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  1. So… is Fangraphs ever gonna write about the NLCS?

    Comment by Purple_Haze — October 13, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  2. Don’t be ridiculous, Purple_Haze. There are at least a dozen more stories about American League middle relievers and other mediocre-but-overachieving players that haven’t been written yet. Just wait your turn, and the national league will get some attention once they’ve lost the World Series in 4 games. Sheesh, you must be new around here.

    Comment by Telo — October 13, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  3. For one thing, Fangraphs is a collection of individual writers, not some editorial board.

    For another thing, here are your NL playoff articles over the past few days:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/a-quick-note-on-relievers-wearing-down/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/nlcs-scouting-game-three-preview/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/replacing-ryan-howard-at-first-base/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/nlcs-statistical-scouting-jackson-vs-marcum/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/is-shaun-marcum-burnt-out/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/63532/
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/yuni-betancourt-useful-shortstop/

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — October 13, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

  4. But seriously, I’m not feeling a huge AL bias on FG recently, but maybe I’m just not noticing it. But I did think this article was a bit… I dunno. It can be summed up in one sentence:

    Sometimes average dudes are good in an 8 inning sample size.

    Now, I’m not saying that a story like this is categorically not worth writing (or reading), it’s just that… I didn’t learn anything about the “how” or “why”. We know the “who/what/when” in about two sentences. He has been really good in 8 IP, and thus has a good WPA. But it doesn’t paint me a picture of anything more than a dude having a randomly good postseason. Just constructive thoughts.

    (There was a sentence about velocity… but it said his velocity was up all year as a reliever – and this year he’s been pretty meh)

    Normally a filler article like this is whatever, just filler, that’s cool, but we’re down to 4 teams in October, and there a large handful of way awesomer non-analysis story lines than some average guy throwing 8 good innings.

    Comment by Telo — October 13, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  5. I don’t think it’s completely fair to call Feldman’s contribution “some average guy throwing 8 good innings”. By WPA he is second on the team, so his unexpected awesomeness has been instrumental in the narrative. It may not be statistically significant, but it has been important in the outcome and, to the extent that it’s not been widely discussed, it’s a valid subject for an article.

    Comment by IvanGrushenko — October 13, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  6. I think his success has more to do with the fact he’s been sitting 93-94 with great location, actually hitting 95 his last pitch of yesterdays ballgame. An excellent cutter, unhittable at times, around 91, coupled with an above average curveball and the occasional change-up that if nothing else keeps hitters off his fastball. That said I doubt he’ll continue his fun of a K per inning, no walks and no runs allowed.

    Comment by Brady — October 13, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  7. I think his success has more to do with the fact that almost everybody in the Tigers lineup is either hurt or slumping big time and all Rangers pitchers including Feldman look better than they are as a result.

    Comment by Colin — October 13, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  8. I visit the site every day and haven’t been aware of any AL bias. Do you have data to support the view there is? Just looking at the 12 articles in the box at the top of the page, 3 are AL focused, 3 are NL focused and the other 6 are general. Of the 16 recent stories in the box when commenting, 5 are AL and 4 NL and in recently commented, 7 are NL and 6 are AL.

    Comment by Bob R. — October 14, 2011 @ 9:04 am

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