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January 28, 2007

Loaded

Batting with the bases loaded, 2006:

Team
AVG / OBP / SLG
-- OPS
AVG+ / OBP+ / SLG+
-- OPS+
Plate
Apps.
Runs
Runs per PA
Runs as % of Total
CLE
.382 / .385 / .737
-- 1.122
128 / 116 / 154
-- 170
187
176
94%
20%
TEX
.358 / .392 / .623
-- 1.015
118 / 116 / 125
-- 141
171
153
89%
18%
CHW
.336 / .363 / .656
-- 1.019
111 / 107 / 131
-- 138
157
144
92%
17%
MIN
.333 / .359 / .570
-- .929
111 / 109 / 118
-- 127
167
149
89%
19%
DET
.330 / .358 / .487
-- .845
108 / 107 / 101
-- 108
134
110
82%
13%
NYY
.303 / .363 / .473
-- .836
100 / 109 / 96
-- 105
245
184
75%
20%
OAK
.297 / .350 / .481
-- .831
98 / 105 / 99
-- 104
203
156
77%
20%
LAA
.313 / .333 / .475
-- .808
103 / 100 / 99
-- 99
114
88
77%
11%
SEA
.285 / .313 / .462
-- .775
96 / 94 / 97
-- 91
150
115
77%
15%
KAN
.301 / .324 / .374
-- .698
97 / 95 / 75
-- 70
142
106
75%
14%
TOR
.236 / .287 / .417
-- .704
77 / 86 / 82
-- 68
167
113
68%
14%
TAM
.273 / .290 / .386
-- .676
91 / 87 / 79
-- 66
100
74
74%
11%
BOS
.236 / .280 / .388
-- .668
77 / 83 / 79
-- 62
211
136
64%
17%
BAL
.262 / .298 / .333
-- .631
86 / 89 / 68
-- 57
171
116
68%
15%
AL Avg
.303 / .335 / .490
-- .826
--
166
130
79%
16%

The “+? numbers are relative to the park-adjusted AL line with the bases loaded. As you can see, it’s deluxe hitting territory. The last column represents the percentage of the team’s total runs scored in bases-loaded appearances.

This chart partially explains how Oakland manage to finish near the league average in (park-adjusted) run scored despite finishing next-to-last in average and slugging. Notice the 203 bases-loaded plate appearances, third behind New York and Boston. How did the Athletics do it? Perhaps some luck, but also 650 walks, 133 more than the league average. Yes, contrary to the opinion of some, clogging up the basepaths really does help.

Also, woe is Tampa Bay.

Posted by Lucas at January 28, 2007 11:17 PM