Nobody Cares About Pitchers’ Wins Anymore, So Let’s Make a Change

The quickest way to get me to “check out” of an intelligent baseball conversation is to discuss a modern-day pitcher’s win-loss record as a major factor in how good the pitcher is.  In an era in which good pitchers routinely exit games with a third or more of the game left to play, pitchers simply do not earn enough decisions to make the “wins” statistic pertinent. 

Given that most baseball fans place little relevance on the “wins” statistic, we might as well try to improve the stat, and I have one good way to do this.  The official scorer of a game should be given discretion to award a win to a starting pitcher any time that both of these criteria are met: a) His team has won the game.  (Obviously)  b) He has pitched at least five innings.

You might be wondering, “Nice work, Mike.  It has been that way since Doubleday invented the sport.”

True, but I have removed the third criterion, that which requires a pitcher to be the most recent guy on his team to have thrown a pitch as of the moment his team takes the lead.  This is my big change.  This rule is an anachronism.  It was created in the 1800s when pitchers routinely pitched complete games.  Additionally, it was not until the late 1980s and early 1990s that managers started to remove pitchers who were pitching well.  Before that time, managers did not worry about pitch counts or fatigue.  If the pitcher was effective, he was remaining in the game. 

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As a result, there were relatively few cases in which a pitcher would pitch very well but not receive a decision.  In modern baseball, it is commonplace for a pitcher to exit a game in the 6th or 7th inning while clinging to a 2-1 or 3-1 lead or losing 2-1 or 3-1.  Of course, this means that bullpens have 3 or 4 innings to blow that 2-1 lead or 3-1 lead.  It also means that bullpens have 3 or 4 innings to keep deficits within 2 runs.  In either of these cases; if a team takes the lead to stay while a reliever is in the game for this team, which pitcher is most responsible for the team’s victory?  More often than not, it is the starting pitcher. 

Why not allow the starting pitcher to earn the victory in any case where he is the pitcher most responsible for the team’s win?  Let the statistic measure what it is supposed to measure.  If a bullpen coughs up a lead, but that teams wins anyway; why should the mediocre reliever earn the win?  By the same token, if three relievers pitch one shutout inning apiece to keep their team down 3-1, it seems to me that the guy who threw 6 innings of 3-run ball should earn the win if his team comes back in the end.  In fact, Jacob deGrom gave us a textbook example of my philosophy on Friday night against the Rays.  He pitched 8 innings of 1-run ball, left with the game tied at 1, and watched as Jose Bautista’s walk-off grand slam in the 9th inning gave the Mets a 5-1 win.  Jeurys Familia pitched 1 inning that night and earned the win, but that should be deGrom’s win.  Jacob was the pitcher most responsible for the Mets’ win, so he should receive credit for it.

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Of course, this is not my first time recommending a change to baseball.  Therefore, I know there is sometimes disdain for me trying to change things in a sport with many purists.  Therefore, I have two additional points before the angry mob comes for me:

1)     If you are worried that this change will inflate “Wins” numbers compared to guys’ totals in the past, stop trying to make intergenerational comparisons.  The pitchers from olden days will always be better than the modern-day guys because the past guys threw so many more innings.  With all the bullpen decisions that these current starters render, plenty of these games will become losses.  Therefore, the “Wins” totals from olden days will continue to stay well above the modern-day totals.  Remember that the modern-day pitcher also forgoes more wins than olden-day pitchers did to both injuries and sub-5-inning starts.

2)     If you do not like that the official scorer has discretion, be aware that he/she already has some.  The official scorer is, in fact, allowed to award a win to a relief pitcher who said scorer thinks has contributed more to the victory than the guy who was on the mound when his team took the lead.  The only caveat is that it is that the scorer must hand the win to a reliever, not a starter.  Perfect example: June 30, 2000: Second-best Mets game that I ever attended.  Mike Piazza capped the Mets’ 10-run 8th inning with a go-ahead homerun.  The official scorer gave the win to Armando Benitez, who came in for the 9th inning, as opposed to Eric Cammack, who was on the mound to finish the Top of the 8th.

 

Thus, official scorers already have some discretion.  I think it makes sense to give them a little bit more.  This would not make “Wins” a perfect stat for discussing pitchers’ greatness, but it would at least move the stat in the right direction.

