The numbers are ridiculous — even by video game standards.
The Albany Athletics are 21-2 in league play (33-3 overall) heading into their Albany Twilight League finale at 1 p.m. today at Bleecker Stadium. League playoffs start next week:. Regardless of how the A’s do — and they will be overwhelming favorites — they have already qualified for the AABC North Atlantic Regional in Guilderland later this month.
If you need a reason why the A’s are so dominant, look no further than the mound. The numbers are absurd:
1. Out of 11 pitchers to have appeared in league games this year, seven have a league ERA of 1.53 or lower. Of the 12 pitchers used all season, nine cracked that figure on the overall year.
2. Four have an ERA under 1.00 in league. The number rises to six when you include non-league games. In case you are wondering, the all-time Major League record for a season is .088, set by Tim Keefe in 1880. The modern record in 1.12 set by Bob Gibson in 1968.
3. Kevin Connolly is a staff-leading 7-0 with an 0.17 ERA. In 411⁄3 innings he has allowed one earned run. For context, Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has a mind-boggling 1.39 ERA.
4. The Athletics staff ERA in league games is 0.93. The league's average ERA from 1999-2014 is 3.28.
Overall, in 36 games the A’s staff’s ERA balloons . . . to 1.11.
Another comparison: Heading into Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals led the major leagues with a staff ERA of 2.71.
5. They don’t give up the long ball. Ever. In 23 league games this season, the A’s have recorded more complete games (six) and shutouts (five) than they’ve allowed combined triples and home runs (four).
Bonus: Ten of the 12 players who have pitched this year are undefeated. . . . Eleven of the 12 have more strikeouts than walks allowed on the year. . . . Ten of the 12 have recorded more strikeouts than hits surrendered.