A lot of copy gets devoted to Micah Owings' hitting skills, and many have suggested he give up pitching for life as a position player. Without venturing an opinion on that question, I will say that a pitcher who can hit is kooky fun.
With that in mind I thought it might make some sense to track Owings' ERA+ relative to his OPS+. Is he a better hitter than a pitcher? Well, we can follow his performance against a park-adjusted average in order to make that determination.
In 2007 he had a respectable 109 ERA+ and a phenomenal 153 OPS+.
In 2008 he had a lousy 77 ERA+ and a mediocre (though stellar for a pitcher) 97 OPS+
So far this season he's got a 94 ERA+ and a 97 OPS+.