This week, we were talking about the Royals trip to Seattle and the weird games they ran into in the Pacific Northwest. We also talked about speculation that Mike Moustakas may be sent to Omaha to work on his struggles, including how effective a demotion might be for him, and compared his case to Alex Gordon‘s past.
Then we talked about sample sizes and regression to the mean. It’s early in the year, but a question posed to us by a listener was “when does it stop being a small sample size?”
So we looked at some work by some really smart mathematical guys and came up with an answer: it depends. There are a lot of factors involved and we tried to discuss as many as we could to get closer to a tidy answer.
To finish up, we got an update from Brett Parker, an organizer for Dressed to the Nines, a promotion being pushed in tandem with the Royals’ Salute to the Negro Leagues. Brett talked about the Kansas City businesses helping out, what to expect on Sunday May 18, and what lies ahead.
Also keep your calendar clear for Memorial Day weekend. Our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, is helping host a block party with their neighbors at McCoy’s on May 25 at 8 p.m. It’s a $5 cover and local band Lost Wax takes the stage at 9:30.
This week’s sources:
- Ned Yost almost broke the Intentional Walk Rage System – Joe Posnanski
- Harry Pavlidis on Regression – Hardball Times
- When pitcher stats stabilize – Baseball Prospectus
- When hitter stats stabilize – Baseball Prospectus
- It’s a Small Sample Size, After All – Baseball Prospectus
- Dressed to the Nines special ticket offers
- Follow Brett Parker (@BrettToThe9s) and @ToThe9sDay for updates on Dressed to the Nines
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