Russell Martin Eighth in 2009 Catcher's ERA

Russell Martin's fourth full major league season saw him finish eighth in the National League in catcher's earned run average, some .21 points behind his best finish. He was .25 points lower than the team ERA in 2007. Paul Lo Duca holds the all-time Dodgers mark.

Martin's 2009 figures place him 15th on the charts. Catcher's earned run average measures the individual catcher's ERA against the team's ERA with each catcher behind the plate. His average is compared to the team's ERA and the difference indicates how much better the staff did when he was behind the plate.

For example, Los Angeles pitcher's recorded a 3.41 earned run average over all in 2009 and a 3.37 earned run average while Martin was behind the plate. That gives Martin a .04 advantage under the team's average. AJ Ellis was a -.16 and Brad Ausmus a +.24 but neither of them caught enough innings to be included on the overall list.

Nick Hundley of San Diego finished first at a -.37, Yadier Molina of St. Louis was second (-.33) and Miguel Montero of Arizona third (-.31).

 National League Catchers ERA comparison:
                                 Team
		           ERA    ERA	  ± total
 1. Nick Hundley, SD	  4.00	  4.37	  -.37
 2. Yadier Molina, St.L	  4.33	  3.66	  -.33
 3. Miguel Montero, Ariz  4.11	  4.42	  -.31
 4. Carlos Ruiz, Phil	  4.00	  4.16	  -.16
 5. Koyie Hill, Chic	  3.69	  3.84	  -.15
 6. Omir Santos, NY Mets  4.46    4.45	  -.11
 7. Josh Bard, Wash	  4.95	  5.00	  -.05
 8. Russell Martin, LA	  3.37	  3.41	  -.04
 9. Chris Iannetta, Col	  4.21	  4.22	  -.01
10. Brian McCain, Atl	  3.65	  3.57	  +.08
11. Ryan Hanagan, Cin	  4.27	  4.18	  +.09
12. Jason Kendall, Mil	  4.96	  4.83	  +.13
13. John Baker, Fla	  4.43	  4.29	  +.14
14. Govanni Soto, Chic	  4.00	  3.84	  +.16
15. Bengie Molina, SF	  3.75	  3.55	  +.20
 Other Dodgers
AJ Ellis	          3.25	  3.41	  -.16
Brad Ausmus	          3.65	  3.41	  +.24
Dodger Top 20
Roy Campanella set the standard pretty high in 1956, the Dodgers final pennant season in Brooklyn. His 3.59 ERA was 37 points lower than the team's 3.95.

But Paul Lo Duca, at age 31, had a career season, recording a 2.73 earned run average, a full 43 points below the team's 3.16 average and he holds, and may hold for a long time, both the all-time Dodger record and the Los Angeles top mark.

Russell Martin, at age 23 and in his first season in Los Angeles, posted an earned run average 30 points below the team mark and holds second place. Steve Yeager is tied for third with Mike Scioscia, each at 27 points lower than the team. Scioscia's big season was his last in the major leagues. Scioscia, the present Angels manager, holds seven of the top 20 entries.

 Dodger Top 20 CERA
                                Team
  Brooklyn	        ERA  	CERA	± total
1956  Roy Campanella	3.58	3.95	-.37

  Los Angeles
2003  Paul Lo Duca	2.73	3.16	-.43
2006  Russell Martin	3.95	4.20	-.30
1974  Steve Yeager	2.70	2.97	-.27
1992  Mike Scioscia	3.14	3.41	-.27 
1990  Mike Scioscia	3.68	3.94	-.26

2007  Russell Martin	3.95	4.20	-.25
1994  Mike Piazza	3.96	4.17	-.21
1967  John Roseboro	3.01	3.21	-.20
1975  Steve Yeager	2.73	2.92	-.19
1961  John Roseboro	3.87	4.04	-.17

1973  Joe Ferguson	2.85	3.00	-.15
1996  Mike Piazza	3.31	3.46	-.15
1998  Charles Johnson	3.67	3.81	-.14
1962  John Roseboro	3.49	3.62	-.13
1984  Mike Scioscia     3.04	3.17	-.13

1980  Steve Yeager	3.14	3.26	-.12
1997  Mike Piazza	3.50	3.62	-.12
1988  Mike Scioscia	2.86	2.96	-.10
1979  Steve Yeager	3.77	3.86	-.09
1985  Mike Scioscia	2.85	2.96	-.09
1987  Mike Scioscia	3.63	3.72	-.09
1990  Mike Scioscia	3.63	3.72	-.09

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