retchemprof Wrote:
Jul 10, 2012 1:58 PM
The catch with RBI, though, is that it is not wholly a measure of the individual. It is at least in part a function of the team(s) the hitter has played on and where he has batted in the lineup (of course the manager is alsp going to put the best hitters in position to drive in runs - usually third or cleanup). One of today's examples would be whoever bats one or two slots after Kevin Youkilis. Over the course of a season that person has higher odds for RBI's because Youkilis is well known for his on-base average and obviously for any hit other than a home run there must be someone on base in order for there to be an RBI. But also, teams with better players in general afford everyone better RBI opportunities.