Alphabet soup: WHIP, VORP and PAP

Alphabet soup: WHIP, VORP and PAP

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 15:28
Here are a few tidbits to hold you over until I get back with the lineup around dinner time: Keep an eye on Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija. His numbers in September aren't too hot. He's pitched 4 innings this month, giving up 5 hits and 4 walks. That translates to a WHIP (walks plus hits per 1 inning pitched) of 2.25, which is a little feverish. Samardzija's WHIP for the season is 1.24. He just got done doing some work in the bullpen, without a ball (base or foot, although he did throw a football to a teammate). No, he wasn't doing the towel drill. We're going to try to get some answers on and from right fielder Kosuke Fukudome. Here's how bad it is for him, using a trendy stat called VORP (value over replacement player). Fukudome ranks 256th in MLB in VORP, at only 5.3. Albert Pujols leads at 90.8. The three guys just ahead of Fukudome are Mark Ellis of Oakland, Emmanuel Burriss of San Francisco and Miguel Montero of Arizona. You can Google the formula for VORP, but it basically determines a player's value over a replacement-level player. Right now, that mythical player is giving Fukudome a run for his money, which is $48 million. Finally, CC Sabathia pitches for the Brewers tonight. He ranks second in baseball in Pitcher Abuse Points. First is the Giants' Tim Lincecum. We'll see if Dale Sveum handles Sabathia any differently from Ned Yost. The buyer should be wary next year.
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