Six Basic Rules for Calling Mike Francesa

As you New York sports fans know, the legendary Mike Francesa returned to WFAN in May.  I have actually found him to be much more delightful to hear in this second go-round than during the last few years of his first WFAN stint (which ended in December).  I think that the 5 months off gave him time to recharge and become a happier human.  Plus, as I have mentioned in the past, I think that 5.5 hours, which Francesa used to do, for one host is a ridiculous amount of time.  Now that he has to deal with only 3.5 hours, I think he is much saner and thus more enjoyable.

At the same time, it remains a valid expectation that any guy who calls his show will feel worse about himself after the phone call.  I know that I lack the spheres to call his show, but I do feel I have enough experience as a listener to provide advice to those who do wish to call his show.  Before I unveil these six pieces of advice, allow me to warn you all of the following.  There are three general ways in which Mike Francesa will respond to callers:

1)     The “You Are Lower Than Dirt” response: Mike will not even give your thought the time of the day, because it is the dumbest thing he has ever heard (or at least the dumbest thing he has ever heard since the last dumbest thing he has ever heard – which likely happened 15 minutes prior).  Mike will either hang up on you, mutter to Monz something along the lines of “Can you believe he waited on the line for an hour to say that?”, or keep you on the line for 15 minutes so that he can ridicule you with follow-up questions, each of which is more hostile than the previous.  Sometimes, these Francesan responses are warranted, such as when he responded to a caller predicting a Jets/Patriots tie for that night’s game (Pats actually won 45-3).  Sometimes, it is not – such as if a caller suggests making the Wild-Card Playoff a Best-of-3.  Mind you, Francesa and I both dislike this “Best of 3” idea.  However, it is not a cockamamie idea, and the premise of the show is to fill 3.5 hours with sports talk.  Thus, it seems silly to me to belittle a caller with such an idea.  Francesa feels the opposite of me in that respect.

2)     The “One Upper” response: Once in a while, a caller will actually make a smart comment that Francesa has never said.  Therefore, Francesa’s ego will require that he takes the comment a step farther so that he can take ownership of the quote.  He is the sports-talk equivalent of the great Kristen Wiig character, Penelope.  For example, if you call and say, “Mike, I think Bernie Williams was the most underrated Yankee of the past 30 years, because he didn’t last long enough to be part of the Core Four”, he might actually like your thought.  However, he wants to receive credit for the thought, so, within a minute, it is entirely possible that there is now a “Core Five” including Bernie.  All Francesa’s idea.  (Quick Note: It is my actual belief that Bernie is underrated for the very reason that I have stated.)

3)     The “I’m Gonna Zig When You Think I’m Gonna Zag” response: This is the one that must drive callers the most nuts.  Sometimes, Francesa will span 5 callers making the same response, waiting for callers to accept his idea.  Then, once a caller (say, Caller 6) finally accepts Francesa’s response, Mike flips the script and argues the other side.  For example, it is widely-known that Francesa wishes the Yankees had not traded for Giancarlo Stanton.  (Side note: this is probably partially because he spent his last month at WFAN in the fall stating that the Yankees would never get Stanton.)  Thus, it is possible for this scenario to unfold: 5 callers make their case that the Yankees would be better with Stanton, and Mike refutes all of these callers.  Then, when the sixth caller says, “Mike, I don’t know what these guys are thinking.  The Yankees missed the World Series by one game without him and are just not the same now that he’s here.”, I fully expect Francesa to say, “Come on now, these callers have good points.  The guy is a former MVP and homerun champion.  Of course, there’s a place for him on this Yankees team.  The team has already won a million games with him this year.”  Great stuff!

OK, enough preamble.  Now, for the main event.  Here are my six pieces of advice for calling the great Mike Francesa.

1)     Do not ask multiple questions.  His brain is not capable of handling two questions.  Never in all my years listening to his show have I heard him successfully answer multiple questions from the same caller.  Therefore, if you ask two questions, either a) he will answer only your second question (tough luck if your first question was better) or b) morph the two questions into one ridiculously silly question that you would never in a million years ask.  For example, if you ask him who the Yankees should target at the trade deadline and also ask him how he thinks the Cowboys will do in 2018, there is a decent chance you are getting a 5-minute lesson on why the Cowboys are not trading Ezekiel Elliott.

