Pirata Morado, on 14 February 2013 - 07:26 AM, said:
Well, scoring runs, once you are on base, have more to do with what your teammates behind you do, than what you yourself do.
I've heard criticism about the RBI stat because they say that the big RBI guys are the ones who get more people on base before him, and while this is right, the RBI man still has to bring them in, they could K with the guy in 3rd base and nobody out, or they could GIDP and fail to bring the guy in (why do all of you stare at Beltré?), so if they brought the runner in, they did their job. But scoring runs, once you are on base, is even more teammate dependent than RBI, so I don't put much stock into scoring runs. Ackley has to do a better job at getting on base himself.
Who is hitting behind you does factor into things. Still, some people just have a knack for crossing home plate. Bourn could only score 96 runs with and OBP of .348 in front of Hayward, Freeman, Chipper, Uggla, McCann and Prado. Ackley scored 84 with a .294 OBP in front of Suzuki, Olivo, Seager, Montero and Smoak. Which do you think the greater accomplishment is?