I’ve been a proponent of wOBA being the most critical measurement of how productive a hitter is–even more than the likes of OPS or WAR.
Instead of just relying on one stat to evaluate a player, I came up with a new form of the Triple Crown that utilizes three aspects of wOBA (though not directly involved in the stats calculation)–dubbed The Golden Trifecta.
Involving OBP, ISO, and wRC, it takes into account how often a player gets on base (much more telling than batting average), a player’s raw power (ISO), and quantifying how many runs a player is worth to his team but referencing the weighted runs created statistic.
Batting average tells us how often a player successfully reaches base by hitting the ball, however most of us are aware that a walk is just as good as a hit–perhaps even more valuable as it tends to result in an elevated pitch count–so OBP is used in lieu of batting average.
Home runs are the most valuable hits in baseball, but only a few really great hitters end up with them consistently. A hitter who can gain extra bases–either by raw power or speed–should be valued on the same scale. Additionally, since OBP already covers singles–or tendency to reach first–then using ISO over SLG makes more sense. ISO uses linear weights for doubles, triples and home runs divided by at-bats.
Lastly, the RBI just isn’t as important as we think it is. It’s a stat of opportunity that can tell us a bit about a hitter, but leaves out much of the story. We shouldn’t penalize a hitter because they tend to come up without runners on base, so I choose to use the weighted runs stat (which is based around wOBA).
Confused? Probably not, but you can have any questions cleared up by visiting sites like Baseball Reference or Fangraphs for more info.
Leading with wOBA, here are the Golden Trifecta leaders as of 26 July.
|Miguel Cabrera||.469||Miguel Cabrera||.454||Chris Davis||.380||Miguel Cabrera||103|
|Chris Davis||.442||Joey Votto||.434||Miguel Cabrera||.307||Chris Davis||90|
|David Ortiz||.417||Shin-Soo Choo||.424||Carlos Gonzalez||.300||Mike Trout||84|
|Michael Cuddyer||.410||Joe Mauer||.407||Raul Ibanez||.296||Joey Votto||84|
|Carlos Gonzalez||.408||David Ortiz||.404||David Ortiz||.274||Shin-Soo Choo||83|
|Mike Trout||.407||Matt Carpenter||.401||Pedro Alvarez||.262||Paul Goldschmidt||80|
|Paul Goldschmidt||.405||Paul Goldschmidt||.400||Edwin Encarnacion||.261||Carlos Gonzalez||78|
|Joey Votto||.403||Mike Trout||.398||Domonic Brown||.260||Matt Carpenter||75|
|Shin-Soo Choo||.395||Michael Cuddyer||.397||Carlos Gomez||.248||David Wright||73|
|Buster Posey||.392||David Wright||.392||Adam Dunn||.245||Robinson Cano||72|