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Rays Tank: On managers and luck

Plus, is there racial wage discrimination in baseball?

Rick Yeatts

Dave Cameron explains why the Orioles recent run of over-performing their peripherals doesn't mean that they've figured out a way to constantly over-perform their peripherals. He's right of course, about how what appears to be exceptional is usually just the expected random variation, but I'm going to go on believing that Joe Maddon is the wizard of late-season comebacks.

What exactly is Maddon's and Showalter's MO? Ben Lindbergh gives a fantastic chart. Apparently, Maddon is very active, while Showalter is not. Maddon is most active in challenging calls and calling for sacrifice attempts. Huh.

Tommy Rancel with a good breakdown of Drew Smyly's latest appearance.

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