How often do I mention in the O’s game wraps – in the Bad section – that the Birds only scored X runs despite Y baserunners (with X << Y)? Really often, I’d say (not going to check). So when Jonah Keri commented on Twitter during their game last Thursday that “Only the Royals can turn 24,000 baserunners into 4 runs” (they had 4 runs on 19 hits and walks), I naturally responded “I beg to differ. O’s seem pretty adept at that as well.” Figured it was worth actually looking at instead of just going with my gut, so here’s a graphic by team of baserunners (in this case non-home run hits plus walks plus HBP) per run scored. Also added in each team’s ISO, since power production is one way of getting more for less.
The Orioles are indeed the second worst team in baseball in this regard, putting 1,062 men on base (772 non-HR hits, 258 walks, and 32 HBP) to score 348 runs. Yikes.