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The Ace of Diamonds

The Ace of Diamonds

Two weeks into the season and many questions still exist.  Did the Dodgers pitching staff actually spend the last two weeks in a simulated extended spring training?

The following lists the pitching staff’s ACE Meter scores (A concept that I introduced here last year):

Pitcher Name ACE Meter Score Ace Meter Grade Significant Problem(s)
Kuroda 1.42 A+ None
Kershaw 3.84 C None
Bills 5.43 F- ERA & WHIP
Padilla 6.44 F– ERA & IP/Game
Heager 7.36 F– ERA, WHIP & IP/Game
Starting Pitchers 4.71 F+  
Broxton 0.37 A+ None
Troncoso 2.38 A None
Monasterios 3.90 C- WHIP
Weaver 4.40 D- ERA & IP/Game
Ramon Ortiz 5.43 F- ERA
Russ Ortiz 7.23 F– ERA & WHIP
Sherrill 8.47 F– ERA, WHIP & IP/Game
Relief Pitchers 4.83 F+  
All Pitchers 4.76 F+  

The ACE Meter takes into account and blends ERA, IP, and WHIP statistics.  The IP per game variable obviously has a different standard for stating versus relief pitchers.

Regarding the Hitting I like to concentrate on stats like OPS and Clutch:

All of the Dodger hitters have a passing OPS Grade except for the Anderson who is failing.  As for DeWitt (D+), he may be placed on probation if he does not improve his Grade.

Written by Ken

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Ken is a professional working in multiple disciplines who has participated in various sports from elementary school through post intercollegiate level. He may be the only athlete in intercollegiate sports history to have started as both a middle blocker on an intercollegiate volleyball team and as a hook on an intercollegiate rugby team during the same season. He has been a Dodger fan since youth and now regularly watches over 150 Dodger games per season.

3 Responses to “The Ace of Diamonds”

  1. Richard Lotz says:

    I think I just got the real answer to the question I posed, Mark.

  2. leviev says:

    kuroda is the man. he’ sit u down all day long

  3. steevo17 says:

    I’m confused…how is Kershaw rated as “No Significant Problems”? I’m sure he will be fine soon, but he currently has 15 BB in 17 IP. Thats a significant problem in my opinion. He has to find a way of controlling the strike zone or he might be nothing more than .500 pitcher this year. Padilla has a WHIP lower than Kershaw, why no mention of that?

    We need him to really step up soon, along with Billingsley. Bills has given up 13 H in 11 IP, add that to 7 BB and you have a WHIP in the stratosphere.

    Both of these guys have to improve. Kuroda is the only starter with decent stats (1 BB in 15 IP…WOW!!!). I still feel the starting rotation will be a strength before the season ends, but I hope it will be before the end of the September.

    Not sure exactly what this “Ace” meter is, but I think its basically on track.


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