“Now we can revert back to normal and score 2 runs a game for the next 3 weeks.”
I guess you’re just being flip. There are no 3 week stretches in the season, not even in April, where the Braves scored 2 runs per game. I would be surprised if there were any where they scored 3 runs per game. They averaged 3.9 runs per game from opening day until they’re lowest point of the season, May 9th.
In fact, what many overlook is that, while the offense obviously improved from April/early May (3.9 RPG) to the hot streak of May 10 till the break (5.0 Runs Per Game), the pitching improved almost as dramatically at the same time, dropping from 4.4 runs allowed per game down to 3.5 runs allowed per game.
We are now in between. In the second half, still allowing only 3.5 runs per game, but now only scoring around 4.3 runs per game.
I know that’s a garbledy post, so here are the numbers again in plain sight:
TJ for Meds is happiness, Mara. You don’t want a partially torn ligament haunting you every outing, waiting for the rubber band to pop.
We’ll have a brand new Medlen this time next year. Teheran will also be ready then. We don’t have much breathing room between now and then, but if we can get there, we’ll be set like never before in pitching.
Nate, last I heard was a 6 week rehab somewhere in Florida. It’s been 6 weeks since the injury – in fact, almost exactly, as I believe it was around July 1. Talking Chop hasn’t mentioned it lately – unless I missed it – and they usually keep pretty close track.
Broader point I was trying to make was that we tend to score lots of runs in 1 game and then hibernate for a few. But hopefully May Troy will now get going and he can carry us now that the Chipster is done.
Curt, not to drag this out, but most teams feel like their offense either scores a bunch or nothing. Since the Braves have averaged between 4 and 5 runs per game whether hot or cold, I’m going to assume that the zero, one, and two run games are the ones that qualify for “nothing,” and we’ll let the Braves off the hook for the “ALL” half of all-or-nothing. Mainly because I don’t want to count any more stuff.
So, how many times have the Braves scored zero, one, or two runs? 28 times.
Meanwhile, the Phillies, who have scored more runs than the Braves, have a whopping THIRTY SIX games in which they’ve scored zero, one, or two runs.
(And since they’ve scored more in total, you know that means they’ve had more big-scoring games on the top end of all-or-nothing.)
So, in any case, in whatever sense it’s true that the Braves have an all or nothing offense, it’s more true for the Phillies. Since I didn’t check any other teams, for all I know the Phillies are the worst all-or-nothing offense in the game, and the Braves are 2nd. I don’t know. But I doubt it.
Okay, had to check the Yankees. Used 0, 1, 2, and 3 runs for the nothing end of their offense because they score 5 and a half runs per game. 39 times they fell to the nothing end. Lots of zeros and ones in there, too.
So, on the skimpy end of all-or-nothing, the Braves have shot a “nothing” 28 times, the Phils 36 times, and the Yankees 39 times.