Monthly Archives: May 2011

Power Rankings May 22nd — Phils stay on top, Giants and Indians surge

Welcome to the fortnightly instalment of Baseball Canadiana’s Power Rankings.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of my power rankings, you must know that it has very little to do with the standings.  Power rankings are meant to look past the standings and are therefore not reactionary to hot and cold streaks, as they take into account the unreliability of small sample sizes. 

Now one quarter of the way through the year, things start to even out in Major League Baseball.  The teams at the top probably won’t waiver much and you’re starting to see the contenders play like contenders, while the teams who will soon start to rebuild for next year are starting to bottom out.  There are, however, a few exceptions.  All will be detailed in this edition.

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The myth of Corey Patterson’s fast balls.

Well, Buck, the things that are coming out of my mouth are based on totally unsubstantiated theories that I've concocted in my brain. I love speeeeed.

You know how Blue Jays’ colour commentor Pat Tabler likes to think he knows things about baseball?

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Maple-Boner Alert: Joey Votto’s low homerun total is due to bad luck.

I don’t want to let my maple-boner show too much (said the guy whose website is called ‘Baseball Canadiana’), but Joey Votto is one of the best baseball players in the world.  That’s just a fact.

He won the MVP last season with some stupid numbers such as a 1.024 OPS, a .439 wOBA, 37 homeruns, and he didn’t hit a single infield fly ball all season.  Because of his ability to make solid contact nearly every time up to the plate, he’s a major exception to the rule that roughly 30% of all batted balls in play will land for a hit.  His career BABIP is .356.

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Yeah I know, but it needs to be said…

Orioles’ DH/leftfielder/crazy person Luke Scott has torn his labrum, but will remain in the lineup.

I’m not sure I believe him.

If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it’s a million times easier to counterfeit an MRI, if you ask me.  So, let’s just see if it’s real.  Anybody can produce a magnetic resonance image, so let’s check it out.

Maybe if he wasn’t acting like a savage, he wouldn’t have hurt himself in the first place.

Too easy?  I don’t care, it was worth it.

Power Rankings, May 9th — The Phils stay on top, while the Red Sox fall out of the top five.

Evan Longoria's return to the lineup this past week will further the Rays' surge back toward the top of the rankings after a slow start.

Welcome to the fortnightly instalment of Baseball Canadiana’s Power Rankings.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of power rankings, you must know that it has very little to do with the standings.  Even though the Indians currently hold baseball’s best record, it’s difficult to say that they are better than Philadelphia, the Yankees, or even Boston.  Power rankings are meant to look past the standings and are therefore not reactionary to hot and cold streaks, as they take into account the unreliability of small sample sizes. 

I made a decision with the Power Rankings here at Baseball Canadiana; I’m making them bi-monthly.  Why you ask?  Because at this time of year, teams start to show who they really are and very little changes from week-to-week.  I feel like there is more to talk about when it’s done every two weeks.  This instalment is no different; here are the rankings:

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If hair had personality, Coco might be a better person

He may be a terrible person what with his homophobic comments via twitter, his questionable Craig’s List shenanigans, and his drunken driving, but Coco Crisp’s hair makes him nearly likeable.  Nearly.