Confirmation bias at its finest (unless I misunderstand what confirmation bias means...which is totally possible)
That's what you want 'confirmation bias' to mean...
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:03 PM
Our "weak hitting" lineup did generate three earned runs on five hits off Sale over 7.1 innings. That won't happen every time he takes the mound (career 2.98 ERA). All the same, he was better than Nolasco, and that was the difference.
In game 2 it was the relievers (Perkins & Deduno) who blew it, although that "weak hitting" lineup did generate six runs over 11 innings.
Mauer (and Dozier) will come around.
Posted 03 April 2014 - 04:34 PM
Reminds me of when a poster complained that Morneau always hit well early in games but then failed late in the clutch. Almost too mind boggling to argue with. Would he prefer that Morneau get 2 RBI in later innings to tie the game over failing in the late innings that was tied because Morneau got 2 RBI earlier in the game. Or did he think Morneau shoud be getting his RBI late in the game as well as early in the game putting his RBI total for the year around 200. Likewise with Mauer. If you think his .322 average is a result of getting a lot of hits that are meaningess do you think he should stop getting those meaningless hits in order to hit meaningful ones or do you really believe he has .450 ability but just chokes. Anyone who thinks he has always been a choker should look at what he did in September in three of the closest pennant races in baseball history ( 2006, 2008, 2009).
You mean his career OPS of .933 with RISP, compared to his overall career line of .872?
Or maybe you mean his career OPS of .988 with 2 out, RISP.
This is why we have statistics, folks. Observation is so often tainted by what one wants to see, not what actually happened.
Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:06 PM
Cold weather affects grip. The chart shows Perkins threw fastball virtually every pitch. So I'm curious why Deduno was throwing curves at the end.