May VORP Leaders and Laggards


As the season progresses, it becomes harder and harder to dissaggregate the previous month's data from the season-to-date data.  One of these situations occurs with Baseball Prospectus' VORP.

We are fortunate to have it available in downloadable form, but it is a cumulative stat that includes both April and May.  What I am interested in seeing are the May VORP leaders and laggards.

With some planning, I have the May VORP performances.  Not surprisingly, Minnesota Twins' catcher Joe Mauers tops everyone after his 11 HR/.404 AVG May.  What may surprise you is the appearance of Houston Astrso' shortstop Miguel Tejada at #10 and Oakland A's retread Adam Kennedy  at #13 amongst the hitters.

For the laggards, there aren't any surprises as fantasy players kind of already know who has stunk.  Ricky nolasco and Scott Kazmir?  No kidding!  Garret Atkins?  Maybe I should look more closely at the Rockies' roster.

Top 15 VORPs for May:

NAME End of May End of April Change % Change
Joe Mauer 32.4 No April 32.4 N/A
Justin Morneau 30.1 7.8 22.3 2.859
Justin Upton 22.4 0.5 21.9 43.8
Zack Greinke 43.8 22.6 21.2 0.9381
Justin Verlander 16.2 -4.1 20.3 4.9512
Jason Bartlett 31.2 11.8 19.4 1.6441
Hanley Ramirez 24.4 5.2 19.2 3.6923
Roy Halladay 29.6 10.5 19.1 1.819
Carl Crawford 21.7 2.7 19 7.037
Miguel Tejada 23 4.8 18.2 3.7917
Mark Teixeira 16.9 -0.9 17.8 19.7778
Jered Weaver 27.7 10.2 17.5 1.7157
Adam Kennedy 17.1 No April 17.1 N/A
Albert Pujols 33 15.9 17.1 1.0755
David Wright 20 3 17 5.6667

Bottom 15 VORPs for May:

NAME End of May End of April Change % Change
Ricky Nolasco -18.1 -4.6 -13.5 -2.9348
Felipe Paulino -6.6 5.4 -12 -2.2222
Jordan Schafer -6.3 5.3 -11.6 -2.1887
Scott Kazmir -10.6 0.6 -11.2 -18.6667
Garrett Atkins -11.2 -0.4 -10.8 -27
Jorge Cantu 2.8 13.5 -10.7 -0.7926
Jo-Jo Reyes -8.3 2 -10.3 -5.15
Daniel Cabrera -13.4 -3.2 -10.2 -3.1875
Brett Anderson -7.5 2.3 -9.8 -4.2609
Sidney Ponson -7.5 1.7 -9.2 -5.4118
Glen Perkins 3.2 12.3 -9.1 -0.7398
Adam Eaton -10.5 -1.4 -9.1 -6.5
Jeff Francoeur -7.9 0.8 -8.7 -10.875
Carlos Silva -8.3 0.1 -8.4 -84
Armando Galarraga 4.2 12.4 -8.2 -0.6613

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