Daily Archives: July 26, 2005

July 26, 2005

Bloody Weather

Tonight's game did not move as quickly as last night's game, but it was less painful to watch and significantly less painful to listen to. Dan Hoard was the one filling in for George tonight, and he did a perfectly adequate job.

The big pre-game news was that Sean Casey hit fifth. And here I thought he was a lock hitting third. Also, Adam Dunn and Felipe Lopez are not playing.

Wait, Casey's hitting fifth but Dunn and Lopez are sitting? Who the hell *is* hitting third? Oh: Griffey. I guess that makes sense.

Austin Kearns got the first hit of the game with a double in the top of the second. Casey then proceeded to double the previous evening's hit total but be thrown out at second. Perhaps Casey should go on the program, too. The Dodgers tied it right back up in the bottom of the second when Jason Phillips scored on Jason Repko's single to center.

However, Eric Milton would take back the lead in the top of the third when he led off the inning with a home run to right field. Milton held the Dodgers through the bottom of the third but gave up a solo shot to Jeff Kent to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, I would see Jason LaRue single, Milton bunt him over, and Ryan Freel ground out before a storm would blow in and take out our satellite signal. Already exhausted from the late game last night, I lacked the concentration to stay awake without the idiot box to keep me in the game.

So I went to bed. Or rather, I'm going to bed now. According to the GameDay, the Reds are up 2-3 in the top of the seventh. Hang in there guys. Keep it rolling. I'd like to see some painless news in the morning.

UPDATE 6:04 a.m. EST: Well, that sucks.

July 26, 2005

Graduate Student Reveals The Importance Of Wins

BOWLING GREEN, OH -- Wins, a pitching number widely derided by baseball statistic aficionados, has suddenly soared to the pinnacle of referential reverence thanks to the work of a local college student.

“I discovered it by accident,” explained Brian I. Ack, a graduate student of mathematics at Bowling Green University and the president of the student chapter of the Calculation Lovers Uber-Brotherhood (CLUB). “I was analyzing the impact of pitchers' win shares divided by their opponents batting average on the team's record. That's when I noticed the trend.”

The trend was between a pitching staff's number of wins and the team's standing in its division.

“It's a shocking 100% correlation,” said Ack. “The team whose pitching staff accumulates the most wins takes its division every time.”

“Such high predictive accuracy is unheard of,” Ack continued.

Ack's discovery has sent a shock wave through the CLUB, and more discoveries appear to be just around the corner.

“My roommate and I recently had another breakthrough that I think will be just as powerful,” Ack said. “It turns out that if you look at OBP -- without adding anything to it or anything -- that you can determine how often a player reaches base.”

Ack plans to publish his findings in The Diamond Angle Baseball Magazine, on his weblog, and in haughty-sounding posts on baseball message boards across the Internet.