Archive for June, 2014

On the quality of the basketball fan base on Philadelphia sports talk radio, as exemplified by the 97.5 The Fanatic NBA Draft Night show

Posted in non-de Jesus related on June 27, 2014 by wechslerh66

Angry Sixers Fan complaining about the trade for Croatian power forward Dario Saric, who is under contract with the Adriatic League and likely won’t join the Sixers for two more years: “What?!?!, I’m grossed out…it’s like, where’s Croatia??” (actual quote)

Host Nick Kayal after Angry Sixers Fan drops off: “He’s ‘grossed out,’ what is this, 1983? And he doesn’t know where Croatia is? This guy needs a good atlas.”

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Ibañez and Bonilla

Posted in 2014 Phillies with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by wechslerh66

Ibanez

Like Satan, Raúl Ibañez is now an ex-Angel. If his career is over (i.e. if Ruben Amaro doesn’t sign him), Ibañez will end his career at .273/.336/.467 with 303 homers–only 27 of which were hit before his age 30 season. According to Baseball Reference, his most similar players were Bobby Bonilla, Fred Lynn, Del Ennis, and Paul O’Neill. On a related note: the Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248.20 in 10 days.
Bonilla as a Met (5 years): .270/.356/.495, 95 HR, 128 OPS+
Ibañez as a Phillie (3 years): .264/.329/.469, 70 HR, 111 OPS+

Other baseball-related notes:

It’s pronounced “ROOG-ned o-DOOR.” And his uncle’s name is Rouglas Odor.

Troy Tulowitzki leads the majors in batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage at .362/.452/.654 (a 1.106 OPS) as well as OPS+ (185) and bWAR (5.0). (He’s technically tied with Lonnie Chisenhall in average.)
Tulowitzki home: .483/.558/.862 (1.420 OPS)
Tulowitzki road: .252/.355/.465 (.820 OPS)
Jimmy Rollins 2014 road numbers: .265/.344/.462 (.806 OPS)

The Phillies: still the oldest offense (31.2) and the second oldest pitching staff (30.8, just ahead of the Giants at 31.6) in the NL. (Frighteningly, the Braves are the youngest offense in the NL, just ahead of the less surprising Cubs, Pirates, and Marlins.) In fact, the only older offense in the majors is, even less surprisingly, the Yankees (32.8). The Red Sox also have an older pitching staff (31.2) than the Phils–and, at the moment, as many wins (the Phils: 34-39, the Red Sox: 34-41). Obviously, the Phils need Ibañez.

Photo courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ra%C3%BAl_Iba%C3%B1ez_on_June_1,_2011.jpg

2014 Stanley Cup Final pick

Posted in Canucks-related with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by wechslerh66

Rogie Vachon

What Willis wrote.

Plus this: we know, Quick has been mediocre so far this playoffs (.906 SV%). Lundqvist has been more or less terrific (league-leading .928 SV%)

But Quick’s career SV%: regular season .915, playoffs .922.

Lundqvist’s career SV%: regular season .920, playoffs .922.

Larger sample size. Better overall career.

It won’t be because of one statistic or one position, of course, but given the difference at that position, and a really really close matchup otherwise (Robyn Regehr is injured, so, whatever), my pick is Rangers in seven.

If I’m wrong, well, Kings in six.

Mets 4, Phillies 3

Posted in 2014 Phillies with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by wechslerh66

Mets 078

Box score

More photos

Overheard in the outfield: “My friend was actually here the one game the guy got tased. He said it was the best thing ever!”

Also: Citizens Bank Park now plays “God Bless America” immediately prior to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch; fans all turn to face the American flag in Ashburn Alley. By accident at today’s game the radio feed wasn’t turned off so fans in the outfield were treated to a simultaneous broadcast of “God Bless America” plus an Xfinity commercial. Or wasn’t it an accident; what could be more American than God, the flag, baseball, and the insatiable lust for capital?