I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t write about baseball very often here, which I admit is strange, since my day job requires me to watch what I estimate to be about 250-300 games a year. I figure, leave the analysis up to experts like Tom Tango, who have the time and energy to invent new statistics and stuff. Plus, I prefer other sports, such as high school basketball, boxing and Jay-Z.
Besides, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stand the amount of nonsense analysis that goes into something like the baseball playoffs. You get stories that go position-by-position and determine who has an edge, as if it matters somehow that Alex Rodriguez is better than Danny Valencia in particular. You want a page devoted entirely to Ross GloadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s October exploits? Well, here you go.
Baseball, more than other sports, seems to lend itself to throwing loads of information out there indiscriminately. Why take the time to decide whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually important when you can lump it in with a bunch of other junk? I have no idea whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reading all this stuff, but if you checked out the Gload page before I linked it here, you need to get out even more than I do. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re officially invited to join me at a St. Patrick-St. BenedictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game at Kean College.
One relevant statistic I saw out there, by the way, came from Tom Verducci, who points out that the winner of Game 1 in the Division Series is 12-0 in the last three postseasons, and 21-3 since 2004. Which, well, does make sense in a five-game series.
Regardless, here are some quick Ã¢â‚¬â€œ emphasis on quick Ã¢â‚¬â€œ thoughts on the division series: