View Full Version : Good article on Uncle Mo!

09-29-2005, 09:26 AM
Link (http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/ten-things-about-momentum-in-th=)

Studeman is basically saying that, historically speaking, momentum has had very little effect on playoff success. What I find so interesting (and so does he) with all of this recent talk of the Sox Sept momentum hurting them in the playoffs, it was only a few years ago that the winners of the WS have all had horrible Septembers. Here is a bit of the article:

"From 1997 through 2000, Momentum was bad.

Each World Champions from 1997 through 2000 had a worse record in September than the season as a whole. In fact, two of those teams had September records below .500. The 1997 Marlins made it to the postseason through the Wild Card slot and became the first Wild Card team to win it all. However, you can't really say they had momentum on their side, as they played only .444 ball in September, the second-lowest September record of any World Series winner in the past 35 years.

The worst September record for a World Series winner was .433; the Yankees in 2000. In fact, the 2000 Yankees lost 15 of their last 18 games but still managed to finish first in the American League East. They then went on to beat Oakland, Seattle and the Mets for the world title.

By the way, the fourth-worst September record of any World Series champion belongs to the 2001 Diamondbacks, who played .476 ball the last month of the season. But the arms of Johnson and Schilling pulled Arizona through each postseason series until they had won it all.

The irony here is that, for all the recent focus on Momentum and the postseason, September records meant almost nothing a few years ago."