Some Mind-boggling Advanced Statistics

By now, I think everyone is well aware of UCLA's 17-0 start and just how good the team has been. I mean, if 17-0 wasn't good enough, it's been against a good schedule and has spanned over a month. It's some truly remarkable stuff. Guess what? That's nothing.

These numbers come via JPK of, who is one of the better college baseball number crunchers out there. JPK put together an advanced statistic formula that he calls, "runs-allowed normalized by SOS." To simplify, the formula measures which team gives up the fewest runs a game when adjusting for the strength of schedule and it also takes into account park factor so pitcher's parks and hitter's parks are accounted for in this number. Check out the top 10 in the country:

1) UCLA            3.77
2) Texas            4.28
3) Oregon          4.37
4) Alabama        4.38
5) Virginia          4.49
6) Arizona St.     4.49
7) Mississippi     4.57
8) Texas A&M    4.58
9) Florida           4.59
10) Oregon St.  4.61

That's not a joke. When taking into account the strength of schedule and ballparks each team has played their games in, UCLA gives up the fewest runs per game and by a huge margin. There's a greater difference between UCLA at number one and Texas at number two than there is between Texas at number two and Oregon St. at number ten. That is absolutely astonishing.

While not as good as the pitchers, the UCLA offense isn't half bad either. Here are the runs per game with strength of schedule and park factor taken into account, again thanks to JPK at

1) Georgia St.     10.20
2) UCLA               9.69
3) Ga. Tech          9.49
4) Arizona St.       9.42
5) Clemson          9.20
6) Pittsburgh        9.15
7) NC State          9.02
8) TCU                 9.00
9) Virginia            8.91
10) Florida St.      8.91

That right there is how you go 17-0. There's a ton of season left to play and the team hasn't even started Pac-10 play so who knows what the season has in store for this team, but looking back at the first 17 games is pretty shocking when you look at numbers like this.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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