
1932_AL Philadelphia Athletics 981 7 2 2
1937_AL New York Yankees 979 8 1 1
2000_AL Chicago White Sox 978 14 1 1
1927_AL New York Yankees 975 8 1 1
2000_NL Colorado Rockies 968 16 9 4
2007_AL New York Yankees 968 14 3 2
1939_AL New York Yankees 967 8 1 1
1938_AL New York Yankees 966 8 1 1
1998_AL New York Yankees 965 14 1 1
2003_AL Boston Red Sox 961 14 2 2
1996_NL Colorado Rockies 961 14 7 3
1930_NL New York Giants 959 6 2 3
1934_AL Detroit Tigers 958 8 1 1
1953_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 955 8 1 1
1996_AL Cleveland Indians 952 13 1 1
1930_AL Philadelphia Athletics 951 7 1 1
2000_AL Cleveland Indians 950 13 2 2
  Runs Scored Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name R *R* RotoRank Rank
1981_AL Toronto Blue Jays 329 1 13 7
1981_NL New York Mets 348 1 10 5
1918_NL Brooklyn Robins 360 1 5 5
1981_NL Chicago Cubs 370 2 12 6
1908_NL St. Louis Cardinals 371 1 8 8
1908_NL Brooklyn Superbas 377 2 5.5 7
1981_AL Minnesota Twins 378 2 14 7
1909_AL Washington Senators 380 1 8 8
1981_NL San Diego Padres 382 3 11 6
1981_NL Houston Astros 394 4 5 3
1942_NL Philadelphia Phillies 394 1 8 8
1981_NL Atlanta Braves 395 5 9 5
1981_AL Kansas City Royals 397 3 10 4
1902_NL New York Giants 401 1 7 8
1981_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 407 6 8 4
1906_NL Boston Beaneaters 408 1 8 8
1918_AL Philadelphia Athletics 412 1 8 8
1907_NL St. Louis Cardinals 419 1 7 8
1981_AL New York Yankees 421 4 2 4
1918_NL Boston Braves 424 2 7 7
1918_AL St. Louis Browns 426 2 5 5
1981_AL Seattle Mariners 426 5 12 6
1981_AL Detroit Tigers 427 6 5 3
1981_NL San Francisco Giants 427 7 6 4
1981_AL Baltimore Orioles 429 7 11 2
  Home Run Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name HR *HR* RotoRank Rank
1997_AL Seattle Mariners 264 14 2 1
2005_AL Texas Rangers 260 14 10 3
2010_AL Toronto Blue Jays 257 14 8 4
1996_AL Baltimore Orioles 257 14 5.5 2
2016_AL Baltimore Orioles 253 15 9 3
2000_NL Houston Astros 249 16 8 4
2001_AL Texas Rangers 246 14 9 4
2012_AL New York Yankees 245 14 1 1
1996_AL Seattle Mariners 245 13 5.5 2
1999_AL Seattle Mariners 244 14 8 3
2000_AL Toronto Blue Jays 244 14 7 3
2009_AL New York Yankees 244 14 1 1
1996_AL Oakland Athletics 243 12 12 3
2004_AL Chicago White Sox 242 13.5 6 2
2004_AL New York Yankees 242 13.5 3 1
1961_AL New York Yankees 240 10 2 1
2003_AL Texas Rangers 239 14 10 4
1997_NL Colorado Rockies 239 14 5 3
2000_AL Oakland Athletics 239 13 5 1
2003_AL Boston Red Sox 238 13 2 2
2000_AL Anaheim Angels 236 12 9 3
2006_AL Chicago White Sox 236 14 3 3
2004_NL Chicago Cubs 235 16 2 3
2001_NL San Francisco Giants 235 16 7 2
2008_AL Chicago White Sox 235 14 5 1
2000_NL St. Louis Cardinals 235 15 3 1
1999_AL Oakland Athletics 235 13 7 2
2003_NL Atlanta Braves 235 16 1 1
  Home Run Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name HR *HR* RotoRank Rank
1908_AL Chicago White Sox 3 1 5 3
1918_AL Washington Senators 4 1 2.5 3
1909_AL Chicago White Sox 4 1 4 4
1917_AL Washington Senators 4 1 6 5
1918_AL St. Louis Browns 5 2 5 5
1902_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 1 8 7
1907_AL Chicago White Sox 5 1 3 3
1902_NL Chicago Orphans 6 2 4 5
1910_AL Chicago White Sox 7 1 5 6
1906_AL Chicago White Sox 7 1 5 1
1902_NL New York Giants 8 3 7 8
1918_AL Chicago White Sox 8 3 6 6
1908_AL Washington Senators 8 2 6.5 7
1903_NL St. Louis Cardinals 8 1 8 8
1913_AL New York Yankees 8 1 8 7
1909_AL Washington Senators 9 2 8 8
1917_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 9 1 8 8
1910_AL Washington Senators 9 2.5 6 7
1918_AL Cleveland Indians 9 4 1 2
1910_AL Cleveland Naps 9 2.5 7 5
1903_NL Chicago Cubs 9 2 3.5 3
1918_NL Brooklyn Robins 10 1 5 5
1904_AL Washington Senators 10 1.5 8 8
1909_AL St. Louis Browns 10 3.5 7 7
1906_NL St. Louis Cardinals 10 1 7 7
1904_AL St. Louis Browns 10 1.5 6 6
1909_AL Cleveland Naps 10 3.5 6 6
1902_NL St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 6 6
1906_AL Detroit Tigers 10 2 7 6
1914_AL Cleveland Naps 10 1 8 8
1907_AL St. Louis Browns 10 2 8 6
  Stolen Base Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name SB *SB* RotoRank Rank
1911_NL New York Giants 347 8 1 1
1976_AL Oakland Athletics 341 12 3 2
1912_NL New York Giants 319 8 1 1
1985_NL St. Louis Cardinals 314 12 3 1
1910_NL Cincinnati Reds 310 8 5 5
1913_NL New York Giants 296 8 1 1
1905_NL New York Giants 291 8 1 1
1911_NL Cincinnati Reds 289 7 4.5 6
1906_NL New York Giants 288 8 2 2
1910_AL New York Highlanders 288 8 3 2
1913_AL Washington Senators 287 8 2 2
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 283 7 1 1
1904_NL New York Giants 283 8 1 1
1910_NL New York Giants 282 7 1 2
1909_AL Detroit Tigers 280 8 2 1
1909_NL Cincinnati Reds 280 8 4 4
1901_AL Chicago White Sox 280 8 1 1
1911_AL Detroit Tigers 276 8 4 2
1912_AL Washington Senators 274 8 2 2
1903_NL Brooklyn Superbas 273 8 5 5
1914_FL Indianapolis Hoosiers 273 8 1 1
1912_AL Detroit Tigers 270 7 6 6
1911_AL New York Highlanders 269 7 6 6
1905_NL Chicago Cubs 267 7 2 3
1902_AL Chicago White Sox 265 8 4.5 4
  Stolen Base Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name SB *SB* RotoRank Rank
1957_AL Washington Senators 13 1 8 8
1960_AL Kansas City Athletics 16 1 8 8
1949_NL St. Louis Cardinals 17 1 2 2
