Archive for September, 2011


Posted in non-de Jesus related on September 7, 2011 by wechslerh66


Top Ten Athletes Whose Names Remind You of Shitting

10. Shadow Pyle

9. Damone Brown
bonus points for combining “Moan” and “Brown” (and for being an ex-Sixer)

8. Pooh Richardson

7. Duce Staley

6. Rob Ducey

5. Pooh Jeter (D-League counts)

4. Bill Crouch

3. Ewald Pyle
more bonus points for combining “Ew” and “Pyle”

2. Grunt Lucas

and of course…
1. Danny Heep


Verlander v. Bautista

Posted in non-de Jesus related on September 4, 2011 by wechslerh66

Whoever argues that Verlander does or doesn’t deserve to win the AL MVP over Bautista because his team is better is missing the obvious point: his team isn’t better.

W/L              Actual         Pythag
Tigers           77-62          71-68
Blue Jays      69-70          71-68

Tiger batters: .272/.334/.422, 108 OPS+
Blue Jay batters: .254/.318/.423, 98 OPS+

Tiger pitchers: 4.18, 96 ERA+, 1.345 WHIP, 937 K
Blue Jay pitchers: 4.24, 101 ERA+, 1.356 WHIP, 998 K

Verlander’s team is luckier: they’re exceeding their expected W/L record where Toronto is marginally underperforming; they play in a far worse division (Pythag W/L still has them in first place, though by a slimmer margin; the White Sox would be in second at 67-69); and any Tiger advantages in batting are arguably offset by Blue Jay advantages in pitching (as adjusted by ERA+). Verlander may be more valuable to the Tigers, and to the pennant race, than Bautista is to the Blue Jays, but his team isn’t better.