Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has developed an interesting alternative to baseball's save statistic. The link is obviously where you'll find more information, but the short version is:
- Many teams use their closer exclusively in the 9th inning, even when their talents would be better served in higher-leverage situations in the 7th or 8th innings.
- This habit developed from managers' tendencies to try to get the most possible saves for their closer, instead of the most possible wins for their teams.
- Silver developed a statistic called the "goose egg," which rewards relief pitchers for a scoreless frame tossed in the 7th inning or later.
Much more thorough analysis can be found below. I encourage anyone who loves stats to give it a look.
Unable to attend Friday or Saturday games against Indiana
pair of tickets to each game, section 3, row 17.
Tickets would have to be picked up in Detroit, or east side suburb, tomorrow
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Michigan baseball up 3-1 in the third. Michigan softball scoreless with MSU in the third.
Michigan baseball defeated Oklahoma yesterday in game 1 of a 3 game series, 5 to 2. Today they fell behind 3-0 in the first, but immediately struck back to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the inning and now lead 12-3 after 4 innings. Might have to try and make it out for the series finale tomorrow. it starts at 2pm, so perhaps some of the folks who attend the spring football game can head over to the baseball game afterwards. Should be a beautiful day for baseball!
Getting pretty excited about this team. They look like a true contender for a CWS spot.
Road to Omaha!