Monday, June 20, 2011

Random Balks Down at PNC Park

The news that the Pirates are hovering around .500 almost halfway though the season seems to have both reporters and fans caught somewhere between a suspension of disbelief and outright cognitive dissonance. Thus the dichotomy of a team which has set records for losing in a region where for many it is still true that Baseball Comes First in Pittsburgh.

Is this year different?  Some version of a Wald-Wolfowitz Runs test might help answer that, but we'll skip that for the Mark I eyeball analysis. Here is how far the Pirates have been out of first place tracked by date over each of the last 20 seasons. You can see the last winning season from 1992 in green and the 2011 season played thus far in red.  The 18 seasons in between are not even worth distinguishing for the most part. 

If you rotate the whole graphic at the right angle, you really do get the motion of a Pachinko ball.


Blogger David Passmore said...

Every time I fight through my Pirates apathy and start paying attention, they swoon. It might be my fault. 3 losses and counting...

Monday, June 20, 2011 9:50:00 AM  

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