Originally Posted by BadFundamentals
So going into tonite's game the Nationals had given up one more run than they had scored. However their W/L record is 50-32. Raisor? Say it ain't so? What about the Pyth Thm of BBall? Does this mean there is such a thing as timely hitting and timely run scoring? What about strikeouts? Does this mean a strikeout is NOT just another out? Oh Raisor....please.... say it ain't so !!
Wow is this thread misguided...
Washington Nationals 2005- Overall:
5.02 AB/K- Fifth Highest K Rate in the National League
Washington Nationals 2005- w/RISP:
4.53 AB/K- Third Highest K Rate in the National League
What's that? The Washington Nationals strike out MORE with RISP than they do overall??? How could that be??? They're spunky sparky situational killers I thought. It must be a mirage. I'll bet they're really good in even more remote situations like hitting with RISP and Two Outs then. Yeah. That's GOTTA be it.
Washington Nationals- 2005- w/RISP: 2 Out:
3.68 AB/K- Worst K Rate in the National League
Alright. Something's wrong here. After all, the Nationals are spunky sparky situational killing machines who focus on making more contact in every single situation and even more the more "important" and "pressure-packed" the situation gets. At least, that's what we're hearing. And yet, we see a team that is one of the WORST contact-producing teams in the National League???? Say it ain't so!!!
So it MUST be the Stolen Bases then. Of course. That HAS to be it. They're spunky and sparky and run all around the place. They're littleball central after all. They bob and weave and dart and swipe. They must. They're littleball personified after all, aren't they?
Washington Nationals- 2005:
Stolen Bases- 24 (Lowest total in the National League)
Stolen Base %- 49%
WHAT???? They have the fewest Stolen Bases in the National League too?? And they get caught more than half the time???? That's IMPOSSIBLE, isn't it? After all, they're spunky sparky contact-hitting blazing-fast littleball killah's who don't like Mike Scioscia. Sigh.
Well, they bunt some but really not a great deal more than your next team. In those all-important Close-and-Late situations, only six NL teams have sacrificed fewer times even though the Nats have the 3rd more Close-and-Late PA. They step in front of pitches pretty good. But not considerably more than your next best team on the list. They don't hit any better situationally. Their RISP BA of .260 is exactly the same as their .260 overall BA and their RISP w 2 Out BA is .223.
But then, their situational RISP OBP is 32 points above their overall numbers even if their SLG is lower with RISP.
Waitaminit. You mean it's about not making OUTS??? AGAIN??? It's about On-Base Percentage? AGAIN???
Well, not so much. It's really about pitching.