Friday, October 06, 2017

The Indians got lucky this time

The Indians got lucky this time

The Yankees got to Kluber, the best pitcher in the AL, and took an 8-3 lead, but the Indians clawed back with a salami from Lindor in the sixth and a game-tying dinger from Jay Bruce in the 8th.

After all the powerful fireworks, the game was won by deadball tactics in the 13th - by a stolen base. Austin Jackson singled and stole second, enabling him to score on a single by Yan Gomes who, and correct me if I'm wrong, is probably the greatest Brazilian catcher in the history of MLB.

(According to, Gomes was the first Brazilian player ever to make the majors back in 2012, but several others have followed in his footsteps. Gomes is still the most successful)


  1. How did they get lucky? You have to be remarkably to do that on that stage and against that bullpen. I didn't see any luck. They clutched up when it counted

    1. ANY close game is a matter of lucky bounces. The conventional wisdom is the great teams show their character in close games, but that is demonstrably wrong. Truly great teams don't have many close games, and when they do, they perform worse than their overall record. The 1927 Yankees were only 24-19 in one-run games, barely third-best in the league. They were 86-25 in other games. Just about any great team you can point to has a worse record in one-run games than in other games, because one-run games hinge on single moments, one way or the other, rather than overall superiority

      They were lucky

      ... but they were ALSO great. As Seneca said, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.