Can you explain the term OPS?
This is a question I get asked about all the time, as the term has become more used in everyday baseball lingo. So, I will do my best to explain OPS and why it is has become so beneficial.
Definition of OPS:
Since a batter’s success is mainly attributed to hitting for power (SLG) and getting on-base (OBP), the statistical answer to combine both is OPS.
Ultimately, it is like killing two birds with one stone.
OPS formula breakdown:
Debate about OPS:
The debate about OPS is how accurately it actually measures a player’s offensive worth because the formula counts OBP and SLG the same amount.
OBP gives a more accurate measurement to a hitter’s ability to score runs than SLG. This is proven by the fact that on average a player’s SLG number is always much higher when compared to OBP.
There is also the human element of whether a player comes up big in critical situations.
For example if a hitter’s overall stats are only league average but he consistently excels in-game changing or pressure situations it adds more to his value.
And compared to a hitter with a slightly higher OBP but doesn’t get on-base in big game circumstances would inevitably make his significance less paramount.
Personally, I see OPS as a better judge of hitters overall abilities than batting average (.AVG). The reason is that OPS determines both a player’s ability to hit the ball, as well as getting safely to base.
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