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Comparing 2010's hitting and pitching to 2011

It's going to take a while for me to get over this year's collapse, but now that the Braves have been relegated to watch the playoffs from home (/sadface), I found some extra time to compare the offenses from 2010 and 2011.

Batting 2010 2011 difference
Batting avg. .258 .243 -.015
OBP .339 .308 -.031
Slugging pct. .401 .387 -.014
OPS .740 .695 -.045
Hits 1,411 1,345 -66
Runs 738 641 -97
Doubles 312 244 -68
Triples 25 16 -9
Home Runs 139 173 +34
Walks 634 504 -130
Strikeouts 1,140 1,260 +120
RISP avg. .262 .249 -.013
Bases loaded avg. .271 .195 -.076
on 3rd, < 2 out avg. .328 .262 -.066

I know Larry Parrish has taken a lot of heat for the way this year's offense had sputtered for much of the season, and he may deserve some of the blame, but as soon as I start my research, I find this.

MLB's 2011 offense lowest in two decades.

Teams averaged 4.28 runs per game this season, the lowest since 1992's 4.12 and down from a Steroids Era peak of 5.14 in 2000. And the home run average was down to 0.94 each team per game, also the lowest in 19 years and a sharp drop from 1.17 in 2000.

It wasn't just home run hitters who had a tough time, according to STATS LLC. The major league batting average of .255 was the lowest since 1989. On the flip side, the 3.94 ERA was a level last seen in 1992.

And, oh, those strikeouts -- a record average of 7.09 per team per game after breaking the 7 barrier for the first time a year earlier. Walks were down to 3.09, the fewest since 1968.

Just for the heck of it, I also compared last year's pitching to this year.

Pitching 2010 2011 difference
ERA 3.57 3.49 -0.08
Saves 41 52 +11
Hits/9 8.29 8.10 -0.19
Walks/9 3.16 3.17 +0.01
Strikeouts/9 7.76 8.10 +0.34
WHIP 1.27 1.25 -0.02
K/BB Ratio 2.46 2.56 +0.10
Starters ERA 3.80 3.73 -0.07
Bullpen ERA 3.11 3.03 -0.08
Opponent avg. .246 .240 -.006
Bullpen Innings 474.1 522.1 +48

 

Credit the bullpen's extra workload to 26 extra-inning games (14-12), compared to 15 in 2010.

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