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Top Phillies Moments of 2008
Posted By Bill Baer On August 20, 2008 @ 8:59 pm In MLB,Philadelphia Phillies,Sabermetrics | No Comments
I got around to reminiscing about the Phillies’ offense — it’s been so long — and I started wondering what the top ten Phillies moments of 2008 were. Luckily, FanGraphs exists and has a statistic known as Leverage Index. You can read about it here, but the gist of it is:
A measure of how important a particular situation is in a baseball game depending on the inning, score, outs, and number of players on base, created by Tom Tango.
I went through each game log and logged each event with an LI of 5.00 or higher (there’s no significance to 5.00, it’s just a clean cutoff point). If you’d like to look at the box scores, you can click here; if you’d like to peruse the LI and other stats, click here; if you’d like to toy around with my Excel spreadsheet, click here (since I’m linking, I also have a spreadsheet of the Phillies’ BABIP by game, I’ll try to update them weekly).
Without any further ado, the top ten (actually thirteen) Phillies moments of 2008, according to LI.
Only four of the thirteen events involve a positive event for a hitter (two doubles, a walk, and a HBP). Five are negative events for the Phillies (four by hitters). Brad Lidge is involved in four of them (three positive), including the top two, which have, by far, the highest LI, and this is a big reason why Lidge is the MLB leader in WPA for relievers.
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