The matchup that matters most: Yankees pitchers versus Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Aside from Lindor’s grand slam off Green, the two switch-hitters haven’t done much in the series. Lindor is 1-for-11 and Ramirez is 2-for-13 with two singles — an infield hit and a slow grounder through the infield. With Edwin Encarnacion likely out again with his sprained right ankle, the Indians need those two to do some damage.
The prediction: Severino bounces back from his wild-card debacle with five strong innings. Aaron Judge (0-for-10 with eight strikeouts and four walks) blasts a long one off Bauer. We go five. Yankees win 5-3.
“Johnny Football” was a brilliant college quarterback who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M.
Absolutely. As with the previous example of 3-point percentage, the key question to ask here is how different is a team’s performance during preseason from what we previously expected from them. I’ve found some predictive value to exceeding or underperforming preseason over/under lines, on the order of about three wins per season above or below those lines at the extremes.
So I knew where to concentrate. So everybody else was trying to figure out how many partners there are going to be or how to do this deal — because all you can borrow on a basketball team is $250 million — and I knew what I had to do. That’s why I was able to do it so quick. I went and put my money together first because I knew the team was going to be worth this much, and it wasn’t about what I made.