Eddie Cicotte: Eddie during the regular season held a 1.82
ERA. During the World Series his ERA was 2.91. According to Bill James, though, 56% of a pitcher's ERA is based on the batters
he faces. The Reds averaged 4.12 runs per game. Given that he only pitched three games in the Series, his slightly higher
but still well below the league average of 3.13, ERA is completely plausible given his regular season stats.
During the regular season Cicotte struck out 110 and walked 49,
a 69:31 ratio. During the series his ratio was just 7:5 but this is attributable to chance and there is still a 21% chance
that ratio would have occurred in any 12 at bats where a strikeout or walk was recorded, well within a 95% confidence interval.
Cicotte's stats point to him not having attempted to play worse
in the series.
Joe Jackson: Joe actually performed better in the series
than he did during the regular season. It's within range that he could have even done better in the series and that his performance
was below what it could have been. Still there is almost no evidence to show that Shoeless Joe's .375 series batting average
shows him trying to lose.
Claude Williams: During the regular season Williams had
a 2.64 ERA but during the series that swelled to 6.61. He also led the series with eight walks and three losses. The chance
of a difference so great even spanning only three games is just 2.2%, which falls outside the 95% confidence range. This means
that there is reason to believe that Williams may have indeed tried to lose. But we don't want to say for sure as the difference
may be attributable to other factors.
Buck Weaver: Like Jackson, Weaver performed better in the series than he did
during the regular season. His batting average jumped from .296 during the regular year to .324 during the series. Like with
Jackson this does not rule out the possibility of him having
attempted to play poorly but it does not support it.
Chick Gandil: Gandil's batting average dropped from .290
during the season to .233 during the series. There is more than 5% probability that over any random eight game span his average
would be at least that low. He did only pull off one extra base hit, a triple, during the series. While he didn't perform
as he did during the regular season in the series, there isn't significant evidence to point it to intentionally poor play.
Fred McMullin: McMullin only batted twice during the World
Series so there isn't really enough data to make a judgment. But he did get one hit, a single.
Swede Risberg: Risberg batted just .080 in the series with
a triple and three runs scored. Of course, his regular season average wasn't great either, just .256 and a .345 slugging average.
While the dropoff was significant, there was still a .08 chance of this happening over any eight game stretch of the regular
season. This means there is just about enough evidence to say his series performance was affected by something other than
chance. Again, this wasn't necessarily intentionally poor play.
Happy Felsch: As with some of the other players, Felsch
performed a little worse during the series- 83 batting average points, but there isn't enough evidence in his stats to say
he was throwing the games through his play.