Royals Nightly
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Lil Stats
Alright, I'll get this out of the way first. The Royals are still dead last in pitcher strikeouts, sitting at 435. The Royals are 40 Ks (which takes them, on average 7 or 8 games to pile up). So, in essence, if the next worse team stopped playing for a week, the Royals would have like a 50% chance of catching them in Ks. Its not like I'm comparing them to the Astros, who are a full 260 ahead. Now that Dennys Reyes has been banished to the bully, the K/Rate may actually dip further, as the Brian Anderson Experience begins another unexpected World Tour.

On the offensive side of the ledger, the Royals don't get on base and have almost no power, but then again, you probably knew that. Their season line is .254/.315/.393, with the .315 OBP being good for 29th in baseball (thank God for the Expos) and the .393 SLG somehow only being 27th worst. I'm floored that there are 3 teams doing worse.

Then again, maybe I have found the answer to the how-in-the-hell-are-the Royals-not 29th-in-SLG-question: Ken Harvey's singles. The Royals are still 29th in XBHs, so perhaps the world isn't flat after all.

Lastly, and this is kinda weird. The Royals are actually taking a fair amount of pitches, clocking in at the most surely rounded figure of 3.7 P/PA, which is right in the middle of the pack. Oddly, the Indians are just a nip ahead of the Royals, at 3.8, but have drawn a ton of walks, and sit at 4th in the AL in OBP.


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