Thursday, October 6, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, October 6, 2022 -- "Playoffs 2022: Key Weaknesses"

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"Guardians: Since the league expanded to 30 teams in 1998, just five teams have made the playoffs while hitting fewer than the 127 homers the Guardians hit this year. Now, three of those won pennants and two won the World Series, mostly clustered in the mid-2010s low-power period. Since the Royals won the World Series in 2015, though, no team with fewer than 180 homers has won a playoff series. If the Guardians go down, it will be because their long-sequence style doesn’t work in the playoffs."