With 16 games, 624 PAs, and 147 IP under our belt, we probably have enough of a sample size to determine how the Giants are doing in team "OPS+ plus ERA+" compared to rest of the NL.
If you'll recall, I came up with this measurement last season as a way of trying to answer the question, "Does the Giants superior pitching make up for their average-ish offense?" By adding OPS+ and ERA+, my theory was that it would give us a park-adjusted idea of how teams compare when you balance their pitching with their offense. As a non-stat guy, I also found it pretty easy to wrap my brain around.
You might also recal that the 2010 NL leader in this "PlusPlus" stat went on to win the World Series, so my efforts to get this stat copyrighted have been well worth it, if such efforts actually existed.
Without any further ado, here are the current NL rankings:
A couple observations:
- We're already seeing the separation you'd expect with the better teams rising to the top.
- LOL Dodgers
- San Diego, despite being ranked almost dead last in every offense category, remains "average" because of their pitching.
- The Giants won the title last season with a 216 "PlusPlus" and are currently ranked #4 with a 221. It appears pitching has been pretty good overall this season, but that will probably balance out. (Note the league average 104 ERA+.)
- As a reminder, league average OPS+ in the NL usually comes in at around 94 or 95, not the 100 many people assume.