WAR, not quite up Mig’s alley.
Trout leads the league in batting average (.328), runs scored (112), steals (44) and OPS-plus (169). He is second in OPS (.964) and third in slugging (.571). He also leads the league in WAR (10.0 for baaseball-reference.com and 8.5 for fangraphs.com) by a wide margin—Robinson Cano is the next closest guy at 6.3 and 6.0 from the respective websites.
Those are incredibly difficult numbers to argue against, but Cabrera is stating his case. He leads the league in slugging (.587) and OPS (.980), is second in RBIs (116) and fourth in home runs (35) and runs (89).
...But here are the more telling season numbers: Cabrera has a 5.7 WAR according to baseball-reference.com and a 5.8 at fangraphs.com, making him third and tied for second, respectively. It’s true that there are flaws with WAR, but it is also true that it is the best formula for putting a number to a player’s overall contributions.
With that said, Trout’s WAR numbers dwarf Cabrera’s. And beyond some of the offensive evidence, there is this …
WAR takes into account not only a player’s offensive ability, but also what he’s done defensively and on the bases, and in those categories it’s no contest.
... It’s not fair to compare Trout to Cabrera defensively. Cabrera is a former outfielder-third baseman-first baseman returned to third base this season because the Tigers added Prince Fielder to play first. Cabrera, among qualified AL third baseman, ranks last with a minus-10.7 UZR and last with minus-3 DRS.
Nothing more needs to be said here, so we’ll move on to the impact each player has on his team beyond the obvious statistics …
Posted: September 11, 2012 at 05:50 AM | 104 comment(s)
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