The WAR Between Brian Dozier and Miguel Cabrera
OK, Brian Dozier and Miguel Cabrera are not at each other’s throats and in actuality are two of the more affable guys in the game of baseball. When you think of Miguel Cabrera, you think Triple Crown winner and the best hitter on the planet. When you think of Brian Dozier, you envision a solid hitter with some power, one of the top defensive second basemen in baseball, and a man with an All-Star head of hair. They don’t feel like equals, but really they are this season (in some regards).
A decade old statistic called WAR (Wins Above Replacement) takes everything a ballplayer contributes to a team and puts it into one number. Hitting, baserunning, and fielding are looked at, analyzed (yes, math is involved) and a number is created -- this is the player’s WAR or how many wins does a player add or lose to a team. A useful concept to keep in mind is for every ten runs a players produces or saves equals a 1.0 WAR. The replacement part of WAR should be looked at as if the player was injured and a minor leaguer or bench player was put into the lineup, how much value/WAR would the team lose.Back to Brian Dozier and Miguel Cabrera. Brian Dozier has a WAR of 2.5 this season. This leads the Twins by a healthy margin. As reference, Danny Santana’s hot start has contributed 1.5 WAR and is second on the Twins. Keith Allison