Sunday, June 7, 2009

walks will kill yOu

or will they? high-flying los angeles dodgers, who right now far and away are class of baseball, and who have 2nd best era in NL, lead majors in issuing free passes. they also lead majors in intentional walks with 29.*

despite leading universe in walks, they are 4th in majors with a 1.316 WHIP.

they are 2nd in majors in strikeouts.

while issuing more hall passes than a pushover substitute algebra teacher, they're on pace to win 109 ballgames.

their closer, jonathan broxton, truly is leading charmed life. he has 13 saves and a 6-0 record. he racks up close to 5 Ks for every free pass issued.

ramon "megatron" troncoso, too, is walking on water: his era so far is fully 2.5 points lower than last year. yesterday troncoso pitched the 8th and 9th innings in L.A.'s extra inning walkoff against philly. troncoso -- who sort of has been given title of setup man but not quite by manager joe torre -- gave up hit and walk in 2 innings, struck out nobody and escaped unscathed.

More than meets the eye?

torre has talked a lot about "matchups" being responsible for success. if you say so joe ... and who knows? it could even be true.

there are two ways for L.A. fanz to understand this, Wayward O guesses:

1) enjoy it while it lasts because phenomenon suggests dodgers have gotten some inexplicable good luck or

2) if walks start to come down (or "regress" as seamheads are so fond of saying) then L.A. is bug-eyed juggernaut and will run away with NL West by 20+ games

* guess which Team leads AL in intentional passes? yeahp. you guessed it...



Blogger Chris said...

Watching Dodgers-Phils game last night (NLCS Preview?), The Dodgers have the lowest percentage of total runs in all of the NL coming by way of the home run. Will Manny's return ruin the team's delicate harmony? Or will the Dodgers become INVINCEABLE?

June 8, 2009 7:13 AM  
Blogger Ticketwood said...

Even without Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers have held the top spot in the power rankings for practically the entire season. They have to keep going coz; they’ve always been my favourite teams in MLB. Just read about them here:

June 8, 2009 12:04 PM  

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