In the great Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout most-valuable-player debate of 2012, the Trout loyalists most often cited Trout's dominance in WAR — the "wins above replacement" statistic that purports to distill production into one number. Lo and behold, the top two players in various WAR rankings this season are Cabrera and Trout, although neither player is an overwhelming leader.
Cabrera won the MVP and triple crown last season, yet he is on pace to better his numbers in each of the triple crown categories this season. He hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in last year. He is on pace to hit .358 with 50 home runs and 153 RBIs this year, based on his statistics through Friday.
As if this season is not painful enough for the Angels, Cabrera could amplify the angst.
Cabrera would extend the
The Dodgers' last-to-first season makes for a curious case study in the usefulness of WAR. The WAR number claims to represent how many victories the player in question adds to a team, as opposed to the bench player or minor leaguer that might be used in his place.
The Dodgers' leaders, using the Fangraphs WAR rankings, entering the weekend:
"To me, it has to be about the whole season," Mattingly said. "I'm not trying to put one guy above the other. Adrian has been the guy that has been there for us the whole year."
On Wednesday, the
"I'm not here to blame Charlie Manuel for our issues," said General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr..
This is the reckoning for falling in love with the 2008 World Series champions, and for obliterating a farm system to try to keep winning. First baseman
"I think those core players are very talented," Amaro said.