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Monday, October 22, 2001

Top Pitching Teams vs. Top Hitting Teams, 1969-2000

Since transactions are pretty much non-existent at this time of the year, I thought I’d print a little chart I made in response to a question in another forum.  Since 1969, there have been 780 regular season meetings between the best offensive and defensive teams in the league (as defined by PRO+ and ERA+).  In those 780 games, the team with the top pitching in the league won 385 meetings while the team with the best hitting in the league won 395.  The complete chart is below.

Year/League   Best P Team   Best H Team     Pitching Team W-L (tot)

2000 AL       Boston       Chicago       7-5   (7-5)
2000 NL       Atlanta     San Francisco   6-3   (13-8)
1999 AL       Boston       Cleveland     8-4   (21-12)
1999 NL       Atlanta     Arizona       5-4   (26-16)
1998 AL       New York     New York       NA
1998 NL       Atlanta     Houston       4-5   (30-21)
1997 AL       New York     Seattle       4-7   (34-28)
1997 NL       Atlanta     LA/SD         14-8 (48-36)
1996 AL       Texas       Seattle       3-10 (51-46)
1996 NL       Atlanta     Houston       7-4   (58-50)
1995 AL       Cleveland     Cleveland     NA
1995 NL       Atlanta     Houston       6-6   (64-56)
1994 AL       Chi/KC       New York       8-4   (72-60)
1994 NL       Mon/Atl     Houston       6-5   (78-65)
1993 AL       Boston       NY/Det       12-14 (90-79)
1993 NL       Atlanta     Philadelphia   6-6   (96-85)
1992 AL       Boston       Oakland       5-7   (101-92)
1992 NL       Atlanta     Pitt/StL       13-11 (114-103)
1991 AL       Toronto     Texas         6-6   (120-109)
1991 NL       Los Angeles   Pittsburgh     7-5   (127-114)
1990 AL       Oakland     Oakland       NA
1990 NL       Cincinnati   Pittsburgh     6-6   (133-120)
1989 AL       Oakland     Boston       5-7   (138-127)
1989 NL       Los Angeles   San Francisco   10-8 (148-135)
1988 AL       Milwaukee     Boston       3-10 (151-145)
1988 NL       New York     New York       NA
1987 AL       Toronto     Detroit       6-7   (157-152)
1987 NL       Mont/LA     New York       14-16 (171-168)
1986 AL       Kansas City   Detroit       7-5   (178-173)
1986 NL       NY/Hou       New York       5-7   (183-180)
1985 AL       Toronto     New York       7-6   (190-186)
1985 NL       Los Angeles   StL/New York   14-10 (204-196)
1984 AL       Detroit     Detroit       NA
1984 NL       Pittsburgh   Philadelphia   11-7 (215-203)
1983 AL       Texas       Milwaukee     4-8   (219-211)
1983 NL       Los Angeles   StL/SD       15-15 (234-226)
1982 AL       Detroit     Milwaukee     3-10 (237-236)
1982 NL       Montreal     Los Angeles     4-8   (241-244)
1981 AL       New York     Chicago       7-5   (248-249)
1981 NL       Houston     Phi/Cin       8-14 (256-263)
1980 AL       Minnesota     Milwaukee     5-7   (261-270)
1980 NL       Philadelphia   Houston       9-3   (270-273)
1979 AL       Baltimore     California     9-3   (279-276)
1979 NL       Montreal     Los Angeles     6-6   (285-282)
1978 AL       Boston       Milwaukee     10-5 (295-287)
1978 NL       Los Angeles   Los Angeles     NA
1977 AL       Kansas City   New York       5-5   (300-292)
1977 NL       Los Angeles   Philadelphia   6-6   (306-298)
1976 AL       New York     New York       NA
1976 NL       New York     Cincinnati     6-6   (312-304)
1975 AL       Baltimore     Boston       9-9   (321-313)
1975 NL       Pittsburgh   Cincinnati     6-6   (327-319)
1974 AL       Oakland     Texas         8-10 (335-329)
1974 NL       Los Angeles   Los Angeles     NA
1973 AL       Baltimore     Boston       7-11 (342-340)
1973 NL       Los Angeles   Cincinnati     7-11 (349-351)
1972 AL       Baltimore     Boston       7-11 (356-362)
1972 NL       Los Angeles   Cincinnati     5-9   (361-371)
1971 AL       Baltimore     Baltimore     NA
1971 NL       New York     Pittsburgh     10-8 (371-379)
1970 AL       Baltimore     Baltimore     NA
1970 NL       New York     Cincinnati     4-8   (375-387)
1969 AL       Baltimore     Baltimore     NA
1969 NL       New York     Pittsburgh     10-8 (385-395)

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 22, 2001 at 09:09 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jwb Posted: December 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM (#551808)
Although this doesn't really prove anything, it certainly supports the proposition that baseball is roughly 49.3% pitching and defense.

JWB

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