Shortstops Elvis Andrus and Kevin Newman have actually understood great times in the big leagues.

Andrus completed second in American League balloting for Novice of the Year in 2009, then pressed his batting average as high as .302 with the Rangers in 2016. Newman broke out with 12 homers and a .308 average for the Pirates in his main novice year of 2019.

J.A. Happ and Jake Arrieta have actually scaled comparable heights as pitchers.

Happ added a sterling 20-4 mark for heaven Jays in 2016. Arrieta won the National League’s Cy Young Award the previous season, going 22-6 with a 1.77 made run typical for the Cubs.

That was then. This is now.

Andrus (now with the Sports) and Newman are having a hard time severely in 2021. Andrus published an unimpressive batting average of .235 over the very first 4 months of the season, however his anemic on-base portion of .279 was particularly glaring. Newman’s numbers through completion of July were even worse: .216 Bachelor’s Degree, .254 OBP.

The exact same with the 2 pitchers. Happ (who has actually considering that been traded to the Cardinals) went 5-6 for the Twins with a huge AGE of 6.77 over 4 months. Arrieta (back with the Cubs after a layover in Philadelphia) was likewise inadequate at 5-10, 6.20.

I utilize a various yardstick to track the efficiencies of batters and pitchers. Base worth (BV) determines the variety of bases a batter reaches or a pitcher gives up, then compares the amount to the major-league average.

Andrus and Newman respectively accumulated the worst BVs amongst all batters in the American and National Leagues through July 31, making them the frontrunners for my legendary Least Prized possession Gamer Awards.

Consider this example: Newman accumulated 120 bases through hits, strolls, struck batsmen, taken bases, and sacrifices over the four-month duration, while making 279 outs. The common big-league player in 2021 has actually reached .685 bases per out (BPO), which would equate to 191 bases under Newman’s situations (.685 x 279). His real overall is 71 listed below that standard, providing him a BV of minus-71, the worst in the NL and undoubtedly in the majors.

Andrus has a narrow lead over Andrelton Simmons of the Twins in the AL LVP standings: minus-49 to minus-48.

Unfavorable BVs are awful for players, as we’ve seen, however they’re gorgeous for pitchers. The issue for Happ was that he permitted 267 bases while protecting 293 outs for the Twins. The common pitcher (.685 x 293) would have yielded 201 bases, thus leaving Happ with a BV of plus-66, worst in the AL.

That puts Happ atop the standings for my fictitious Milt Gaston Award, the reverse of a Cy Young prize. (The Gaston is called after the pitcher with the worst gaining portion built up by any big-league pitcher with a minimum of 250 choices.) Arrieta’s BV of plus-58 puts him in the lead for the NL’s Gaston.

One excellent piece of news for Happ. He has actually changed leagues, so his plus-66 is secured stone. Simply 3 bases behind in the American League is Mike Foltynewicz of the Rangers, who has 2 months to delve into the lead.

Below are lists of the batters and pitchers who suffered the most throughout the very first 4 months of 2021, followed by the worst base worths on every group.


