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More Whimpers Than Bangs: How Batters Perform When “It’s the World Series and they’re down to their final out”

By Steven P. Gietschier

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

How did the 2012 World Series end? It was Game Four in Detroit. The San Francisco Giants, up three games to none, scored a run in the top of the tenth on a single by Marco Scutaro to take a 4–3 lead. In the bottom of the tenth, closer Sergio Romo entered the game to face the Tigers. Austin Jackson struck out, pinch-hitter Don Kelly struck out, and then Miguel Cabrera came to the plate: strike one, ball one, strike two, ball two, foul, and then strike three looking. It . . .

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