I tend to make a lot of wild claims and I don’t typically have any sort of evidence to back them up. Most of the time, I’d just like to think that I’m right. I never actually take the time to seek out the truth. If you haven’t noticed, this is not a website governed by sabermetrics.
Whenever I see that Cole Hamels is pitching in a day game, I mildly groan. I only ever want him to pitch at night. Now, I don’t know why I think that, I just do. I can remember him losing 2 playoff games (2007 and 2010) that were during the day. I feel like he always struggles during the day. This time I actually looked it up. These stats are courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com/ (which is an incredible website).
Cole simply does much better in night games. His W/L percentage, ERA, WHIP, SO/BB ratio, and SO/9 are all better at night. When he was picked to pitch in the home opener this year, a day game, I smh’d. For a team that analyzes stats like crazy, it seemed like a no brainer to have him start one of the night games. Cole lost the home opener by giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.1 innings. I never expect much out of him when he pitches before 7pm. Hopefully today doesn’t play out that way. But, the real lesson here is just always believe everything I say.