So after the fun I had making a WAR pie for the Dodgers, I decided to do another pie showing the wins above replacement provided by the various players on the Philadelphia Phillies:


We can immediately see how dependent the Phillies are on their offense, and how much of that offensive comes from just a handful of players. Just five players – Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, and Shane Victorino, have provided fully 53 percent of the value the Phillies have gotten out of their roster this season.

It is also clear how amazing Cliff Lee has been since he came over to the Phils. In just 33 innings of work, he has provided the same value that J.A. Happ has provided in 107 innings, and is approaching the value that Cole Hamels has provided in 134.1 innings.

We can also see what a complete waste of space the Phillies bullpen has been this entire season, outside of Ryan Madson and Chan Ho Park (who has actually been quite good since he went to the pen). Of all the other relievers who have pitched for the Phillies this year, not a single one has added even 0.1 of a win to the team’s efforts. In fact, if you add up the rest of the bullpen after Park and Madson, they’ve contributed a total of negative 2 wins *below* replacement level.

But getting back to how unbalanced this team is, looking at the numbers, no team in baseball has a bigger split, percentage-wise, between the contributions of its position players and the lack of contribution from its pitchers.  Observe the following mini-pie:


Indeed, nearly a full 7 out of 10 wins above replacement provided by Phillies players have come from the position players. And this pie would look even more lopsided toward the blueberry side if not for the recent arrival of the amazing Cliff Lee, who is doing his utmost to expand that slice of cherry.

5 Responses to “More Fun with Pie: Phillies WAR Pie”

  1. Any chance you could do a Cubs pie? I’d like to see if they have any players playing above replacement value. I’m guessing Kevin Gregg doesn’t make the list. Does Alfonso Soriano? I hate that guy.

  2. I’d like to see a Cardinals pie, so we could see how Pujols’ contribution to team WAR compares to Utley’s contribution to the Phils. I’d also be curious to see how big Hanley Ramirez’s pie piece is.

  3. I think the most interesting thing about the Phillies WAR pie is that Jamie Moyer’s sliver is tiny — he’s responsible for less then half a win over replacement — and yet he’s leading the team in wins for a second consecutive season. Go figure.

  4. Nick Kapur says:

    Coley, I guess that just goes to show how the win is a useless stat, especially when a team has an offense like the Phillies’. Those wins were pretty much all on the offense, which is why the WAR pie is so great, because that’s what it shows.

  5. Nick Kapur says:

    Pujols’s WAR is similar to Chase’s, at 6.1 to 5.8. Pujols would have a larger piece of the pie, since the Cardinals have less total team WAR than the Phillies, but his piece would not be as obviously dominating as Utley’s because pitchers Pineiro, Carpenter and Wainwright all have bigger WAR than Werth and Howard.

    Maybe I’ll do a Cardinals WAR pie next…

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