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!
Top of 7th, Michigan up 5-2.
Another classic in the longtime rivalry between Washtenaw County baseball teams.
#23 Michigan took on EMU today at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Jonathan Engelmann put Michigan up 1-0 in 2nd inning when he grounded into a double play, which scored Jake Bivens.
In the 7th, EMU would tie the game on a two out RBI single that was a near out at the plate by Harrison Wenson who apparently did not make the tag.
The started at 4pm and would end at 7:50pm when Jonathan Engelmann scored Jake Bivens from 2nd on an RBI double to give Michigan the 2-1 win in the 13th inning.
Michigan is now 26-7 with a 6-3 B1G record.
Next up is a 3-game non-conference series with #11 Oklahoma at Ray Fisher Stadium beginning on Thursday at 4pm.
Figured I'd start a Tigers thread on this lazy Sunday. Hoping to get out to some patio with a beer in my hand after, but for now I'm watching the game.
A sweep of the Red Sox would cap a great first week. Though there are certainly concerns (ahem bullpen). It's exciting to see guys like McCann, Castellanos, Jones have fast starts. I would not be surprised to see the Tigers surpass expectations if that were to continue and Joe Jimenez gets up here sooner rather than later.
A wild one today at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Second comeback win this week. Michigan was down 3-0 to Notre Dame at home on Tuesday night and came back to win 4-3.
This one was a whole lot different.
Illinois went up 2-0 in the first inning on a homer and a passed ball.
Two innings later, Illinois would go up 7-0 on an RBI double, a 2 RBI single, an RBI single and a fielding error.
The comeback would begin in the 4th.
Michael Brdar would get Michigan on the board with an RBI double to score Johnny Slater. Transfers Nick Poirier and Miles Lewis would each get RBI singles to cut the deficit to 7-3.
Illinois would tack on another run in the top of the 5th to make it 8-3, but Michigan would erase the deficit completely in the same inning.
After a pair of singles and a walk, the bases would be full of Wolverines. Drew Lugbauer would then clear them with his second grand slam of the season to make it a one run game, 8-7!
The next at bat, Miles Lewis would walk. He would score and tie the ballgame on a fielder's choice.
8-8 after 5 innings.
Lugbauer would walk in the 7th inning and would be scored on a Miles Lewis RBI double, breaking the tie and giving Michigan a 9-8 leader.
Enter Lambman in the 9th, Jackson Lamb would go 1-2-3 and end the game.
Michigan comes back from behind 7-0 to beat Illinois, 9-8. An incredible comeback that would've been a bad loss a year ago.
A year ago this team was losing leads, now they're sniping leads from other teams.
Michigan is now 24-6 and 5-2 in the B1G.
These same two teams will play again tomorrow at 2pm at Ray Fisher Stadium.