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(Last night another walk off win in the bottom of the 9th)
Have you noticed what’s going on in baseball on the left coast? I know some of you have long ago given up on following Da Bums since they betrayed their Brooklyn fans and left Ebbets Field for LA. That, plus the fact that their games end after much of the country has gone to bed, makes them sometimes an after thought for some of us.
But check them out. Fifty-one games above .500, playing at a .715 win percentage rate, leading their Division by 18.5 games, and clearly on a path to win well over 100 games (115 if they continue at this rate).
Nats’ fans take note.
And then there’s Houston. Yes. Houston. Winning at a rate of .617 (74-46), 12. 5 game ahead of their closest Division rival, and likely headed for a 100 win season at this rate. Last year Houston ended just a bit over .500 and 11 games out.
On a different note, thanks to an email from MillersTime reader and baseball fan LL, something curious is happening in Kansas City too.
(Could it be because of base running? Photo by Denny Medley, Reuters)
While they are not playing at the level of the Dodgers or the Astros, they nevertheless continue to exceed expectations of virtually every computer projection (last five years). They simply are winning more games than those who love and live by statistics project.
Just what’s going on?
Check out this good article from the WSJ by Jared Diamond:
What’s up in Kansas City? The Baseball Team That Computer Models Can’t Figure Out.