1953_AL St. Louis Browns 17 1 8 8
1972_AL Detroit Tigers 17 1 3 1
1953_NL St. Louis Cardinals 18 1 3 3
1964_AL Boston Red Sox 18 1 7 8
1945_AL Cleveland Indians 19 1 6 5
1950_AL Chicago White Sox 19 1 6 6
1938_NL Cincinnati Reds 19 1 3 4
1934_NL New York Giants 19 1 2 2
2016_AL Baltimore Orioles 19 1 9 3
1935_NL Boston Braves 20 1 8 8
1951_AL Boston Red Sox 20 1 4 3
1954_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 21 1 8 8
1947_NL Chicago Cubs 22 1 8 6
1948_AL Detroit Tigers 22 1 4 5
1955_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 22 1 8 8
1958_AL Washington Senators 22 1.5 8 8
1955_AL Kansas City Athletics 22 1 6 6
1958_AL Kansas City Athletics 22 1.5 7 7
1967_NL San Francisco Giants 22 1 2 2
1936_NL Boston Bees 23 1 8 6
1946_AL St. Louis Browns 23 1 7 7
1950_NL St. Louis Cardinals 23 1 5 5
1950_AL Detroit Tigers 23 2 3 2
1973_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 23 1 7 3
  Win Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name W *W* RotoRank Rank
2001_AL Seattle Mariners 116 14 1 1
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 116 8 1 1
1998_AL New York Yankees 114 14 1 1
1954_AL Cleveland Indians 111 8 2 1
1927_AL New York Yankees 110 8 1 1
1909_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 110 8 2 1
1961_AL New York Yankees 109 10 2 1
1969_AL Baltimore Orioles 109 12 1 1
1970_AL Baltimore Orioles 108 12 1 1
1986_NL New York Mets 108 12 1 1
1975_NL Cincinnati Reds 108 12 1 1
1931_AL Philadelphia Athletics 107 8 2 1
1932_AL New York Yankees 107 8 1 1
1907_NL Chicago Cubs 107 8 2 1
1942_NL St. Louis Cardinals 106 8 1 1
1939_AL New York Yankees 106 8 1 1
1998_NL Atlanta Braves 106 16 2 1
1904_NL New York Giants 106 8 1 1
1944_NL St. Louis Cardinals 105 8 1 1
1943_NL St. Louis Cardinals 105 8 1 1
1953_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 105 8 1 1
2004_NL St. Louis Cardinals 105 16 1 1
1912_AL Boston Red Sox 105 8 1 1
1905_NL New York Giants 105 8 1 1
1963_AL New York Yankees 104 10 1 1
1946_AL Boston Red Sox 104 8 2 1
1929_AL Philadelphia Athletics 104 8 1 1
1942_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 104 7 2 2
1984_AL Detroit Tigers 104 14 1 1
1993_NL Atlanta Braves 104 14 1 1
1988_AL Oakland Athletics 104 14 1 1
1910_NL Chicago Cubs 104 8 2 1
1909_NL Chicago Cubs 104 7 3 2
  Win Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name W *W* RotoRank Rank
1919_AL Philadelphia Athletics 36 1 8 8
1916_AL Philadelphia Athletics 36 1 8 8
1981_AL Toronto Blue Jays 37 1 13 7
1935_NL Boston Braves 38 1 8 8
1981_NL Chicago Cubs 38 1 12 6
1904_AL Washington Senators 38 1 8 8
1962_NL New York Mets 40 1 10 10
1981_AL Minnesota Twins 41 2 14 7
1981_NL San Diego Padres 41 2.5 11 6
1981_NL New York Mets 41 2.5 10 5
1942_NL Philadelphia Phillies 42 1 8 8
1952_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 42 1 8 8
1909_AL Washington Senators 42 1 8 8
1932_AL Boston Red Sox 43 1 8 8
1939_AL St. Louis Browns 43 1 8 8
1928_NL Philadelphia Phillies 43 1 7 8
1941_NL Philadelphia Phillies 43 1 8 8
2003_AL Detroit Tigers 43 1 14 5
1915_AL Philadelphia Athletics 43 1 8 8
1903_AL Washington Senators 43 1 8 8
1903_NL St. Louis Cardinals 43 1 8 8
1981_AL Seattle Mariners 44 3 12 6
1911_NL Boston Rustlers 44 1 6.5 8
1938_NL Philadelphia Phillies 45 1 8 8
1939_NL Philadelphia Phillies 45 1 8 8
1911_AL St. Louis Browns 45 1 8 8
1909_NL Boston Doves 45 1 8 8
  Strikeout Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name K *K* RotoRank Rank
2016_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 1510 15 3 1
2016_NL Washington Nationals 1476 14 1 1
2014_AL Cleveland Indians 1450 15 5 3
2016_NL Chicago Cubs 1441 13 2 1
2014_AL Tampa Bay Rays 1437 14 10 4
2015_NL Chicago Cubs 1431 15 2 3
2013_AL Detroit Tigers 1428 15 2 1
2015_AL Cleveland Indians 1407 15 4.5 3
2003_NL Chicago Cubs 1404 16 4 1
2012_NL Milwaukee Brewers 1402 16 2 3
2016_AL Cleveland Indians 1398 15 1 1
2016_AL Houston Astros 1396 14 5 3
2016_NL New York Mets 1396 12 5 2
2015_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 1396 14 3 1
2015_NL San Diego Padres 1393 13 10 4
2016_AL New York Yankees 1393 13 8 4
2012_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1385 15 4 3
2012_AL Tampa Bay Rays 1383 14 3 3
2016_NL Miami Marlins 1379 11 8 3
2013_AL Cleveland Indians 1379 14 5 2
2014_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 1373 15 1 1
2014_AL New York Yankees 1370 13 9 2
2015_AL New York Yankees 1370 14 4.5 2
2016_AL Boston Red Sox 1362 12 2 1
2015_AL Chicago White Sox 1359 13 15 4
  Strikeout Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name K *K* RotoRank Rank
1902_AL Detroit Tigers 245 1 8 7
1902_AL Baltimore Orioles 258 2 7 8
1901_AL Baltimore Orioles 271 1 5 5
1918_AL Philadelphia Athletics 277 1 8 8
1902_AL Washington Senators 300 3 6 6
1901_AL Detroit Tigers 307 2 4 3
1901_AL Washington Senators 308 3 6 6
1925_AL Boston Red Sox 310 1 8 8
1933_NL Cincinnati Reds 310 1 8 8
1918_NL Philadelphia Phillies 312 1 8 6
1924_AL Cleveland Indians 315 1 5 6
1931_NL Cincinnati Reds 317 1 8 8
1918_NL Cincinnati Reds 321 2 4 3
1929_AL Chicago White Sox 328 1 7 7
1918_NL New York Giants 330 3 3 2
1926_NL Philadelphia Phillies 331 1 7 8
