Another October day, another baseball playoff game. I hope you have enjoyed the gentle pace so far, because it is about to move into a brisk trot, with a break-neck gallop on Friday and quite possibly Monday. I will be providing my WPS analysis throughout, however many games get hurled at us. It can’t get […]
The actual playoffs have begun, after yesterday’s tiebreaker teaser. Whether you consider the WPS recap for the Rays and Rangers a warm-up or not, I have to hit the ground running now. The regular season may be compared to a marathon, but the postseason can be a pretty long distance, too, especially if you’re watching […]
It’s playoff season again, and like last year, I’m doing reviews of all the postseason fun here at THT Live. Also like last year, I’m using my Win Percentage Sum (WPS) system, built to measure game excitement, as a foundation for my own comments. For a short refresher on how WPS works, check the start […]
The WPS Index comes back, just in time for October. (And late September.)
And how to break them. At least a few of them. Maybe.
When a pitcher crashes after making history, is it an anecdote or a trend?
It’s been a long wait for those of us paying attention—and I realize that roll call may begin and end with me—but the wait is over. There has been another 18-inning game in the majors, the fifth 18-plus-inning game this season but the first in over two months. Last night, the Phillies came back from […]
The Dodgers win the pennant! The Dodgers win the pennant!
Imagine if the early expansion teams had gotten to draft players at their peaks
Around this time last year, I wrote on THT Live observing that no manager had been fired through roughly 100 games of the season, and that this was a pretty uncommon event. On the other hand, my writing about this phenomenon turns out to be a pretty common event, because it is happening again this […]
From 1986, a Knight-errant forces Davey Johnson to think fast
Do division rivals know each other too well for their pitchers’ good?
Regarding Warren Spahn, Walt Jocketty, and … The Fugitive?
It happened again. Not twice on the same day like last Saturday, as I wrote about very soon afterward, but once is notable enough. A baseball game went 18 innings Thursday, this time in Oakland as the A’s staggered past the Yankees, 3-2. My theory is that the rash of no-hitters over the last few […]
Tracking how much pitcher batting shows up in the won-lost records
Something happened Saturday in baseball that has happened only once before in the last 97 years, and possibly ever: two separate games went 18 innings or more. The Toronto Blue Jays finally walked off with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in 18, and the Miami Marlins outlasted the host New York Mets in […]
How the Yankees of 1949 mirror the Yankees of today, and how they don’t
Do young players have more ups and downs in performance than veterans?
Here you are, in the ninth, two men out and three men on …
The Phillie Phanatic sets baseball back a million years