As you can see, Nick isn’t the only one at UmpBump who can create a WAR pie. Behold, my Royals WAR pie! Why the Royals? I wanted to see a WAR pie for a team that is basically a group of replacement level players (and Zack Greinke). Check out how Greinke is carrying this team. He represents 29 percent of the team’s WAR. That’s crazy!
Brian Bannister and David DeJesus come in a very distant second, with 2.4 and 2.5 WAR, respectively. Good for them.
Maybe the most interesting thing about the Royals pie is Joakim Soria’s relatively small slice. He’s been worth only 1.2 WAR, which is pretty low when you consider he’s been his typical dominant self in 2009. He’s been worth so little because he hasn’t pitched much.
Soria spent a couple weeks on the DL in May, but for the most part you can blame Royals manager Trey Hillman for Soria’s lack of innings. Until very recently, Hillman insisted on using Soria in only save situations. And these being the Royals, there aren’t many save situations.
As a result, this season there are 135 pitchers who have made more appearances than Soria, and 138 relievers who have thrown more innings. Considering how desperate the Royals are for talent, that’s unforgivable.
We’ll conclude with a look at the Royals’ position player WAR vs. the team’s pitching WAR. As you can see, Kansas City is pretty much the anti-Phillies — all pitching and little offense.