Originally Posted by TRF
But clutch pitching seems to be easier to define. Clutch hitting much broader. Is it just RISP? Close and Late? Post season? All of the above or just some combination? Other? How many AB's in a particular situation is required before we stop saying "Small Sample"?
Good point. If you get a base hit in the first inning that scores the game's only run, is that clutch?
I'm not sure they use this stat much anymore but in the 80s they used to use this Game Winning RBI stat. I believe it was defined as the RBI that put that team ahead for good. So if you scored 9 runs in the first inning and ended up winning 9-8, the guy who drove in the 1st run got the GWRBI. Perhaps in a situation like that or my previous example, clutch exists in the macro but not in the micro. At the time, it wasn't a big deal but when you ended up winning by 1 run, it became a bigger deal. Cause in the latter example, the guy who drove in the 9th run to put his team up 9-0 would not be considered clutch at the time of his RBI.