RynMan wrote:bigh0rt wrote:Here's a stat, just for fun.
Miguel Cabrera - 444 Runners On, 139 RBI, 21.40% (only Josh Hamilton drove in a higher % of runners on when they came to the plate - 22.19%)
Mike Trout - 306 Runners On, 86 RBI, 17.32%
These % are formulated by taking (RBI - HR)/Runners On, so no bonus to Miggy for all his dongs.
Interestingly enough, some other ridiculously efficient RBI players this year were Adrian Gonzalez (20.55%), Chase Headley (19.63%), and Alfonso Soriano (19.39%), while others who had a huge number of opportunities, not so much...
Hunter Pence had the most runners on in the league this season (505), and only drove in 15.84% of them. Robinson Cano was 2nd with 476 runners, and only drove in a meager 12.82% of them. Of the Top 20 players among Runners On, only A-Gonz and Cabrera surpass the 20% mark, and just 5 players surpass 18%.
Cabrera may have had a ton of runners on this year (6th in the league, trailing teammate Prince Fielder who was 5th -- kudos to Austin Jackson), but he was also ridiculously efficient at driving those players in, which can't be said for many other players, like the aforementioned Cano and Pence.
And this is exactly the kind of analysis Cabrera lobbyists need to push. But out of the countless hours of discussion and pages of reading, I've not once heard anyone mention this. All I hear about is the Triple Crown, how he carried his team to the playoffs, and how many runs he is knocking in. I also noticed this above average rate of driving guys in, but I still don't see it as enough to push him past Trout in my mind. Nice work for bringing this up man.
For me, it's simple. The most valuable player is Mike Trout.
I honestly don't care who wins. I'm just getting tired of the old rhetoric that RBI is an entirely teammate based statistic, as if the player at the dish doesn't have to drive them in. It's a mixture of opportunity and ability. Otherwise, Robinson Cano or Hunter Pence should have led the league in RBI, or one of the other 3 players who came to the plate with more runners on than Cabrera this season. I was wondering if Cabrera had just been the beneficiary of a ridiculous amount of RBI Opportunities, and being 6th is certainly no disadvantage, but it was interesting to see the clip at which he was able to plate teammates. Again, I couldn't give a crap less who wins, and I imagine the voters will ultimately give it to Cabrera due to the Triple Crown, Trout being a Rookie, so on and so forth. Two years from now nobody will care.