What about the Orioles game where Chris Davis can set baseball history by hitting home runs in the first 5 consecutive games ( passing the current mark of 4 shared by Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, Nelson Cruz)? The guy has 11 home runs in 11 games going back through last season and something like 20+ RBIs. Should be some fun at bats to watch tonight.
Comment by GiveEmTheBird — April 6, 2013 @ 10:37 am
I spent some time trying to figure out how to express the dissonance that I feel from the Nerd Rankings being removed… But I could not come up with anything
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 6, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
I always like those short-run accomplishments. They’re almost always a mix of all-time legends and dudes who just had a great run at the right time. The guys with elite true talent are overrepresented, but not enough to shut out a much larger pool of other guys.
So the winners of the last three World Series are playing each other today, in a repeat of last year’s NLCS, with one of the most promising rookies in baseball on the mound for one of the teams … and the “notable games” are D-Backs vs. Brewers and Cubs vs. Atlanta.
I can’t overstate how much better the Braves’ radio broadcasters are over the TV broadcasters. I suspect that sometimes, when people say that, it’s because their TV guys try to be balanced (either out of awareness that other teams fans occasionally see them, or just because of their sense of broadcast ethics) while their radio guys feel free to be complete homers.
In this case, however, you get a lot of stupid observations and typical homerism from the Atlanta TV crew, but some nice insight from the radio crew. You have a fairly SABR-savvy guy in Jim Powell paired with a Hall of Fame pitcher in Don Sutton, who has an old school mentality. They strike a good balance and they’re both open-minded, so you listen to some nice interaction. They’re both well informed, they have a good sound, and they understand their craft.