Braves Linear Weights

I thought I’d check in on some offensive stats for the Braves. Here are some stats for players ranked by linear weights.

Player			AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS	LWTS
Andruw Jones		0.294	0.373	0.538	0.912	12.75
Brian McCann		0.349	0.393	0.569	0.962	11.09
Edgar Renteria		0.336	0.397	0.445	0.842	8.32
Chipper Jones		0.276	0.393	0.398	0.791	5.46
Adam LaRoche		0.226	0.341	0.461	0.802	4.49
Matt Diaz		0.365	0.364	0.538	0.902	3.86
Wilson Betemit		0.268	0.325	0.493	0.818	2.54
Brian Jordan		0.288	0.333	0.500	0.833	2.47
Ryan Langerhans		0.269	0.352	0.389	0.741	1.75
Horacio Ramirez		1.000	1.000	1.000	2.000	0.92
Jorge Sosa		0.167	0.375	0.667	1.042	0.81
Martin Prado		0.200	0.429	0.600	1.029	0.68
John Thomson		0.313	0.313	0.438	0.750	0.23
Chad Paronto		0.000	0.000	0.000	0.000	-0.25
Todd Pratt		0.194	0.306	0.323	0.628	-0.26
Tony Pena		0.111	0.200	0.111	0.311	-1.21
John Smoltz		0.133	0.235	0.200	0.435	-1.33
Marcus Giles		0.229	0.327	0.326	0.654	-1.38
Jeff Francoeur		0.259	0.271	0.452	0.722	-2.38
Tim Hudson		0.125	0.125	0.125	0.250	-2.58
Pete Orr		0.213	0.229	0.298	0.527	-2.90
Kyle Davies		0.000	0.000	0.000	0.000	-3.75

2 Responses “Braves Linear Weights”

  1. gondeee says:

    Yeah, I don’t like linear weights. I think it punishes players unfairly for bad baserunning and rewards them for not running. For instance, if Francoeur had not gotten caught stealing four times, he would be on the positive side of this table. Whereas, people who don’t run, like LaRoche (yes, it’s the same argument we were having the other day) is rewarded for not even trying to advance.

  2. JC says:

    LETS rewards/punishes players according to the run-production of events. That’s all. These values are wholly objective. Francoeur is literally hurting the Braves when he gets caught stealing by producing an out and removing a base runner. Similarly, he is rewarded when he achieves success. As long as he can be successful more than 2/3 of the time, he should be trying to steal.

    Adam is slow and therefore doesn’t risk it, which is a smart move. For example, having Jiffy Lube change my oil is a good thing, because those most people can do it, I will undoubtedly screw it up. It’s better than I spend my time working to pay someone who’s good at doing it to change my oil. It is a virtue that Adam does not cause outs or remove a potential run from the basepath.

    Until Jeff learns to steal bases—and a guy who’s capable of playing DB in the ACC should be fast enough—he should be more like Adam. I think one of the travesties of having to promote Jeff so soon is that he didn’t get to learn the art of stealing bases. It’s not just speed. Chipper Jones has stolen 3 bases on pair of bunions.