Diamondback Batting Stats for April 03í (12-15)
AB: 938 R: 109 H: 248 2B: 61 HR: 22 RBI: 108
BB: 80 OBP: .325 SLG: .408 OPS: .733
Diamondbacks Batting Stats for April 02í (16-10)
AB: 877 R: 138 H: 226 2B: 50 HR: 34 RBI: 133 BB: 91 OBP: .331 SLG: .449 OPS: .781
Notice how the D-backs had more hits in 03í than 02.í Their batting average was also 6 points higher, which shows you how overrated that stat is. Same w/ doubles, D-Backs had 11 more this April than in 2002, yet run production was down 29. Thatís where OBP comes in. It was (ironically) 6 points higher in 2002. This is why Iíll take +6 points in OBP rather than +6 points w/ BA.
So whatís missing? Bob Brenly
might not want to hear this, but itís namely Erubiel Durazo and Greg Colbrunn. Both hit in the middle of lineup the majority of their starts in 2002, and as youíll see w/ these stats, they were much more productive than the righty/lefty replacement duo of Williams and Overbay.
2002 monthly averages:
AB: 65.5 R: 14.2 H: 21.1 2B: 5.1 HR: 4.8 RBI: 14.1
BB: 12 OBP: .387 SLG: .588 OPS: .975
AB: 130 R: 16 H: 33 2B: 10 HR: 4 RBI: 12 BB: 12 OBP: .311 SLG: .400 OPS: .710
Williams and Overbay get twice the ABís but still lose badly in most significant offensive categories, including HRs, RBI, BB, OBP, SLG, and (then of course) OPS. Youíll also notice that many of these categories are the same ones that the D-Backs have struggled in. Coincidence, I think not.