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No matter how Mike Trout’s career ends up, he will always have a good argument for being the best young position player the game has ever seen. He’s already got more fWAR through his age 22 season than anybody else, and now he’s on the verge of accumulating the most rWAR too.

22+ WAR in Their Age 22 Season
Player From-To Age rWAR fWAR G PA
Ty Cobb 1905-1909 18-22 25.5 25.9 595 2486
Mike Trout 2011-2014 19-22 25.4 26.6 416 1852
Ted Williams 1939-1941 20-22 23.6 24.8 436 1942
Mel Ott 1926-1931 17-22 23.5 25.1 677 2644
Alex Rodriguez 1994-1998 18-22 22.9 20.8 513 2271

Eureeka Uribe!

Very fitting that Juan Uribe powers Dodgers to NLCS. He’s got to be the most underrated guy on the team this season.

I remember watching a Dodgers game on the final weekend of the season and there was this poll – who was the best Dodger of the year? They gave three choices & you could text in your answer. The choices were Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, & Hanley Ramirez.

That was pretty surprising to me at the time, ’cause all season long, I’d kept noticing that Uribe and Yasiel Puig were two of the reasons the team was doing so well and yet they weren’t even included. In fact, the team leaders in WAR are:

2013 Dodgers WAR Leaders
Player fWAR rWAR
Clayton Kershaw 6.5 7.9
Juan Uribe 5.1 4.1
Hanley Ramirez 5.1 5.4
Yasiel Puig 4.0 5.0
Adrian Gonzalez 2.8 3.9

Versus The > .500 Clubs

A good article over at Fangraphs, A First Last Word on Strengths of Schedules, is worth checking out & gives some good insight on the upcoming playoffs. It got me thinking of something more straight forward though, like, when it comes down to it, how do these clubs do when they’re facing other clubs that are over .500.

2013 Playoff Teams Vs. Teams Over .500
Team W L %
Braves 39 24 .619
Red Sox 53 43 .552
Tigers 48 40 .545
A’s 40 34 .541
Pirates 40 34 .541
Dodgers 34 31 .523
Cardinals 39 36 .520
Rays 47 49 .490
Rangers 38 40 .487
Reds 35 42 .455
Indians 36 52 .409