Sunday, April 09, 2006

Human logic trumps machine logic

If Tracy's use of the bullpen in today's win means that he intends to use human logic rather than machine logic when making late-inning decisions, I'm happy.

Lloyd McClendon's use of the closer went something like this:
If [inning=9] and [Pirates_lead=yes]
then [Pitcher=closer]
else not[Pitcher=closer]

A corollary to this algorithm last year was
If [closer=Mesa]
then [Pirates=stink]

I didn't watch today's game--just followed it on my cell phone while doing something else--but it looks like Tracy used Gonzo in the most important situation in the game rather than algorithmically saving him for the ninth. This is good.

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