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From BP: Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 3 Recap ($)

It’s not hard to see that the postseason magnifies every little thing, including your mistakes. Sure, it glorifies your successes, but for every pitch that kinda sorta seems down the middle, you’ll get a thousand exasperated sighs in response, and unless you’re an all-time great, people will remember your mistakes, your missteps, and your blunders. To this end, baseball is not a fair game.

Speaking of blunders, here is a list of the most famous and classic of them:

1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia
2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line
3. Never take copious amounts of pitches if the pitcher is a renowned strike-thrower

From the start of Game 3, the Red Sox still seemed to be in the funk that plagued them in the last week of the season.Josh Tomlin‘s 4.17 DRA and 1.86 HR/9 aren’t because he’s ineffectively wild, but because he throws a lot of pitches in the zone, and hitters often capitalize. The Red Sox tried to wait out Tomlin, hoping he’d throw a mistake, but they found few. Their strategy was to take pitches to run Tomlin in five innings, but Tomlin was undeterred, throwing strike after strike after strike. Three of Tomlin’s first four innings of scoreless baseball were clean and perfect, and that was enough for the Indians to gain a lead.

Read the rest at Baseball Prospectus.

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