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Is hacking the answer-a statistical analysis

With the admission of the Cubs style of approach towards hitting, I tried to correlate it's effectiveness against a selective approach.

Since the ultimate goal to hitting is to see how many runs it produces, I looked at the teams that have scored the most runs each year since 2000 and tried to relate that to various different standards. Here are the results:

Year  Team   OBP Rank    NP Rank
2000   Cle      3          2
2001   Sea      1          3
2002   NYY      1          2
2003   Bos      1          1
2004   Bos      1          1
2005   Bos      1          1
2006   CWS      7          5

While all the teams are AL teams, that's understandable considering the DH rule. However I'll try to do a NL only analysis soon.

One thing is constant. The teams that look at a number of pitches tend to score more runs.

This year the Cubs ranking:

2006  CHC       28         30

To me, the conclusions are obvious and predictable. The more pitches seen leads to a higher OBP which ultimately leads to more runs. Can the Cubs afford any more years of the Baker approach?

Fire away.        

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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