Clutchiness
11 July 2006
  American League All-WPA Team
Here they are, the top performing players by WPA at each position (including a rare appearance by pitchers) thus far.

C: Joe Mauer (Twins) - 2.043 wins added
1B: Jason Giambi (Yankees) - 2.409
2B: Mark Loretta (Red Sox) - 1.243
3B: Melvin Mora (Orioles) - 2.209
SS: Derek Jeter (Yankees) - 3.177
LF: Manny Ramirez (Red Sox) - 2.506
CF: Curtis Granderson (Tigers) - 2.21
RF: Jermaine Dye (White Sox) - 3.258
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox) - 3.4

SP: Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers) - 2.83
RP: Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox) - 3.68
 
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Clutch hitting may or may not exist. Clutchiness most certainly does. By comparing a player's value in terms of win probability to his projected value based on OBP and SLG, we see how much he has over- or under-performed expectations due to performance in higher leverage situations. If clutch exists, it might just look like this.

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