The Dord of Darien

Musings from the Mayor of the Internet

I love Ron Santo, but…

He’s a terrible colour man. He just referred to the Cubs’ 1-18 record when scoring fewer than four runs as a sign that the Cubs aren’t scoring enough runs.

What? What are you talking about, Ron? That is the exact opposite of what that stat means. That stat means that the Cubs are allowing too many runs.

I think Ron might be drunk.

May 22nd, 2010 Posted by | Baseball | 3 comments


  1. Seems to me the only reason anybody ever lost a baseball game was because they didn’t score enough runs to beat the other guy, innit?

    Comment by Dave | 23 May 2010

  2. But the fact that the data set chosen has a low run ceiling — it explicitly refuses to consider any games in which the Cubs scored more than three runs at all — filters out run-scoring as a variable and focuses entirely on run prevention.

    The flip side of your aphorism being — as you well know — that the only reason anybody ever lost a baseball game is because he let the other guy score too many runs.

    Comment by Darien | 23 May 2010

  3. Actually, what it comes down to is the home team always gets a chance to score more than the visitors. So when you’re the home team and you lose, you didn’t score enough runs. When you’re the visitor and you lose, you gave up too many runs. QED.

    Comment by Dave | 24 May 2010

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