Top Ten Players in MLB 5/15/2017

Here are the top ten players in MLB according to this data model as of end of day yesterday.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
+001+ 4.22 Bryce_Harper_WAS RF
+002+ 3.84 Ervin_Santana_MIN PITCH
+003+ 3.44 Ryan_Zimmerman_WAS 1B
+004+ 3.23 Jason_Vargas_KCA PITCH
+005+ 3.15 Dallas_Keuchel_HOU PITCH
+006+ 2.86 Aaron_Judge_NYA RF
+007+ 2.83 Eric_Thames_MIL 1B
+008+ 2.79 Chris_Sale_BOS PITCH
+009+ 2.79 Carlos_Carrasco_CLE PITCH
+010+ 2.60 Mark_Reynolds_COL 1B

No Cubs and one ex-White Sox.  Washington still has two hitters in top ten.  Washington has a WAA=28-13=+15 so the above two players contribute about half that.  Here is the top ten MLB on this day last year (2016).

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
1 3.70 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2 3.21 Clayton_Kershaw_LAN PITCH
3 3.19 Chris_Sale_CHA PITCH
4 3.09 Jose_Quintana_CHA PITCH
5 2.98 Jordan_Zimmermann_DET PITCH
6 2.88 Anthony_Rizzo_CHN 1B
7 2.75 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH
8 2.75 Nolan_Arenado_COL 3B
9 2.44 Danny_Salazar_CLE PITCH
10 2.42 Yoenis_Cespedes_NYN OF

The Cubs had three guys in the top ten last year with a record 0f 27-9 (WAA=+18) and on their way to clinching the NL Central at this time in mid-May.  Arrieta, Rizzo , and Lester contributed about 1/2 of that +18 and these guys also helped:

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
11 2.39 Ben_Zobrist_CHN 2B
14 2.23 Jason_Hammel_CHN PITCH
36 1.70 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B
64 1.34 Addison_Russell_CHN 2B
71 1.26 Dexter_Fowler_CHN OF
89 1.11 Matt_Szczur_CHN OF
128 0.90 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH

Table above are top ten Cubs this day last season.  We’ll do state of the current Cubs team in a couple of days.  Until then ….