1921_NL Philadelphia Phillies 333 1 8 8
1901_AL Cleveland Blues 334 4 8 7
1926_AL Boston Red Sox 336 1 8 8
1926_AL St. Louis Browns 337 2 7 7
1918_NL Boston Braves 340 4 7 7
1919_NL New York Giants 340 1 1 2
1933_NL Philadelphia Phillies 341 2 7 7
1928_NL Boston Braves 343 1 8 7
1925_AL Cleveland Indians 345 2 7 6
1931_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 345 2 5 5
  ERA Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name ERA *ERA* RotoRank Rank
1907_NL Chicago Cubs 1.73 8 2 1
1909_NL Chicago Cubs 1.75 8 3 2
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 1.75 8 1 1
1910_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.79 8 1 1
1909_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.93 8 1 2
1905_AL Chicago White Sox 1.99 8 2 2
1908_AL Cleveland Naps 2.02 8 1 2
1910_AL Chicago White Sox 2.03 7 5 6
1905_NL Chicago Cubs 2.04 8 2 3
1909_AL Chicago White Sox 2.05 7 4 4
1909_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 2.07 7 2 1
1906_AL Cleveland Naps 2.09 8 2.5 3
1908_NL Philadelphia Phillies 2.10 8 4 4
1908_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 2.12 7 3 2
1904_AL Boston Americans 2.12 8 3 1
1916_NL Brooklyn Robins 2.12 8 1 1
1906_AL Chicago White Sox 2.13 7 5 1
1918_AL Washington Senators 2.14 8 2.5 3
1908_NL New York Giants 2.14 5.5 2 2
1908_NL Chicago Cubs 2.14 5.5 1 1
1908_AL St. Louis Browns 2.15 7 2 4
1917_AL Chicago White Sox 2.16 8 1 1
1915_NL Philadelphia Phillies 2.17 8 1 1
1904_NL New York Giants 2.17 8 1 1
1918_NL Chicago Cubs 2.18 8 1 1
  ERA Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name ERA *ERA* RotoRank Rank
1930_NL Philadelphia Phillies 6.71 1 7 8
1996_AL Detroit Tigers 6.38 1 14 5
1936_AL St. Louis Browns 6.24 1 7 7
1929_NL Philadelphia Phillies 6.13 1 5 5
1936_AL Philadelphia Athletics 6.08 2 8 8
1999_NL Colorado Rockies 6.02 1 9 5
1939_AL St. Louis Browns 6.01 1 8 8
1937_AL St. Louis Browns 6.00 1 8 8
1938_AL St. Louis Browns 5.80 1 7 7
1939_AL Philadelphia Athletics 5.79 2 7 7
1995_AL Minnesota Twins 5.76 1 12 5
2001_AL Texas Rangers 5.71 1 9 4
1994_AL Minnesota Twins 5.68 1 11.5 4
2003_AL Texas Rangers 5.67 1 10 4
2006_AL Kansas City Royals 5.65 1 14 5
1996_NL Colorado Rockies 5.60 1 7 3
1928_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5.56 1 7 8
2004_NL Colorado Rockies 5.54 1 12 4
2007_AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5.53 1 8 5
2000_AL Texas Rangers 5.52 1 14 4
1950_AL Philadelphia Athletics 5.49 1 7 8
1995_AL Detroit Tigers 5.49 2 14 4
2005_AL Kansas City Royals 5.49 1 14 5
1997_AL Oakland Athletics 5.49 1 14 4
1938_AL Philadelphia Athletics 5.48 2 8 8
2000_AL Kansas City Royals 5.48 2 11 4
  WHIP Leaders (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name WHIP *WHIP* RotoRank Rank
1904_AL Boston Americans 1.025 8 3 1
1908_AL Chicago White Sox 1.028 8 5 3
1909_NL Chicago Cubs 1.042 8 3 2
1905_AL Chicago White Sox 1.046 8 2 2
1908_AL Cleveland Naps 1.053 7 1 2
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 1.055 8 1 1
1909_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.056 8 1 2
1907_NL Chicago Cubs 1.060 8 2 1
1904_AL Chicago White Sox 1.061 7 4.5 3
1910_AL Chicago White Sox 1.063 8 5 6
1908_NL New York Giants 1.064 8 2 2
1909_AL Chicago White Sox 1.064 7 4 4
1906_AL St. Louis Browns 1.066 8 1 5
1909_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 1.066 7 2 1
1906_AL Chicago White Sox 1.067 7 5 1
1904_NL New York Giants 1.074 8 1 1
1904_AL New York Highlanders 1.080 6 2 2
1905_NL Chicago Cubs 1.080 8 2 3
1916_NL Boston Braves 1.082 8 4 3
1917_NL New York Giants 1.086 8 1 1
1910_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.093 7 1 1
1915_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1.094 8 1 1
1907_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.096 8 1 2
1908_NL Chicago Cubs 1.098 7 1 1
1905_AL Boston Americans 1.099 7 3 4
  WHIP Trailers (Modern Era, 1901-present)
YearLgID name WHIP *WHIP* RotoRank Rank
1930_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1.848 1 7 8
1939_AL St. Louis Browns 1.796 1 8 8
1937_AL St. Louis Browns 1.776 1 8 8
1936_AL St. Louis Browns 1.769 1 7 7
1929_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1.750 1 5 5
1996_AL Detroit Tigers 1.734 1 14 5
1936_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.732 2 8 8
1938_AL St. Louis Browns 1.727 1 7 7
1928_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1.727 1 7 8
1923_NL Philadelphia Phillies 1.708 1 7 8
1999_NL Colorado Rockies 1.706 1 9 5
1951_AL St. Louis Browns 1.698 1 8 8
1949_AL St. Louis Browns 1.691 1 7 7
1939_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.689 2 7 7
1950_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.677 1 7 8
1935_AL St. Louis Browns 1.672 1 8 7
1950_AL St. Louis Browns 1.670 2 8 7
1956_AL Washington Senators 1.659 1 8 7
1935_AL Washington Senators 1.658 2 5 6
1935_AL Philadelphia Athletics 1.652 3 7 8
1949_AL Washington Senators 1.648 2 8 8
1929_AL Detroit Tigers 1.645 1 3 6
1997_AL Oakland Athletics 1.644 1 14 4
1934_AL Chicago White Sox 1.644 1 8 8
1925_AL St. Louis Browns 1.641 1 4 3
