Great Moments in Prognosticating

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Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just before the Padres-Nationals game got underway:

Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just after the top half of the first ended:

 

Strasburg allowed three runs on three hits in that inning. Indeed, the first batter he faced, Will Venable, hit a double. He added a triple his second time at bat.

This isn’t intended as a slap at Ladson. But it is why, when people ask me why HBT doesn’t do more look-aheads to the day’s action, make predictions or do things like “keys to the game” posts, I look at them like they’re crazy.

It’s baseball. If you want to hear talking heads talk the hell out of upcoming games tune in to an NFL pregame show. You can’t predict baseball.  Too many variables. Too many games. Almost nothing in the way of an effective, team-based before-the-fact strategy.