Starters Benefit From Excellent Run Support

Dodger pitchers enjoyed modre run support — actually .83 runs per game more — than Los Angeles starters received during the 2005 season. Plus that, they were given a stunning 6.45 runs per game in their wins compared to 3.30 runs in their losses -- a whopping 3.15 runs per game difference.

Overall, the 2006 team scored 5.06 runs per game, second highest in Los Angeles hisory, and .83 runs more per game than the 2005 team.

The won-lost record pertains to each pitcher's starts. If he pitches well enough to keep the opponents close and the team wins, even if he does not get the victory, he is credited with a win.
2006 Run support

          record  st runs  RS
Stults       2-0   2  13  6.50
Sele         7-8  15  93  6.20
Perez        3-5   8  48  6.00
Penny      20-13  33 179  5.42
Maddux       8-4  12  63  5.25
Seo          4-6  10  52  5.20
Kuo          3-2   5  25  5.00
Tomko        8-7  15  73  4.87
Lowe       20-14  34 162  4.76
Billingsley  9-7  16  76  4.75
Hendricksen  4-8  12  36  3.00
  Total    88-74 162 820  5.06
Oddly enough, the benificiaries of the most runs provided included Aaron Sele (6.20 runs) and Odalis Perez (6.00) per game. But the team Sele was only 7-8 in Sele's 15 starts and 3-5 over Perez's eight starting assignments.

Brad Penny, received 5.42 runs overall but a staggering 7.50 in the 20 wins recorded when he started. But then he was shorted in his 13 losses while the team scored but 2.38 runs each game.

Derek Lowe also had 20 team wins in his 34 starts and was given 5.60 per game. He, too, came up short with only 3.57 runs scored in each of his 14 losses.

The team won nine games in Chad Billingsley's 16 starts scoring only a below average 4.75 runs. Greg Maddux won eight of 12 with 5.25 runs per game and Brett Tomko was 8-7 while working with 4.87 runs each start.

As statitically-oriented Bill James as pointed out, runs are the most important stat of them all, and that fact is underlined by the Dodgers' record of success when scoring a determined number of runs.

The number of runs scored for a starting pitcher is directly responsible for his won-lost record, as well as the team's wonn-lost mark in his starts. No matter how you pitch, if the team is shutout or scores only one run for you, you rarely win. The Dodgers were shut out nine times and naturally were 0-9. They also scored one run on 11 different occasions and won only one of them.

Scoring less than three per game, they were 13-44 in 2006. Conversely, scoring six or more they were 52-12. The complete chart:
runs record
 0   0-9
 1   1-10  1-19
 2   3-12  4-31
 3   9-13 13-44
 4  13-10 26-54
 5  10-8  36-62
 6  17-4  53-66
 7  10-3  63-69
 8   6-3  69-72
 9   3-1  72-73
10+ 16-1  88-74
    88-74
The charts below demonstrate the difference in runs scored in wins and losses and the corresponding results by each pitcher during his starts.
Run support - wins

          wins  rn  RS
Penny       20 147  7.35
Billingsley  9  62  6.89
Seo          4  27  6.75
Tomko        7  47  6.71
Stults       2  13  6.50
Maddux       8  47  5.88
Perez        3  17  5.67
Maddux       8  47  5.88
Lowe        20 112  5.60
Hendrickson  4  20  5.00
Kuo          3  14  4.67
  Totals    88 568  6.45

 Run support - losses
          loss   r   RS
Perez        5  31  6.20
Kuo          2  11  5.50
Lowe        14  50  3.57
Maddux       4  16  4.00
Seo          6  25  4.17
Sele         7  24  3.43
Tomko        8  26  3.25
Penny       13  31  2.38
Billingsley  7  14  2.00
Hendrickson  8  16  2.00
Stults       0   0  n/a
  Totals    74 244 3.30
Koufax King-- Koufax holds the all-time record with an unbelievable 34-6 record over his 1966 starts. Drysdale posted a 31-10 mark in 1962 and Koufax's 31-10 in 1965 is third overall.

Tom Lovitt of the 1890 Brooklyn Dodgers was 32-12, the only Brooklyn player to crack the 30-win mark. Kirby Higbe (29-9, 1941) and Jeff Pfeffer (29-12, 1916) saw their team win 29 times.

Los Angeles starts
34-6—Sandy Koufax, 1963
31-10—Don Drysdale, 1962
31-10—Sandy Koufax, 1965
28-13—Sandy Koufax, 1966
25-9—Orel Hershiser, 1985
25-9—Hideo Nomo, 2002
25-17—Don Drysdale, 1965
24-9—Orel Hershiser, 1988
23-15—Claude Osteen, 1966

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