The concept of Runs Created (RC) was developed in the late 1970s by Bill James. It is used as a method of determination of offensive performance in baseball. The runs created are used in determining offensive performance by considering the total runs (Barnes and Bjarnadóttir 147). It combines the ability of players to reach the base and hit for extra bases. The result is divided by the total opportunities of the player. There are various versions of the formula. However, the most commonly used version is the technical version. The on-base percentage plus slugging refers to a sabermetric baseball statistic. Its calculation entails the total of the on-base percentage of the player and the slugging percentage. It represents the ability of a player to get on the base and hit for power, in addition to offensive skills (Barnes and Bjarnadóttir 148). A player who attains an OBS of .900 or more in a major league baseball achieves an upper echelon of hitters.
The battling average entails the total hits divided by the at-bats. The batting average is rounded to three decimal places and read without the decimal. The battling average is used in the determination of the offensive performance. However, the runs created and the on-base percentage plus slugging could be better ways of the calculation of the offensive performance. Through the battling average, the offensive performance is limited only to the number of hits and the number of at-bats. The calculations fail to take into consideration other factors that determine the success of the game. The use of the runs created and the on-base percentage plus slugging, on the other hand, would be more elaborate as they focus on the whole efforts of the players all through the games. The methods take into consideration the fact that the offensive players could be determined by several other factors other than the number of hits and the bats.
Barnes, Sean L., and Margrét V. Bjarnadóttir. “Case—Baseball Analytics: Advancing to Prescriptive Analytics in the Major League Baseball Front Office.” INFORMS Transactions on Education 19.3 (2019): 146-151.