Here are your AL OPS leaders, where high batting averages wish to live long and prosper, Vulcan style.
1-Kevin Youkilis 1.178.
Youkilis is a fine player, a really tough batter and a solid defender at first.Â But he is not, nor was he ever, a near 1200 OPS man.Â He's a comfortable .900 guy.Â His batting average is about to dive, oh, 100 points or so.
2-Justin Morneau 1.082
This is sustainable, but it's a little on the high side.Â I'd imagine he'll drop about 150 points in OPS.Â Virtually the same player as Youk, just less OBP and more SLG.
3-Adam Jones 1.068
Sorry, Adam, I really like you--you're already the best center fielder in the AL East--but you are not the next Barry Bonds.Â That OPS is going to drop like a rock, just like your batting average.
4-Joe Mauer 1.400
Whoa, Joe, come on, even Bonds only did that once (2004).Â But I tell you, Mauer is on a hall of fame path.Â Mauer's career OPS+ is 133.Â Â Reggie freaking Jackson's career mark was only... 139.Â Just sayin'.Â In case you've forgotten... Mauer is a catcher, Jackson a right fielder.Â Okay.Â See the significance?Â Good.
5-Jason Bay 1.036
Bay is a really good hitter, but that would be a new career mark for him, but I'd say out of all the 5 he's the most likely to stay.Â Contract year.Â $$$ talks.Â Maybe if he stays like this all year he'll just go ahead and be a Red Sox for a while.