Buck Showalter on stats as a predictive tool (video)

“It’s about the players. It’s about staying in the moment, staying in the game,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in his appearance on MLB Network’s MLB Now, with statistical analyst Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds.

Showalter was asked by Kenny about the Orioles regressing this season based on their run differential in 2012 and Buck responded in a fashion that I bet has the backing of the other 29 managers in the game, as well as as many other guys in uniform.

Showalter said, “Let me ask you a question Brian, why do we watch the games? If everything is so perfectly lined up and this is what’s going to happen and that’s what’s going to happen, this stat or this graph says that, then why do we even play the games? It’s human beings, these are the best players in the world and there are so many things that happen every night that are a break from the norm, it would be pretty boring if it wasn’t.”