>Cool aritcle on Philly.com about the last days of Shea and Yankee.

Here’s an excerpt, and the last line is for Fred “Giants Who?” Wilpon.

Despite its warts, the unsightly chop shops that used to be visible before new Citi Field began to rise beyond the center-field wall, and the annoying cacophony of jet engines from nearby LaGuardia Airport that interrupted at-bats, Shea does have some history. It hosted four World Series. In 1965, it contributed to the cause of Beatlemania in the United States. Shea Stadium opened in 1964. The Mets have played more games there than the Brooklyn Dodgers played in beloved Ebbets Field.

>Nobody Will Win 30 Games Again (link)

>Cool article about how Nobody Will Win 30 Games Again.

Excerpt:

Today a pitcher will typically lead the league with 35 starts; if he wins 75.6 percent of them he’ll record 26 wins. A winning percentage similar to Denny McLain’s just isn’t good enough in today’s game. To achieve 30 victories a pitcher needs to win 85.7 percent (30 out of 35) of his starts.

Using the Pythagorean method of forecasting wins and losses we can easily determine the ERA necessary to win 85.7 percent of 35 starts. The typical major league team in 2008 scores 4.63 runs per game. Given average support a starting pitcher would need to surrender no more than 1.89 runs per nine innings to position himself for 30 wins. In 2008 approximately seven percent of all runs are unearned, so our 30 game winner’s ERA would actually look more like 1.76.

>Girardi Watch

>I observe that Joe Torre has a game and a half lead and Joe Girardi is in 4th place.

See you Sep 21st for the final game at Yankee Stadium.  Will it be Girardi’s?   Don’t scoff.  Yankee managers don’t get to finish 4th.

>If You Are Hosed By PSL's

>Contact Cat Contiguglia (228) 238-0346, or call into the Daily News news desk at (212) 210 1585 and ask for Marie McGovern.

Nobody Will Win 30 Games Again (link)

Cool article about how Nobody Will Win 30 Games Again.

Excerpt:

Today a pitcher will typically lead the league with 35 starts; if he wins 75.6 percent of them he’ll record 26 wins. A winning percentage similar to Denny McLain’s just isn’t good enough in today’s game. To achieve 30 victories a pitcher needs to win 85.7 percent (30 out of 35) of his starts.

Using the Pythagorean method of forecasting wins and losses we can easily determine the ERA necessary to win 85.7 percent of 35 starts. The typical major league team in 2008 scores 4.63 runs per game. Given average support a starting pitcher would need to surrender no more than 1.89 runs per nine innings to position himself for 30 wins. In 2008 approximately seven percent of all runs are unearned, so our 30 game winner’s ERA would actually look more like 1.76.