Thursday, October 17, 2019

Discussion of 2019 League Championship Series

Join Close Call Sports for a live blog and discussion of the 2019 American and National League Championship Series.

Bill Miller (NLCS) and Jeff Nelson (ALCS) are the crew chiefs and lead seven-person umpire crews—one of the umpires serves as Replay Official for Games 1-2 and then swaps with another umpire on the crew, who works at Replay HQ for the remainder of the respective series.

Home plate umpire performance is listed following the completion of each contest according to UEFL f/x (Statcast pitch data and application of UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a [horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule"] and 6-2-b-b [vertical strike zone, "Miller Rule"]). Fouls, swinging strikes, balls batted into play, and hit-by-pitches are excluded from the analysis.

See the entire crew via the following link.
Related2019 Wild Card & Division Series Umpires (10/11/19).

- 10/11 WAS@STL 1: Mike Muchlinski: 95/96 Balls + 45/50 Strikes = 140/146 = 95.9%. +0 Nu.
- 10/12 WAS@STL 2: Chris Conroy: 75/77 Balls + 52/55 Strikes = 127/132 = 96.2%. +1 STL.
- 10/12 NYY@HOU 1: Bill Welke: 92/95 Balls + 45/46 Strikes = 137/141 = 97.2%. +2 NYY.
- 10/13 NYY@HOU 2: Cory Blaser: 120/120 Balls + 58/60 Strikes = 178/180 = 98.9%. +0 Nu.
- 10/14 STL@WAS 3: Bill Miller: 103/105 Balls + 68/73 Strikes = 171/178 = 96.1%. +3 STL.
- 10/15 HOU@NYY 3: Jeff Nelson: 59/61 Balls + 28/28 Strikes = 87/89 = 97.8%. +0 Nu.
- 10/15 HOU@NYY 3: Kerwin Danley: 54/54 Balls + 16/20 Strikes = 70/74 = 94.6%. +2 HOU.
- 10/15 HOU@NYY 3: Combined: 113/115 Balls + 44/48 Strikes = 157/163 = 96.3%. +2 HOU.
- 10/15 STL@WAS 4: Phil Cuzzi: 87/87 Balls + 38/41 Strikes = 125/128 = 97.7%. +1 STL.
Series Complete (WAS Def STL 4-0): 563/584 = 96.4%. +5 STL.
- 10/16 HOU@NYY 4: Dan Bellino: 127/132 Balls + 57/63 Strikes = 184/195 = 94.4%. +5 NYY.

- 10/17 HOU@NYY 5: Mark Carlson.

Note: The highest plate score during the 2018 Wild Card Games was Jim Wolf's 98.8% (AL WC).
The highest overall plate score during the 2018 Postseason was Joe West's 99.4% (ALCS Gm 3).

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