Smallball vs. Moneyball

Many say it's a baseball sin to waste your allotted 27, but teams like the Tigers say they're the key to success.

Originally Published: April 29, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Red Sox closed in on a three-game sweep of the Yankees last Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead into the eighth, the Yankees' offense stagnant. Johnny Damon drew a walk against left-hander Gabe White, with switch-hitting Mark Bellhorn coming up; David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were to follow.

As Bellhorn stood in against White, his batting average was under the Mendoza Line of .200, and he was 0-for-11 against left-handed pitchers in 2004; he is better against right-handers. His primary contribution ...

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