ISO is short for isolated power. It is a sabermetric statistic that looks a hitters power hitting. Anything over .200 ISO is a solid power hitter.
I simply used the sort function on FanGraphs.com and looked at hitters with 50 or more plate appearances in the last 30 days. Here are the top 10 ISO hitters on that list:
1. Tyler Flowers (Chicago White Sox): .429 ISO
Six home runs in your final 51 plate appearances certainly helps build the foundation of an amazing ISO number. On the season Mr. Flowers had a .155 ISO, but he sure did finish the season in beast mode at the plate!
2. Steve Pearce (Baltimore Orioles): .370 ISO
Mr. Pearce was a solid power hitter the entire season with a .263 ISO but he finished the season red-hot. Hopefully this great season has earned him every day at-bats next season.
3. Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers): .367 ISO
Nine home runs in his last 105 plate appearances is simply dominating. Mr. Kemp worked hard this year to restore fantasy baseball owners faith in him and rewarded those owners who had him down the stretch run of the season. Continue reading
Well then there was four. The MLB season is down to the LCS series and the teams left standing are the Royals and the Orioles in the junior circuit and the Giants and the Cardinals in the senior circuit. To me the Giants and the Cardinals are mirror images of each other. They are very good teams where the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Also these organizations know how to win in October. Both teams beat much more talented opponents in their NLDS respective series in 4 games. Teams with top talent such as the Dodgers, Angels and Nationals should analyze the Giants and Cardinals organization in helping them take the next step. But now the Giants and Cardinals face off against each other in the LCS for the second time in three ears.
When breaking down this series what jumps out at me is that this we be a long series and games that should be very tight contests in every game. In terms of the starting pitching these teams are similar. Both are lead by aces, Wainwright for the Cards and Bumgarner for the Giants and the rest of the starting staffs are solid. The bullpens are a strength for both squads as well. I would say the Giants do have a little more experience in the bullpen. Continue reading
Who said that live baseball is over and that you have to wait over four months for the Cactus League to start to see a baseball game? What do the names David Wright, Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Howard and the recently retried Derek Jeter, to name a few have in common? They all have played in the Arizona Fall League. Yes you can see live baseball games in October and November. For your live baseball “fix”, consider attending an Arizona Fall League baseball game.
The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by MLB. The teams include Glendale Desert Dogs, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas, Salt River Rafters, Scottsdale Scorpions and the Surprise Saguaros. If you notice the team names reveal the Southwestern Desert traditions in this great state of Arizona.
The teams are divided into two divisions and each MLB team sends six of their top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, with over 200 players in all. Games are played at the Spring Training sites you attend every spring and are all are first-class facilities. The playing surfaces are outstanding, and the seating and concession areas are always fan friendly. Another advantage for the Arizona Fall League is that all the stadiums are within a short driving distance of each other and the weather is always pleasant for a game. Continue reading