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Lies, Damn Lies, and Nonsensical Nonsense

Now obviously ESPN.com isn't an illuminating statistical resource the way that fangraphs or even baseballreference.com are, but today while engaging in some pre-work stat porn on the east coast bias mother ship I came across the following numbers:

1. The A's have the lowest ground ball to fly ball ratio at .69.

2. Interestingly enough, the A's have grounded into the second fewest double plays in the major leagues, 86, bested only by the Mariners at 83.

3. A's pinch hitters have the highest batting average in baseball at .309, the major league average is .222.

What does it all mean? I think it's obvious that Billy Beane has re-invented baseball again and has collected a bunch of previously undervalued high average pinch hitters who hit the ball in the air and not into double plays.

Assuming Melvin continues to honor this new school approach being imposed on him by his general manager, will this strategy work in the playoffs? More after the jump.

Yes it will. Go A's.

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