Introducing the π Young Award

The exploits of Cy Young are immortalized in the annual award bearing his name. Each year, the top hurlers in both leagues are given this award, but not without some controversy over the merits of one pitcher versus another. “Pitcher A had more wins than Pitcher B. But pitcher C had more strikeouts and less … Read more

Why the NL Central is Up for Grabs

You could say the NL Central race is competitive. You could also say the NL Central race is evenly-matched. You should say the NL Central race is a battle of mediocrity, featuring one team exceeding all expectations (Pirates), one team slightly underperforming expectations (Brewers), one team underperforming expectations greatly (Reds) and one team doing as … Read more

Will Jeter’s 3,000th be a 38 Special?

Derek Jeter is indeed in the lineup tonight for the Yankees, despite the statistical possibility of his getting the four hits necessary to reach 3,000, away from home. For those of you wondering, the 37-year-old Jeter has . . 37 games with four or more hits in his career, including two this season. Date Opp … Read more

New and Improved “Pitching a Perfect (Square) Game” (now with extra squareness!)

Almost immediately after I posted about the Tigers-Mets game that ended with “perfect square” scores, reader Ember Nickel correctly pointed out that I failed to include “zero” as a valid “perfect square” score.  So, let’s recalculate our “perfect square” table:  VISITOR HOME 0 1 4 9 16 TOT 0 129 1826 1408 324 19 3706 … Read more

Eye Color Inside the Baselines

Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton suggested that guys with blue eyes have trouble hitting during day games. “I ask guys all the time,” Hamilton told ESPN 103.3 FM’s Bryan Dolgin when asked if he had any theories to his drastic splits. “Guys with blue eyes, brown eyes, whatever … and guys with blue eyes have a … Read more

The Pirates “Road” to Respectability

Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates went an amazing 17-64 (.210) on the road.  This season, going into Monday’s game at Citi Field, the Buccos already have 15 wins away from home (15-13, .536).  That’s a .326 improvement so far in 2011. So, which team has the best road winning percentage improvement from year-to-year?  Here are … Read more

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