Lying with statistics. We all do it, yet we all hate to be fooled by it. It’s fun to do, yet exasperating. Let’s see what happens when we apply it to the 2014 Dodgers:
- Their final record will be 85-77, good enough for third place and 18 games behind the Giants. The Giants finish the season at an incredible 103-59.
- Adrian Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 36 HRs and 108 RBIs.
- Yasiel Puig finishes his sophomore season with 28 HRs and 116 RBIs.
- Dee Gordon steals 96 bases and is caught just 12 times.
- Zack Greinke and Dan Haren lead the pitching staff with records of 24-4 and 20-4, respectively.
- Clayton Kershaw is only able to chip in with eight wins on the year.
- Kenley Jansen has 48 saves, but 8 blown saves.
- Brian Wilson finishes with an 0-8 record and 4 blown saves.
- AJ Ellis has eight walks in 58 plate appearances.
Obviously, none of the above is going to happen. That’s why they play the games.
Here’s looking forward to the last three quarters of the season being more successful than the first one quarter.