The Day In Pictures

This afternoon, Tim Welke gave us this.

This evening, the Braves and Phillies gave us this.


Source: FanGraphs

Then, in the wee hours of the night, Jered Weaver gave us this.

Thank you, baseball. You’re the best.




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Dave is a co-founder of USSMariner.com and contributes to the Wall Street Journal.


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  1. WinTwins says:

    So for The Game I was debating between Verlander and Weaver, clearly I chose wrong.

    Fun day of baseball.

    P.S. Good call ump.

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  2. James says:

    Uh, its not the wee hours for half of the country. East coast media strikes again!

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  3. Jason says:

    Dave, can you move your instant reaction “tweet” posts to Not Graphs? I don’t think it’s fair to the other writers to have their content bumped off the front page as quickly for something like this.

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    • tyke says:

      i second this, actually, despite the fact that i enjoyed the post

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    • CapSea says:

      OCCUPY FANGRAPHS.

      We. Are. the 99% that care about whether the 15th post on Fangraphs gets knocked off the page!

      No, wait. No one should care about this.

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    • dpurps says:

      I don’t know much about much, but there is most definitely a graph featured in this post.

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    • Anon21 says:

      Disagree. If he were pushing things off the front page that were published today, that would be one thing. But for people who don’t visit even once a day, they should just accept that they’re going to miss some content. As for the writers–hard to understand why we or Dave should care about how long their stuff stays on the front page. If someone writes a good article, rest assured it will be widely linked. If it’s just a meh article, it will sink into deserved oblivion.

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    • Bip says:

      He’s not called Dark Overlord for nothing.

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    • chuckb says:

      There’s a section on the right side of the page for “recent stories” and another for “recently commented.” Lots of stories are there, including those not posted today.

      Thanks for the update, Dave. This is really good.

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    • Nate says:

      Plus, at the bottom of the page, there’s always the “Previous Entries” link. It’s wonderful for that sort of thing. I wouldn’t put this in NotGraphs, that’s Cistulli’s sandbox and so different than even Dave’s reaction ‘tweet’ posts.

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  4. Kyle H says:

    Hey now Arrieta had a pretty good day too!

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    • I am a Red Sux Fan says:

      Arrietta is for real. I am so psyched the Sox miss him this weekend. They also miss King Felix coming up. The Red Sox are gonna hit like crap over these next twelve games and their pitchers are gonna get raked.

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  5. Erik says:

    It’s amazing how Weaver has looked like he hasn’t had his best stuff of late. Seriously.

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  6. Oliver says:

    “Thank you, baseball. You’re the best*.”

    *Unless you’re a fan of the Dodgers, Phillies or Twins. Especially the Twins.

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  7. Jack says:

    Wee hours? I call that East Coast bias.

    MEOW MEOW MEOW

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    • TK says:

      The “wee hours of the night” was the median time for a representative sample of baseball fans. Don’t you understand statistics?

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  8. Aussie Guy says:

    Best day of the season!

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  9. Heathbar09 says:

    Straight from the Capitol Avenue Club:

    “It’s difficult to comprehend the enormity of this game. There were seven players who had WPA’s of .300+ or below -.300.

    There were 15 plays in the game that drew a WPA above .100 or below -.100. It’s not uncommon to have at least one game a night in MLB that doesn’t have a single WPA play reaching .100.

    Leads blown were by six runs, four runs, two runs and one run.

    And the man who ended the game is a 40-year-old who ended it on his 500th professional home run.”

    http://capitolavenueclub.com/?p=6409

    As a Braves fan, this game was the most exciting reg season game I’ve seen. I may only be 24, but I’ve heard a lot of fans rank this above the Rick Camp game in ’85. Plus, we actually won this one.

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    • TK says:

      With the double that made the score 6-0 Phillies, the WE for the Braves dropped to 2.3%. Make no mistake, this is much higher than their real chances at the time. WE does not account for the fact that Roy Halladay was on the mound with a fairly low pitch count.

      And I’ll second the “favorite regular season game ever” comment with two caveats – games that got the Braves to the playoffs and a couple games I was actually at.

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      • Heathbar09 says:

        Agreed. Sorry to cite wins, but Halladay is 69-0 with a 4 run lead. I think that gives the Braves a little lower than 2.3% chance to win.

        My dad took me to some of the playoff games in ’95 and ’96. Wouldn’t trade those for anything. But this one is at the top in terms of wackiness and the improbable happening.

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      • Heathbar09 says:

        Or maybe it was 107-0. Whatever. He doesn’t give up leads is my point.

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  10. Nathan says:

    The WE chart for that Braves/Phils game is almost as crazy to look at as the game was to watch.

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  11. Tomrigid says:

    After the Phillies took the field with a 6-0 lead, Chip, Joe, and Tommy discussed Roy Halladay’s career numbers with a 4+ run advantage. “107-0″ they said, and you could hear them shaking their heads. Over the next few minutes they descended into that game-calling groove by which the veteran announcers husband their enthusiasm for a slow and dispiriting runout. With the bases loaded one could detect no trace of hope in Joe’s voice when he suggested that the Braves should, “get some runs across here, because they won’t have many chances.” Two minutes later, with two across, bags still juiced, and McCann stepping to the plate, there was just a tinge of interest, a frisson of maybe possibly, when he noted that “Brian can make it a whole new ballgame here.” And that, really, was the beginning.

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