Fun With Early Season Stats

Are eight games enough to tell us anything about this team?  Not really, but such is the life of off days early in the season.  Here are some other things that stood out to me through the first eight games:

A couple of blowouts have really enhanced the club's run differential:

LA Dodger Highest Run Differential, First 8 Games
Year RS RA DIff
1978 54 25 +29
1974 49 22 +27
1972 43 18 +25
1969 48 26 +22
1977 53 32 +21
2009 43 24 +19
1965 30 12 +18

The outfielders as a group have been hitting:

Player BA OBP SLG OPS
Manny .304 .529 .435 .964
Kemp .357 .387 .536 .923
Ethier .250 .417 .500 .917
Pierre .333 .333 .333 .667
Total .313 .448 .494 .942

Even without Manny Ramirez hitting his power stride, the Dodger outfield is among the best in baseball so far:

Club BA OBP SLG sOPS+
Giants .382 .442 .605 165
Cubs .288 .430 .613 164
White Sox .316 .391 .579 145
Dodgers .313 .448 .494 142
Phillies .294 .365 .588 139

The Dodgers have also been a walking bunch, leading baseball with 40 walks.  They seem intent on delivering on my 50-walk challenge.

Player Walks Pace
Furcal 3 61
Hudson 3 61
Manny 11 223
Loney 4 81
Martin 3 61
Ethier 7 142
Kemp 2 40
Blake 3 61

Since James McDonald's implosion Friday night in Arizona, the starters have put the smack down:

Pitcher IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP Gm Score
Stults 5.1 4 1 1 2 5 1.69 1.13 59
Wolf 7.0 2 1 1 2 5 1.29 0.57 72
Billingsley 7.0 5 1 1 0 11 1.29 0.71 74
Totals 19.1 11 3 3 4 21 1.40 0.78 68.3 avg

Overall, the starters have a 3.30 ERA, and have allowed opposing batters to hit only .182/.276/.264.  How about the back end of the bullpen?

Pitcher IP Baserunners K K/9
Belisario 4.2 3 8 15.43
Kuo 3.0 3 3 9.00
Broxton 4.0 1 5 11.25
Totals 11.2 7 16 12.34

Sure it's only eight games.  But there's a lot to be excited about so far this season.

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