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Clutch: Nats and OBI%

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.

PA PA_ROB
ROB OBI
OBI%
Adam LaRoche 615 285 411 75 18.2%
Danny Espinosa 112 39 53 9 17.0%
Craig Stammen 43 24 37 6 16.2%
Ryan Zimmerman 603 283 376 60 16.0%
Ian Desmond 574 261 356 55 15.4%
Jerry Hairston Jr.
476 189 262 40 15.3%
Ivan Rodriguez 421 200 296 45 15.2%
Mike Morse 293 130 181 26 14.4%
Jesus Flores (2009) 106 56 82 11 13.4%
Jason Marquis 24 9 15 2 13.3%
Jayson Werth 652 304 446 58 13.0%
John Lannan 50 24 33 4 12.1%
Roger Bernadina 461 208 302 36 11.9%
Rick Ankiel 240 109 153 18 11.8%
Wilson Ramos 54 22 30 3 10.0%
Nyjer Morgan 577 190 246 24 9.8%
Tom Gorzelanny 45 21 30 2 6.7%
Stephen Strasburg 22 11 15 1 6.7%
Livan Hernandez 71 27 42 2 4.8%
Alberto Gonzales 198 84 114 5 4.4%
Team Average
13.9%

 

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.

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