The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Cubs V. Red Sox in the World Series?

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And when you read it, don't think that BP is contradicting the post before this one where I rip on closers. They do no such thing:

Closers pitch a much larger percentage of a team’s innings in the playoffs than they do in the regular season; since 1996, for example, Mariano Rivera has thrown 5.1% of the Yankees’ regular season innings, but 10.4% of their post-season innings. And those closers tend to pitch in higher leverage situations, with the preponderance of close contests when good teams get together. (It is the closer specifically who seems to matter; middle relievers are of less importance in the postseason, as both closers and starting pitchers are used more aggressively by their managers.)

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