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Leaving 'Em Stranded

This post was inspired by Jonah Keri's comment on Twitter during their game last Thursday that "Only the Royals can turn 24,000 baserunners into 4 runs" (they had 4 runs on 19 hits and walks), to which I responded "I beg to differ. O's seem pretty adept at that as well." That was based only on watching most Orioles' games, writing up a game wrap on the majority of those, and too often having to mention that the O's scored only X runs on Y baserunners (with X << Y). Figured it was worth actually looking at instead of just going with my gut, so here's a graphic by team of baserunners (in this case non-home run hits plus walks plus HBP) per run scored. Also added in each team's ISO, since power production is one way of getting more for less.

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Few teams of note:

  • The Royals - while bad - aren't particularly close to being the worst in baseball in this regard.
  • The Orioles are indeed terrible - nice to know I'm not crazy. 
  • It's actually the Mariners who take the top spot (#6org!). The M's have scored a major league low 321 runs on 700 non-HR hits (they've also hit an ML low 61 homers), 311 walks, and 22 HBPs (all stats as of Saturday).
  • The Rays - who I've seen fans often complain about not turning runners into runs - are towards the better end of the spectrum.
  • The Blue Jays and their absurd 144 home runs are able to score a decent number of runs without having many people hanging out on the bases (their .309 OBP is fourth worst in the majors).