Tourtellotte: Looking back at the 2018 postseason through WPS

From SABR member Shane Tourtellotte at The Hardball Times on November 6, 2018:

The 2018 baseball season has ended, after a postseason that, in retrospect, felt like a coronation parade. The Boston Red Sox dominated the regular season with 108 victories and did not lose more than one game in any of their three postseason series. After three years of teams breaking decades-long droughts (one over a century long) to win the title, Boston won its fourth in 15 years. For the historic excellence of this year’s squad, and for its lengthening pattern of World Series triumphs, the Red Sox can claim to be the Team of the Millennium.

I’ll be looking back at the postseason today, just as the title promises. As has become my annual custom, I’ll be gauging the excitement of the games rather than the team and player narratives. My method for doing this is the Win Percentage Sum (WPS) Index. Back in 2012 and ’13, I did daily reports on postseason games, supported by WPS. When THT changed its format in early 2014, I shifted to a wrap-up after the postseason. This is the fifth of those retrospectives.

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Originally published: November 7, 2018. Last Updated: November 7, 2018.