Whom would you want at the plate when the game's on the line? Mattingly? Schmidt? Whom would you want pitching for your team? Scott? Righetti? Since 1975 the Elias Sports Bureau has kept track of the best batters and pitchers in Late-Inning Pressure Situations—defined for a batter as any at bat in the 7th or later when his team is within three runs of the other (or four runs with the bases loaded) and for pitchers as any batter faced in the 7th or later when teams are within two runs of each other. The tables at the top of the opposite page, as well as the comments in the lineup charts accompanying the scouting reports, are from The 1987 Elias Baseball Analyst.*
*The 1987 Elias Baseball Analyst, by Seymour Siwoff, Steve Hirdt & Peter Hirdt, � 1987 by the Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Collier Books/Macmillan Publishing Co.
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