Comments on: 10+ Games In A Season With WPA >= .5 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-161712 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:15:03 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-161712 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.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160734 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:40:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160734 True, Topper, but I was looking only at players with exactly 118 hits. (-;þ

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By: topper009 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160644 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:19:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160644 @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+.

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By: Evan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160551 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:06:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160551 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.

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By: Evan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160543 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:53:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160543 @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.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160514 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:05:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160514 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.

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By: Dvd Avins http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160447 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:38:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160447 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.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160442 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:31:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160442 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.

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160358 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:25:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160358 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!

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By: Ryan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15425/comment-page-1#comment-160328 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:36:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15425#comment-160328 @6 Bip:

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

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