Dodgers Lead National League in Runs Created

Matt Kemp is tied for 10th in the National League in Runs Created Above Average. Manny Ramirez (28) and Andre Ethier (23) are both over the 20 mark. Albert Pujols (64) tops the league. Clayton Kershaw is the highest pitcher with 15 Runs Saved Above Average but he did not crack the top 10. Randy Wolf, Ron Belisario and Ramon Troncoso, at 10, share the next four places.

Runs Created Was invented by Bill James and is an excellent measure of the number of runs a batter truly contributed to his team's offense. The basic formula for RC is OBPxTB, 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 top 5 leaders are listed for all National League teams. 

  NL RUNS CREATED ABOVE AVERAGE

LEADERS
1    Albert Pujols                64   
2    Prince Fielder               51   
3    Chase Utley                  49   
4    Adam Dunn                    48   
5    Hanley Ramirez               47   
6    Ryan Braun                   42   
7    Adrian Gonzalez              38   
8    Pablo Sandoval               33   
T9   Mark Reynolds                30   
T9   Matt Kemp                    30   

WORST
T1   Emilio Bonifacio            -26   
T1   Willy Taveras               -26   
3    Edgar Renteria              -22   
4    Garrett Atkins              -21   
T5   Jimmy Rollins               -19   
T5   Alex Gonzalez               -19   
T7   Aaron Miles                 -18   
T7   Jason Kendall               -18   
T9   Gerardo Parra               -17   
T9   J.J. Hardy                  -17   
T9   Chris Young                 -17   

TEAM TOTALS
1    Dodgers                      78   
2    Brewers                      65   
3    Phillies                     62   
4    Braves                       50   
5    Nationals                    47   
6    Cardinals                    39   
7    Astros                        8   
8    Mets                         -7   
9    Marlins                     -10   
10   Padres                      -13   
11   Rockies                     -25   
12   Pirates                     -37   
13   Diamondbacks                -48   
14   Cubs                        -53   
15   Giants                      -74   
16   Reds                        -81   

  TEAM BY TEAM--

 DODGERS
Matt Kemp            30
Manny Ramirez        28
Andre Ethier         23
Casey Blake          13
Orlando Hudson       11
Juan Pierre           6
Brad Ausmus           1
James Loney           0
Tony Abreu            0
Doug Mientkiewicz     0
Mitch Jones           0
Juan Castro           0
Xavier Paul          -1
A.J. Ellis           -1
Jamie Hoffmann       -3
Blake Dewitt         -3
Russell Martin       -7
Mark Loretta         -8
Rafael Furcal       -11

 DIAMONDBACKS
Mark Reynolds        30
Justin Upton         21
Ryan Roberts          4
Miguel Montero        4
Felipe Lopez          3

 BRAVES
Chipper Jones        23
Adam LaRoche         19
Brian McCann         11
Yunel Escobar        11
Matt Diaz             8

 CUBS
Derrek Lee           27
Kosuke Fukudome       9
Aramis Ramirez        9
Jeff Baker            4
Jake Fox              2
Sam Fuld              2

 REDS
Joey Votto           27
Jonny Gomes          12
Chris Dickerson       2
Wilkin Castillo       1
Danny Richar          0
Scott Rolen           0
Wladimir Balentien    0

 ROCKIES
Todd Helton          20
Brad Hawpe           14
Seth Smith           10
Carlos Gonzalez       5
Dexter Fowler         4

 MARLINS
Hanley Ramirez       47
Chris Coghlan         4
Nick Johnson          4
Alejandro De Aza      0
Dan Uggla             0

 ASTROS
Lance Berkman        28
Carlos Lee           22
Michael Bourn        17
Hunter Pence          6
Edwin Maysonet        1

 BREWERS
Prince Fielder       51
Ryan Braun           42
Mike Cameron         13
Felipe Lopez          9
Casey McGehee         8

 METS
David Wright         27
Carlos Beltran       24
Luis Castillo         7
Gary Sheffield        6
Carlos Delgado        6

 PHILLIES
Chase Utley          49
Shane Victorino      23
Jayson Werth         22
Ryan Howard          21
Raul Ibanez          17

 PIRATES
Garrett Jones        18
Andrew McCutchen     11
Nate McLouth          6
Delwyn Young          6
Freddy Sanchez        2

 PADRES
Adrian Gonzalez      38
Scott Hairston       14
Everth Cabrera        8
Kyle Blanks           6
Will Venable          4

 GIANTS
Pablo Sandoval       33
Andres Torres         3
Aaron Rowand          2
Fred Lewis            2
Nate Schierholtz      1

