Marco Estrada of the Milwaukee Brewers had a two-month hiatus on the disabled list earlier this season due to a hamstring injury. Since Estrada’s return to the mound on August 7th he has been pitching lights out, going 3-0 in eight starts. This renewed confidence showed in his appearance on September 23rd versus the NL East clinching Atlanta Braves. Estrada pitched seven shutout innings only giving up two hits, striking out six and recording the wins for the Brewers. All of the production didn’t just come from the mound, as Estrada showed his ability to get on base by hitting two line drives out of his three at bats. On September 29th Estrada showed no signs of relenting to the New York Mets. He pitched another strong seven innings, only giving up one run while striking out eight.
Marco Estrada’s pitching combined with his surprising addition to get on base lead to significant growth in the value he produced for the Brewers. In his two outings last week, Estrada’s WAR of 0.81 combined with his weekly salary of $84K resulted in $2.35M in XVAL (excess value). Since his return from the DL on August 7th, Estrada has increased his overall XVAL by more than $5.3M!
Here is our tribute to Marco Estrada for his impressive all around ability and how it compares to both traditional and advanced MLB statistics: