Daily Notes: Every Team Minus Its Best Player

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Every Team Minus Its Best Player
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Every Team Minus Its Best Player
Introduction
It is not uncommon, as the season comes to an end, for members of this, our sporting media, to debate the semantic niceties of the word valuable, in particular as it relates to each league’s Most Valuable Player award. The author has no intention of entering this very heated fray. As a thought experiment, however, what he’s done is this — namely, to publish below two tables, one for each league, of every team in the majors minus its best player, with the idea that each best player has been replaced by freely available talent.

The results? Various and sundry, as results often are. One finds that, without Miguel Cabrera, Detroit would presently be tied with Cleveland (or perhaps behind by a game) in the AL Central. One finds also that, sans Mike Trout, the Angels would most likely enter next year’s draft with the third-overall pick. One finds also-also that, were a replacement-level player to have substituted for Andrelton Simmons, that Atlanta would still currently hold a 10-game lead in the NL East.

Table: Every American League Team Minus Its Best Player
Here’s a (sortable) table including: every AL team’s present record, its best player (by WAR), the respective WARs of those best players, and every team’s record (noted as MW and ML, for “minus” wins and losses) were said best player not to exist.

Team W L WIN% Player WAR MW ML MW%
Red Sox 84 57 .596 Jacoby Ellsbury 5.4 79 62 .557
Tigers 81 59 .579 Miguel Cabrera 7.5 74 67 .525
Rangers 80 59 .576 Adrian Beltre 5.2 75 64 .538
Athletics 80 59 .576 Josh Donaldson 5.7 74 65 .535
Rays 76 61 .555 Evan Longoria 5.9 70 67 .512
Yankees 75 64 .540 Robinson Cano 5.1 70 69 .503
Indians 74 65 .532 Jason Kipnis 4.3 70 69 .501
Orioles 73 65 .529 Chris Davis 6.4 67 71 .483
Royals 72 67 .518 James Shields 3.5 69 71 .493
Angels 64 73 .467 Mike Trout 9.3 55 82 .399
Blue Jays 64 76 .457 Edwin Encarnacion 4.4 60 80 .426
Mariners 63 76 .453 Felix Hernandez 5.8 57 82 .412
Twins 61 77 .442 Joe Mauer 5.1 56 82 .405
White Sox 56 82 .406 Chris Sale 4.7 51 87 .372
Astros 46 93 .331 Jason Castro 4.2 42 97 .301

Table: Every National League Team Minus Its Best Player
Here’s a (sortable) table including: every NL team’s present record, its best player (by WAR), the respective WARs of those best players, and every team’s record (noted as MW and ML, for “minus” wins and losses) were said best player not to exist.

Team W L W% Player WAR MW ML MW%
Braves 85 54 .612 Andrelton Simmons 4.1 81 58 .582
Dodgers 83 55 .601 Clayton Kershaw 5.9 77 61 .559
Pirates 81 57 .587 Andrew McCutchen 6.8 74 64 .538
Cardinals 79 59 .572 Matt Carpenter 5.5 74 65 .533
Reds 78 61 .561 Joey Votto 5.6 72 67 .521
Nationals 71 68 .511 Ian Desmond 5.3 66 73 .473
D-backs 70 68 .507 Paul Goldschmidt 5.3 65 73 .469
Rockies 65 75 .464 Troy Tulowitzki 5.2 60 80 .427
Mets 63 75 .457 Matt Harvey 6.1 57 81 .412
Phillies 63 77 .450 Cole Hamels 3.8 59 81 .423
Giants 62 77 .446 Buster Posey 4.6 57 82 .413
Padres 62 77 .446 Everth Cabrera 3.1 59 80 .424
Brewers 59 79 .428 Carlos Gomez 6.2 53 85 .383
Cubs 59 80 .424 Jeff Samardzija 2.7 56 83 .405
Marlins 52 86 .377 Jose Fernandez 3.9 48 90 .349

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Seattle at Kansas City | 12:10 ET
Joe Saunders (162.2 IP, 110 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Jeremy Guthrie (178.2 IP, 113 xFIP-, 0.9 WAR). “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t talk about the Mariners”: the author is reminded that this isn’t an actual lesson repeated by parents to their children:

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Seattle Radio or Television.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Joe Saunders SEA 2 0 1 0 2 KC J. Guthrie 12:10
Jake Peavy BOS 5 1 3 3 8 NYA Ivan Nova 14:10
Jose Quintana CHA 5 0 1 1 3 BAL M. Gonzalez 14:20
Lance Lynn STL 6 6 4 1 8 CIN Tony Cingrani 19:10
Brad Peacock HOU 0 0 5 10 9 OAK Sonny Gray 22:05
David Price TB 7 6 4 0 4 LAA J. Williams 22:05
Trevor Cahill AZ 5 0 1 0 1 SF R. Vogelsong 22:15

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.





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wow, cool table!