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2)     Have a woman call for you.  Quick note: If you are a woman, you may call for yourself.  OK, now that we have cleared that up, let me cut to the chase.  Anyone who says that chivalry is dead should listen to Francesa.  He is a million times kinder to ladies than he is to men.  If you want to suggest that the Mets should trade the Yankees Jacob deGrom for Ronald Torreyes, Francesa’s response will make you never want to leave your house again (if you are a man).  However, if you let a woman call, he will actually analyze the deal rationally and respectfully before nevertheless acknowledging that the Mets would never in a million years do the trade.

3)     Do not ask for a prediction.  This goes for anything – a game, a series, or a championship.  Mike will make predictions only when he chooses to do so.  If you try to force a prediction on him, he will become as angrily flustered as a kindergartener trying to do long division.  This especially goes for single baseball games, and Mike does have a point.  The results of single baseball games are too random for accurate predicting.  That said, if you try to elicit a prediction, you might get a classic “You’re asking me to make a prediction?  Honestly, I haven’t thought about it yet.  I really haven’t” rant in which he repeats those same three sentences for three minutes.  However, sometimes you do get lucky, and, in said rant, he actually makes a prediction.  “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it.  I really haven’t.  I mean, I like CC’s chances going up against a Blue Jays lineup that hasn’t hit lately, but I can’t make a prediction.  I haven’t thought enough about it.  Do I think the Yankees will win tonight?  Yes I do.  I am confident that they will win handily, but I just haven’t thought about the game.  I can’t predict what is going to happen in one game.”  That is a Francesan response right there.

4)     Do not ask him trivia.  I really could have merged #3 and #4, but I chose to drag things out to please our esteemed BTB advertisers.  That said, I advise Francesa’s callers to stay on the straight and narrow.  Mike always wants you to ask questions only about the specific topic he is discussing.  If you ask him trivia, he will show you utter disdain, and his response will be the same as in #3 but in regard to trivia, not a prediction.  That does mean though that you could get 5 minutes of him guessing answers while simultaneously saying he is not going to answer the question.  Classic.

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5)     Do not ask him hypothetical questions.  Again with the simple brain thing.  The other day, I heard someone call him up and ask if he would give up Gleyber Torres in a trade if it were a given that the Yankees would win the 2018 World Series.  For any other show, that is a smart call.  Do you take the guaranteed championship this year while giving up a potential perennial All-Star, a guy who could likely you bring you multiple championships anyway?  It is a great conversation piece, but Mike’s brain cannot handle that stuff.*  As a result, he answered the call by saying repeatedly that you can never guarantee that any move will bring a championship.  Thanks, Mike.  Glad you’re here.

*Note: When Mike interviews a guest whom he greatly respects (Jim Nantz, Bill Simmons, Troy Aikman – for example), his brain can handle anything.  Mike is actually quite smart, but he is selective about when he turns on his brain.  If Bill Simmons were to ask Mike the Gleyber question, Francesa would likely reply, “That is a great question, Bill.  It really is a great question.  I’d take the trade though.  Even the Yankees have to pick the guaranteed championship over the prospect of several others.  You have to take the free title.  You have to do it.”  Remember though: if you, the random caller, asks this question, you are getting the stupid answer from the previous paragraph.

6)     Under no circumstances should you ask him about hockey.  Obviously, in the regular season, he will go to the next call immediately.  In the playoffs, you will get the most basic of hockey clichés.  Yes, it is annoying that true hockey analysts speak mainly in clichés, but I like to know that the clichés are coming from a person who knows hockey, not from a guy in Francesa who speaks occasionally to Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.  When the Rangers are in the playoffs (Joyously, this occurrence did not come to pass in 2018), expect Mike to say “Rangers need to show more passion”, “Rangers need to score more”, or “Lundqvist needs to make some big stops”.  That is all.  Tremendous insight.

This ends my tutorial on how to call Mike Francesa.  No, I will not be the one calling his show.  I remain a “no time, long time” listener to sports radio.  If I ever do garner the courage to call a show, I will definitely call Joe and Evan.  They are the best combination of sports knowledge and personality on New York sports radio.  I would have to be several calls deep into my career before I call Francesa, but, if I ever do, I will make sure to follow these six rules.

