Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to Pitch a Perfect Game

Baseball is the best sport for after the fact analysis. Yesterday, after more than 5000 games for the Mariners franchise, a Mariners pitcher threw a perfect game. (If you know the Mariners at all, you don't even have to ask who it was.) But how did Felix do that? The game is broken down in this incredible piece of analysis, which shows very clearly just how the game changes as it wears on and players change their approach. Almost like an immunological arms race of pathogen vs. immune system. You can even see where the opposing manager argued a called strike, got thrown out of the game ... but then the umpire changed his strike zone as a result. So there IS a point to managers getting thrown out of games. I think I could teach a whole math and strategy class on this one game. 

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