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Detailed Analysis of The Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Playoffs and the Worst of the Best

Six long months of regular season baseball has whittled down the field to ten teams that will compete in the MLB post season beginning Tuesday, September 30th as the Oakland A’s travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals in the American League Wild Card game. There are a lot of great players that have had great seasons that have led these ten teams into the playoffs. I’m sure in the next few days you will hear plenty of talk about the potential impact of star players like Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, and Clayton Kershaw. What you won’t hear much of is the players that have dragged these teams down. Often getting to the playoffs isn’t as much about a team’s strengths as it overcoming their weaknesses. That is why I have decided to take a look at the worst of the best – the most underperforming players from each playoff team.

There are no shortage of underperforming players among the teams still vying for the World Series. Among the teams that qualified for the post season are 138 players that produced a negative fWAR for their team this season. A few of these players even hurt two playoff teams. Here is the list two team negative producers:

Ernesto Frieri: Angels -0.5 fWAR and Pirates -0.3 fWAR
Jayson Nix: Pirates -0.6 fWAR and Royals -0.2 fWAR
Jim Johnson: A’s -0.6 fWAR and Tigers -0.1 fWAR

Oscar Taveras (Cardinals), Justin Maxwell (Royals), and Alberto Callaspo (A’s) tie at -1.1 fWAR for the worst individual performance among the playoff teams this season. The Nationals had the fewest number of negative fWAR players with just 7. The Dodgers had the most with 19. Here is the list of each playoff team’s lowest producing player:

Team Negative fWAR players Lowest fWAR Player
Nationals 7 Scott Hairston and Nate McLouth -0.6
Orioles 8 Evan Meek -0.4
A’s 11 Alberto Callaspo -1.1
Royals 13 Justin Maxwell -1.1
Tigers 14 Ian Krol -0.5
Giants 16 Juan Perez and Javier Lopez -0.5
Pirates 16 Wandy Rodriguez and Bryan Morris -0.8
Angels 17 Brennan Boesch -0.6
Cardinals 17 Oscar Taveras -1.1
Dodgers 19 Chris Perez and Paul Maholm -0.8


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