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More PO flames

I love this. Jay Jaffe at the ever-interesting futilityinfielder.com has posted an extensive (yes, more long-winded than me, even) response to Buster Olney's PO foolishness.
Productive Out advantage predicted the winner in 57% of postseason series (62.3% if you exclude the no-decisions as Olney did above), a rate exceeded by advantages in plate appearances (for these purposes simply at bats + walks), homers, and runs. In other words, thanks for nothing. Yes, there are certainly times where a productive out comes in handy, and the Yanks might have had themselves World Championship number 27 if Boone had been able to provide one. But such anecdotal evidence isn't what holds water in this battle. The real question is do productive outs correlate with scoring runs, or don't they?

As if the first month of the season didn't provide enough fuel for baseball bloggers, Buster Olney is keeping them all in business. Bloggers love nothing quite like they love an idiot with a soapbox.
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