Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 4, 2020 -- "A 2020 Perspective"

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"We have to detach from our usual thinking. There is no small-sample-size police in 2020. Ten games? That’s 17% of the season, and more importantly, it leaves just 50 games to go. So much of the framing coming into the 60-game schedule looked at it as the first 60 games of a season. (Did you know the Nationals started 19-31 last year?) We’re in it now, though, and once you’re in it, it looks a lot more like the last 60 games of the season. Everyone started 51-51, go play ball."