WPS Recap: World Series, Game 1

And here we are in the World Series. A nice, sedately paced seven games in nine days. It was just a couple weeks ago that we could get eight playoff games in 36 hours. Once again, WPS Recap will be reviewing the game, starting with my method for measuring the excitement of baseball games. (I […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 22

The National League Championship Series reaches its climax … some time in the third inning. Brother, they are not making it easy to write about these games. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Giants 1 1 5 0 0 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 21

WPS takes you through Game Six with a little help from Motown: it’s the same old Vogelsong, but with a different meaning as the series goes long. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 Giants 1 4 0 0 0 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 19

A lot of commentators thought this game would be the end of the NLCS. A lot of commentators will have the opportunity to say the same thing about Sunday’s Game Six. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Giants 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 Cardinals 0 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 18

No rain delays this night: just pure baseball. Pure, exciting, down-to-the-wire baseba–sorry, what’s that? Aw, man. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 Tigers 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 1 X 8 (Tigers win series 4-0) WPS 1 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 17

When it rains, it pours. Both League Championship Series games encountered rain delays, and the Yankees-Tigers contest became the first postponed game of the 2012 postseason. As I was having flashbacks to those grueling bygone days of 9:30 start times and oh-dark-thirty bedtimes (also known as “last week”), I am not going to complain. Maybe […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 16

The ALCS resumes, and WPS Recap is there. And by “there” I mean several hundred miles from the game site but a few feet away from a TV monitor. Once again, let me acknowledge FanGraphs, which provides the running data from which I produce the WPS Index for each game this postseason. Game 1 2 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 15

After several days in the League Division Series with four games played across 12 hours, we’ve now had two of the last three days with just one game being played. The days are going to seem so empty when there aren’t any games. Cue the obligatory A. Bartlett Giamatti quotation. Before proceeding to the lone […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 14

A full day of League Championship Series action, through the lens of Win Percentage Sum and in the funhouse mirror of my own observations. I’ve mentioned before how THT’s Dave Studeman came up with his own game-excitement index based on Win Percentage Added numbers, revealing it in the 2007 Hardball Times Annual. In the comments […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 13

Before we move into the League Championship Series, a bit of housecleaning from the LDS. In a private e-mail, frequent THT commenter and occasional co-author Paul G. asked, “Is this the most exciting first round of the playoffs ever?” First, I like how he phrases it “most exciting,” as that is what I claim for […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 12

The Division Series round for 2012 ends with a pair of memorable games. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Orioles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 X 3 (Yankees win series 3-2) WPS 1 2 3 4 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 11

Another day full to bursting with October baseball, and we are not close to done with even this round yet. Here we go. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Giants 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 Reds 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 10

Another day full to bursting on the post-season schedule. Let’s get straight to the action (courtesy of the game stats of FanGraphs). Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Cardinals 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 8 Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 9

Two elimination games, but zero eliminations. Bay Area baseball fans had a very good night on Tuesday. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 F Giants 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 Reds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (Reds lead […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 8

My look at the playoffs through the lens of WPS, measuring game excitement, continues. If you’re partial to analysis of game excitement, not only did the 2012 THT Annual have an article on the subject, but the 2013 Annual will as well. And they are other writers’ interpretations, so if you’re getting tired of my […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 7

We have an overflowing schedule to get through today, so I won’t waste time with introductory boilerplate. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F A’s 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 Tigers 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 (Detroit leads series 2-0) WPS […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 6

The Division Series round has begun, and the WPS recap here at THT continues. (Let me note here, as I did at the start of my current WPS trilogy, that I have a predecessor in the use of Win Percentage Added to calculate an index for the excitement of games. THT’s Dave Studeman beat me […]

WPS recap for Oct. 5

The playoffs have officially begun, and as I promised a few days ago, I will be reviewing all the games here at THT Live, using my Win Percentage Sum (WPS) system as a starting point for my comments. (For those of you who have dodged my articles before now, WPS is designed to measure the […]