Time to Find a New Position to Score From
According to Mike Wilner, the Jays are now 11 for their last 100 at bats with runners in scoring position. Theories abound, but what are the chances that could happen by luck alone? If you assume that their season average of .256 is their real level of performance, according to the binomial distribution function that chance of 11 or fewer hits is 0.000246%, or 1 in 4064*. Yikes. Tomorrow I calculate the exact number of minutes the 2008 Blue Jays have taken off my life.
The most heartbreaking moment came in the 8th with the bases loaded, two out, and Adam Lind at the plate. He seemed to have placed one between the third baseman and shortstop, but Tony Pena Jr. slid into the hole and threw from his knees (video)- a move blatantly ripped off from John McDonald. Incidentally, if the gold gloves were actually based on, you know, the best fielder at every position, the numbers say they would be a competition between Mac and Pena Jr.
*That’s a little misleading because there are so many AB so it should happen about once every 3 seasons, but isn’t it a cool number??