Well, baseball is finally here. I hope you enjoyed Opening Day (especially the Cubs win and Cyle's domination) and were able to use some of the new stats knowledge you learned. The Professor must've known that there would be a final exam in the near future. If you have been following along with the Facebook quizzes a few of these questions should be gimmes. Answers are posted at the bottom but try not to cheat (Astros players). No more dillydallying and let's get to the final exam. Good luck!
Question 1: OPS stands for?
A. Only Pitcher Statistics
B. On-Base Plus Slugging
C. Oh, Please Score
Question 2: wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) - which of the following is correct regarding wOBA?
A. 0.500 is league average
B. Accounts for ballpark factors
C. Offensive stat
D. All of the above
Question 3: In his 2016 MVP season, Kris Bryant had a 148 wRC+. How much was he better than league average?
A. 24% better
B. 48% worse
C. 2016% better
D. 48% better
Question 4: Which one of the following statistics accounts for balls put in play?
Question 5: How is xFIP different than FIP?
A. xFIP adds HR element
B. xFIP looks at fly balls
C. All of the above
Question 6: Looking at Plate Discipline statistics, inside the strike zone stats has which letter in front of it?
D. This question is confusing
Question 7: This defensive stat lets you compare different positions to each other?
A. Def (Defensive Runs Above Average)
B. DRS (Defensive Runs Saved)
C. UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating)
Question 8: OAA stands for?
A. Only Albert Almora
B. Outs Above Average
C. Outfield Assists Average
Question 9: Typical MVP candidates have how much accumulated WAR by the end of the season?
Question 10: WAR, huh? What is it good for?
A. Calculated differently for positions
B. Compares across years
C. The higher WAR the better
D. Absolutely everything
Bonus Points: According to Fangraphs, who is the Cubs all-time leader in WAR since 1900?
Thank you for reading and following along! Big shoutout to the Cubs DNA team for assisting with Staturday and to Tina for creating the quizzes leading up to this final exam. I hope you all enjoyed this series and learned something new. The answers to this exam are posted below the beautiful picture of KB and the World Series trophy. Let's bring home another one this season!
Answers: 1-B, 2-C, 3-D, 4-A, 5-C, 6-B (D is also acceptable), 7-A, 8-B, 9-D, 10-D, Bonus-Ron Santo