  Combined Rotisserie Batting Points Leaders (1901-1960) During the Modern Era, 11 teams ran the table in the four Rotisserie batting categories (BA, R, HR, SB). Through 1960, the eight teams to achieve this feat all played within the five boroughs of New York City. Skippered by John “Mugsy” McGraw, the Giants achieved the feat in back-to-back campaigns (190405) and again in 1912. Shortstop “Bad” Bill Dahlen averaged 80 ribbies and 42 steals for the ’04-’05 squad while left fielder Sam Mertes pilfered 99 bags and knocked in 186 baserunners in the same timeframe. “Turkey” Mike Donlin (.356/7/80) tallied 124 aces and accrued 37 Win Shares for the ’05 crew. “Laughing” Larry Doyle (.330/10/91) and Chief Meyers (.358/6/60) paced the Giants’ attack in 1912. Babe Ruth (.373/46/162) and Lou Gehrig (.341/46/185) anchored the heart of the 1931 Yankees’ batting order as the Bronx Bombers outscored the Tribe by nearly 200 runs. The Boys from Brooklyn excelled on offense from 1949-1955, scoring a perfect 32 points in four out of seven seasons. Jackie Robinson compiled a .320 BA and appeared in six consecutive All-Star contests in that timeframe. The Dodgers swept the MVP Awards in the odd-numbered years as Robinson claimed NL MVP honors in 1949 while Roy Campanella claimed the prize in ’51, ’53 and ’55. “Campy” walloped 200 long balls and drove in 676 baserunners during this period.
YearLgID name *BAT* RotoRank Rank
1904_NL New York Giants 32 1 1
1905_NL New York Giants 32 1 1
1912_NL New York Giants 32 1 1
1931_AL New York Yankees 32 1 2
1950_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 32 1 2
1951_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 32 1 2
1953_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 32 1 1
1955_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 32 1 1
1913_AL Philadelphia Athletics 31 1 1
1917_NL New York Giants 31 1 1
1922_AL St. Louis Browns 31 1 2
1934_NL St. Louis Cardinals 31 1 1
1949_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 31 1 1
1932_NL Philadelphia Phillies 30.5 2.5 4
1902_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 30 1 1
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 30 1 1
1909_AL Detroit Tigers 30 2 1
1914_AL Philadelphia Athletics 30 1 1
1915_AL Detroit Tigers 30 2 2
1919_NL New York Giants 30 1 2
1933_AL New York Yankees 30 1.5 2
1935_AL Detroit Tigers 30 1 1
1940_NL St. Louis Cardinals 30 2.5 3
1952_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 30 1 1
1904_AL Cleveland Naps 29.5 1 4
1907_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 29.5 1 2
1911_AL Philadelphia Athletics 29.5 1 1
1915_FL Brooklyn Tip-Tops 29.5 4 7
1936_AL New York Yankees 29.5 1 1
1958_AL New York Yankees 29.5 1 1
  Combined Rotisserie Batting Points Leaders (1961-2016)
  • BatAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league 
“The Big Red Machine” achieved a perfect score on offense in 1976 along with the 1995 Indians and the 1996 Rockies. Joe L. Morgan (.320/27/111) collected his second straight MVP Award and notched career-highs in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.576). “Little Joe” also contributed 111 runs and nabbed 60 bags in 69 attempts. Pete Rose registered 215 safeties, George Foster drove in 121 baserunners and five Reds eclipsed the .300 mark in batting average led by Ken Griffey Sr. at .336. Six members of the Tribe’s starting lineup delivered a .300 BA or better, paced by “Steady” Eddie Murray. Colorado’s lumber crew included a quartet with 30+ bombs and 100+ ribbies. 
YearLgID name BatAdj *BAT* RotoRank Rank
1976_NL Cincinnati Reds 64.0 48 1 1
1995_AL Cleveland Indians 64.0 56 1 1
1996_NL Colorado Rockies 64.0 56 7 3
1994_AL Cleveland Indians 62.3 54.5 1.5 2
2001_NL Colorado Rockies 62.0 62 8.5 5
1974_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 61.3 46 1 1
1984_NL Philadelphia Phillies 61.3 46 1 4
2004_NL St. Louis Cardinals 61.0 61 1 1
1967_AL Boston Red Sox 60.8 38 1 1
2006_AL New York Yankees 60.6 53 1 1
2007_AL New York Yankees 60.6 53 3 2
1975_NL Cincinnati Reds 60.0 45 1 1
1979_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 60.0 45 1 1
2012_NL Milwaukee Brewers 59.5 59.5 2 3
1985_AL New York Yankees 59.4 52 1 2
1994_NL Cincinnati Reds 59.4 52 1 1
1969_NL Cincinnati Reds 59.3 44.5 5 3
2015_AL Toronto Blue Jays 59.2 55.5 1 1
1977_NL Philadelphia Phillies 58.7 44 2 1
1961_AL Detroit Tigers 58.4 36.5 1 2
1995_NL Colorado Rockies 58.3 51 5 2
1997_NL Colorado Rockies 58.3 51 5 3
1998_AL New York Yankees 58.3 51 1 1
1981_NL Philadelphia Phillies 58.0 43.5 3 3
2010_NL Cincinnati Reds 58.0 58 2 1
  Combined Rotisserie Batting Points Trailers (1901-1960) Ward Miller (.294/4/50), Jack Tobin (.270/7/35) and pitcher / second baseman Doc Crandall (.309/2/41) were unable to prevent the 1914 Terriers from finishing last in the four Rotisserie batting categories. The offensive futility of the St. Louis’ Federal League entry is matched by the ’23 Braves, ’30 Red Sox and the Pirates in back-to-back seasons (195455). Stuffy McInnis (.315/2/95) and Billy Southworth (.319/6/78) provided adequate output for Boston’s NL franchise but not nearly enough to overtake the competition. Earl Webb’s 30 doubles in 1930 was just a pre-cursor to his record-setting 67 two-baggers in the subsequent campaign. Yet the Red Sox offense paled in comparison to their American League counterparts.
