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Did the Giants Debunk Moneyball?

By Mike Silva ~ November 1st, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva.

Bad night for Moneyballers, as Tony Siegle, senior advisor of Giants told me, “We’ve shown Moneyball is a bunch of garbage” #MLBless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I am not sure that is completely an accurate statement, but what the Giants did prove is that good pitching and a hot closer will certainly put you in a position to win in the postseason.

Paul DePodesta did say his definition of “Moneyball” is finding undervalued players. I believe two key contributors,  Juan Uribe and Andres Torres, might fall into that category.  Again, I believe incorporating aspects of advanced statistical analysis into decision making is essential to survive in the modern game.

Remember, the MLB playoffs is a tournament. You get there and anything can happen regardless of Moneyball.

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1 Response to Did the Giants Debunk Moneyball?

  1. Mister D

    What most people mean, or should mean, by “Moneyball” is using advanced statistics (ie SABR stats) to find undervalued players. However, any sabermetricial will tell you 4 games is a small sample size and doesn’t prove a damn thing. The inconsistent offense we’ve seen (hot Yankee bats go cold against Texas, Texas hot bats go cold against SF, SF cold bats heat up in WS) only underscoes the crapshoot nature of the post season. This isn’t to take away from the team that wins (as a Yankee fan, I’d be foolish to do that) – they did it, they deserve it – but when you have closely matched teams, its more a matter of who’s gotten hot than who’s better.

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