The NL MVP Picture

The season is wrapping up and that means its time for discussion over who deserves each league’s postseason awards. The most talked about award for Cardinals’ fans is the National League MVP because the belief is that we have two guys who should be top candidates for the title, Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina. Now, not to disparage those two who are very good baseball players, but neither is the MVP this year in my opinion.

The award is called the Most Valuable Player. It’s not the Best Hitter Award. So what creates value in a player? There are many ways you can discuss it. Does salary factor in? How about intangibles? What are valuable statistics?

I decided to follow my favorite advice. “Keep it simple, stupid.” Value is created by winning and the only statistic that matters when it comes to winning is runs. So one of my favorite statistics to look at is what I’m now calling Total Impacted Runs (TIR). I previously called it Runs Created, but there is a sabermetric stat with the same name, so I changed it to avoid confusion. The computation is simple, Runs plus Runs Batted In minus Home Runs. So basically Total Impacted Runs determines the total number of runs you played a role in by either crossing the plate yourself or pushing a teammate across. [click to continue…]

Blazek traded

The Cardinals send RHP Michael Blazek to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the John Axford trade.

Axford acquired

The Cardinals acquire RHP John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later.

UCB Radio: August 28, 2013

Chris Mallonee and I host this week’s UCB Radio on short notice as we discuss tonight’s stomping of Wainwright among other topics.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/08/29/ucb-radio-hour

Rzepczynski traded

The Cardinals trade LHP Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league shortstop Juan Herrera.