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Marginalia II - Cub Style
by Derek Smart
A question came up in the comments regarding the difference between the Cubs' average margin of victory, and their average margin of defeat. Never one to back off from a challenge, I thought I'd take a peek. Here's what it's been like from 2000 to 2004:
ED NOTE: I forgot to mention that a "Blowout" was defined as a margin of 5 runs or more.
Honestly, I'm not sure how to interpret any of this, but I present it to you nonetheless, if only to some other folks' opinions. In general, it appears that the Cubs trend toward having larger margins of victory than margins of defeat - in other words, they tend to win bigger than they lose - but how they arrive at it, or what the root cause is - well, I just can't be certain. I'd love to hear some theories, because my brain simply isn't making anything coherent out of these numbers.
Oh, and at the risk of further muddying things, here's how it breaks out for this year so far.
Them's the figures, what the hell do they mean? Or do they mean anything at all?