The game is on the line. Your team is within striking distance, down by just a run or two. Who do you want at the plate in these key situations?
Well, I studied hours and hours of game films to answer this question for you...OK, no I didn't, I just crunched a bunch of numbers and evaluated how some of the game's best performed in pressure situations.
Alright, you got me, I didn't do that, either.
What I did do was visit some of the best baseball sites on the Internet to look at some stats and brush up on sabermetrics. It would have been too easy to just rank the best hitters based on their batting averages, homers or RBI, after all.
Instead, the best evaluators I found were to look at the players' "clutch" statistics, and then even more importantly, their "Win Probability Added" (WPA) statistics.
The WPA statistic calculates the win-expectancy with a specific player at bat on a play-by-play basis.
So in other words, it helps us take a look at which players were able to "step up" and get the job done more often than not.
With that said, here is my list of the top 30 players (based solely on this year's contributions) that I would least like to face with the game on the line.
Although I based this solely on the sabermetric statistic for "Win Probability Added," feel free to add in your list, or players you feel deserve to be here below in the comments.