Today's look at our offensive lineup examines our ability to produce runs. Everyone here probably knows RBI is a relatively useless stat because it relies so much on teamwork. Instead, I pulled OBI numbers from the fine folks at Baseball Prospectus and turned them into yet another pretty table.
OBI stands for Opportunities Batted In. An opportunity is an at bat with runners on base. Knock them in and you get an OBI. In other words, OBI is RBI minus HR, since you don't credit for batting yourself in. OBI Percentage is OBI divided by ROB (Runners on Base during a player's plate appearances). A high OBI% reflects clutch hitting, more so even than BA/RISP.
The table lists current Nationals by OPI% in 2010.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.
|Jesus Flores (2009)||106||56||82||11||13.4%|
Nyjer fans beware, this stat really hurts your case.
Stammen fans, vote your guy back into the rotation for his bat (12.5% in 2009, so this is no fluke).
Pudge fans, your guy still knows how to make the most of what he has.
Espinosa fans, pray he can keep it up.
LaRoche doubters, get over yourselves.
Gonzo fans, look on his works and despair.
Zimmerman fans, be proud.