Friday, March 9, 2012

Resign now you fucking idiot

I've read FanGraphs every single day for the past four years and genuinely enjoy their ability to explain complex stats to fans and look at baseball from a different angle. However, today's posts by editor Dave Cameron, one of my previous favorites on the site, ranking the top 30 pitching staffs in the major leagues is the worst piece of shit I've ever seen on the Internet. The pieces can be read here and here, but I suggest you take a deep breath and watch a kitten video on Youtube or some shit before reading these.

Cameron must have been on drugs to write half of the things he did. The articles reek of random favoritism towards players and disdain for others. Somehow, he has Ubaldo Jimenez, with his declining velocity and strike out rates, with a WAR of 4.5 and Cole Hamels with 3.5. Sorry Cole, you aren't as good as Jimenez or Doug Fister or Gavin Floyd. Did anyone look over this piece of shit before he submitted it? The team rankings are obviously devoid of any actual metrics but just have a WAR column and random projections next to the players. I'm glad that Dave Cameron, with a plethora of projections based on actual research and math at his fingertips, chose to implement his own system. Hat's off to you Dave!

Looking at the team rankings makes you think that old Dave wrote the blurbs and then drew the actual rankings out of a hat. The Twins are ranked #11 ahead of the Braves, Brewers, Red Sox, and Braves, 4 teams that finished with ERAs much lower than the Twins 4.64. The Braves are ranked #18 despite losing Derek Lowe's 187 innings of a 5 ERA and still finishing 9th in starter's ERA. The knock of them is potential injury which is a consideration, until you realize that they weren't healthy last year and still finished 9th. I could continue this rant indefinitely but I don't want a heart attack at 40, so I'll leave with this closing rant. Dave Cameron is a talented writer who put together the worst piece of shit since Jack and Jill. How about thinking before you write some stupid shit Dave?

2 comments:

  1. If you think this is bad you've clearly never looked through the comments on any Youtube video.

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  2. In your "4 teams" ranked behind the Twins, you list the Braves twice. How am I not surprised?

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