"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Last night, the Twins lost their third game in a row. Check the papers and the blogs, and you'll see a lot of talk about missed opportunities, stranded runners in particular. Let's take a look at some numbers, shall we?

The Twins have stranded 100 runners in 14 games, averaging 7.1 per game. I'm unable to find league averages (or player LOB stats), but that doesn't sound too good. In the games they've won, they've stranded an average of 6.6 runners, while in losses it's 7.8.

In the last three games, all losses, they've averaged 8.7 stranded runners a game, leaving a total of 26 runners on while scoring only 6 runs. Sweet Teddy's knickers, that's bad! In the 6-game winning streak which preceded this, they averaged 6.7 stranded per game, leaving 40 while scoring 37.

I wish I could get my hands on player LOB stats. If anyone out there knows of a site that has that info, please let me know! Right now all I can say for sure is that this team is simply not getting the job done when it comes to driving runners in. They lost 1-3 last night after stranding 12 runners. Twelve. The night before, they lost by one run after stranding ten. Those games were not only winnable, there's no excuse for losing them.

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