New research suggests that jet lag hampers the performances of continent-crossing pro baseball players but may boost the home field advantage of West Coast teams. An analysis of 10 years of pro baseball scores found that teams were more likely to lose games if they were severely jet-lagged . . .
. . . For the new study, Winter and his colleagues analyzed the scores of 24,133 baseball games with an eye toward how many time zones the teams had traveled through. It takes a day for a person's body to adjust to travel through a single time zone, he said.
Teams lost 60 percent of games in which they were at what the researchers called a three-hour disadvantage, meaning they needed three days for their bodies to catch up to their new location. They lost 52 percent of games in which they were at a one- or two-hour disadvantage.
That makes sense to me. Although this part seemed puzzling:
In a bit of a surprise, the researchers also found that teams traveling east to west suffered the most. Normally, people think west-to-east travel is most disruptive to their bodies.
As long as we're staying in the United States, I'm usually way more messed up on east-to-west travel. It's 10PM in San Diego and my brother is trying to get me to go to some sketchy club with him. My body, however, thinks it's 1AM, so I'm snoozin' on my feet. Substitute Ken Oberkfell for me and the first of a three game series against the Padres for the skeezy club, and you can see how it might affect his reflexes.