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10+ Games In A Season With WPA >= .5

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 29, 2011

Since 1919 1950, how many teams had at least 10 games in a season where they had at least one batter in the line-up have a WPA of .5 or better in the contest?

Here is the list -


Evan Longoria's game yesterday gave the Rays a share in the "A.L. Record" here.

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16 Responses to “10+ Games In A Season With WPA >= .5”

  1. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Since 1950.

  2. OK, good point.

  3. Can I get a list of a teams' games for the season sorted by minimum Win Expectancy at any given time in the game, and then by wins to see a list of the biggest comebacks/most exciting games of the season for a team?

  4. I'm curious -- does anyone have a sense of how this correlates with team quality? I know 35 teams is a small sample, but there seem to be a preponderance of teams within +/-10 games of .500. I only counted in my head, but I think there was just one WS champ, 2 or 3 division winners and 2 or 3 teams in the 65-win range.

  5. What's WPA? I think Evan Longoria has had the best season in MLB history for a guy with only 118 hits. I have to give the MVP to Cabrara.
    Pitchers can not be MVPs.

  6. "5Pierre"

    C'mon, it's no fun if you don't try. This is too obvious.

  7. @6 Bip:

    I'm surprised we didn't see "6Damon" and "7Zambrano".

  8. Did I write Pierre? Ooops, I meant Elsbury. The next post he puts up the AL MVP poll and doesn't even put Mike Young on the options!

  9. I think Evan Longoria has had the best season in MLB history for a guy with only 118 hits.

    Agreed — 6.3 WAR. The next two highest are Dick McAuliffe, 6.0 in 1966, and Mike Napoli, 5.5 this season.

  10. There's something funny going on. Sort by year. You'll see it's far more concentrated around the early 1970s than something like this should be.

  11. You may be right, DA. I found out that Tommy Davis had two over-.500-WPA games as a pinch-hitter in 1971, and that Jerry Lynch, in his famous 1961 season for the Reds, had no games with a WPA over .500. That seems strange to me.

  12. @10 Re: Early 70's,

    That period (particularly 71 and 72) experienced some of the lower run environments for the time frame in question (post-1950 for WPA numbers).

    Low run scoring environment should produce more close games and more opportunities for one hit resulting in a very high-WPA event. It also makes each offensive event slightly more valuable since WPA takes into account run environment, so that game winning pinch hit might be worth 0.48 in a high-run environment vs. .51 in a low run environment.

    Comparatively fewer seesaw games where a player racks up a large WPA over the course of several plate appearances (e.g. Shamsky) should counterbalance this somewhat.

  13. It would probably be better to look at league total games fitting the criteria to see if a time period was particularly prone to this type of game.

    Also, expansion and adding 8 games to the regular season would also increase the likelihood of this happening.

  14. @9, Babe Ruth 1918 beats out Longoria I think,
    95 hits, 11 HR (led league) .300/.411/.555, 6.2 WAR

    O and you can add in another 2.2 WAR from pitching 166 IP with a 122 ERA+.

  15. True, Topper, but I was looking only at players with exactly 118 hits. (-;þ

  16. Damon had 3 of the Rays' 12 games this year, the lowest being a 0.695 WPA.

    He joins Al Kaline (1963) and Todd Helton (2000) as the only players since 1950 with 3 games with that WPA or higher.