Friday, August 19, 2005

How Do You Spell Relief?

S-P-E-I-E-R apparently.

The boys over at Bronx Banter point us to the following article in today's Wall Street Journal by Allen St. John.

As the author asks, "...how do you measure which relievers are doing the job? A reliever's earned-run average is one place to start, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Save totals and save percentages? They can be deceptive, since even mediocre closers get a save in 85% of save situations.

Maybe the best way to judge a reliever's effectiveness is the simplest: Each time a new batter steps to the plate, what are the chances that the reliever will keep him from reaching base?"

Click here for this interesting take on Off-Base Percentage.

Also, there are a ton of rumors out there that Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon have tested positive for steroids and that MLB officials will announce it soon. The Boston Globe, much like Mike, says No.

7 Comments:

At 1:07 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i sincerely hope the rocket didn't test positive. who cares about damon though - it might even help his "idiot" persona.

FYI - koby clemens is raking in A ball, and i heard gammons say last night that he has his teammates up at 8am lifting weights, etc. awesome.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

after gammons said that, did u hear kruk say something to the effect of, theres another team i couldnt play on, hysterical stuff

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i missed that - good catch poops. kruk is hilarious. when they did that piece on what has happened in the sporting world since the royals last win, he piped in with "i gained another 10 pounds". then he predicted they would finally win friday (tonite) and said he would shave a KC in his head or dye his hair blue if they did.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I agree that Kruk is awesome...Fiedler doesn't like him for some reason, nor Harold, and I think we need to call Donnie out for that.

The lineup of Ravvy, Kruk, Harold and Stuttering Gobbler Gammons cannot be touched.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i love krukkie. he doesn't always know his shit, but he makes BBTN much more entertaining. plus he used to own a bar called third base, because that's the last place you go before home. clever girl. and instead of calling donnie out, why don't you two just put your differences aside and go hit bums with baseball bats? sounds therapeutic.

also, stuttering gobbler is both a great band name and perfect moniker for ol' peter - i never thought about how much his neck giggles til now. good work ace.

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

"I don't care. Hell, I'll sign your ass if you want me to."

- John Kruk in 2003 at a BlueClaws game when I asked him if he minded signing a few hats for some office staff members before the game started.

He was AWESOME.

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

That's great, Handstand...but as much as I like Kruk, he picked the Injuns to win the Wild Card on last night's show over the Yanks and the A's. Terrible.

But he is awesome. Better with a mullet, but awesome.

 

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