texasdave

10-25-2006, 12:25 PM

It has been mentioned that RBI is a team-dependent statistic, and for the most part that is probably true. I stumbled across a site that gave RBI%. It is actually a pretty neat site. It is called www.baseballmusings.com.

I listed their RBI% and then decided to figure out three other ways of looking at RBI totals. I looked at the Reds' regulars (for the most part), and also most of the better NL hitters. I averaged out all the categories. This way you can compare how the Reds' hitters did against the better hitters in the NL did.

Here is a brief explanation of the four categories:

1)RBI% (RBI-HR)/ROB This is the percentage of runners that were on-base that a hitter drove in.

2)RBI%HR RBI/ROB+HR I wanted to see if power hitters were punished in any way by not counting home runs as RBI. If you count a home run as an RBI I figure you have to also count it as a runner on-base.

3)RBI/PA This is fairly self-explanatory. You simply divide the number of RBI by the number of PA to see how many runs a hitter drove in per each PA.

4)RBI/CN RBI/PA-K-BB This is to see how many RBI per PA a hitter drove in when they actually put the ball into play. I didn't have time to include HBP, but most of these hitters had roughly the same number of HBP. So, relatively, it did not affect the numbers in a meaningful manner.

A couple of things struck me while doing this.

First, was the number of runners-on-base that each hitter had during the season. The average for the hitters looked at was 374. Yikes. I never would have guessed it was so high. A couple players had over 500. Ryan Howard leading the way with 509. Small surprise that he led the league in RBI.

Second, the RBI percent was lower than I might have thought. The NL leader in 2006 Miguel Cabrera with just over 21%. This means that he drove in one out of every five runners that was on base when he was up. As far as the Reds were concerned Edwin Encarnacion led the way with nearly 17%. This still translates to only about one out of every six baserunners. Yet he led the way. Adam Dunn about one out of every eight baserunners. Ryan Freel and Jason Larue fared worse. They drove in runners at a rate of less than one out of every ten.

I'm sure a more practiced eye can glean some worthwhile information out of here so that is the reason it is being posted. I hope this is not just a waste of time to too many folks out there. Draw your own conclusions.

I listed their RBI% and then decided to figure out three other ways of looking at RBI totals. I looked at the Reds' regulars (for the most part), and also most of the better NL hitters. I averaged out all the categories. This way you can compare how the Reds' hitters did against the better hitters in the NL did.

Here is a brief explanation of the four categories:

1)RBI% (RBI-HR)/ROB This is the percentage of runners that were on-base that a hitter drove in.

2)RBI%HR RBI/ROB+HR I wanted to see if power hitters were punished in any way by not counting home runs as RBI. If you count a home run as an RBI I figure you have to also count it as a runner on-base.

3)RBI/PA This is fairly self-explanatory. You simply divide the number of RBI by the number of PA to see how many runs a hitter drove in per each PA.

4)RBI/CN RBI/PA-K-BB This is to see how many RBI per PA a hitter drove in when they actually put the ball into play. I didn't have time to include HBP, but most of these hitters had roughly the same number of HBP. So, relatively, it did not affect the numbers in a meaningful manner.

A couple of things struck me while doing this.

First, was the number of runners-on-base that each hitter had during the season. The average for the hitters looked at was 374. Yikes. I never would have guessed it was so high. A couple players had over 500. Ryan Howard leading the way with 509. Small surprise that he led the league in RBI.

Second, the RBI percent was lower than I might have thought. The NL leader in 2006 Miguel Cabrera with just over 21%. This means that he drove in one out of every five runners that was on base when he was up. As far as the Reds were concerned Edwin Encarnacion led the way with nearly 17%. This still translates to only about one out of every six baserunners. Yet he led the way. Adam Dunn about one out of every eight baserunners. Ryan Freel and Jason Larue fared worse. They drove in runners at a rate of less than one out of every ten.

I'm sure a more practiced eye can glean some worthwhile information out of here so that is the reason it is being posted. I hope this is not just a waste of time to too many folks out there. Draw your own conclusions.