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Abstract Linkage

Posted by JD on June 3, 2010

For the second installment of Abstract Linkage, I give you:

  • Are you like me, up to your eyeballs in opinions about Armando Galarraga’s Imperfect Game? Then you should easily pass this Perfect Game quiz from sporcle. I only got 11, and I deeply regret missing 1904, 1984, and (most painfully) 2004. (Hat tip to @jameskann, who’s tweet about a Keith Law chat lead me to the sporcle quiz).
  • My favorite take on the Imperfect Game comes from Howard Megdal. I’m jealous: I never would have thought to go in this direction.
  • Dave Meisel from Disgruntled Mets Fan provides an in-depth analysis of Johan Santana’s peripherals, and it points to bad news.
  • I think this Ted Berg post about Carlos Beltran says all that need to be said.
  • St. John’s started their College World Series with a 10-5 loss to Mississippi. It’s a double-elimination format so they’re still alive, but a loss today to VCU would end their season. Game starts at 1PM.

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Abstract Linkage

Posted by JD on May 30, 2010

In an effort to expand the scope of this blog, I’ve decided to post a few links that I find interesting. They’re not all related to the Mets and they’re not all that recent, but I think they’re worth documenting. I hope to do this from time to time, but we’ll see. For now, here are five links for your reading pleasure:

  • The heart of baseball is the duel between a pitcher and batter, and the count tells us a lot about who has the advantage on any given pitch. Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post researched pitch counts in an article this week and Joe Posnanski took an even deeper dive in this post from 2009.
  • Can’t Stop the Bleeding details Mike Francesa’s bizarre on-air potshot at Matt Cerrone. I don’t know what Francesa was thinking, but I will say this: a good argument could be made that sports talk radio was as revolutionary in the 1980’s as blogging was in the 2000’s. It’s disappointing (to say the least) that Francesa can’t see the similarities. Disappointing, but not unexpected.
  •’s TMI (The Max Info) blog unveiled their “Superior Start” and “Inferior Start” metrics. (an Insider subscription is required, but I’ll give you this spoiler: there are no Mets on either list).
  • No, Your Team Sucks offers one-stop shopping for all your Philadelphia fan-tasing (fan-tasering?) needs. With videos and still pictures, we can relive the hilarity of seeing a young Philadelphia fan writhing on the field in agony after being tased by an out-of-shape police officer.
  • The Common Man is grading baseball franchise names, and he grades our Metropolitans here. While you’re at it, you should read the entire series.

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