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Royals and Math

Lots of stuff to link. Let’s start with that crazy Royals comeback.

From NBC SportsWorld:

Before the momentum comes the math. The Kansas City Royals were 96.8 percent dead on Monday. That’s the math and, in case you are wondering, that’s also the exact percentage of smartphones around the world that are either iPhones or Android devices. Yes, that’s right: When the eighth inning began, the Royals had about the same chance of taking over the world as Blackberry phones.

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12 Responses to Royals and Math

  1. invitro says:

    The Royals just want it more than the Astros do. Also, the Royals know how to win, they have more players that have been here before, and the Astros are finding out that you don’t play the game on a spreadsheet, you play it on a field.

  2. invitro says:

    I admit that I haven’t watched much baseball in the previous several years. But I am amused at how often the broadcasters snicker about how some event must be making the “sabermetric community” so, so mad.

  3. Dan says:

    I don’t think the point of the article has anything to do with intangibles or analytics. Pos even says that most teams thinks like this, that belief doesn’t guarantee anything, that momentum never won a game, etc. It’s just a neat take on the story. It reads a bit like the part in Hitchhikers Guide where Arthur and Ford are rescued from space by the Infinite Improbability Drive, despite ridiculous odds. If Ned Yost had turned into a penguin, it would have been perfect.

  4. Marc Schneider says:

    It’s always amusing to me when, after winning a game like that, players talk about how tough and resilient the team is. But they don’t say that when they lose. And, of course, they never acknowledge the role of luck, such as the ground ball that Correa missed (whether a hit or an error). It’s like the Blue Jays yesterday; the players were talking about how tough the team is without really acknowledging that without the three Ranger errors, they probably would have lost. Texas literally gave them the game but the narrative is how Toronto came back. Other than the home run-which Bautista should not even had had an opportunity to hit-the Jays did nothing in that inning to contribute other than, I guess, not strike out three times. And that’s the way baseball, especially is; random events which fans attribute to “choking” or “clutchness.”

  5. vlock1 says:

    This is some kind of postseason we’ve got here.

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