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His jersey number > his IQ

The Yankees won game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday partly because of a good outing by AJ Burnett, partly because of some solid bullpen work, partly by some good hitting by ARod, and partly cause of one of the dumbest errors of all time. With one out in the bottom of the 13th inning, a slow ground ball was hit to Maicer Izturis’s left. He was not going to be able to turn a double play, but rather than taking the easy out at first, he turned and fired to second, throwing the ball away and allowing the Yankees to score the winning run. Even discounting the fact that the elements made this a terribly impossible throw, it shouldn’t have been made in the first place. To illustrate, your Win Expectancy, courtesy of

0.7283: Bottom of extra innings, runners on 1b, 2b, 1 out, tie game
0.674: Get the out at 1b, leave runners at 2b, 3b, 2 outs
0.661: Get the out at 2b, leave runners at corners, 2 outs

There was a .013 difference between taking the out at first and out at second. There is no rational reason for Izturis to make that play. Even if he throws it poorly to first there likely is a catcher backing up the play and it becomes harder to score. Just bad baseball all around, and something Izturis should have been taught a long time ago.

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  • Granny Baseball

    I think if Izturis doesn’t throw it away, he gets the out at second. That makes it the right play. And the problem was not that there wasn’t anyone backing the play up, but that Figgins fumbled the ball.

    The problem with run probabilities is they tell you very little about what was probable in this situation with the specific players involved. I am not sure they even tell you very much in general, but that is a longer discussion.

  • Fetch

    I’m trying to decide how mean I should be with my response…