YearLgID name *BAT* RotoRank Rank
1914_FL St. Louis Terriers 4 8 8
1923_NL Boston Braves 4 8 7
1930_AL Boston Red Sox 4 8 8
1954_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 8 8
1955_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 8 8
1911_AL St. Louis Browns 5 8 8
1913_NL St. Louis Cardinals 5 8 8
1922_NL Boston Braves 5 8 8
1925_AL Boston Red Sox 5 8 8
1929_NL Boston Braves 5 8 8
1932_NL Cincinnati Reds 5 8 8
1933_NL Cincinnati Reds 5 8 8
1940_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 8 8
1942_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 8 8
1960_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 8 8
1909_NL Boston Doves 5.5 8 8
1926_AL Boston Red Sox 5.5 8 8
1902_AL Detroit Tigers 6 8 7
1902_NL Philadelphia Phillies 6 8 7
1905_NL Boston Beaneaters 6 8 7
1910_AL Chicago White Sox 6 5 6
1924_NL Boston Braves 6 8 8
1927_AL Boston Red Sox 6 8 8
1932_AL Boston Red Sox 6 8 8
1936_NL Boston Bees 6 8 6
1944_NL Philadelphia Blue Jays 6 8 8
1951_NL Cincinnati Reds 6 6 6
1960_AL Kansas City Athletics 6 8 8
  Combined Rotisserie Batting Points Trailers (1961-2016)
  • BatAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league
The franchise formerly known as the Expos failed to impress their new fan base from a run-production perspective as the Nationals placed last in the four Roto batting categories in ’05. Primary shortstop Cristian Guzman (.219/4/31) registered a -1.1 WAR and Brad Wilkerson paced Washington with 8 stolen bases in 18 tries. The Colt .45’s edged the Mets in batting average during their first two seasons in the National League (196263), allowing them to avoid the “batting totals” basement. Houston’s double play combo in their inaugural campaign (Joey Amalfitano and Bob Lillis) combined to hit .244/2/57. Yet Lillis and his ‘63 partner (Ernie Fazio) stretched hitting futility to new depths in the subsequent season, coalescing in a .194 BA with two jacks and only 24 RBI.
YearLgID name BatAdj *BAT* RotoRank Rank
2005_NL Washington Nationals 4.0 4 14 5
1962_NL Houston Colt .45’s 8.0 5 8 8
1963_NL Houston Colt .45’s 8.0 5 9 9
2001_NL New York Mets 8.5 8.5 12 3
1997_NL Philadelphia Phillies 8.6 7.5 14 5
1977_AL Toronto Blue Jays 9.1 8 14 7
1981_AL Minnesota Twins 9.1 8 14 7
1992_AL Boston Red Sox 9.1 8 10 7
1995_NL St. Louis Cardinals 9.1 8 13.5 4
2002_AL Detroit Tigers 9.1 8 14 5
1969_NL San Diego Padres 9.3 7 12 6
1989_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 9.3 7 7 4
2016_AL Oakland Athletics 9.6 9 15 5
1965_NL New York Mets 9.6 6 10 10
1966_NL New York Mets 9.6 6 10 9
1991_AL Cleveland Indians 9.7 8.5 14 7
1969_AL California Angels 10.0 7.5 11 3
1973_AL California Angels 10.0 7.5 9.5 4
1988_NL Atlanta Braves 10.0 7.5 12 6
2008_NL San Diego Padres 10.0 10 14 5
1979_AL Toronto Blue Jays 10.3 9 14 7
1994_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 10.3 9 14 3
2002_NL San Diego Padres 10.5 10.5 14 5
1973_NL New York Mets 10.7 8 8 1
1977_NL New York Mets 10.7 8 10 6
  Combined Rotisserie Pitching Points Leaders (1901-1960)  The Cardinals and Yankees attained a perfect pitching score three times apiece. Mort Cooper and the Redbirds delivered the goods over three successive seasons (1942-44). During the span Cooper managed 22 victories per year and fashioned an ERA of 2.17 with a 1.080 WHIP. Max Lanier supplied 15 wins and a 2.47 ERA in the same interval. Johnny Beazley contributed a 21-6 mark with a 2.13 ERA over 43 outings (23 starts) for the ’42 squad. The Yankees accomplished the feat three times in just over a decade. Carl “Sub” Mays (27-9, 3.05) topped the American League in wins, saves (7), games (49) and innings pitched (336.2) in 1921. Two years later the Pinstripers counted five starters with at least 16 victories and ERA’s below 3.65: Bullet Joe Bush, Waite Hoyt, Sad Sam Jones, Herb Pennock and Bob Shawkey. Skipping ahead to 1932, Lefty Gomez tallied 24 wins albeit with a 4.21 ERA while Red Ruffing, Johnny Allen and George Pipgras amassed 16+ victories. The ’04 Giants paired Joe McGinnity (35-8, 1.61) and Christy Mathewson (33-12, 2.03) atop the rotation. Mordecai Brown (26-6, 1.04) and ’06 Cubs compiled a 1.75 team ERA. Lefty Grove (20-6, 2.81) and George Earnshaw (24-8, 3.29) sustained the ’29 Athletics pennant chase. Don “Newk” Newcombe (20-5, 3.20) anchored the ‘55 Dodgers’ staff. 
