20 April 2024

He’s even better than Ohtani. The players who dominate the expected indicators, is it because of Platoon Dog or Duck

By pestfood.com

Is it a swamp of platoon or is it thanks to platoon.

Since Major League Baseball introduced Statcast in 2015, Sabre Matrix has become more familiar. Anyone can now access “invisible values” beyond the existing numbers such as batting average, home runs, RBIs, ERA, wins and strikeouts.

The Sabre Matrix calculates an expected indicator that takes into account the “process” as well as an indicator of the result. There are expected indicators for various key outcome indicators. Of course, the expected value and the result value are not always the same, but it is the basis for judging that even a player with a poor result has a high possibility for his or her performance to improve in the future if the expected index is good.

Among the many expected indicators of batters, there is the expected weighting on-base ratio (xwOBA). The on-base ratio (wOBA), which assigns a weight based on the actual score to the on-base ratio, which determines all on-base hits equally, is already considered a valuable indicator. xwOBA removes “defensive intervention” from the wOBA, which shows the batter’s ability better.

The xwOBA is an indicator that comprehensively considers the speed and firing angle of the ball, the type of the ball, and the main power of the batter (sprint speed). Similarly, there is an indicator of “blood on base rate” for pitchers. In the case of pitchers, xwOBA is an indicator that comprehensively considers the quality of the allowed balls.

Shohei Ohtani (LAD), one of the biggest hitters in the Major League, recorded 0.477 xwOBA until April 19 (Korea Standard Time). He is the top 1 percent in the league. Ohtani’s xwOBA was the top 3 percent in 2021, 2 percent in 2022, and 1 percent in 2023. When he hits a great ball, he naturally gets a great batting performance (based on the record of 4/19).

There is a player who has recorded better xwOBA than Ohtani this season. It is Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, who ranks first in the xwOBA. O’Hearn’s xwOBA of 0.531 is even higher than Ohtani’s. O’Hearn is the only player in the Major League whose xwOBA exceeds 0.55 (second place Marcell Ozuna 0.497). 핑크알바 This means that he is displaying tremendous batting performance.

It’s not just xwOBA. Other indicators are the best. He is also the top in batting average (0.397) and slugging percentage (0.824). His average batting speed (93.7 miles per hour), barrel batting ratio (16.7 percent), accuracy rate (47.6 percent) and strikeout percentage (9.6 percent) are also in the top 10 percentile in the league. He has outstanding performance in real life. Oh had four home runs and six RBIs in 15 games this season.

OPS 1.045 would have been seventh if Oh had met the required number of times at bat. Yes, he has yet to meet the required number of times at bat. This is because Oh is a “flatoon member.” A left-handed hitter, Oh is playing only against right-handed pitchers. He played only one time against left-handed ones this season.

Born in 1993, Oh has already turned 30. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round of the 2014 rookie draft and made his big league debut in 2018. It’s already his seventh year since his debut. However, a left-handed hitter, Oh has remained active in the platoon throughout his career.

Oh, who recorded an OPS of 1.108 against the right-hander and 0.465 against the left-hander in his debut season, has since settled down as a platoon. In the 2019 season, he recorded an OPS of 0.678 with 309 at-bats against the right-hander and an OPS of 0.508 at 61 at-bats against the left-hander. Oh, who played platoon for Kansas City until the 2022 season, was traded to Baltimore prior to the 2023 season, but his role has not changed.

Oh had an OPS of 0.803 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs while playing 339 at-bats against right-handers last year, but only 29 at-bats against left-handers (OPS of 0.789). The same holds true this year. Despite having the best batting performance in the Major League, Baltimore has not allowed Oh to play against left-handers.