The Top 20 Individual Hitting Weeks in the Last 10 Years
Every so often, you have a week when you're on. Working, exercising, cooking, whatever, sometimes you just crush it for seven straight days. And it feels good, doesn't it?
With that in mind, imagine you're a major league hitter who's just gone 3-for-5 with a home run and a couple runs batted in. You're on cloud nine.
Now imagine that feeling times seven.
That's what a hitter feels during a scorching hot weeks, which begs the question, who's had the best hitting week over the last decade? And how do we separate the top of the list from the bottom to determine who's top dog?
Weighted runs created-plus (wRC+), an advanced metric developed by the good people of FanGraphs, is a rate statistic which attempts to credit a hitter for the value of each outcome (single, double and so on) rather than treating all hits equally, while also controlling for park effects and the current run environment. Couple that with wRC+'s ability to compare across number of plate appearances, and we can properly gauge a player's offensive value, by runs.
In addition to wRC+, we'll see how that figure came to be through the eyes of basic stats, like hits and home runs, as well as a trio of advanced stats: weighted on-base average (wOBA), isolated slugging (ISO) and hard-hit percentage (Hard%). For more on those three measures you can visit the glossary.
Note: a player is only eligible if he had 20 or more plate appearances during the course of the seven days in question, regardless of number of games played
Now that you've digested that information, let's get to this firestorm of a list!