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08-11-2011, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Yoshimitsu View Post
Yes, you must "drive in runs" to win a baseball game. The problem is that RBI doesn't actually tell you how good of a hitter someone is, nor does it tell you how good they are at driving in runs. It's simply a compiling stat that is almost entirely dependent on how many opportunities a player has to bat with runners on base. It is more of a measure of the quality of the lineup than it is a measure of the quality of a hitter. Howard has double the RBIs of Victorino; who has been the better hitter this season? The answer is, by a large margin, Victorino.

Like I've said before, just because something isn't completely, 100% worthless does not mean that it is actually worth using. You could commute to work on a horse-drawn carriage. After all, it used to "get the job done." Or, you could use something that was created to remove the limitations of something that became outdated: a car. This is the same principle. There is no reason to use flawed statistics like RBI when there are dozens of better statistics that are freely available for anyone to use.
You could, for example, point out that Howard's OPS rises to .919 with RISP, and 1.047 with RISP and two outs.

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