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