You down with OPS? Yeah, you know me. You down with OPS? Yeah, you know me. You down with OPS? Yeah, you know me. Who's down with OPS? All the homies! OPS how can I explain it? I'll take you frame by frame it. To have y'all jumpin' shall we singin' it. O is for on base, P is for percentage, S is for slugging...do ya get it?
OPS= On Base % + Slugging %...the higher this number the better, for example Ryan Howard's was an outstanding 1.084 last season. OPS is a great stat because it tells the regularity of which a player gets on base, and you have to be on base in order to score. The slugging percentage, which relays what type of extra base power and batting average the player has, combines with the on base skills to make a nice little nifty stat. OPS is not all-telling, and should not be the measure of success or failure, but it is indicative of giving your team the best chance at scoring runs. For example, the list of the top 10 players in OPS in MLB in '06- Pujols, Hafner, Howard, Manny, Ortiz, Berkman, Thome, Dye, Miguel Cabrera, and Beltran...not a shabby list. Other Phillies notables- Chase Utley at .906 and Burrell at .890 (told ya he doesn't suck!).
Nuggets of Joy:
*The mighty MLB Phillies triumphed over the NCAA Florida St. Seminoles 12-4. 19 year-old hotshot, Kyle Drabek, got roughed up a bit by the college boys. Utley went bombs away with a 3-run shot, and Burrell is batting 1.000 (2-2), and I expect that to last the entire spring and throughout the season...Burrell for MVP!
*The real Grapefruit League action begins to day with a showdown versus the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. Grand Pappy Moyer is taking the mound, as needs to shake off the formaldehyde and embalming fluids from his winter siesta.
*The "X-Man", Xavier Nady, is having stomach/intestinal issues (possibly Crohn's) and is missing camp for the Pirates. They need him in the outfield to help score more runs and give that young starting rotation something to work with.
*My Boys, Burrell and Schmidt, were seen making nice yesterday afternoon having a nice chat during the game.
*Bobby Cox announced that John Smoltz will be taking the mound on opening day against the Phils. The Phils have handled him with some success in the recent past, but Burrell is 1-23 off of him...ouch.