View Full Version : Early season hitting

05-04-2004, 01:17 AM
Statisticians generally agree that OPS (on-base plus slugging) is the best gauge of a player's ability - and by extension - a team. Many people here have commented that the Sox will do much better when their hitting picks up, as it invariably does in June. Even Ozzie Guillen's mentioned that the bats aren't that hot. But looking at team OPS, the Chicago White Sox' team OPS of .818 is second in the American League (only Texas leads with .864). So we're actually hitting quite well right now. Unfortunately, Minnesota is right behind us at .811. Still, if the team isn't really hot yet - and considering Maggs and Carlos are not hitting their stride - this team will score a LOT.

05-04-2004, 09:00 AM
OPS is good in the way it has better correlation to runs scored then avg, slg, and opb. And is easier to figure out then stats which have a higher correlation, and reads like an avg.

That said .818 is pretty good for a team, last year only two team finished above that, Boston and Atlanta. Can it keep up though is a good question. The Sox OPB is 6th at .469. The Sox need to get more guys on base and keep the high slg they currently have.

05-04-2004, 09:24 AM
The OBP ain't bad either. The Sox' OPS with 2/Outs and RISP is also very high. That reminds me of 2000.