Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 9/21/13
With the 2013 season winding down, let’s take a look at the most clutch hits of the year. I put clutch hits in two categories, the first one being hits with the highest Win Probability Added (WPA), and the second one being hits in situations with the highest Leverage Index (LI). The reason for this separation is that hits with a very high WPA come in situations with a lower LI because the chances of winning are so low. WPA and LI data is provided by Baseball Reference’s Play Index. Pitch types are from Texas Leaguers and home run data is from ESPN Home Run Tracker. Highest WPA 5. 6/17 New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves. Mets starter Dillon Gee was looking for his first career shutout. After retiring Jason Heyward on a groundball to second, Justin Upton singled to left, bringing up Freddie Freeman. With a 2-2 count, Freeman saw a slider from Gee, and he launched it high in the air to right. When it landed 365 feet from home plate, the Braves had a dramatic win, and Gee and the Mets had a...
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