Monday, May 3, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, May 3, 2021 -- "Early Outliers"

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"This manifests itself most visibly in April, where the small sample is the only sample, and the standings can look really strange because of that. Even within April, though, you see the issue. Red Sox fans went from apoplectic (swept by the Orioles at home!) to preening (nine-game winning streak!). I mentioned the Yankees in that email above; they started 5-10 and have gone 9-4 since. There was talk about the Nationals as sellers when they were 5-9; they’re tied for first place in the NL this morning. You have to let the season breathe."