It was great to hear John Granato at Yahoo! Sports 1560 AM in Houston ask Jeff Luhnow during an interview Wednesday if Carlos Pena's .197 batting average in 2012 scares him.
After talking about the importance of scouting in the case of Pena and what Pena brings to the clubhouse, Luhnow discounted Pena's low batting average saying, "We far prefer if the fans are going to look at one number, that they look at OPS." (Just in case OPS is not part of your baseball-watching vernacular, I will help you get with the Astros' program. OPS= On base percentage + Slugging Percentage.)
Well, I guess we need to look at that Carlos Pena's OPS, then. Pena's OPS in 2012 with Tampa Bay was .684. To give you some perspective, this number was the 124th highest out of 143 qualified major league batters.
Of the 15 players with 200 or more plate appearances for the 2012 Astros, Pena's OPS would have ranked 10th. Among the players with a better OPS: Scott Moore, Chris Johnson, Carlos Lee, and Brett Wallace.