Friday, September 08, 2006
We Love Useless Information
First, some fun stats about the Marlins team who all basically make the league minimum, yet have managed to stay in the playoff hunt.
-After a start as bad as the Fish (11-31), the closest any team has come to the playoffs is 24.5 games out of the wild card. They should beat that by at least 20 games.
-If the season started May 22, they would have an 8 game lead in the Wild Card, and would be 2 games out of first place.
-15 players (5 Yankees) make more than the Marlins team.
Now, Ryan Howard.
-He's started to draw Bonds-like walks, and is a legit MVP candidate.
-Almost 40% of his outfield fly balls are home runs, only one with higher % was McGwire during that season.
-Could be 2nd player ever to have 180 k's and hit .300 (Bobby Bonds)
-Between walks, k's, and HR's, Howard hits a playable ball in less than 50% of hit AB's.
-Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson had the following stat line:
0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
As Stark put it, "In other words, this guy faced one hitter and struck him out -- but still gave up an earned run and, according to the box-score gods, recorded more strikeouts (one) than outs (zero)." Couldn't have said it better myself. It was the result of a wild pitch strikeout and the next batter homering (off of a different pitcher).
There are a few other things of interest as well. A few more stat lines, as well as a Yankees vs. Marlins comparison. Check it out (click link at top of article).
It's sad, because how do we know what Ryan Howard is or isn't on?