Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/22/12
There's one good way to get the OPS elevated. Second baseman Darwin Barney did just that in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings. Barney hit a game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. There's no questioning Barney's defense. He might be the Gold Glove front-runner. But Sveum said he'd like to see Barney get his OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) up over .700. It sat at .690 after Friday's game. "Obviously, you want the OPS to be over .700," Sveum said. "That kind of defense is saving runs constantly, every single day." Barney probably won't elevate the OPS with slugging. He has a career-best seven homers this year. His on-base percentage was under .300 recently, but it had risen to .314 Friday. "Do what he's been doing the last couple of weeks would be just fine," Sveum said. "I'm sure he's at about a .400 on-base percentage the last couple weeks. It's all a process sometimes, like I said early in the ...
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