Davey Tinglefingers: Not Good

I’ve got a long-winded, open ended question to start this blog off with, so bear with me.  What happens when you mix the best lefty hitting team in the league, at home, on a 100 degree night with a left handed pitcher thats a delicate snowflake, wilts under any kind of pressure, and owns an ERA over 9 in the bronx? Bombs away.

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After giving up 4 Runs in a single inning of work the first time these two teams met back on April 11th, Price left the game with “elbow tingling” What this actually meant was Ol’ Davey was tired of getting his fastball out over the Green Monster and didn’t feel like pitching any more of that game. It was about as soft as you can get but hey when you’re afraid, you’re afraid. His follow up performance was postponed as Mr. Tinglefingers got “carpal tunnel from playing Fortnite”. OK. Dave we get it, Gary Sanchez shows up in your nightmares. just be honest man it’ll save everyone some time. Gary didn’t even play the other night and this bum still gave up 5 moonshots,  Kyle Higashioka who is 28 years old, never gotten a hit in his career (was 0-23) and hit .190 in the minors tattooed a ball 401 feet down the left field line. When that’s happening, what are the actual batters in this lineup going to do?

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Oh and well also set our season high in hits with 16. In fact every batter that appeared in last nights game got a hit except Greg Bird, but who’s surprised by that?

With the Yankees playing so well offensively it would have basically taken a position player or Sonny Gray on the bump to give Boston a fighting chance. Unfortunately for them, they were staring out at Luis Severino who is basically the opposite of Sonny Gray. Sevy was brilliant all night, going 6 2/3, giving up 2 hits and striking out 6. This outing dropped his season ERA down to 1.98 and secured his 13th win which are both the best marks in the AL.  The Yankees are 16-2 in games Severino starts. I smell Cy Young.

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After Aaron Hicks blacked out and hit his 3rd homer of the game, Boone did something that I absolutely loved. With the game well out of hand at 11-0 in the 9th Boone could have put David Hale who was just recalled from Triple-A or #45 (he who will not be named) into the game to mop up the last inning. Instead he threw Chapman out there. Now yes, Chapman hadn’t pitched in a couple days so yes its a smart idea to get him some work and keep him locked in. But I also truly think that after getting beaten by 11 the day prior, Boone was trying to get a similar scorecard win. Did it work out? Not exactly, Chappy did give up a run, but it was in an 11 run game he probably didn’t even care  about and it’s at least 4 runs less than #45 would have given up. All in all I loved the move.

Anyone with a functioning brain, and any kind of baseball knowledge (aka not Red Sox fans) woke up yesterday and knew what was going to happen last night. I am 100% serious when I say this, David Price might be my favorite player. To be this ineffective vs the Yankees takes guts. To do it while getting paid 30+ million for another 4 years after this one is diabolical (seriously go Google his contract. How freaking funny is that?)  Now I know what you’re thinking. “How can a Red Sox player be your favorite?” Simple, David Price gives the Yankees wins, and allows for stat padding while at the same time hands the Red Sox demoralizing defeats and hurts their ability to pony up for another premier free agent. It’s basically the best of both worlds. Can’t wait until we meet again Davey, really hope you don’t “play Fortnite” before the game.

 

“Jersey Shore – Family Reunion” Was a Delight…Let’s Do It Again in 2023!

This week, MTV’s “Jersey Shore – Family Reunion” came to a close, and I am going to miss it.  The funny thing is that, when this season – essentially the seventh season of “Jersey Shore” (albeit with a 6-year gap between Seasons 6 and 7) – began, I did not think I would get into it.  By the time Season 6 had finished 6 years ago, I was fairly certain that the show had run its course.  Therefore, I figured that I would watch the first episode of “Family Vacation” for nostalgic purposes, and then I would stop.  This would not be the case.

Let us now flash back to the very beginning of the show, “Jersey Shore”.  Before its premiere in December of 2009, I had heard rumblings that this show was in the works, but I had not given it a moment of thought.  Then, a few episodes into Season 1, my then-girlfriend and her friend were watching these eight Italians (most of whom were not actually from New Jersey) on TV.  These alleged “New Jerseyans” were put in a house on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, and I did not know what to expect.  The first glimpse of the show that I saw was Vinny and Pauly D on a club floor, “fighting the beat”.

