Then, there are the Sabermetrics that testify of Goldschmidt’s worth.
Win Probability Added, which takes a particular game’s situational importance into account—weighing a walk-off home run, for example, as more valuable than a home run in a blowout and a go-ahead RBI more than a first-inning RBI—is one such measurement.
Among National Leaguers, Goldschmidt is a head above the competition in the statistic. Entering play Sunday, his 6.79 mark in this category led the league, with Freddie Freeman (5.56), Shin-Soo Choo (5.06), McCutchen (4.47) and Adrian Gonzalez (4.32) rounding out the top five.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Goldschmidt ranks third in the NL in the Wins Above Replacement, a metric that has surged in popularity and use over the last few years. McCutchen and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez rank ahead of him, tied with an 8.2 mark, while Goldschmidt has a 7.1.
Defense, it seems, gives McCutchen and Gomez, both center fielders, the edge in the statistic. A close look, however, proves that Goldschmidt had plenty of value away from the plate, too, however.
Only the Colorado Rockies’ Todd Helton had a higher fielding percentage among NL first basemen, and Goldschmidt leads the Majors in first basemen “scoops,” according to FanGraphs.com, with 73—nearly 20 ahead of any other at that position.
Posted: September 30, 2013 at 03:43 AM | 29 comment(s)
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