I’ve had folks tell me lately that even if Cabrera wins baseball’s first Triple Crown since 1967, Trout remains the MVP pick. My apologies. I simply cannot comprehend that.
But fans of Sabermetrics, these new-age stats that attempt to give you an all-around worth of a player, actually will tell you — and with a straight face! — that batting average and RBIs are irrelevant today.
There might — might — be the case with batting average, because that doesn’t necessarily tell you how clutch or how much of a run producer a player is. There were some in Seattle who thought Ichiro Suzuki could have hit many more home runs, but didn’t because he wanted his batting average to stay sky high.
But RBIs? Really? Irrelevant? The critics like to say that’s only a measurement of how often guys get on ahead of you. Well, to that I have a two-word response: Delmon Young.
...Now, I ask you, is that an MVP? That’s for 28 of my peers to decide; I don’t have an MVP vote this year.
But if that is an MVP, then let me say this: Voters better be consistent and make Tigers ace Justin Verlander the Cy Young winner for a second straight year, because he leads the major leagues in WAR, too, not contenders Felix Hernandez or David Price.
By the way, here’s another thing FanGraphs’ WAR tells us, folks: Anibal Sanchez (3.1) and Rick Porcello (2.9) are worth more to their team than Angels ace Jered Weaver (2.7) is to his. Never mind that Weaver is 18-4 with a 2.79 ERA. What do those stats matter anymore?
Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:23 AM | 180 comment(s)
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