NL East: Statistician

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A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the NL East.

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the NL East.

Every year, Athlon Sports gives baseball fans some intriguing numbers to keep an eye on for all 30 major league clubs. Today, we look at the N.L. East division.

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Atlanta Braves

25: Final at-bat wins in 2010, which led the majors.

36: Percentage of Braves’ runs scored in the seventh inning or later in 2010. Those 266 late-inning runs were second to the Reds’ 267 in the majors.

3.11: Braves’ bullpen ERA, which trailed only the Padres and Giants and might explain the final at-bat wins, not to mention 46: come-from-behind wins.

2: Teams with a better on-base percentage than the Braves’ .339 in 2010 — the Yankees (.350) and Twins (.341).

3: Braves pitchers since 1950 to have losing records despite a 3.50 ERA or better in 30 starts. Tommy Hanson (10–11, 3.33 ERA), meet Warren Spahn (1952) and Denny Lemaster (1963).

56-25: Braves’ record at Turner Field, which was the majors’ best home mark. It matched their franchise record for home wins, set in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

1: Earned runs allowed by rookie Craig Kimbrel in 20.2 innings over four stints.

13-1: Braves’ record last year in starts by Kris Medlen, who is out until at least August or September following Tommy John surgery.

Florida Marlins

12.3: Combined strikeouts per nine innings registered last season in Triple-A and the majors by Mike Dunn (91 in 66.1 innings).

63.6: Percentage jump of innings pitched for Alex Sanabia, who went from a career-high 104.1 at Class A Jupiter in 2009 to a whopping 170.2 at three different levels in 2010.

2: Positive run differential for the 2010 Marlins, which placed the expected win total at 81, or one more than they won under two managers.

31: Total pitchers used by the 2010 Marlins.

2: Walks issued to the first batter Randy Choate faced in 85 appearances last season.

.200: Batting average allowed to first batters by Choate, one of the top situational lefties in the AL with the Rays.

45: Percentage of hits Javier Vazquez allowed in 2010 that went for extra bases, a career high.

32: Homers Vazquez allowed in 2010, the most he’d allowed since 2005, when he gave up 35 in his only season with the Diamondbacks.

New York Mets

.219: Jason Bay’s average after the second inning in 2010.

.295: Ike Davis’ average against left-handed pitchers.

148: Strikeouts by Jonathon Niese, most among MLB rookies.

61: Fielding chances without an error for R.A. Dickey, tops among MLB pitchers.

88: Angel Pagan’s career high in games before last season, when he played in 151.

102.5: Miles per hour on an Aug. 18 pitch by Bobby Parnell.

26: Ground-ball double plays induced by Mike Pelfrey, tied for second in NL.

55: Games Francisco Rodriguez needs to finish to trigger a $17.5 million option for 2012.

161: Strikeouts by David Wright, the fourth year in a row his strikeout total has risen.

12: Club-record grand slams allowed by the Mets, who hit none.

Philadelphia Phillies

31-14: Record by Philadelphia starters after Roy Oswalt was acquired on July 29, 2010.

97-65: The Phils’ record in 2010. It was the first time in club’s 128-year history that it had the best record in baseball.

123: Consecutive sellouts for the Phillies dating back to 2009.

14-1: Roy Halladay’s record against NL East teams in 2010.

1: Starters under age 30 in the team’s projected Opening Day lineup.

70: Wins by Phils’ starting pitchers in 2010, the most in the NL.

.188: Average of Phillies’ pinch-hitters in 2010, the worst in the NL.

855: Games it took Ryan Howard to reach 250 homers, fastest in history.

.610: The Phillies’ second-half winning percentage in six seasons under Charlie Manuel, best in the NL.

Washington Nationals

112: Strikeouts for Tyler Clippard, second-most of any reliever in baseball.

12.2: Batters Stephen Strasburg struck out every nine innings, which would have led the majors had he qualified.

20–15: Washington’s record on May 13; the Nationals were a game out of first place at the time.

49–78: Washington’s record after May 13, which plunged the Nationals into last place in the NL East.

298: Games the Nationals have lost the last three seasons.

127: Errors the Nationals made in 2010, 16 fewer than 2009 but still tied for the most in baseball.

.300: Combined on-base percentage for the Nats’ leadoff hitters in 2010.

17.73: Average number of at-bats between Michael Morse homers in 2010.
The outfielder hit 15 in 98 games.

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