This post is inspired by a Keith Law tweet from last week:
Watching take infield practice is like baseball porn
I'd like to propose a corollary of baseball porn -- sabermetric porn. This is player performance that makes a true SABR say "Wow, that's some hot sh**!." I can't easily define it, but I know it when I see it.'s 14-strikeout shutout against the in the NLDS? Saber porn. 's 8-walk no hitter against the in June? Not saber porn. This concept won't diminish the "nerds in their mother's basement" perception of statheads, but just go with it.
I came up with several nominees for sabermetric porn of the year. Only regular season stats are considered. Cast your vote in the poll below.
- Daric Barton's MLB best (for qualifying hitters) 16.0% walk rate and 15.5% O-Swing %. The plate discipline champion.
- Jose Bautista's .357 Isolated Power (Iso). Next best was at .294. Bautista might be my selection for AL MVP.
- Michael Bourn's +13.0 EqBBR. That means he was worth 13 more runs on the basepaths than an average baserunner. Second place was
- Brett Gardner's +39.7 UZR/150. His raw UZR was +22.3. Second place was
at +21.2 UZR/150.
- Tim Hudson's 64.1% groundball rate. Next best was at 60.3%.
- Cliff Lee's 10.28 K/BB ratio. That's 18 walks in 218.2 innings. It took 26 innings for to reach walk #18 this season.
- Carlos Marmol's 15.99 K/9. That's nearly two strikeouts per inning pitched.
- , for having a "down" season and still posting the 3rd best fWAR in all of baseball.
- , for having the highest fWAR of any position player with positive numbers in all four fWAR components.