Patience is a Virtue

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
Martin 7/54 Martin 8/50
Loney 6/55 Loney 7/56
Kent 3/49 Hudson 8/60
Furcal 9/60 Furcal 4/55
Dewitt 7/51 Blake 5/47
Ethier 4/57 Manny 14/57
Jones 6/50 Kemp 5/53
Kemp 0/43 Ethier 9/59
Pierre 1/36 Pierre 1/9
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.

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