Baseball Crank
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August 19, 2005
BASEBALL: The Wisdom of Steve Phillips

Ryan McConnell at Always Amazin' has some priceless examples here and here.

A few more baseball links:

*A patented way to locate the exciting parts of a baseball game? (via the Primer). Of course, this is like identifying the exciting parts of a mystery and only showing you whodunit - the concept that excitement is something that builds over time is lost on these guys.

*1870s-style baseball, complete with "cranks". Cool.

*The collective record of the NL East this season outside of the division is 202-162, a .555 winning percentage (i.e., a 90-win pace - for an entire division). On Baseball Tonight the other night, they were waxing enthusiastic about Florida's chances at the Wild Card. Well, I was high on the Marlins before the season and I'm certainly not giving up even on the Mets, but let's face facts: given that the NL East will play itself in September, the Astros have to be the overwhelming favorites to win the Wild Card just by virtue of their schedule. The Astros have 12 games remaining against teams above .500, compared to 32 for Florida, 28 for the Phillies, 28 for the Mets, and 29 for the Nationals.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:24 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Is this a trend?

New London, CT, too....

Posted by: tomaig at August 22, 2005 10:32 AM

sorry...the link to the Monday, August 22, article in the New London Day telling of an 1861-rules baseball game played this weekend didn't make it.

Posted by: tomaig at August 22, 2005 10:42 AM

Crank, While it may be too late for you this year in your fantasy league you should jot down the name Ervin Santana of the Angels. Saw him pitch against the Sox Saturday. Ironically for you he is replacing Escobar in the rotation. Threw first strikes to 25 of 27 hitters. Fastball in the mid-90s but throws a nice curve and a good breaking ball. Got a good hitter out in the 7th with 2 men on with a 3-2 breaking ball. He's only 22 and with an 8-5 record he might operate a little under the radar going into next year.

By the way, I only say the box score; did Pedro get pulled after 6 because they were up 8-0 or because he had thrown his requisite 100 pitches?

Posted by: jim at August 22, 2005 12:12 PM

Pedro had thrown 78 pitches. It was all about the score (Frank Robinson had just replaced 3 guys in his starting lineup).

Posted by: The Crank at August 22, 2005 12:28 PM
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