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  1. Headley’s walk-off walk came after he made a two-run throwing error to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th. Fun fact: his career batting average is .227 at Petco and .294 on the road. very underrated player, imo.

    Comment by Htpp — May 9, 2011 @ 10:30 am

  2. Was at the Daniel Hudson, 6 K’s game. He was flithy and made that the most lopsided game I’ve ever witnessed in person. At least I got a bobblehead.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — May 9, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  3. “The Cubs rode a 1-0 lead into the seventh on Saturday, but the Cubs worked across two runs to take a lead, which they’d have with their closer on the mound in the bottom of the ninth.”

    I have a feeling one of those isn’t really talking about the Cubs?

    Comment by taite — May 9, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  4. I don’t know — seems like if any team would work across two runs to take a lead away from the Cubs, it’d be the Cubs.


    Comment by matt w — May 9, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  5. Verlander didn’t have a lot of strikeouts, but he did get an unusual number of pop-ups. Functionally, they’re similar to strikeouts, in that they’re almost sure outs and runners can’t advance. I wonder what they indicate about pitching performance. I doubt it’s all luck – with a pop-up in fair territory, the batter is swinging to put the ball in play and missing most of it, and from a pitch-count perspective it’s a better result than a K. Game log shows six flies caught by infielders, so he needed less luck than just the four strikeouts indicated.

    Has anyone studied what causes popups? Unusual rise? Drop on another pitch? throwing to certain areas?

    I imagine soft grounders are similar, although batters have a better chance of beating them out.

    Comment by DCN — May 9, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

  6. We know what causes pop-ups, and I won’t answer because it will sound smart-alecky. Nor, do I think that’s what you’re really asking.

    I think what you’re really asking about is correlations between certain pitch types & locations and infield flies.

    That would be interesting. I’d like to see if the data supports what my guess would be.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — May 10, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

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