2003 Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Graphs Review

Following are graphs and commentary regarding the 2003 season of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Questions or comments can be sent to me at dave@baseballgraphs.com.



NL Central Standings The National League Central Race

The 2003 Pirates actually weren't that bad a team. They came out of the gate slowly, but played about .500 ball after May, despite a lot of changes (including the subsidization of the Chicago Cubs).





Comments How to Read this Graph

Same theme: the Pirates were a lot closer to the .500 line than the .400 line, based on runs scored and allowed. If you roll your mouse over the graph, you'll see the Pirates' midyear position. Note that they actually improved their offense the second half.

In fact, the Pirates were slightly above average in OBP and around average in slugging.

Move your mouse over this graph to view the status of each team at the season's midpoint (July 1st).


Pitching and Fielding

Fielding Independent Pitching is based on the following formula: (13*HR+3*BB-2*K)/IP. Defense Efficiency Ratio is (Non-catcher putouts/Batted Balls in Play), adjusted for ballpark. Circle sizes in this graph are proportional to the percent of fieldable balls successfully converted into outs by the fielders.
The Pirates' Pitching and Fielding

Continuing the theme, the Pirates were also slightly below average in FIP and DER, but only slightly. Their real Achilles heel, it turns out, was fielding. The only player who even came close to the top in fielding Win Shares at his position was Jack Wilson, who was 8th at shortstop. David Pinto ranked Pittsburgh shortstops somewhat below league average.

Kip Wells had a very good year as a starter, and Julian Tavares did the job out of the bullpen. Jeff Suppan pitched well before being traded. Nelson Figueroa was okay, but only because of a high DER. Don't look for that to continue.

How to Read this Graph


Pittsburgh Pirates Ten Game Averages
April May June July Aug Sept
OBP .304 .337 .345 .338 .366 .332
SLG .347 .381 .425 .446 .496 .408
FIP 0.97 1.52 2.10 1.16 1.93 0.59
DER .743 .718 .702 .708 .716 .706
The DER stats in this table are based on limited data; the trend between months per team is more valid than the absolute number.
The Pirates Day-by-Day

The Pirates were one of the most consistent teams in the league. In fact, only their Cardinals had a lower variance against average wins per ten games played. That's pretty remarkable, considering how the Pittsburgh management traded away Suppan, Giles, Lofton, Ramirez and Simon.

The Pirates' poor start was primarily due to poor offense. When the offense finally started to pick it up, the pitching and fielding went downhill. It wasn't until mid-May that both halves got it together.

August was quite a month for the bats. Batters who had a strong second half included Kendall, Sanders, Craig Wilson, Tike Redman, Jason Bay and Matt Stairs.



Pittsburgh Pirates' Win Shares

Player          Team    Pos     Hit     Field   Pitch   Sum     WS	
--------	----	----	-----	-----	-----	-----	---	
J Kendall       PIT     C       16.85   3.55    0.00    20.40   20	
B Giles         PIT     OF      16.18   2.51    0.00    18.69   19	
R Sanders       PIT     OF      15.28   2.31    0.00    17.60   18	
K Wells         PIT     P       0.00    0.00    15.70   15.70   16	
M Stairs        PIT     OF      11.51   1.01    0.00    12.52   13	
J Suppan        PIT     P       0.20    0.00    11.62   11.82   12	
J Wilson        PIT     SS      6.21    5.09    0.00    11.30   11	
C Wilson        PIT     OF      8.57    1.57    0.00    10.14   10	
J Tavarez       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    9.91    9.91    10	
A Ramirez       PIT     3B      6.98    2.51    0.00    9.49    10	
T Redman        PIT     OF      7.92    1.54    0.00    9.46    9	
K Lofton        PIT     OF      5.94    2.86    0.00    8.79    9	
R Simon         PIT     1B      5.79    0.53    0.00    6.32    6	
J D'Amico       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    5.80    5.80    6	
J Reboulet      PIT     2B      2.98    2.73    0.00    5.71    6	
R Mackowiak     PIT     OF      4.61    1.01    0.00    5.62    6	
S Torres        PIT     P       0.00    0.00    5.48    5.48    5	
A Nunez         PIT     2B      1.51    2.92    0.00    4.44    4	
J Fogg          PIT     P       0.00    0.00    4.17    4.17    4	
J Bay           PIT     OF      3.53    0.40    0.00    3.93    4	
S Sauerbeck     PIT     P       0.00    0.00    3.37    3.37    3	
B Meadows       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    2.86    2.86    3	
N Figueroa      PIT     P       0.00    0.00    2.75    2.75    3	
B Boehringer    PIT     P       0.00    0.00    2.32    2.32    2	
M Lincoln       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    2.28    2.28    2	
J Beimel        PIT     P       0.00    0.00    2.03    2.03    2	
M Williams      PIT     P       0.00    0.00    1.97    1.97    2	
J Hernandez     PIT     3B      0.00    1.94    0.00    1.94    2	
P Reese         PIT     2B      0.28    1.53    0.00    1.81    2	
K Benson        PIT     P       0.00    0.00    1.70    1.70    2	
M Corey         PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.93    0.93    1	
A Hyzdu         PIT     OF      0.37    0.46    0.00    0.84    1	
K Young         PIT     1B      0.57    0.17    0.00    0.73    1	
P Mahomes       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.61    0.61    1	
C Rivera        PIT     1B      0.28    0.17    0.00    0.45    0	
J House         PIT     -       0.30    0.00    0.00    0.30    0	
B Hill          PIT     2B      0.24    0.02    0.00    0.26    0	
J Grabow        PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.24    0.24    0	
J Davis         PIT     OF      0.00    0.17    0.00    0.17    0	
R Vogelsong     PIT     P       0.11    0.00    0.00    0.11    0	
H Cota          PIT     C       0.00    0.05    0.00    0.05    0	
M Gonzalez      PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
J Mann          PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
O Perez         PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
D Reyes         PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
D Sanchez       PIT     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	

The Pirates' Individual Players

Five of the top 13 Win Share leaders were gone by the end of the year. Jason Kendall was the third-ranked catcher in the league, according to Win Shares. Let's hope Craig Wilson plays on a full-time basis next year.

You can view all National League Win Shares data via the following links:
All Players, Top to Bottom
Players Ranked by Position
Players Fielding WS by Position