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Linear Weights Saturdays 9/16

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Player Value Added VA/PA Change
J.D. Drew 20.856 .039 2.294
Nomar Garciaparra 18.046 .038 -1.391
Rafael Furcal 16.173 .024 2.912
Andre Ethier 12.687 .031 -1.731
Jeff Kent 9.651 .023 .566
Olmedo Saenz 7.923 .041 .181
Cody Ross 4.364 .312 .000
Kenny Lofton 3.084 .007 -.858
Marlon Anderson 1.661 .062 .691
Bill Mueller 1.534 .012 .000
Russell Martin 1.078 .003 .190
Matt Kemp .957 .006 -1.109
Jose Cruz .864 .003 .000
Dioner Navarro .569 .007 .000
Willy Aybar .397 .003 .000
Toby Hall .265 .005 .215
Wilson Betemit -.284 -.002 -2.418
Delwyn Young -.537 -.268 N/A
James Loney -.650 -.007 -.109
Jason Repko -1.099 -.008 -.691
Oscar Robles -1.445 -.044 -.250
Sandy Alomar -1.691 -.027 .000
Joel Guzman -2.444 -.106 .000
Ricky Ledee -2.820 -.051 .000
Cesar Izturis -4.168 -.032 .000
Ramon Martinez -4.970 -.027 -.287
Julio Lugo -6.896 -.054 .986

After holding onto the top spot pretty much since the beginning of the season, J.D. Drew has replaced Nomar as the team leader in linear weights.

Looking at this, it makes me wonder if the Dodgers have the worst team leader in this category. After all, Nomar had better numbers than this in July. If the team leader regresses two and a half months later, it can't bode well for the team.

After some non-thorough searching, I found that this isn't true. Kansas City's leader is Mark Teahen, who is at 17.719. The team that I'm guessing is the worst in this category, however, is the Padres. Since they lack any standout hitters, and their better hitters hit into a large amount of double plays, their leader is Dave Roberts at 12.199. There could be other teams that are worse off than the Dodgers, but I stopped checking after these two.

As for the rest of team, it was a rather unnotable week for anyone but Drew and Furcal. The Dodgers really can't afford an offensive shutdown at this time of year.