Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Inside the Numbers

OK, seamheads, here are some interesting numbers for you to look over.

Inside the Numbers

I wouldn't call myself a sabermetrician, but I take my share of crap from curmudgeons who think anything new in baseball is bad: "Back in my day we didn't have on-base percentages. And we liked it!" Despite such cruelty, I pick up The Bill James Handbook every winter. Thankfully, ACTA Sports, which puts out the book, just e-mailed some interesting stats about the eight postseason teams. Take a look:

Net Bases Gained
Measures the team’s overall performance on the base paths over the course of the season. Zero is average, plus numbers are above average and negative numbers are below average:

  1. Phillies +114
  2. Cubs +63
  3. Brewers +42
  4. Dodgers +35
  5. Rays +35
  6. Angels +22
  7. Red Sox +8
  8. White Sox -20

Team Manufactured Runs
Measures runs put together out of small parts -- infield hits, bunts, moving up on ground outs, stealing bases, hitting and running, scoring on fly balls, etc.

  1. Dodgers 186
  2. Angels 181
  3. Rays 168
  4. Cubs 154
  5. Phillies 153
  6. Red Sox 145
  7. Brewers 143
  8. White Sox 129

Plays Above Average
Measures the number of above-average defensive plays a team made over the course of the season. Zero is average, plus numbers are above average and negative numbers are below average.

  1. Phillies +77
  2. Brewers +44
  3. Rays +34
  4. Red Sox +29
  5. Angels -10
  6. Dodgers -16
  7. Cubs -27
  8. White Sox -44
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