This article makes the claim that hitting streaks in baseball occur more frequently in baseball than current statistical theory predicts. So, is something wrong with baseball, or is something wrong with the math? My guess: when a hitting streak reaches a certain length, official scorers might (consciously or unconsciously) begin “rooting” for the streak to continue, and a play that normally might be recorded as an “error” is recorded as a “hit”. Opposing players might get caught up in the hype as well, and either a) have a psychological letdown when playing against a player in the middle of a publicized streak, or b) press too hard to try to end the streak, thus giving that player an advantage. In summary, perhaps the streak itself contributes to its continuation.

# Baseball and mathematics

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