Runs remain the most important stat
OPS and VORP more sophisticated stats, but ultimately don't decide wins and losses
The setupIf you love statistics (and what baseball fan doesn't?) this is the golden era. Never before have there been so many stats to reveal so much of what goes on in baseball. OPS, EqA, WHIP, Win Shares, VORP, PECOTA, Pythagorean expectation -- if you want to measure anything in the game, anything at all, there's a stat for it.
So really, Jim, what's the correlation between runs scored and the top players in the game? And what about Ichiro -- he scored a career-low 88 runs last season, and he's pretty good, right? To consider these and other topics, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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