Sports, not just baseball, are built around what a player is doing currently, not last season, or the season before. We can all sit here and look at the stats of a player over the past "x" years to get a general idea of what he can do, but that never guarantees he will produce around the same level.
Cubs last season led the NL in a few offense categories. This season, looks a little different so far.
This post is not judgment of how they wil produce thru the season, this is not ledge jumping, and not an "I GIVE UP" letter to my fellow fans.
How do you score runs? You get on base. It is that simple. If runners are not on base, the hitter(s) behind them cannot drive them in.
On Base Average is what drives all offensive stats. Cannot be CS without being on base. Cannot score a run, or get a RBI is no one is on base. K:BB ratio, well that is in direct connection with OBA. Get where this is going?
Looking at the current Cubs OBP is not horrific, but not pretty at the same time. For God's sake, Koyie Hill is #3 in that category, and as a true shocker Aaron Fkin MIles is dead last (not including pitchers, which ironically Rich Harden .333 would rank nine if I included them, ahead of DLee and Bradley to begin with) behind the offensive impaired Joey Gathright.
Yes I know there will be a few hundred "small sample" posts, but guess what. That is exactly what I mean when I ask what have you done for me lately, this is about recent, small sample, since the Play Offs are just that, a small sample of games in October vs. a large sample of regular season games. Playoffs are often won because a team or select players all got hot at the same time.
So here are the (position) players OBP thru the early season.