Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 5/11/2013 2:58 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to ampoule's comment:
Besides everything else, Nava's defensive improvement has to recognized somewhere...
Thats a great point many probably overlook amp. Nava's D has been great, if he continues to produce offensively without "nose diving" again like last season he has become a very valuable player to our club. I have said the same about Salty, I'm a huge OBP fan, others like overall OPS but when you look at our 04 and 07 championships, our team OBP was right around the .370 mark. That may never be done with this club but a higher team OBP leads to much more consistency on a daily basis.
Great point, and while I use OPS a lot, I do recognize that the OBP component is of more value than the SLG%. Still, OPS is a slightly better stat to use than just OBP alone.
Salty's high K rate does not concern me at all, id he can keep his OBP above .325. At least he's not hitting into DPs if he K's. The amount of times players with very low K rates move a player over with an out is so minimal, that I think the K rate argument is pretty lame. How many times does the guy even end up scoring after being moved over?
Certainly not enough times to be of more value than a 30-45 point increase in OBP and a few less GIDPs.
I would be very happy with Salty as our starter if he raised his OBP on a consistent basis. I also think if Salty's plate discipline improves so will his SLG percentage which would make him quite valuable, much like Tek during his prime. No doubt SO's are obviously much less hurtful as long as you don't swing at bad pitches all the time, or keep hitting into double plays. With that said, it doesn't help when your team is third in the majors in SO's either, with 8 more K's today it still kills us.
Nava and Salty's consistency could mean the difference between being expendable, or just the type of players our lineup needs to find the missing OBP our championship teams had.