FWIW, the Royals/Angels game was played in mid 80s heat, with 25 MPH winds blowing out to CF/LF. Basically, it was more like August conditions at the K – except for windier. Definitely contributed to the 8 homer day yesterday…
Comment by Mike Williams — April 4, 2011 @ 2:51 pm
HA! It only took 1 post for Matt Klaassen’s first prediction to come true.
“1. There will be blog entries written early in the season than begin by warning about small sample size, then go on to ignore sample size anyway.”
I know you didn’t really ignore samople size and specifically said this is just for fun but it’s close enough.
It’s not a ridiculously small sample size: with about 50 games played through Sunday, there have been about 3,500 plate appearances. Is there a particular reason we’d expect higher variability in home runs than other statistics? And no one has yet had the pleasure of hitting anyone’s #5 starter.
“The Reds, Angels, Yankees, Rangers, and Blue Jays all hit seven or more homers this weekend. The Brewers and Royals added six each of their own”
The Giants also hit six (in four games).
Comment by RoyaleWithCheese — April 4, 2011 @ 5:28 pm
Call it unofficially wrong. Three games is way too small a sample size to draw any major conclusions from, but it’s clear already that 2011 Jose Bautista has a lot more in common with 2010 Jose Bautista than 2008 Jose Bautista.
Assuming they play year round, I’ll tell the front office to get recruiters to elementary schools straight away! Otherwise, I’ll start pairing up parents based upon ideal genetic matches. We’ll be ready for the home-stretch of the season!