Do Carlos Gomez’s TOOTBLAN-y ways help the Brewers win? No, but …
It may be counterintuitive, but teams that TOOTBLAN during a game win more often than when they don’t have any such outs.
Through Tuesday’s games, teams have at 112-89 record in games in which they have TOOTBLAN’d – winning 55.7 percent of their games.
Most likely due to a highly complex series of interconnected baseball truisms:
- More Baserunners=More TOOTBLANs
- More Baserunners=More Runs
- More Runs=More Wins
It doesn’t follow for all teams. As the chart below shows, 18 teams have better records in games in which they TOOTBLAN, while 11 teams have a worse record. (The Mets are .500 in both categories.)
The Brewers – owners of the best record in baseball – are 7-0 in games in which they TOOTBLAN at least once and a more pedestrian 8-6 in TOOTBLANless games.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Nationals are a lousy 2-5 in games with a TOOTBLAN and a stellar 9-5 in games without.
While we have run the team-by-team numbers for 2013, we can tell you there were 1,012 TOOTBLANs by teams in wins last year and 842 TOOTBLANs in losses - meaning 54.6 percent of TOOTBLANs were in wins. This year, 57.1 percent of the 252 TOOTBLANs have come in wins.
The chart below shows the number of TOOTBLANs for each team in 2014, their record in games with at least one TOOTBLAN and record for games with no TOOTBLANs. The TOOTBLAN column doesn’t equal the number of games column because teams often have multiple TOOTBLANs in a game.
(Small sample size caveats and all that.)