Thursday, May 01, 2008

Up, up, ups and down, down, downs

Q: How is .198/.260/.264/.524 related to the number sequence 5, 4, 1, 0, 1, 2?

A: The former is the Red Sox team batting line over the past week, the latter is the sequence of runs scored over that span, an average of just over two runs per game.

It its previous six games, of course, the team had scored 40 runs, over 6.5 per game. These things happen, but it's interesting to see a team go from that hot to that cold so abruptly. Neither is the real performance level. It's (yet another) example of the "anything can happen in a short series" small sample size nature of baseball.

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