 CARDINALS
Albert Pujols        64
Matt Holliday        23
Skip Schumaker        6
Ryan Ludwick          6
Julio Lugo            4

 NATIONALS
Adam Dunn            48
Josh Willingham      29
Ryan Zimmerman       23
Nick Johnson         12
Nyjer Morgan         11

  NL RUNS SAVED ABOVE AVERAGE

 LEADERS
1    Tim Lincecum                 38   
2    Dan Haren                    37   
3    Matt Cain                    35   
4    Chris Carpenter              30   
T5   Josh Johnson                 29   
T5   J.A. Happ                     29   
T7   Ubaldo Jimenez               28   
T7   Adam Wainwright              28   
9    Jason Marquis                24   
10   Randy Wells                  22   

 WORST
1    Manny Parra                 -28   
2    Josh Geer                   -26   
3    Felipe Paulino              -22   
4    Todd Wellemeyer             -21   
T5   Homer Bailey                -20   
T5   Livan Hernandez             -20   
T7   Billy Buckner               -18   
T7   Logan Kensing               -18   
T9   Brian Moehler               -17   
T9   Tim Redding                 -17   

 TEAM TOTALS
1    Giants                       91   
2    Rockies                      77   
3    Cubs                         69   
4    Dodgers                      53   
5    Cardinals                    40   
6    Braves                       38   
T7   Phillies                     37   
T7   Diamondbacks                 37   
9    Marlins                      33   
10   Reds                        -31   
11   Mets                        -34   
12   Pirates                     -37   
13   Astros                      -58   
14   Brewers                     -95   
15   Nationals                  -114   
16   Padres                     -121   

  TEAM BY TEAM--

 DODGERS
Clayton Kershaw      15
Randy Wolf           12
Ronald Belisario     10
Ramon Troncoso       10
Jonathan Broxton      7
Chad Billingsley      5
George Sherrill       5
Guillermo Mota        3
Charlie Haeger        3
Claudio Vargas        3
Jeff Weaver           2
Hong-Chih Kuo         1
Mark Loretta          0
Travis Schlichting    0
Eric Milton           0
Scott Elbert         -1
James McDonald       -1
Hiroki Kuroda        -1
Jason Schmidt        -3
Will Ohman           -3
Brent Leach          -4
Eric Stults          -5
Cory Wade            -5

 DIAMONDBACKS
Dan Haren            37
Doug Davis           15
Max Scherzer          8
Chad Qualls           7
Clay Zavada           7

 BRAVES
Jair Jurrjens        17
Javier Vazquez       16
Mike Gonzalez        10
Rafael Soriano       10
Tommy Hanson          8

 CUBS
Randy Wells          22
Ted Lilly            16
Carlos Zambrano      15
Angel Guzman          7
Carlos Marmol         7

 REDS
Francisco Cordero    10
Nick Masset           9
Arthur Rhodes         8
Daniel Herrera        8
Carlos Fisher         5

 ROCKIES
Ubaldo Jimenez       28
Jason Marquis        24
Josh Fogg            12
Huston Street        10
Aaron Cook            7
Franklin Morales      7

 MARLINS
Josh Johnson         29
Brian Sanches        16
Kiko Calero          14
Renyel Pinto         10
Dan Meyer             7

 ASTROS
Wandy Rodriguez      19
LaTroy Hawkins       11
Jose Valverde         7
Tim Byrdak            4
Alberto Arias         3
Roy Oswalt            3

 BREWERS
Todd Coffey          12
Yovani Gallardo      10
Trevor Hoffman        9
Mark DiFelice         3
Chris Smith           2

 METS
Johan Santana        18
Brian Stokes          7
Pedro Feliciano       6
Francisco Rodriguez   6
Fernando Nieve        5

 PHILLIES
J.A. Happ            29
Cliff Lee            13
Ryan Madson          11
Joe Blanton          10
Scott Eyre            8

 PIRATES
Zach Duke            16
Evan Meek             4
John Grabow           4
Sean Burnett          4
Joel Hanrahan         2
Jesse Chavez          2
Steven Jackson        2

 PADRES
Mike Adams            9
Heath Bell            9
Edward Mujica         3
Joe Thatcher          2
Luke Gregerson        1

 GIANTS
Tim Lincecum         38
Matt Cain            35
Jeremy Affeldt       12
Justin Miller        11
Brian Wilson          9

 CARDINALS
Chris Carpenter      30
Adam Wainwright      28
Joel Pineiro         16
Ryan Franklin        15
Trever Miller         8

 NATIONALS
Mike MacDougal        7
Tyler Clippard        6
Joe Beimel            3
Sean Burnett          2
John Lannan           1
Ron Villone           1

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