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December 03, 2005

Reviewing the Ranger Lineup: Wrap-Up

Ranger Offense by Position in Batting Order

Pos
OPS
BA
OBP
SLG
R
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
SB%
1.785.243.321.4641223782761711179%
2.906.326.385.520118278865102467%
3.940.302.380.56111240146741214100%
4.762.266.317.445842792471425100%
5.829.265.321.50810836111471202593%
6.697.234.291.4067924754798457%
7.704.240.303.40276197251138583%
8.801.268.328.47488278950108556%
9.728.256.307.421782379381124100%
TEAM.798.267.329.46886526083449511126782%

Rankings vs American League

Pos
OPS+
BA+
OBP+
SLG+
R
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
SB%
1
8
14
14
4
3
1
2
1
14
9
3
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
4
14
11
3
2
1
3
2
3
2
2
3
10
10
1
4
14
10
14
11
12
7
8
14
12
8
1
5
4
9
12
4
2
2
2
9
10
1
1
6
13
13
13
11
7
4
8
10
3
10
7
7
12
10
10
11
7
3
9
6
13
9
2
8
2
3
5
1
1
1
1
6
10
8
9
9
8
7
10
6
3
2
2
9
10
12
1
TEAM
4
8
10
3
3
1
3
5
14
9
1




Lessons Learned

The Rangers' 10th-ranked OBP+ overstates their apparent ineffectiveness at reaching base. OBP doesn't vary among teams as much as slugging; Only Boston (105) and Seattle (96) had an OBP+ more than three points removed from the median. Texas had an OBP+ of 99. In essence, Texas batted for average and reached based just slightly worse than the average team.

Having said that, Texas achieved a lineup-adjusted OBP+ of 100 or better from only three spots: #2 (mostly Michael Young), #3 (mostly Mark Teixeira) and #8 (Matthews, Hidalgo [really], Barajas, DeRosa and others). In all of the otherspots, Texas ranked among the bottom five in the league.

Texas ranked among the league's best in hitting for power even after compensating for their friendly home park.

Ranger #1 hitters led the league in walks yet had the worst OBP+ because of a .243 batting average. Hitters not named David Dellucci garnered 44% of the plate appearances and hit .241/.293/.427. Only Seattle's cleanup hitters struck out more than the Rangers' #1 hitters.

Michael Young and Mark Teixeira are forces of nature, and we should respect them.

It pains me to say this, but the absolute worst Ranger hitter based on expectations and batting position was Hank Blalock, who spent most of the season generating outs from the cleanup spot.Against lefties in 2005: .196/.228/.356, seven walks, 53 strikeouts. On the road in 2005: .231/.276/.335, 21 walks, 70 strikeouts, only five of his 25 homers.

Texas drew 495 walks, which sounds low but actually ranked fifth in the league. In 2005, AL teams drew 3.02 walks per nine innings, the lowestsince 1919. I kid you not.

Stump your friends: Which team led the AL in stolen base efficiency and fewest sacrifice flies? The Texas Rangers.

Other Teams

Best L-OPS+ Best L-OBP+ Best L-SLG+
New York #5 (143) New York #5 (117) Cleveland #9 (130)
Cleveland #9 (140) Texas #2 (115) New York #5 (126)
Texas #2 (139) New York #6 (114) Texas #2 (123)
Boston #3 (137) Boston #3 (114) Boston #3 (123)
New York #6 (130) Boston #8 (114) Boston #4 (120)
Worst L-OPS+ Worst L-OBP+ Worst L-SLG+
Chicago #7 (67) Chicago #3 (85) Chicago #1 (77)
Seattle #8 (68) Chicago #7 (86) Seattle #8 (80)
Chicago #3 (71) Seattle #8 (88) Chicago #7 (81)
Oakland #3 (73) Seattle #9 (89) Oakland #3 (81)
Oakland #6 (73) Oakland #6 (89) Minnesota #2 (82)

Boston's entire lineup had an L-OBP+ of 102 or better. Their L-OPS+ by spot in the order: 110, 110, 137, 128, 103, 109, 110, 120, 92.

Chicago's #1, #3 and #7 hitters were among the worst in the league.

Detroit's lineup had an L-OBP+under 100 from every spot except #1 (101).

Kansas City's offense resembled the '82-'85 Rangers:really bad, but not quite bad enough to be historical or even interesting.

L-OPS+ for Minnesota's first four spots in the order: 86, 76, 86, 80. The next four spots: 101, 106, 104, 109.

L-OPS+ for New York for all spots: 113, 93 (Tony Womack!), 116, 107, 143, 130, 103, 117, 82.

Oakland's #3 hitters batted .253/.317/.382.Good luck scoring runs with that.

Seattle had Ichiro!, Sexson, and not much else. The Mariners didn't achieve an L-OPS+ above 90 for any other spot in the lineup. Their #8 and #9 hitters combined to "hit" .222/.273/.309.

L-OPS+ for Toronto's first six spots in the order: 90, 90, 76, 85, 91, 90.

Posted by Lucas at December 3, 2005 01:10 PM