This article is part of our The Z Files series.
It doesn't seem like much, but this is one fewer week than we're used to coming out of the break. As such, it's even more important not to make a few common errors when evaluating pathways to take home the championship. What follows are four mistakes often encountered while managing the rest of the season.
This has been a bit of a crusade for me as I still see and hear the theory espoused that too many at-bats or innings have built up to gain significant points in categories like batting average (or on-base percentage), ERA and WHIP. It's simply not true. In fact, if you play in a league tracking category movement in the standings, you'll see right up to the last day, more points are gained or lost in ratios than counting categories.
The reason for this is two-fold. First, unlike the counting stats, you can gain ground in ratios by having your competitors drop below you. Often, you gain pitching points without having any hurlers active that day. Second, the ratio categories are more bunched than their