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Monday, October 17, 2005


St. Louis takes it up the...
 
Pujols.

Closers seem to become less and less effective as series go on. This has a theoretical justification that the more players get used to a pitcher the better they hit him.

For an empirical example, look at Lidge in this series.
Game 2: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 0.0 ERA, 1.0 WHIP
Game 3: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.0 ERA, 2.0 WHIP
Game 4: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.0 ERA, 2.0 WHIP
Game 5: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 27.0 ERA, 3.0 WHIP

I'd have to do more research, but things like the BKKim's implosion and the D-Backs hitting Rivera in Game 7 also come to mind.

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