In the Eye On Baseball MLB Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Which current individual paces are most worth your attention moving forward?
First, let's note this week's MLB Top 10s can be safely classified as "happy, stupid time." That's because, as just noted, we're talking about paces -- as in "on pace to" and all that stuff. To be sure, taking early season totals and projecting them over the full complement of games can lead to a hootenanny of nonsense.
For instance, below I'm going to note Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is on pace for 181 RBI in 2013. He's on pace for 181 RBI because so far he's having a better season, on rate basis, than he did in his MVP/Triple Crown campaign of 2012. With that said, Cabrera, great as he is, is almost certainly not going to tally 181 RBI this year. But since he's on pace for that number, he and that number will -- spoiler alert! -- make the list to come.
The takeaway? Don't take what follows all that seriously. We're paying heed to some excellent (and, in some cases, very bad) starts and wish-casting about what kind of history the player in question would make if he keeps it up. I do all of this while being fully aware most of these paces are extreme long shots. If you complain about this after being sufficiently warned otherwise, then know you risk harming the unimpeachable reputation of anonymous Internet commenters.
Anyhow, players and their 2013 paces -- that's what we're about today. These paces have little chance of being realized, but for the next five minutes, let us not give a crap about that.
So let us now recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. As always, feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.
|All stats and rankings by position listed are as of 05/22/2013 13:31:36|