If you follow the link to SI, there’s a pretty concise definition there. It’s essentially a winning percentage (to date) as calculated by using WAR figures. But, right, it’s not an end-of-season projection.
Regarding Yu Darvish there was an interesting article on Baseball Analytics ( http://www.baseballanalytics.org/baseball-analytics-blog/2012/4/23/is-yu-getting-squeezed.html ) yesterday showing that among AL starters he had the lowest called strike percentage for in-zone pitches that weren’t swung at. Perhaps more telling than Darvish’s percentage was the fact that Feliz, Holland, and Lewis were also in the bottom 12 (out of 30). You have to wonder if the Rangers have been unlucky with the umpires they have had or if as pointed out in the comments of that article their catchers are just bad at pitch framing. According to Mike Fasts Baseball Prospectus article on pitch framing Napoli is bad a pitch framing but Torrealba is very good.
What the hell do (well beered) Englishmen know about Grammar? Americans, enamored of liberty, equality, and consumer choice, permit generous exceptions to the rule of singular possessive + sibilant (see, e.g., Elements of Style, The American Heritage Book of English Usage and the 15th CMS). Relying on pre-apocalyptic-Europeans is your Achilles’ heel; they don’t even play baseball.
We (and possibly you, although my doubt increases) belong to a basically religious and therefore optimistic culture, and reject the paralytic, nihilistic belief of the futility of every human endeavor. Just look at Matt Wieters’ awesomeness.
Comment by William Strunk Jr. — April 24, 2012 @ 10:55 am
I’m sorry, but ranking the Royals, a 3-13 team, seventh, is absurd. At some point you need to consider whether the team is actually winning.
Thank you for the link. I had been wondering whether that might be happening… I followed two of Darvish’s starts on ESPN’s gamecast, and at least according to their display it seemed like he wasn’t getting calls on pitches that were well within the strike zone (let alone getting calls on borderline pitches). What I didn’t know was whether ESPN was providing a reasonable representation of reality, as I don’t follow gamecasts very frequently and had no sense of its accuracy. This article certainly makes me feel a little less crazy.
I listened to a Spring Training Reds game this year and was absolutely appalled with how bad those guys were. They were playing the Royals, but referred to them as the Brewers throughout the game. They talked about “Brett Butler” and “Eric Gordon.” I don’t remember at this point how they referred to Dayton Moore, but I specifically recall that they butchered that one too. I mean, c’mon, I know you don’t see the Royals very often, but it’s not like Gordon and Butler are unknowns. Do a little homework if you don’t know a team to that terrifyingly bad level.
What, I ask you, might Americans know about grammar? We invented it; your nation are like the businessmen in shabby hats who discover some fellow in the country makes delicious pies in his garden, and then build a factory to export it the world over. The pies being, in this analogy, the English language, the old fellow being the English, and the mid-level managers who supervise the assembly-line production of artificial pies being men such as yourself and Mr. White.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 24, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
Okay, but, real question: where can I get one of these pies?
…and thereby introduce the world to pie for breakfast, pie with lunch, pie after dinner, and enhance pie with the world’s variety of ingredients. If you futsy Englishmen controlled pie expansion, it’d be nothing but minced meat, kidney, and ground lamb. Fortunately, we Americans have freed pie (along with the French) from your offal and delivered delicious snickerdoodle and ice cream pies. The rendered meat pies being: singular possessive + sibilant = ‘s; and Mom’s Apple Pie being: singular possessive + sibilant = Do What the Fuck you Want to Do (to borrow from Devin the Dude).
And now I’m off to Ye Olde Kingshead for a pint and a cornish pastie and the second half of Chelsea v. Barca.
Comment by William Strunk Jr. — April 24, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
A fie on you, good sir, for demeaning the name of the kidney pie, and for omitting that most sacred of pies, the steak-and-Guinness! And for daring compare savory pies to sweet. You Americans have stripped the pie concept of its innards and replaced it with your own sugary, corn-syrupy compromises to mass taste. In this case the innards are the u’s which the Honouurable Dayn Perry so ferociouusly strives to reintroduuce to NotGraphs, the corn syrup is the absence of the Oxford comma, and the Guinness is a pint of bleedin’ Guinness.
(Out of character and with a polite hat-tip: I have sincerely never heard of snickerdoodle pie before. My grandmother baked snickerdoodle cooki…er biscuits.)
I believe the Reds will be at least in the middle of the pack before June1 and if the right line-up is used probably 11th or12th by September , Al teams with dh do have some advantage,but a few nl teams playing a al schedule would make hay.
Comment by Dave Silverwood — April 28, 2012 @ 10:51 am