3 stats proving Astros star was swiped as an ASG starter

Jordan Alvarez, Astros

Yordan Alvarez, Astros: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

There is nothing Yordan Alvarez can do more to be named an All-Star Game starter than what he has done this season.

That’s not meant to detract from what Shohei Ohtani has accomplished, but much of Ohtani’s media and fan attention comes from the fact that he’s a two-way player, something not seen since Babe Ruth, if you the caveats set 100 IP and 200 plate appearances in a season with such players.

Look no further than that USA Today play featuring Ohtani’s pitching numbers in their rationale as to why fans “got it right” in picking Ohtani as the starting DH.

Two-way player was a officially recognized roster designation since 2020 and it’s time these phenomena were recognized without penalizing one-way players who have enjoyed sensational – dare I say – cross-generational seasons.

players such as Jordan Alvarezwho is primarily DH but also plays at left field is one of those one-way players who have been punished for Ohtani’s success.

Astros: If Yordan Alvarez didn’t deserve it this season, when will he ever be?

A statistical comparison of the two is not close. Alvarez leads in home runs, runs made, RBIs, walk%, K%, average, OBP, slugging, wOBA, xwOBA, wRC+ fWAR, barrel %, hard hit% xBA and xSLG.

Selecting three of these statistics is easy and not so easy at the same time. There are so many to choose from, but what to choose?

Here are 3 stats proving Alvarez was stripped of his starting position at American League DH:

1. Jordan Alvarez nears historic OPS numbers

After losing to the A on Saturday, Alvarez sits with an OPS+ of 201, meaning he’s produced twice as much on the record as the average major league player.

If that fact alone wasn’t enough to justify an ASG start, barring pandemic and strike-shortened seasons, was the last non-PED-eligible player to graduate with an OPS+ over 200 George Brett in 198042 seasons ago.

Alvarez is doing something that hasn’t been done in more than two generations.

Ohtani’s OPS+, which sits at 138, is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s not in the same stratosphere as Alvarez, who leads all of MLB, not just the American League.

Some consider the basic OPS stat to be the addition of two other stats and don’t rate it very highly. I appreciate it more as it shows that the batter is not just a bat but is coming to base at high speed. He’s not Joey Gallo, for example.

Then again, he’s not just a guy on the base, he’s also a hitter. For example, he’s not Yandy Diaz.

A look at the OPS leaderboard will tell you these are the best of the best: Alvarez, Goldschmidt, Harper, Judge, Devers.

Yes, Alvarez also leads MLB in OPS.

https://fansided.com/2022/07/10/yordan-alvarez-3-stats-astros-robbed/ 3 stats proving Astros star was swiped as an ASG starter

John Verrall

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