I've always considered subjective as more of a personal opinion so not really. Mauer on the DL to Jimmer is going to subjectively hurt the team and Mauer on the DL according to Chief will subjectively not hurt the team as much.
The formula is based on pre-season projections so the subjective part is weather those projections carry any weight with you or I.
But Keep in mind that if pe-season projections were used in the algorithm. Buxton on the DL is going to move the needle upward based on his projections. When in reality... Subjectively, I say that Buxton on the Disabled List based on his performance was probably a net gain.
If you have issues with the system, that's ok with me because I might as well... but you can still look at each team individually and realize that the Twins were not beset by more injuries than others.
Injuries are not a viable excuse... our injuries were routine and the front office will get no pass from me because routine injuries need to be planned for. They simply happen every year and you don't know who they are going to happen to.
The Dodgers are still in contention despite losing almost their entire starting rotation. 6 starters spent time on the DL... as many as four of them were on the DL at the same time. Plus they lost almost two months of Justin Turner, plus Corey Seager for almost the entire season, Plus almost a month of Puig, Forsythe and Utley. The Dodgers are still in it because they had sufficient depth to replace those guys... and the Dodgers didn't buy that sufficient depth. They went out and acquired it cheaply and nurtured it.
The Nationals (in my opinion) could legitimately use injuries as an excuse. The Entire Bullpen has been on the DL. Besides Harper, they lost their entire starting OF plus backups for a stretch which forced them to call up Soto sooner than they wanted to. Murphy was gone for most of the year. Zimmerman, Weiters, Strausburg have all spend over two months on the DL. Plus Stints by Rendon and Matt Adams.
In my opinion... it was not injuries that killed the Twins this year. It was the performance of the healthy.
If the Front Office said to themselves. Morrison, Castro, Mauer, Dozier, Sano, Escobar, Rosario, Buxton and Kepler. We got our 9. Let's find some whatevers to round out the roster. They don't get a pass from me because just looking at any previous season should tell them that they need viable replacements.
If the front office determined that Grossman was good enough to make the 25 man roster, yet still determined that Grossman wasn't good enough to replace Morrison when he is hitting .150 for two months... They don't get a pass from me because they selected Grossman.
If anyone thinks that injuries were a reasonable excuse. I will disagree.
Brian, this is one time where we will agree and disagree at the same time.
I don't follow the "rest of MLB and rosters" the way I used to simply due to life demands. So I'm probably talking out my backside here. While I don't and won't even pretend to know the names of anyone involved, I am informed enough to know the Dodgers have a top system. And you mentioned depth and nurturing that depth to overcome injuries. And using LA, in this example, is where I debate the injuries to the Twins in 2018.
The best talent in our system is AA and below, with a few exceptions. But even those exceptions, Gonsalves, Littell and Gordon, began the season in AA. IMHO, Littell was promoted too quickly, Gonsalves later than he should have been. (And I think we can both agree auditions in the pen have been botched. How do you find the next Rogers and Hildenberger if you don't give them a chance?)
It is my "guess" the Dodgers were more flush with available talent ready for their shot than the Twins had available. Like him or not, a healthy Granite might have helped in the OF. We got lucky or smart with Cave. But who else was ready in AAA to help?
And this is the one area where I think we can both agree the FO, for all their attempts to improve the 2018 roster, really blew it.
Maybe we tried to keep him and he simply wanted a new opportunity, but good wou,d Goodrum look now as a solid bench player? I was very "meh" on the signing of Wilson but felt he might be OK for a few games here and there. But compared to someone like Hicks, also with Detroit, who we had a year ago, ugh! I think about guys in the past like Tyner and Buscher, who could actually play a little bit, and look at what Rochester has trotted out most days this season, and I find myself wondering what the FO was thinking? We honestly didn't have the finances and fore-sight to find some useful AAAA guys to sign with opportunity?
I think injuries, suspension and poor performances crippled the Twins this season. Not entirely their fault. Who could have predicted so many issues with Sano, Buxton, Dozier, Polanco, Santana, Morrison etc. But not planning better was a huge oversight!