First things first: yes, this is Jayson Werth, hanging out before Saturday’s Phillies game with Donnie Wahlberg. Wahlberg’s presence was explained by the Philly Inquirer, like so:
“Blue Bloods” star and New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg was in the stands at Saturday’s Phillies/Nationals game while in town with his son Xavier, 18, who took in at least one day packed with hardcore punk at Joe Hardcore’s “This Is Hardcore Festival,” based mostly at the Starlight Ballroom (460 N. 9th) over the weekend.
What all that has to do with Jayson Werth, I have no idea, but it provides a nice chance to link to Kilgore’s interesting Werth piece, in which he reveals that — like stat fans everywhere — the outfielder realizes that batting average is a lame measure, and also that “Moneyball” is coming out soon. From Kilgore:
The black-and-white truths of the first 119 games, he knows, have told a different story. Even after a recent surge, Werth has a 97 OPS+, a metric that combines a player’s ability to slug and reach base on a scale that uses 100 as league average. He has a .330 on-base percentage and a .383 slugging percentage.
His batting average, now .225, has been the measure most commonly held against Werth.
“It’s an important stat to the public I think, to the fans,” Werth said. “I don’t put a whole lot of weight in average. I’m looking forward to see that movie that comes out in a couple weeks.”
Werth meant “Moneyball,” based on the book that created a sea change in how ballplayers are evaluated. He puts far more stock in on-base and slugging percentages.
Obviously those numbers haven’t been great, either, but they haven’t been a disaster, and it’s reassuring to know that Werth sees his average in the proper light.
Of course, Kilgore totally failed to get any comment at all from Donnie Wahlberg about Werth, batting average or OPS+.
(Photos via AllStars Plus.)