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I made fun of this line, but it did not keep me from watching.  I proceeded to watch the remainder of that episode and all other episodes that season.  I thought that Pauly D and Vinny were intentionally hilarious, while The Situation was unintentionally hilarious.  The Sammi/Ronnie drama was captivating, and Snooki was always good for laughs when she would drunkenly fall down.  These people were all twentysomethings, and I was 28 years old.  There had honestly never been a time when I truly enjoyed clubs; if you know me, you can imagine that clubs are not exactly my scene.  That said, it was fun to live vicariously through these guys and their tales of “grenades” (2010 was a big year for these; because, not only did “Jersey Shore” finish its first season, but Bruno Mars also released his great song, “Grenade”.) and “t-shirt time”.  Never being one to “pick girls up” at clubs, I was fascinated by this guido world.

As the show progressed through six seasons, two major things changed.  The first involves the guy who owned the t-shirt store, the place of employment for the “Jersey Shore” cast.  For any young readers, you might find it silly that these eight people who were cast on what Bill Simmons once called “Guido Real World” also had to work at a t-shirt store while on the show.  What you must understand though is that, yes, it was actually incredibly silly.  The cast members would show up drunk to work, and the store owner would seem mad at them.  Of course, his store was receiving free publicity, so he could not really be THAT mad.  However, as the show progressed, it seemed liked this guy stopped trying to act mad.  Instead, he would always have a “sh!t-eating grin” as he tried to reprimand the workers.  By Seasons 3, 5, and 6 (the remaining seasons that actually took place at the Jersey Shore), this gentleman knew that he was making a ridiculous amount of money off these talentless individuals.  How could he be mad at the eight people responsible for his presumable mansion, Ferrari, and yacht?

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Anyway, the second change that happened to the show was much more vital to the premise of the show.  The cast morphed from being nobodies in Season 1 to being megastars by Season 5.  In Season 1, the show achieved its premise of letting us watch these random people try to get strangers to “come back to the hot tub”.  These eight random people were no more recognizable to the other clubgoers than anyone else was.  However, by Season 5, nobody was allowed anywhere near the cast.  There were countless camera shots of the cast on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, as TV viewers could see spectators roped off far in the distance.  Nobody was allowed near these stars anymore.  This is why I started to lose interest in the show.  As with most reality shows, the show’s premise worked well when nobody knew the stars but fell apart once the stars had become too famous.

That is why the show’s 6-year hiatus did the viewers good.  We did not really need another season of trying to force the square peg of these massive celebrities into the round hole of having them try to hook up anonymously with strangers like in Season 1.  Therefore, with the 5-year gap, the cast was able to age 20 years (it seems).  Snooki and J-Woww had kids; Angelina and J-Woww had plastic surgery done on everything; Vinny stopped eating carbs; Ronnie has a kid on the way; and The Situation no longer drinks but might be heading to jail.  A lot of “life” happened for these people over the five years, and that made for a very entertaining season this go-round with “Family Vacation” (cast in a Miami house).

During this season, the cast admitted to having grown up.  The house members poked fun at each other on a regular basis, especially making fun of The Situation for his tax evasion.  Yes, these individuals went to clubs, but they were no longer trying to “pick up” people of the opposite sex.  Well, they were not supposed to do so, but Ronnie did bring some girls back to the hot tub even though he was in a relationship.  Tisk, tisk.  At the same time, Pauly D remained the best part of the show.  The guy is always happy; it is like he is perpetually covered in the “good slime” from Ghostbusters II.  He is even able to feign surprise when he is hired to DJ big-time gigs, even though he is probably the most famous DJ in the country.

Anyway, when the show reached its finale on Thursday night, JWoww led a discussion about how the cast should meet up again every few years.  I am sure that was a not-too-subtle way of hinting that MTV should do “Jersey Shore” reunions every five years or so.  If that is her plan, I am 100% on-board.  I would gladly watch one season of “Jersey Shore” every five years.  Let’s make it happen.  I expect the next reunion in 2023.

The Twitter Account All Baseball Fans Needs to Follow

If you’re a sane person and enjoy baseball, there’s an account Twitter that I consider the best one on social media. Behold…Pitching Ninja.

It’s the one account on Twitter, with the exception of maybe Bleacher Report and a few influencers, that I actually look forward to seeing content from. The founder, Rob Friedman, puts together incredible gifs (pronounce it however you may) of pitchers being absolutely filthy.

