So I log onto mlb.com and on the front page shows how the two teams in the world series are there for pitching, defense and their ability to play small ball.
Can someone, ANYONE show me some evidence that the White Sox doing so well this season was as a result of playing "small ball"?
The White Sox were 5th in the majors in HR's....to me that seems quite high for a team that wins by playing small ball. They were also 13th in Runs Scored....could it be possible that alot of their runs were scored by long balls?
I always said that it was the Sox' defense and pitching that got them as far as they did....why the small ball argument?
I think that the fact that no (or very few) teams actually do play small ball, makes the perception of the meaning of it change from what it actually is to sort of what hort said, but more being fundamentally sound.
Well in all fairness most of their HR advantage comes from playing in US Cellular which boosts HR totals. Away they were right in the middle of the pack when it came to homers in the AL.
"Small-ball" is the definition people like to use when a team has a decent offense and good pitching + defense and win games. In reality, the Sox won because of their great pitching staff this year. Their offense was average at best once you factor in the park effect.
I think it's a good psychological ploy that keeps them focused on every at bat even though they are MLB average hitters. It makes them feel like they are playing all aspects of the game, keeps the game interesting and it carries over to the fielding.