Monday, June 30, 2008

The Race to 0.400 Officially Begins

We can officially begin the 0.400 watch. Halfway into the season, Chipper Jones still sports a robust 0.394 BA, a comfortable 30 points ahead of second-place Lance Berkman. The Dodgers, meanwhile, enjoy a 0.363 BA (Binary Average) after throwing two more binary shrimp on the barbie this weekend. The Dodgers stand a staggering 67 points ahead of 2nd-place Oakland.

All facetiousness aside, I really do find it unbelievable that in almost 1 out of every 3 games, the Dodgers score 0 or 1 runs (the 4 games in which they scored 11 runs bring their Binary Average up to 0.363). While both Jones and the Dodgers need to produce a spectacular 2nd half to match Ted Williams' 1941, it's been a long time since the Chase for 0.400 has been interesting this late in the season.

And for those hoping at some point we'll get tired of these binary musings, well the chances of that happening are about 0 or 1 in 1,000,000.

UPDATE: Inspired by Cigarcow's and Sax's discussion in the Spain post below, I did the research: Over the past 14 years in Euro and World Cup competition, Spain has put up a binary score in 17 of 34 games, for a binary average of 0.500. Time to step it up, Dodgers.


QuadSevens said...

Million should have been written out in numberical form EK. 1000000. Just to stick to the binary theme. And I hope you never get tired of the binary musings. Always fun.

Steve Sax said...

I love it:
--Dodgers' Binary Average racing to .400
--Andruw Jones, tub of lard, desperately trying to make it to a batting average of .200
--Mark Sweeney, pinch-hitter "extraordinaire", trying to make it to a batting average of .100

Alex Cora said...

Love the graph!!!

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