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All four LDS winners were outscored by the losers

Oct 8, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

Alex Avila, Alex Rodriguez AP

Incredible but true:

New York 28 – Detroit 16
Tampa Bay 21 – Texas 16

Philadelphia 21 – St. Louis 19
Arizona 25 – Milwaukee 23

Yet the latter teams won 12 games and the formers won seven.

The losing teams also outhomered the winning teams 24-18. And they committed fewer errors than the winning teams, 5-7.

So what did the winning teams do better? Obviously, they won the close ones. The winning teams were 7-1 in one-run games, with Philly having the only one-run victory among the losers.

  1. bucsraysboltsfan - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Ah…I’ve finally found my moral victory.

  2. jj - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    That NYY/DET deficit is the amazing bit.

  3. Lukehart80 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Wow, I love that bit of trivia. Wild!

  4. firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Further proof that the results of one game means nothing. Take out the 11 and 6 runs, scored by the Phillies and Cardinals respectively, in the first game and the Cardinals outscored the Phillies 13- 10

    • itsmekirill - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Further proof that the playoffs in general and the division series in particular is small sample size bullsh*t

  5. jason9696 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    I doubt that will ever happen again.

    • yankeesfanlen - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Nah, it happens all the time. Look at regular season 3 and 4 game series. One hot pitcher or cold hitter will mean a lot in run differential.

      • jason9696 - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        Yeah but I meant all 4 teams winning their respective series didn’t score more runs than the losing teams. Plus combined they were even out homered and committed more errors than the losers. That’s very odd.

  6. raysfan1 - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Guess the losing teams should have spread their runs out more. (facetious)

  7. shawnuel - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    The winners are all Mormons?

  8. notedschultz - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    but Jeter blamed their loss on great pitching from the Tigers.

  9. spudchukar - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    This should be an indictment of the sabermetric fanatics, who champion total runs as the ultimate goal of a team. Yes it is a small sample, but still it should give pause to those who focus on solely on runs scored. This is an example of when rather than how much, and the how much should be challenged more often.

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