05/07/2004: I don't know whether to be sad or disgusted....
In the interesting statistical anomalies department, Brian Gunn notes this about Philadelphia's Jim Thome:
I know Jim Thome terrorizes most pitchers, but what he does against our staff is getting obscene. After homering again today, Thome's career numbers look like this:Of course, the Cardinals are leading the major leagues in HR allowed, which no doubt has something to do with that. Speaking of home runs allowed, thank the NL scheduling gods we don't face San Francisco until July. Maybe if we're lucky, we'll have settled down a bit by then. Or maybe Barry Bonds will be in a slump.
Home Run Rate vs. Teams That Aren't the Cardinals: 1 every 14 ABs
Home Run Rate vs. Teams That Are the Cardinals: 1 every 4.9 ABs
I know...dream on.
Meanwhile, Brian Walton makes this observation:
Possibly overlooked in the Thursday win was the continuation of an alarming trend.Only fifth worst? Damn, are we not trying hard enough or what? [/sarcasm]
Jeff Suppan’s two home runs allowed extended the team’s major league lead to 42 given up. That projects to 235 on the season, blowing away the team record for futility, 210, “earned” last season. But, hey, 235 would only be the fifth worst season of all time in all of MLB.
Len on 05.07.04 @ 09:53 AM CST