Rolling along

The Padres’ streak continues as they pulled off a dramatic 7-5 win over the Giants last night. The Friars have now won five straight and 13 of their last 19. Over that 19-game stretch, the Padres are outscoring their opponents 118-78, averaging 6.2 runs/game while hitting .292 with a .352 OBP and .466 SLG.

Due to the offensive surge, the Padres now rank among the league leaders in several offensive categories since the All-Star break, including runs scored (2nd), hits (4th), doubles (6th), triples (1st) and batting average (6th). They are 20-18 since the break, one of just six NL clubs to play over .500 ball since the Midsummer Classic.

Now, it’s time to get a little nerdy on you…

Keep in mind that these are just numbers and obviously what happens on the field day-to-day rightfully determines a team’s win-loss record. I point this out JUST FOR FUN.

Despite the Padres’ record, the club has actually outscored their opponents 503-497 this season. They join the Diamondbacks as the only two NL West teams to score more runs than they have allowed in 2011. In fact, according to, the Padres’ Pythagorean win-loss record is 66-64, tops in the NL West (ARI 65-64; COL 65-65; LAD 62-66; SF 62-67).

Again, this is JUST FOR FUN. For more information on what exactly a Pythagorean winning percentage is, here is the explanation straight from (might want to brush up on your order of operations first):

“Pythagorean winning percentage is an estimate of a team’s winning percentage given their runs scored and runs allowed. Developed by Bill James, it can tell you when teams were a bit lucky or unlucky. It is calculated by

(Runs Scored)^1.83/[(Runs Scored)^1.83 + (Runs Allowed)^1.83]

The traditional formula uses an exponent of two, but this has proven to be a little more accurate.”

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