Top MLB Players 9/17/2017

We last did this a month ago and a lot has changed.  This will be the last top MLB players  report for this season as we’ll focus on what really matters, playoff horse races starting tomorrow.  Here are your top ten players in MLB.  As always, pitchers get ranked with hitters,  AL and NL are combined to create a larger pool of data to draw averages from.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
+001+ 8.25 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
+002+ 8.19 Clayton_Kershaw_LAN PITCH
+003+ 8.11 Paul_Goldschmidt_ARI 1B
+004+ 7.90 Giancarlo_Stanton_MIA RF
+005+ 7.60 Max_Scherzer_WAS PITCH
+006+ 7.22 Gio_Gonzalez_WAS PITCH
+007+ 7.10 Nolan_Arenado_COL 3B
+008+ 7.08 Aaron_Judge_NYA RF
+009+ 6.99 Bryce_Harper_WAS RF
+010+ 6.89 Charlie_Blackmon_COL CF

Kershaw again fighting for the top spot but Kluber has taken the lead.  Harper has been hurt so his WAA has been frozen or he’d be on the top of this pile as well.  Kluber has had an interesting season because he struggled in April and May.  He averaged out at the start of June and here is his trajectory.

Date WAA Name_TeamID Pos
2017-06-04 0.00 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-06-11 0.15 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-06-19 0.48 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-06-27 2.04 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-07-07 3.32 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-07-20 3.74 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-07-30 4.09 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-08-07 4.85 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-08-14 5.65 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-08-22 5.90 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-08-26 6.28 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-09-03 7.16 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH
2017-09-12 7.41 Corey_Kluber_CLE PITCH

The Indians are +35 now which is an incredible streak.  Cleveland was +4 as a team on 6/4/2017 at the start of this table and gained +31 wins.  Kluber accounts for 8.25 (current value not in above table) of those wins.   Jake Arrieta  had an similar run starting in June of the 2015 season which won him a Cy Young trophy.

Playoff horse race starts tomorrow and we may use today’s dataset to compile the tables.  Normally we would show WAR top ten and do compares but that’s not important  now.  We  will compile the current dataset of historical playoff data and look at some interesting reports that may portend what will happen during these playoffs.  Until then.,…