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FanGraphs' Top Five Rangers

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Sorry this is a couple of days later than it was last week, but here are the top five most valuable Rangers so far in 2010 by's Wins Above Replacement measure.

  1. Josh Hamilton: 553 PA, .361/.413/.637, 4/5.8 DRS/UZR, .449 wOBA, 7.6 WAR
  2. Colby Lewis: 167 IP, 8.78 K/9, 2.86 BB/9, 3.56 ERA, 3.46 tERA, 3.52 FIP, 3.92 xFIP, 3.7 WAR
  3. C.J. Wilson: 171.2 IP, 7.34 K/9, 4.04 BB/9, 2.88 ERA, 3.66 tERA, 3.58 FIP, 4.25 xFIP, 3.7 WAR
  4. Nelson Cruz: 327 PA, .314/.373/.576, 11/8.2 DRS/UZR, .404 wOBA, 3.7 WAR
  5. Michael Young: 587 PA, .289/.339/.470, -12/-5.7 DRS/UZR, .349 wOBA, 2.7 WAR

What a pitching staff. Both Lewis and Wilson have produced, at least by this measure, just as much as you should expect from a No. 1 starter, and they are both second and third on this team, respectively. Cliff Lee's 2.1 WAR has sputtered a bit over his recent starts, but is still a solid middle-of-the-rotation-type effort over 30 starts, let alone 11. Provided he's just in a funk right now instead of there being a serious problem, the Rangers probably have the best top three of any rotation in baseball this season.

Josh Hamilton's lead over all of baseball is now up to 1.1 wins over Roy Halladay (who, again, doesn't have to face DHs). The next best position players are Joey Votto and Robinson Cano at 6.3. Nelson Cruz ranks 15th in the AL despite only playing 79 games.

Michael Young's slump has been enough to stop him from having a career year, but not enough to stop him from having another good season.

Glossary: WAR, DRS, UZR, wOBA, FIP, tERA

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.