Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Self Lineup Runs

Who's the best mlb hitter this season? We looked already at Ken Griffey Jr.'s best years using a lineup full of Griffeys. Now, through yesterday, I've looked at the same statistic (which I've decided to call "Self Lineup Runs" or SLR. Please suggest better names.) for the best hitters in baseball. Here's a look at how those with the top 10 OPS fare in SLR:

Player

Team

SLR

1

MORNEAU

MIN

11.016

2

YOUKILIS, K

BOS

9.819

3

CABRERA, M

DET

9.352

4

ETHIER, A

LAD

8.962

4

CANO, R

NYY

8.959

4

PUJOLS

STL

8.952

7

RASMUS, C

STL

8.296

8

ZIMMERMAN, R

WAS

7.923

9

KONERKO, P

CHW

7.893

10

ROLEN, S

CIN

7.421

Interestingly, for those who know the stats above, this is very closely related to OPS (On Base Percentage plus Slugging), but even closer to 2*OBP + SLG. This correlation was suggested in Wayne Winston's book Mathletics, and will be looked into more later.
Note: Although Ethier, Cano and Pujols don't have the same SLR, it's effectively a tie because of variance in the simulation. Running it again once actually put Pujols ahead of the other two, so it's too close to call.
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