Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hitting And Scoring Picked Up In August

So far this year, the AL is averaging 4.41 runs per game with an AVG-OBP-SLG of .257-.322-.405 and an OPS of .727. 1992 was the last year the AL had a lower runs per game with 4.32. Same for OPS, .713. Last year the AL R/G and OPS were 4.45 and .734. So not too big of a drop off. Of course, things can change with Sept.

So far this year, the NL is averaging 4.15 runs per game with an AVG-OBP-SLG of .253-.319-.392 and an OPS of .710. The last time the NL had a runs per game lower was in 1992 at 3.88. That was also the last time they had a lower OPS, at .684. Last year the NL R/G and OPS were 4.33 and .723.

The table below shows how each league has done, month-by-month, this year. April includes March data. Both leagues had their best power month measured by SLG and ISO.


Phil Birnbaum said...

Have you seen any theories about why Apr/May/Jun were so low, and then the big jump in July (at least in the AL)? Seems like an intriguing mystery.

Cyril Morong said...

Hey Phil

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. No, I have not heard anything. Maybe the thing to do would be to look at past seasons and see if the month-to-month fluctuations have been any greater than usual this year. Maybe there is some kind of test for that.