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.