“The game of baseball is as much art as it is science; the game isn’t played on a spreadsheet. Tampa Bay’s data strategy told them starting pitchers struggle facing batters for the third time in a game. League-wide data supports this and many teams subscribe to this strategy.
However, in game six with a championship on the line, a data-driven team leaned too far into that strategy. They cut a phenomenal pitching performance short adhering to that approach, only to watch their lead–and championship hopes–slip away.
The lesson? Teams that know how and when to use their qualitative and quantitative knowledge together (Los Angeles uses analytics too!) are usually most successful. And nine-figure payrolls don’t hurt, either!”