Secret Avatar wrote:Unlike someone said earlier in this tread, lack of steals CANNOT hurt you and low average CAN. That's because steals are cumulative only. BA is AVERAGED together, so a low BA will absolutely, positively hurt your numbers by REDUCING your overall BA.
Now, I'm not an expert on this, but I think it's fairly obvious that this reasoning is a bit flawed. BA is only averaged together because that's how we arbitrarily decide to calculate it. If we wanted, we could have average bases stolen per player, or we could add up all the players' batting averages. Obviously, you couldn't literally add them up because you need to take into account the number of AB, but the point is that it doesn't matter whether the stat is cumulative or averaged; the amount that a player is above or below average will help you or hurt you just as much either way.
For example, let's assume I'm in a hypothetical league with 9 hitters per team. if the average team in my league has a BA of .280 and I have Beltran hitting .270 (and 8 other guys hitting .280), then he brings me down a bit and I go down a bit in BA, to about .279 or .278.
However, let's say that the average team in my league has 90 SB. If I have 8 players with 10 SB each and then Todd Helton with 5 SB, it would bring my SB down to 85. If, by having a different player, I would have had 90 SB, then Helton having only 5 SB hurts me just as much as Beltran batting only .270.