First week of uninterrupted writing while the boy was at day care — made for a pretty productive time. Looking forward to more productive days in the future.
On my favorite subject, R.A. Dickey, I spent a few words about trying to find a comparable player. In order to figure out what sort of contract extension he’s worth, you have to find players that are on free agent contracts that have performed similarly with similar skills and are of a similar age. That turns out to be really hard.
Then Dan Duquette, the GM of the Orioles, said he didn’t like cutters and was effectively banning them from his minor league teams. I was apoplectic at first, but then it turned out to be a somewhat reasonable stance to have. The comments section was very interesting (baby sliders versus cut fastballs in particular), and I got a nice piece of feedback on the piece through the grape vine.
In the roto world, I broke down Jeff Samardzija (the Shark) and Vernon Christopher Carter, two guys with tools — Carter has real power and Samardija has a great split-finger and a 95 mph fastball — and inconsistent results so far. I’ll take the Shark, especially in shark week, if I had to choose between the two, though. Three-true-outcome hitters (homers, whiffs, walks) are a little boom-or-bust, and I’m unsure about Carter still. In my Saves and Steals column for RotoWorld, I snuck in some real-life baseball analysis by naming the tiers after the frontiers in baseball research. There are some really difficult things left to figure out in baseball! And at the Score, I wrote about what streaks can tell us in baseball (hint: not a whole lot).
Then for fun I made a strange image of baseball players singing about pizza and linked to a song about small sample sizes. Don’t tell my wife though, she can’t bear the though that I’m writing silly things.