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Don't Come Back, Shane

Phillies and Dodgers have both fared better without Shane Victorino this season.

Don't Come Back, Shane

Reed Saxon/AP
Reed Saxon/AP

Sometimes there are numbers that we simply can't explain (but we're sure there are more than a few BoopStats readers that will be happy to explain it to us), and this is one of them.

We've always been a big Shane Victorino fan, but winning baseball just seems to have deserted him this year.

Consider that when the Phillies or Dodgers had him on their roster this season, they are a combined 63-78 (.447). Over the time Victorino was on the other team in 2012, those clubs are a combined 82-61 (.573).

In addition, loyal reader Jamie McVickar points out that the season-long numbers put up by Phillies current centerfielder John Mayberry Jr. are not too far off from the season-long numbers put up by Victorino.

A look at both of those things:

VICTORINO vs. MAYBERRY, 2012
  GP  Avg.  OBA  Slg.  HR     RBI     Runs 
 Victorino 137  .257  .321  .382  10  51  62 
 Mayberry        130     .254     .306     .425     14  41  45 

 

SHANE VICTORINO'S RECORD
   With Victorino  Without Victorino  
 Through July 29      Phillies  45-57  Dodgers  56-47
 Since July 30  Dodgers   18-21  Phillies  26-14
   Totals    63-78
 (.447)
 
   82-61
 (.573)

 

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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