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Royals comparables with AL playoff teams

wOBA and tRA are from StatCorner.  OPS+ from Baseball-Reference.  Lineups from ESPN.

I know Shealy's numbers are inflated.  I did not include G-Load b/c we all know how his numbers compare to everyone else's.  I know that the starters are not exactly who started during the year for each of the teams.  Defensive ability is not taken into account for the position players, and neither are platoon splits.  I didn't include Boston b/c they are their own beast that doesn't compare to any team very well (except the Yankees, of course).

That said, my overall take is that the infield is pretty solid, except for C, but we knew that already.  The outfield didn't stack up to any of the other teams, though DeJesus compared relatively favorably.  Even the pitching, which I thought would be close to even, was worse than each of these three teams (esp. the White Sox, who knew?).

My expectations going into this was that the Royals wouldn't look all that different from these teams on a position-by-position basis.  Unfortunately for all Royals fans, that is not the case.  I expected more variety as to where the Royals would be worse/better than the corresponding team.  Outside of Aviles, DeJesus, Gordon (and maybe Shealy), the position players compare consistently unfavorably to these lineups.  But on the bright side, Billy Butler had better batting numbers than Juan Rivera.

 

Royals wOBA  OPS+  Rays wOBA  OPS+  wOBA OPS+
Catcher John Buck (R)  0.300        75 Dioner Navarro (S) 0.348 102 (0.048) (27.00)
First Base Ryan Shealy (R)  0.415      146 Carlos Pena (L) 0.386 132 0.029 14.00
Second Base Alberto Callaspo (S)  0.343        93 Akinori Iwamura (L) 0.338 96 0.005 (3.00)
Third Base Alex Gordon (L)  0.350      104 Evan Longoria (R) 0.374 130 (0.024) (26.00)
Shortstop Mike Aviles (R)  0.364      116 Jason Bartlett (R) 0.318 85 0.046 31.00
Left Field Jose Guillen (R)  0.329        91 Carl Crawford (L) 0.330 91 (0.001) 0.00
Center Field David DeJesus (L)  0.360      114 B.J. Upton (R) 0.356 111 0.004 3.00
Right Field Mark Teahen (L)  0.314        86 Gabe Gross (L) 0.348 104 (0.034) (18.00)
DH Billy Butler (R)  0.326        89 Cliff Floyd (L) 0.360 114 (0.034) (25.00)
(0.006) (5.67)
tRA tRA tRA
Starting Pitcher Greinke, Zack 3.97 Andy Sonnanstine 4.05 (0.080)
Meche, Gil 4.15 James Shields (R) 4.08 0.070
Davies, Kyle 4.91 Matt Garza (R) 4.40 0.510
Hochevar, Luke 4.99 Scott Kazmir (L) 4.76 0.230
Bannister, Brian 6.03 Jackson, Edwin 5.53 0.500
0.246
Royals wOBA  OPS+  Angels wOBA  OPS+  wOBA OPS+
Catcher John Buck (R)  0.300        75 Mike Napoli (R) 0.416 149 (0.116) (74.00)
First Base Ryan Shealy (R)  0.415      146 Mark Teixeira (S) 0.463 183 (0.048) (37.00)
Second Base Alberto Callaspo (S)  0.343        93 Howie Kendrick (R) 0.331 98 0.012 (5.00)
Third Base Alex Gordon (L)  0.350      104 Chone Figgins (S) 0.323 84 0.027 20.00
Shortstop Mike Aviles (R)  0.364      116 Erick Aybar (S) 0.313 84 0.051 32.00
Left Field Jose Guillen (R)  0.329        91 Garret Anderson (L) 0.337 99 (0.008) (8.00)
Center Field David DeJesus (L)  0.360      114 Torii Hunter (R) 0.361 112 (0.001) 2.00
Right Field Mark Teahen (L)  0.314        86 Vladimir Guerrero (R) 0.380 131 (0.066) (45.00)
DH Billy Butler (R)  0.326        89 Juan Rivera (R) 0.306 87 0.020 2.00
(0.014) (12.56)
tRA tRA tRA
Starting Pitcher Greinke, Zack 3.97 Santana, Ervin 3.68 0.290
Meche, Gil 4.15 Weaver, Jered 4.37 (0.220)
Davies, Kyle 4.91 Saunders, Joe 4.67 0.240
Hochevar, Luke 4.99 Lackey, John 5.3 (0.310)
Bannister, Brian 6.03 Garland, Jon 5.64 0.390
0.078
Royals wOBA  OPS+  White Sux wOBA  OPS+  wOBA OPS+
Catcher John Buck (R)  0.300        75 A.J. Pierzynski (L) 0.316 89 (0.016) (14.00)
First Base Ryan Shealy (R)  0.415      146 Paul Konerko (R) 0.345 103 0.070 43.00
Second Base Alberto Callaspo (S)  0.343        93 Alexei Ramirez (R) 0.357 104 (0.014) (11.00)
Third Base Alex Gordon (L)  0.350      104 Juan Uribe (R) 0.318 77 0.032 27.00
Shortstop Mike Aviles (R)  0.364      116 Orlando Cabrera (R) 0.321 84 0.043 32.00
Left Field Jose Guillen (R)  0.329        91 Quentin, Carlos 0.421 149 (0.092) (58.00)
Center Field David DeJesus (L)  0.360      114 Ken Griffey Jr. (L) 0.332 96 0.028 18.00
Right Field Mark Teahen (L)  0.314        86 Jermaine Dye (R) 0.382 127 (0.068) (41.00)
DH Billy Butler (R)  0.326        89 Jim Thome (L) 0.369 124 (0.043) (35.00)
(0.007) (4.33)
tRA tRA tRA
Starting Pitcher Greinke, Zack 3.97 Vazquez, Javier 3.75 0.220
Meche, Gil 4.15 Danks, John 3.97 0.180
Davies, Kyle 4.91 Buehrle, Mark 4.17 0.740
Hochevar, Luke 4.99 Contreras, Jose 4.17 0.820
Bannister, Brian 6.03 Floyd, Gavin 4.91 1.120
0.616

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