Making a Case For SaberMetrics

I try to watch the game differently each year. This year I signed up for MLB.TV(gee, there’s a plug) which I’m enjoying last year’s Cubs games. My wife is waiting to watch Breaking Bad. Little does she know that there’s plenty of months of baseball. I guess, I just love the HD. Awesome!!!!

This is the year I learn the SaberMetrics of the game. Traditionally, I’m a basic baseball watcher. Give me the RBI’s H, HR, R and AVG. anyday. To me, the mark of a great ball player boils down to the Hits and Runs-everything else is gravy. As the Great Wayne Gretzky said,”The more times you shoot on net, the more chances you’ll score.” basic hockey. Speaking of hockey, I’m a little disillusioned with the game like most fans north of the border. The lockout put a dent in the passion.

Ok, SaberMetrics. I was reading an interesting article about Mike Trout vs Miguel Cabrera.  Is Trout the better player? Perhaps, but maybe Cabrera was more consistant. Who knows? For example, let’s look at their averages. Cabrera had a batting average of .330 in 2012 while Trout batted .326. Pretty close.

Mike Trout

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 Regular Season 139 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 67 139 49 5 .326 .399 .564 .963

Miguel Cabrera

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 Regular Season 161 622 109 205 40 0 44 139 66 98 4 1 .330 .393 .606 .999

Look at the RBI totals of Trout vs Cabrera. Mike had 83 while Miguel had 139. This means more points on the board. A no-brainer for sure, but where SaberMetrics is involved, Trout had a WAR(Wins Above Replacement) total last year of 10. First player since Barry Bonds.

Miguel Cabrera’s WAR was 6.9. Trout was a better defensive player.

Now, take a look at

Andrew Mcutchen

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 Regular Season 157 593 107 194 29 6 31 96 70 132 20 12 .327 .400 .553 .953

Just like anything, progress happens. So does statistics. Andrew is a definite MVP

Whichever way you might look at it, SaberMetrics or the traditional; the best case is baseball is and always will be a game of numbers.

By the way, Andrew Mcutchen is bad ass.

—Mark

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