Law Should Have Baseball’s Metrics Yogi Berra said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half physical.” His numbers are off, but his on-field stats, glove, and immense popularity landed him in Cooperstown, a place that enshrines baseball greats based upon metrics. Ever wonder why law—a trillion dollar global industry purportedly grounded in evidence, proof, and fact—is so remarkably devoid of meaningful metrics for performance and results? Baseball Is Well Into Its Second Generation of Metrics Baseball is a numbers game. There’s a metric for almost everything. Measures of individual performance—home runs, runs batted in, batting average, earned run average, etc.– have been around
ANAHEIM — Perhaps one way to look at the A’s wild moods of September — hitting up a storm one week, scoring almost no runs the next — is that the month is providing many lessons for the team’s strong crop of youngsters. Oakland didn’t get a hit off the Angels’ Jered Weaver on Monday until there were two outs in the fifth and wound up on the losing end for the sixth time in seven games, falling 2-1 at Angel Stadium and letting another excellent outing by Sean Manaea go for naught. Albert Pujols’ bases-loaded tapper with one out in the eighth resulted in the winning run. [...] had rookie reliever Ryan Dull made a clean play on the ball, he might have been able to get the runner at the plate. Manaea, the A’s rookie left-hander, was super-stingy in his third start since returning from a bout of back soreness. Mike Trout ended Manaea’s string of scoreless innings at 171/3 with a solo homer in the fourth. Since coming back from what the A’s described as a strained left rhomboid muscle, Manaea has given up one run in 18 innings.
The Mariners are clinging to hope in the American League wild-card race, sitting two-games back from the second playoff slot with just six games remaining in the regular season Tuesday morning. With their 4-3 victory Monday over the Astros, the M’s improved to 83-73 and increased their wild-card lead over Houston to 1.5 games. The Astros are now 3.5 games back in the wild-card race. But two teams still stand in Seattle’s way: The Detroit Tigers are tied at 2.0 games back, and the Baltimore Orioles are holding their wild-card position 1.0 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. So, how likely are the M’s to make it to the postseason? Before Tuesday’s games across the MLB, FiveThirtyEight gave the