CubsFan7724 wrote:Why is everyone so fascinated with this Moneyball anyways? The furthest its taken the As is the division series, where they lose to higher payroll teams like the BoSox and the Yankees. I mean it isn't like Gods plan to baseball or anything, they haven't even won a World Series. I think if he hadnt gotten those 3 great pitchers to pan out the A's would be wallowing in the bottom of the division. Though the division series isn't bad with a small payroll, the Marlins have won 2 world series with a small payroll.
The fact that the A's even compete with the likes of the Red Sox and the Yankees is incredible. And let's not forget how close they've come to vanquishing both of those teams. The playoffs (especially the DS) are largely luck. The Moneyball strategy works over an extended period of time. It's not going to work every time (or even most of the time) in a 5-game series with a powerhouse like the Red Sox.
That being said, the Moneyball strategy is a revolutionary statistical interpretation, and it works. Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta did something very special in Oakland, and it's only a matter of time before it pans out.
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