On Base Plus Slugging (OPS) is a baseball Sabermetric used to measure the effectiveness of the pitcher in preventing batters from getting on base and hitting for power, which simply adds On Base Percentage (measures getting on base) and Slugging Percentage (measures power) together. From the perspective of pitchers, the lower this number the better as it suggests that the pitcher is able to prevent batters from getting on base and hitting for power.
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Pitching opponent on base plus slugging leaders is another way of saying lowest OPS against. OPS is a statistic that simply adds on base percentage plus slugging percentage. In today’s pitching-friendly environment the very best pitchers will allow an OPS slightly under .600. OPS was a statistic that gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a better way to represent offensive value than batting average, which was used more widely at the time. Though OPS has long since been replaced with more robust measures of offensive performance, it remains a handy statistic to use to gauge a pitcher’s effectiveness in limiting both batters to reach base and to minimize extra base hits against.