The Dodgers continue their amazing start today by trying to sweep the Astros. Yesterday James Loney joined the party with a solo homer and raised his batting average to the Mendoza line. Matt Kemp also homered to bring his total to 9 in 15 games.
For a little fun with numbers, I created a small spreadsheet that you can access at http://bit.ly/JjcQ70, that shines some light on Kemp’s performance so far. The data came from the MLB statistics at http://atmlb.com/I5u9Y0. Kemp’s 9 home runs and 22 RBIs project to a 162 game total of 97 and 238 respectively. That will never happen but it is fun to plug in the numbers and look at the results.
I added Bill James’ runs created formula and got very interesting results.
Matt’s RC is 30.8 after 15 games. That is 2.054 runs created per game.
Andre Ethier has an RC of 12.2 and a RCG of 0.813 and Juan Rivera shows up at 5 and 0.359.
You can play with the spreadsheet online or download it to your computer using the File menu.
Clayton Kershaw fanned 9 and picked up his first victory to go along with his 1.61 ERA.
Go for the sweep!