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Whiff it Good
2003-04-28 08:54
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

I did some research this morning hoping to find a correlation between how often the Dodgers strike out at the plate and when they win. It didn't pan out the way I thought it would, but since I'm short on time this morning, I'm going to publish what I found anyway.

In their 12 victories, the Dodgers have averaged 6.22 strikeouts per nine innings.

In their 13 losses, the Dodgers have averaged 6.46 strikeouts per nine innings.

Not much of a difference.

While it's true that all three of the Dodgers' double-digit strikeout games have come in losses (including one in extra innings), the Dodgers have also had five losses in which they struck out five times or less.

Their best back-to-back performances in fewest strikeouts came April 4-5 (seven strikeouts total), April 10-11 (eight strikeouts total) and April 23-24 (eight strikeouts total). The Dodgers lost all six of those games.

If there's a lesson - and if there is, it's a surprising one - that lesson is not to get too frustrated when the Dodgers aren't making contact. It may not be all bad.

Some more strikeout trivia:

The Dodgers struck out eight times in each of their first two games of the season. Since then, they haven't had back-to-back games of more than six strikeouts.

Their season high in strikeouts is 16, against the Padres on April 3.

In their victories, the Dodgers have been struck out in a narrow range - never more than eight times or less than three, no matter the length of the game.

Paul Lo Duca has the longest streak this season of plate appearances by a Dodger without striking out: 34, from April 1-10. Alex Cora is closing in on Lo Duca - Cora is currently riding a streak of 28 plate appearances without whiffing. Every Dodger regular has a streak of at least 10.

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