Nathaniel Stoltz / May 7, 2012
First off, it should be stated that batting average, like all the other stats sabermetricians love to hate (W-L, RBI, SV, even ERA), does not mean nothing. If you hit for a high average, chances are you're a good hitter, and if you hit for a low average, chances are you’re a poor hitter. Likewise, there is no doubt a positive correlation between wins for starting pitchers and their underlying performance (FIP, SIERA, or whatever else you care to use).
The rub, of course, comes from the fact that we simply have better numbers to look at.
Dave Cameron / May 9, 2012
We don't live in 1953 anymore. We have access to more and better information than ever before. Teams are spending large amounts of resources to make better decisions to get improvements on the margins that may end up winning them one or two games over the course of the season. And yet, at the end of the day, most of these teams are still entrusting their in-game strategy to people who simply don't understand the basic probabilities of the sport.
Gordon Edes / May 9, 2012
The idea of trading Kevin Youkilis to make way for top prospect Will Middlebrooks gained early traction back in April, when Youkilis got off to a slow start and Middlebrooks was tearing it up for Pawtucket, hitting nine home runs and driving in 27 runs in his first 24 games.
That was premature. ... Now, however, that conversation is no longer just fan chatter.
Matthew Kory / May 9, 2012
Some Red Sox fans, apparently so upset by the team's 12-17 start and undoubtedly still furious over the way last season ended, have proposed blowing up the team. They're bad, so the thinking goes, so the organization should sell off the best players, accept some losing years, and hopefully look to be successful again in 2015 or whatever.
[T]he season is just a crappy 29 games old. You can't blow up the team and the organization over 29 games when there are 133 more to go. So how do you handle it?
Nobody likes the way the season has started. ... Waiting for injured players to return isn't sexy. Waiting for under-performing players to stop sucking and play better isn't headline-grabbing. But it's what we have right now.
Live with it, or do something else. It's your choice.