Who Were The Astros’ Most Important Hitters In 2010?

The adjacent table uses the difference in OPS between wins and losses in an attempt to find out who is the teams most important hitter.  For the 2010 Astros, Carlos Lee was the most important hitter.  That may seem like the obvious answer; even if you’ve never seen this table, but it doesn’t always work out that the clean-up hitter is the most important guy in the lineup.  I was also suprised that Michael Bourn’s performance had so little to do with the Astros’ success in 2010; one would think that with a guy with that kind of explosiveness would wreak havoc on the basepaths and lead to more runs scored.

A similar table for the 2010 Yankees was completed, it showed the Curtis Granderson and Brett Garnder were the most important hitters.  When the Yankees lost games last year, you can see that Granderson and Gardner had the biggest dropoff in production.  That result does not mean the Gardner and Granderson were better hitters than Cano and A-Rod, it simply means that there drop in production correlated more with losses than A-Rod and Cano.

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The Most Important Yankees Hitter In 2010.

The adjacent table is an attempt to find out who was the most important hitter on the Yankees in 2010.  It uses the difference in OPS+ in wins and losses as the measure to evaluate the hitters.  For more on OPS+ click HERE. 
I expected to see Gardner at the top of the list because he is usually the tablesetter for the top of the order, as he usually batted 9th or 1st.  Additionally, I expected him to be at the top because when he gets on base, he’s explosive.  Gardner’s difference of 92 finished second behind Granderson’s difference of 111.  No surprise that Cervelli,Thames, and Swisher are at the bottom.  These stats were found at baseball-reference.com
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