After particularly vexing losses, as fans wait for long-winded diatribes and dissertations, Bud Black will often simply remark, “That’s baseball.” While the triteness of Black’s comment often frustrates fans, it’s actually the perfect thing to be said because, well, baseball’s really weird.
When Chase Headley stepped to the plate on Saturday night to lead off the top of the 9th inning in a 2-0 game, his task was a daunting one – start a rally against Craig Kimbrel, one of the best relievers in baseball.
In the previous 28 games in which he had appeared, Craig Kimbrel had not allowed a run. During this streak, which dated back to July 4th, hitters had compiled a meager slash-line of .115/.167/.135.
Even more impressive than those numbers however, were Kimbrel’s BB% (4%) and K% (40%). In addition to those incredibly gaudy numbers, Kimbrel hadn’t allowed a HR since May 7th, a streak of 46.1 innings. Hitters didn’t stand a chance. Did Chase Headley?
Chase Headley’s season has been one...