|ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO|
|Billy Bucks' miss, two decades ago today.|
Not much to say about this one, 20 years ago today.
If you're a Red Sox fan, it was another stab in the heart from fortune's sword. If you were a Mets fan, you'd already done a Hernandez and gone back to the clubhouse to plan the drive home.
This is all an excuse, of course, to point back to this ingenious web re-creation of earlier this year: The entire, gory 10th inning, re-enacted with the 1980s video game RBI Baseball, and Vin Scully's original call. It's a bit long, but well worth it. What the internet was invented for, this.
As for tonight - 'cause really, I wore the Frankie Says Relax T-shirt, I don't wanna go back there - it's Game 4. And yeah, it's that Neate Sager guy again, looking into a theory that had come to my overcooked mind as I watched last night: The Tigers are back to their free-swinging ways, and it's really hurting them:
It should have been apparent earlier. However, amid the media focus on Detroit's dominance of the league playoffs and the Cardinals' poor regular-season record, St. Louis' far superior plate discipline was downplayed.
Just how superior is it? Looking back at the previous six World Series, the difference in SO-to-BB ratio between the opposing teams ranged from .06 to .20 (that's without accounting for National League not using the DH).
The Cardinals' advantage over the Tigers is .89. That's practically off the charts by comparison, especially when you consider it's the Tigers who come from a league where pitchers don't bat regularly.
I can't believe I didn't realize this sooner. Honestly, I feel like a total schmuck. Now, a correlation between hitters' SO-to-BB ratio and World Series success doesn't appear clear based on just six seasons' worth of World Series matchups.
It can be argued, however, that the Cardinals have a huge, hidden advantage that has gone almost unnoticed among fans and media.
Meantime, Hardball Times now has the Cardinals with a 60 per cent probability of winning the Series.
Another one from the vault: USA Today on The only known copy of the broadcast of Don Larsen's perfect game.
And I quite like this: Stats on umpires.