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02
Apr
09

How We’ve Been Found: March 25th to March 31st

What’s The Point: This is an installment of our “How We’ve Been Found” series, which will appear approximately every Wednesday. The point of this is to give you a bit of information about how we’re doing statistically, and how people (including you, of course,) have been getting to our blog.

Individual Pageviews:

  • 03/25: 36
  • 03/26: 32
  • 03/27: 17
  • 03/28: 7
  • 03/29: 13
  • 03/30: 4
  • 03/31: 10
  • Total: 119

Search Engine Terms:

  • 03/25: “yu darvish” (17), “david wright” (2), “wbc japanese team pitchers darvish” (2), “jon lester”, “japan vs korea”, “wbc korea hat”, “yu darvish pictures”, “kelli pedroia”, “david wright home run”, “brian roberts”
  • 03/26: “yu darvish” (10), “david wright” (4), “david wright girlfriend” (3), “japan vs korea” (2), “amoral in a sentence”, “wbc japan”, “wbc korea japan”, “wbc japan darvish”, “japan wbc cap”
  • 03/27: “yu darvish” (6), “david wright” (3), “darvish sexy” (2), “ted lilly” (2)
  • 03/28: “david wright” (3)
  • 03/29: “yu darvish” (3), “yu darvish wbc” (2), “using amoral in a sentence”, “blake dewitt girlfriend”
  • 03/30: “david wright” (2), “amoral in a sentence”
  • 03/31: “david wright” (3), “david wright wallpaper”, “david wright and his girlfriend”

A few quick notes: I hate you, David Wright — I don’t care how many pageviews you’re netting us, I hate you … We are now the official top Google result for “potentially amoral”, so break out the Gatorade and party like mad … No, don’t actually do that … Hey hey, speaking of Ted Lilly, he’s getting the start against the Yankees in their exhibition game — I think it’s the first ever game between two Major League teams at the new stadium, and I actually think that his Cubs will win it … Fear the Terrible Ted Lilly Of The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, people … Sorry this update is so late. I’m ScriptFrenzy-ing.

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01
Apr
09

UCLA’s Trevor Bauer is your Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week!

UCLA righty Trevor Bauer won the honors after posting these stats on the week: 2 wins, 13.1 innings, 12 strikeouts, 2 earned runs, infinite awesomeness.

Let the blatant homerism ensue!

Oh, and remember Gerrit Cole, whom the Yankees drafted in the first round but who chose to go to UCLA instead? Here’s a graph of his performance vs. Bauer’s. (If the value is positive, it means that Bauer’s been better — if it’s negative, it means that Cole’s been better.)

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(Sorry about the excessive whitespace. Click on the graph to see it full-size.)

Here’s what I see when I look at this graph.

  1. There are 14 categories.
  2. Bauer’s better in 10 of them, and one’s a draw.
  3. H/9 is the only non-ERA rate stat on there — I put it up so you won’t be mislead by the fact that Bauer has allowed 5 more hits. I think since you can see that the positive difference in their IP is greater than the negative difference in H, he’d be allowing hits at a slower clip — but maybe that’s just Crane being Crane at one in the morning. (Yeah, that’s a valid excuse now. So hey kids, do as I say, not as I do: go to bed before 11 PM and wake up before 11 AM.)

Dude, I seriously hope I don’t have any typos in here.

Bored yet? Hey, at least I didn’t make you download a PDF.

25
Mar
09

How We’ve Been Found: March 18th to March 24th

What’s The Point: This is an installment of our “How We’ve Been Found” series, which will appear approximately every Wednesday. The point of this is to give you a bit of information about how we’re doing statistically, and how people (including you, of course,) have been getting to our blog.

Individual Pageviews:

  • 03/18: 9
  • 03/19: 5
  • 03/20: 12
  • 03/21: 5
  • 03/22: 6
  • 03/23: 18
  • 03/24: 65
  • Total: 120

Search Engine Terms:

  • 03/18: (none)
  • 03/19: “john lennon tatoos”
  • 03/20: “yu darvish” (2), “sidney ponson nederland world baseball classic”, “jon lester”, “wbc korea japan san diego 2009”, “eagle tattoos”
  • 03/21: “funny picture yes to all”
  • 03/22: “yu darvish gallery” (2), “jon lester”
  • 03/23: “yu darvish” (3), “wbc japan”, “wbc korea venezuela”, “chase utley girls”, “japan hat wbc”, “kevin mench”, “wbc 2009 korea venezuela”, “sexi darvish”
  • 03/24: “yu darvish” (19), “darvish wallpaper” (2), “japan vs korea” (2), “japan wbc 2009 darvish” (2), “wbc yu darvish” (2), “wbc japan darvish” (2), “darvish cute”, “yu darvish japan”, “09 wbc japan”, “wbc korean cap”, “japan yu darvish”, “yu darvish wbc”, “darvish japan”, “wbc japan yu darvish”, “‘david wright’ and ‘puerto rico’ and wbc”, “wbc darvish”, “david wright”, “wbc, darvish”, “wbc korean fans”, “yu darvish sexy”, “world baseball classic 09 yu darvish”, “japan vs south korea wbc 09”

A few quick notes: Please to allow me never to type “yu darvish” ever, ever again … I am sick and tired of hearing about Yu Darvish, and the WBC, and all that, but if it gets us the pageviews … Special shoutout to the people who searched for “jon lester” (2) and “chase utley girls” — you’re bright lights in a sea of “yu darvish”- and “david wright”-inspired darkness … Why do people care so much about Kevin Mench? … Who searched for “funny picture yes to all”, and why did we show up? … When is Talya going to write a post? She hasn’t written anything since her introductory post, meaning that I’ve been responsible for 96% of our posts, plus the fact that I moderate comments … If the WBC gets us this many pageviews, I can’t wait to see how much traffic the real season will bring us … Yu Darvish, go away … I’m adding a new tag, “things that go BOOM on the internets”, to celebrate our massive number of pageviews. Yay pageviews.

