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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Williams v. DiMaggio/Mantle: on road against the other teams v. OPS+

My recent posts about comparing Ted Williams against two Yankees, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, used an alternative to OPS+.  I compared their batting on the road excluding their numbers against each other's teams.  Let's call my method "my road OPS".  Here is a summary of percents higher.  Click this to see the detailed data.

Williams v. DiMaggio 1939-1942, 1946-1951:

1939 DiMaggio OPS+ 15%, my road OPS 18.8%
1940 DiMaggio OPS+ 7.45%, Williams my road OPS 9%
1941 Williams 27.17% 8.47%
1942 Williams 46.94% 20.25%
1946 Williams 51.41% 17.46%
1947 Williams 33.12% 32.49%
1948 Williams 15.95% 9.13%
1949 Williams 7.30% 3.83%
1950 Williams OPS+ 10.60%, DiMaggio 12.26%
1951 Williams  42.61% 8.04%

Williams wins 16 of 20.

Total for 1939-1942, 1946-1951:
Williams  OPS+ 8.09%, "my road OPS" 6.39%

Not surprisingly,  DiMaggio does better with "my road OPS"  than using OPS+ but Williams still beats him in both.

Total plate appearances (PA) for "my road OPS":
Williams 2,759
DiMaggio 2,435

Williams OPS+ for those seasons was 190.8; for his career 190.  DiMaggio's OPS+ is 176.5; for his career 155.  The number of PA is a pretty good sample size.

"my road OPS":
Williams 1.08597357535022
DiMaggio 1.02070026785414
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Williams v. Mantle 1954-1960:

1954 Williams OPS+ 27.22%, my road OPS 18.28%
1955 Williams OPS+ 15.56%, my road OPS 24.84%
1956 Mantle OPS+ 22.81%, Williams my road OPS 0.48%
1957 Williams 5.43%, 14.18%
1958 Mantle OPS+ 5.03%, Williams my road OPS 2.96%
1959 Mantle 32.46%, 4.59%
1960 Williams 15.85%, 4.23%

Mantle is more competitive than DiMaggio but Williams still wins 9 of 14.

Total for 1954-1960:
Williams OPS+ 6.54%, my road OPS 11.16%

Mantle does worse with "my road OPS" than DiMaggio, which makes sense given DiMaggio's disadvantage as a right handed slugger in Yankee Stadium.

Total plate appearances (PA) for "my road OPS":
Mantle 1,964
Williams 1,385

Williams OPS+ for those seasons was 188.9; for his career 190.  Mantle 's OPS+ is 177.3; for his career 172.  The number of PA is a pretty good sample size.

"my road OPS":
Williams 1.0086860445351
Mantle 0.9074127620888

With my road OPS Williams is 11.16% better than Mantle and 6.39% better than DiMaggio.  Wow!

See:
Williams beats Mantle on the road against the six other teams, too! Sunday, May 22, 2011

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