Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
May’s WAR Leaders, Almost Definitively
Insofar as (a) it is now June and (b) the most recent weekly UZR update was conducted at the time of day when the present author’s parties most frequently conclude (i.e. around dawn), what follows are the complete WAR leaderboards for May. Insofar, however, as the seasonal baseline for UZR changes by small increments over the course of the season, altering perhaps players’ monthly WAR figures by a tenth of a win here or there, what follows are not the entirely definitive, but just mostly definitive, WAR leaderboards for May.
Almost Definitive WAR Leaderboard: May Hitters
Here are almost certainly the top-10 field players, by WAR, for May:
|7||Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||130||.337||.446||.548||.361||169||2.2||0.1||1.7|
Almost Definitive WAR Leaderboard: May Pitchers
And now here are almost certainly the top-10 pitchers, by WAR, for May:
|2||Chris Sale||White Sox||31.0||27.7%||4.5%||51.3%||.200||20||47||65||1.3|
Almost Definitive WAR Leaderboard: Brief Comments
And finally, here are some brief comments regarding the leaderboards above.
• As is always the case, the editors of FanGraphs do not intend to suggest that a leaderboard merely sorted by WAR represents the best players from a particular interval (be it month or year or career) in that precise order. Rather, it is probably best to say that a case could be made for any player above, so far as which of them had the best May — probably a better case, that is, than for the players who don’t appear on either top-10 board.
• It is difficult to ignore that the top two field players by WAR in May were the ones most deserving of last season’s AL MVP award. Of note regarding Trout: the highest batter WAR ever produced in an age-21 season is Rogers Hornsby‘s 9.4 mark in 1917. Trout, who already holds the best mark for age-20 seasons, is a about third of the way to Hornsby’s figure about a third of the way through the season.
• San Francisco
shortstop second baseman* Marco Scutaro struck out three times in May.
*Although, importantly, Scutaro plays shortstop for the author’s very impressive ottoneu fantasy team.
• As per usual, calculating pitcher WAR with runs allowed, as opposed to FIP, would generate a different table than the one seen above, in this case one topped by Chicago Americans left-hander Chris Sale (2.1 RA9-Wins). San Diego’s Jason Marquis posted the best figure by that measurement relative to his FIP-based WAR (-0.6 WAR, 0.4 RA9-Wins). Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta posted the worst mark relative to his FIP-based WAR (0.2 WAR, -1.2 RA9-Wins)
• The best reliever of May by WAR was Pittsburgh’s Jason Grilli (13.2 IP, 0.9 WAR).
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Oakland at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
Tommy Milone (69.0 IP, 100 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Marco Estrada (65.1 IP, 102 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR). Of note regarding Oakland outfielder Coco Crisp: he’s posted walk and strikeout rates of 15.0% and 8.6%, respectively. The closest any qualified batter comes to Crisp’s walk/strikeout differential is Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki (7.5% BB, 5.0% K).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.7.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Justin Masterson||CLE||7||9||6||5||5||NYA||Andy Pettitte||19:05|
|Tom Koehler||MIA||6||0||3||2||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Tyler Chatwood||COL||8||9||6||6||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|A.J. Burnett||PIT||8||6||6||8||4||ATL||Kris Medlen||19:10|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||5||6||6||5||6||MIL||Marco Estrada||20:10|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||5||4||5||2||7||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Erik Bedard||HOU||0||3||3||5||5||LAA||Joe Blanton||22:05|
|John Danks*||CHA||6||0||3||6||1||SEA||Joe Saunders||22:10|
|Eric Stults||SD||4||7||4||3||2||LAN||Chris Capuano||22:10|
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