Saturday, October 08, 2016

He Can't Understand the Price

The CHB, Oct. 13, 2008: "I'm pretty sure we have not seen the last of Tampa's kid lefthander, David Price. The top pick in the nation (Vanderbilt) in 2007, the 6-foot-6-inch, 23-year-old flamethrower could emerge as the ultimate weapon in this series, and a potential Rays World Series. He picked up the win in Saturday/Sunday's epic, freezing Mark Kotsay on a hellacious two-strike pitch and retiring Coco Crisp on a grounder."

The CHB today: "Reggie Jackson was Mr. October. David Price is Mr. August." 

Yet again, Dan "Can't Do Math" Shaughnessy proves worthless as an analyst. You'd think a white guy from Groton with a kid who attacks cops would know a thing or two about small sample sizes. But no...

For his career in the ALCS, Mr. October hit .227 with 6 homers in 45 games. Sample size.

In his first 27 playoff games, Barry Bonds hit one homer and batted under .250. He then hit 8 bombs in his next 17 playoff games. Sample size. 

Want more evidence? The CHB, Oct. 14, 2008: "[David] Ortiz is 0 for 10 in the series and has not hit a homer in his last 14 postseason games. He has gotten away from using the whole field and appears to be trying to pull everything."

The five years later Oct. 31, 2013: "After Pedroia went out on a grounder to third, Wacha intentionally walked World Series MVP David Ortiz (.688). Good move."

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