Comments on: The most exciting day in baseball history http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160848 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:51:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160848 Red Sox pitching in September
in low leverage situations: 740 OPS against
in high leverage situations: .839 OPS against

Bad luck? Choking? I dunno. Whatever it was, I'm working to patent the formula.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160846 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:48:26 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160846 JA/65, I read somewhere that in September (or over the last X games), Boston actually had an OPS 1 point higher than their opponents.

It's possible some of those high-scoring games they had, which "skew" their Pythag over a small sample, are due to September call-ups. I haven't looked this.

And losing every close game, often in part by dumb mistakes, could be due to teamwide "choking." Given the stories trickling out about their dysfunctional clubhouse, it does seem there is more there than the numbers imply.

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By: scott-53 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160688 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:01:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160688 @ 4,5 & 75: On April 10th the 2-7 Red Sox were 1 game ahead of the 1-8 Rays.

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By: Mike L http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160542 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:53:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160542 You wonder if managers/GM's will think differently about managing (near) success in the future. Nate Silver in the Times today calculates the astronomical odds of all that just occurred actually happening. It's beyond absurd to expect it. Would any of the teams involved have made any other decisions either at the trading deadline or in September-roster moves, in-game management, rotation, etc? Would the Braves have used their bullpen differently, instead of burning it out like the 64 Phillies. Maybe the Red Sox would have gone bigger for a starter better than Bedard at either of the trading deadlines. Good management usually involves dealing with the probable outcomes and maximizing your chances within that band-with. But nothing probable happened here. John A, Steve, Andy-you are the numbers guys-would anything that you learned in the last couple of weeks change your approach if you were running the Red Sox or Braves?

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By: Dan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160516 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:10:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160516 @4 and 5

Bottom line, there were 72 games that hurt Boston's chances of making the playoffs.

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By: Cheese http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160495 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:36:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160495 gotta say watching MLB network was great as they had split screen and showed all the plays. Very enjoyable indeed.

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By: Hub Kid http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160451 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:41:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160451 Andy, this is a great topic for the end of the regular season!

Phil G., thanks for the great recount of 1964 and 1967.

And although it's not quite on topic, i am really wondering about the Phillies last day of the season this year, which is a small part of the 'last day excitement'. I can't believe they needed to win their last four in a row, including winning on that epic last day to get 102 wins.

I haven't looked into NYY 1998 or Seattle Mariners 2001, which the Phillies weren't as close to as I first thought (114 and 116 wins), but does anyone have any ideas about what that kind of swoon say about a good team, beyond the flukes of a 162 game season?

Are there any other 'game 162s' where team records or individual records competed with the playoffs as part of the excitement?

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By: Christopher http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160433 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:23:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160433 This year may have been the most exciting single day, but 2007 came down to a tense finish, too. On the last Friday of the regular season (3 games left to play), there were 15 games on the docket. Of those 15, the results of ten of them (two-thirds) had implications for the playoffs. In the National League on that last Friday, NONE of the four playoff teams were known. Nobody had clinched with three to play. The Phillies managed to win their division on the last day of the season (thanks to the Mets historic collapse--well, one of their historic collapses). And the Colorado Rockies and San Diego had to play an additional tie-breaker game to decide the issue.

It may not have been a single day, but that last weekend of 2007 was pretty awesome.

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By: Cabriael http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160373 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:50:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160373 It will be negated in the post season by the toxic umpires, including Jerry Meals who ended the Pirates' season.

Hey Jerry, despite of your help, the Braves didn't make it this time!

I wish someone crushes an umpire's skull in this postseason.

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By: Phil Gaskill http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15423/comment-page-1#comment-160333 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15423#comment-160333 @59: Yep, that was it. Seventh-best record in the league!

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