Many learned baseball statisticians consider the ability to get on base and the ability to hit for power to be the two most vital offensive abilities of a batter. Thus, one measure of a player’s prime offensive talents is to simply combine his On Base Plus Slugging Percentages (OPS).
As it has seemed to me that Alex Rodriguez has been struggling in his Yankee career with Runners in Scoring Position (RISP), I decided to look up his OPS for the last 4 seasons when he bats with RISP. The numbers back up what I thought:
2002, with Texas: 1.231 OPS with RISP
2003, with Texas: .904 OPS with RISP
2004, with NY: .785 OPS with RISP
2005, with NY: .658 OPS with RISP
Granted, 2005 is only 19 games old at this point. But, there’s a trend here. When it comes to batting with RISP, as a Yankee, A-Rod is no where near his production levels that he had his last two years in Texas. At the current rate of decline, A-Rod will be soon be answering to the name of Ed Whitson Jr.