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A Different Perspective on the NL West

A Different Perspective on the NL West

It is easy to get stuck looking at a season as 162 games and nothing else. In reality, we know that how a team performed in September of 2008 is more predicative for 2009 than how it performed in April of 2008. So how did the 2008 National League West Standings look from May onwards? Or from July onwards? Let's take a look.

Last year, Stephen Drew hit .291, but .326 after the All-Star break.  Dan Haren had a 3.33 ERA, but it was 4.87 over the final two months of the season.  Conor Jackson hit a dozen home runs, but none after July 27th.  Randy Johnson went 10-11 with a 3.91 ERA, but 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA after July 1st. On the one hand, the larger sample size is a better indicator of talent level.  On the other...

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