Monday, September 25, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, Septmeber 25, 2023 -- "Riffing"


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"This is a pretty good lesson to relearn as we head into October. There is no clutch skill. Players do not have the ability to map their performance to specific situations. The Astros have been good in RISP spots this year because they’re a good hitting team, and the A’s and Royals bad in those spots because they’re bad at pitching. Over a series -- over 77 at-bats in three series across two weeks -- sometimes things happen. It’s just baseball. The Astros were bad in big spots, and now they run the risk of getting into a lot fewer big spots than they thought they would."