Originally Posted by Chip R
As much as we would like to try to measure everything, I think clutch play, is really difficult to define and therefore difficult to measure. I think it exists and I think in certain situations some guys go up there so tight that they can't perform to there normal levels while other guys go up there like they would if it were the 1st inning of a game. And there might be others who go out there more focused than they would in an ordinary situation.
Sometimes you can only say something is clutch after the game is over. An RBI single in the 5th inning may not seem a big deal at the time but if that's the eventual winning run, it was a big deal in hindsight.
I think clutch exists when there is pressure on that situation. Maybe in retrospect that AB in the 5th was the most important in the game, but there won't be too much pressure on that AB unless it's an extremely important game.