by Matt Habel

RC+ Stat Stumper: Luis Castillo wOBA

Welcome to the first ever RC+ Stat Stumper! Since we cannot get enough of the Reds, we wanted to take a longtime ballpark tradition and give it a bit of a modern twist. The Scoreboard Stumper trivia question that takes place every home game is a great way to test your knowledge of baseball history and learn a little bit about the Reds as well. Every once in a while, we will post a similar type of question in the morning but with more of a focus on advanced metrics. We invite you to post your guesses in the comments (looking up the answer is cheating, what fun is that?).

The answers and winners will be revealed at the end of the day. Enjoy!

RC+ Stat Stumper #1

In the Statcast era (since 2015), Luis Castillo’s 0.273 wOBA allowed in 2019 ranks 5th among all Reds pitchers who faced at least 200 batters in a season. Who are the four pitchers that have had better seasons? For bonus points, which years did they outperform him?

Matthew Habel was born and mostly raised in Cincinnati and was always a Reds fan growing up. Ironically, he did not become die-hard until moving to Pittsburgh after college and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game behind enemy lines. While the "Cueto Game" is one of the worst sports moments of his life, he became enamored with the analytics side of the game after reading Big Data Baseball and watching the Pirates organization end their postseason drought. He started writing for Redleg Nation in 2017 and has enjoyed continuously learning more about the sport. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he loves exploring the great outdoors. Find him on Twitter @MattadorHeyBull

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Matt Wilkes
3 years ago

This is tough. Gotta figure most are relievers. I’ll go with Johnny Cueto (2015), Raisel Iglesias (2017?), Amir Garrett (2019), and Jared Hughes (2018).

Steve Mancuso
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3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Wilkes

I don’t think Hughes strikeout rate is high enough.

Matt Wilkes
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3 years ago
Reply to  Steve Mancuso

Probably not, but a GB% that high (i.e., abnormally low launch angle) may help him squeeze in there.

Steve Mancuso
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3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Wilkes

Could be. His 2018 season was insane.

Eli J
Eli J
3 years ago

Cueto (2015), Chapman (2015), Iglesias (2017), and, uhhh, Michael Lorenzen (2016)?

Matt Wilkes
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3 years ago
Reply to  Eli J

I completely forgot about Chapman. I’d say he’s definitely one of the four.

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Chapman in 2015
Iglesias twice. I will guess in 2016 and 2017
Cueto 2015

Steve Mancuso
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3 years ago

Jason Marquis (2015), Ross Ohlendorf (2016), Scott Feldman (2016) and David Holmberg (2015). Kevin Gregg (2015) probably had the wOBA, but not the 200 TBF.

Steve Mancuso
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3 years ago

Here are my serious guesses. Cueto (2015) and Chapman (2015) seem almost certain. Iglesias (2017) is my third pick. For my last pick I’m going with Sonny Gray (2019). Gray has been ahead of Castillo most of the year in xwOBA, although Castillo may have slipped ahead now. Not sure if Gray shows up as well in wOBA, though. If not Gray, I’d go with Lorenzen (2016).

Fantastic question, Matt.

Matt Wilkes
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Habel

Can’t believe I forgot Chapman 🤦‍♂️

Jefferson Green
Jefferson Green
3 years ago

Thanks, Matt!