Can you trust early hot, cold starts?
Small sample size.
It's a phrase you'll hear tossed about by baseball analysts, especially at this early stage of the season, when statistics are still relatively new and, well, small.
A small sample size -- usually only several days' worth of statistics that represent a tiny fraction of a full season's worth -- can often be a crutch: stats cherry-picked by an analyst to support a player's often flimsy case. Conversely, the phrase "small sample size" can be a crutch: ...
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