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November 07, 2005

Reviewing the Ranger Lineup: #3 Hitters

Explanation of stats here.

American League #3 Hitters and Ballpark Adjustment

Category
On-Base %
Slugging %
OPS
American League #3 Hitters
.340
.461
.801
Park Factor - The Ballpark
1.011
1.042
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Adjusted for The Ballpark
.344
.480
.824

The average AL team had an OPS+ of 115 from the #3 spot. The last table in this article reveals a strong correlation between a team's #3 hitters and its overall performance. With the exceptions of Kansas City and Oakland, the rankings of #3 hitters by OPS+ closely resemble each team's runs scored.

Texas Rangers #3 Hitters: The Team

Category
Texas
AL Rank
OPS and L-OPS+
.940 / 127
2
On-Base % and L-OBP+
.380 / 111
3
Slugging % and L-SLG+
.561 / 117
2
Runs 112
3
Homers 40 2
RBI 146 2
Walks 74 3
Strikeouts 121 10
Steals 4 10
Steal % 100% 1
(R-HR) % 30% 4

Texas Rangers #3 Hitters: The Players

NAME
% of Team PA
OPS
L-OPS+
BA
OBP
L-OBP+
SLG
L-SLG+
R
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
Mark Teixeira 85% .978 136 .310 .390 113 .588 123 98 36 130 65 108 3 0
Michael Young 15% .760 86 .271 .333 97 .427 89 13 2 160 9 11 1 0
Other 1% .000 -100 .000 .000 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

Texas ranked second or third among the AL's #3 hitters in all the major hitting categories. All of the top rankings belong to Boston's David Ortiz. I believe the Rangers will accept Mark Teixeira's line of .310/.390/.588 as a consolation prize.

American League #3 Hitters

TEAM
OPS
L-OPS+
rank
OBP
L-OBP+
rank
SLG
L-SLG+
rank
Boston .976 141
1
.395 115
1
.581 125
1
Texas .940 127
2
.380 110
3
.561 117
2
NY Yankees .882 119
3
.381 112
2
.501 107
5
Baltimore .855 114
4
.343 101
8
.513 114
3
Cleveland .833 112
5
.360 107
4
.472 105
7
Kansas City .820 107
6
.344 101
7
.476 106
6
LA Angels .817 107
7
.349 104
5
.469 103
9
Tampa Bay .818 105
8
.321 95
11
.497 110
4
Detroit .817 103
9
.337 99
10
.480 105
8
Seattle .746 91
10
.336 99
9
.410 92
10
Minnesota .736 88
11
.349 103
6
.387 85
13
Toronto .732 79
12
.311 91
13
.421 88
11
Oakland .699 76
13
.317 93
12
.382 83
14
Chicago Sox .715 73
14
.296 86
14
.419 87
12

Yes, the World Champion Chicago White Sox had the worst #1 hitters and the worst #3 hitters in the American League. Carl Everett (.249/.312/.429) and Aaron Rowand (.266/.313/.410) were the primary culprits. The bottom four teams had a sub-100 OPS+ compared to the entire league, not just other #3 hitters.

Posted by Lucas at November 7, 2005 08:05 AM