Sometimes I feel like with this blog I’m talking to the town drunk. Or… Maybe I am the town drunk and I’m talking to a wall. Either way very few if any are really listening to me at this point. I’m alright with that. I’m the new kid on the block and really I’m not anyone special. Just, yet another, someone, airing their thoughts out into the internets. But, before I started rambling about soccer, I did it with Baseball. I’m telling you this in a round about way to tell you I like stats. I like Dave Cameron. I like the idea that things can show us value and can confirm what we see or to help us to figure out what we are not seeing.
The ever wise Jeremiah Oshan wrote up a nice little feature on SB Nation about “bang for your buck“. A great and insightful little piece using a combination of data points and payroll to create an incomplete, but still useful, metric calling it “band for the buck”. I’m a little envious of how simple it is and how I didn’t’ think of it first after spending time looking at the pay chart. I have to admit that I’m not entirely surprised Simon Dawkins is the best buy. He’s really caught my eye over the last month.
Jeremiah followed up his post with another over at SB Nation with another on the SounderAtHeart blog detailing how Alex Caskey maybe the best “all competitions” bang-for-your-buck player. A lot of what we do when we attempt to gain value from something is we have to use the time they spent out on the pitch. Now, Jeremiah didn’t use any type of per 90 minute metric to tally up a goal/assist ratio so it kind of leaves a thought that maybe Caskey was even better than advertised.
Right now he’s started 12 games but subbed 7. It’s important to look at those 7 games and understand that Caskey has less minutes than guys such as Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott and Andy Rose despite playing more games. Mauro Rosales who has 5 games on Caskey also has over 700 minutes on him. Yet the whole time he’s added more total offense per $10k.
Caskey should easily be considered as one of the Sounders best rookies this past year… ya know outside of the amazing season Michael Gspurning has posted. But, considering Caskey’s unexpected vault into the line-up and the need for him to step-up into a very with the variety of injuries. Going into some of Opta’s statistics to see further what he’s provided would be a really interesting exercise and maybe on to think about going into after the season is over.