Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I'm Back, Baby!!

After six months away, I am making my completely untriumphant return. I've finished my novel and have a little editing left, but am taking a break and am constantly finding things that I want to blog about. A part-time blogger, when the mood strikes me. So, here goes, with a fun (read: stupid) quote from the idiot Steinbrenner brother:
"I think it's very simple, we've been devastated by injuries. No team I've ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team," Steinbrenner said. "Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can't lose two guys like that."

Let's take these one at a time. First, who are the Yankees' Beckett and Lester? No one matches Beckett's caliber. And one could argue that Mike Mussina is having one of his best seasons ever, with an ERA+ of 129 and a 15-7 record. Didn't see that one coming. So he replaced Wang's production.

As for Wang, he's really not that great. He was the beneficiary of some great run support. His ERA+ in those two years, while decent, was not great (124 and 121).

Pitching is 70% of the game? Way to bust out some scientifically-researched stats. How come your pitching only represents 39% of your payroll if they're 70% of the game?

Injuries killed your team because you signed old dudes. You've actually been pretty lucky with the old dudes and unlucky with the young dudes. Maybe you should fact-check your statements before you open your mouth. The Yankees have sent 18 guys to the DL this season, tied for 5th in MLB. They have 2 guys out for the season; the Braves lead with 4, with a couple of other teams at 3 and many other teams tied at 2. Shut up, Stein.

Joba Chamberlain is not the most dominating player in baseball. You, sir, are a dumbass. Joba is averaging 5.4 innings per start. Did he learn that from Roger Clemens last year? His WHIP is 1.30 as a starter. He's a disaster as a starter because he kills your bullpen. Papelbon would be the same way.

I'm back, baby!


Anonymous said...

I regret you are back with this ignorant post!

Mike C said...

Thanks for the warm welcome back!

And how was the post ignorant? Ignorant would indicate it was uneducated, but I used fact to back up my arguments. Where are the facts to back up yours?

Anonymous said...

Fine, let's get some "facts" straight!

1) "No one matches Beckett's caliber" ? - well, I think it’s fair to say that no one matched his amazing year last year and he was certainly my CY. With regard to "caliber", I would say that Santana, CC and Lackey are definitely in the same class as Beckett. Facts required? Santana and CC both won the CY and Lackey has performed well in the playoff too (2002 WS).

2) "Mike Mussina ..replaced Wang's production"..so according to this “factual” logical, if Beckett goes down in 09 and Byrd has similar stats with 40 games left to play, then Byrd has in effect replaced Beckett's production?.....man this is crazy! There are many complex direct and indirect factors involved in baseball that simply go beyond average stats.

When Beckett is pitching, the team's overall confidence increases, benefits from his leadership in the rotation, saves the bullpen and dramatically enhances their chances in the playoff. Consequently, even if a pitcher like Byrd can supply similar stats 3/4 into the season, there is no way he could replace ace Beckett.

3) “How come your pitching only represents 39% of your payroll if they're 70% of the game?” Matching contract money with the level of players’ importance does not make any sense to me at all. Your counter arguments actually sound just like Hank! Get this straight….many of yanks’ payroll was/is dependent on past performances and age. Would you say that Manny was more important than ace Beckett, just because Manny earned more?

4) “As for Wang, he's really not that great. He was the beneficiary of some great run support.” ------Well…….the fallacy of average stats here goes again….the table tells me that Beckett isn’t that far down the table in RS either! Moreover, since you want to talk about average stats again…Beckett’s ERA was great last year at 3.27, but in 05 he was at 5.01 and so far this year he is at 3.92. Do I think Beckett is betting than Wang? Yes. But Wang is also great..remember the 2 hit complete game back in Fenway?

5) “Injuries killed your team because you signed old dudes.” So Hughes, Bruney and Wang are all “Old” dudes?

Anyway.........there are a lot more that I wanted to say….but you get where I am coming from!

Try to go beyond average stats and stop making unfounded generations, otherwise you do make yourself sound just like that Hank..

Go Beckett and the Sox!

Mike C said...

Okay, you make some good points, Mr. Anonymous. Not my best post ever. I'm a little rusty.

As for no one matching Beckett's caliber, I was referring to the Yankees' staff.