Friday, June 03, 2011
Pop quiz: Pujols’ OPSPosted by Greg Simons
Albert Pujols, the player widely considered baseball's best over the last several years, is having a season that's not even close to the top on his own team, let alone throughout the majors.
(Of course, if Pujols was having another typical year and was still far from the best player on his team, St. Louis would have a 15-game division lead already. Unfortunately for Cardinals fans, Phat Albert's 2011 performance is far from typical.)
Using the quick-and-dirty rate stat of OPS to evaluate his performance, Pujols sits at .746 going into the weekend. This compares to his lifetime value of 1.039, with previous seasons ranging from a low of .955 in 2002 to 2008's peak of 1.114.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, Pujols' OPS+, which takes into account league and park effects, sits at 109. The fact that the number is above the major league average is an obvious reflection of the decreased offense we've seen this year.
Given where Pujols currently sits in terms of straight OPS, how he has produced in the past, and how much offense is down compared to previous years, this week's quiz question is:
Greg Simons finally, sadly has conceded that he won't have an MLB playing career. However, in his dreams, he's still the second coming of Ozzie Smith. Please don't wake him up, though you can e-mail him at gregbsimons AT yahoo DOT com.