I don’t even know if I spelled it right and I don’t care! Is it really a word anyway? I just know that through 162 games, the stat geeks propound, expound, re-pound and mis-pound all their statistics about match-ups – Component ERA, Manufactured Runs, Leverage Index, Range Factor and all the plethora of other stats. I swear that I know people whose whole life revolves around these statistics, and that they don’t even understand that people actually have to play the game, and that the stats don’t equate to who is the winner.
I am so happy that this is one time of the year when they just have to shut-up because since humans play this game, you never know what will happen. I am just so relieved! I don’t have to see all these detailed ad nauseum comparisons of the rotations of the Dodgers and Phillies and how their rotations match up. It may actually be more logical to see how Phillie batters fared against Dodger pitchers, but if you payed attention to that, you would have never sent Mark Loretta us to bat in that 9th inning against Ryan Franklin, against whom he was 0-15.
Maybe the law of averages and the plethora of stats all come into play during the 162, but in the playoffs and World Series, it’s statistics be damned! The Dodgers stumbled at the end of the season. Stats showed it all too clearly – they will be killed in the playoffs, right? Stats be damned! As usual, conventional wisdom was wrong. The Sporting News had 33 “experts” pick the playoff winners – only 6 or 7 picked the Dodgers. This is that time of year when anything can happen – and usually does! Experts? Schmeckperts!
The Dodgers have a lot to prove, They are motivated and most importantly, this team is more mature, deeper and just plain better than last year’s version. Yeah, we don’t have a true ace, and people are always talking about the Cliff Lee aquisition as being the “best move” of the playoff teams, but since the trade he is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and has given up 80 hits in 79 innings. Using the same damned statistical measure, Vicente Padilla was the best move with his 4-0 records and 3.20 ERA with 36 H in 39 IP. Stats be damned! We may not have the proverbial ace, but we have some really good pitchers, otherwise we would not have led all of baseball in team ERA (stats be damned).
Thse guys just need to play and we need to enjoy the momenet. You never know hat might happen. These just might be Destiny’s Dodgers!