FanGraphs Audio: David Laurila, Who Was at the World Series

Episode 397
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, was present at all six games of the recently concluded World Series. He’s also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 40 min play time.)


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Matt Bertelli
Matt Bertelli
2 years 7 months ago

Dear Carson,

Wake up from your major world city. Neither this episode or Cameron’s last episode can be found on iTunes. What do you have to say for yourself?

Concerned listener.

2 years 7 months ago

I wondered what you thought about an interesting thought experiment I had with myself this morning.

Assuming good health in all cases, which of the following teams would win the most games over a full season?

1. Stars and scrubs – think Trout, Cabrera, Chris Davis and 6 replacement level players, total WAR 27
2. Solid hitters – 9 players with 3 WAR each, all value from offense (maybe 9 Andre Ethiers)
3. Great defenders – 9 players with 3 WAR each, all value from defense (maybe 9 Elvis Andruses)

Logic says it should make no difference but it seems to me that the team of solid hitters would win 2 or 3 more games over the season. They would score 2 or 3 runs every game an have a chance to win them all, the stars and scrubs would score 7 or 8 runs in some games but have a lot of zeroes, giving them several easy wins but lots of close losses. The defense team would seem to lose a lot of games 1-0 or 2-1.