There is no hope for the Kansas City Royals. I wrote about them giving second chances. I wrote about the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil memorial seat in the ballpark. It was of no avail. With slightly more than half the season to play, late last night in the thirteenth inning, they won a game. Please note the thirteen. By winning the game they had their 72nd win of the season on August 18th. Baseball Prospectus using PECOTA, computer based analysis, predicted before the season the Royals would win 72 times in the entire season and lose 90 games. So the team should lose every game from August 18th until the end of the season. Projections are based on the individual players’ numbers for the past season.
Reportedly Sam Miller, editor-in-chief at Baseball Prospectus sent an email to the Kansas City Star saying in part that the number crunching has a “blind spot” for managers who use their bullpen well. He added that the system probably does not account for “great defenses, which the Royals have” and “any team that outperforms their raw stats…”
Because of a rain delay the Royals game started late and continued well past my bedtime. Oh, my. I see the Royals won their 73rd game last night.
As Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live used to say never mind.