Dodgers Can’t Bring Them Home

The L.A. Dodgers have been having a hellacious time driving in baserunners this season. Going into Monday night’s action, they are tied for sixth in the Majors with a .335 team OBP.  However, they are next to last in runs per game, at 3.47.  So, it shouldn’t surprise you to read that they are 28th in the league in OPS with men on base (.656), and also 28th with men in scoring position (.618).

Add it all up and the Dodgers have driven in only 23% of their baserunners this season (RS%), far below the MLB average of 30%:

Note: RS% = (R-HR)/(H+HBP+BB-HR)
Tm R/G RS%
STL 4.84 36%
BAL 4.97 34%
NYM 4.89 34%
OAK 5.34 34%
DET 5.47 33%
KCR 4.48 33%
SFG 4.52 33%
BOS 4.90 32%
CIN 4.59 31%
CLE 5.07 31%
COL 5.29 31%
TBR 4.37 31%
ARI 4.39 30%
MIL 4.50 30%
MIN 4.11 30%
LgAvg 4.28 30%
PIT 4.03 29%
TEX 4.42 29%
ATL 4.30 28%
HOU 3.84 28%
NYY 4.43 28%
PHI 3.53 28%
SDP 3.87 28%
LAA 4.16 27%
WSN 3.53 27%
CHW 3.52 26%
TOR 3.66 26%
CHC 3.65 25%
MIA 3.06 24%
SEA 3.55 24%
LAD 3.47 23%
4.28 30%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2013.

Here are the only teams to drive in no more than 25% of their baserunners over a full season:

YEAR TEAM WIN% R H HR BB RS%
1942 PHI .278 394 1174 44 392 23.0%
1969 SD .321 468 1203 99 423 24.2%
1971 SD .379 486 1250 96 438 24.5%
1972 CAL .484 454 1249 78 358 24.6%
1972 CLE .462 472 1220 91 420 24.6%
2010 SEA* .377 513 1274 101 459 24.7%
1972 PHI .378 503 1240 98 487 24.9%
1954 BAL .351 483 1309 52 468 25.0%
1968 ATL .500 514 1399 80 414 25.0%
* Also had 39 HBP. HBP data unavailable for other teams

As you can see, only one team since 1972 has driven in 25% or less of their baserunners . . . the woeful 2010 Mariners who finished 61-101, and only the ’68 Braves finished at or above .500.

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