Ron Darling Oakland Athletics

Age: 61 (August 19, 1960) | 6' 3" | 195lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYN NL 1991 5 6 0 0 17 17 102.1 96 9 28 58 3.87 1.21 1.21 2.5 5.1 .274 n/a
MON NL 1991 0 2 0 0 3 3 17.0 25 6 5 11 7.41 1.76 2.15 2.6 5.8 .340 n/a
OAK AL 1991 3 7 0 0 12 12 75.0 64 7 38 60 4.08 1.36 1.25 4.6 7.2 .273 n/a
OAK AL 1992 15 10 0 0 33 33 206.1 198 15 72 99 3.66 1.31 1.24 3.1 4.3 .275 n/a
OAK AL 1993 5 9 0 0 31 29 178.0 198 22 72 95 5.16 1.52 1.50 3.6 4.8 .302 n/a
OAK AL 1994 10 11 0 0 25 25 160.0 162 18 59 108 4.50 1.38 1.37 3.3 6.1 .296 n/a
OAK AL 1995 4 7 0 0 21 21 104.0 124 16 46 69 6.23 1.63 1.64 4.0 6.0 .325 n/a
Career 13yrs 136 116 0 0 382 364 2360.1 2244 239 906 1590 3.87 1.33 1.29 3.5 6.1 .284 n/a
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I'm not convinced that this is really the better way to go.  Even in the Scherzer argument (55-45 in favor of pulling him) the numbers do not take into account that this is (A) the playoffs and (B) Max Scherzer.  Large numbers are just that, and Trevor Cahill on the mound vs the Royals ain't the same thing.

There may be no such thing as clutch (another nerd argument) but how do you explain Mariano Rivera's playoff numbers?

I say this as a believer in most things Nerd.  But playoffs are different.

(And I'd be happy to see them regulate the shift)

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 18 '21

Dave Roberts agrees. He hates it. "But when you sit in this chair, you're trying to win games. That's the bottom line."

I feel the same way about the shift.

And the same way about the three true outcomes.

Turns out it's much easier to check for sticky stuff than argue with the nerds.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 18 '21

I sure do enjoy the thrill of watching baseball's best hitters face off against faceless reliever #6!

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 18 '21

He has a knack for framing a complicated issue in a few words. 

“You’re limiting even your best to 18 outs now. So if we lower our expectations from 27 outs, then a four-inning start in the postseason is a very good start.”

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 18 '21