As the so-called oddsmaker, my lineups this year have resulted in nothing but close games.
Six games have been decided by a total of seven runs.
My goal every week is to constitute rosters that will possibly result in either team having a chance to win in the last inning.
Only one game has been decided by the last at-bat of the home team. (*)
I haven’t crunched the numbers for previous seasons, but as oddsmaker for eleven seasons I understand that the Bell Curve of results over those seasons would show one run games are not so far away from the mean result to be outliers. But, even my most successful handicapping over entire seasons has also showcased plenty of routs, so my guess is the mean result for my best season as oddsmaker is a margin much larger than a mere single run.
Alternately, we’re at the beginning of my best season. This is scary because the inevitable regression will arrive one of these Sundays. I’ll also learn if habituating players to close games comes with a psychic cost too.