Example A:

Example B:

Example C:

From individual pitches to overlays to mentality on the mound and through training, Pitching Ninja gives you really unique insight on baseball’s greatest art that you typically don’t see on any other sports accounts. It really is mesmerizing stuff, and allows you to appreciate the wonders of baseball. Throughout the years, I’ve legitimately learned a lot just by watching these 6 second clips, and I highly recommend shooting it a follow if you love America’s past time.

Toys R Us Closing is Absolutely Heartbreaking

I woke up to this tweet today and was devastated. Yeah, I’ve known about Toys R Us closing, and obviously it’s no secret that toy stores/retail stores in general have been in trouble for years now thanks to online shopping, namely Amazon. But to see this picture just kind of puts it in perspective. My childhood may be over, but no kid is gonna get to experience Toys R Us ever again.

Honestly nothing compares to the feeling when your parents finally gave into your weeks of constant begging and brought you to the toy store to pick something out, or going through the catalogs ahead of Christmas or your birthday to pick out what you want. I’ll never get to watch my kids experience that and that really kinda sucks.

In general, technology has almost kind of ruined how kids entertain themselves anyway. Don’t get me wrong, video games/computer games were definitely a big part of my generation’s childhood. You could pretty much consider my PlayStation 2 my first girlfriend (don’t worry I didn’t try and have sex with it), but there were still plenty of other ways we entertained ourselves. Hot Wheels, Tonka Trucks, Slip n Slides, the whole nine yards. And do NOT even get me started on Playmobil, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you did your childhood all wrong.

Almost every day life gives you a “wow you’re getting kinda old” moment, but some of them hit harder than others. And this morning, Geoffrey the giraffe broke my heart. RIP in Peace to Toys R Us, the realest toy store to ever do it.

Elon Musk, if You’re Reading This, Please Send Chasen Shreve to the Sun

So you might have heard, but the Yankees got swept by the Rays this past weekend. Safe to say that’s not what you want, but I’m not gonna panic. The Yanks just swept the Mariners last week and took 2/3 from the Phillies this week and sit just a half game back of the Red Sox in the AL East. I could sit here and complain about Gary Sanchez’s sub .200 batting average, Greg Bird’s lack of production, or injuries to the starting rotation. But honestly I’m not too worried about any of those. To shortly summarize why:

  1. Austin Romine has been raking, and will hold down the fort while Gary rehabs. Also, Gary is too good of a hitter to play like this all year, and had already started breaking out of his slump before the injury.
  2. I’m a Greg Bird guy and think he’ll put it together, but if not one/a combination of Brandon Drury, Neil Walker, and Tyler Austin will produce. No Chris Carter for us this year.
  3. Tanaka will be back before we know it, and it’s a certainty that Brian Cashman will add another starter before the trade deadline.

Now, to the real problem that will not correct itself and the purpose of this blog: Chasen Fucking Shreve. The guy is easily the worst/least reliable reliever in the Yankees bullpen, and yet we always seem to see him in high leverage situations? How in the world does Chasen Shreve take the mound in any semi-meaningful situation when Aaron Boone has Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman at his disposal? It makes absolutely zero sense, but that’s baseball, Suzyn.

In today’s day and age, it’s common to come across interesting statistics on Twitter. There are interesting statistics, and then there are how in the name of Chuck Knoblauch is this a real thing that exists statistics. This one definitely falls in the latter category:

That’s just unreal. You literally should have to try to be that bad. The Yankees lead the majors in wins in one-run games, with the bullpen being a huge part of that. I know I’m saying that it’s only June 28, we’re only a half game out of first place, and there’s no reason to panic. That being said, we can’t be running guys like Chasen Shreve out there and just throwing away winnable games. Every game counts, especially with the Red Sox in our division. The reality is that one of these two teams is going to end up in a one-game elimination come October, even after likely winning 100 games, or at least close to there. Every game counts, and when I say that, I don’t mean you need to use Dellin Betances in 85 games this year. Bullpen workload management is a huge part of a team’s prolonged success throughout a season, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees should be throwing a pitcher as downright incompetent as Shreve out there night after night. Do something, anything, to replace him, whether it’s calling someone up from the minors or buying low on a reliever who has had struggles elsewhere via trade and hoping the Yanks can help him figure it out.

Things are still great in the Bronx right now. However, if Elon Musk would be so kind as to help us send our good pal Chasen to the sun that would just be swell.