I’ve been hearing a lot in the last 12 hours where some folks are saying that the 2005 Chicago White Sox compare to the Yankees teams of 1998 and 1999. Do they?
Let’s look at the Runs Created Above Average (RCAA) and Runs Saved Above Average (RSAA) for each squad:
For those not aware -
Runs Created Above Average (RCAA) is a Lee Sinins creation. It is the difference between a team’s Runs Created total and the total for an average team who used the same amount of outs. (A negative Runs Created Above Average indicates a below average team in this category.)
And, Runs Saved Above Average (RSAA) is another Lee Sinins creation. It is the amount of runs that a pitching staff saved versus what an average staff would have allowed. It is similar to the statistic Pitching Runs detailed in the book Total Baseball – except (1) both have different ways of park adjustments and (2) Total Baseball added a procedure to take into account the amount of decisions the staff had while Runs Saved Above Average does not. (A negative Runs Saved Above Average indicates a below average pitching staff in this category.)
The 2005 White Sox were a poor offensive team. The 1998 and 1999 Yankees were strong offensive teams. There is no comparison here.
The 2005 White Sox were an excellent pitching team. In fact, they were one of the best pitching staffs the American League has seen in the last decade – if not the best.
Still, the 1998 Yankees were a very strong pitching team as well. And, the 1999 Yankees were an above average pitching team.
This all said, because of the 2005 White Sox offensive attack – or lack thereof – there’s no way that they should be compared to the 1998 and 1999 Yankees. Yes, they are World Champions – but, they’re a one dimensional team. And, that one dimension was so strong that it covered their weakness and carried them to a World Series victory.