Some "on pace to" madness

Yoenis Cespedes

We are but toe deep in the 2012 season, and that means a glance at the "on pace to" numbers of individual players reveals any number of statistical absurdities. Obviously, none of these is going to hold up, but it's interesting to ponder the impossible ...

- A's centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes is on pace for 69 homers, 46 doubles and ... 24 singles.

- The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez is on pace for 54 triples.

- Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers is on pace for 270 RBI.

- Toronto Blue Jays 's J.P. Arencibia is on pace to strike out 297 times.

- Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox is on pace for 162 RBI ... and zero home runs.

- Colorado Rockies 's Michael Cuddyer is on pace for 135 doubles.

- Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is on pace to go 65-0.

- Rendering that meaningless is the fact that Detroit Tigers 's Duane Below is on pace to go 65-0 ... out of the bullpen.

- Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver is on pace for 551 strikeouts.

- Poor Josh Johnson of the Miami Marlins is on pace to go 0-54.

- Meanwhile, Jays closer Sergio Santos is on pace to blow that same number of saves (54).

- Reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is on pace to pitch 518.1 innings this season. He is also on pace to go winless over that span.

Now imagine an alternate universe in which all of this come to pass. Which bit of ridiculousness (ridiculosity?) would most redefine our notions of what's possible in this game?


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CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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