More Ridiculous Stats

1). In 738 career plate appearances with the Phillies, Jayson Werth has grounded into exactly ONE double-play.  This is amazing to me.  Yes, Werth can run.  And, yes, he is more of a fly-ball hitter.  But, one double-play in two seasons?  Wow!

2). Chris Coste is 14-26 against the Braves this year.  He’s hitting under .240 against the rest of the league.  It is a shame the Phils cannot meet the Braves in the playoffs.

3). The Phillies broke the all-time baseball record for stolen base percentage as a team last year.  Last year, they were successful on more than 87% of their stolen base attempts, which is the highest percentage in the history of baseball.  They are not too far off that this year, at 84%.  Interestingly, Sports Illustrated ran an article on stolen base efficiency this week that claimed that a team’s expected run total is increased by 0.25 runs per game with each successful stolen base, but is decreased by 0.61 runs per game with each caught stealing.  So, running is important, but not being caught is even more important.

4). Jose Reyes is the first New York baseball player to have 4 consecutive 50+ stolen base seasons.  Being the first Met to do so is impressive, but not ridiculous because the Mets have only been in existence for 66 years, but considering the overall tradition of New York baseball, this is an incredible feat.  Yes, the Yankees have been built on power for their 108 years, but what about the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers?  I mean Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese were Brooklyn Dodgers.

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