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Saturday, October 21, 2006

World Series Factoid

posted by on October 21 at 10:07 AM

OK, so till my brother yanks my Slogging rights, I’ll continue with occasional sports postings. Commenters, feel free to complain about the conflict of interest represented by such blatant unpaid nepotism. Mom always like Dan best.

So, the raging debate about the World Series—will the Cardinals ride an emotional high from their win over the Mets to victory over the fat and complacent Tigers? Or will the well-rested Tigers feast on the exhausted redbirds?

Well, from today’s Sun-Times:

So this Series will start with a great debate: Is it better to go into Game 1 fully rested or riding an emotional high?

”It doesn’t matter how you get here,” Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols said.

Maybe, but stats show otherwise.

October fact: The last six teams that began the World Series with five or more days of rest all went on to win. Only twice in history have Series teams with such a long break not won — and both were led by La Russa.

”I think the game is so mental,” La Russa said. ”If you sit around and you’re mentally strong, you’re ready.”

The game is definitely so mental. Or, as Yogi Berra is alleged to have put it, “90% of baseball is half mental.”

And hey, you Seagulls: do the Bears a favor and beat the Vikings, willya?


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Posted by spike | October 21, 2006 10:54 PM

In a sample size this small, the "results" are random. If there is a general effect from rest (aside from a specific-player effect, on an injury or something) we do not know what it is, and "evidence" like this is pseudoscience.

Posted by Fnarf | October 23, 2006 10:41 AM

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