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One word. Allencraig.
Some players swing a lot more when the leverage goes up. Some barely notice. A few start to freeze.
Having said that, this article is just a start at trying to come up with a better methodology for gauging clutch, instead of going to the old truism that "we can't measure it, so it doesn't exist". Ultimately this article really is just him presenting the first piece in what will probably be a comprehensive study that he is trying to feel out. (or suggestion for others on how to go about looking deeper into it.) I have no problem with that.
The whole Cardinal team, of course, has gone from probably literally the clutchiest ever last year, to very non-clutch this year.
Some of these are easy to define, others not so easy. It seems to me, however, that we only analyze the easy ones, and then declare clutch not to exist when really it is undetected in the given analysis and the manner it was defined for that analysis. It could be that players fail; it could also be that our attempts at analysis fail.
7a. Defense? Nobody chokes on defense! Besides, it's not like the manager has control over defensive replacements or ever has better fielders available on the bench!
I Split Year G BA BAtot % PA RBI SO SLG BAbip sOPS+
STL RISP 2013 160 .330 .269 122.7 1621 583 256 .463 .377 139
STL RISP 2014 116 .244 .252 96.8 1124 315 190 .354 .282 90
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