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What seems to make many Cabrera fans so angry about the Trout lead in WAR (and, as expected, the lead is widening—Baseball Reference now has Trout with 8.2 WAR, Cabrera with 6.9) is that it just does not seem to give him enough credit for his offensive awesomeness. The guy’s a hitting Terminator. He’s hitting .358. He’s got 130 RBIs in 127 games. He’s a demigod. And WAR just doesn’t speak to these fans. The argument goes that WAR, with all its contextual adjustments and its various attempts to give value to things that statistics have generally not valued in the past, does not give Cabrera enough credit for simply being the Incredible Hulk of hitting.
When did Posnanski start devoting a large portion of his baseball blogging to statistics (or stats-centric topics, like Trout vs. Cabrera or Jack Morris)?
Wow. A baseball statistics discussion site and not one post about this topic.
I mean, there's been a bit more of that in the last few weeks I suppose. But it seems like he's writing pretty much the same stuff as usual. There's a bit less non-sports stuff lately maybe.
And Trout is kicking his ass again despite going from +21 to -8 runs on defense (and no, those numbers are not regressed in the final calculation because you only need to regress things that have error and there is no error in these numbers. A 21 year old just dropped from an awesome fielder to semi-shitty and it's all captured. Do not look behind the curtain!)
The defense fairy is crushing Miggy this year and that combined with the wonky park factors...he doesn't really have a chance.
You err in thinking of BTF as a "baseball statistics discussion site."
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