Dodgers/Nationals Game 5 Live Blog
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Sean Dolinar
10:14
And they don't understand how it works.
Chuckb
10:14
That's a balk.
Cale
10:14
That sure does seem like a balk
A Bloo Bloo Jays
10:14
that looks like a balk to me
JT
10:15
Thats Petitte level nasty.
Benjamin Dover
10:15
Ah, the Andy Pettitte
AJ
10:15
Nasty move... Dave, in your interpretation, balk?
Dave Cameron
10:15
I don't know.
It's close.
Balk?

Yes (64.4% | 183 votes)
 
No (35.6% | 101 votes)
 

Total Votes: 284
10:16
I am confident in my evaluation of balks

Yes (21.1% | 60 votes)
 
No (78.9% | 224 votes)
 

Total Votes: 284
Netflix and Rich Hill
10:17
Dave, your personality always has reminded me of my father's. But you just admitted you didn't know something. Refreshing.
Dave Cameron
10:18
Without knowing your dad, I don't know whether thats an insult or compliment.
DBA455
10:18
The only thing more entertaining than the "balk confidence" question is the candor that most people have in answering it.
Netflix and Rich Hill
10:19
My dad is an unwavering, consummate professional who is always well prepared.
Dave Cameron
10:19
Neat.
JT
10:19
Seeing it in super slow mo....thats a balk
Cale
10:19
Harold is bad at analyzing games for the most part but that was a good breakdown especially for the casual fan that wouldn't know the rule.
Sean Dolinar
10:20
One of the most important things in implementing analytics in any line of work is having people understand how it works, what goes into it, and what it says. WAR has the most inputs and adjustments. With baseball, you also have a lot of people who don't like the idea of reducing a player to a number. But usually, it's the former. WAR is just a starting point for analysis, because it won't tell you why the player is good or bad.

Also most metrics and models don't take into account EVERYTHING that can affect value, and that bothers some people.
ChatzMcGee
10:20
If Tom Verducci says "drifter" one more time... I'm not going to do much, but it'll annoy me.
Dave Cameron
10:20
If he says it one more time, Hunter Pence is summoned.
JC
10:20
98 on pitch 94
hscer
10:21
Scherzer has always seemed to have that Verlander thing where he can be his own reliever for an inning. maybe I'm just talking myself into this. but 98 on the K!
Roger
10:21
Would the ratings for games like this be appreciably better if, say, Vin Scully were calling it?
ReggieBar
10:21
WAR is fine but is very flawed still. Also a kind of boring stat..doesn't tell us anything about what KIND of player someone is, just their overall production. But still, Bob Ryan should retire..
Sean Dolinar
10:21
The words "flawed stat" are like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Craig Edwards
10:21
No, but it would be more enjoyable.
Benjamin Dover
10:22
Are we ever gonna get a Fangraphs Audio Live during a game?
Dave Cameron
10:22
MLB would yell at us if we provided play by play of a live broadcast.
Don Mattingly
10:22
The strike zone is growing again
britishcub
10:23
scherzer has to be done now?
Dave Cameron
10:23
I wouldn't count on that.
JC
10:24
Play by play does not seem particularly well suited for Carson's conversational style.
Dave Cameron
10:24
Or amount of baseball he watches.
Craig Edwards
10:24
He's at 98 pitches. Seems really doubtful he gets pulled now.
asabin
10:25
I would bet my gentalia on Scherzer staying in.
Dave Cameron
10:25
That seems unwise and needlessly risky.
Watching for the Cubs
10:26
The ratings for this game would be better if it wasn't on FS1
Netflix and Rich Hill
10:26
Lol yeah just keep Carson out of the booth. Cistulli: "Would it be fair to say that pitcher, um...that pitcher just bestowed a strike upon the hitter? And in doing so, is it fair to say, in the vernacular of the game, that the pitcher is, ahead?"
Joe McMahon
10:26
Considering the pitching matchup and the fact that the Nats were favored to win this game from the start, do you think if the Dodgers were told yesterday they'd finish the 6th only down by 1 that they'd take it?
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