Comparing Swanson and Arcia ahead of the upcoming Braves vs. Cubs series

The Atlanta Braves take on Dansby Swanson and the Chicago Cubs today for the first time since Dansby departed. We examine which player has been better in 2023.

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Swanson vs. Arcia: Offensive Stats

Dansby Swanson: .265/.348/.451, 11 R, 16 2B, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 4 SB, .799 OPS, 112 OPS+

Orlando Arcia: 2.1 rWAR, .296/.350/.449, 45 R, 13 2B, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 1 SB, .798 OPS, 110 OPS+

Things are pretty close on offense. When you consider that Dansby has 65 more at-bats than Arcia this season, things get even closer.

Arcia hits a double every 23 at-bats. Swanson hits a double every 23 at-bats.

Arcia has a homer every 27 at-bats. Swanson hits a homer every 23 at-bats.

They are one point off each other in OPS with Swanson at .799 and Arcia at .798. Both are well above league average.

Swanson has six more runs scored than Arcia, but he's played in nine more games than Orlando. On top of that, he hits higher in the lineup. The Braves offense is so potent, it really doesn't matter where you hit in the order. You are gonna score if you get on base.

Arcia has the advantage in terms of batting average. He puts the ball in play an awful lot. Arcia is in the 70th percentile in K% while Dansby is toward the bottom in the 32nd percentile of the league. Arcia boasts a .296 average while Dansby is at .265.

I don't think there is any reason to declare a clear winner on offense since Dansby has played a few more games than Arcia. The OPS scores are so close, they could switch spots after the series. These two shortstops basically have identical OBPs and SLGs.