Clutchiness
11 July 2006
  National League All-WPA Team
And your top performers on the senior circuit, as judged by WPA and separated by position.

C: Josh Bard (Padres) - 1.2 wins added
1B: Albert Pujols (Cardinals) - 5.523
2B: Chase Utley (Phillies) - 2.318
3B: David Wright (Mets) - 2.619
SS: Jose Reyes (Mets) - 1.357
LF: Barry Bonds (Giants) - 2.856
CF: Ken Griffey Jr. (Reds) - 2.01
RF: Bobby Abreu (Phillies) - 2.575
DH*: Nomar Garciaparra (Dodgers) - 2.36

SP: Brandon Webb (Diamondbacks) - 3.29
RP: Trevor Hoffman (Padres) - 3.01

*Presuming the WPA All-Star Game were to be played in an AL park, Nomar would get the nod as the player with the highest WPA who doesn't lead his position.
 
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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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