NLDS Game 3 Postponed

From the Phillies website:

Snow began falling Friday night in the Denver metro area as the temperature dropped to 17 degrees in the Mile High City overnight, breaking the record low of 25 for the date, set in 1905. Coors Field was blanketed in snow by Saturday morning, and the white stuff was expected to keep coming down into the day, predicted to dissipate by the 7:37 p.m. game time. Since Coors Field is the only field in the Majors with an underground heating system, the snow might have been cleared away.

The cold is another matter, though.

Denver awoke to icy roads, multitudes of accidents on the highways and snow all around, with the updated forecast for the scheduled 7:37 p.m. game time calling for a temperature of 26 degrees — which would have been by far the lowest for a postseason game in history.

Due to the extra day of rest, Charlie Manuel switched his Game 3 starter. Initially, it was Pedro Martinez because, in Game 2, he used starter Joe Blanton for more than an inning and J.A. Happ got hit on the shin with a line drive. Happ will, in fact, start Game 3 tomorrow.

Some relevant reading material for your perusal:

Jayson Stark tweets:

No team ever started lefthanders in every game of a 5-game LDS. ’97 Mariners did it in a 4-gamer vs Bal: Randy, Moyer, Fassero, Randy again

With the Phillies starting Happ in Game 3, Cliff Lee will likely start Game 4 and Hamels will go in Game 5 if necessary.

BDD: Suddenly, A-Rod Is Clutch

At Baseball Daily Digest, I examine the concept of clutch as it pertains to Alex Rodriguez, who has become Mr. Clutch this year.

If clutch is an ability then it should be somewhat consistent, but as the above graph shows, such is not the case. Generally, a clutch player should not be unclutch (and vice versa), especially over a long period of time and with a sufficient sample size.

To justify A-Rod’s unclutchness, one may cite examples of clutchness (such as his ‘07 and ‘09 seasons) as aberrant, or mere statistical variance. But isn’t that the case anyway? That is what we would expect of just about every Major League Baseball player. To say that a player’s clutchness can vary from year-to-year is to devalue the very concept of clutch. It is contradictory.

BDD: Twins Have Themselves to Blame

At Baseball Daily Digest, I suggest that umpire Phil Cuzzi did not cause the Twins to lose that game to the Yankees.

Yes, left field umpire Phil Cuzzi missed a call, but did the call cause the Twins to lose? Let’s imagine Mauer does get his justified double. Do the next two hitters — Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer — necessarily follow up with singles? Not so, if you buy into the butterfly effect. Kubel and Cuddyer singled following a Mauer single; there is no reason to assume that they would have singled following a Mauer double. They could have just as easily struck out back-to-back, or Kubel could have been hit in the ribs by a fastball and Cuddyer could have had a laser pointed in his eyes by a fan, causing him to ground into a double play.