Quirky stats to cap April

Daniel Webb and the Dash's bullpen struck out 80 in 80 innings during April (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Daniel Webb and the Dash’s bullpen struck out 80 in 80 innings during April (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The first month of the season is in the books, and Winston-Salem is very much in the thick of the Southern Division race. The Dash are 13-12, two games behind first-place Myrtle Beach.

To put the finishing touches on April, how about a dose of some crazy, interesting stats about the Dash. Some of these stats could end up in “Crooked Numbers,” Benjamin Hill’s tremendous creation on MiLB.com.

  • We may have jinxed this a few days ago, but Winston-Salem was the last team to lose a game during which the Dash plated the first run. The Dash finished the month with a 10-1 record in games they scored first, with the lone loss on Monday in Lynchburg.
  • Most minor league teams average between four and five runs per game, so reaching six runs in a game is considered “above average.” Last season, Winston-Salem scored six or more runs in 67 of its 139 regular season games. This number was easily the best in the Carolina League. In 2013, however…
  • Winston has surpassed the five-run mark only four times this season, which is tied for the third-worst mark in the minor leagues. Toledo (Triple-A, Detroit) and Burlington (Low-A, Los Angeles Angels) have posted only three such offensive outputs.
  • Ah, but the Dash took this statistic to a new level from this standpoint: Winston- Salem was the only squad among the 120 full-season teams in Minor League Baseball that did not win multiple games when scoring six or more runs. The Dash are 1-3 in these situations, with the lone win coming on April 14 (15-2 vs. Carolina). Only three minor league squads have won just two games with six-plus runs: Bradenton (High-A, Pittsburgh), Jupiter (High-A, Miami) and Toledo (Triple-A, Detroit).
  • A few round numbers for the Dash in April: Dash relievers struck out 80 batters in 80 innings of work, and Winston-Salem allowed an even 100 runs in 25 games.
  • Finally, let’s look ahead to May and maybe the strangest scheduling in the minor leagues this year. This quirk is not directly related to Winston-Salem, but many former Dash players will go through it. Double-A Birmingham will play a five-game, four-day series at Jacksonville from May 17-20 before enjoying back-to-back off days. Then, from May 23-27, the Barons will play five more games against the Suns…IN JACKSONVILLE AGAIN! According to Google Maps, a drive from Birmingham to Jacksonville takes seven hours, so I’m guessing the team will remain in Florida during their off days.  Thanks to Lisa for pointing this out. The team goes from Jacksonville to Jackson. I did not read the schedule correctly. My apologies.

The Dash begin yet another month tonight at 6:05 against Lynchburg. What quirks will we uncover in May? Hope you’ll stay tuned to find out.

The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 tonight, and you can listen here. Talk to you then!

– Brian


Barons play in Jackson, Tennessee (JXN) have their two off days, then head to Jacksonville, Florida (JAX) to play🙂

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