In addition to the obvious fun and awesomeness of the Royals FINALLY playing playoff games again, it is a blast for this stat and team history nerd to get new players mixing in with the legends of 1976—85 on Royals all-time postseason leader boards. One postseason stat I keep an eye on is win probability added (WPA), and as the games keep piling up, several 2014 Royals have made inroads towards the top of the all-time WPA Royals playoffs board. In fact, Eric Hosmer took over the top spot last night. Here’s what the top 10 looks like before the start of Game 5 tonight:

Hosmer and Willie Aikens happen to have played the exact same number of playoff games (12), while George played in 43. Here is how their game-by-game accumulation of WPA looks:

(George certainly has the most impressive overall playoff performance in club history, and I have a convoluted way of rating playoff contributions as part of my top 100 Royals formula. Maybe I’ll do a post about that after the World Series ends).

As we get ready for Game 5, relive the six biggest Hosmer WPA plate appearances to this point in the playoffs, and let’s hope he can add to his total tonight:

tie-3. +12% WPA • World Series Game 4, top 3rd, down 0-1:

tie-3. +12% WPA • ALCS Game 2, top 1st, tied 0-0:

tie-3. +12% WPA • ALCS Game 4, bottom 1st, tied 0-0:

tie-3. +12% WPA • ALDS bottom 3rd, leading 3-1:

2. +30% WPA • Wild Card, bottom 12th, trailing 7-8:

1. +43% WPA • ALDS Game 2, top 11th, tied 1-1: