For Acta, a 70 percent success rate marks the line between helpful and damaging. If you can swipe second seven times in 10, you get an eternal greenlight on Acta's team. When Milledge -- the team's newly appointed leadoff man -- reached first against Moehler on Sunday, he had the green light. His decision-making would dictate the fate of Washington's inning. According to data gathered in 2008, teams with a runner on first and nobody out average 0.900 runs that frame. Make it to second with no outs, and that number jumps only to 1.150. Try for second and get caught, though, and you have none on and one out -- and the number crashes to 0.279. In other words: A failure would cost Milledge more than success would help.Oh yeah, that's a run expectancy stat in the Washington Post. You keep hating your job just like this, Chico. I don't care what they say about you--you're ok in my book.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This should not go unnoticed. In the middle of an otherwise normal article by Chico Harlan about the Nationals' base-running in the Washington Post we get this:
Posted by Steven at 6:16 PM