Using The 2016 OPS To Determine Pitcher Efficiency

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, April 22, 2016 5:07 PM GMT

Use a pitcher’s OPS, the combination of their on-base percentage and their slugging average allowed, along with the other most valuable metrics to rank the best pitchers in MLB.

USING THE 2016 OPS TO DETERMINE PITCHER EFFICIENCY
This is a companion article to the one entitled 'Why OPS Should Be Your Favoite Analytic To Use In Your MLB Picks', which will use a pitcher’s OPS, the combination of their on-base percentage and their slugging average allowed, along with the other most valuable metrics to rank the best pitchers in MLB through Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.

With the many analytics available to analyze and determine a pitcher’s true performance, it is important to sort out the wheat from chaff.  Although a low ERA maybe a generally accepted way to judge a pitcher, it is not necessarily the most accurate. The same is true of the very popular KBB (strike to walk ratio), which is a solid indicator of a pitcher’s power and strike-out ability. But often shows these pitchers getting hit hard when their stuff is not working.

The 3 best measurements I have found in determining a pitcher’s value is his OPS, his WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) and his BAA (batting average against). I will use those 3 indicators, ranked in order of OPS, to show you which pitchers are FO’ REAL to date in this 2016 season!  It is important to note the new names on this list, as annually, a group of young arms emerge each season. Often the linemaker is slow to adjust for their early season success.

PITCHER

TEAM

OPS

WHIP

BAA

Latos

CWS

.322

0.60

.097

Garcia

St. Louis

.371

0.90

.143

Sale

CWS

.431

0.67

.162

Strasburg

Washington

.454

0.92

.183

Kershaw

LA Dodgers

.456

0.75

.190

Salazar

Cleveland

.460

0.93

.129

Ross

Washington

.474

0.84

.161

Smyly

Tampa Bay

.479

0.65

.137

Sanchez

Toronto

.485

0.85

.145

Velasquez

Philadelphia

.488

0.72

.157

Finnegan

Cincinnati

.492

1.02

.129

Zimmermann

Detroit

.498

1.09

.211

Stripling

LA Dodgers

.502

1.06

.183

Lester

Chicago Cubs

.508

0.84

.183

Kennedy

Kansas City

.514

0.90

.188

Graveman

Oakland

.518

0.91

.159

Syndergaard

NY Mets

.521

0.95

.205

Arrieta

Chicago Cubs

.527

0.77

.195

Martinez

St. Louis

.538

1.00

.178

Maeda

LA Dodgers

.540

0.95

.206

Walker

Seattle

.544

0.94

.221

Santiago

LA Angels

.545

0.92

.176

Pomeranz

San Diego

.573

1.13

.180

Cueto

San Fran

.586

1.08

.241

Fernandez

Miami

.587

1.14

.190

Holland

Texas

.589

1.08

.203

Stroman

Toronto

.590

0.99

.200

Tanaka

NY Yankees

.591

1.02

.200

Wisler

Atlanta

.595

0.92

.203

Moore

Tampa Bay

.604

0.98

.217

Conspicuously missing from the chart is a pitcher’s personal W/L mark, his ERA or his KBB. This is done intentionally, so as not to influence the reader by statistics which are not as important as those listed above. For your future reference, any OPS which is .600 or lower, any WHIP which is 1.10 or lower or any BAA which is .200 or lower, are all outstanding markers of an excellent pitcher. The list of the 30 pitchers above shows the combination of those numbers, which is the best in MLB through Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. The data found above should be a great tool when stuying the MLB odds boards to make your MLB picks.