|How could anyone find|
Stump Merrill boring?
It was almost three years ago, when David Appleman introduced me to the concept of WPA/LI in a manner I could more easily understand. David wrote: "WPA/LI (context neutral wins / game state linear weights): How many wins a player contributes to his team with the Leverage Index aspect removed, invented by Tom Tango... ~snip~ ...WPA/LI does take into account the situation. So at times when a walk would be just as valuable as a home run, WPA/LI accurately weights the walk and the home run, where linear weights would still give .13 wins to the home run and the walk .03 wins."
|Where will Albert be in 2012?|
Albert Pujols: 61.69
Barry Bonds: 54.29
Lance Berkman: 44.17
Alex Rodriguez: 41.31
Manny Ramirez: 37.63
The flip side to that coin shows the trailers in the category, since 2001, as Cesar Izturis (-18.28), who has otherwise added a lot of value with his glove, and Neifi Perez (-15.21), who, um, hasn't.
Still with us, anonymous poster? This can get really boring, really fast. Instead, I thought it'd be cool to see if anyone interesting landed on an even 0.00 WPA/LI within the same time frame.
Who'd we find, but the very newest Chicago Cub. No, not Matt Garza. It's Max Ramirez, of Texas Rangers fame, who spent five days as a member of the Red Sox organization last week. Ramirez's career Major League stats include a very healthy walk rate (12.9%), decent On-Base Percentage (.343), but a terrible strikeout percentage (32.2%). While Ramirez can crush a fastball (2.6 runs above average vs fastballs), he has been below average versus all other pitches.
|Hak-Ju Lee, we hardly knew ya!|
At the very least, it has taken a bit of the sting away from trading Robinson Chirinos and three arguably better prospects, in Archer, Lee, and Guyer, before a season in which we aren't expected to compete for the World Series.
That, thankfully, is a discussion for another time.