23
Mar
09

You Asked: How to use the word “Amoral” in a sentence

I know this seems like a strange topic for a post on a baseball blog, but try to bear with me here. (Or don’t. Either way is fine, really.) Lots of people find our blog by searching for some variant of “use the word ‘amoral’ in a sentence”, so for all you peculiar souls, here’s that for which you’ve been looking!

Definition: According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the adjective “amoral” can be defined thus: lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.

Most common mistake: Confusing “amoral” with “immoral”, adj.: not conforming to accepted standards of morality. The difference here is that while “amoral” is just a state of not caring and/or not knowing about moral rules, being “immoral” means that you know the boundaries of acceptability and simply choose to defy them.

So there’s that.

Why ‘Potentially Amoral’: Because Crane sometimes roots for individual players rather than for entire teams, and she’s pretty sure that’s a “bad thing”. But she doesn’t do it to spite the teams, so it’s not immoral.

Hope that was useful. Join us again next month for “You Asked: A Comprehensive List of Barry Zito’s Ex-Girlfriends”.

    23
    Mar
    09

    Sporadic (and Depressed) WBC Update #4

    First pitch of the game: Ball, over but low.

    Second pitch of the game: Right down the middle — batting practice for Brian Roberts, who strokes it into the center field bleachers.

    Never a bad time for a photo of Roberts, seen here celebrating with his teammates.

    Never a bad time for a photo of Roberts, seen here celebrating with his teammates.

    Last pitch of the game: Adam Dunn takes a called strike and Japan eliminates USA with a final score of 9-4.

    Godsdammit, Davey Johnson! Curse you and your lack of a brain! Don’t you know that when your starter is becoming allergic to the strike zone and giving up more than a couple runs in an inning, you’re supposed to have someone warming up in the bullpen?

    Ugh. I’ve never been more glad that “You’re An Idiot” is one of our tags.

    Here, Kentucky Derby can be seen about to give up even more runs.

    Here, Kentucky Derby can be seen about to give up even more runs.

    22
    Mar
    09

    Sporadic WBC Update #3

    Still not so sporadic, eh? Anyway.

    USA v. Japan, 9 PM Eastern. That makes it 6 PM Pacific, which means I am leaving for Dodger Stadium in a few minutes.

    Pitching tonight will be Roy Oswalt (USA) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japan). So it’s this guy:

    Kentucky Derby. Dont ask.

    "Kentucky Derby". Don't ask.

    versus this guy:

    I dont know what that is, either.

    I don't know what that is, either.

    Liveblog in the comments and knock y’selves out.

    22
    Mar
    09

    Sporadic WBC Update #2

    Okay, so maybe these aren’t so sporadic after all — but considering that my motivation may start disappearing at any moment, I think I’ll just stick with the name. Plus, I don’t feel like going back and changing it. (Hello, motivation? Stay nearby, please….)

    In other news, unrelated to the crashtastic nature of my psyche, Korea absolutely slugged the tar out of Venezuela today, winning 10-2 and thoroughly demoralizing the Scutarotorians by scoring 5 of their crushing runs in the first inning, chasing Carlos “Fat Man” Silva out of the game after only 4 outs.

    Box score says it all. And convienently, the DH was called D. H. Lee. Coincidence? I dont think so....

    Box score says it all, although Venezuela would go on to commit a disastrous 3 more errors by the end of the game. And conveniently, the DH was called "D. H. Lee". Coincidence? I don't think so....

    Shin-Soo “Say That Five Times Fast” Choo hit a home run straight dead center in the top of the 1st, scoring 3 runs and causing the Korean PA announcer to yell “Choo, Shin Soo!”. It was quite funny.

    I had the great fortune of sitting in the Reserve deck, right in the middle of about 40 Venezuelans who all seemed to know each other:

    And they were all very drunk by the end of the game. And they were VERY VERY LOUD.

    That's less than half of them, and they were all very drunk by the end of the game. And they were VERY VERY LOUD. And yes, that guy was allowed to bring his drum into the stadium. Don't ask me.

    In the top of the 9th, five Korea fans about ten seats away from us stood up, removed their shirts, and began chanting something that sounded like “Ko-re-a!” but may have been whatever Korea is called in Korea. (Is it exonymous? I’ve forgotten.)

    Pictured here with a whole bunch of the chicks from the Venezuela cheering section.

    Pictured here with a whole bunch of the chicks from the Venezuela cheering section.

    All photos credited to Flickr user shaindlin, who was nice enough to go to the game with me and repeatedly yell “Marco!” so I could yell “Scutaro!” and get confused looks from everyone around me. Cool, eh?




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