Pop Quiz Wednesday: Name that Twin

Let's take our minds off of Bruce Chen and 100 losses, shall we?

Below I've listed some player comparisons that I found interesting, entertaining, or, well, frustrating.

Let's start with a simple one:

Age

BA

OBP

SLG

SB

UZR/150

Player A

22

0.258

0.296

0.360

33

17.3

Player B

23

0.249

0.295

0.283

26

18.9

Here we have two virtually-identically players. They're both outfielders with great speed and great gloves, but questionable offensive skills. Any guesses?

Player A: Carlos Gomez in 2008 (his first season as a Twin)

Player B: Ben Revere, 2011.

Let's try some more, after the jump:

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Player A

0.265

0.314

0.393

0.707

Player B

0.259

0.310

0.400

0.710

Player A? Michael Cuddyer's season batting stats against right-handed pitching.

Player B? White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez's season batting stats against right-handed pitching.

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Player A

0.321

0.420

0.620

1.040

Player B

0.298

0.444

0.607

1.051

Player A? Michael Cuddyer's season batting stats against left-handed pitching.

Player B? Barry Bonds' career batting line (against all pitchers)

Here's a depressing one:

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Player A

0.161

0.198

0.232

0.430

Player B

0.174

0.207

0.254

0.461

Player A is the season batting line of Twins catcher Drew Butera.

Player B is the career batting line of former Twins pitcher Johan Santana.

The Twins have given Butera 227 plate appearances this season.

Ages

ERA

FIP

HR/9

BB/9

K/9

K/BB

Player A

25-27

4.50

4.51

1.3

3.0

6.7

2.27

Player B

25-27

4.82

4.21

1.4

1.5

6.7

4.37

Take a moment to look at those numbers and ask yourself: which of those pitchers would you rather have? Player A has the better ERA, for sure, but in almost every other meaningful category, Player B is superior.

Player B is Kevin Slowey's stats through the past three seasons (his age 25, 26, and 27 seasons).

Player is A is Cliff Lee, circa 2004, 2005 and 2006.

How about this for two similar players:

BA

OBP

SLG

Player A

0.264

0.331

0.348

Player B

0.263

0.331

0.342

Player A is Denard Span in 2010. Player B is Denard Span in 2011.

Last one:

Name

K/9

BB/9

K/BB

ERA

FIP

xFIP

Player A

5.28

5.67

0.93

4.30

5.00

5.88

Player B

3.04

4.39

0.69

6.92

6.12

5.77

Player C

4.47

5.63

0.79

4.27

4.86

5.72

Player D

5.86

6.35

0.92

5.62

5.47

5.11

Player E

5.30

5.46

0.97

4.02

6.04

5.77

This, my friends, is an elite group. These are the only five pitchers in all of baseball this season to pitch more than 40 innings while walking more batters than they've struck out.

Player A is Jose Mijares.

Players B-E are, respectively: Sean O'Sullivan, Miguel Batista, Kyle Drabek, and Brad Hand.

Not surprisingly, teams that allow pitchers with stats these bad to accumulate a significant number of innings aren't performing terribly well. On average, the five teams that employ these pitchers (Royals, Twins, Mets, Marlins, and Blue Jays) are on pace to each lose 90 games.

Got some comparisons of your own? Post 'em in the comment section.

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