In theory, Major League Baseball is supposed to send its top-performing umpires to work the World Series games. But even the best that MLB has to offer can be jarringly mediocre.
The Atlanta Braves took Game 1 of the World Series, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Houston with umpire Chris Conroy working behind the plate in his first career World Series assignment. Though Conroy ranked in the top third of umpire accuracy this past season, his performance on Tuesday happened to be noticeably one-sided.
According to Umpire Auditor, Conroy missed 11 calls in Game 1 with 10 of them going against the Braves and in favor of the Astros.
#WorldSeries Game 1 Umpire Report
Umpire: Chris Conroy
Correct call percentage: 92.7%
Total misses: 11
Calls helping Astros: 10
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) October 27, 2021
Umpire Scorecard estimated that Conroy’s strike zone added 1.62 runs in Houston’s favor.
Umpire: Chris Conroy
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) October 27, 2021
And while Conroy avoided the kind of missed call that swung a ballgame, he didn’t make matters easy for the Braves. Will Smith’s ninth-inning walk should have been a strikeout.
Ohhhhhhh, I see it now. pic.twitter.com/ihGzrhncQB
— Jeff (@JeffMDonahoo) October 27, 2021
He also had Freddie Freeman visibly confused when he announced, “That’s outside.” And then proceeded to punch Freeman out anyway.
Did the umpire just say "that's outside" out loud and still call strike three? pic.twitter.com/kfrbju5cEq
— Baseball Doesn't Exist (@BaseballDoesnt) October 27, 2021
As we’ve pointed out numerous times, it’s an easy problem to fix. The technology is there to institute an automated strike zone, and MLB would still have an umpire behind the plate to signal calls and rule on plays at home. All that would change is that balls and strikes — particularly in the biggest games — are called with accuracy.
It shouldn’t be so complicated.
Source : https://ftw.usatoday.com/2021/10/umpire-chris-conroy-astros-braves-strike-zone-missed-calls-world-series-mlb-video-reaction541