Cespedes has now improved his Steamer projection to a wRC+ of 122, up three runs on what was forecast before the season. However, more importantly, shortstop Jose Iglesias has raised his wRC+ projection to 96, from 81. Almost all of the projections for Tigers' hitters are up, but Iglesias' improvement is the most dramatic. Of course, the season is long, and much can go wrong between now and October. Iglesias fine start is based on an outrageously unsustainable BABIP of .459. (It is worth noting, however, that JD Martinez' BABIP is an equally implausible .212.) However, one can't take away those ten wins from the Tigers. The Tigers went 10-2 where pre-season projections implied a 7-5 or 6-6 record. Tigers' fans should be happy, and send positive feelings toward a team that is doing them proud.
Numbers indicate what percent of a win a player added over the series with his bat, based on Run Expectancy and Leverage of plate appearances.
Player Win Value Added Yoenis Cespedes .987 Jose Iglesias .407 Anthony Gose .183 Nick Castellanos .163 James McCann .021 Andrew Romine .000 Hernan Perez -.005 Miguel Cabrera -.039 Rajai Davis -.090 Victor Martinez -.095 Alex Avila -.127 J.D. Martinez -.323 Ian Kinsler -.523