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The Dom Carden Player Information Report : What do those numbers mean?

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A good question.  Here’s the answer.


You will notice ratings of WCOPS, COPSL, COPSR, vsLH, vsRH.  Well “vs” is the total number of hits (1b,2b,3b,hr) + walks + hbp results on a card in the range 0-499.  LH is vs Left Handed Pitching and RH is vs RHP.  So vsLH 175 means out of the 500 results on the left side of a batter card 175 of those the batter reaches base safely.

cOPS measure the offnsive productivity of a player card.  First you take the “vs” result then add to it the value of each hit (1-1b, 2-2b, 3-3b, 4-HR). Then subtract the walks & hbp and divide by possible results.  COPSL is vs Left Handed Pitching, COPSR is vs Right Handed Pitching.  WCOPS is the overall offensive value of the card weighted towards actual usage.  You will face more right handed pitching then left handed pitching so wCOPS is weighted a higher percentage towards the Right side.

COPS of .900+ is top notch.  These are your run producers.  Bat these players 3-5 in your line-up.  If your batter has a low COPS but high vsLH or vsRH rating bat them 1-2. These players will get on base more often than others to be driven in by your higher COPS rated batters.


For pitchers vs LH and vs RH are basically the same as for batters.  It is all the 1b, 2b, and Walk results of a pitcher card added together.  The lower the number the better chance the picther has of making an out.

However just adding the numbers up doesn’t take into account infield range, outfield range, and deep drive results.  Don’t batter’s reach base from those as well?

The answer is yes they do.  So I introduced PvL, PvR, and PvB. PvL is vs Left Handed Batter, PvR is vs Right Handed Batters, PvB is the overall value of a pitcher card taking into account the # of lefthanded, right handed, and switch hitters in the game.

The “Pv” rating (Pitcher vs.) rating takes into account the number of range plays and deep drives and other situtational ratings like jam, on, off on a player card and calculates how many of those will result in a hit and how many will result in an out. The result is an amount rounded to the nearest whole number.

This number gives you a better idea of how many times on a pitcher card will the batter reach base safely.  The lower the number the more effective the pitcher.

A PvB rating below 100 is a top of the line starter an ACE.  100-120 is an effective starter.

For relief pitchers below 80 is lights out! 80-100 is solid. 100-120 is effective. 150+ mop up guy.

Keep in mind PvB is an overall rating.  In  a bullpen relief situation I prefer to use PvL and PvR  since I can prepare for the handedness of the upcoming batters.  The situation does allow for a pinch hitter but if the PvB rating good your fans may not second guess your decision.



Written by Dom

January 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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