Posted by burnsy483 on 10/4/2012 4:23:00 PM (view original):
Posted by dahsdebater on 10/4/2012 4:21:00 PM (view original):I actually agree with him that Trout should win the MVP. But he's so dismissive of any other thought.
bad_luck, you may have an argument, but since you insist on being a dismissive ******* nobody's ever going to agree with you. Period. It also doesn't help that you're an idiot.
I asked him what the point of him making this thread was. He still hasn't answered.
It was an attempt to show how superior he is to anyone who thinks Cabrera should be the MVP. The obvious flaw with this plan is that he's wrong. The reality is that they're much closer than he wants to accept, literally everyone else on here realizes it, the voters certainly realize it, and more likely than not Cabrera will get the majority of the first place votes. He may not win because some of the people who overrepresent the value of WAR (and I talk about WAR alllllll the time, but I still recognize that it has significant flaws) will put Cano 2nd, and virtually nobody will put Trout lower than 2nd.
I don't think OPS+ works perfectly either. I do believe that Cabrera would lose a chunk of OPS if he played in Anaheim. OTOH, I don't think Trout would gain all that much playing in Detroit. I think Cabrera's numbers would still be as good if not better than Trout's if they switched stadiums, and Cabrera's OPS+ would be significantly better. Some may disagree with that, but I'm suspicious that a lot of people really won't all that strongly, and if you don't then you have to recognize that Cabrera realistically had the better season with the bat, and not by quite as narrow a margin and some people are suggesting.
The final consideration to be made is that Cabrera is a MUCH better situational hitter than Trout. No comparison. That doesn't necessarily show up in OPS, WAR, or any other common sabermetric stats. But it sure as hell shows up in his RBI totals. Obviously Trout's not going to drive in as many runs hitting leadoff, but Cabrera hit .356 with RISP, while his SLG dropped off a bit. Trout's average drops when runners get on base. You can't quantify that in a statistic. Plenty of people - myself included in many cases - would argue that the sample size is small, and that a big part of this kind of apparent statistical anomaly is luck. I do happen to think that Cabrera legitimately focuses on putting the ball in play and reduces his K and HR rates in favor of obtaining hits and driving in runs when that's sufficient to manufacture runs for his team. That trend has been sustained throughout his career. But even if you DO think it's luck, it's still true for this year. We don't award the MVP based on how we think the guy would perform next year statistically if he maintains the same talent level. We award it based on what they did THIS year. And this year Cabrera's approach worked better with runners on base, particularly in scoring position. That increases his value, even if it doesn't show up in his WAR or his OPS.