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OBI% Clutch Hitters in World Series

Hamilton: 6th best OBI% in MLB.

Hamilton: 6th best OBI% in MLB.

If you are the National League representative in the World Series, the guys you don’t want to face are Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero.  No surprise there.

Hamilton had a OBI% of 19.4%, good for sixth in the MLB this year amongst players with at least 486 plate appearances.  Guerrero was not far behind at 18.8%.  The guy in the Rangers lineup that you do want to face in a runners on base situation?  Elvis Andrus at 10.4%.

About 13-14 is the average for MLB hitters so use that as a judge of a hitters ability to knock in runners on base.

Here’s a look at the World Series and NLCS players and their OBI% for the 2010 season.

Rangers

  • Josh Hamilton — 19.4%
  • Vladimir Guerrero — 18.8%
  • Nelson Cruz — 17.6%
  • Mitchell Moreland — 15.0%
  • Ian Kinsler — 12.9%
  • Julio Borbon — 12.3%
  • Bengie Molina — 11.5%
  • Elvis Andrus — 10.4%

Giants

  • Pat Burrell — 17.7%
  • Andres Torres — 16.5%
  • Freddy Sanchez — 16.3%
  • Buster Posey — 16.2%
  • Juan Uribe — 15.4%
  • Aubrey Huff — 15.2%
  • Aaron Rowand — 13.7%
  • Pablo Sandoval — 13.2%

Phillies

  • Jimmy Rollins — 17.6%
  • Ryan Howard — 16.8%
  • Shane Victorino — 16.6%
  • Chase Utley — 16.1%
  • Raul Ibanez — 15.0%
  • Placido Polanco — 14.1%
  • Carlos Ruiz — 13.8%
  • Jayson Werth — 13.0%

OBI % stats courtesy of Baseball Prospectus.

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