Originally Posted by TeamBoone
The DH argument as to why NL converts has never held much water with me. It's one extra hitter on each team. Can it possibly make that big a difference?
This is actually pretty simple to figure out
In 2005, the AL DH created 1,198 runs, and the AL as a whole created 10,917 runs. The DH, in effect, created around 11 percent of the AL's total runs.
In the 2005, the NL pitcher created 199 runs, and the NL as a whole created 12,121 runs. The NL pitcher created only 1.6 percent of all the NL's runs. However, there are also several pinch hitting PAs that occur for the pitcher, and most
pinch hitting PAs are for the pitcher (there are a few that are for another hitter, but most pinch hit appearances are for the pitcher). In 2005, the NL pinch hitter created 400 runs, which was 3.3 percent of the NL's total runs created. Combine the NL pitcher's runs created to NL pinch hitters and we have a total of 599 runs created, which was about five percent of its total runs created.
So, to summarize:
- American League DHs created 1,198 runs in 2005, and that was 11 percent of the league's total runs created.
- National League pitchers and pinch hitters combined to create 599 runs in 2005, and that was five percent of the league's total runs created.
That's pretty much the difference right there, and it's pretty significant.
BTW, Gully, WARP2 and WARP3 numbers are on each player's DT cards. They are located in the two far right columns under Advanced Batting Statistics.