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American League LVP

  • 1. Elvis Andrus, Sports, -49

  • 2. Andrelton Simmons, Twins, -48

  • 3. Jose Trevino, Rangers, -39

  • 4. Austin Hedges, Indians, -38

  • 4. Jarred Kelenic, Mariners, -38

  • 6. Jake Bauers, Indians-Mariners, -35

  • 6. Maikel Franco, Orioles, -35

  • 8. Kelvin Gutierrez, Royals-Orioles, -34

  • 8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rangers, -34

  • 8. Martin Maldonado, Astros, -34

National League LVP

  • 1. Kevin Newman, Pirates, -71

  • 2. Jackie Bradley Jr., Makers, -47

  • 3. Erik Gonzalez, Pirates, -44

  • 4. Sandy Leon, Marlins, -37

  • 4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds, -37

  • 6. Joshua Fuentes, Rockies, -36

  • 7. Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks, -35

  • 8. Jason Heyward, Cubs, -30

  • 9. Alec Bohm, Phillies, -28

  • 9. Andrew Knapp, Phillies, -28

American League Milt Gaston

  • 1. J.A. Happ, Twins, 66

  • 2. Mike Foltynewicz, Rangers, 63

  • 3. Justus Sheffield, Mariners, 57

  • 4. Garrett Richards, Red Sox, 55

  • 5. Matt Shoemaker, Twins, 51

  • 6. Brad Keller, Royals, 45

  • 6. Jorge Lopez, Orioles, 45

  • 8. Marco Gonzales, Mariners, 44

  • 8. Jordan Lyles, Rangers, 44

  • 10. Sam Hentges, Indians, 43

National League Milt Gaston

  • 1. Jake Arrieta, Cubs, 58

  • 2. Vince Velasquez, Phillies, 44

  • 3. Patrick Corbin, Nationals, 41

  • 3. Jon Lester, Nationals-Cardinals, 41

  • 5. Mitch Keller, Pirates, 40

  • 6. Jerad Eickhoff, Mets, 37

  • 6. Chi Chi Gonzalez, Rockies, 37

  • 8. Matt Moore, Phillies, 36

  • 8. Blake Snell, Padres, 36

  • 10. Chase De Jong, Pirates, 35

Group tailenders

  • Angels: (B) Juan Lagares, -29; (P) Dylan Bundy, 38

  • Astros: (B) Martin Maldonado, -34; (P) Joe Smith, 20

  • Sports: (B) Elvis Andrus, -49; (P) Jesus Luzardo, 25

  • Blue Jays: (B) Rowdy Tellez, -18; (P) Trent Thornton, 24

  • Braves: (B) Cristian Pache, -22; (P) Drew Smyly, 22

  • Makers: (B) Jackie Bradley Jr., -47; (P) Josh Lindblom, 28

  • Cardinals: (B) Yadier Molina, -23; (P) Daniel Ponce de Leon and Jake Woodford, 22

  • Cubs: (B) Jason Heyward, -30; (P) Jake Arrieta, 58

  • Diamondbacks: (B) Nick Ahmed, -35; (P) Matt Peacock, 33

  • Dodgers: (B) Cody Bellinger, -24; (P) Garrett Cleavinger, 12

  • Giants: (B) Mike Tauchman, -21; (P) Gregory Santos, 12

  • Indians: (B) Austin Hedges, -38; (P) Sam Hentges, 43

  • Mariners: (B) Jarred Kelenic, -38; (P) Justus Sheffield, 57

  • Marlins: (B) Sandy Leon, -37; (P) Ross Detwiler, 25

  • Mets: (B) Kevin Pillar, -27; (P) Jerad Eickhoff, 37

  • Nationals: (B) Andrew Stevenson, -19; (P) Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester, 41

  • Orioles: (B) Maikel Franco, -35; (P) Jorge Lopez, 45

  • Padres: (B) Ha-Seong Kim, -21; (P) Blake Snell, 36

  • Phillies: (B) Alec Bohm and Andrew Knapp, -28; (P) Vince Velasquez, 44

  • Pirates: (B) Kevin Newman, -71; (P) Mitch Keller, 40

  • Rangers: (B) Jose Trevino, -39; (P) Mike Foltynewicz, 63

  • Rays: (B) Kevin Kiermaier, -25; (P) Michael Wacha, 15

  • Red Sox: (B) Marwin Gonzalez, -30; (P) Garrett Richards, 55

  • Reds: (B) Eugenio Suarez, -37; (P) Vladimir Gutierrez, 32

  • Rockies: (B) Joshua Fuentes, -36; (P) Chi Chi Gonzalez, 37

  • Royals: (B) Hunter Dozier, -29; (P) Brad Keller, 45

  • Tigers: (B) JaCoby Jones, -28; (P) Jose Urena, 35

  • Twins: (B) Andrelton Simmons, -48; (P) J.A. Happ, 66

  • White Sox: (B) Danny Mendick, -17; (P) Zack Burdi, 14

  • Yankees: (B) Miguel Andujar, -19; (P) Nick Nelson, 16

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