Is a Major League Hitter Hot or Cold?

By Megan Liedtke Tesar, Anne C. Marx, and David D. Marx

This article was published in the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.

INTRODUCTION The World Series is tied at three games apiece. Going into the decisive seventh game, which players would you prefer to have in the lineup? If it is the bottom of the ninth inning, the score is tied 2–2, and the bases are loaded, do you stick to the lineup or put in a pinch-hitter? This question had to be answered by Bob Brenly, the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the 2001 World Series against the New York Yankees. Brenly stuck to the lineup, and fortunately for the . . .

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