YearLgID name *PIT* RotoRank Rank
1923_AL New York Yankees 32 1 1
1929_AL Philadelphia Athletics 32 1 1
1921_AL New York Yankees 32 1 1
1943_NL St. Louis Cardinals 32 1 1
1942_NL St. Louis Cardinals 32 1 1
1944_NL St. Louis Cardinals 32 1 1
1932_AL New York Yankees 32 1 1
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 32 1 1
1904_NL New York Giants 32 1 1
1955_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 32 1 1
1924_AL Washington Senators 31 3 1
1956_AL Cleveland Indians 31 2 2
1921_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 31 2 2
1933_NL New York Giants 31 1 1
1915_NL Philadelphia Phillies 31 1 1
1945_NL Chicago Cubs 31 1 1
1951_NL New York Giants 31 2 1
1935_AL New York Yankees 31 2 2
1928_AL Philadelphia Athletics 31 1 2
1937_AL New York Yankees 31 1 1
1934_AL New York Yankees 31 2 2
1913_NL New York Giants 31 1 1
1947_AL New York Yankees 31 1 1
1939_NL Cincinnati Reds 31 1 1
1909_AL Philadelphia Athletics 31 1 2
1910_AL Philadelphia Athletics 31 1 1
1943_AL New York Yankees 31 1 1
1956_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 31 1 1
1903_AL Boston Americans 31 1 1
1911_NL New York Giants 31 1 1
1918_NL Chicago Cubs 31 1 1
1942_AL New York Yankees 31 1 1
1936_AL New York Yankees 31 1 1
1902_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 31 1 1
1912_NL New York Giants 31 1 1
  Combined Rotisserie Pitching Points Leaders (1961-2016)
  • PitAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league
No surprises here… Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale anchored the Dodgers’ rotation in 1963 and 1966 along with a supporting cast including Johnny Podres (14-12, 3.54 in ’63), Claude Osteen (17-14, 2.85 in ’66) and Don Sutton (12-12, 2.99 in ’66). Phil “The Vulture” Regan contributed 14 victories and 21 saves with an ERA of 1.62 to the ’66 crew. Sutton (19-9, 3.23) shared top billing with Andy “Bluto” Messersmith (20-6, 2.59) on the ’74 Dodgers. Rubber-armed relief ace Mike G. Marshall (21 SV, 2.42) notched 15 wins and established an MLB record with 106 appearances. Atlanta’s aces dominated the opposition in the Nineties. Greg Maddux (19-2, 1.63) posted a career-best 0.811 WHIP and merited his fourth consecutive NL Cy Young Award for the 1995 Braves. Three years later, Tom Glavine (20-6, 2.47) received his second Cy Young Award. Joe Niekro (20-12, 3.55), Nolan Ryan (11-10, 3.35) and J.R. Richard (10-4, 1.90) highlighted the 1980 Astros’ mound crew. The 1988 Mets reinforced their stout staff with the promotions of David Cone (20-3, 2.22) and Randy Myers (26 SV, 1.72).
YearLgID name PitAdj *PIT* RotoRank Rank
1995_NL Atlanta Braves 64.0 56 4 1
1966_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 64.0 40 1 1
1980_NL Houston Astros 64.0 48 3 1
1963_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 64.0 40 1 1
1998_NL Atlanta Braves 64.0 64 2 1
1988_NL New York Mets 64.0 48 1 1
1974_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 64.0 48 1 1
1996_NL Atlanta Braves 62.9 55 1 1
1978_AL New York Yankees 62.9 55 1 1
2009_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 62.5 62.5 1 1
1965_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 62.4 39 2 1
2011_NL Philadelphia Phillies 62.0 62 2 1
1999_NL Atlanta Braves 62.0 62 2 1
2012_NL Washington Nationals 62.0 62 1 1
2016_NL Chicago Cubs 61.9 58 2 1
1979_AL Baltimore Orioles 61.7 54 1 1
2010_AL Tampa Bay Rays 61.7 54 1 1
1997_NL Atlanta Braves 61.7 54 1 1
1987_AL Toronto Blue Jays 61.7 54 1 2
1994_NL Montreal Expos 61.7 54 2 1
1995_AL Cleveland Indians 61.7 54 1 1
1981_NL Houston Astros 61.3 46 5 3
1986_NL Houston Astros 61.3 46 2 1
1973_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 61.3 46 1 2
1983_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 61.3 46 1 1
1977_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 61.3 46 1 1
1986_NL New York Mets 61.3 46 1 1
  Combined Rotisserie Pitching Points Trailers (1901-1960) The Phillies labored on the mound during the Roaring Twenties, scoring last in all Roto pitching categories on three occasions. Four hurlers on the 1921 staff yielded more than 100 runs and George A. Smith (4-20, 4.76) allowed 303 hits in 221.1 innings. Not to be outdone, a quintet on the 1926 troop permitted 100+ aces. Jack Scott (9-21, 5.09) and company completed the trifecta in 1927 with 103 losses, a 5.36 ERA and 1.603 WHIP.
YearLgID name *PIT* RotoRank Rank
1954_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 8 8
1911_AL St. Louis Browns 4 8 8
1913_NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 8 8
1932_AL Boston Red Sox 4 8 8
1952_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 8 8
1904_AL Washington Senators 4 8 8
1954_AL Philadelphia Athletics 4 8 8
1921_NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 8 8
1937_AL St. Louis Browns 4 8 8
1926_NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 7 8
1927_NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 8 8
1911_NL Boston Rustlers 4 6.5 8
1950_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 8 8
1916_NL St. Louis Cardinals 4.5 8 7
1925_AL Boston Red Sox 5 8 8
1909_NL Boston Doves 5 8 8
1935_NL Boston Braves 5 8 8
1953_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 5 8 8
1910_AL St. Louis Browns 5 8 8
1935_AL St. Louis Browns 5 8 7
1903_AL Washington Senators 5 8 8
1939_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 8 8
1939_AL St. Louis Browns 5 8 8
1918_AL Philadelphia Athletics 5 8 8
1931_AL Chicago White Sox 5 8 8
1910_NL St. Louis Cardinals 5 8 7
1936_AL St. Louis Browns 5 7 7
1949_AL St. Louis Browns 5 7 7
1924_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 7 7
1907_NL Boston Doves 5 8 7
1921_AL Chicago White Sox 5 7 7
1923_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 7 8
1950_AL Philadelphia Athletics 5 7 8
1930_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 7 8
1936_NL Philadelphia Phillies 5 7 8
  Combined Rotisserie Pitching Points Trailers (1961-2016)
  • PitAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league
Bert Blyleven notwithstanding, the mound crew on the 1985 Indians were outclassed and overmatched. Neal Heaton (9-17, 4.90) took his turn in the rotation every fifth day with consistently inferior outcomes. Inexplicably the following rag-tag collection started at least 10 games: Ramon Romero (2-3, 6.58), Vern Ruhle (2-10, 4.32), Don Schulze (4-10, 6.01), Roy Smith (1-4, 5.34) and Curt Wardle (7-6, 6.68). Combined with disastrous bullpen results from Rich Thompson (3-8, 6.30 in 57 games) and Bryan Clark (3-4, 6.32 in 31 games), it is remarkable that the Tribe only lost 102 games.
