Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Some revealing stats

The Marlins are in first place, but its hard to see them staying there for long.
Here are a few stats, through the games of April  14th:
their opponents have outscored them by an aggregate of 19 runs. 
the Marlins team batting average with runners in scoring positions is .194, worst in the NL. (Interestingly, their OPS is.802, which is second best in the league. Imagine what they must be hitting without runners in scoring position. Maybe Fredi should put blinders on the batters, like they do with racehorses that get spooked easily in company. . .)

The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA that is about a half a run higher than the next two teams--the Nats and the Pirates. Keep in mind that the Marlins pitchers have been facing some pretty weak teams while compiling these statistics. After Olson's performance last nite, that ERA will come down a bit, but they will still have the highest team ERA in the league.

But there is good news--Hermida is hitting some, Hanley is off to a marvelous start, Jacobs is finally hitting the way we've been expecting him to for the last few years, and it looks like Wiley may be having a really positive impact on Olson, if not (yet) on Miller. 

So far, it looks like the Marlins may have a league average fielding team. They have given up a total of 5 unearned runs so far, and the league average is 6. 
League average is a big improvement over last year. 

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