AFTER 154 GAMES, THE 1972 COMPARISON COMES TO AN END

Many of you regular readers of Better Off Red are familiar with the season-long comparison of the 2012 Reds with the 1972 club.

For those of you newbies, you can follow it HERE, HERE and HERE.

Due to a players strike, the 1972 baseball season was delayed and would prevent the Reds from playing a full 162-game schedule.  Instead, they played 154 games.  Last night, the 2012 ball club played its 154th game of the season.

So, this presents a perfect opportunity to compare the two clubs for the final time…

Both the ’72 and ’12 teams closely resemble each other, statistically.  The few noticeable differences, in regards to totals AND how they ranked among the National League leaders are runs, steals, walks, on-base pct and stikeouts by pitchers.

Let’s begin with offense.

1972 on the left, 2012 on the right:

.251 (7th) – BATTING AVERAGE – .254 (8th)
5241 (9th) – AT-BATS – 5222 (7th)
707 (2nd) – RUNS – 655 (9th)
1317 (7th) – HITS – 1324 (8th)
214 (3rd) – DOUBLES – 286 (3rd)
44 (2nd) – TRIPLES – 29 (10th)
124 (5th) – HOME RUNS – 169 (3rd)
650 – RBI – 622
140 (1st) – STOLEN BASES – 87 (13th)
63 (2nd) – CAUGHT STEALING – 25 (15th)
606 (1st) – WALKS – 464 (7th)
914 (5th) – STRIKEOUTS – 1192 (8th)
.330 (1st) – ON-BASE PCT – .318 (9th)
.380 (6th) – SLUGGING – .417 (6th)
.710 (4th) – OPS – .735 (6th)

And now pitching…

3.21 (3rd) – TEAM ERA – 3.40 (2nd)
25 (12th) – COMPLETE GAMES – 8 (1st)
60 (1st) – SAVES – 54 (1st)
1412.2 (3rd) – INNINGS PITCHED – 1383.2 (3rd)
1313 (7th) – HITS – 1299 (7th)
557 (3rd) – RUNS – 568 (2nd)
504 (4th) – EARNED RUNS – 522 (2nd)
129 (10th) – HOME RUNS – 145 (7th)
435 (4th) – WALKS – 407 (3rd)
806 (10th) – STRIKEOUTS – 1193 (5th)

The ’72 team finished 95-59 and clinched its division championship on September 22 before going all the way to the World Series where the Reds lost to the A’s in 7 games.

The ’12 Reds are currently 93-61 after 154 games and they also clinched their division on September 22.  Here’s hoping they also go to the World Series but enjoy a much different result than their ’72 predecessors.

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I had a great time with this and I hope you did, too.  It began as a way to calm down the folks who were worried about the slow start to the season.  Who knew it would go this far?  I certainly didn’t.

Expect good news,

Jamie

 

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