Comments on: Most Exciting World Series Games Ever http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178819 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 06:45:29 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178819 @10, @12 and Washington's "strategy"

How about his choice of starting pitcher tonight? Or, rather, his choice to use Derek Holland in relief in last night's game.

To me, the rain day worked beautifully for the Rangers by setting up Lewis and Holland to start games 6 and (if necessary) game 7. And, it wasn't like he used Holland in game 6 to ensure there wouldn't be a game 7. Holland came into a tied game in the 6th inning - it certainly wasn't as if game 7 was only a remote possibility at that point.

And, tonight, sacrifice bunting, down a run on the road, with your #2 hitter and one of your faster runners (probably the fastest) at the plate. In the 5th inning! Never mind that the sacrifice "worked" - what was the point of that strategy at the point of the ball game?

It's easy to be a critic, and I believe it does take time and experience for some managers to become good managers. I also think it's certainly too early to say that Washington couldn't be such a manager. But it sure is tough for a team in the WS to have to suffer through their manager's growing pains.

]]>
By: otf http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178755 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 03:44:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178755 I just thought of something, and somebody came up with it already, at least once three years ago: http://www.fangraphs.com/forums/topic.php?id=2975. would this data look more like an "excitement index" if we used a logarithmic scale on the y axis or some other sort of accentuation of the extremes? Or more theoretically I guess it'd be an extreme value issue so maybe you'd use a gumbel distribution but that's a bit overdoing it

]]>
By: SocraticGadfly http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178735 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 03:23:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178735 YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

]]>
By: Mugsy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178711 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 02:38:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178711 Left off the game 6 list is 1975 Reds and Redsox. Everyone remembers the Carlton Fisk homerun that won it, but the great play that is lost in that tremendous series was Bernie Carbo's pinch hit, two out three run homer to tie it in the 8th.

]]>
By: SocraticGadfly http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178691 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 02:01:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178691 @26 Yeah, especially now that the Cards are up three, I will take Carpenter's performance so far. And, with him leading off next inning, if he gets in trouble now, the double switch is availabe.

]]>
By: Whiz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178682 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 01:43:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178682 @23, well, Carp has allowed 2 runs in 5 innings, but on only 78 pitches. And I think you're right, the Cardinals must be pleased. He is following his pattern of being shaky early and settling in later -- he may get into the 7th at this rate.

]]>
By: Rodimus Prime http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178646 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:20:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178646 @2 Game 4 1993 World Series Blue Jays win 15-14, one of my all time favorite games. I have it on tape, very exciting and time consuming for rainy days. It is often forgot about because of Game 6 and Joe Carter, but Game 4 was a better game.

]]>
By: SocraticGadfly http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178639 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:11:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178639 Or Carpenter may be in trouble ...

]]>
By: SocraticGadfly http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178627 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:34:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178627 If Carpenter goes 5 innings/90 pitches and gives up 2 runs or less, both I and Tony the Pony will be happy enough.

]]>
By: dominguin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/16081/comment-page-1#comment-178609 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:00:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=16081#comment-178609 I think at this point....both laRussa and Washington are afraid of their bullpens. I hope tonight is NOT a blowout or an antclimax...a blowout, it s been a series wth a little of everything....except someone closing successfully.

I ll be curious to see how far the starters can go....

]]>