Keeping Score

Even with the modern emphasis on statistics (“sabermetrics”), attempts to speed up the game, and scientific measurements, baseball is one of the most pastoral of sports.*  It is also one of the most traditional.

“Keeping score” is a core baseball tradition — a way of taking notes during the game. Like taking notes in class, the main purpose is to help you slow down and concentrate on the event. It pushes you to process the event and condense it into a few marks of lead or ink. It may later serve as an aid to memory, but that is not the sole purpose.

Here’s a primer on keeping score, though I am going to give you an alternative blank scorecard that I designed and that I think works better than the traditional format:

Scorecard 2018

Here’s a full size .pdf you can download: [Scorecard 2018 full]

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Playing with house money

BaseballIt seems that those preseason predictions mean there is no pressure now, and the Yankees are outperforming all expectations:

4th in the AL East per bleacher report [link]

5th in the AL East per CBS [link]

4th in the AL East per SB Nation [link]

4th in the AL East per 538 [link]

4th in the AL East per USA Today [link]

4th in the AL East per Sports Illustrated [link]

3rd (tie) in the AL East per Fangraphs [link]

And “The Yankees’ rotation will flounder: And being both unable and unwilling to land a top-flight starter via trade, the prodigious Yankees offense is wasted as New York hangs around .500 all year. (As do the Oakland A’s, which tells you everything you need to know about the Yanks’ campaign.)” per FOX Sports [link]

2-2!

Who would have thought?

Pris went to Game 3, and saw Tanaka, Robertson, and Chapman pitch a shutout and Judge steal a home run from Lindor.  And Bird hit one out!

2017 ALDS_Page_4-001

Game 4 was exciting in a different way, with Severino finally calm (and yet not too calm) and the bats alive again:

2017 ALDS_Page_1-001

On to Game 5!