Adventures in Sports Writing

Although I’m not a big baseball fan, I am a Detroit fan, so I’ve been taking a look at some of the Tigers playoff coverage.  One article was by ESPN’s Stats and Info group, with the top things I should know about the series starting tonight in Oakland.  Here’s (the beginning) of number 2: “These two teams have not had much success in the postseason lately. Detroit has lost four straight postseason games. They have not lost at least five straight since 1907-08, when they lost six in a row. In addition, the Tigers have lost 11 of their last 16 road postseason games.”  That sounds kind of bad.

THEIR LAST FOUR POSTSEASON GAMES WERE THE WORLD SERIES.  Granted, not the best time to lose four in a row.  But maybe if you made the World Series you could be given credit for a little postseason success?  Similarly, 7 of those 16 postseason road games were last year (again, they made the World Series), another 6 were in 2011 when they lost game 6 of the ALCS, and the last three were in 2006 (that’s seven years ago),  when they lost all three road games against the Cardinals IN THE WORLD SERIES.  They were 3-1 in road games earlier in the 2006 playoffs, by the way.  So basically, the Tigers haven’t had much postseason success recently and aren’t doing so hot on the road when they’ve made the World Series in 2 of their last 3 playoff appearances.

I have seen people twist numbers to make odd statements before, but this took some contorting.

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