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Filed under: Starting Pitcher of the Year: Ben Sheets

Hey, all the Brewers pitching starts are in the graph below, they are represented by game score. Game score is a cute little way to measure an individual pitching performance. Here's how it's calculated according to

Game Score. Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

These are the 5 best game scores for Brewers pitchers in 2005.

Pitcher  Date  OPP   RESULT  IP  H  ER BB SO PIT  GSc
Ohka     8/7   @PHI  W 2-0   8   4  0  0  9  112  83
Obie     5/17  @WAS  W 8-2   8   2  0  0  4  108  82
Glover   9/29  CIN   W 2-0   7   2  0  1  10 102  82
Sheets   8/5   @PHI  W 3-1   9   4  1  2  7  126  80
Capuano  5/23  COL   W 2-1   8.1 3  0  2  6  104  79

Click the chart for the big view!

Look at Sheets' July 30th - August 26th. Phenomenal. 4-2, 4 complete games, 5 game scores 70 or above, 662 pitches... Look at Santos' solid start then collapse in July and completely erratic scores in August. Look at the consistency from Capuano and Davis. Only 4 game scores below 30. Look at Helling's solid addition late season.

Pretty Neat.

Some stats, Average is the average game score. Clemens was the best in baseball this year with a game score average of 63.5. Std.Dev. is the average distance from average score. So it measures volatility. Remember when we decided Obie was just too inconsistent, his high game score standard deviation supports that theory.

Pitcher  Average  Std. Dev.
Capuano  52.1     14.8
Davis    54.5     16.1
Sheets   58.5     16.1
Ohka     49.3     16.6
Santos   46.5     16.4
Glover   49.4     16.5
Helling  59.7     11.4
Obie     43.4     19.0

Throwing out Helling's numbers because he only had seven starts, Sheets was the best pitcher and Capuano was the most consistent. But wow, imagine if we had Helling, performing like that, for the whole season, who knows how many wins that would've added.

Anyway,'s award for best starting pitcher of the year goes to Ben Sheets. Despite his two trips to the DL his phenomenal August stands on it's own as one of the best runs I've ever seen as a Brewers fan. Consistently dominant, cy young material there. In those 6 games he had 47 Strikeouts and 3 walks. Throw out the 10 hit smash fest at Coors on 8/15 and Ben only allowed 7 hits over the other five games. Sheets' average game score of 58.5 would've put him between Carlos Zambrano and John Smoltz for 9th overall in baseball.