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Friday, August 21, 2009
A Pair For Your Lunchtime Reading
- Why do the Angels keep beating their pythagorean record year after year? Beyond The Boxscore wants to know ... it's a question that's been asked not a few times in the past, but the most compelling answer came from Studes in the ensuing discussion: the Angels are batting an astounding .333 in high-leverage situations.
- Matthew Carruth look at whether the NL West is in jeopardy. The answer appears to be "no" for the moment:
You see, the Dodgers are still hovering around the 80% odds that they have been at for the past 60 days or so. Why? Well, for one, even through their lead has shrunk by 3.5 games, they still own a 3.5 game lead and instead of 58 games to play, there is now just 40 games left to play. The shrinking window of opportunity helps keep some of the Dodgers chances afloat, but that is not the main reason they remain such clear favorites.