Sunday, April 27, 2008
Swish, RF; OC, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Ramirez, 2B; BA, CF; Ozuna, 3B. Contreras pitching.
Late last night after our second game, Mike MacDougal was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, Ehren Wassermann was recalled from Charlotte. He arrived in time for today’s game. In fact, he was sitting in front of his locker when I arrived at the ballpark this morning.
I started playing around with something, in part feeling frustrated by the scoring opportunities we missed at times yesterday.
I decided to compare our first 23 games last year (we were 12-11) to this year in terms of baserunners earned and runs scored.
Last year, through the first 23 games, we produced 275 baserunners (hits + walks + hit by pitch) and scored 95 runs … 4.1 per game. The team was hitting .225 with an OBP of .317.
Thru 23 games in 2007, we had succeeded in driving in 34.5 percent of our baserunners (admitting my math isn’t perfect in that I haven’t taken the time — this being Sunday morning — to check on errors).
This year, through 23 games (we are 13-10), the team has generated 296 basrunners and scored 121 runs … 5.7 per game. We are hitting .244 with an OBP of .335.
Thru 23 games in 2008, we’ve scored 40.9 percent of our baserunners.
Not sure it says anything yet, but something to keep an eye on …