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@MitchSchingelson @Akosh89How is he stuck up? Never heard him get whiny ever.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html
@dodgers_suck @KobraCola@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)@gregbeaulieuRespectfully disagree. They both call 'em like they see 'em. I've heard them on many, many occasions call a Giants player out or the opposing team's player safe on very close plays because they thought that was what had happened.
@DanielOrmsby You don't have to fill the air with incessant chatter. Letting the game breathe is what the best announcers do. Scully constantly does it too, so I'm not sure how you can love him and hate K&K.
@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) @gregbeaulieulol Kruk and Kuip are KNOWN for being impartial. They constantly call plays like they see them, even if they go against the Giants.
@CUbsfan He's more PBP on the radio, but he can be the analyst too.
It's certainly an
interesting way to look at a baseball line-up and the writer obviously
has done a bit of research. The theory would be sound if one thing were
true: That the line-up, once ordered from 1-9, is then started from a
random position at the beginning of the game, not from the 1st spot
every time. Yes, once the game begins, the line-up is a bit like a
mobius strip. The problem is that this particular mobius strip starts
from the same point (the first batter) every game. Imagine if you drew a
line across a mobius strip and then traced your finger around the
entire thing until you reached the line again. Let's say you do this 3
times to simulate the shortest possible MLB game (the line = the 9
hitters in the line-up, so traced 3 times = 27 outs). Obviously, most
games don't end with a team getting 27 outs straight, so I'm going to
stray from the analogy for a second, hopefully this still makes sense.
In a baseball game, when someone gets a hit or a walk, the game
continues on to the next batter without an out being recorded (obvious
again, I know, bear with me). Say there's only one hit or walk (or
error) allowing a runner from the Giants to get on base. So now the
opposing team will have allowed 28 PA's to the Giants, and who gets to
come up again in that 28th PA? The very first batter. If we get 2
runners on base, then the 1st 2 batters get 1 more PA apiece. Etc. I
don't have the #'s in front of me, but someone once calculated over the
course of an entire season the amount of PA's each spot in the line-up
receives. You will not be surprised to find out the 1st batter gets the
most over a season, the 2nd batter the 2nd most, the 3rd batter the 3rd
most, etc. on to the 9th batter, who gets the least amount of PA's. This
is largely what a sabermetric line-up is based on: You want your
highest OBP guy coming up to bat first because he is going to see the
most PA's over the entire season. You want someone on base every time
the line-up restarts for the guys behind him. You want your best hitter
second because he will get the 2nd-most PA's and there is a
high likelihood that someone will be on base when he gets his
hits/walks. Obviously you want your best hitter getting the most PA's
possible, but you'd also like at least one person on base in case he
cranks out a HR/triple/double. The problem with the mobius strip theory
and the batting-the-pitcher-8th theory is that over the course of a
season, you are giving more PA's to worse hitters and therefore wasting
them. Batting a pitcher 8th is less egregious because there isn't a
massive difference in the amount of PA's between the 8th and 9th spots,
but you're still giving some PA's to a worse hitter. If we bat weak
hitters in the 6th and 7th spots, over the course of a season, we are
giving a lot of PA's to inferior hitters. This is
counter-productive to the goal of winning the most games possible. It's a
good attempt to shake up the line-up and obviously the writer knows a
bit about sabermetrics, but this theory put into practice would cost the
Giants runs. He's right that we want to clump our best hitters together
- that's why we do that at the top of the order. If an MLB line-up is
indeed a mobius strip, then it doesn't matter if we put 2 of our best
hitters at the end of the line-up and 2 of them at the beginning or if
we put them all at the beginning. Except for that fact that if we clump
as many of them as possible at the beginning of the line-up, then they
will receive the most PA's possible over the course of a season, which
is what we want our best hitters to see.
1 year, 1 month ago on Major League Baseball Line-up Revolution: The Mobius Theory
@AllenSaenz He's actually not that bad, but he does need more time in the minors.
1 year, 7 months ago on Dodgers take Game 1, Giants not finished being terrible
I don't love this idea just because I love Lincecum as a Giant and don't think he should ever be in another uniform, but it's logical and therefore worth seriously considering. In terms of this idea, possibly the Pirates? They have a multitude of good SP's right now and god deal with trading one away. I agree with other commenters that this deal would be hard to swing, however. 17.2 IP in the postseason does not a great RP make.
1 year, 8 months ago on Trade Tim Lincecum. Really. Do It.
Well, the Tomahawk Chop obviously takes precedence over everything else as THE most-hated Braves thing. It's just so f***ing annoying, and they WAY overuse it now. As for something original, I really don't like Justin Upton, perhaps left over from his Dbags days. He just seems like an asshole in general and thinks he's better than everyone else.
1 year, 9 months ago on Friday Meltup: win free grilled cheese sandwiches and Giants tickets