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  1. “the 116th Boston Marathon, the world’s longest-running marathon… ”

    I thought that they all were 26.2 miles. ;-)

    Comment by Detroit Michael — April 16, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  2. Check the hyphen.

    Comment by JBentley — April 16, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  3. is it just me or does it seem like Strasburg is getting the benefit of some bad called third strikes.

    Comment by Steve — April 16, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  4. Lincecum may have slightly improved peripherals in addition as well as unsustainably high “luck” stats, but he’s also a) completely missing the catcher’s target on 2/3 of his fastballs and b) pitching with significantly decrease velocity. I wouldn’t expect his results to improve until he figures out where he’s actually throwing the ball.

    Comment by soladoras — April 16, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  5. It looks that way to me as well. His stuff is really nasty though

    Comment by adohaj — April 16, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

  6. it all evens out… he was getting squeezed terribly at the beginning of the Mets start. That being said he probably will end up getting the benefit of the doubt more than not just because he consistently throws strikes and walks so few.

    Comment by PMac — April 16, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  7. He also has a 93% Zone contact, so when he is over the plate he is not missing many bats. Has anyone ever looked at BABIP of in the zone vs out of the zone?

    Comment by jj — April 16, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  8. Since this column seems to cover the Baseball Media Critic beat at Fangraphs, may I recommend MLB Tonight whenever Joe Magrane is on? I may? Great, Magrane offers sensible, useful commentary that only players and coaches can but usually don’t (ahem, Millar, Casey, everyone). He raises everyone’s game, Minaya was also good yesterday. Plus, MLB Tonight offers live look-ins to all the games, which is especially potent on Sunday morning with a full schedule.

    MLB Tonight (with Joe) is of equal measure with coffee, weekend Journal, and kids at the grandparents in making a perfect Sunday morning.

    PS: When you google Brandon Belt, the 5th item is Fangraphs’ player page. That seems nice.

    Comment by Steve Balboni — April 16, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  9. That’s the joke. Check the emoticon.

    Comment by Chiding Gently — April 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  10. You’re also looking at fewer than 8 innings worth of stats (waves sample-size flag)

    Comment by Brendan — April 16, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  11. I wish I had children* just so I could send them to their grandparents’ house. That sounds excellent.

    *Legitimate children, I mean.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — April 16, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  12. “As a service to the reader, no mention will be made here of how Pavano pitched for the Yankees.”

    Expert preterition.

    Comment by Jose Bravo — April 16, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  13. Well, better than sending them off explaining the cat and mouse game between McCarthy and Bourjos to the six year on your lap (“but Dada stealing is bad, right?” “Not if it’s an Angel, son”).

    Other people’s kid stories are boring, but in your time you will see that all those sickly sentimental movies, songs and books about fathers, sons and baseball are pretty much right on. Or, you can raise ‘em like John MIlton, Sr. And those are the only two choices, there is no middle ground. Choose wisely.

    Comment by Steve Balboni — April 16, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

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