These five records are in danger of falling – MLB.com

Ever since I was a kid, there has been something magical about the 81st game of the baseball season. You know why: Because 81 games marks the halfway point of the season, which means for just a short while you can double everybody’s stats and (sort of) predict what amazing seasons might happen.

I put “sort of” in parentheses there for my friend, statistical guru and glorious party pooper Tom Tango. Tom gets on me every time I talk about anyone being “on pace” to do something, because, well, yeah, because it’s quite stupid to do that. You can’t take arbitrary points in a timeline and use those to say someone is “on pace” to do something. If you bowl a strike in your first frame, you are not “on pace” to bowl a 300. Or as he says, when Usain Bolt covers the first 40 meters of a 100-meter dash in 4.64 seconds, that doesn’t mean he’s on pace to run a 3:07 mile or an 82-minute marathon.

Ever since I was a kid, there has been something magical about the 81st game of the baseball season. You know why: Because 81 games marks the halfway point of the season, which means for just a short while you can double everybody’s stats and (sort of) predict what amazing seasons might happen.

I put “sort of” in parentheses there for my friend, statistical guru and glorious party pooper Tom Tango. Tom gets on me every time I talk about anyone being “on pace” to do something, because, well, yeah, because it’s quite stupid to do that. You can’t take arbitrary points in a timeline and use those to say someone is “on pace” to do something. If you bowl a strike in your first frame, you are not

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