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September 12, 2010
Why the Padres do not have a bad offense, in sonnet form
The Padres score four and a quarter runs
Over a regulation baseball game
But in the National League the other ones
Score around four and a third in the same
But now, are Friars batsmen all to blame?
Some simple research will clearly show
Not every team’s home park is quite the same.
So there’s another fact we need to know.
From Two-thousand eight to Two-thousand ten
Petco had a park factor of point eight three
Just halve the effect (for road parks) and then
A park factor of point nine two, you see.
So home in Petco a league average squad
Scores but four runs a game – now that’s just odd.
(Methodological notes: The sonnet is in the Shakespearean a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g rhyming scheme. All lines are in iambic pentameter - notionally, at least; some feet may be inverted.)