I like stats, they can tell you a lot about a team. For instance, the ChiSox have only scored 226 runs and the AL average is 293...basically their offense sucks. Stats can also be misleading, as the Phils are tied for 1st in the NL with a .344 on-base percentage, but this stat fails to also tell you that they lead the league in runners stranded. I don't have a special formula that calculates the exact importance of any stat or a magical TI-83 that computes the relativity of run differential, I just thought it would be fun or possibly depressing to take a glance at the Phils stats thus far through the 2007 season.
Ranks 2nd best in the NL in runs scored (311), right behind those pesky Marlins who've played 1 more game. Team leader in runs is Jimmy Rollins with 49. Team batting average- .263, team leader Aaron Rowand .320. Team OPS .770, tops in the NL, team leader Chase Utley .941, who also leads the club with 48 RBI and 11 homeruns. I guess you could say this club is patient, as they lead the NL in walks with 243, and Pat Burrell tops the team with 43 free passes. Although it seems they're patient, they may be too patient and miss hittable pitches, as the Phils have struck out 440 times, with Ryan Howard pacing the team with 49 whiffs. One thing this club has done well is steal bases, ranking 2nd in the NL with 47 swipes at a dazzling 84% success rate, team leader the Flyin' Hawaiian Victorino with 17.
For as strong as our offense is, our pitching is the complete opposite. Entering play today, our staff ERA is 4.63 ranking near the bottom of the NL and MLB, team leader Yo-Yoel Hernandez 3.09. Starting pitching hasn't been too bad, as they've logged 33 quality starts, with Cole Hamels accounting for 9 of those. Just like our offense strikes out a ton, our pitching punches the k-card quite often too with a MLB ranked 4th 441 k's, team leader the man named Hamels with 96. Here's where we struggle, a .271 average against, a NL worst .810 OPS against, and a MLB worst 79 homeruns surrendered...ouch!
There ya go, so our offense scores a lot and our pitching gives up a lot. Run differential = +3 (311 runs scored, 308 runs surrendered)...that's why our record hovers around .500 (32-30).
Going for the series win today in KC is Grand Pappy Moyer, and he is opposed by fellow lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
By the way, check out Bud Selig's smile, he must be grabbing some booty.