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Thread: Why are some baseball players inconsistent by the month? Reasons?

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    High five! nate's Avatar
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    Re: Why are some baseball players inconsistent by the month? Reasons?

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    What changes so much between hole 9 and 10?
    They play better. It's such a generic example that there's nothing to be drawn from the hole transitioning from single to double digits.

    Its similar to the same thing that changes going from July 31st to August 1st.
    No, it isn't. We're talking in such generic terms with no real data behind it that there's absolutely nothing other than romantic notions to be drawn from it.

    Let's introduce several hundred data sets and start analyzing them. Using the example of "I've seen many do ______" doesn't jibe with the idea of measuring consistency.

    When you are able to put a bad month, 9, week, etc. behind you it enables you to start fresh.
    But what is "putting it behind you?" Is that an emotional thing or a performance thing?

    Emotionally, I can feel better about my approach as witnessed by Jay Bruce the year saying "I feel fine, the hits just aren't falling" and still not be out of my "slump."

    Performance wise, I can have emotional problems and still hit the cover off the ball. For example, Joey Votto this year before going on the DL.

    Monthly stats are easy to measure because there is a start date and and end date.
    Again, convenience doesn't make an accurate measure.

    Too often many cast aside psychological things because you can't measure them.
    This has nothing to do with saying calendar months are a poor way to measure consistency.
    "Bring on Rod Stupid!"

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    Re: Why are some baseball players inconsistent by the month? Reasons?

    Sample size.
    "This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner

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