YearLgID name PitAdj *PIT* RotoRank Rank
2010_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4.0 4 16 6
2009_NL Washington Nationals 4.0 4 15 5
1988_AL Baltimore Orioles 4.6 4 14 7
2004_AL Kansas City Royals 4.6 4 14 5
2009_AL Baltimore Orioles 4.6 4 14 5
1985_AL Cleveland Indians 4.6 4 13 7
2013_AL Houston Astros 5.3 5 15 5
1970_AL Chicago White Sox 5.3 4 12 6
2014_NL Colorado Rockies 5.3 5 10 4
2006_AL Kansas City Royals 5.7 5 14 5
1987_AL Cleveland Indians 5.7 5 13 7
1965_NL New York Mets 6.4 4 10 10
1963_NL New York Mets 6.4 4 10 10
1964_NL New York Mets 6.4 4 10 10
1962_NL New York Mets 6.4 4 10 10
1963_AL Washington Senators 6.4 4 10 10
1968_AL Washington Senators 6.4 4 10 10
2014_AL Texas Rangers 6.4 6 15 5
1975_AL Milwaukee Brewers 6.7 5 11 5
1979_AL Toronto Blue Jays 6.9 6 14 7
2005_AL Kansas City Royals 6.9 6 14 5
2011_AL Minnesota Twins 6.9 6 14 5
2003_AL Detroit Tigers 6.9 6 14 5
1978_AL Seattle Mariners 6.9 6 14 7
2012_AL Cleveland Indians 6.9 6 14 4
1997_AL Oakland Athletics 6.9 6 14 4
  Combined Rotisserie Total Points Leaders (1901-1960) The ’04 Giants and ’55 Dodgers paced the Senior Circuit in every Roto category during their respective seasons. Led by “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity (35-8, 1.61) and “Big Six” Christy Mathewson (33-12, 2.03), the 1904 squad are among the All-Time single-season team leaders in wins (106), ERA (2.17), WHIP (1.074) and stolen bases (283). “The Boys of Summer” featured a quartet with at least 25 home runs and 95 RBI: Duke Snider (.309/42/136), Roy Campanella (.318/32/107), Gil Hodges (.289/27/102) and Carl Furillo (.314/26/95). Don Newcombe (20-5, 3.20) fronted the Brooklyn rotation. “Matty” (23-12, 2.12), Rube Marquard (26-11, 2.57) and the 1912 Giants came within a dozen strikeouts of sweeping every Roto category. John McGraw’s gang almost pulled off consecutive 64-point seasons in ’05, finishing second to the Cubs in ERA and WHIP.  Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown and his mound mates fashioned the second-best team ERA since 1901 (1.75) and tallied 62 Roto points overall during the ’06 campaign.
YearLgID name *TOTAL* RotoRank Rank
1904_NL New York Giants 64 1 1
1955_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 64 1 1
1912_NL New York Giants 63 1 1
1905_NL New York Giants 62 1 1
1906_NL Chicago Cubs 62 1 1
1902_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 61 1 1
1922_AL St. Louis Browns 61 1 2
1934_NL St. Louis Cardinals 61 1 1
1949_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 61 1 1
1936_AL New York Yankees 60.5 1 1
1932_AL New York Yankees 60 1 1
1953_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 60 1 1
1942_AL New York Yankees 59.5 1 1
1958_AL New York Yankees 59.5 1 1
1903_AL Boston Americans 59 1 1
1911_NL New York Giants 59 1 1
1917_NL New York Giants 59 1 1
1918_NL Chicago Cubs 59 1 1
1931_AL New York Yankees 59 1 2
1931_NL New York Giants 58.5 1 2
1944_NL St. Louis Cardinals 58.5 1 1
1934_AL Detroit Tigers 58 1 1
1935_AL Detroit Tigers 58 1 1
1935_NL Chicago Cubs 58 1 1
1942_NL St. Louis Cardinals 58 1 1
1948_AL Cleveland Indians 58 1 1
1952_NL Brooklyn Dodgers 58 1 1
1957_AL New York Yankees 58 1 1
  Combined Rotisserie Total Points Leaders (1961-2016)
  • PitAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league
Albert Belle (.317/50/126) topped the Junior Circuit in doubles (52), home runs, RBI, runs (121) and slugging percentage (.690). Kenny Lofton led the League with 13 triples and 54 stolen bases. The 1995 Indians collected 110 out of a possible 112 Roto points, leading every category except strikeouts. Andy “Bluto” Messersmith (20-6, 2.59), Don Sutton (19-9, 3.23), and Mike G. Marshall (15-12, 2.42 in 106 relief appearances) flourished as the ’74 Dodgers swept the pitching categories while placing runner-up in batting average and stolen bases. The moundsmen for the ’88 Mets squad likewise dominated the opposition. David Cone secured 20 victories, whiffed 213 batsmen and established a personal-best with an ERA of 2.22 while placing third in the NL Cy Young balloting.
