Dodgers, Led By Hudson, Tops League in RCAA

The Dodgers, led by red-hot Orlando Hudson, move into the top spot in the National League in Runs Created Above Average. And the pitching staff is tied for second in the league in Runs Saved Above Average.

Hudson, with nine RCAA, trails only Ryan Ludwick of St. Louis who has 11. Manny Ramirez is tied for seventh place in the league and Matt Kemp (5) Andre Ethier (4) are not far behind. As a team the Dodgers and Cardinals top the National League with 19 RCAA and Florida is third with 10.

In the pitching Department, Los Angeles is tied for third with Florida with 14 Runs Saved Above Average. The surprising Pirates top the charts with 19.
Runs Created Was invented by Bill James and is a very good measure of the number of runs a batter truly contributed to his team's offense. The basic formula for RC is OBP*TB, but it has evolved into over fourteen different versions.

Runs Created Above Average is a stat invented and tracked by Lee Sinins, the author of the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia. Lee calculates each player's Runs Created, and then compares it to the league average, given that player's number of plate appearances. Lee uses a different version of RC than we do, though the two are very similar.

Runs Saved Above Average. This stat, which is also tracked and reported by Lee Sinins, is a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness and contribution. The formula is RA/IP minus league-average RA/IP, times total innings pitched.

The complete list of Dodgers individuals and team in both categories, with team leaders of the other N.L. teams.

NL Runs Created Above Average

LEADERS
1    Ryan Ludwick                 11   
2    Orlando Hudson                9   
T3   Chris Duncan                  8   
T3   Chase Utley                   8   
T3   Kosuke Fukudome               8   
T3   Fred Lewis                    8   
T7   Manny Ramirez                 6   
T7   Jeremy Hermida                6   
T7   Mike Cameron                  6   
T7   Jorge Cantu                   6   
T7   Adam Dunn                     6   
T7   Albert Pujols                 6   
T7   Jeff Keppinger                6   
T7   Cristian Guzman               6   
T7   Raul Ibanez                   6   
T7   Scott Hairston                6   

WORST
T1   J.J. Hardy                   -7   
T1   Jimmy Rollins                -7   
T3   Alex Gonzalez                -6   
T3   Brian Giles                  -6   
T5   Edgar Renteria               -5   
T5   Travis Ishikawa              -5   
T5   Jason Kendall                -5   
T8   Garrett Atkins               -4   
T8   Ivan Rodriguez               -4   
T8   Chris Iannetta               -4   
T8   Pablo Sandoval               -4   
T8   Conor Jackson                -4   
T8   Todd Helton                  -4   

TEAM TOTALS
T1   Dodgers                      19   
T1   Cardinals                    19   
3    Marlins                      10   
T4   Cubs                          8   
T4   Padres                        8   
6    Mets                          7   
7    Nationals                     4   
8    Pirates                       3   
9    Phillies                      2   
10   Braves                       -4   
11   Astros                       -9   
12   Rockies                     -10   
13   Reds                        -11   
14   Brewers                     -13   
T15  Diamondbacks                -17   
T15  Giants                      -17   

  TEAM BY TEAM--

 DODGERS
Orlando Hudson        9
Manny Ramirez         6
Matt Kemp             5
Andre Ethier          4
Mark Loretta          2
Brad Ausmus           1
James Loney           0
Doug Mientkiewicz     0
Juan Pierre           0
Blake Dewitt         -1
Casey Blake          -1
Juan Castro          -1
Rafael Furcal        -2
Russell Martin       -3

 DIAMONDBACKS
Felipe Lopez          4

 BRAVES
Yunel Escobar         2
Jeff Francoeur        2

 CUBS
Kosuke Fukudome       8
Ryan Theriot          5
Alfonso Soriano       5

 REDS
Joey Votto            4

 ROCKIES
Ian Stewart           4

 MARLINS
Jeremy Hermida        6
Jorge Cantu           6

 ASTROS
Jeff Keppinger        6

 BREWERS
Mike Cameron          6

 METS
Ryan Church           5
Carlos Delgado        4


 PHILLIES
Chase Utley           8
Raul Ibanez           6

 PIRATES
Freddy Sanchez        4
Nate McLouth          3

 PADRES
Scott Hairston        6
Adrian Gonzalez       5

 GIANTS
Fred Lewis            8

 CARDINALS
Ryan Ludwick         11
Chris Duncan          8
Albert Pujols         6
Brian Barden          5

 NATIONALS
Adam Dunn             6
Cristian Guzman       6

  NL Runs Saved Above Average

LEADERS
1    Johan Santana                 9   
2    Paul Maholm                   8   
T3   Zach Duke                     6   
T3   Wandy Rodriguez               6   
T3   Dan Haren                     6   
T6   Jason Marquis                 5   
T6   Chris Carpenter               5   
T6   Doug Davis                    5   
T6   Jair Jurrjens                 5   
T10  Kyle Lohse                    4   
T10  Clayton Kershaw               4   
T10  Chris Sampson                 4   
T10  Aaron Harang                  4   
T10  Josh Johnson                  4   
T10  Chris Volstad                 4   
T10  Matt Cain                     4   

WORST
1    Brian Moehler               -10   
T2   Cole Hamels                  -7   
T2   Mike Lincoln                 -7   
T2   Scott Olsen                  -7   
T2   Randy Johnson                -7   
T2   Aaron Cook                   -7   
T2   Jeff Suppan                  -7   
T8   Barry Zito                   -5   
T8   Edinson Volquez              -5   
T8   Billy Buckner                -5   
T8   Blaine Boyer                 -5   
T8   Joe Blanton                  -5   

TEAM TOTALS
1    Pirates                      17   
T2   Marlins                      14   
T2   Dodgers                      14   
4    Mets                          8   
T5   Cardinals                     5   
T5   Cubs                          5   
T7   Padres                        3   
T7   Astros                        3   
9    Rockies                       0   
10   Diamondbacks                 -3   
T11  Braves                       -4   
T11  Reds                         -4   
13   Giants                       -5   
14   Brewers                     -12   
15   Nationals                   -16   
16   Phillies                    -26   

TEAM BY TEAM--

 DODGERS
Clayton Kershaw       4
Ronald Belisario      3
Chad Billingsley      3
Jonathan Broxton      2
Eric Stults           2
Hiroki Kuroda         2
Randy Wolf            1
Will Ohman            1
Hong-Chih Kuo         0
Cory Wade             0
Ramon Troncoso        0
Guillermo Mota       -1
James McDonald       -3

 DIAMONDBACKS
Dan Haren             6
Doug Davis            5

 BRAVES
Jair Jurrjens         5
Rafael Soriano        3

 CUBS
Carlos Marmol         3
Aaron Heilman         3

 REDS
Aaron Harang          4

 ROCKIES
Jason Marquis         5
Ubaldo Jimenez        3

 MARLINS
Chris Volstad         4
Josh Johnson          4
Anibal Sanchez        3
Hayden Penn           3

 ASTROS
Wandy Rodriguez       6
Chris Sampson         4
Mike Hampton          3

 BREWERS
Todd Coffey           3

 METS
Johan Santana         9
Francisco Rodriguez   3

 PHILLIES
Scott Eyre            1

 PIRATES
Paul Maholm           8
Zach Duke             6
John Grabow           3
Craig Hansen          3

 PADRES
Edwin Moreno          3
Heath Bell            3

 GIANTS
Matt Cain             4

 CARDINALS
Chris Carpenter       5
Kyle Lohse            4
Ryan Franklin         3

 NATIONALS
Joe Beimel            2

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