Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Effect of batting order and inning on scoring

Retrosheet guru David Smith, looking at tons of play-by-play data, breaks down scoring by inning, and by which batter led off the inning.

Among many other findings,
David’s study confirms Bill James’ observations that

-- the first inning is the highest scoring
-- the second inning is the lowest scoring
-- taken together, the first and second inning are below average.


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