Category Archives: BR Play Index

The rise of the extra-inning playoff game

The record for extra-inning games in a single postseason is eight; the 2014 playoffs have already seen four. How does the lower run environment explain the bonus baseball?

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Hitting for average and nothing else

One of the great things about baseball is that, every night, you have the chance to see something you’ve never seen before. Tuesday night, for example, Ben Revere hit his first career home run in 1,565 plate appearances. One of the other great things about baseball is that, every time you see something new, you can find a connection to the game’s history. Revere had logged the most PA without a homer to start a career since Greg Gross in the 1970s; before Gross, you have to go back to Emil Verban in the 1940s.

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