Here are the 2011 leaders for most games with at least 0.10 WPA in team losses:

Rk Player Year #Matching
1 Carlos Lee 2011 21 Ind. Games
2 Matt Kemp 2011 18 Ind. Games
3 Joey Votto 2011 17 Ind. Games
4 Alex Gordon 2011 15 Ind. Games
5 Aramis Ramirez 2011 14 Ind. Games
6 Adam Jones 2011 14 Ind. Games
7 Matt Holliday 2011 14 Ind. Games
8 Miguel Cabrera 2011 14 Ind. Games
9 Jose Bautista 2011 14 Ind. Games
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Generated 3/8/2012.

It’s not a surprise to see Carlos Lee up there. He had a nice season for a lousy team, meaning plenty of losses in which to accumulate those 21 games, plus not a lot of other great hitters on the team, meaning more chances to pick up RBI.

Similarly Adam Jones, Alex Gordon, and Aramis Ramirez had good seasons for bad teams.

While we’re at it, let’s look at the flip side. Here are the players in 2011 with the most games at or below -0.10 WPA in team wins:

Rk Player Year #Matching
1 Dan Uggla 2011 12 Ind. Games
2 Drew Stubbs 2011 12 Ind. Games
3 Adam Jones 2011 12 Ind. Games
4 Raul Ibanez 2011 12 Ind. Games
5 Starlin Castro 2011 12 Ind. Games
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Generated 3/8/2012.

Whoa…Adam Jones is on there too. Weird. Checking his average leverage index, he was at 1.04 in 2011, meaning that it was a bit easier for him to amass either a bunch of positive or negative WPA.

Uggla, Stubbs, and Ibanez all had pretty bad years for good teams.

If you’re curious, here are the single-season leaders for the 6-year period 2006-2011:

For 0.10 WPA in team losses:

Rk Player Year #Matching
1 Carlos Lee 2011 21 Ind. Games
2 Adrian Gonzalez 2008 20 Ind. Games
3 Miguel Cabrera 2010 19 Ind. Games
4 Carlos Pena 2007 18 Ind. Games
5 Matt Kemp 2011 18 Ind. Games
6 Jacque Jones 2006 18 Ind. Games
7 Garrett Atkins 2006 18 Ind. Games
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Generated 3/8/2012.

So Carlos Lee from last year has the most such games in a while.

And the -0.10 WPA in team wins:

Rk Player Year #Matching
1 Evan Longoria 2008 19 Ind. Games
2 Clint Barmes 2009 16 Ind. Games
3 Robinson Cano 2009 15 Ind. Games
4 Corey Hart 2008 14 Ind. Games
5 Yunel Escobar 2010 13 Ind. Games
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Generated 3/8/2012.

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