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Which would you rather have: a batter who drives home 100+ runs or a batter with RBI in many games?

by Bill Chuck on February 17, 2016

Josh Donaldson Tor

AL MVP Josh Donaldson had 123 RBI and RBI in 74 games

Which would you rather have: a batter who drives home 100+ runs or a batter who drives home runs in a lot of games?

Good question, don’t you think?

Here are some stats to help you come up with an answer:

Batters with 100+ RBI in 2015

Players with the most RBI games in 2015

Rk Player # AB HR RBI BA
1 Josh Donaldson 74 301 41 123 .439
2 Nolan Arenado 73 291 42 130 .395
3 Paul Goldschmidt 69 258 33 110 .450
4 Chris Davis 67 257 47 117 .397
5 Eric Hosmer 66 272 18 93 .382
6 Jose Abreu 66 270 30 101 .393
7 Jose Bautista 65 245 40 114 .388
8 Albert Pujols 64 253 40 95 .383
9 David Ortiz 64 241 37 108 .411
10 Kendrys Morales 64 254 22 106 .386
11 Matt Kemp 63 258 23 100 .360
12 Edwin Encarnacion 62 229 39 111 .380
13 Nelson Cruz 62 254 44 93 .390
14 Anthony Rizzo 61 229 31 101 .376
15 Prince Fielder 61 252 23 98 .393
16 Michael Brantley 61 248 15 84 .415
17 Andrew McCutchen 60 234 23 96 .436
18 Kris Bryant 60 231 26 99 .381
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/14/2016.

Did you see who was missing?

Where did J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes go?

  • J.D. had RBI in 55 games, and no RBI in 103 games.
  • Cespedes just missed the list with 59 games, which means he didn’t have an RBI in 100 games.

Nine to Know: Players with 40+ RBI games in 2015 without hitting a homer

Just so you know it’s not just power hitters who can come through.

Rk Player # AB H 2B 3B RBI BA Tm
1 Eric Hosmer 48 197 69 20 1 56 .350 KCR
2 Michael Brantley 48 193 79 28 0 58 .409 CLE
3 Melky Cabrera 47 190 75 21 2 54 .395 CHW
4 Kendrys Morales 45 179 67 26 1 67 .374 KCR
5 Xander Bogaerts 45 196 86 19 3 67 .439 BOS
6 Ian Kinsler 42 182 80 15 4 51 .440 DET
7 DJ LeMahieu 40 160 66 12 5 51 .413 COL
8 Matt Kemp 40 164 49 16 1 54 .299 SDP
9 Prince Fielder 40 159 55 6 0 51 .346 TEX
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/14/2016.

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