CBMGreatOne wrote:I like OPS as an additional category, not as a substitute for batting average. As for rewarding power hitters, I suppose it does, but honestly, maybe they deserve it. I've heard the OPS stat characterized as "the most accurate measure of a player's offensive proficiency." I can get on board with that thinking. I like it because traditional 5x5 doesn't show any difference between a single and a double and it doesn't reward a walk, except insomuch as these difference may lead to more runs scored or RBIs. Either way, it's nice to see a BB change something on the stat tracker, as well it should, even when the runner is retired soon after.
Completely agree with that sentiment. It's why I like replacing AVG with OBP. Still have the hits component plus the BBs. It's a simple fix that I'm amazed I didn't think of earlier.
I'm thinking that OPS would be most appropriate to replace RBIs because you think of both stats as measuring overall hitting prowess. Also, power hitters are typically the ones with 100+ RBI seasons rather than "lead-off types". The top-7 in OPS last year all had over 100 RBIs. But guys like Luke Scott who had big seasons on terrible teams would be more highly valued (14th in OPS and 75th in RBIs) with my switch.
EDIT: After doing some data-diving. I'm questioning the OBP for AVG idea. It's perfectly sound theoretically, but it kinda looks like it will bump up sluggers too much. I want to retain the category as strong for "lead-off" types. Prince Fielder was 6th in the league in OBP while batting .261. That makes for a very solid year performance wise but I don't like how much it would bump up his value fantasy-wise.
Just to quantify this apprehension. AVG correlates to HRs at a "rate" of .18 while OBP correlates with HRs at .41. This makes logical sense because sluggers are walked more. So in a league where Ichiro, for example, would be traditionally be 11th in AVG, he would drop to 40th based on OBP. Nobody is afraid to pitch to Ichiro. I don't like how much the stat switch distorts his value.
Once again, I want the stats to more accurately measure value (which I believe quality starts does).