Friday, June 09, 2006
Not surprisingly, some players are having great seasons by Win Shares. Here are some of the Phillies top performers:
Bobby Abreu: 14
Chase Utley: 13
Ryan Howard: 8
Aaron Rowand: 6
Brett Myers: 6
Pat Burrell: 6
Tom Gordon: 6
David Bell: 6
Jimmy Rollins: 5
Shane Victorino: 5
What’s interesting to me (and I feel like this is a common theme to my blog this week) is what a surprise it is to see David Bell on the positive side of the ledger. His fielding is where he’s making a big impact: 1.7 Fielding Win Shares … David Bell earned 9 Win Shares in all of 2005, so having 6 right now ain’t bad.
Poor Pat Burrell: Win Shares don’t really care much for him. He’s at just six and his winning percentage is just .548, worse than Aaron Rowand (.604), Ryan Howard (.855), Chase Utley (.903), and Abreu (1.004). He’s doing a bit better than David Bell (.513), but aside from Jimmy Rollins (.352) here isn’t much better than any other Phillies regular.
Jimmy Rollins needs to step things up: his five Win Shares are pretty lousy. If you look inside his numbers 2.4 go to his batting and 2.7 to his fielding. He simply isn’t getting the job done at the plate. Win Shares have always liked J.Roll: he had 21 last year, 24 in ’04, 19 the year before that. He could end up with a career-low 12-14 this season.
Abreu, Utley and Howard are clearly the Phillies superstars. Of all of them, Chase Utley is the one that most impresses me: he is exceeding his expected Win Shares by six. Unlike Abreu, who is a one-dimensional player (hitter), Chase is really doing a lot of good work for the Phillies in the field. Chase is really the glue holding this team together. If he got injuried the Phils would be in trouble.
Consistency thy name is Bobby Abreu. Scope out his previous seasons:
Bobby is on a pace for a career high this season: he should get 35 or so Win Shares. Not bad at all.
Enjoy your weekend all! See you on Monday!
Here's a fun thought: if you think Abreu is controversial today, imagine in 2015 to 2018 when he's first eligible for HOF consideration. It will be a modernist apocolypse. The James camp will cite a Career Win Share of likely 350 or so. The Eskin camp will snort with contempt and cite his lack of running into walls.
Baseball is another word for a long running argument.
Note that some of Ruth's WS came as a pitcher, so Cobb has the highest offensive WS in baseball history.
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