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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.

A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but Verducci suggests that if the comeback becomes a lost art, it will suck all the life out of baseball.

His evidence for his argument was to show a chart with aggregate OBPs from innings 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. In recent years, all three lines are trending downward, but the space between the lines is growing. Teams just don’t give up as many hits and walks; the seeds of the two-run rally that turns a one-run deficit into a one-run win-in the late innings any more.

Baseball is dying. Again.

There’s just one little problem.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 103 comment(s)
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