Dear Giants and A’s: Thanks, it’s been fun

Posted By on October 8, 2012 8:42 am

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already figured out that I’m not covering the Giants and A’s anymore.

As of a couple weeks ago, I’m working for the Orange County Register. And as of today, I’m covering the Angels. I had a little cameo on the Dodgers last week.

So, what’s that mean for this blog? Well, I’d say it’s now dead, but it was pretty dead already. I really hadn’t been posting much of anything for a while because, when I was working for the Giants and A’s magazines, I didn’t think it would have been a good idea for me to be giving too many opinions about those teams. Now I can give all the opinions I want on them, but I’m probably not going to have many, since I’ll be focusing so much on the Angels.

I will keep it here, though, because, well, you never know.

In the meantime, I hope that you keep following me, just to keep an eye on the competition down South. If not, thanks for following.

Jerry Blevins did deserve some pie!

Posted By on September 12, 2012 12:58 pm

After Jerry Blevins’ miraculous escape in the A’s win on Tuesday night, he joked that he was expecting a little pie-love, ostensibly for what he figured was the pitcher’s version of a walk-off.

And you know what? He’s absolutely right.

If ever there were a situation in which a pitcher could pull his team out of a deficit to win a game, this was it. And to see what I’m talking about, let’s look at a little thing called win probability. Don’t panic that I’m going all stat-geek on you. Win probability is a very easy concept. It uses previous outcomes to figure the chances of victory for each team given each specific situation in a game, based on the score, the inning, the outs and the runners on base. It also takes into account the run environment, and I’m not exactly sure how that’s calculated, but it measures the difference between ballparks and eras. You can play around with the calculator here.


Don’t panic over Melky

Posted By on August 16, 2012 10:08 am

Hey, this blog still exists?

I know that both of my loyal readers probably gave up on this blog since I haven’t written anything on it in months except for those posts that looked strangely like paid advertisements. Hmmmm. Anyway, I’m back because, as often happens, I started to make a point on twitter and couldn’t sufficiently explain myself in 140 characters.

The point is this: The loss of Melky Cabrera is tougher blow for the Giants emotionally (among the players and fans) than it is realistically.

What? You’re an idiot, Fletch! Do you realize how much better Melky is than Gregor Blanco? And do you realize that one game can be the difference between making the playoffs and not?


A couple big Bay Area wins

Posted By on April 26, 2012 2:51 pm

Quite a 24 hours we’ve had in Bay Area baseball, huh? Yesterday afternoon the A’s bounced back with a huge two-run homer by Yoenis Cespedes to tie the game and then they won it in the 14th, and today the Giants got a big ninth-inning three-run homer from Angel Pagan on the way to a 6-5 victory in Cincy.


One more poker post…

Posted By on March 23, 2012 1:30 am

When I was at spring training a couple weeks ago, we had a little poker game with some members of the media and a few PR guys from MLB teams. There was one player who worked for the Giants and one who worked for the A’s, and it gave us the idea that they ought to just settle the territorial rights issue at the poker table.

Can you see Lew Wolff and Larry Baer sitting down at a poker table playing heads-up. With the sunglasses and the iPods.

How cool would that be?


The World Series … of Poker

Posted By on March 21, 2012 11:30 pm

Hey friends, I just realized that the World Series of Poker schedule is out! Usually I’m right on top of this, but this year they apparently slipped it by me.

As you probably know, I’m quite the poker player. In fact, I’ve been to the World Series of Poker (six times) more times than the real World Series (three).


Ryan Braun and the “technicality”

Posted By on February 24, 2012 8:47 am

Ever since the shocking announcement that Ryan Braun won the appeal of his drug suspension, I’ve heard a lot of people still critical. They say “If he’s innocent, he should have argued that instead of getting off on a technicality.”

That shows a lack of understanding not just of the law, but of simple logic.

Let’s say he’s innocent. Say he never took a single drug in his life. Not even aspirin.

MLB: “We have a test of your urine that shows Chemical X.”
Braun: “But I never took anything.”
MLB: “OK, but we have a test of your urine that shows Chemical X.”

Where do you go from there?

Braun’s only defense is to challenge the accuracy of the test, whether he is totally innocent or whether he’s guilty and looking for an out. Doesn’t matter. His only defense is to challenge the accuracy of the test.