Sunday, October 11, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, October 11, 2020 -- "Rays/Astros Preview"

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"The team with the better regular-season contact rate went 5-2 in playoff series in 2017, with the Astros winning the World Series. They were 3-4 in 2018, with the Red Sox, third in MLB in contact rate, winning it all. Last year, they went 5-2 again, with the Nationals (third in MLB) beating out the Astros (first). That’s 13-8 in playoff series the last three years, for 50-27 in the 11 years I’ve tracked."