Posted by Sean Forman on October 28, 2010
I was on duty to write for the New York Times this morning, so I took some notes. a la Peter King here are some thoughts I think I think.
Sports Reference needs to spare no expense so that we can provide a Bat Breaker leaderboard next year.
Elvis Andrus has been horribly overrated by the announcers this postseason. A .301 Slugging Percentage means that he had the 14th most WAR for the Rangers this season. They win more games with Wilson Valdez as their shortstop.
Before Moreland last night, Nick Johnson in 2003 was the last 1bman to bat 8th in a World Series game. Dave Bergman for the Tigers in 1984 is the only 1Bman to bat ninth in a WS game. Will Moreland be the second?
I was surprised when Fox didn't show something, "Andrus just set the record for most runs scored by a Texas Ranger in the World Series" given some of the other stuff they were showing/saying about the Giants.
Has Ian Kinsler always been a bad baserunner?
Buck and McCarver seemed amazed by any quality defensive play by a shortstop. Are their expectations just so low from watching too many Derek Jeter games over the last decade? Comparing Renteria to a soccer goalie? Huh?
Somebody should put a stat on their website that shows the percent of time the pitcher pitched ahead, even and behind.
Tony Bennett (with help from the crowd) absolutely killed it on God Bless America. Lots of patriotism on display on the left coast.
Nolan Ryan doesn't appear to like wearing suits.
I'm up in the air as to whether Rosenthal should go the full bowtie as his "thing" or not.
From my piece for the Times. After winning game one, a coin would win the series 66% of the time, since 1969 all game one winners have won the series 68% of the time, and blowout winners of game one have won 72% of the time.
There were two first inning double plays. The first time the WS opened with a pair of DP's and the fourth time a WS game opened with a pair of double plays. Last time was 2005 Astros-White Sox game three.
Aubrey Huff had great defensive numbers this season, but hasn't shown it in the playoffs.
Do offenses or pitchers do better that expected in game one's?
Does reliever effectiveness drop over the course of the series due to familiarity?
E-SR. We had some rough patches with the play index this week and last night. I apologize and will be working hard to fix them today.
Your thoughts about the first game of the World Series?