The discussion in yesterday's game thread about the O's offense or lack thereof got me thinking about this. So I did a little stat digging this morning.
So the O's currently have the 2nd best record in all of baseball behind only the Tampa Bay Rays. Just how has that happened.
Lets say overall they are about 10th in offense or lets even say 7th to be generous. Average, OBP, OPS, Runs, HRs, SBs.
Maybe its the pitching. Here's how they stack up:
ERA - 13th
WHIP - 18th (this is the stat that sticks out to me)
Ks - 9th
BBs - 15th
HRs - 19th
OBA - 20th
Fielding Percentage - 8th
So I look at the combination of these things and just don't see how that all adds up to result in a team with the 2nd best record in baseball. But there is one last stat that's perhaps telling and that is the O's have turned to most double plays in baseball.
That seems to be the only place where the O's standout compared to all the other stats. Is leading the league in DPs the reason that a #7 overall offense (again being generous) and an overall pitching staff that is lower half of the league can have such a great record?
There are clearly other things at play here because the stats do not point to this team having that kind of record.