OPS + is one of the best statistics for measuring and evaluating offensive performance in MLB.
It takes all the obvious advantages of OPS (on base percentage and slugging) and adjusts it to the league-average context when accounting for external factors like ballpark.
A 100 OPS + is a league-average: anything higher is considered above average, and anything lower is considered below average.
Now that the information is there, we can assess the biggest gains and losses in OPS + so far in the 2022 season.
Los Angeles Angeles, who are now legitimate playoff contenders and have a record of 24-16, have the most advanced offense by OPS +.
“The biggest difference between Team OPS +, 2022 (so far) vs. 2021: Angels +24 (94 to 118). Marlins +23 (81 to 104). Yankees +21 (100 to 121). Phyllis +17 (96 to 113) ……… Red Sox-16 (105 to 89). Red-17 (93 to 76). White Sox-21 (107 to 86). Athletics-24 (102 to 78), “Codify Baseball tweeted
The biggest difference between Team OPS +, 2022 (so far) vs. 2021:
Angels +24 (94 to 118)
Marlins +23 (81 to 104)
Yankees +21 (100 to 121)
Phyllis +17 (96 to 113)
Red Sox-16 (105 to 89)
Red-17 (93 to 76)
White Sox-21 (107 to 86)
Athletics-24 (102 to 78)
– CodifyBaseball May 19, 2022
The Angels have moved up from the average (94) in 2021 to 118 this year in comfort.
The company is working even better with player development
Of course, a healthy season from Mike Trout helps, and the amazing Taylor Word breakout doesn’t hurt either.
Angels has a neat-solid lineup base with Trout, Ward, Shohei Ohtani, Jared Walsh, Max Stacey, Anthony Randon and Brandon Marsh.
It has seven productive heaters, and they have more useful pieces.
When analyzing the Angels, we tend to talk a lot about their pitching improvements, especially the weapons they brought to the offseason, like Noah Cindergard, Aaron Loop, Michael Lorenzen, or Ryan Taperra.
But their offense has gone one step further, and has played a role in improving the players.
Ward has moved from obscurity to stardom, Walsh has beautifully developed into a complementary part, Marsh seems to be breaking down, and Trout, Ohtani and Randon are producing at a high level.
Oh, and Uber-prospect Joe Adele on the team is also waiting on the wings.
This is a good time to be an Angels fan.