Thursday, April 18, 2013

Runners Left on Base

First, a huge THANK YOU to Jason Goff of The Game 92.9 Atlanta and Dan Bernstein of 670 The Score Chicago for re-tweeting separate posts of mine from yesterday (specifically, how teams that begin the year 12-1 end up and various miscues that baseball teams make). They drove traffic to this blog to all-time highs (by a SIGNIFICANT margin), and I appreciate that. For anyone reading this blog as a result of that, I hope that my content keeps you coming back, because I strive to measure and discuss things that are not readily found in other places.

In yesterday's Padres-Dodgers game, the Padres left 12 runners on base and the Dodgers 14. This seemed like a large combined number to me, and by using the Play Index feature at, I checked it out. What follows is NOT PERFECT (for reasons that would bore almost anyone), but to the best I could determine, these are the games in both teams left at least 13 runners on base since 1916:

All scores are given in terms of the Team column (for example, Oakland beat the LA Angels 11-5 in the first line), and tLOB is the team's LOB and oLOB is the opponent's LOB. This is a total of 24 games, which isn't many in a 96+ year time span.

A couple of oddball moments stuck out:

Yes, in two games of a double-header, the White Sox left 14 and 15 runners on base, respectively. It clearly had a deleterious effect since they swept the Browns.

Two separate days less than a month apart, and the teams apparently had a bad case of the LOBS. I just found the clustering interesting.

The LOB is a mixed bag, like a GDP--it's not necessarily a good thing (like in the game in the first table where the White Sox lost 14-0 while stranding 13 runners), but it can also be a marker of offensive output. I make no grand pronouncements, merely show the data.

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