The statistic used to impartially and unemotionally discover the player of each game is useful for more than that. As an all encompassing cumulative statistic, it makes it possible to compare pitchers and hitters to see who is more useful to the team. The Player of the Game score is used extensively by Burning River Baseball when deciding the player power rankings, team awards and just general comparisons. Below is the final numbers accrued by each players that participated in at least ten games this year. The scores have been split into three categories to show how each player contributed through offense, defense and pitching.
A few notes:
- It should surprise nobody that Kipnis came out on top in both total score and average among hitters, but Raburn coming in second in per game average may surprise. The Indians would almost certainly have been better off during the regular season if he had gotten a little more playing time.
- A negative defensive score doesn't mean a player didn't play well on defense. The majority of points given for defense are for errors and unearned runs, with only small amounts handed out for positive defense plays. Reynolds and Bourn are good examples of this. Swisher had the worst defensive game of the year in June 7th when he committed two errors that allowed three unearned runs, earning almost half his negative score in that game alone.
- Only one semi-regular player earned a negative score for the season (and just one short termer, Kelly Shoppach) on the year. Carrasco actually looked much worse at a point during the year, but gained a positive 10 points after being made a reliever on August 9th. In general, in any game a positive score means the player helped his team, while a negative score means they hurt their team. Usually a player that hurts his team regularly doesn't stick around very long, so there are generally no full season players with negative scores.