Wednesday, August 15, 2007
One of the major reasons why the Phillies continue to win even with Chase Utley on the DL with a broken hand is the play of Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi, the long-time White Sox and member of their ’05 World Series championship team, has been playing well with the Phillies: in fifteen games, he has an OBP of .403 and has raised his slugging percentage to .468. He has ten Runs Created, for 6.5 RC/27. He’s also turning in some solid work at second base: 133 innings, no errors, and a .861 Relative Zone Rating.
Confused about what I’m talking about? Here are the stats I refer to defined:
On-Base Percentage (OBP): How often a player gets on base. (H + BB + HBP) / (Plate Appearances)
Slugging Percentage (SLG): Total Bases / At-Bats = Slugging Percentage. Power at the plate.
Runs Created (RC): A stat originally created by Bill James to measure a player’s total contribution to his team’s lineup. Here is the formula: [(H + BB + HBP - CS - GIDP) times ((S * 1.125) + (D * 1.69) + (T * 3.02) + (HR * 3.73) + (.29 * (BB + HBP – IBB)) + (.492 * (SB + SF + SH)) – (.04 * K))] divided by (AB + BB + HBP + SH+ SF).
RC/27: Runs Created per 27 outs, essentially what a team of 9 of this player would score in a hypothetical game.
Zone Rating (ZR): Is a stat which measures a player’s defensive ability by measuring plays they should have made. Admittedly, this is a stat left open to subjective opinions.
If the Phillies do make the playoffs and continue to click on all cylinders, then credit Pat Gillick for stealing Iguchi from the White Sox. Nice move.
Short post today because I’ve been tired. Next week A Citizens Blog will be concentrating on the Phillies pitching staff. Stay tuned, you won’t want to miss it!