Northwestern University researchers found that jet-lagged pitchers give up more homers and that the effects of long flights can wipe out home-field advantage
By Jared Diamond
Updated Jan. 24, 2017
When Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs in Game 6 of the NLCS, his disappointing outing was largely attributed to some combination of the Chicago Cubs’ powerful lineup and the general unpredictability of baseball. Researchers at Northwestern University have another theory: He might have been jet lagged.
According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, teams traveling eastward at least two time zones give up more home runs than they otherwise would, offering insights into how the internal body clock affects performance.
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