Monday, May 31, 2010

Rox Talk - Week 8

The Week That Was
A 4-2 week against the D-Backs and Dodgers. The Rox currently stand at 26-24. Four games back from division leading San Diego in fourth place. Currently 15-9 at home and 11-15 on the road, the Rox have outscored its opponents 242-204 (expected wins is 29 versus historical wins at 22). On pace for 84 wins with 784 runs scored and 661 runs against. Playoff indicator (Runs scored/Runs Against ratio) is 1.19 (>1.16 indicates high playoff potential).

Nice week at home. With May coming to a close the Rox have stayed in the race. With June coming around the Rox should smile. Historically the Rox have played 0.460 in April, 0.441 in May, and 0.495 in June. June has some tough series. Lead off in San Francisco (1-2) then a weekend series in Arizona (2-1). Return home for four against Houston (3-1) then have homer happy Blue Jays (2-1) in for a visit. Off to Minnesota's (0-3) new park (we hated the old park) then return home for the Brewers (2-1) and Red Sox (2-1), who aren't dead yet, actually playing like our Rox lurking in the bush. This is followed by a trip to SoCal to visit the Angels (2-1) and then San Diego (2-1). A 15 - 12 month (one game in San Fran was today 5/31)? Will we see Huston Street? Taylor Buchholz? Jorge de la Rosa? Huge pitching assets that really could help during the hot summer months.

Periodic Chart of the Rox
Everyone like periodic charts especially us chemists. So what do you get when you add some baseball stats into the mix? See below (for a larger version go here). To rank the players I took WAR and added it to WPA. Why? Well there are only 109 players (I need 118 players) with a WAR above 0.7 and two I couldn't accept that Dante Bichette was 70th in WAR and 3rd in WPA. Combined puts Dante in the top 5.
The above table is straight ranking. My next chart is by position. Little tougher to put together.
Just for fun...the Major League WAR leaders.

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