Tillman over Kuroda ... pffft!

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
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American League manager Jim Leyland likely made Yankees fans and those who enjoy studying baseball stats chuckle when he said the reason he took Chris Tillman over Hiroki Kuroda for the All-Star team was because of Tillman's 11-3 mark.

We've put Kuroda's and Tillman's ranks side by side for you to take a look at. Tillman is closer to the bottom of most lists than the top. Kuroda has the misfortune of being a little short in the one stat that mattered most in Leyland's eye, but whose value has been on the decline among those who study the game closely.

Tillman wasn't even the best option among starting pitchers on his own team (see: Miguel Gonzalez), let alone those on the 14 other rotations not represented at this year's All-Star Game. Kuroda and others are justified, at least numerically speaking, in any disappointment they may feel.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146