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Some final Bisons numbers

Our summer-long regional nightmare is finally over as the Bisons mercifully finished their season with Monday's 3-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. The team's final record of 56-87 is the second-worst in the modern era -- only the 55-89 team that closed the Pittsburgh affiliation in 1994 was worse.

Things were, however, dramatically better after the All-Star break both in overall record (32-54 before the break, 24-33 after) and home record (15-32 before, 14-11 after). Things reversed on the road, where Buffalo was 17-22 before the break but just 10-22 after it.

Here's a look at some more numbers that tell an ugly story:

Record in one-run games: 20-28 (10-10 home, 10-18 road). The 28 losses are one shy of the franchise mark of 29 set in 1990
Shutouts: 10-12
Trailing after 7 innings: 2-59 (1-30 home, 1-29 road)
Trailing after 8 innings: 0-63 (0-31 home, 0-32 road)
Comeback wins: Only two when trailing by more than two runs at any point (5/25 and 8/17, both vs. Lehigh Valley
Series record: 7-17-17
Record by divisions: 29-51 vs. North, 14-17 vs. South, 13-19 vs. West
Pinch-hitters: 10-71 (.141), 5 RBIs (Michel Abreu was 4 for 10, the rest were just 6 for 61)
DHs: .228, 6 homers, 30 RBIs

Team Stats
: .255 (13th out of 14 IL teams)
Runs: 502 (13th) -- It's the lowest figure in franchise history, shattering the mark of 536 in 1994. By contrast, the 2004 championship team scored a franchise-high 848 runs!
Home runs: 80 (13th) -- the lowest since the '94 team had 65. There were no grand slams for the first time since 1988
ERA: 4.04 (11th)

By the way, former Bison Jordan Brown won the IL batting title with a .336 average. League MVP Shelley Duncan of Scranton led in home runs (30) and RBIs (99) but was called up to the Yankees Monday so probably won't be in the playoffs. Buffalo pitcher Nelson Figueroa finished 2 2/3 innings shy of qualifying for the league ERA title and would have won it at 2.25. Charlotte's Carlos Torres gets the crown at 2.39.

---Mike Harrington


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