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RynMan wrote:I think what kackal and missagnes are getting at is that 5 games does not determine which team is better. It tells you which teams played better during those 5 games. If you flipped a coin 5 times and it landed on heads every time does that mean heads is more likely to land than tails? No. It just means that you need to take a larger sample size to make your assumptions more accurate. Whoever wins the most games during the season (all things being equal - which they're not due to stronger divisions) is the best team.
Half Massed wrote:look just to simplify this playoff/regular season discusion, the difference between regular season and playoffs is like the difference between roto and h2h. in roto the best, generally most balanced team, wins most of the time, (excluding injuries, etc.) like in the regular season. while in h2h, the team that might be worse over the whole season could crush the best or most balanced team stastically on streaks, luck, whatever, much like the playoffs. the teams that make it to the playoffs are all fine teams, and you can call the winning teams what you want. you could say some are just built for the short series, some get lucky, or some take something from the underdog mentality and go out there with something to prove, and so on. the best team doesn't always win, so luck is definitally a factor. As for the A's, the reason people like them is because of the scrappy underdog image they carry and the fact that they consistently win with a small payroll in baseball where its a rollercoaster for smaller market teams. the belief that they can win this year isn't suprising since they've showed us multiple times that they can after losing big parts of their teams. and at least they got something from it this time.
Phatferd wrote:Its not the same sample, so you can't use it. Its a fact.
LBJackal wrote:Oakland made it to the playoffs 4 years in a row with a shitty payroll. I don't care how they had so few fans, I'm not their fan anyway, the point is they were very good with very little money. The point is they have the best record other than the Yankees the past 5 years. Jesus Christ, if you're gonna argue something, dont say they aren't a good team. How hard is it to realize that. This isn't about beane, or whatevbr the f$^*&^$ you want it to be about. They were better than any team over the past 5 years other than the $200M friggin Yankees. If you want to say they weren't good enough, that's bullshit and you know it. I'm not wasting more time talking about this, I can't believe it even got to this point. And I'm not even an A's fan, I'm a Jays fan and have said how it was luck that we won the series twice in a row. And that was with only 2 rounds in the palyoffs... yeah the A's suck because they could ONLY make it to game 5 against the Yankees who have 2 players making the same amountof money as their entire team... it's bullshit and you know it.
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