Hangover

hang·o·ver  

  (hāng'ō'vər)   
n.  
  1. Unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol.
  2. A letdown, as after a period of excitement.
  3. A vestige; a holdover: hangovers from prewar legislation.

Thanks to our recent play I have been experiencing more of #1.  The bats have been showcasing a lot of #2.  I know from my experience the best cure for one is a nice, spicy Bloody Mary.  Something about pummeling a couple of these Red drinks always makes me feel better.  I'm not sure if it's the spicy Offensive flavor, or the smooth vodka Hitting me perfectly, or maybe it's the vegetables building up the Defense mechanisms in my body.  Either way I feel like a new man, almost as if, everything is about to go right for me for the indefinite future. 

 

Anyways, below you will find the record for each World Series participant in their first 20 games the following year. 

Winner Loser
Y1 Team Wins Losses  Win %  Y1 Team Wins Losses Win %
2009 Phillies 11 9      0.550 2009 Rays 8 12    0.400
2008 Red Sox 13 7      0.650 2008 Rockies 9 11    0.450
2007 Cardinals 9 11      0.450 2007 Tigers 11 9    0.550
2006 White Sox 14 6      0.700 2006 Astros 14 6    0.700
2005 Red Sox 11 9      0.550 2005 Cardinals 14 6    0.700
2004 Marlins 13 7      0.650 2004 Yankees 9 11    0.450
2003 Angels 9 11      0.450 2003 Giants 16 4    0.800
2002 Diamondbacks 13 7      0.650 2002 Yankees 12 8    0.600
2001 Yankees 11 9      0.550 2001 Mets 8 12    0.400
2000 Yankees 13 7      0.650 2000 Braves 14 6    0.700
1999 Yankees 14 6      0.700 1999 Padres 9 11    0.450
1998 Marlins 6 14      0.300 1998 Indians 13 7    0.650
1997 Yankees 9 11      0.450 1997 Braves 15 5    0.750
1996 Braves 11 9      0.550 1996 Indians 13 7    0.650
Avg.    11.2        8.8      0.561   Avg.    11.8        8.2    0.589
Q1 13
0.650 Q1 14   0.700
Q3 9.5   0.475 Q3 9   0.450

 

As you can see we are in elite company, matching the start by the 2001 Mets and only being surpassed by the 1998 stripped down Marlins.  Of course this doesn't mean all that much as far as predictive power, but it does show that the average record through 20 games for World Series teams is better than ours.  Time to fix us a cocktail and get ready for work as the holes we dig today are harder to fill in tomorrow.

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