During my routing reading of 6-4-2, I came across an interesting comment. Part of Rob’s post was discussing the luckiest teams ever, and a commenter asked if the Angels were lucky. They were actually unlucky in the regular season, finishing below their Pythagorean record. Now, I’ve never thought that the Angels were lucky in the regular season (it’s amazing what finishing sixth in on base percentage can do for you), I just thought that they were lucky in the post season, where everyone on the Angels seemed to hit about .370. Of course, things are rarely as we simply remember them, and maybe I was just remembering things incorrectly.<
Mathematics may be fun and easy for some, but others may find it unpleasant. Now, there is an interesting way to love math even more. Browsing on the high pr directory list, we can find different kinds of data related to math which will make us think twice. It will turn our boredom into excitement and our fun to euphoria. Plus, it will make us become more creative because math encourages us to be vigilant and reasonable. Besides, it is just like other subjects that we need to go through again and again. And in every mathematical problem, there will always be solution. Such solution may be complex, but there may be methods available which can be used to finally solve the problem. And because some other people think that math involves only numbers, this is the way to change the perception of the many.
Since I simply couldn’t find the 2002 Angels team post season statistics, I had to figure them out myself. In this chart are the post season hitting statistics of every member of the 2002 Angels who got at least 10 at bats in the post season. Also included are the player’s regular season numbers, and the difference between their post season and regular season OPS.
By taking the average of the differences, weighted by the number of at bats, the average Angel exceeded his regular season OPS by .116. When you consider that you should be facing tougher pitching in the post season, there are two conclusions that you can reach:
1. Thunder sticks are really effective.
2. The Angels got kind of lucky.
As much as I love thunder sticks, I’m going to have to go with number two. Not that I’m really against this, because if they hadn’t been lucky, the phrase “World Champion San Fransisco Giants” wouldn’t be an oxymoron.
In Other News:
Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke tells us about his experiences with Jim Tracy at Piratefest.
“Every single question that was directed to him was met with a long, rambling answer that involved him talking about how great he was. By the time he finished, not one answer resembled the original question in any way, shape, or form. The man is a complete moron and I would be terrified to even cross the street with him, let alone have him manage my baseball team.”