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A look at the Post-Dispatch report card

Every year, Jeff Gordon grades the team during the All-Star break and after the season is over. He has seemingly random criteria, inexplicable grades, and spotty reasoning. He values the 2nd half as more important than the 1st half, usually cites RISP, and I’m sure he’ll post some playoff stats. If one were to write a “How to Misuse Statistics” post, his articles would surely be fine examples. Let’s get to the grades.

“Molina hit .285 after the All-Star break with an .801 on-base plus slugging percentage. Overall he hit .305 with runners in scoring position”

I swear I wrote the above paragraph before reading a word of this.