May 14, 2008
These WPA numbers are interesting, eh? Through 5/14 (Please don’t ask what WPA is…go google it)
by: Future on May 14, 2008 4:35 PM | Filed under: Journals

Ryan Church is leading the team by a substantial margin with 1.02 WPA. Of course he had .352 or so just last night!

Following him are Damion Easley with .56, Alou with .48, Pagan with .29.

Then it’s DW with .16, Schneider with .08.

Tatis(Yes, Tatis) follows with .05 in one at-bat. And it wasn’t even a grand slam.

Brady Clark has .03 and Jorge Sosa…with the BAT…has .02.

Everyone else on the Mets is negative. The worst offender is Luis Castillo who has an ungodly awful -1.02 WPA.

You know how he got it? By going ONE for SIXTEEN in the high leverage situations. Oh, and two walks. The only reason he hasn’t been even worse is because in medium leverage situations he’s OPSed almost .900.

Now WPA doesn’t mean everything or much of anything. But its interesting to look over the stats thus far, right? When we look at the numbers we realize how big Ryan Church has been this season and how awful Luis Castillo really has been for in the big spots. Maybe we just need more Hitman.

Take that Milledge People! …

Oh Wait.

8 Responses to “These WPA numbers are interesting, eh? Through 5/14 (Please don’t ask what WPA is…go google it)”

  1. Comment posted by Simons on May 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm (#692756)

    I’m surprised to see Beltran on the negative side of the ledger, but maybe I shouldn’t be.

    Wasn’t Easley way up on the list for 2007?

    Interesting yeah, thanks

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  3. Comment posted by Future, now with a present J.D. on May 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm (#692757)

    Beltran has been pretty poor in high leverage situations:

    .182/.333/.364 in HL situations.

    Med. L: .262/.384/.393

    LL: 255/.379/.532.

    So his best numbers are in the lowest leverage situations.

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  5. Comment posted by Dep on May 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm (#692767)

    What’s WPA!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

    interesting stuff Future. very nice.

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  7. Comment posted by Jessica on May 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm (#692803)

    Much of Easley’s WPA comes from that one crazy extra-inning game against the Nats where he was basically escorted around the bases by the opposing pitcher to score the winning run.

  8. Comment posted by rfloh on May 15, 2008 at 5:37 am (#693427)

    It’s not all that surprising that Church’s WPA numbers are good. He’s been playing very well in general.

    Looking at his hitting components, he’s raised his home run / flyball rate to a very impressive 22.7%. That’s star slugger territory. He’s BABIP is 359. An amazing 28.2% of his balls in play are line drives, which is not likely to be sustained, even though he’s been very much a line drive hitter throughout his career. His infield fly rate is at a good 8.1%, compared to the league average of 10%.

  9. Comment posted by sheadenizen on May 15, 2008 at 12:25 pm (#693703)

    I didn’t need WPA to tell me that Ryan Church has been far more valuable than Luis Castillo (and that without Church this team would be in dire straits) or that Beltran is not delivering. Sometimes all you have to do is watch the games….lol.
    But the numbers certainly bear out what we all thought. Thanks, Future.

  10. Comment posted by Dave in Spain on May 16, 2008 at 7:56 am (#694980)

    Works Progress Administration?? Wasn´t that FDR´s depression-era program? I didn´t know he liked baseball…though the ¨depression-era¨ part certainly applies to mets fans right now….

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  12. Comment posted by Future, now with a present J.D. on May 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm (#698613)

    Less than one week later:

    Church has 1.04
    Alou has moved to .65
    Easley has dropped to .35
    DW has moved up to .22
    Schneider has moved up to .20
    Beltran has gone into the black at .06