“My sh_t doesn't work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is f_cking luck.”In Baseball Between The Numbers, the editors of Baseball Prospectus ask the question raised by Beane’s frank self-analysis: Why hasn't the guy’s sh---t worked? To get to the answer, BP identified 26 different measures of team quality—everything from things like regular season won-loss record, late-season W-L record, run differential, and team playoff experience to the more arcane Percent Of Runs Scored On Home Runs and Isolated Power—and after a lot of number-crunching and analysis, they concluded that three factors have “the most fundamental and direct relationship” to playoff success:
|Soriano LF||Hopper CF|
|Kendall C||Keppinger SS|
|Lee 1B||Votto 1B|
|Floyd RF||Phillips 2B|
|Ramirez 3B||Encarnacion 3B|
|DeRosa 2B||Valentin C|
|Jones CF||Coats LF|
|Theriot SS||Ellison RF|
|Zambrano P||Arroyo P|
You can just look in their dugout and it's just like panic mode. Guys are pacing up and down the dugout.
--Florida's Cody Ross, speaking of your Chicago Cubs
|Morgan CF||Soriano LF|
|McLouth LF||DeRosa 2B|
|Sanchez 2B||Lee 1B|
|LaRoche 1B||Ramirez 3B|
|Nady RF||Murton RF|
|Bautista 3B||Soto C|
|Paulino C||Monroe CF|
|Izturis SS||Theriot SS|
|Maholm P||Marquis P|
|N. Hopper CF||A. Soriano LF|
|J. Keppinger SS||R. Theriot SS|
|K. Griffey RF||D. Lee 1B|
|B. Phillips 2B||C. Floyd RF|
|A. Dunn LF||A. Ramirez 3B|
|E. Encarnacion 3B||M. DeRosa 2B|
|J. Votto 1B||J. Jones CF|
|D. Ross C||G. Soto C|
|T. Shearn P||T. Lilly P|
Contreras seems pretty adamant he'll play anywhere Madden wants him to so as long as he stays hot and with all the injuries it'll be pretty nice to have yet another bat Madden can move around.
Rizzo in, Zobrist out, Willson in LF, Montero back and Almora batting 9th ... let's score some runs
Time for Mr. Oh to get some save chances.
Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.
Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.
Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.
Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much
Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)
Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...
*That was a fun HALF inning.
this game is no longer awesome.
he did...it was awesome.
I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.
everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.
okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.
...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.
this game is awesome already.
also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.
Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.
"Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."