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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Some Eye Opening Numbers
The Dodgers, with a team record of 52-63, have forty-seven games remaining in the season. Take a look what it would take to win the division.
If Dodgers finish with a .900 winning percentage: Final Record 94-69,
the Giants would have to play .680 to win the division
If Dodgers finish with a .800 winning percentage: Final Record 90-72,
the Giants would have to play .600 to win the division
If Dodgers finish with a .700 winning percentage: Final Record 85-77,
the Giants would have to play .490 to win the division
If Dodgers finish with a .650 winning percentage: Final Record 83-79,
the Giants would have to play .440 to win the division
If Dodgers finish with a .600 winning percentage: Final Record 80-82,
the Giants would have to play .380 to win the division
How bad has Hong Chih Kuo’s season been? If he were to finish the season blanking the opposition for the next 20 innings that he pitches, (he has thrown only 13 innings this season so far), he would finish with an E.R.A. of 4.90. Today, by giving up an earned run in his inning of work, Kuo actually lowered his earned run average from 12.75 to 12.46.
Over the past three seasons, Dioner Navarro has a combined batting average of .208 with an on base percentage of .268. This is with 724 plate appearances!
We all know that Andre Ethier’s power numbers have slipped significantly, but numbers truly tell the story of his deterioration. He is on pace to finish the season with 14 home runs and 72 RBI, his lowest power totals since his second year in the league, 2007.
Defense was a big concern coming into the season. Surprisingly, the Dodgers trail only the Phillies in the least amount of errors committed with 61 in their first 115 games, (Phillies have 53 errors). However, it appears that catching the ball isn’t the important facet of the game that it is made out to be. In the standings, the Phillies are 24.5 games ahead of the Dodgers.
Only the N.L. West leading San Francisco Giants (405) have scored less runs than the Dodgers (419) this season in the National League. It’s amazing that the Giants are probably going to win the division with such an anemic offense, but oh, that pitching staff!