Thursday, May 01, 2008

ESPN's Sports Center is Very Helpful

If you follow a particular sports team, watching ESPN's Sports Center can provide some interesting information about your team. The Cubs-Brewers game was on ESPN last night, and the Cubs won 19-5, to keep them in a tie for 1st place with the surging St. Louis Cardinals (the Cubs are ahead of the Cardinals by percentage points.)

Sports Center informed me of three interesting facts:
  1. that the Cubs set a franchise record of 17 wins in April
  2. that the Cubs are 14-1 this season when scoring 4 runs or more in a game (the one game that they lost was Tuesday night against the Brewers when they lost 10-7)
  3. that the Cubs are 1-0 this season when scoring 19 runs or more in a game.

Thank you, Sports Center! Actually, the Cubs are 15-1 this season when scoring 4 runs or more in a game: wins by scoring 4 runs or more on April 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 30; only loss of the season when scoring 4 runs or more on April 29.

Eamus Catuli!

1 comment:

David G. Fish said...

Just some additional math. Since it all happed in one month, it's easy to calculate. Over those 16 games, the Cubs scored 146 runs and allowed 68. The breakdown on the teams beaten goes like this: 10 wins against teams from the NL Central; 1 win against a team from the NL West; 4 wins against teams from the NL East. They lost to the Brewers (NL Central) 10-7 on April 29.

During the entire month of April they won 17 games, so all but 2 of their wins came with them scoring 4 or more runs. The 2 other wins were on April 6 (3-2) against the Astros, and April 18 (3-2) against the Pirates.