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Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
You should leave the grammar correction and general nitpicking to Cat. Very few can pull it off.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Oddly you seem to remember a lot about me at random times. It's kind of stalkerish.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
See comment #181. If this article was written on newsprint, it would be lining a bird cage right now.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Yeah. Cherry picking stats at it's finest. He actually gets paid to do this, though, and I admire his ability to write random trash in large quantities & actually have not only sponsors and space in a national mag, but also tons of loyal fans. That must be how Karl Marx got started.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
I honestly thought it would have been the lyrics from FM
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Not my words, I assure you. Five lines is a manifesto for me. Cut and Paste. Just wanted to see what people thought.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
My nuts are not deformed. BTW: Here's the section in question (this is a manifesto in itself and only part of the article, so consider yourself warned):

And that???s how I feel about pitcher wins, too. Take Yankees rookie Ivan Nova. You might know: He is 15-4 this year. That IS interesting. You can just stop right there. Everybody understood that the Yankees came into this season with exactly one starter they could count on ??? the venerable CC ??? and they had to hope against hope that something else worked out. Maybe A.J. Burnett would regain form. Maybe Phil Hughes would pitch like he did at the start of 2010. Maybe Ivan Nova would develop or ??? and this seemed too much to hope for ??? maybe Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon would find a bit of past glory.

Well, a couple of these things did not happen ??? A.J. Burnett???s collapse has been particularly painful for Yankees fans ???but some did. Nova has pitched quite well, especially in the last month or so. And Yankees fans should celebrate that. We all know that fans view the world through their own team???s prism, and if you???re a Yankees fan, then having Ivan Nova pitch well in 2011 has been a very important part of the Yankees??? excellent season. And so to say, ???Hey, look, Ivan Nova is 15-4!??? seems to me a good and fun fan reaction.

But, beyond that, what does that 15-4 record actually mean? What does it really tell us? Well, let???s compare him with a guy with a terrible won-loss record ??? say, Kansas City???s Jeff Francis. At the moment, Francis is 5-15, almost the inverse of Nova???s record, and his .250 winning percentage is the worst in the American League.

So, clearly you can take from those won-loss records that Nova is having a better year than Francis. But how much better? A whole lot better? Three times better? Infinitely better?

Well ??? Francis has actually thrown one more quality start than Nova this year, 15-14. Trouble is, in Francis??? quality starts his record is 5-5. Nova in his quality starts is 11-1. So, immediately you ask: Are Nova???s quality starts of a higher quality than Francis???? Well, his ERA in those 14 quality starts is 2.40 to Francis??? 2.52. But they both average 6 2/3 innings in those quality starts, their walks and hits per inning are almost identical and Francis has the better strikeout-to-walk. Point is that when they are throwing quality starts they are not THAT different. But Nova is 11-1. Francis is 5-5.

You might, at this point, make some reference to the quality of the teams that they happen to play for.

Of course, it gets more stark at this point. Nova???s record when not not throwing a quality start is 4-2 (one of his losses came in relief). And Francis??? record when not throwing a quality start? Yep: He???s 0-10. He lost again on Sunday, giving up four runs in five innings. Nova has won a game this year when he gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Yeah, he has a comment section, so it's pretty fun to rip him for random stuff in the comments. Pick like one comment out of a 10,000 word manifesto and just go off on it. His fans get incensed.
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Read Joe Posnanski's article, which at one point compares Ivan Nova to Jeff Francis. Some very similar stats essentially except Nova is 15-4 and Francis is 5-15

http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/09/05/in-praise-of-wins-sort-of/
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
When he was acquired, did the headline read "Mariners give Fister to the Tigers"? <expects Cain to enter this conversation soon>
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Pink hat sales are going to plummet
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: Maddon: Adams is Rangers' latest 'Cliff Lee'
Since Cliff Lee was 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA for the Rangers, this may not have been a compliment
Posted Tuesday September 06, 2011, About: How bad is Beckett's injury?
Stick a fork in him <flips several quarters to Chi>
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
Well, it's just unrealistic to think that a guy can pitch 20 years as a closer without PEDs
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
The broken bat opposite field HR was a red flag for me
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
Bingo Mondo. Somehow the team that has a large percentage of admitted PED users, convicted PED users or we know they did it PED users like ARod, Giambi, Pettite and Clemens..... well, they're obviously not guilty.
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
OK. Been thinking about this. If someone uses something that merely prolongs their career, but doesn't make a player stonger, faster or enhance actual performance, then how is that different than advanced surgical techniques, hyperbaric chambers, blood spinning, etc, which are legal? Anything that prolongs a career & doesn't change actual performance, to me, is not a PED.... and so is not relevant to the conversation.
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
The Yankees are a veritable pharmaceutical assembly line of PED usage
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
I've never heard that PEDs have done anything for command. I would say that Moyer and Maddux are two of the most unlikely suspects. They were classic command type pitchers that frequently had long careers (Don Sutton, Tommy John, Warren Spahn, Tom Glavine), since they don't rely on over powering hitters. Guys like Clemens and Randy Johnson, who kept their heaters up into their 40s are the ones to look at.
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
Maddux's WHIP was still 1.2 when he retired, and he was still productive, but he just couldn't deal with his declining skills & his inability to put crucial pitches where he wanted them
Posted Monday September 05, 2011, About: Jeter gets testy after day off
Even when you know better, it's so easy to get caught up in her web of deception.
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