2019 Playoff Horse Race Part 9

We’re heading into the home stretch to the 2019 MLB season.  Here are Playoff Horse Race results from ELO, WAA and WAR value systems as of 8/31/2019, the end of month 5.

ELO

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Don’t know how ELO is tabulated but there is a common theme among these three value systems; Houston, Dodgers, Yankees, and now … Washington.  WAS will most likely have to get in post season through the Wild Card crap shoot.

WAA

TeamID W-L Total Hitters Starters Relief UR
HOU 41 54.1 23.1 24.7 6.2 9.6
LAN 40 45.9 20.6 19.0 6.3 -17.4
MIN 33 44.7 28.3 6.0 10.4 -14.4
WAS 18 41.9 20.1 18.6 3.3 18.6
ATL 31 34.0 13.4 11.3 9.3 -14.4
NYA 41 32.9 23.6 -1.8 11.1 13.6
CLE 22 24.6 1.3 13.5 9.7 0.6
BOS 11 24.2 23.0 -4.7 5.9 -0.4
CHN 11 22.6 4.4 10.6 7.6 5.6
OAK 20 21.7 7.2 8.6 5.9 22.6
SLN 17 18.2 -2.5 8.8 11.9 10.6
ARI 4 14.8 11.8 2.8 0.3 14.6
MIL 3 11.2 2.8 5.0 3.5 5.6
TBA 23 10.0 -4.1 8.7 5.4 0.6
PHI 6 8.3 5.0 -0.4 3.7 3.6

This model has Atlanta ranked much higher.  ELO has Cardinals ranked higher then Cubs although this was reversed in Part 8 of this series.  SLN has taken over NL Central and they appear to be streaking.   AL has a tight race for WC between CLE, OAK, and TBA.  Boston could get hot too.  BOS has the worst starting pitching of the top 15 MLB teams which may be a factor as to why their real WAA is so low.

WAR

TeamID W-L Total Hitters Starters Relief UR
HOU 41 57.4 33.1 19.7 4.6 9.6
WAS 18 45.1 22.4 19.7 3.0 18.6
MIN 33 42.5 29.2 8.3 5.0 -14.4
NYA 41 42.2 28.6 5.6 8.0 13.6
OAK 20 40.2 22.9 12.0 5.3 22.6
ATL 31 39.2 20.0 12.2 7.0 -14.4
BOS 11 38.7 25.3 4.8 8.6 -0.4
CHN 11 36.7 18.7 12.2 5.8 5.6
LAN 40 36.0 24.1 10.4 1.5 -17.4
CLE 22 33.2 17.4 10.4 5.4 0.6
SLN 17 31.9 19.5 6.8 5.6 10.6
ARI 4 30.6 21.4 7.1 2.1 14.6
TBA 23 30.0 17.8 7.8 4.4 0.6
MIL 3 29.3 17.6 7.1 4.6 5.6
PHI 6 25.9 14.8 6.5 4.6 3.6

WAR has Dodgers in lower mid tier of this set which differs from WAA and ELO which both have them #2.  We covered how WAR has under valued LAN pitching in the last part to this series.  Other than some minor differences WAA and WAR pretty much agree on the rest.  Some time in the future we’ll cover why WAR has a problem with pitcher valuation.

This post used 8/31/2019 rosters with 9/2/2019 data.  MLB allows for expanded rosters in September which can distort calculations for WAA and WAR tables.  ELO is a black box so don’t know how that gets affected.  There might be one more of these mid September with caveats and then the real ones come out before NLDS and ALDS featuring the final eight teams.

That is all for now.  Until then ….