There might be hope for the universe
September 10, 2007 4 Comments
Check out this post over at MVN’s Yankees (*shudders*) page. The author attempted to make the case for Derek Jeter over Justin Morneau in last year’s AL MVP voting. Then, he turns his attention to his pick for this year’s AL Cy Young. (He does get points from this Indians fan for saying it should go to C. C. Sabathia.) It’s just that he doesn’t quite get why stats like RBIs are… shall we say… flawed. Unto itself, this would just be another case of the great unwashed who need to be enlightened and to stop listening to Joe Morgan, but read on into the comments section. People get it! They actually point out the flaws in his logic and talk about VORP and EqA.
Then, there’s this dispatch from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in which Indians assistant GM Chris Antonetti discusses why Joe Borowski is still the Indians closer, despite the fact that he’s liable to cause a heart attack every time he comes in from the bullpen in the ninth inning. The other two candidates Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Perez, both of whom have better numbers this year, are more valuable to the Indians coming into close score situations in the seventh or eighth inning where there are runners on base (translation: high leverage situations). The Indians are one of the more Sabermetrically inclined teams in the majors (they recently hired former Baseball Prospectus contributer Keith Woolner to their front office) so it’s not a surprise that they have a good understanding of what’s going on, but now we’re starting to see the ideas that Sabermetricians have been talking about for a few years creeping out into the mainstream.