In Part 1, we discussed a few of the hitting statistics that the Mets front office should be evaluating. Here we will look at some more stats that are important to the team’s future success.
These statistics are a bit more involved and really give insight into the team’s offense compared to the National League Top 5 Average (t5a). Here we will review simple stats such as RBI, BA, and OBP, as well as more difficult stats like SLG and OPS. Each of these stats is very important in measuring the success of the team and the efficiency of the offense. The more runners on the base paths the better the opportunity for scoring runs.
So let’s get at it!
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RBI- Runs Batted In is a count of the number of runs scored throughout the year when the outcome of an at-bat results in a hit or walk. This number does not include runs scored on errors. The number of runs that are batted in helps to determine the score of the game as well as how productive the team is with runners on base.
BA- Batting Average is a simple equation of the number of hits divided by the number of at-bats throughout the year. This number does not include errors. This is a measure of how frequently a player puts the ball in play and reaches base without an error. Batting Average will allow the team to see if players are getting on base.
OBP- On-Base Percentage is the percentage of times a runner gets on base by either a hit, walk, or hit by pitch. This number does not include errors, fielder’s choice, or fielder’s indifference. This measure shows how often players are getting on base by either hit or walk. This is helpful when valuing players because batting average does not always tell the whole story. Many teams have sluggers in their lineups that are consistently walked, or there are players that will work the count to get on base via walk. This is an excellent measurement for top of the lineup guys.
SLG- Slugging Percentage is an equation of the power of a hitter. The equation is:
SLG= [(1B)+(2x2B)+(3x3B)+(4xHR)]/ AB
AB is number of At Bats a player has had, and 1B, 2B, 3B, and HR is the number of each type of hit the player has had. By valuing players by Slugging Percentage a team can see how a player contributes by way of extra base hits. A leadoff hitter will typically have a low Slugging Percentage because most of their hits are singles and doubles (think Ichiro, .394 SLG). A number 3 or 4 hitter will typically have high slugging percentage because they benefit from more home runs (think Albert Pujols, .596 SLG). The closer the Slugging Percentage is to the player’s Batting Average the more singles he hits.
OPS- On-base plus Slugging is the calculation of On-Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage. This is a relatively new statistic that helps measure not only how often a player gets on base, but if they are also hitting for power while still getting on base. The higher the number the better. For example, Pujols’ OBP 1.011 is in the top 10 in all of baseball because he hits for average (.312 BA), he walks (103 BB), and he hits for power (42 HR, 39 2B). Comparing him to Jose Reyes (.749 OPS) you will see the differences, .282 BA, 31 BB, 11 HR, 29 2B, and 10 3B.
BB- Bases on balls is the number of walks a team takes throughout the season. This number only counts walks, intentional walks, and hit by pitches.
SB- Stolen bases is the number of bases stolen by the team throughout the year. This number does not count advancement by error, balks, wild pitches, or passed balls. This number often shows how a team is moving around the bases without counting on hits. Teams with high totals are usually labeled as “Small Ball” teams, though the trends show that some of the best slugging teams often times also have the most stolen bases.
AB/HR- At-bats per home run is a calculation done by taking the number of at-bats it takes for a player to hit a home run. This only includes countable at-bats and home runs that either cleared the fence or were of the inside the park variety. This number will reflect how the team is built, if the team has a low number of at-bats per home run then the team was built to hit for power, the higher the number one can suppose that the team was built for speed and defense.
XBH- Extra base hits is a count of the number of hits that were longer then a single. This will only include doubles, triples, and home runs. It will not include singles with errors. This is again a measure of how a team is built. High totals in Extra Base Hits means the team is built to hit for power and move runners around the base paths more than one base at a time.
Each of these items is very useful in the measurement of the team. The Mets front office should look closely at each of the items so evaluate where they are falling short compared to the rest of the league. These stats should be a focus for the building of the team going forward.
This concludes the offensive portion of the Scorecard. Next will be Pitching.