Player of the Game Results 2013

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.

Player GP Off. Def. Pit. AVG Total
Jason Kipnis 149 232.0 -5.7 0.0 1.52 226.3
Carlos Santana 154 206.5 -4.1 0.0 1.31 202.2
Michael Brantley 151 185.6 2.5 0.0 1.25 188.2
Nick Swisher 145 181.5 -10.4 0.0 1.18 171.1
Asdrubal Cabrera 136 166.4 -6.3 0.0 1.18 160.0
Michael Bourn 130 155.7 -3.6 0.0 1.17 152.1
Drew Stubbs 145 132.9 -2.6 0.0 0.90 130.3
Ryan Raburn 87 126.8 -0.9 1.3 1.46 127.1
Mike Aviles 122 119.3 -5.7 0.0 0.93 113.8
Yan Gomes 88 109.4 -1.9 0.0 1.22 107.4
Mark Reynolds 99 108.3 -6.5 0.0 1.03 101.9
Justin Masterson 33 0.2 2.7 98.5 3.17 101.4
Ubaldo Jimenez 32 -0.1 -1.7 89.5 2.74 87.7
Lonnie Chisenhall 94 86.0 -10.2 0.0 0.81 75.8
Jason Giambi 71 63.5 0.0 0.0 0.89 63.5
Corey Kluber 26 0.7 1.4 55.4 2.21 57.5
Bryan Shaw 70 0.0 -0.9 53.7 0.75 52.8
Joe Smith 70 0.8 0.0 51.6 0.75 52.5
Scott Kazmir 30 -0.1 -0.2 51.1 1.75 50.7
Cody Allen 77 0.0 -2.4 45.4 0.56 43.1
Zach McAllister 24 -0.4 1.4 34.5 1.48 35.6
Danny Salazar 10 -0.3 0.3 26.9 2.69 26.9
Chris Perez 54 0.0 0.1 23.6 0.44 23.7
Matt Albers 56 0.0 0.8 22.7 0.42 23.4
Marc Rzepczynski 27 0.0 0.1 20.2 0.75 20.3
Matt Carson 21 11.8 0.0 0.0 0.59 11.8
Nick Hagadone 35 0.0 0.4 9.3 0.28 9.7
Vinnie Pestano 37 0.0 0.8 8.6 0.25 9.4
Rich Hill 63 0.0 -2.0 9.5 0.12 7.5
Jose Ramirez 14 5.5 -1.4 0.0 0.29 4.0
Carlos Carrasco 15 0.0 -0.8 -15.5 -1.09 -16.3

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.

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona.

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