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Runners Left on Base

Driving home last night, I listened to John Sterling on the post-game show talk about Runners Left on Base. The Yankees left a lot of runners on base, especially in the 7th, 8th, and 9th. This true, but let's not confuse a description of the situation with analysis.

Runners Left on Base is one of my least favorite numbers (I differentiate between numbers and stats, stats tell us something, numbers happen).

Last night, the Yankees left 10 runners on base. They've left 109 men on base this season (about 7.3 per game).

Last season the Yanks left 1,265 runners on base (7.8 per game). While I haven't done the math (H+BB+HBP-GIDP-RS) for the entire league, I'm willing to bet that number leads the league, because the only way to score runs is to put men on.

It's a good thing.