We're 13 games into the season, and the Dodgers lead the National League in runs scored and walks. While their improved power helps, the .393 on-base percentage is fueling the offense. Here's a comparison of the 2008 lineup and 2009 lineup in terms of plate discipline through the first 13 games:
|2008 Starters||BB/PA||2009 Starters||BB/PA|
|Totals||43/455, 9.4%||Totals||61/446, 13.7%|
In the early goings of 2008 the aforementioned Dodgers walked in 9.4% of their plate appearances. This year's lineup has improved on that figure by more than 4%, with a 13.7% mark. If the Dodgers can keep up their improved plate discipline they might walk their way to an NL West Title.