YearLgID name TotAdj *TOTAL* RotoRank Rank
1995_AL Cleveland Indians 125.7 110 1 1
1974_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 125.3 94 1 1
1988_NL New York Mets 121.3 91 1 1
1998_AL New York Yankees 118.9 104 1 1
1979_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 117.3 88 1 1
2001_AL Seattle Mariners 115.4 101 1 1
2004_NL St. Louis Cardinals 115.0 115 1 1
1998_NL Houston Astros 115.0 115 1 1
1999_NL Arizona Diamondbacks 115.0 115 1 1
1996_AL Cleveland Indians 114.9 100.5 1 1
2009_AL New York Yankees 114.9 100.5 1 1
1984_AL Detroit Tigers 114.9 100.5 1 1
1998_NL Atlanta Braves 114.5 114.5 2 1
2014_NL Los Angeles Dodgers 114.1 107 1 1
1988_AL Oakland Athletics 113.7 99.5 1 1
1970_AL Baltimore Orioles 113.3 85 1 1
1985_AL New York Yankees 113.1 99 1 2
1994_NL Cincinnati Reds 112.6 98.5 1 1
2012_NL Washington Nationals 112.5 112.5 1 1
1976_NL Cincinnati Reds 112.0 84 1 1
2002_AL New York Yankees 112.0 98 1 1
2008_NL Chicago Cubs 112.0 112 1 1
1987_AL Toronto Blue Jays 112.0 98 1 2
1994_NL Montreal Expos 112.0 98 2 1
2016_AL Cleveland Indians 111.5 104.5 1 1
  Combined Rotisserie Total Points Trailers (1901-1960) The 1954 Pirates placed dead-last in every Roto category. Frank J. Thomas (.298/23/94) and Sid Gordon (.306/12/49) aside, this crew deserved to walk the plank. Shortstop Gair Allie (.199/3/30) produced a -2.1 WAR in his lone MLB campaign. The 1911 Browns out-homered the Senators 17-16 to collect two Roto points for home runs (9 points overall) while the 1913 Cardinals out-swiped the Phillies to avoid the bottom of the barrel. The Redbirds received a combined -6.8 WAR from starting pitchers Dan Griner (10-22, 5.08) and Pol Perritt (6-14, 5.25).
YearLgID name *TOTAL* RotoRank Rank
1954_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 8 8 8
1911_AL St. Louis Browns 9 8 8
1913_NL St. Louis Cardinals 9 8 8
1925_AL Boston Red Sox 10 8 8
1932_AL Boston Red Sox 10 8 8
1955_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 10 8 8
1909_NL Boston Doves 10.5 8 8
1923_NL Boston Braves 11 8 7
1942_NL Philadelphia Phillies 11 8 8
1952_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 11 8 8
1960_NL Philadelphia Phillies 11 8 8
1904_AL Washington Senators 12 8 8
1929_NL Boston Braves 12 8 8
1935_NL Boston Braves 12 8 8
1940_NL Philadelphia Phillies 12 8 8
1953_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 12 8 8
1960_AL Kansas City Athletics 12 8 8
1926_AL Boston Red Sox 12.5 8 8
1945_NL Philadelphia Phillies 12.5 8 8
1951_AL St. Louis Browns 12.5 8 8
1910_AL St. Louis Browns 13 8 8
1922_NL Boston Braves 13 8 8
1931_NL Cincinnati Reds 13 8 8
1938_NL Philadelphia Phillies 13 8 8
1935_AL St. Louis Browns 13.5 8 7
1954_AL Philadelphia Athletics 13.5 8 8
  Combined Rotisserie Total Points Trailers (1961-2016)
  • PitAdj = adjusted point values for 16-team league
The award for the worst team in the Expansion Era based on total Rotisserie points goes to the 2010 Pirates. Scoring last in all categories excepting home runs and stolen bases, the Bucs’ rotation in particular took a beating. Charlie Morton (2-12, 7.57) registered -3.1 WAR while mound mate Zach Duke (8-15, 5.72) recorded a -2.5 WAR. The ’65 Mets (107 HR) outslugged the Dodgers (78 HR) and Astros (97 HR), preventing the club from finishing last in every category.
YearLgID name TotAdj *TOTAL* RotoRank Rank
2010_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 16.0 16 16 6
1965_NL New York Mets 16.0 10 10 10
1979_AL Toronto Blue Jays 17.1 15 14 7
1963_NL New York Mets 17.6 11 10 10
1988_AL Baltimore Orioles 18.3 16 14 7
1969_NL San Diego Padres 18.7 14 12 6
1966_NL New York Mets 19.2 12 10 9
1988_NL Atlanta Braves 19.3 14.5 12 6
2004_AL Kansas City Royals 19.4 17 14 5
2005_AL Kansas City Royals 20.6 18 14 5
2011_AL Minnesota Twins 20.6 18 14 5
1977_AL Toronto Blue Jays 20.6 18 14 7
1964_NL New York Mets 21.6 13.5 10 10
1999_NL Florida Marlins 22.0 22 16 5
2006_AL Kansas City Royals 22.3 19.5 14 5
2013_AL Houston Astros 22.9 21.5 15 5
2002_AL Detroit Tigers 23.4 20.5 14 5
2013_AL Minnesota Twins 24.0 22.5 14 4
1982_AL Texas Rangers 24.0 21 14 6
1989_AL Detroit Tigers 25.1 22 14 7
1981_AL Minnesota Twins 25.1 22 14 7
2001_NL Pittsburgh Pirates 25.5 25.5 16 6
2012_NL Chicago Cubs 25.5 25.5 16 5
1962_NL New York Mets 25.6 16 10 10
2016_AL Oakland Athletics 25.6 24 15 5
 

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I am a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games who enjoys spending quality time with his family.

“Hardball Retrospective” is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.

Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.

“Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016” supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Win Shares (WS) for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. “Addendum” is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com. 

Hardball Retroactive”, published in June 2018, is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com. A cross-section of essays that I penned for Seamheads.com along with my Baseball Analytics blog spanning nearly a decade touching on subjects including “Taking the Extra Base”, “General Manager Scorecard”, “Worst Trades”, “BABIP By Location” and “Baseball Birthplaces and the Retro World Baseball Classic”. Rediscover your favorite hardball arcade and simulations in “Play Retro Baseball Video Games In Your Browser” or take a deep dive into every franchise’s minor league successes and failures in relation to their major league operations in “Minors vs. Majors”.

“Hardball Architects” examines the trades, free agent acquisitions, draft picks and other transactions for the 30 Major League Baseball franchises, divided into a 2-volume set (American League and National League). All key moves are scrutinized for every team and Sabermetric principles are applied to the roster construction throughout the lifetime of the organization to encapsulate the hits and misses by front office executives. “Volume 1 – American League Teams” is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com. “Volume 2 – National League Teams” is tentatively scheduled for publication in the spring of 2022.

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