Well, league average OPS for a third baseman is .743. He has a .661 OPS with Oakland, and a .642 OPS overall. So yeah, I suppose having a third baseman is not, but he's not a very good hitter compared to the rest of them, at all. He's better than the other third basemen Oakland has had this season, but their team OPS at third is ranked #29 in the majors.
Even if you drop all non Inges out of that number, Oakland would rank #24.
Yep, he's a difference maker.
OBP is the most important stat for an offense. This indicates how many guys get on base. This produces runs. This is the key indicator of a good offense. And getting men on base and going deep into pitching counts can remove that good starting pitcher earlier than expected. It falls short of linking the starter and closer pitching roles. This brings into play the middle relief, which is weak for a lot of teams. It increases a team's chance to get that one or two innings in the middle of the game to score some runs. How many times have we seen our middle relief give up those runs? Remember, Jimbo said the other day about managing the pitching in the 6th inning?
The average OBP in MLB is .330
A good OBP is about .370
The leader of this stat in the league is usually around .410 or so
Brandon Inge's OBP is .271
Oh, but he has raised his BA from .201 to .216
So, no, I say Brandon Inge has not been a major part of the A's resurgence.
RBI, RBI, RBI!!!!!!
So yells the Ingebecile.
After last night I wonder if ANY broadcaster/commentator is worth a d*mn.
Watching the Rangers/Angels on ESPN and one of the announcers (either I think it was Aaron Boone) said Adam Dunn deserves the MVP over his teammate Paul Konerko AND Mike Trout.
The other two looked at him and said "are you nuts?" Then he defended his logic by "runs scored and RBI."
That point I went "wow."
As for Mitch wanting to "root for the guy," I'm more inclined to think Mitch believes Detroit screwed Inge over time & time again. That or when the cameras are off Inge says that.
seeing how he is one of 25, it's at least 4%or also one of 9 on the field, so that would be 11 %
solidified an infield to some degree, pitchers are throwing with confidence, one reason why might be cause Inge is at third-base. older veteran, but one that can do something once and a while.
having fun, instead of stressed. playin' loose.
so, what percentage....I'd say somewhere between 10-15%
Runs produced is important. But it includes not only RBI's but also Runs Scored (minus HR's).
I'd say Inge means more to the A's success than Young, Boesch, Peralta, Avila, Kelly, Santiago, or Raburn mean to the Tigers success.
He seems to be a big lightning rod here on the Board , but I enjoy him just because he is totally unpredictable and has always seemed to have a flair for the "moment".
Last night after watching the Tigers start and stop against the Red Sox, I flipped over to the Oakland game since I still had a little after dinner stuff left.
A .175 hitter came up for the A's and hit a HR to tie the game at 3/3. Next inning, with Price (L/H) going for the Rays, the A's got two guys on with two out. Up comes Brandon. He is good against left-handers, right? Four pitches, hat trick in Ks for the night.
So I went out to get ready for bed, came back in only to see Brandon up in the bottom of the 9th, still tied. His kind of moment. Price still in there. Ouch, K #4. I went to bed ( I think the announcer said that Brandon managed two foul balls all night)
This morning I noted that the A's won in the 15th. Inge was 2 for 6 and scored the winning run on a close play/sac fly.
Unpredictable. But he, the team and the sparse Oakland crowd all appear to be having a lot of fun these days. Guess we are a couple of games behind them in the W/C race, and a lot of folks here don't seem to be having too much fun.
Oh, he's having fun. Ya better believe itAnd checking our box score too.
Watching it - I had not seen them much - their fans are going crazy -except there are not many of them there.
Looks like they imported some Raider fans. They do improbable gyrations in groups.
I was more impressed with their lineup than I expected to be. Reddick, Cespedes (sp?) and Carter can all play.
they had like 40 K last weekend (i believe)I'm sure the Yankee games drew well.
L-U, sure, but it is their pitching that gets it done.
#1 in Starting ERA#1 in Bullpen ERA(last I heard, few days ago, can't imagine it has changed)
If that keeps up, and it is between Oakland & the Tigers for that last WC spot, we won't get it.
I still think that a couple of our guys will turn it around and we will be fine. Johnny, Omar and Dirks may be our best shots to "pick it up".
Miggy and Prince cannot be expected to carry us all of the time - lately they have been fulfilling the "no-carrying" role.
I think that that will change, also.
Most rumors I heard were about finding a <SS.
They like Inge in Oakland.
Oakland wanted Headley at 3B too.
They like him as a clubhouse influence more than a 3B