Understanding the “Player of the Game” Award
In 2007 I created an equation to evaluate players against each other in order to determine who was the best player in each game, season and more. This equation includes box score statistics, but is also based around other aspects such as defense, baserunning and situational hitting, which I keep stats for on my own. More stats go into the equation than those I’ve mentioned, but that’s my little secret. The scoring is done by multiplying the stat earned with the value I have given to it. For example, a wild pitch is worth -.15 points. This means for each wild pitch thrown .15 points are subtracted from the pitchers total score. After that I add up all the scores to see who was the best for the game. I will post the player of the game and their score after every game.
The highest single player score in one game in the 2010 season was 9/17 against the Royals, when Shin-Soo Choo scored a 14.93 by hitting 3 homeruns and knocking in 7. The lowest score in 2010 was a -10.86 by Fausto Carmona 7/28 against the Yankees. He earned that by pitching in 2.2 innings and allowing 7 earned runs on 10 hits.
The best average score per game for a position player was also held by Choo in 2010, with 1.65 points earned per game. The lowest, Anderson Hernandez with .32 points per game in 22 games. Of the players with more than 81 games played, Luis Valbuena was the worst, with .33 points per game. In 2010, 14 Indians hitters averaged less than 1 point per game while 10 averaged more than 1.
Pitching scores tend to be more widely variable as hitters almost never see a score below -1.00, while pitchers can easily get below -5.00 (As Carmona showed in his start against New York). The top season average for a pitcher was Carmona, averaging 1.83 points per game. The worst average score by a pitcher was David Huff, with a -1.82. Relief pitchers tend to be more stable in their scores, because they only pitch an inning or two at a time. The top reliever average in 2010 was Chris Perez with 0.96 points per game. The worst was Hector Ambriz with a -0.40 per game.
Since I started keeping track in 2007 through the 2012 season, Shin-Soo Choo has won the most Player of the Game awards with 58, followed closely by Grady Sizemore with 57. Travis Hafner, Jhonny Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera and Roberto Hernandez all have more than 40. This chart covers the entire Indians career of all current players except Sizemore, Hafner, Choo, Hernandez and Rafael Perez. Relief pitchers tend to get the low end of this as the only time they win the Player of the Game is when the Indians lose and don't score much. Because of this, closers and set-up men are almost forgotten. The do get credit for what they pitch however, and it is recorded in the year end Player of the Game Rankings.
The chart below is a record of the current roster’s ‘Player of the Game’ awards going back to 2007. A zero means the player was on the team, but didn’t win during that season. A hyphen means the player was not on the team that season. PS stands for Post Season. Chart accurate up to 2012. Now with easier to read colors!