Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Top 5 Durham Bulls — OPS
OPS is the On Base Percentage plus Slugging. Most statistics-watchers think that OPS is a better indicator of a player's skill than batting average, and I tend to agree. None of these numbers here are particularly stellar, although they aren't bad either. Richard’s OPS is 10th in the IL. Eight current Tampa Bay Rays are in the 800s, three of them with better OPS than Richard.
The Bulls won today!
Game 97: Bulls 3, Indians 1
Small ball was enough for a change, and Wade Davis did a really fine job allowing only 1 run on 3 hits, 4 walks, and 9(!) strikeouts in a solid 6+ innings. He didn’t get the win, but it was still one of his best performances of the year. Also nice to see Jason Childers get a win and Dale Thayer get a save. Thayer has had a tough time recently, but here he goes back to back and does a good job. Plus bullpen gets a break for a change.
Hitting star was Chris Richard going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.
I had thought that since Sonnanstine starting tomorrow, someone was definitely going to have to leave the rotation. But, incredible as it might sound, I could be wrong. The Bulls have five games in four days this weekend before they hit the road again. I wonder if Hellickson is just up for a spot start to help the Bulls get through the next couple of days?