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Giants' Player Worth Through May

Here's part 2 of my monthly look at the contributions in win values of the Giants position players and starting pitchers.

As many of you know, the win value stat represents the latest, and by far the best IMO method to evaluate players.   Using the best available offensive stat (wOBA), defensive stat (UZR) and pitching stat (FIP), win values literally allows one to assess how many wins a player has been worth compared to an equivalent minor league replacement (think Willie Bloomquest).  Additionally, since major league teams pay roughly 5 million/ win on the FA market, win values enables us to think of player value in monetary terms (which is ridiculously cool and intuitive).  Since MGL generously allowed access of UZR to fangraphs, win values are now updated continuously throughout the season.   So how have the Giants done up to May 28th? 

 

Disclaimer: UZR requires a large sample size (probably 1-2 seasons) before it is terribly accurate.  2 months of data still contains a tremendous amount of noise.

Here is the link to the april values

 

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Player

Defensive Runs Above Average (RAA)

Offensive RAA

Win Value total

Win Value Change

Since April

Monetary Value (in millions)

PA

Winn

4.5

.6

.9

+.9

4.2

 

Sandoval

-.3

1.5

.7

+.5

3.3

 

Rowand

-2.1

2.9

.7

+.7

3.1

 

Lewis

-.2

1.2

.5

-.3

2

 

Molina

NA

-5.4

.4

-.1

1.7

 

Torres

1.8

1.5

.4

0

1.7

13 (!)

Renteria

0

-4.8

.2

0

1.1

166

Ishikawa

2.8

-3.4

.1

+.5

.3

121

Uribe

-.8

-2.1

0

NA

.1

74

Burris

-2.4

-5.4

-.1

+.3

-.6

171

Schierholtz

-.3

-4.6

-.4

NA

-1.6

49

Velez

-1.4

-4.2

-.4

-.1

-2

39

Aurilia

1

-8.4

-.7

-.5

-3.2

68

Pitchers

 

 

 

 

 

IP

Lincecum

 

 

3.0

+1.9

13.7

65

Cain

 

 

.8

+.3

3.6

60

Johnson

 

 

.5

+.6

2.3

52

Sanchez

 

 

.5

+.5

2.1

42

Zito

 

 

.5

+.3

2.0

56

 

 

THE MOST PATHETIC TABLE IN THE WORLD (Giants Fielders vs Timmy)

 

Lincecum

Position Players (total)

Win Values

3

2.3

 

 

 

Observations:

1. Sometimes I find it reassuring when advanced stats jive with subjective analysis.  We all know that the Giants' offense sucks so badly that it bends light and the starting pitching has been pretty good.  The above chart confirms this knowledge.   Our 5th starter (Zito) has been better than all but 3 of the Giants position players.

2. Randy Winn is turning in a typically classy season.   Good defense and adequate offense a good baseball player make.

3. Aaron Rowand digs deep and pulls out some veteran grit!!!*  UZR still hates him with the fury of 1000 suns (obviously the formula fails to take dirty uniforms into account).  That said, his offensive explosion (thanks Grant) has compensated quite nicely.   *NB  Rowand dove when he read this sentence.

4. Fred Lewis makes my heart hurt.   I have long defended Lewis' boneheaded fielding by pointing to the stats.  Alas, the stats have started to reflect Lewis' error prone catastrofucks.    He remains the 3rd most valuable Giants player but without good defense, he becomes significantly less valuable to real baseball teams.

5.  Burris continues his existence as a replacement level ball player.  It's pretty sad when one is the worst fielder AND the 2nd worst hitter and is not the least valuable player on one's own team.  Furthermore, it's sad when one is the worst fielder and the 2nd worst hitter on a team and has actually improved his play over the past month.

6.  Aurilia needs to go away.  It is unacceptable when the worst hitter on the team plays 1st friggin' base. 

7. Lincecum is unbelievably good.   I would liken his right arm to the love child of a threeway between Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, and Miranda Kerr.  That's how beautiful his arm is. 

8. It's nice that Johnson has stopped sucking.

9. As befitting average starting pitchers,  Sanchez and Zito have been average so far this season.

10. THE MOST PATHETIC TABLE IN THE WORLD is pretty self-explanatory.   Lincecum has been more valuable than all our position players put together.   Did I mention that the offense might have some problems?

 

 

 

 

 

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