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Friday, September 08, 2006


We Love Useless Information

Jason Stark of ESPN.com took the liberty of writing an article that I have neither the time nor the resources to do.

First, some fun stats about the Marlins team who all basically make the league minimum, yet have managed to stay in the playoff hunt.

-After a start as bad as the Fish (11-31), the closest any team has come to the playoffs is 24.5 games out of the wild card. They should beat that by at least 20 games.

-If the season started May 22, they would have an 8 game lead in the Wild Card, and would be 2 games out of first place.

-15 players (5 Yankees) make more than the Marlins team.

Now, Ryan Howard.

-He's started to draw Bonds-like walks, and is a legit MVP candidate.

-Almost 40% of his outfield fly balls are home runs, only one with higher % was McGwire during that season.

-Could be 2nd player ever to have 180 k's and hit .300 (Bobby Bonds)

-Between walks, k's, and HR's, Howard hits a playable ball in less than 50% of hit AB's.

Other Tidbits.

-Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson had the following stat line:
0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

As Stark put it, "In other words, this guy faced one hitter and struck him out -- but still gave up an earned run and, according to the box-score gods, recorded more strikeouts (one) than outs (zero)." Couldn't have said it better myself. It was the result of a wild pitch strikeout and the next batter homering (off of a different pitcher).

There are a few other things of interest as well. A few more stat lines, as well as a Yankees vs. Marlins comparison. Check it out (click link at top of article).

I heard a rumor that if Ryan Howard hits 62 home runs, Major League Baseball wants to recognize him as the single season home run king. It's an interesting arguement beacuse all of the guys in front of Maris and his 61 home runs were all juicing (McGwire, Sosa, Bonds). I'm not sure how true this is, but what do you think about it?
Ryan Howard could single-handedly begin to clean up baseball by taking a public drug test the day after the Phillies season ends. Even if he doesn't reach the 60's, it would be a monumental action.

It's sad, because how do we know what Ryan Howard is or isn't on?
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